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I applied to the PT program at UMD and haven't heard from them.



There is another one!!! When did you apply? I applied in January, but I took the February LSAT ... so my application wasn't complete for a while.


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Hmm ... that surprises me about GMU. I know of a lot of people who didn't get into the part-time program and had much higher numbers than that. I just worry that people are going to look at what happened this year and then do what makes sense: Apply to part-time programs. However, if there is a big movement to do that, then it will inflate the numbers and anyone applying after December with the "average" numbers are in for a struggle.

But, you have a great GPA and are starting the whole process early. I think you will get into whatever PT program you want even if you get a mediocre score on the LSAT. Just don't apply late in the cycle. I put off applying because of a family emergency, and it has caused a lot of undue stress ...

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Billable Hours
« on: April 21, 2004, 09:43:02 AM »
Those are some long days.

However, I probably make about 1/5 of what an associate does, and I already have to work 10-12 hour days. I guess it wouldn't seem so bad if I had the funds to show for it ...

Are there firms that allow you to take a certain percentage of your billable hours home with you? That article mentions working three Saturdays a month -- that would only be half so bad if I was still in PJs with my family close by ...

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sorry i dont have an exact answer for you.  but ive looked into enough PT programs to say with confidence that they generally have median LSATs about 2 points lower tehn full time programs.  the GPAs are lower also.  i am hoping that this is the edge that will help me cancel out the extreme competition when i apply in the fall.

I do have a distinct impression that this year was much more competitive than previous ones in regards to part-time programs -- at least the ones in D.C.

That's why I am so curious about the Maryland part-time program stats in particular, since I don't really know of anyone else who applied. There's some info on lawschoolnumbers, but not a lot.

(I really can't wait for this whole process to finally be over ...  :-)

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Most large firms I've encountered require a minimum of 1800--1900 billable hours from their associates.

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Law School Applications / Re: U of Maryland part-time
« on: April 20, 2004, 10:40:11 PM »
In light of the lack of responses to this thread, is it safe to assume that no one else has applied to the UMD part-time program?

SWEET! Guaranteed admission to a tier one! ;)
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Seriously, if any other PT UMD applicants are out there, I would love to hear from you! Please? So lonely ...

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It is illegal for any credit/debt collection agency to threaten you or insult you. When I graduated from college, another student stole a book of my checks and forged them all over town. For over a year debt collectors tried these slimy tactics in order to recover their money, and I didn't know any better but to feel threatened. Finally, the assistant commonwealth's attorney working on the case flooded the offices of these collection agencies with official court correspondence proclaiming my innocence, and they now leave me alone.

Get to know your rights. The laws of your state are going to provide your greatest (most immediate) protection. Find out how these agencies are allowed to contact you (i.e. Are the prohibited from calling your home? Most likely they are), and WHAT INFORMATION they are allowed to convey when contact is made. If there are specific laws that state they may only tell you how much you owe, by when you must make payment and to whom, then they have been acting illegally with the use of insults and threats. Most likely they are allowed to mention court action, but only in reference to an actual court date to settle the issue.

Once you know your rights, type them up and keep them near the phone. Read them whenever you receive a call, and keep a form letter on file for any threatening mail you receive. Make sure you always ask for the first and last name of anyone who calls you, and ask for an employee number if they refuse to answer. RECORD THIS INFORMATION, because it can (and most likely will) become helpful later. Finally, contact your legal aid office, and start gathering recommendations for a more efficient debt reduction service. 

And I completely agree that collection agencies are often inclined to break the law, and the sad thing is that they usually get away with it. That's why it's so important to know your rights -- and to let anyone who threatens you know them as well.

Good luck.


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Law School Applications / Re: Fewer posts lately
« on: April 19, 2004, 12:54:24 PM »
A pre-law book club might spark some discussion for a while ...

We could read something law school related, like PLS or Law School Confidential ... or we could read something completely off topic ...

Here's a good one for ya: What should I watch now that "The Apprentice" is over?

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: American U
« on: April 18, 2004, 04:28:00 PM »
Thanks for the info! I was accepted after the admitted students day. Do you know if they will have another one?

Also, what were your impressions? Where are you planning on attending?

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Law School Applications / Guaranteed admission -- Part-time U of MD
« on: April 18, 2004, 04:19:19 PM »
Anyone else applied to the U of MD part-time program (i.e. the evening division)? If so, have you received a decision?

Also, does anyone know what the UGPA and LSAT stats were for 2003? I've looked on lawschoolnumbers, but it's hard to find info on the PT program.

Thanks!

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