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San Diego / New Dean
« on: June 07, 2005, 08:42:07 PM »
What are the current students thoughts about the change of dean and is this seen as a positive or negative change for the school?

San Diego / Re: Starting in 2005?
« on: May 15, 2005, 07:32:27 PM »
What are the names of some of the apartment complexes in the "dog patch"? I want to live close to campus but I've heard Linda Vista has some shady parts so which specific areas are all students?

San Diego / Visiting USD
« on: April 23, 2005, 09:04:46 PM »
I plan on visiting USD in May and was wondering if anybody can recommend a good hotel within walking distance or close by.

San Diego / Re: Starting in 2005?
« on: March 05, 2005, 04:35:20 PM »
Where is the best place to live? and how did you like your first year?

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Ann Arbor Area Prep Company Instructors
« on: June 16, 2007, 12:00:42 AM »
Who is this Liz Pendens person?

Not even close to deciding yet.  I want more money......

Where should I go next fall? / Re: Ph.D. Deferral?
« on: April 10, 2007, 03:06:43 PM »

I can't say that I agree with the bolded. I defend my PhD very soon. Never once did I contemplate dropping out of grad school at any point over the last 5 years.  Also, I didn't have to pay a dime for school, so can't say it's money wasted. Finally, I am pretty positive that all I learned in grad school will be very useful to me in my career. I'm going IP, so I may have interests different than yours...

Well, my PhD was also paid for as it was scientific, I was trying to make the point that if a PhD won't help your career, its a waste of money, maybe not for you, but it costs the government on average 200K to turn out PhD students.  Additionally, it might not cost you money to go to school, and you may get a stipend while in school, but in the long run you are losing wages during that time, so yes, you are paying for school assuming that you will make up those wages one day (and since we are all PhD's talking law school, i have no doubt that money will be made up).  I'm sure there are people that don't want to quit at some point, but I talked many people (including myself) off that cliff during grad school.  Finally, I never said it wasn't useful, I will be going into IP myself, so I'm sure (as I said) the degree will be useful and probably help me get a job.    My point is...if one is unsure whether or not to go to grad school as a means to get a better attorney position, their time could be better spent in other ways.  I never had any intention of going to law school when i started grad school, its something that developed as i progressed through grad school.  I think that saying "I want to go to grad school and then law school" is potentially a big mistake because 5 years is a lot of time to dedicate to a degree that you won't be using except as a way to convince people that you are an "expert" in something. 

I think I'm basically echoing what qmmm is saying. 

qmmm - thanks for the congrats..the dissertation was accepted by the school today, officially ending my graduate school career.  whew.....

Where should I go next fall? / Re: Ph.D. Deferral?
« on: April 10, 2007, 12:10:54 PM »
As someone who just defended their dissertation a week ago, I have to agree that going to grad school is probably not the best idea.  Go to grad school if you want to be a professor, or in the case of science, if you want to run your own lab.  Grad school has pretty much deflated my interest in science, hence my decision to go to law school.  I feel as though my PhD might help me get my first position, but in the long run, the 6 years i spend in grad school would have been better spent getting a JD working my ass off for the next three years.  I agree with qmmm, everybody want to quit grad school at some point.  Sure, I learned a lot and nobody can ever take away my degree, but if I had to do it all over again, there is no chance that I would choose grad school. 

Plus, if the degree won't help you in your career, it's like what they say in Good Will Hunting, "you dropped a hundred and fifty grand on an education you could've got for a dollar fifty in late charges at the public library."


I'm am officially finished.  Just wasting time these days.

How many of our fellow posters have made the all important decision?

I think most of us are pretty much set now, with maybe a little wiggle room left.

Are you finished finished, or just finished with the working part?

I am completely finished, I defended last friday.  Needless to say, my liver is going through rehab right about now.  Now I will just be hanging out in lab until the end of july.

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