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Florida / Re: Where`s FIU?
« on: September 24, 2010, 10:18:07 PM »
I'm visiting FIU and UM next Thursday.  Should I pick out some pennies from the fountain for ya?  ;)

FIU is basically my fallback choice, best "value" T4 in Florida.  FAMU is just too shaky for my taste (along with terrible bar passage stats).

P.S. I live in Clearwater (Tampa Bay area).  Anyone wanting local info (i.e. STETSON) can PM me.

Non-Traditional Students / Re: Military Retirement to Law School Transition
« on: September 24, 2010, 10:13:54 PM »
Mr. Messinger is the BEST mentor around.  Thane, I hope you believe in karma, because your efforts to "pay it forward" are quite apparent.  Here's hoping that good karma comes back to you in waves!

Non-Traditional Students / Re: 37 and thinking about law school....
« on: September 24, 2010, 10:11:44 PM »
I am 25 and my mother died in July of cancer and I am prepping for the LSAT through the grieving process, etc. HOWEVER, I have always wanted to go to law school and I think at the very very least you should wait until you clear your head more before you decide if you want to take out tens of thousands or more in debt at 37. Plus, if you don't find it very interesting, think about either have to live solely on student loans OR work and go to school and your life will be HECTIC even with a part-time program. And if you're studying something that you don't like a lot and are busy as hell, your life will feel like hell for a few years, in my opinion. It doesn't sound like it's a good match for you. Money is nice, but I intend on doing a four year program and am dreading being at youngest 40 before it's all gone unless I make it big somehow and can just dish out the loan repayment. You're 37 and you don't even like law. PLUS, law isn't like it used to be. Sure, it pays a decent salary but expect that you could make in the 50's or 60's for a long time, possibly forever. It's much more likely these days to stay at that salary than ever make 100K plus..AND Don't assume you will get a scholarship because you don't have any resources and had a 3.97 GPA. What if you bombed the LSAT? No money. You might get in, but NO MONEY. And, remember how broke all of the "traditional" students are nowadays? Well, that's my two cents and sorry for your loss, I know how it feels. I loved my mother very much too. The only reason I am gambling with law school (which is a huge gamble) is because I already have worked in law as a paralegal and know what it is and have desired to be a lawyer since age 10. I don't know what you like, but if you want a solid career with possible scholarships, etc. you should become an accountant or study computers. Healthcare and engineering are also in need but I don't know how much you want to start over with your education or what skill sets you have or if you were a broker/financial advisor or investor. If you were a financial advisor, perhaps you should consider being a compliance person for brokerage firms and subsequently an expert on securities law suits. No law school debt or time burden required.


Re-read the post above.  I totally agree with MEMEME.  I am a (newly minted) paralegal headed to LS because it is what I have always wanted to do.  In fact, I was already making in the 60's as a middle manager and am quite aware that will be close to what I'll probably make as an attorney.  The point, you don't care as much if you LOVE what you do.

Without that passion, PLEASE listen to MEMEME and wait and think before wasting time, effort and money on something that is not your passion.  Please take my advice.  I am a retired naval officer, 46 years old.  I wouldn't steer you wrong and none of us are patronizing you.  Best wishes in whatever endeavor you choose.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Advice needed, please!
« on: September 22, 2010, 11:58:32 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.

Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Super Lawyer Rankings
« on: September 22, 2010, 02:36:58 PM »
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.


Non-Traditional Students / Re: Military Retirement to Law School Transition
« on: September 22, 2010, 09:22:42 AM »

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,


« on: September 22, 2010, 09:04:25 AM »

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.

Where should I go next fall? / Re: How much should scholarships matter?
« on: September 22, 2010, 02:05:32 AM »
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.

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