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Everest Dude: HEY! IMMA TALKIN TO YOU!  WHY YOU JUST BE SITTIN ON THAT COUCH, HOMIE?  YOU NEED KEEP IT REAL...INSTEAD
A GES' TEXTIN' ALL YO FRENS FOR BAIL MONEYWHEN YO COUSIN BEEBEE GOES TO COUNTY.....BE A LAWYER!  DEN YOU KIN GO TO DAT "RAIN THANG" WHERE DA JUDGE BE, AN GIT COUSIN BEEBEE OUT!  YA KNOW...YOU KIN GIT ALL YO HOMIES OUT, TOO.

Everest Dude:  YOU KNOW.  YOU SEE THEM FLY ASS HOMIES ON DEM TV LAW SHOWS?  THAS' RIGHT!  EVEREST IS NOW AFFLIATIN WIT MR. JERRY SPRINGER TA BRING DA LAW TO DA HOMIES!  DA JERRY SPRINGER COLLEDGE OF LAW WANTS YOU!

Everest Dude:  MAN...IT'S EASY.  WHAT YOU WAITIN FO?  YOU KNOW DA ONLIEST READIN YOU DO IS WEN YOU GOT TEXTED.  WHY NOT READ FO DA BIG MONEY, G?  LOOK---AT---THE--SCREEEN---HERE'S DA NUMBA.  CALL IT.  [under his breath] dumb mutha.....

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Non-Traditional Students / Re: 37 and thinking about law school....
« on: September 26, 2010, 09:49:58 AM »
Megan,

Anything too specialized as a legal assistant wouldn't necessarily give him a broad view of the legal field.  I was thinking of sitting in the basement of a dirt law firm doing title searches, for example.

A smaller firm (but not a boutique firm) may give him a wider range of tasks and areas to observe.  If he were to do general scheduling, file management, preparing motions, etc., the view would be broad.  In other words, absent him having an interest in a specific field, like patent, bankruptcy, etc, broader is better.

The tedium is there no matter WHERE you go in the field.  He'll be exposed to that anyway.


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Law School Applications / Re: 2010-2011 Application Cycle
« on: September 25, 2010, 10:15:45 PM »
QUOTE:    I had to read your post five times to figure out what you meant...  So to clarify:  My post was entirely in response to the two-fer "Mr. Lund."  I certainly took no offense to any part of your prior post.


Morton,

OMG how easy it is to misread something!  I misread YOUR input, too.  I suppose this is a harmless lesson in online communication, eh?

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Non-Traditional Students / Re: 37 and thinking about law school....
« on: September 25, 2010, 10:11:42 PM »
Good.  The legal assistant position will give you better insight.  Hopefully you're working for a small firm and not necessarily doing transactional stuff.

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Law School Applications / Re: 2010-2011 Application Cycle
« on: September 25, 2010, 04:58:37 AM »
Good lord, people... 

I'm pretty sure netiquette requires no formality beyond keeping insults to a minimum.


Anyway, getting into YLS is (IMO) semi-random at best.  Playing it safe guarantees nothing, but rolling the dice just might work.

Morton,

That was said with tongue planted firmly in cheek.  That is what the "wink" was about.  It was praise through irony.

Relax, not everyone is mean-spirited.

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Law School Applications / Re: 2010-2011 Application Cycle
« on: September 24, 2010, 11:00:21 PM »
Marcus,

I agree with Mr. Lund.  The idea is both bold and empowering.  Being a splitter like you are, with Yale, ya got absolutely everything to gain and nothing to lose.

You just may be the splitter that gets to BE a Yalie.  You BASTARD!
;)

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Distance Education Law Schools / Re: Concord School of Law
« on: September 24, 2010, 10:54:40 PM »
Bigs,

Just to pile on here.  I was stationed for years in California, mostly out of San Diego.  Having earned a mediocre GPA, but nonetheless holding a degree, I looked hard at the Calbar and online schools.

The reality is that the practice limitations are staggering.  The ABA reciprocity is not universal.  As you know, typically if you are a member of the CALBAR for 5 years, many states will allow you to take their bar exam. 

Long story short?  I saw just how many states do NOT allow non-ABA grads to ever take their bar that I discarded the notion of attending the "College of Law at the Universal Love University of What's Happenin' Now"

Screw it.  I believe all potential attorneys in California should do what you did and suck it up and go to an ABA law school.   

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: How much should scholarships matter?
« on: September 24, 2010, 10:46:13 PM »
Bigs,

It has always been (and will always remain) the fact that success in ANY field can be attributed to: ABILITY, PASSION, and the two most important things: HARD WORK and NETWORKING.

I am only a 2nd term Junior (law school in 2012), and am already building a solid network in the local legal community.

My distinct advantage is the 25 years plus of real world grinding (and kicks in the ass) that have gotten my head properly in the game.
I agree with you that maybe T-14 makes a difference.  But after that, it's all about what you do with what you have.

just MY two cents (make that a PENNY with inflation)

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Law School Applications / Re: Disclose non-conviction misdemeanor?
« on: September 24, 2010, 10:31:44 PM »
I will simply tell you what my ethics professor told our class about things like this.
When it comes to the Bar:  DISCLOSE, DISCLOSE, DISCLOSE.

Better to let the Bar decide what it will overlook, it is BAD juju when you are found to have witheld information on your Bar app.
The professor I am talking about is also an officer of the Florida Bar (and we are an integrated Bar-membership and licensure are mandatory), and president of the local bar association.

Hope this helps.

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Florida / Re: Defending my brother. Need help!
« on: September 24, 2010, 10:24:40 PM »
NOTE FOR POSTERITY (and people new to the legal field)

NO ONE who is an unlicensed attorney may represent anyone other than themselves (Pro Se), or give legal advice of any kind.  There are exceptions, of course, but these are most associated with federal agencies, NOT criminal courts.

This is called "The Unauthorized Practice of Law (or UPL)."  In my home state, Florida, this is a 3rd Degree Felony (i.e. go up the river, do not pass go, no law school, etc etc,)

The OP himself, however well intentioned, was not well advised to try to "put together a defense," especially on a public internet board.  I am glad that no one responded.  It shows the savvy that most of us here aspire to.

Cheers

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