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Law School Admissions / Re: Graduating college early
« on: October 28, 2009, 06:59:02 PM »
Somebody tell me the guy has it all wrong. I was under the impression that most schools used gpas and lsat scores to generate index numbers that would be used to consider one's candidacy.

Between the confusion and adrenaline rushing through my body I was still somewhat able to keep my since of composer, and I knew that everyone had to be notified and gotten out to safety.... It wasn’t until stories were released and members of my school’s faculty commended us on what we had done, I realized that because of our quick thinking and unselfishness others were not harmed

I don't understand how one can realize something that one already knew, a piece of information upon which you were already operating as a matter of fact.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Law School
« on: October 27, 2009, 08:16:14 PM »
Given that you stated that you have a poor academic background and don't study very hard, I wouldn't feel too optimistic about your ability to buckle down and do enough meaningful study in time for the December test. Perhaps you should begin to study now for the test in February and apply very late in the cycle or wait for the next one to roll around. However, if you are dead-set on taking it in December, then do a preptest and gauge your strengths and weaknesses. Then use your time accordingly, and be diligent.

Yea, but Matthies, that isnt the question.  Its not if the woman can handle it, but how her kid copes with having an absent parent.

And to freak...I actually do know a single parent who went through law school while her son was a toddler... she did very well, bought a house in marin while working in a decent law firm in SF.  Her son was my roommate as an undergrad and dropped out as a sophmore due to having a heroin addiction.  He absolutely hated his mother, and had major problems with self-esteem.

I also have a cousin who passed away from Methadone when he was 23.  Almost the same story... wealthy background but absent parents, no love, no discipline... both got into it around 12-14 cuz no one was around. 

The idea that people can have it all is a complete myth.  Everyone only has 24 hours to a day.  If you decide to have children, that necessitates sacrifices in other areas of life... thats just a fact.

What, did you get your undergrad degreee in bunk sociology? Your arguments tell me that you need to read a book or maybe a few about cognitive psychology or statistics. Time to put nature vs nurture to bed. You are an idiot who doesnt know how the brain works. Parenting methods don't produce particular types of children. There is no tabula rasa.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: St Mary's School of Law
« on: October 25, 2009, 08:40:49 PM »
I have a friend who is a 2L at St. Mary's. He seems to like it but I've not asked him about job prospects or anything like that. He has told me that the curve is pretty brutal, so if you want good grades it might be easier to get them elsewhere. Plus, if you are getting St Mary's with $, you might also get Texas tech or south texas.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: texas law schools
« on: October 25, 2009, 07:55:58 PM »
Thanks, I find those words encouraging. I've kind of been sweating the whole process, thinking that my numbers might not be good enough in this "competitive" cycle. U of H is my top choice, primarily because of its tuition and it in-state reputation, but I would be happy elsewhere, I'm sure. What do you think of Baylor?

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: texas law schools
« on: October 25, 2009, 07:41:08 PM »
Contract - that's an interesting assertion. Are you saying that South Texas is a school that should be applied to by someone with my numbers who wishes to work in Texas?

General Off-Topic Board / Re: .Chuck has free food.
« on: October 20, 2009, 05:43:24 PM »
Shiner Bock has an excellent light beer. By the way, isn't light beer light by virtue of its lack of flavor and calories as opposed to alcohol content?

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: Can a single mom make it?
« on: October 20, 2009, 05:40:48 PM »
You can do it.  Single moms are stronger than they realize.

  We need to get rid of thie myth of the strong, sufficient single mother. Many single moms are weaker and more dissolute than they can ever realize or admit. That being said, I think the OP should do it if she can. In no way do I think being a career woman or a mother is mutally exclusive.

Current Law Students / Re: OMG so many suicidal lawyers out there!
« on: October 20, 2009, 12:12:34 AM »
Does it matter?  You're just going to ignore everything I say, and continue to pretend like all the posters here will get BigLaw jobs (or jobs at all) after graduation because of course their job market is different.

   You are conflating your statements and that is messing up your argument. I never mentioned biglaw at all as you did, and I don't think the OP did either. I was talking about the job markets for attorneys, which would include biglaw and all other avenues down which someone could go. You also said, "There just aren't jobs out there," and proceeded with a bit of qualitative evidence.Believe me, I don't have any illusions about my market, but yes, all markets are different (I imagine the East coast is particularly saturated)for a variety of complex reasons and absolute statements like the ones that you are making just aren't true. I do appreciate the anecdotal evidence that you proffer ande think people should pay attention to these stories, if only to gauge within themselves whether or not going to law school is really something they want to do. However, individuals who truly want to be lawyers should not be deterred by an economy whose condition four or five years from now not even the brightest minds can reliably predict. 

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