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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: UConn Open House Notes
« on: April 10, 2006, 04:34:02 PM »
Thanks for all the info. I had thought about sending UCONN a seat deposit, but I think I'll be happy at Syracuse. UCONN sounds like a great place, though - good luck with your decision. :)

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: UConn Open House Notes
« on: April 10, 2006, 04:27:17 PM »
How did you like the campus itself?

And to bring it back to the debate, I would much rather disclose treatment for depression than treatment for a drinking problem.

me too

These are questions from New Jersey's bar application.

Have you, within the past twelve months, been admitted to a hospital or other facility for the treatment of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, paranoia, or and other psychotic disease?

Are you currently suffering from an emotional, mental, or nervous disorder that impairs your judgment or what would otherwise adversely affect your ability to practice law in compliance with the Rules of Professional Conduct, the Rules of Court, and applicable case law?

If your answer to either of the foregoing questions is yes, provide the details on a separate attachment, including the names of treating physicians, and dates and places of inpatient treatment.

I guess if you haven't been treated as an inpatient then you're okay on the first one. But I worry that if you fail to disclose something seemingly minor, they could hold it against you for the second question. Or maybe I'm just afraid that I'll spend three years of my time in law school, after working hard to be admitted in the first place, and then have a difficult time gaining admission to the bar. I haven't looked at the applications for many other states, so I don't know what the other states ask.

I also checked out Maine. They have mental health questions on pages 21 & 22.

I thought they only ask if you have been committed to an institution, not if you sought help or counseling.

I am going to look into this.  Any idea of which states ask, and whether they can refuse bar admission for it?  I have a close friend who sought help for depression in college.  If she couldn't get admitted over that, I would sue the sh*t out of the bar for discrimination.  They don't ban you for having a heart condition, and shouldn't over you getting treatment for this medical condition.

Hippie, you should check out this link:

The article is from 1997, so I'm not sure exactly how current it is, but it certainly scares me. Like your friend, I also have been treated for depression (that would be the reason for my messed up undergrad career, which involved me transferring three times before finally graduating). It really pisses me off that I might be penalized for seeking treatment for an illness that runs in my family, just like diabetes or heart disease runs in families. And certainly I will be a much better law student, and then a much better lawyer, if I continue to seek the treatment that I need to stay depression-free.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: In at WNEC!
« on: April 09, 2006, 04:05:29 PM »
If the rep is "horrible," why'd you apply, esp w/ your stats?!?  I say you and the LSN profile is total flame.

It was a safety. And since I work in Springfield, it might have made sense to go to WNEC as a night student if I hadn't gotten in anywhere else. Also my ex went there (he graduates next month), so if he had gotten a job in the area I was considering WNEC. You should be happy to hear that we recently broke up, so I can go to school wherever I want and not consider him.

If you go to WNEC, good luck. There are some students who do get jobs with the top Hartford firms. My ex has had a hard time coming from WNEC, though, and I thought I would pass that information along to anyone who will be getting into debt to finance their legal education.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Syracuse $$$$ Question
« on: April 09, 2006, 01:05:55 PM »
hey everyone! I went to the admitted students day this past weekend and was quite impressed; it seems like a really nice atmosphere and I can definitely see myself there.

I'm curious, what did you like about the visit? People, facilities, etc.? I didn't go to an official admitted students day (can't get the time off from work), so I am wondering what it involved.

What do you guys thing about asking for an extension for the deposit deadline? Do people do this??

No idea if this is done or not. All I do know is that I got two not so friendly e-mails from Case and UCONN reminding me of their deadlines. It sucks that Syracuse requires so much money, though - $400 is a lot to throw down the drain if you're not sure about attending. It's minimal in the overall scheme of things considering how much law school will cost, though.

Good luck with Villanova if that's where you really want to go. Keep us posted. :)

All I can say is going to any law school has to be better than working in a women's underwear department like I am doing now for extra $$.

I process address changes and update social security numbers for an insurance company. So I figure that any law job I get after graduation will give me more money and a better quality of life than what I have now.

Yes, the success stories are more frequent (sometimes a LOT more frequent) the higher up you go in the USNWR. But, no one can stop you from being the anomaly at a lower ranked school. You gotta have a dream.


So Laurrk sounds like you and the bfriend are officially over. sucks.

Well, officially we are separated (which is strange, since we still live together, and we're still doing our weekly grocery store thing tomorrow). But I think it's the end. I'm just having a hard time accepting that. But I'll be moving in a few months, and he got a clerkship in CT, so that may be the end for good (even if we have to be civil to each other now since we share a lease). Oh well.

My current house just went on the market - I am hoping to sell it by early June.  That would give me about a month to screw around and a month to settle in.  I may even have an offer this week (according to my realtor), if that is the case I may quit my job early and screw around for SEVERAL months.

That's awesome, I hope the offer comes through for you! I say leave your job as soon as is feasible and take an extended vacation. I figure that it's totally justified to leave work earlier than later since you're going to be busting your butt in law school for three years. At least that's what I'm telling myself. It's the last (extended) summer vacation you may get for a long time, so enjoy it.

Have you visited Case? I went out there last month and took a tour and drove around, checked out the greater Cleveland area. I really like the Cleveland suburbs, but I'm not a city kind of gal so I decided not to go to Case. The campus definitely has an urban feel to it, at least that's how it seemed to me. Not super-urban like Cleveland-Marshall, but you're still in a city. Of course if you like cities then it's probably perfect for you - there is so much to do right around the campus. And it's a great school. I don't know much about the other schools you're thinking about.

If you're not ready, postpone it. And study, study, study.

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