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Hello everyone!

I'm a newbie in a sense that this is my first official posting. I am currently a 1L at Vermont Law School (I know ya'll like, Vermont? Yea me too lol) I went to Spelman and although I was studying along the lines of health science/public health, I always had a desire to attend law school. My law interests are corporate, public interest, international, and health law. I know I'm all over the place! But I feel like I want to definitely focus my time, attention, and resources to utilizing my law degree to help minorities and marginalized individuals. That is my ultimate goal b/c i do not know what opportunities may be thrown my way in the next coming years, and I am definitely making that an integral part of my life, whether its pro bono in a law firm, working at a non-profit, or offering free legal services on my own twice a month to those classes of people.

I was always checkin the boards last yr as I was applying to law achool. I never posted anything b/c i found that most of my questions were answered by doing a quick search. I guess I will be actually part-take in discussions on these boards now since I feel like the sense of community is returning.

And for all those who are applying to law school this cycle, I want to offer my words of encouragement and best of luck! And for the record, law school aint bad at all! Its definitely doable once you get a firm foundation in ur doctrinal courses.

Good Luck!!

Isis- I'm think I want to get some experience in Big Law but not stay in it to long.

 I have so many different areas of law that attracts me that I think I will end up trying to pursue public office. The opportunity to promote change and inspire other minority guys is what really motivates me to pursue law.

I know all to well about how black men fall into the system because they aren't aware of all the options that they have. I have a uncle who has recently been arrested for the death of his own baby even though the child was with its mother who lived 2 hours away. Crazyness...I'm not sure if criminal defense if right for me but legalized I feel you about the outreach/awareness programs.

Its nice to meet you all. Where is everybody applying to for law school?

Public office is somewhat alluring, but we shall see. All these scandals are a major turn off... in addition to all the a**kissing these politicians do. I dont want to compromise who I am or what I stand for but I know sometimes somehting has to give.... we'll see.

@legalized-- hey Rattler!

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: FAMU Law School
« on: October 31, 2009, 02:24:02 PM »
Don't go to FAMU. Just don't. It's arguably the worst law school in Florida.

but it's also the only one in orlando...she appears to be a single mother of 3 (since she didn't say married with 3) so what do you propose as her alternatives?

Not go to law school. Or move.

Ouch.  Why so blunt?  And how come I never see you say anything nice on the boards?

Are you in FSU law or are you an FSU grad (from undergrad)?

If her support system to help with those 3 kids is in orlando she is going to need to stay put.  Unless she gets into/has relatives or friends committed to helping out near a better ranked school.

I am sure FAMU put that school there precisely because that is a gap in the law school geography, and to serve the folks who may have legal career aspirations but need to stay put.

Plus I notice they went from being provisionally accredited to fully ABA accredited so they must be doing something right.

I personally would not want to be bothered with FAMU's administrative and financial aid b.s. though.  lol But that's just me.

I'm generally blunt and to the point because that's how you have to be at this level. You don't have to be a total male private part to everyone, but you do have to realize that sugarcoating things helps no one and gets nothing accomplished. And I say nice things all the time, you just have to be in the right place at the right time.

Yes, I'm at FSU's law school. Tragically, I didn't go here for UG though.

FAMU probably did put their law school in Orlando because they saw a gap in the market, but I wouldn't be so sure about the other altruistic goals, Barry is already there to serve people trapped in Orlando (albeit at a price). And they did become fully accredited, but I don't see how. How the ABA isn't troubled by a bar passage rate that's consistently in the 50-60% range is beyond me. If they ever implement the 10% rule for continuing accreditation, FAMU Law is going to disappear.

Agree that OP should probably stay put where her support system is if that's indeed what's going on. But I don't think that's a particularly good reason to attend one of the worst law schools in the country. It's probably a bad idea to go to a bad UG because it happens to be where you live. It's definitely a bad idea to go to a bad law school because it's what's in the area.

Not to mention, how is the OP going to even kind of take care of 3 kids while in law school? Even with a good support system in place, OP is still not going to be able to work during 1L and isn't going to really have free time to spend with the kids. There's a reason a lot of people go the HS --> UG --> LS route and put off kids for later. Having 3 kids pretty much precludes you from going to law school until they're out the door or at least old enough to take care of themselves.

I see your points...I don't know what the appeal is with FAMU if one does not live in orlando but I went to FAMU for undergrad (only because they gave me a full scholarship, cause I had actually never heard of them before that)...but just for me personally it could be ranked higher than Harvard I've had enough of the folks in the foote-hilyer administration building. The school has great programs and I like everything else, and much like FSU, the parties are wicked...but I'm ready to deal with a school who delivers financial aid before I'm on the verge of being homeless. lol.

Not really sure how the OP plans to manage...I know my old OB/GYN and his wife sent their kids back home while they were in med school...but this is common for us folks for the Caribbean...split up for a few years to cement a solid future for all the rest of years.

I am definitely pondering sending my younger one back home to start school. If she stays up here and goes public she is forced to start in the year she turns 6.  That is bothering the hell out of me.

Because you are right people are going to need time outside of being in class to research, do homework, participate in what's going on in law school, aba conferences and other networking opportunities...

But somehow I doubt OP has that kind of option to consider.  I haven't finalized anything yet but I hope she's planning on going into public service or solo if she goes to FAM.  And most of the folks i saw in state gov't in Tally were UF and FSU grads...their alumni network is like a million strong. lol.

hey legalized, when did you graduate from FAMU? I'm c/o 05

I decided to start the  Introduce yourself to BLSD trend again because the old one hasn't had a post since 2007.

Hi, my name is Johnny. I'm a 4th year at UGA, Go Dawgs, who will be applying to law school in next fall. AA male, yes I said it, AA Male, who wants to go to law school.I've noticed that the BLS Discussion Board tends to be inactive, but maybe by introducing ourselves things will pick up. Trying to stay in Georgia for law school but considering Howard. Started UG aspiring to go into Investment Banking, but after the recession hit I did a little soul searching and decided to go to law school.

Interesting...are you trying to do big law? I'm a graduate student in Florida working towards my Master of Public Administration. I graduate May 2010. I'm still debating law school, but I usually browse this site for interesting info. There hasn't been too much as of late but even the older information is good stuff. AA female, FAMU Alum.

Black Law Students / Re: Public Policy
« on: October 24, 2009, 11:59:03 PM »
In today's envrionment I think its hard not to have some interest in public policy. I'm not a current law student but a class of 2011 hopefull. I'm a economics and sociology major so I have a lot of interest in public policy.

true-- but but do you have an interest in actually working along politicians, govt agencies in actually shaping policy? good luck with your law school cycle

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: FAMU Law School
« on: October 24, 2009, 11:40:56 PM »
Hi LoveLaughter,

I have heard that FAMU is a great of my friends just graduated from there. From what i have heard its easier to get a job after graduating from FAMU than Barry.

I am also planning on applying to FAMU. I am actually going to apply to barry too. I have a child and husband who love Orlando, so i am stuck here and limited to the two school here.

Have you taken the LSAT already? I am planning on taking it in Feb '10.

Hey DeterminedFL--- what type of jobs have your friends landed?

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Fee Waiver
« on: October 07, 2009, 09:34:03 PM »
I received an email from Washington & Lee telling me that they were going to give me a fee waiver so that I would apply there. The thing is, I didn't even ask for one from the school. Is it common for schools to send fee waiver to people who haven't applied to the school yet? Does that mean I had a good chance of actually getting into the school?

Did you recieve a waiver from LSAC?

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: FAMU Law School
« on: October 03, 2009, 08:02:21 PM »
Hey, I cannot speak on it, but I have a few friends (and acquaintances) who have graduated from FAMU Law. Send me a pm while I reach out to them. There's a thread on the site about FAMU COL, but it gives very little information about the school. Additionally, FAMU COL is hosting a few open houses throughout this school year. If you are trying to get info, visit the school & talk to the students. I did a visit in the spring, and I got some candid info from students- good and bad. Check them out@

Friday, October 2, 2009; Open House for Prospective Students

Saturday, November 21, 2009; Florida Classic Open House for Prospective Students

Monday, January 25, 2010; Open House for Prospective Students

Friday, February 26, 2010; Discover Law Day


Black Law Students / Public Policy
« on: September 28, 2009, 04:08:59 PM »
Is there anyone here that has an interest in public policy? I'd love to talk with you-- current law students or 0L's.


Choosing the Right Law School / Re: UMiami vs. FIU
« on: September 22, 2009, 11:13:03 PM »
Wow, you guys have me laughing over here   :D  --- but I'm taking note. Thanks to all.

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