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General Board / 1L Commuting- Need your opinions
« on: April 11, 2012, 06:04:36 PM »
I am the parent of a lawyer and also of a future 1L.  I am having an argument with the future 1L  now that threatens our relationship and I thought it would be a good idea to poll all of you and openly share your opinions with her to settle the dispute.

The dispute:

She has been accepted at a good school and has been given a $34K scholarship as long as she maintains a GPA better that 50% of the class.  The tuition is $44k.

She currently lives 80 miles away in her boyfriends house.  Her car has 175k miles on it.

I offered to rent her an apartment near the law school, lease her a new car, pay the tuition difference, pay her college loans, pay the boyfriend her "rent" and pay all of her expenses for the time she is in law school (about $100k).

She says she wants to commute to law school from her boyfriends house.  And its all or nothing.  No compromise. I think it is unsafe and not doable.  I do not think she understands the amount of work required. 

I do not want her to loose the $34k and I am being firm on this.  Am I being unreasonable?

Unbias  (also Dad TY)

Roger Williams / A Parents View
« on: April 20, 2010, 02:50:02 PM »
When my daughter decided that she wanted to go to law school I can remember scouring the internet for reviews and rankings to help her choose the "best" school.

Now that all of that is in the past I wish to pass on to the parents my experience and some of the wisdom gained.

Frankly, the choice of RWU was based on two major factors; the experience of the faculty and the scholarship offered.  Many faculty members had prior experience in private practice, some in litigation. As an engineer, I saw practical experience as an important factor.  The scholarhsip speaks for itself, $12k/year.

The law school experience was as tough as they say, especially the second year.  I think many of the posts here are from students feeling that pressure.  I understand that. In the end, however, the ability to work under pressure fostered confidence and she graduated with a self-confidence I had never seen before. As a graduate of a military college I was well aware of the cause and effect.

That brings us to the employment issue.  Roger Williams is still an unknown school.  I am a forensic consultant and work with many law firms throughout the country and would rountinely "poll" my clients about RWU. Even my client/hiring partner in Hartford, CT. "never heard" of RWU.  However, beyond that, finding employment was NEVER a problem for my daughter.  She started out doing transactional/bankruptcy work, then moved on to litigation and now seems to have found her place in business/estate planning.  Employers seem to immediately identify the practical aspect of her training; which I attribute to the experience of the law school faculty. As an example, I can recall that she graduated on a Saturday, took a "few days off to relax", interviewed on the following Sunday, was hired on the spot, given a laptop allowance and started the following Monday. 

If my son or daughter wanted to work working for a "white shoe" firm, I would encourage them to attend a school that is better known.

I believe however, if we had to make the choice again, we would still choose RWU.


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