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Albany Union / Re: Class of 2012...Who is headed Upstate?
« on: March 08, 2009, 03:24:14 PM »
First deposit sent! Anyone else?

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Mid-twenties: old enough for her to drink, smoke, enlist, die for her country, vote, procreate...what exactly has to happen before you are comfortable referring to her as a woman?

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: AAAAAHHH!! Mercer v. Case? CHOICES?!
« on: February 22, 2009, 04:41:00 PM »
Hi Netopalis...

You helped me a few months back with a roguh ps. I rememmber from that child board that you were VERY happy with the idea of Mercer. It sounds like they are happy with you too. What's the dilemma?

I interned with a judge last year....he did not go to a very prestigious school. He is a member of the Democratic Party who has a JD, a stable family, an outgoing personality, and a strong network of well-off friends. He talked to every person registered to vote in his district. He made it sound like walking his lab in the local parade got him more votes than anything else.

Good luck whatever you decide!

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Scholarship Negotiation?
« on: February 11, 2009, 10:08:55 AM »
Just to add my experience...I got accepted to 3 schools so far. Two offered me merit aid, the third did not. I sent a letter to the third along with a copy of my merit awards from the other schools(one for 14,000/year, one for 20,000/year). I heard back from the third school and got $10,000/year about a week later :)  Not as much as I hoped, better than nothing. Definitely ask.

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Is it true the grading system at U at Buffalo Law recently changed for the better?

Any grants or scholarships to cover the expense of taking a public interest internship over the summer?

How is mock trial there?

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Law School Applications / Re: help! family financial issues
« on: January 16, 2009, 06:36:42 PM »
In that case, I would write to AND speak by phone to each financial aid department. While grants may be difficult, cost of living adjustments can be defended if you are paying for everything. I am currently in the process of talking to financial aid at several schools, and how much wiggle room there is on COL is my first question. Of course you already know, probably, that a high LSAT score will also spell scholarships. The other factor is ticket-price over prestige. For me, I'm willing to look at lower ranked schools with better scholarships. Swoon if you want over the top 25, but a large scholarship from a strong, but low-ranked, regional school also gets you a JD. Of course, my numbers would probably not get me in to the t-25 anyway, but I give equal weight to low t-1, t-3 and t-4 rankings, and then look at the scholarships.

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Law School Applications / Re: help! family financial issues
« on: January 16, 2009, 04:50:20 PM »
I don't understand why you would be the poster child for need based aid. Some parents don't consider helping at all (not even mom),it isn't considered a part of "paying for college" for many parents. Other students have parents who would help if they could, but they don't make anything. If your mom is a nurse, she is not doing so bad compared to them. Don't the majority of law students live on loans? Need-based grants, I thought, were reserved for students who have extraordinary circumstances (disability, dependents, parents and/or adult students living below the poverty line).

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Interesting post Mathies...you wrote:
"...we donít have salary stats for small or solo partners, we just have salary stats for large firms. We therefore assume that's what out there for most lawyers, its not."

Yep. I watched trails in my area last year. One defense attorney struck me as particularly adept, and he had his own practice, no associates at all. This is from the Fees section from his website:

Traffic Tickets ($250+)
DWI Misdemeanor ($1,800 - $4,500)     Most cases $2,500
DWI Felony ($3,000 - $7,500)      Most cases $4,000
Other Misdemeanors ($750 - $4,000) Most cases $2,000
D & E Felonies ($3,500 - $5,000)       Most cases $3,500
B & C Felonies ($4,000 - $10,000+)     Most cases $7,500
A Felonies ($7,500 - $25,000+)     Most cases $15,000

Do the math, he isn't doing so bad.On the other hand, he was the best attorney I saw. Plenty of others were ho-hum, some terrible (one refused to accept an ACD for her client). They might have great fee structures, but not too many clients (this would fall under interpersonal skills, yes?) 

One attorney told me she didn't do criminal work anymore, she only did family law, because divorcing couples were better about paying up at the end of the day. But she was solo too...I'm sure she was doing better on her bread and butter divorce work than a small firm would be handing her. Maybe not so much as BigLaw, but the point is, solo practice loks lucrative, and you aren't a workhorse. Besides you get to defend the Constitution. Yikes, idealism.
 

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Law School Applications / Re: impulse to send out one more application?
« on: January 12, 2009, 01:37:26 PM »
It's just that my reasoning for throwing anotehr app out there is,ah,weak. I forgot to apply to any schools in warm climates. I cannot afford to move too far away from the Northeast, mind you, as I want to be able to visit family. But now, in 20 degree weather, I am musing, family shamily. I shoulda applied to Mercer.
???

To be clearer: once I move to a new city for law school, I won't have the $$$ to visit family back home if I move too far away. Hopping on a plane is not an option, as I have a young family and will be living on loans. So I only applied to schools near family, in tundra-like NY. Yet Georgia sounds nice and warm and I almost want to send another application out, family be damned.

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Law School Applications / Re: impulse to send out one more application?
« on: January 12, 2009, 11:13:36 AM »
It's just that my reasoning for throwing anotehr app out there is,ah,weak. I forgot to apply to any schools in warm climates. I cannot afford to move too far away from the Northeast, mind you, as I want to be able to visit family. But now, in 20 degree weather, I am musing, family shamily. I shoulda applied to Mercer.

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