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Current Law Students / Re: Thinking about leaving Law School.
« on: January 17, 2007, 10:27:48 AM »
Because I have a mortgage to pay. And because my job (and the company I work for) is too good to give up. I am also 30, and married, and giving up work to study seems almost indulgent to me. But of course I am left with being pulled in 10 different directions.

Current Law Students / Thinking about leaving Law School.
« on: January 17, 2007, 09:58:12 AM »
Is anyone else seriously thinking about leaving Law School? I have just completed my first semester and I am really unsure if I want to continue. The problem isn’t my grades – I’ve received two out of four, and they are really quite good – but I just don’t know if I want this enough. I work FT and study PT (what a misnomer – 4 classes is hardly PT) and the rest of my life just falls to the wayside. I just keep thinking “This isn’t what life is about.” Where is the time to eat dinner with my husband, walk the dog, catch a film with friends? There just isn’t any.

If I thought that the hard work ended after 4 years, I think I’d feel better. But I imagine there are few first-year associates working a 40 hour week. I have a full scholarship, which is one of the reasons there’s a voice telling me to stick it out, but another voice says “Why bother if you’re not totally committed.” I go round in circles every day with this. If I don’t maintain a B average I will lose the scholarship; in which case, I am done. I know I am not willing to incur $60K of debt (for this or anything else). A friend told me that if I wasn’t committed enough to pay for Law School, that answers my question. 

Does anyone else feel the same way – or does anyone have any words of wisdom?

Thanks for posting this - I am about to start a part-time JD at William Mitchell and my husband and I have been talking about everything that has come up in this post. At this point I am thinking that after 1L, we are going to let Mother Nature decide...

jvan2619 - so which school have you decided upon?

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: converting grades
« on: February 18, 2006, 07:32:18 AM »

You will need to have your undergraduate institution (in my case Newcastle University) send a copy of your transcript to a place such as World Education Services, who will "translate" it into the 4.0 scale.

I did very well on the LSAT but I was unpleasantly surprised by my GPA conversion. I got a very solid 2.1 (and Newcastle is a good university) but it was converted to a 3.3 GPA, which is really very average. I know that at Newcastle they wouldn't allow US students to start a degree without first doing a "foundation year" so my understanding has always been that a UK degree is considered to be harder than its American equivalent. I got it to my law school of choice, anyway.

May I ask why you are going to law school out here? I am married to an American, which is why I am here.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Any future part timers here?
« on: February 18, 2006, 07:20:10 AM »
I am starting a part-time program in the autumn. I currently work as a Corporate Paralegal and I do around 35-40 hours a week. I have to be honest - although my job is occasionally very busy, it is not stressful, so I think combining the two will be OK. And as unlikely as I know it is, I am hoping that when I graduate I can skip Biglaw and be hired by the company I am currently with. I am much more interested in having a life - and lower salary - than selling my soul for $100+k.

And you?

Incoming 1Ls / Re: UK Bachelors and American law school
« on: February 18, 2006, 07:05:43 AM »
I got my undergrad from Newcastle University, which of course is not registered with LSDAS. So when it came to law school applications I had to get an official transcript from Newcastle and have it sent to World Education Services to be "translated" into the 4.0 scale.

One word of warning - the first year of my degree didn't count towards my final grade, and let's just say I "took advantage" of that. But when it came to computing my US GPA, it counted. I got a solid 2:1 (and not far off a First) but because they used my first year grades my GPA was an unsatisfactoty 3.2. Thank goodness I got a 168 on the LSAT, so who gives....

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Any other older returning students out there?
« on: February 16, 2006, 04:53:00 AM »
Yes, I have had a six year break since my undergrad and will be starting at William Mitchell (St. Paul) in the autumn. I am going to be studying part-time – I have a legal job at present and hope that will help the post-JD job search (as well as the mortgage payments!) I have been to the campus a couple of times during the day and I feel like I’m 50…..friends tell me the part-time program is much better, fewer “kids” than in the full-time program.

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