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Good stuff! From a psychological perspective, once we have deemed something to be great we tend to overlook its not so great effects.  Its kind of like having selective memory. As far as the price - increased demand = increased price.  The price won't decline until a law degree is somehow cheapened in the eyes of the market which will never happen because people attracted by the profession just don't like to appear cheap ( at least not until the student loans hit....) What can I say, I'm in the same boat. I know it will cost, I know I'll have regrets when its time to pay the bill, but i'm gonna do it any way for a few reasons:
1) I want to help people with their legal issues. I know it sounds generic and cheesy but I want to facilitate Justice because it will make me feel whole! As you know, people do some really crooked stuff to other people. I know what your thinking: "be a cop". Negative, its not my style.

2) Law is fascinating - I will truly get off on knowing the rules, how they've come about, and how they affect order. I will take a great sense of pride in educating my clients and helping them.

3) I love to read, write, and analyze, searching for the answer. It's like a game and so sweet when you win. I could do it everyday with pleasure so therefore, my work won't be like work at all. (completely justifies the cost of tuition because how many people can honestly say they love their work)

4) I don't want to regret not getting a law degree.
Truthfully,

MaCNCheese



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General Board / Re: Accept it and conform.
« on: June 20, 2010, 01:01:22 PM »
Interesting post....... My initial reaction: insecurity. I say this because you never hear ivy league students bragging of how they will take over the profession and that everyone else must accept it and conform.

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Law School Applications / Re: Best type of sandwich?
« on: January 13, 2010, 03:13:59 PM »
Bacon Lettuce and Tommato on Rye with a thin layer of mayo.

MaCNCheese

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General Board / Re: disable man needs help
« on: January 03, 2010, 01:40:38 PM »
You should seek legal advice from a licensed Attorney in your community. Do not listen to random advice from posters on this website regarding your legal matters. You really should sit with a licensed Attorney and tell them the entire story to get help. The posters on this site are primarily students and aspiring students (many haven't even been admitted to any program nor sat in a law school course and earned a passing grade!)
In many states, there are disability law services available for the disadvantaged. I'm not sure if you'd qualify, but this may be an option for you. You could start with your local public defenders office - they may be able to point you in the right direction. Good luck, God Bless, and Take Care
Best wishes,

MaCNCheese

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Very insightful! I see that you have made a clear distinction between happiness and success. As for me, I actually ruled everything out except being an Attorney of Law. Then realized that not only does it match my personality type according to Myers-Briggs and Strong Interest Inventory, but being able to help people in this capacity will give my life substance and purpose. I am thankful to the Lord for this clarity. 
Best wishes,
MaCNCHeese

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Congratulations on finding yourself! I find your story to be very intriguing and had some questions if you don't mind.
1)I'm curious as to how many courses you successfully completed prior to dropping out.
2) I also wanted to know exactly how focused on a career path you are at this point.
3) Will you be transitioning into a career within your areas of interest of math and science and if so, what specific areas of science and math would you be pursuing?
4)Did the earning potential of those that hold a JD play a factor in your decision to attend law school in the first place?
5)Do you have plans on climbing the ladder in the sporting goods store and therefore consider that to be your career?

I'm asking because it seems that you've substantiated your decision by pointing out that law school was boring; you have other interests; and that you and some friends who have law degrees from prestigious schools are actually working retail. I guess I'm trying to understand why this decision was the "best decision of my life!"...........
MacNCHeese




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 Any advice on how to approach the subject of race on my statement ? I am including link of my profile. Any feedback on how  to tackle this subject in the way that makes most sense is greatly appreciated.

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=-3&id=100000431917804&l=5c069a71a4


Thank you and god bless!
Amel
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My advice - Don't tackle this subject in your personal statement. Don't use your personal statement to belabor on the issue of race. Instead, focus on what you have to offer. I would mention attributes not illustrated in a resume or application. There is nothing that states that you MUST address the issue of race in a personal statement. I would mention that your life experiences are diverse in that you have actually lived in some other country and have experienced a totally different culture which will ultimately give you a perspective unlike that of your colleagues. I would not worry about identifying with one race or the other, unless of course, you want to benefit from being an "URM" which may or may not actually be beneficial, depending on whose making decisions and how they feel that particular day. With that being said, you may want to consider checking the box on the application under race as "other" or just don't check any box. I completely understand that race has the potential to be a factor in admissions decisions, but once you get accepted, race will be of little importance. Your primary goal will be to score higher than the next person and I doubt if any of your professors will care what color you are or what country you are from (assumming that they are completley objective, fair, honest, etc).

Hope this helps. By the way - cute pics on facebook. Good luck! shoot me a message:)
Sincerely,
Mac N CHeese

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: How do I get out of ED
« on: December 25, 2009, 12:53:30 PM »
I applied ED to Duke.  I didnít think I could get into a better school (Iím an URM).  I got into Duke but then got accepted by Harvard!  Is there any way to get out of the Duke commitment?  What if I wait a year and ask Harvard to defer my acceptance?

The only way out of it is to withdraw all law school applications, including throwing that harvard acceptance under the bridge.  You can tell Duke that you have decided not to go to law school.  In the following year, you can reapply and say that you have decided to attend law school after all.  However selling yourself again may be difficult - they will wonder why you turned them down the first time.

I believe, if I'm not mistaken, that ED only means you have to commit to that law school only if you decide to attend law school.  You have the fundamental right to not go to law school at all next year.

That said, I'm not sure how you could have underestimated the strength of your application to this degree.  Applying to Duke ED is for people who have zero chance of getting into HLS.  Personally, I think you are too misinformed to deserve that Harvard acceptance, IMO.



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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Paramedic/JD idea
« on: December 20, 2009, 11:57:14 AM »
 "Paramedic/JD  idea" .......My abs and cheeks hurt

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Most people who are in law school or even thinking about it, seem to have reasonable expectations about salary. At this point, i'd like to think that people know that lawyers can make anywhere from 40000-180000+ per year. But guess what - so can an engineer, or a plumber, or a stripper. There probably are some people that have unreasonable expectations about starting salary but that stands for any profession. I had a friend that thought being a real estate salesperson was going to lead to riches but later learned that after you pay association fees, errors and ommissions, marketing, and get dragged all over town by some client who decides to put the purchase on hold, finally learned the difference between "guaranteed pay" vs. "potential pay". By the way selling real estate is a much more cost effective way to learn this valuable lesson. He wasted about 3000 and 6 months instead of 3 years and 120000:)

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