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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Advice needed, please!
« on: September 22, 2010, 08:58:32 PM »
I mean this very sincerely:

If you really CARE about this guy....TAKE IT EASY.  He has all the drama he needs right now.   
Being supportive is not quite the same as being on the top of his consciousness.  This is YOUR time
to "take one for the team."  Please don't give the poor guy any more baggage than
he needs.

That is---if YOU want to be with HIM...and you BOTH want to see him graduate.

Just my two cents.

I live 10 miles from Stetson, and use the law library often (I am finishing a Paralegal BAS).  I like the atmosphere, but honestly...not for $33K per year.

Next week I'll be visiting FIU and Miami and will provide my feedback here.  Later this year I'll visit both UF and FSU.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Super Lawyer Rankings
« on: September 22, 2010, 11:36:58 AM »
Very interesting, yet not surprising to see UF on the list.   Not that I give a damn about school sports (OMG!), but I'd rather be a Gator, or even a 'Nole, than a 'Cane or anything else!

Be that as it may, Stetson is in my backyard.



Good to hear that Devil Dog motivation.  Don't listen to the naysayers here.  We are used to working our collective asses off for barely adequate pay. 
Stress? Pressure?  Lack of Security?  WAH!  Try having someone throw a few ROUNDS your way, right?

Every indicator I have gotten from my local attorneys is that if we non-trad military folks aim for a niche job, ignoring the stereotypical "BigLaw-Gimme Gimme" mentality (that many folks here have, sadly), we stand a very good chance of being competitive in the market.

Honestly, I have a paid internship now that is more like a clerkship.  It could very well develop into a job, post-JD.  Opportunities are everywhere, you just have to WORK for it.

A word of advice.  Like law school, the ABA will not accredit a totally online paralegal program.  Message me privately with your area and I'll see if I can find something for you. 

Semper Fi,



Life sucks!

Don't whine about it.

If they will be "working" for your attorney, a good bet would be a student in a local paralegal studies program.  They
may be able to set up a one credit hour internship or something.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: How much should scholarships matter?
« on: September 21, 2010, 11:05:32 PM »
Not that I know of.

I am lucky to be in one of the very few ABA-accredited paralegal programs in Florida.  My exposure to adjuncts that are practicing attorneys and judges has indicated that most of it revolves around the school's reputation in the profession.  They also much echo what Cicero said in terms of how the FL schools fare in that game.

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: Military
« on: September 21, 2010, 10:51:03 PM »
Guess I'm pretty LATE on this one!

Retired USN CWO4 here.  Will be applying to UF/FSU/Miami/Stetson/FIU/FAMU in 2012 cycle. 



I'm a retired navy CWO4.  I retired back in 2006 with 22 years.  After spending a few years in upper middle management in the corporate jungle, i realized that I should just go on and pursue my long-held dream of practicing the law.

I earned my first degree back in the early 90s, and it was built on a foundation of really CRAPPY grades I got long before I joined the military.
Realizing that booosting my GPA would be a good thing, I went back to school to earn a BAS in Paralegal Studies at an ABA accredited program.  it has been a great entree to the law and has taught legal topics from a practical perspective.

I am currently working as an intern on a state regulatory/rules making project.  I will graduate, take the LSAT and apply for LS next year.

The deal for ALL of us non-trad folks (i.e. over age 40) is to keep debt to an absolute minimum.  You have the best deal in Illinois that I've ever heard of.  Go for it!

Here in Florida, I actually have all my undergrad and one year of LS covered by VA, ch. 33.  Hopefully, I can post good enough numbers to get some $$.  I am currently carrying a 3.95 and my timed LSATs are varying between 166 and 171.  I am crossing my fingers.

Okay.  I was an RP, attended ITS, was assigned to 1st MARDIV back in the 80's, etc etc.  Made CPO and got my warrant in '94.





Remember, we non-trad 0Ls are looking to you as an inspiration.  Please hang around and share your experiences with us.


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