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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Ill tell you where to go next fall...
« on: November 23, 2005, 11:21:00 PM »
Shae-

     Obviously you didn't read my post too carefully. If you had, you wouldn't have missed the part where I said something to the effect of..."Are there bad/dirty cops?  Absolutely.  And they need to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law for violating the public trust."  If you are going to disagree with something I write, that's great.  That is, after all, the coin of the realm for us wannabe lawyer types.  However, in the future, please read the post carefully so as not to make that mistake again.  I would hate to think that you think I hold an opinion which I stated clearly that I do not.

God Bless and Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Camden NJ, The Happiest Place on Earth!
« on: November 23, 2005, 11:14:08 PM »
I have first hand knowledge of Camden as I recently transported one of our jail's inmates to be taken into custody by the Feds.  If you're south of the Ben Franklin Bridge, its not bad, but if you venture north of the Ben Franklin Bridge, I hope you have a firearm and know how to use it (its a little more difficult than point and shoot, for those who don't know).

Camden is a case in point of what happens when one party, republican or democrat, runs the show for any long period of time.  Add the poverty pimps and race hustlers that populate the Philadelphia metropolitan area and you have a recipie for poverty, illiteracy, crime, drugs and hoplessness.  It really is a shame because Camden could be a great bookend city to Philadelphia (which is no prize itself after almost 8 years of Time magazine's worst mayor in America, John F Street).

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Camden NJ, The Happiest Place on Earth!
« on: November 23, 2005, 07:55:52 PM »
south jersey still isnt as bad as central Pennsylvania.  Like Carville said, you have philly and pittsburgh and alabama in between.

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Non-Traditional Students / Re: Anyone apply for Fall 2006 yet?
« on: November 23, 2005, 04:00:47 PM »
OK...I lied

I sent out three more applications today.  I swear, applying to law school is as addictive as heroin.  Anyway, here's the additonal schools:

Hofstra
West Virginia
U of St Thomas

Good Luck to all and Happy Thanksgiving

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Camden NJ, The Happiest Place on Earth!
« on: November 23, 2005, 12:40:38 PM »
Im surprised to hear that Cali is #1.  New Jersey has the highest car insurance rates, property tax rates, pretty high gas tax rates(which Gov. elect Corzine has said he will raise as soon as he's sworn in), etc.  Its pretty expensive everywhere.  In Atlantic County, a nice 3 bedroom 1.5 bathroom split level runs about $350k-$450k depending on location.

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Non-Traditional Students / Re: Resources for Spouse/Significant Other
« on: November 23, 2005, 09:35:45 AM »
I am in a similar situation.  I work full-time and go to undergrad school full-time and I am also taking the wife to law school with me, so to speak.  It has been hectic the past two years, but amazingly, we have made it work.  She has been through grad school already, so she knows what it is like and is fully supportive of my going back and not working, although I'm toying with the idea of grabbing a weekend gig delivering pizzas to keep my sanity.  The point is that, if the spouse is not supportive, then it will probably cause problems which, I would imagine, would be problematic for law school studies and the relationship.

There has been some very good advice on this board, but it all comes down to communication.  So, my advice (having yet to actually test my theory) is to figure out a way to do it where the spouse is actually a part of it.  For example, my fiance (soon to be wife) quizzes me and will type the occasional paper (as long as my handwriting is legible, which is a 50/50 proposition).  She also goes to all of the field trips I may have to go to.

The bottom line is, as long as you guys are honest and you communicate with, not at, each other, then you should be fine.

Good Luck

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Ill tell you where to go next fall...
« on: November 23, 2005, 08:09:46 AM »
Also, as an addendum (in keeping with the spirit of application season), my fiance has her MBA and she is still in an entry level job.  She makes around $50K with bonuses, but she isn't doing the kind of stuff she'd like to do.

So, in her case, it would appear that business school is not the panacea some would have us believe it is.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Ill tell you where to go next fall...
« on: November 23, 2005, 08:03:18 AM »
Why should one go to law school?

That's a fair question, so I'll try to give a fair response.  For me, I am not going to law school for the paycheck.  I could stay in law enforcement, work 40 hour weeks, top out at $85,000/year and retire with a fat pension if I were money motivated.  I got into law enforcement to make a difference.  I know that sounds really trite, but it is as honest as I know how to be.  I wanted to solve crime and put bad guys behind bars. 

In the four years since swearing my oath to serve and protect the people of the state of New Jersey, I have solved my fair share of crimes but, unfortunately, have not put as many bad guys behind bars.  Even though the people I have criminally charged, with everything from CDS possession to sexual assault, were done by the numbers, the prosecutors in my county still managed to "f" most of those cases up. 

I want to be a criminal prosecutor because I know what it is to work the first half of Law and Order.  I know what it is like to have a convicted murderer threaten to kill my family and I, criminally charge him for terroristic threats and have the prosecutor tell me that he wasn't going to prosecute because "you work in a jail."  My response to him was "so, when this guy is lurking around my house and I shoot him, will I be indicted because you guys didn't protect me and I have the incident documented?" The prosecutor's response was "yes, I would seek to indict you."  I also was assaulted by an inmate in the facility because I committed the unthinkable act of telling him he couldn't have an extra dinner tray.  The prosecutor asked me "what did you do to him that made him want to hit you?"  Like its my fault that this sociopath, with a history of violent assault on law enforcement, assaulted me.  Of course, he caught the wrong end of the exchange, but that's irrelevant.

To sum up, I want to work as a criminal prosecutor because I have personally experienced what happens when a cop works with a prosecutor who has no concept of what it is like to strap a bullseye on your back and go to work.  I think that if more prosecutors had law enforcement experience, you'd have a lot less of the monday morning quarterbacking that goes on.  Are there dirty cops?  Absolutely, and they need to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law for violating a sacred public trust.  But, are there cops who get screwed everyday and sacrificed at the alter of Civilian Review Boards and cowardly prosecutors who don't want to upset their buddies at the ACLU?  Yes. 

That is why I'm going to law school.  Not for money or fancy things, but to do my little part to ensure justice in our society.  I can think of no greater or worthwhile pursuit.

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I would think you look good for both.  I applied to Syracuse also, so maybe I'll see you next fall.

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Law School Applications / I AM DONE!!!!!!!!!!
« on: November 22, 2005, 09:38:07 PM »
I just sent my last application through LSAC.  So, except for nervous anxiety for the next few weeks, I am done.  I have to say its like a hummer-sized gorilla has just been lifted off of my back...I feel like I just got paroled.

Anyway, for those who are interested, here is the list of schools that I sent applications to...enjoy:

U of Maine
Albany Law School
SUNY Buffalo
Rutgers-Camden
Syracuse
Quinnipiac
Valpariaso
Widener
U of Dayton
Catholic U.

I'll keep you guys posted as to any results, but good luck to everyone on the boards.

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