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hi pinky,

I really do not know much about Chapman, but I was impressed by my previous visit to SW last year during a prospective students open house. I found the admissions staff there to be quite friendly, and I had lunch with the Dean of career Services. He too seemed really nice. I sat in a mock criminal class taught by Prof. Pugsley (?) and I enjoyed it very much. In fact, I can honestly say that if I were not going to move to Vegas and attend UNLV, I would most likely have chosen SW even over Loyola (I was waitlisted at loyola, but withdrew because of my UNLV acceptance.) I just felt very comfortable at SW.

I never considered Chapman, because I have always planned on attending LS part time. The only encounter that I have had with them was at last years Law School Forum in LA. The admissions rep (who also introduced the panel at one of the forum's discussions) seemed a little stuck on herself. A friend of mine (who I actually met at that forum) did apply to Chapman and she has indicated that the admissions people were somewhat cold (perhaps bordering rude). I am not sure if she was accepted there or not, but I know that she id not planning on attending (for any number of reasons).

I do know that Southwestern does appear to have a very strong alumni network. While I was there, I met an LA City Attorney (an alum) who had come to visit and talk to prospective students. SW has also produced a number of known successful attorneys. Personally, I would have loved to attend SW - again, it just felt very comfortable to me. I would not worry so much about the competitiveness of students. My take is that success in LS is going to be entirely up to me. Just do your best and shake off the BS.

I don't mean to talk bad about Chapman at all. I am sure that it is a fine school, but I just don't know much about it. You probably can't go wrong with whatever choice you make, just work hard and you'll do fine. As far post-LS opportunities, my gut feeling is that there is probably not too much difference. Both schools are in relative regional proximity to one another and, as far as I know, neither has a bad reputation. My advice is just make a decision and don't second guess it. You'll be fine.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: waxing poetic about boobs
« on: July 23, 2006, 05:58:47 PM »
Sometimes... I go to the Boob Market just to look at the fleas. :-\

those aren't fleas


Eh, Fleas, crabs...same difference

General Off-Topic Board / Re: waxing poetic about boobs
« on: July 23, 2006, 09:10:19 AM »
Sometimes... I go to the Boob Market just to look at the fleas. :-\

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Collective law school blog
« on: July 23, 2006, 08:23:57 AM »
and... my mistress is a jealous god(dess)!

General Off-Topic Board / Re: What's a redneck?
« on: July 22, 2006, 08:48:17 AM »
Well, to begin, a redneck is a variant of homo sapiens that is distinguished from both "white trash" and "country" in that he/she must be Southern (which is sufficient, but not necessary for the first two).

I respectfully disagree with the "must be Southern" requirement. I live near the Mojave Desert area in California, and there are PLENTY of rednecks here.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Collective law school blog
« on: July 22, 2006, 08:45:53 AM »
I would also like to participate in this.

Black Law Students / Re: The Poetry Thread
« on: July 21, 2006, 06:47:52 AM »
Here's one that I wrote. It is included in my first self published collection, "emissions",  (Lulu Press).

City Night
by M. Richard Smith

Watching shadows
through the moonless night,
catching only glimpses
in the light of passing cars.
The pounding of the ground
beneath my calloused feet,
echoes incomplete
through my existence.

A distant siren sings,
making music in my ears
and sending visions,
somewhat clear, in my

Scenes of love,
neglected and abused
and of children
dressed in tattered clothes,
with soiled hands
and messy faces,
eating from a can
of cold soup,
while mommy
turns a trick
and chases dragons
on the other side of town.

A dog is barking,
but not without distinction,
and I wonder what it really means,
what I should be thinking,
when a woman screams
in rhythmic ecstasy,
that she


But soon,
the gunshots ringing near
incite the fears of my reality
and tempt the haste of my escape.
And curtly so,
the bitter taste of silence
against the thickness
of the sultry
city night.

I just sold my house today, after 30 days on the market. I had intended on buying in the area in whic h I'll be attending LS, but I ultimately decided to rent. Actually, I am leasing with a purchase option. The new neighborhood is awesome and I cannot believ I got the deal I did. After much looking in that area, I was convoinced that I'd have to pay at least 400-600 higher for a comparable rent. Also, my new place is a mere couple of blocks away from Wayne Newton's spread. 8)

I'll be at UNLV, but I pretty much decided that way back in March. This past Tuesday, I signed a 1 year lease (w/ option to buy) on a 4 bedroom house in a very nice area of Henderson, NV. I got a VERY sweet deal on this house. That Night, I also received  a firm offer on my house for sale in California. I am planning to officially accept that offer tonight. The next day, Wednesday, I interviewed for two jobs in the Vegas area, and I was pretty much offered both. One is as a Business consultant for a small telecommunications company and pays about $50/hr. The problem is, I won't likely be able to bill enough hours for this to be my sole means of income. The  other job is a field tech position, which will provide steady work. The hourly pay is a bit less than I am making now, but there are opportunities for bonuses, which will keep me about par with my present income.

Originally, I had planned to transfer to my current employer's Vegas area operations, but after applying for more than 15 open positions (for which I am more than qualified), and reciving not so much as a phone call, I have given up hope on that. I heard "rumors" that they are not filling positions until after October, which begins a new fiscal year. Anyway, all is good, and if my house does sell, I will have about 3 years worth of my current salary tucked away.

I have a week of orientation that starts on August 21, and my regular classes begin the following week. With everything I have had to do to make this move happen (sell house, find new house, find new job, etc), I have not had even a second to stress about law school. It's probably a good thing. In any case, I can't wait to start.

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: Age
« on: June 23, 2006, 09:12:17 AM »

Mr Smittie, UNLV is one of my back-up schools in case my old grades from my first time in college keep me out of a top 14.  I visited them last year and I was impressed in many ways.  Their career placement concerns me some, but they seem to be developing into a top notch institution and I think they are underrated, as evidenced in their consistent rise in rankings year after year.  I would love to hear more from you as a student once you get there.

Sure, I'll try to stay in touch. Actually, I am hoping that whenever some other non-trads happen to visit Vegas, we might be able to hang out. I think it would be pretty cool.  I am not too worried about career placement, at least at this point. I figure I have four years to engage in some serious networking, and I really think that is a far better way to explore potential employment opportunities.

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