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I go to the dentist with a toothache (haven’t been in a while because my last experience involve multiple root canals and lots of pain). One of my root canals (performed by different dentist) has gone bad because I never had it capped.

Receptionist: “So, I hear you guys are moving.” (we live in a small town and my wife/kids go to the dentist regularly)

Me: Yes

Receptionist: “When are you leaving?”

Me: “Not sure, depends on job, selling house… blah blah blah.?”

Receptionist:  “Where is it that you are going again?

Me: “Las Vegas.”

Receptionist: LAS VEGAS!?!  Why would you want to move there?

Me: “Well…I’ll be going to school.”

Receptionist: “Oh yeah, Law School, Right?”

Me; “Yes, that’s right.”

Receptionist: “Huh…well, congratulations I guess.”

Me: “Thanks, I’m looking forward to it.”

Receptionist: “(pregnant pause)…So, what kind of law do you want to practice?”

Me:  (as seriously as possible) “Dental malpractice”

Receptionist: (SILENT)

Cost to have the tooth fully repaired: $887.00

Cost to have the tooth extracted: $58.00

The look on the receptionist’s face at the end of above encounter: PRICELESS!

This my ultimate plan - to open my own practice. Like others, I will probably work for someone else to gaion some experience and build legal contacts.

Here is my plan in a nutshell:

While I attend PT (and work full-time), my wife will also continue to pursue her teaching degree/credentials. She will likely finish before I do and enter the workforce. This will afford me more opportunityies to accept lower paid positions that will give me  real-world legal experience (i.e. - prosecution, defense, etc). During LS I expect to continue earning a salary similar to my current income ($50-60K). As we have been accustomed to living on my sole income for the past 13+ years, her salary will create a subsatntial increase in our household income, thus giving me more potentially acceptable employment options. While in LS I hope to do considerable networking. ltimately, it would be great to find a potential future partner that has similar ambitions. It would be even better if his/her surname is Wesson (or even Weston, or Wilson). Then we would open the "Law Offices of Smith and Wesson" (or Weston or Wilson). With a name like that, who wouldn't be frightened to enter battle with us. Additionally, I'll have bumper stickers, T-shirts, etc. made for all our clients that say "Legally Represented by Smith and Wesson".

Seriously though, the thought of someday having my own practice is one factor that has motivated me to go to LS, particularly as an older student. I would also love to be able to pass the practice down to one of my daughters - who already shows an interest in becoming an attorney.

I am moving to Vega$ from Cal and I plan on staying there after LS. I have heard that the city is proud of "their" law school, so I hope to have ample opportunities after completion. I plan to do quite a bit of networking while in school. There is a good chance I would have been moving there even if I had not been accepted; and I would have gone the MBA route. I can't that say I'll stay forever - although that is the current plan, but going through what i am right now with getting my current house in order for sale is not something I look forward to doing again for a very long time.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Answer a question with a question.
« on: May 03, 2006, 11:57:10 AM »
Why doesn't she ask me?

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Answer a question with a question.
« on: May 03, 2006, 11:48:05 AM »
I don't know, is it obvious?

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: I actually got in!
« on: May 03, 2006, 10:06:55 AM »
Good for you  Supergirl! I'd bet you'll do well.

 ...and some of us actually like ramen

I voted yes.

My wife and I actually had a similar conversation when I first told her I wanted to go to LS. She asked, "If you could choose between going to Law school and being a successful author, would you still want to go to law school?" I told her that I would, and in fact, I would still go if I hit the Lotto. I would however, practice on a primarily pro bono basis. It was only when I truly asked myself this question and honestly answered it in the affirmative, that I decided that I would indeed pursue the course.


General Off-Topic Board / Re: Pick a word to best describe red.
« on: April 29, 2006, 05:26:23 PM »
red = pretty

Law School Admissions / Re: THE MAIL CALL THREAD
« on: April 27, 2006, 05:00:45 PM »
Waitlisted at Loyola LA. Pretty much what I expected. Don't think I'll be staying on the list.

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