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General Off-Topic Board / Re: The Domestic Life of Lawyers
« on: May 17, 2006, 11:25:49 AM »
If you want to have 3 kids by the time you're 35 and you'll be 28 when you start law school... so, starting right with the babies upon graduation?  Wouldn't it be tough to start out as a lawyer having baby after baby?

Yes, but probably not as difficult as it will be to meet someone who I want to have kids with. Maybe law school is really a big mistake. I wanted to go to law school because I am interested in the law, and it would be a good way to set myself up to earn more than I am making now, and it seemed to fit in really well with my plans with my ex-bf. But we broke up last month and now I'm worried that going to law school will mean I won't be able to have a family someday because I won't be able to meet someone to marry before it's too late to have kids. And that really depresses me.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: The Domestic Life of Lawyers
« on: May 17, 2006, 11:15:51 AM »
I'll be 28 when I start 1L, and I'm worried about the dating scene at law school. I don't want to have children past 35, and I'd like to have two or three kids, so if I don't meet someone in law school I'll really be in trouble.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: The Domestic Life of Lawyers
« on: May 17, 2006, 11:06:56 AM »
I'm going to be 32 when I finish law school, so I think children are out of the question.

So should I give up on having a family because I'm going to be graduating at almost 31?


Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Syracuse Visit
« on: April 30, 2006, 06:40:01 PM »
I dont live in SYR - I live in MI.

Oops, that was for Laur4447. Sorry. :)

Hartford is actually pretty ok looking...I mean, downtown is nice and it seemed a lot better than downtown SYR.

Downtown may look nice, but honestly Hartford is not a place that I'd ever want to live. It's #24 on the 2005 list of most dangerous cities. Syracuse wasn't in the top 25. UCONN, being so near the West Hartford town line, is in a better part of Hartford, but it can get bad really quickly.

East Hartford is a dump, but it's definitely safer than Hartford. The towns get better as you get farther away. And west of the Connecticut River is known to be nicer (and more expensive) than east of the river.

I'm sure that you'll be fine over by UCONN, and I may tend to be more cautious because I'm female. I don't mean to sound all negative. Hartford definitely has its good points, like being the state capital and having a lot of high paying firms. And I love central CT (I miss it!!), it's a great place to live. Traffic to and through Hartford can kind of suck, which is something to consider if you ever decide to live farther away from UCONN. But I commuted from Vernon (where I grew up) through Hartford to UCONN's West Hartford campus and then to Central Connecticut State University for undergrad, and it never really bothered me. OK, can you tell that I would rather be in CT than western Mass?!?

Good luck with the apartment search chonralda, and if you have any questions about CT I'd be happy to try and answer them. :)

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Syracuse Visit
« on: April 30, 2006, 10:26:36 AM »
I think I've found my gem in hartford, but i dont know for sure yet.

Good luck with the apartment search. The west end of the city is the best part, as far as I know. I think the north end is the worst. I drove through there and walked around with a friend to take pictures for her photography class, and as soon as we got out of the car people were hassling us. I think Hartford is on the list of the most dangerous cities in the US, so I'd definitely research where you're going to live. But the same goes for any city I guess.

but now I'm going back to square one and I'll have to travel back up there again...kind of frustrating...

That sucks, but at least you won't end up renting in an area that wouldn't be so safe. How far is it from where you live to Syracuse?

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Syracuse Visit
« on: April 29, 2006, 06:48:27 PM »
I just got back from my Syracuse apartment hunt, and I will be going with Nob Hill. I had made appointments to see four different places, but we went to Nob Hill first and loved it. We also toured some apartments with a couple who turned out to be parents of another future 1L, and they said they had been to the admitted students thing on Friday and heard only good things about Nob Hill. So that was reassuring.

After looking at a one bedroom and a two bedroom, my mother and I drove to Rugby Square where I was immediately turned off by the neighborhood. Same thing with Grant Village, although not so much. I basically hate cities, and at Nob Hill I can kind of pretend that I'm not in a city - it's not secluded, but it is up on a hill and there's lots of grass and trees. And the commute will be really easy, just jump on the highway and go up a few exits. Rugby Square would involve a commute down Teall, which I think would suck with all of the traffic lights. I'd much rather take the highway. Anyway, after driving by Rugby Square and Grant Village my mother and I went back to Nob Hill and put a deposit down on a two bedroom for July 1st. The two bedroom is $714 including heat and hot water, and the place is really nice, so I'm psyched. They have a pool, a fitness center, and gas grills that you can use. Not sure I'd really use all that, but it's nice to know that it's there.

The two bedroom I'm getting is a decent size, and it has one and a half baths. They had a different style two bedroom with a balcony and an additional air conditioner in the master bedroom, but that was more expensive (I think $739?) and the rooms where smaller, so I didn't go with that one. The kitchen is small, but it has a garbage disposal and a dishwasher, so that's all I care about. The windows are a nice size, and there is an air conditioner in the living room. I'm really excited to move in and get some more furniture (my first real sofa, no more futon!).

I don't know anything about Skyline or Nettleton Commons, but I loved Nob Hill. They are taking deposits for apartments way in advance - the leasing lady said that before we came in she had leased a place to another student for mid-August. If you're not sure about Skyline or Nettleton Commons, check out Nob Hill.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Syracuse Visit
« on: April 24, 2006, 04:33:54 PM »
Laur4447, did you go apartment hunting yet? I am going this weekend and I was wondering (if you went) what places you liked.

I'm going to Syracuse with $27,800/yr (I think I need to keep a 3.0). I did get into higher-ranked schools - UCONN, Case - but I don't think I want to do BigLaw and having massive debt scares me. Plus rent is pretty cheap in Syracuse, so hopefully I can also get by with less money for living expenses.

168 / 3.22 LSDAS / 3.93 degree

Case - $20,000/yr Law-Medicine scholarship

woah, is that like a joint JD/MD?!?!

Nope. They have a Law-Medicine center at Case, and I was going to do the concentration in health law if I went there.

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