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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: LSU vs South Texas vs Loyola NO
« on: August 30, 2006, 04:37:34 PM »
Of those three, South Texas is going to place the best. It has a very good reputation in Texas. Obviously, UH is going to be better, but South Texas is no slouch either.

Not sure about 6 figures from any of them, though. Six figures isn't a guarantee from anywhere, really.

Let's see...

My fiance makes about 44K a year as a 5th year teacher, which is a GREAT teacher salary in this area... and it's a comfortable living in Houston. He got hired at one of the highest-paying districts in the area. But right now? They top out at 65K after 30 years. Yeah. Teaching is really underpaid for the crap he goes through.

And around here, with the crappy waiter wage most waiters get plus their (often unreliable) tips... it's hard. I can't imagine anybody making that sort of money unless they're working in a high-end restaurant. Certainly where we go to eat, even when we tip a good 20%, our tip generally isn't over 6 bucks.Sur eI've heard stories of people being left $100 tips, but it's quite rare. I hear more stories of the waitstaff being left almost nothing.

Law School Admissions / Re: LSN fix for blank profiles(kinda)
« on: August 23, 2006, 05:21:14 AM »
Yeah, but the problem is, you can't ever change to 06-07. I figured that out, I was just highly annoyed ....

Studying for the LSAT / Re: A question for the ones that got 170+
« on: August 16, 2006, 08:00:50 AM »
Somewhere in the 159-161 range, I forget which.

Ended up with a 171.

Yeah, just a bit of work to do...

I haven't written anything long in a whiole, either.

On the other hand, the fact that you are able to economize words is a strength. You don't want to bull the way you did in college. But getting longer things is good, too....

I think I still have some of the ability. I mostly rewrite test steps or do technical writing when I write at work, but I also participate in fiction writing events every year, so hopefully it'll help.

Law School Admissions / Re: Where is everyone applying?
« on: August 15, 2006, 06:44:58 AM »
Whee for the fun split...

Texas, Northwestern, Houston, Southern Methodist, Texas Tech, South Texas, Emory, Tulane, WUSTL, Wake Forest. Possibly George Mason. Trying to pick places that I can stand living in and get back to Texas from.

2.68/171/Nontrad and 10 years WE. I'm going to have an interesting cycle...

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: Parents who scored 170+
« on: August 15, 2006, 05:12:51 AM »
A lot of us nontrads are UT fans.... It's my top choice as well. But I have a crazy split, so it's not really likely. But I'm trying anyway.

For me, I scored a 171 and I work full time, but no kids. Pets, but no kids.

Essentially, I would read and work on the powerscore bibles an hour or so a day, and take a prep test once or twice a week. Saturday or Sunday mornings at Starbucks or the library worked pretty well for me. I'd also get out of the house on Wednesday or Thursday nights to take a prep test. I studied from August through November, but I took most of October off, too (AND I evacuated for Rita.... part of the reason I rescheduled from my original Oct 05 test date.) I always made sure to go over my mistakes to understand why I made them.

It's doable, it's just a matter of finding a schedule that works for you.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: My turn for a list of schools
« on: August 15, 2006, 05:06:36 AM »
Definitely planning on keeping my two safeties, although they'll probably not be in my first round of apps -- Tech will likely go out before STCL, but I'll apply to both. And both are very solid for Texas, I know.

Since I already live in Houston, really the top choice among my likely ones (barring somehow getting tons of money from another school) is going to be Houston -- plus, my fiance would really like to be able to stay at his new job for more than a year (although he does say that at least if he has to move he can say 'Well, my wife is going to law school...') Our preference is to live in either Houston or Austin after school; we're not huge fans of Dallas, although we can live there.  Scholarship offers definitely will play a role, as well. Texas, which is a huge huge reach, is probably the only school I would really consider taking the whole debt load on for regardless of money elsewhere.

Tulane is only on the list because I know it places well in Texas -- but it's a maybe because I'm concerned about the market for teachers given the current state of their public school system. That's definitely going to be a factor for me.

I'm debating if I should add Oklahoma to my list, but I'm not sure. If I can find my fee waiver, I might add George Mason in there too.

And I know.. there's a wide disparity with the schools. But I'm really only willing to apply to schools I would consider attending.

Oh yeah...

Ive totally given up on using the Mac to do anything other than browse LSAC. Fortunately, my PC is relatively up to date since I game on it, but still....

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Pathetic!!!
« on: August 14, 2006, 08:48:08 AM »
My SuperPrep is falling apart... but the Next Ten book held together just fine. I think. Maybe it was the other way around :)

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