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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Is Cooley Law School That Bad?
« on: August 18, 2011, 01:19:11 PM »
More to the military than just the GI bills guys. I don't know how long you've been out, but here is some info from the horse's mouth.

When it doubt, ask the source. It always amazes me how little "lawstudents" and "lawyers" know about simple research.

I never said that the GI Bill was the only source available, but in most cases it is the centerpiece of the educational benefits available to veterans, also is not what I would consider as "from the horse's mouth."

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Is Cooley Law School That Bad?
« on: August 17, 2011, 09:30:55 PM »
The GI Bill does not apply 1) retroactively and 2) to professional schools.

While you are correct that the GI Bill would not pay retroactively. If, on the other hand, you go into the service and do your time, you can then use your GI Bill towards graduate programs to include Law or Business.

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: Military
« on: August 15, 2011, 09:35:02 PM »
And something like that would make sense, but there's a big difference between an extra community college certification and a JD. Time,cost,etc.  I see lots of retired people get jobs as walmart greeters, or excops go work at TSA, but JD seems like a huge investment for a 2nd career is all.

Many/most Military retires are likely expecting to work 20+ years. Why would a sane person put themselves in a position to spend those years working crud jobs, especially for those who have access to educational benefits that could cover most of the cost of a law degree?

I was not aware that WI didn't have a bar exam, that's surprising.

Wisconsin does have a bar exam, those students that earn their JD at the University of Wisconsin and do not need to take the exam, students who went to law school elsewhere do have to take the bar exam.

Isn't Wisconsin that state where all you have to do is graduate from one of its law schools and you are automatically licensed; no bar exam?

If you graduate from the Law School at the University of Wisconsin (Madison) you do not need to sit for a bar exam, you are automatically good to go.

To the OP,

I am not aware of any distance ed option that will give one an opportunity to become a member of the Bar in the state of Wisconsin.

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: Military
« on: August 14, 2011, 07:03:06 PM »

Just because someone is retired from a given career (especially Military), does not mean that someone is interested in spending the rest of their lives playing shuffle board. Also, while receiving a retirement check from the military is nice, for most it does not provide for maintaining much of a lifestyle, for all practical purposes another career is almost required.

Recently I was working with a dual retiree (Police Detective, Military Officer - reservist) who was underway in a new career in Information Security.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Aspen study desk?
« on: August 09, 2011, 02:15:01 PM »
I do not have any knowledge of the Aspen Studydesk, but if you wish to search for items on this forum, you can utilize google, by entering in your search term and then following them with:

Hence the whole string in the google search box may look like:

    Aspen Studydesk site:

I hope that this helps.

I do not think that going to Albany would give one much of an advantage in proximity to NYC/NJ.

If one wants to set up shop in upstate NY than that is a different matter. Of those that I know from NYC, it appears that a large divide mental/social exist between the NYC area and upstate (which Albany would qualify), where as Southern CT, is viewed more as commuter area for the city. 

While Quinnipiac would be a heck of a commute, it is closer both physically (roughly 60 miles) and in perception to NYC.

Happy Hunting,

Current Law Students / Re: Need help choosing a major!
« on: July 16, 2011, 09:52:37 PM »
1) General consensus appears to be that GPA is far more important than major. Hence choose something that you find interesting, and are willing to work hard enough at to do well.
2) To early to tell.
3) Do those things that you are passionate about, do not let activities negatively impact your school performance. Once you have wrapped up school, focus very hard on doing well on the LSAT.

Happy Hunting,

Currently I am working on wrapping up a Masters degree. It has been very consuming of my time, although I suspect that it pails to most part time law programs in this measure.

I have found that being open with my boss and my team members has been key. I have not gone into much of any detail as to my goals related to the completion of my Masters degree, but I have been clear in informing them in advance of my school schedule (which in my case has involved a fair bit of travel), and pointing out well in advance dates that I expect to be especially pushed for time (e.g. leading up to exams and/or project due dates) so that excessive stress from school usually came with forewarning.

All told I have found acting professionally, treating my academic pursuits in much the same manner as I would any other project, planning carefully and reading in those that may be impacted well in advance has paid dividends. Generally speaking, my management, peers, and 'customers' have been very receptive over the last several years.

Happy Hunting,

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