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Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: June LSAT
« on: May 08, 2007, 09:04:38 AM »
I second logic puzzle magazines.

I've always done them for fun, anyway, but after working on my lsat study and the Logic Games Bible, I was doing much more difficult ones without much trouble.. It's a good way to keep your brain active.

If you want to go to UT -- you're probably golden with your current numbers. As a state resident, you're pretty well off.

We're in a similar situation -- I'm 33, turning 34 in a couple of months, and planning to start law school in 08; my husband has a portable job as a teacher. We're currently trying to conceive, since we'd rather have children before law school than after or during (although this may be a possibility.) My numbers are nowhere near as good as yours, though -- 17 for the lsat, but my undergrad gpa was a miserable sub 3.0.

Honestly, there's no harm in trying, if you can swing the app fees. You may even get some nice fee waivers. I'd look at overall costs, though. I know my plan is pretty much to go to a state school unless somewhere else throws a LOT of money at us (enough to justify moving away from our families.)

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: Props to Non-Trads
« on: April 07, 2007, 09:40:17 PM »
For me.. it's all about knowing who I am and what I really want to do now, and having the maturity to realize the importance of it all.

I can say with certainty I'd have failed out of law school. Grad school was a huge mistake for me... law school would have been even worse!

Oddly, it's not that bad. I was shocked that I liked it when I first moved uo there.

But then, we currently live in Cypresswood so I have an easy commute and it's not as crazy far away.

Don't work for Anadarko, although my office looked straight at the building when they were putting it up. We couldn't believe they allowed a building that tall!

Although I will say this: I miss living and working in the Galleria. But I am also glad that they didn't move my half of our corporate office to Gunspoint Greenspoint. IT and legal are up in the Woodlands.

When I was in grad school at UH (granted this was 10 years ago), a LOT of grad students and professors lived in the area right between the Museum district and montrose. Not sure what to call it, but it was near the Menil Collection and the whole area around there. Nice stuff. I lived at the fringe of WEst U, but sadly my fantastic apartments were torn down.

Loads of good apartments in the Montrose area.

My brother owns a house in the 5th Ward (I think), pretty much across 288 from the medical center. Probably too pricey for a student budget, but it's a very transitional area and I suspect is really appreciating in value.

Galleria and Bellaire is good. You may also want to check into Braeswood.

If I go to UH next year (applying in the fall), we'll probably move to Sugar Land or Pearland, mostly because it's not a TERRIBLE commute, but also because my husband works in Fort Bend.

One thing to keep in mind: realtors in HOuston are VERY flexible with what they call 'medical center' area. The area around Reliant is rather sketchy, especially off S Main. I've also seen them try to pawn off Westchase as 'Galleria area' when it's a good 20 minutes away!

Directly around UH is bad. But Houston is quite mixed.

And blk.reign... man, if we hadn't decided to probably not move in July, we'd be all over that house in CyFair... Perfect split between the hubby's job in Sugar Land and mine in The Woodlands.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: University of Houston
« on: March 19, 2007, 07:21:00 AM »
Yeah, UH can be a pain like that sometimes.. I think all of Houston was on spring break.

But add me in as another person happy to help out with areas to live in. I've lived in H-town all my life.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: quitting job
« on: March 05, 2007, 04:06:21 AM »
I haven't even applied yet, but it still stresses me out.

I've been at my job for 6 and a half years, and it will have been 8 by the time I go. They created my position for me and I work with fabulous people. Yeah, it's a little nervewracking.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: University of Houston
« on: February 26, 2007, 08:10:01 AM »
OK that is great to know! That's for the review.

I'm definitely in the UH-if-not-UT camp.. barring LOADS of money elsewhere. It's just easier, since we already live here and like it, and the hubby wouldn't have to change jobs (definitely a plus, since he's had a lot of job hopping and wants to be stable.)

As for Galveston: the water is icky, but you get used to it... I prefer the Strand, anyway, since I'm not a beach person, although you would never get me to live in the city. Scary.

I still have a year to go, fun.

It's good to read all this. I've mentioned it before in an older thread, but I'm applying come fall, and my husband (well, in two weeks) and I are pretty much thinking we'll start trying to have children this summer -- almost immediately! Given our ages (33) we don't want to wait and it seems easier to have it all figured out in terms of childcare before school starts.

It's good to know the schools will work with you, because it's definitely a consideration for us as well.

That said, I would defer in a heartbeat if necessary, especially financially.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: This question is for those who took the lsat.
« on: February 22, 2007, 07:26:56 AM »
I took maybe 20-25. I worked through the SuperPrep, and the latest 10 Official books... I also ordered a few more recent ones individually.

I found using the more recent ones was more helpful than the older ones.

I took one or two a week, tops, for a few months.

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