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Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: are you still on waitlist?
« on: July 15, 2010, 01:32:03 PM »
I got waitlisted then rejected @ Phoenix School of Law. Oh well. On a side note though, I had applied at U of D Mercy School of Law and it took almost 4 months to get an answer and they accepted me. Go figure

Debt, schmebt!

How profoundly irresponsible.

LoL, I'm glad you found something out of all that.

Again, good luck to you all.

Biggs..........real world wisdom like that cannot be taught in a classroom, it's life experiences that makes us wise enough to embrace real world challenges head on and triumph victoriously. It will come soon enough for most, but for some it will never come because they choose to isolate themselves in their own perspective worlds.
The greatest thing I've learned is the ability to engage and relate to others. I was once told that the most lasting powerful people submerge themselves in many, many different social circles. Aww but I digress, because we are getting into the real underpinnings of life, not just life in or after school.
I have been working for the past 20 years, and have had my fair share of ups and downs, and believe me having a JD from Cooley School of Law is the least bit of discrimination that I have or will face in life.

Debt, schmebt!
 LoL, again if one lets the amount of debt they owe dictate their professional future then chances are they weren't gong to succeed at the highest levels in the first place.
I guess for individuals that have never had any set-backs in life, whom have never experienced any uphill struggles, those who have never triumphed in the face of REAL adversity, and have afforded themselves with every opportunity to succeed that can possibly be given to an individual all of sudden being faced with a mountain of debt could potentially be a highly professional setback. But for the rest of us who have turned lemons into lemonade the glass is half full.
I honestly see why diversity in law school is so highly sought after, because of lot of law students tend to think the world revolves around the life that they have grown to know. There are those that have never been forced to see the world through a different lens, and as result think their lenses are the De facto way at viewing the world.
What may not work for you, could quite possibly be only thing that works for someone else.
And with the power of networking only being beneficial to those that are vastly different from their counterparts is actually true, but if you step out of law school and think you're no different from the rest of the pool of available lawyers then again you failed along time ago. Like I said, I don't care if I were a plumber, just graduating from trade school, its whats within ME that will make me succeed on top of what I've learned from school.  If you don't have that confidence, that upward mobility, that relentless ambition to succeed then simply embrace mediocrity and go on about your life

right on Cicero, I hear what you are saying and definitely think law school is something that one should put considerable thought into.  I had a few things stacked against me including my criminal record, and my LSAT score. I am just looking for an opportunity, and have been thankful that Cooley granted me that whether it be for their own financial gain, or a legitimate shot, it doesn't matter because I will succeed at the top of my class no doubt about it.
Just being here for ME is such a personal feat, such a triumph after what I've experienced in life that there is no way I would let it slip by.

On the real though, all sarcasm aside, life, school, career, family is what you make it! A brick and mortar institution cannot determine your future or your future potential, and if you let it then you were probably a failure long before you stepped foot on Cooley School of Law campus ;)
Big5068 I've checked you out on LSN and I can already tell your upbeat, positive, proactive demeanor is what makes you succeed, not where you attended law school, GPA, or what ever. Its the winning attitude that sets you apart from the negative energy attracting nay-sayers, as has been the case for myself in all my endeavors.
Negativity spreads like virus, and a perpetual positive attitude (not found in everybody) is the anti-body needed to fight it off.
With that being said, I want to wish all of you good luck with your schooling and careers!

We all read the disparaging statistics about students leaving law school having difficulties finding jobs. In fact the prospects for future lawyers are so dim (according to what you read), that going to law school period is a questionable endeavor if you hope to pay off loans and get a decent ROI.
If one was to listen to all this and take it to heart, there is no need to even try!
Your career whether you are a plumber or a newly BAR admitted Attorney your job prospects are based on your ability to sell yourself! I am a firm believer in the power of Networking, and honestly the saying its not WHAT you know, rather than WHO you know is the supreme truth!!
I don't care if you went to a NON accredited law school, if you know how to get out there and rub elbows with the movers and shakers you'll be fine.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: are you still on waitlist?
« on: July 13, 2010, 01:03:22 PM »
I know this topic is old, but I'm still waiting on Phoenix school of law to accept me from the waitlist. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Can anyone tell me usually when you'll hear a decision one way or another?

Black Law Students / Re: Criminal record and Law School application?
« on: July 13, 2010, 12:33:20 PM »
This has been a journey for me. I have since taken the lsat, applied, and have been accepted to Law School for the Fall. I honestly believe my criminal record affected me when applying to many schools. I submitted a FBI fingerprint request to get an accurate account of my criminal history. The result: useless! The FBI fingerprint background check only returned 2 arrest that I had, when I indeed had more. I had to fly to the state/county where I'd been involved before and request the information in person. I got every single piece of paperwork from every case I've ever been involved in. I submitted my addendum(s), along with all the court dockets. It was a b*tch lemme tell you! But I did it, and I'm moving forward.
Its not far-fetched for someone not to remember dates/agencies/outcomes for things that happened 16 years ago.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Cooley in the fall
« on: July 13, 2010, 12:26:03 PM »
Honestly if you aren't attending, or have attended Cooley then your opinion is virtually worthless to me or anyone else going or considering going there.
Back on topic, as of today the Ann Arbor Campus is full, which sux for me  because my family lives in Ann Arbor. My next campus of choice is Lansing and just making the hour an a half commute from A2

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