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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Miami Law
« on: November 27, 2010, 10:43:21 PM »
As a native Floridian who has actually visited UM Law, I can categorically agree with what Bigs supposed.  Miami is indeed the BIG DAWG in Miami itself.  The most portable degree around here is from University of Florida, closely followed by Florida State.

What gives me pause about attending Miami is the excessive tuition and higher cost of living (generally) in the Miami area.  That said, if you can get some scholly money, Miami might be a good deal.

I am far from an authority on PS, but I truly enjoyed reading it.  It definitely speaks to "who you are," and from what I have read, this is what admissions officers want to know.


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Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: Military
« on: November 27, 2010, 09:58:04 PM »

Back on this site after the "trojan downloader" debacle.

Current Law Students / Re: Which type of law?
« on: October 23, 2010, 07:00:48 AM »

Finally!  Another experienced attorney weighs in.  Morten has never been one to blow sunshine here.  That said, he makes an extremely valid point to all of the naysayers. There are indeed niches out there.  Thane Messinger also has consistently dispensed cautionary, yet encouraging advice.

I still think that some of you here just do not understand some of the motivations of nontrads.  Many older folks have been keenly interested in the law for quite a few years.  For some of us that means longer than you have been alive.  I personally shouldered the responsibilities of federal service, raising a family and putting my children (close to your ages) through college.  The result was that I put my own dreams on hold.

The idea of a bucket list may be foreign to you.  I can assure you that one thing that an intelligent, motivated and mature person does not want is regret.  I have met far too many people who have looked at their lives and said, "coulda, shoulda, woulda." 

News bulletin for some of you sharp young turks:  Not every non-trad is an irrational idiot.  Your posts, at times, have been downright patronizing and offensive.  Please try to be a bit more courteous.   That courtesy is a sure sign of professionalism.


General Off-Topic Board / Re: Financial Aid Help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
« on: October 17, 2010, 03:53:32 PM »
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Although I am a few years younger than you (not many, I still wear bifocals), you and I are in the EXACT same situation, except that I am married (AFTER a divorce and the kids are grown).

Now is OUR TIME.  Like you, I have had that itchy dream banging around in my head since I dropped out of college to join the navy in the early 80's.

The HELL with all the doom and gloom.  As a retired officer, I have a great retirement check and pretty good benefits.  A rather minimal salary will suffice.  That isn't even the point.  The point is to NEVER be one of those sad people who say, "coulda, shoulda, woulda...."

The Law is calling, and we WILL persevere.  Semper Audere!

Incoming 1Ls / Re: law school grades
« on: October 16, 2010, 01:23:34 PM »
Thane (and Morten),

Maybe the old genteel "apprenticeship" could actually work in the modern world.

Leaving aside the resistance to change, etc.  Do you think that some system like that could be workable, from your perspectives as experienced attorneys?

Incoming 1Ls / Re: FAMU over Harvard
« on: October 16, 2010, 01:17:58 PM »
Choices, choices...Having them to make is actually pretty nice, eh?

This type of choice is relatively easy, at least for me.

I won't be listening to Harvard or Yale bang on my front door.  If I am lucky, it'll be more like comparing the relative
positives and negatives of a scholarship mix from Miami, Stetson, and FIU balanced by maybe an acceptance to FSU and/or UF.

Go to a solid Tier 2 well regarded in the state, paying full freight?
Possibly attend a local Tier 3 that may go as far as to offer a full scholly with stipend?
Attend in south Florida, because THAT may be the best financial option?

The only tough choice I can see would be if a T-14 accepted me and then gave me maybe a half tuition scholarship(yeah RIGHT).  NOW
the choice between that and a full ride would be a bit agonizing.

ALL of the choices we make are based on each of our own situations, goals, and values.

VERY nice..

Thank you!

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