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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Law School Then Army or Vice Versa?
« on: October 09, 2009, 07:34:51 PM »
I would seriously suggest checking out the ROTC program at your school.  A scholarship person there will be able to answer any of your specific questions in detail. ROTC will pay for under grad and then when you deploy after graduation you will be available for the post 9/11 G.I. bill which would pay for the majority of your graduate school. I am currently an ROTC cadet and will commission in May. I plan on serving in the Army reserves while attending law school the transferring over to an active duty JAG after law school graduation.


Choosing the Right Law School / Re: UMiami vs. FIU
« on: October 08, 2009, 08:03:24 PM »
I like how you assume how much I make.  That's funny.  Not accurate...and funny.
Like I said, talk to me when you actually know something.  Graduate, pass the bar, get a job.  Until then, you're clueless, and your posts show it.By the way, I didn't graduate first in my class.  I was 7th.

Several weeks ago, I met a UM law alum who moved to Knoxville, TN.  I was there for a deposition, and we ended up sitting next to each other at a bar my first evening in town.  His views on where he would have gone to school were much different sitting at that bar than when he went into school as a 1L. 

I've had a job. Worked for a company named Goldman Sachs,

Oh Iíve heard of them, but I thought is was Goldman's Sackz. They had a store in the mall right next the KB Toys and the cheese log place. I got a big gold plated ďMĒ from them on a chain back during my white rapper phase. I was gonna get a grill too, but the stones they had were blood diamonds, and Iím against that because Bono told me itís bad.

Well, I taught at MIT.

Really. I worked for a company run by one of their profs and taught a programming refresher to new hires in one of their lecture halls during the summer, so I taught at MIT!  ::)

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Law School Then Army or Vice Versa?
« on: October 08, 2009, 07:19:03 PM »
Typically, the military only pays off student loans if you're going into a specialized field. My son has a slot as a Marine Corps pilot when he graduates (December), and they're paying his off once he gets his wings.

Check out the Yellow Ribbon program that's part of the post-9/11 GI Bill. It's an amazing deal-beyond the cash for school (something like 50 large), many states let you pay in-state tuition regardless where you're from, or some privates give automatic schollys. I'm a Navy vet and WISH I had such a good deal, but I got out 17 years ago, so I'm under a different GI Bill. Not to mention, if you're going to be an officer, that is a huge soft on your LS app when you get out. I'd go Army first.

Also, on a side note, you wouldn't necessarily be in a "hot" theater unless you're going to be an infantry, mech or armor designator.

Good luck!

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: What's American University like?
« on: October 08, 2009, 07:00:52 PM »

This post is obviously a flame and it cracks me up that this many people have seriously responded.

Sometimes I think these types of posts must be flames, but then I meet certain people in real life and reconsider.

LMAO. Yep, even as a 0L, some of the "prelaw" kids (yes, outing myself as a NT) I've met make me wonder if they have a clue in the world what they're getting themselves into.

and none of the legal issues (although it sounds like those can be overcome, which is encouraging for you).

If you have not been aresseted by this point in life, your doing it wrong!  :P

Or maybe I'm just doing it w/o getting caught  ;)

Dave, I'm with ya, buddy. I'm in pretty much the same boat (except MS in Finance), but I have (I hope) the advantage of having my awful UG GPA 20 years further in the rearview mirror and none of the legal issues (although it sounds like those can be overcome, which is encouraging for you).

I'm similarly hopeful for a good LSAT, basing my belief I can score well on the 165 I got 18 years ago with minimal study (I know the curve is different, now, etc. etc, but still..).

Good luck and we'll see how the landscape looks after September 26.

Splitters of the world, unite!

Good call trashing Nova. I'd be concerned about anywhere that gives scholarships in a similar fashion to Florida Coastal.
By eliminating full scholarships, and leaving even your best students with a $12,000/yr tuition bill, you are making the statement that "We want money now". 

They have a very short term outlook, and along with their summer program that lets unqualified students pay a huge sum of money to flunk out of 1L three months later shows a lack of committment to the study of law and a desire to rip as much money out of students as possible.

That very summer program caused me to toss Nova's info into file-86 18 yeas ago. IMO, their priority is making as much money as they can.

So, here I am again taking another kick at the can in September, but none of the Florida bottom-feeders are on any of my lists.

Iím guessing our friend from Liberty missed the gay pride parade down Colfax Sunday. Itís the third largest gay pride parade in the county.
You have three gay pride parades in just your one county??

I mean, it is Denver... ;)

Oh, so Aurora's improved? I moved away from Denver 20 years ago and thought I was going to need to wear a flak jacket to get out of the parking lot at Hinkley HS after a track meet. And THAT was in 1978!
 Aurorua has there own parade, I bet that's just a train wreck on wheels

Sans the wheels, that describes most of Aurora in my experience.

It might be of some consolation, but probably won't do too much good.

You referring to mine or the person starting this thread? I was accepted at T1 and T2 schools in 1992 with nothing much more than that and a 165 LSAT. Given that I have a MS now (3.8 GPA), and another 17 years' professional experience (and my UG GPA is that much older and irrelevant) if I improve on my old 165, I think I've got a pretty good shot.

My LSAC gpa according to my calculations based off of numbers from LSAC is 3.35 (I know it's pathetic). 

Try 1.98. I'm not kidding. (It's actually 2.05, but LSAC calculates it below 2.0.) I'm NT with a MS (3.8 ) and I was in UG during the Carter administration, but I still got some 'splainin to do. Unless you're trying for T10 with a so-so LSAT, I'm not sure you need to sweat it. Sure, do the addendum, but I hope you feel better seeing the hill I have to climb.

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