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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Are you working before law school?
« on: April 30, 2004, 07:35:51 PM »
After talking with a lot of 1L's, they pretty much say what Marista says as far as if you can do it, go ahead and get as much loot in the bank as possible if your job is not stressful.  But even then, they all told me to make sure I got out and kicked it before I came to Law School.  Once you start, its all over but the crying.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Are you working before law school?
« on: April 28, 2004, 07:34:47 AM »
schoomp - See that's exactly why I didn't want to tell them anything about going to Law School.  I know these cats. I know how they think.  The minute I announce I am going to Law School I will find my desk cleared an my severence check ready at the door.  I still need about....oh...May June July...three more good paychecks out of these people, + severence package before I head up to Rutgers.

I knew to keep my mouth shut about 2 years ago when I asked would the firm pay for my Kaplan LSAT course (waste of money by the way but different topic) and they said they would pay for just about anything EXCEPT for a Law School prep course. I took that as a pretty good sign to be quiet about my Law plans if I wanted to keep my job.  :-X

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Law School & Dating...Leave the chicks alone?
« on: April 28, 2004, 07:22:21 AM »
That's pretty much what I expected then.  Thanks everybody.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Law School & Dating...Leave the chicks alone?
« on: April 27, 2004, 05:49:02 PM »
So I have your permission to engage in contracts with f*ck buddies?   

As guiness would say...


Incoming 1Ls / Law School & Dating...Leave the chicks alone?
« on: April 27, 2004, 05:00:01 PM »
So you studied months for the LSAT, did your best, made your applications and finally got into Law School somewhere.  Now my question is for the current 1L's and above who are NOT MARRIED is there really time for casual dating in Law School?

I've often heard that because of the time & stress involved its best to keep a girlfriend/boyfriend if you already have them before you start, and if you don't then don't even think about trying to get one after classes start.  What's the real deal? ::)

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Rutgers-Newark vs. Seton Hall
« on: April 27, 2004, 02:03:32 PM »
NJLawGuy - That is probably God's way of pointing you in the right direction, so don't even trip.

I got my degree in Architectural Engineering from the University of Kansas (the jayhawks baby ;D). It was a hella rough 5 year program and I barely squeaked out a 2.5 GPA by my last semester. (The program is 3rd in the nation & the average in the major was a 2.46!)
Ended up with a 162 on the LSAT.

Applied to 10 schools, got rejected by 6 flat out, waitlisted @ 2 and accepted at 2.  Of the 2 that accepted me, Rutgers was the clear choice.

I visited the law school about...2-3 weeks ago and met a lot of cool 1L's who gave me the 411 on the school, the area, etc. I love the design of the law building and its actually only about 3 or 4 years old.  Since I'm coming from the midwest I'm trying to get all the info I can about the area b/c Newark is "Da Bricks" just like Redman said; so that's my next step is trying to find a place to call home out there.

Where do you stand with Rutgers?

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Rutgers-Newark vs. Seton Hall
« on: April 27, 2004, 12:24:33 PM »
NJLawGuy, I might be seeing you this fall.  I applied to both Rutgers & Seton Hall as well.  Out of the two, Rutgers does have the better reputation and ranking, which as we all know is a major factor to law firms.  I am an engineering major as well, have worked as an engineer since graduation, and like what Rutgers has to offer in the way of concentrating in intellectual property and patent law.

I actually had this debate between Rutgers and another school that I applied to, but just looking at the facts Rutgers won out.

So look at the facts between these two, and again, nothing taking away from Seton Hall, it is definitely a good law school.  Just the facts ma'am...

Rutgers 701/3216 = 21%
Seton Hall 1086/2719 = 39%

Rutgers = 154 - 161
Seton Hall = 154 - 158

Rutgers = 3.05 - 3.55
Seton Hall = 2.90 - 3.44

Rutgers = NJ: 74% NY: 77%
Seton Hall = NJ:80% NY: 81%

Rutgers = 96%
Seton Hall = 96%

Rutgers = $13k/yr
Seton Hall = $25k/yr

So hopefully that helps you lean one way or another.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Are you working before law school?
« on: April 27, 2004, 11:54:47 AM »
Are you kidding?  I can't WAIT to bust outa here like jerry mcquire and leave all these engineers still plugged into the matrix of the 40 hour/40 year/retire on 40% of what you made work plan for the rest of their lives.

If they keep up I might even pull a Half Baked and go around the office deciding who gets the "F U!" and who gets the "you're cool".

But seriously though, I'm coming out of the midwest, going to Law School in Jersey so I can't afford to NOT work all the way up to the end of July.  My firm has no idea that I am leaving and continues to treat me like $hit.  So I be quiet...but when I leave...I be talking again!!! ;D

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