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Current Law Students / Re: Any parents out there?
« on: July 24, 2007, 07:44:01 AM »
Great advice! I have been looking for a tested schedule that works and this is fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing.

Current Law Students / Re: Non traditional students.......
« on: June 26, 2007, 12:10:58 PM »
I'm 35 and will be a 1L this fall. This will be my third career (spent 5 years as a journalist and the last 8 in PR.) It should have been my first career, but I'm so glad I waited. I've had a great ride in my two other jobs and I'm much more mature now vs. when I was 22. Right now, I'm not nervous, I think life has taught me not to sweat too much. But, I am just excited to get this thing started already! Once you finally decide to take the plunge, the waiting can get excruciating.

For those just finishing up 1L, congrats! So, whether you're glad you went or not, perhaps you can pass along some advice? As an incoming 1L, I'm wondering:

-What was the hardest part of 1L (that maybe you didn't think was going to be hard, but was?)
-What was the easiest (or least hard)?
-Study groups -- good/bad?
-Anything that really surprised you that you didn't expect?

It worked. Your original post has .com instead of .org - you should update it.

I will definitely read through it! Thanks for passing it along.

Just tried the site and there's a funky problem with it.  That said, I wonder if my issues would be similar to women at Harvard, Yale and other Ivys.

I will be going to a T2 and bet that I'll face a different set of issues than someone with a JD from such a prestigious school.  Not having seen it due to the problem on the site, I will reserve ultimate judgment. But, my initials thought is that we will have different sets of challenges and experiences in LS.

I do like your website, though, Susan.

Current Law Students / Re: Cool new blog
« on: February 07, 2007, 09:27:32 AM »
Not only is the spamming of the board annoying, but so is being dishonest about the fact that it's not his blog. If he was upfront about this (and not using multiple names) it wouldn't be as bad. It says alot about one's judgment if you can't be upfront about something as silly as starting a blog.

Current Law Students / Re: Decided to quit LS.
« on: January 24, 2007, 05:58:00 AM »
You're looking for someone here to give you a "compelling reason to stay?" Right there should be your clue to get out. I mean, really, if you need people to convince you that you should stay in ls then you really don't want to be there in the first place. I gave 16-year career and a six-figure job to go to LS school and I don't regret it one bit! We live off one salary (my husband's) making less than half of what I did. Is it easy, no. Is it worth it, hell yeah!

Sorry, but either you want it or you don't. You shouldn't be looking on some discussion board for validation or compelling reason(s) to stay in ls.

Current Law Students / Re: asking for fin aid
« on: January 17, 2007, 12:34:51 PM »
I totally disagree, you will not be totally embarassing yourself if you go looking for options of financial aid! You are going to be a lawyer for God's sake and negotiation/persuasion is something that you should be practicing. If finding ways to help offset costs based on your solid performance isn't a reason to go discussing this, then I don't know what is. It is not like your are last in your class and hanging on by a thread. Then, you might be fighting a losing battle.

By the way, you need to learn how to do this sooner or later as you will be negotiating your salaries with partners or executives as long as you work for someone else.

I see no problem in professionally presenting the facts and asking if there are opportunities to help fund your education. What's the worst that can happen - they say 'no'. Now, I wouldn't suggest begging, pleading or whining about how great you are and how you're getting no respect. Treat this as a professional discussion and you are no worse for you efforts.

Current Law Students / Anyone currently at Buffalo?
« on: January 09, 2007, 05:25:45 PM »
I'm wondering if there are any Buffalo 1, 2. or 3Ls out there to give me some advice on the school - professors, grading, job prospects, and any other ins and outs of the school.


Current Law Students / Re: SUNY Buffalo
« on: December 14, 2006, 11:12:33 AM »
You bet. FYI - UB is getting tougher and tougher to get into, so not only should you prep well for LSAT, but also have some great LORs. It also doesn't hurt to try to meet with the admissions Dean Wiley-Upshaw too. She's fantastic and is willing to meet with potential students. Last year, (when I was accepted) they had a record year of applicants and, from what I hear, only took a few people off the waitlist. So, competition to get in is heating up.

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