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Or, if you don't meet the physical requirements, exercise until you do. I used to run laps around my block with a backpack full of books to get ready before I enlisted. The hardest thing I had to do in Marine Corps boot camp was control my laughter at the sight of so many others huffing and puffing to do a few pullups or to run a few miles.
huh, and here I thought CS gas might have been unpleasant...........guess those laps around the block made you able to breath toxic fumes...... ::)
(presuming the marines have to do MOP Gear training like the Army)

Black Law Students / Re: GPS 2.1 LSAT 169
« on: October 02, 2012, 05:06:30 PM »
If you have no interest in being in a big firm, then I'd aim for wherever gives you a fullride based on your lsat. Other than getting into said big firms the education is virtually a xerox copy.

Current Law Students / Re: Addicted to Student Loans
« on: October 02, 2012, 12:31:49 PM »
Plus (in theory) the extra degree will give an edge (somehow).

No, it probably won't. Unless your goal is to teach college, a Ph.D will only give you more debt. The starting salary for an assistant professor is less than that of a junior associate, and you'll max out at far, far less than an attorney. Most legal employers won't care a bit about a Ph.D (or M.A.), so outside of academia it will not give you an edge. Even if you do want to teach, you better get into a very well-regarded doctoral program. The job market for academics is even worse than the job market for lawyers.

I would advise taking any kind of legal work you can get, just get some experience. If you have to, move in with family or relocate to a cheaper part of the country. Believe me, I recently graduated and I know how crappy the market is. The first couple of years out of school might be awful, but if you can get some experience it will get better. Handling DUIs and insurance subrogation cases for $40,000 a year is still better than accruing an additional $100,000 debt for a degree that will not increase your earning potential.
I'm not saying not to take work, I'm just saying the idea of taking the work (if you can get it) PLUS taking either online or weekend courses (to avoid having to move in with family,etc). I'd rather risk more debt than pretend I'm 17 again.

Law School Admissions / Re: Low GPA, Moderate LSAT...take 3rd time?
« on: October 02, 2012, 12:29:34 PM »
you didnt actually say what your GPA is. (low is a relative term)

Current Law Students / Re: Addicted to Student Loans
« on: October 02, 2012, 09:22:27 AM »
You have to forgive me for my ignorance because I haven't gotten into the school loan game yet.

Won't your loans still be accruing interest if you go back to school? So you'll end up owing substantially more (in interest alone) if you continue to put them off, correct? Have you done the math on your monthly payments if you start now vs. one or two years from now?

we don't all have trust funds to live off of, or spouses/parents to take care of us.

yes, more debt is bad. But no money to survive in short run is worse. -There is a reason why people are willing to pay the electric bill with a creditcard.

Plus (in theory) the extra degree will give an edge (somehow).

How are you to the point of enrolling in law school without any student loans? You on GI Bill, or just have parents pay for it?

Black Law Students / Re: GPS 2.1 LSAT 169
« on: October 02, 2012, 09:20:08 AM »
fine (he says knowing better but bored enough to play along)

no you don't qualify.

you can make fullride (no tuition owed) at many T4 schools though. (cooley,whittier,etc)

Black Law Students / Re: GPS 2.1 LSAT 169
« on: October 01, 2012, 10:25:16 PM »
I see the suspicious trends of a lazy alt making troll................. :P

so why not go to medschool now instead?

The degree major does NOT matter. Only GPA and LSAT score. (unless going for intellectual property law, and then yes that would give you an edge in your personal statement-somewhat)

Just focus on the lsat and you should be fine. Your GPA isn't too bad if you combine that with a good lsat score.

Current Law Students / Dumbest Things Heard In Court
« on: September 28, 2012, 09:26:29 PM »
What are some of the dumbest things you have heard while in court?

I was shadowing an attorney in court and had my mind blown when I head the following conversation go down between the Prosocution and a Defendant.

Pros: Sure the crime in question dosn't deserve much time, but we have reason to believe he did (radom unrelated accusations) and the court should punish him for those.

Def:(whose court appointed attorney was virtually asleep behind the wheel) "I'm not on trial for those things, nor do I them"

Pros: "Prove it!"

Def: "Burden of proof is on the state"

Pros: "Cite your sources"..................

............. ??? What kind of dumb MF ask someone to "cite their sources" on the state having the burden of proof?????WTF?!?!?

The judge ended up siding with the defendant but didn't exactly repremand the prosocution either though. He just rolled his eyes and when he saw me in the front rows with the "WTF?!?!" look on my face just kind of shrugged his shoulders as if to say "yeah this dumbfuck is the best we could afford on state salary, we're used to it".

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