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General Board / Re: ABA work policy
« on: July 21, 2008, 03:56:40 PM »
I just finished 1L, working about 16-20 hours/wk in a professional job. While I found it to be manageable, and enjoyed not having to live like a poor student, here are a few cautionary pieces of advice I would offer:

1) Make sure your employer is fully on board and understands your priorities.  I found that professors tend to assume that law school is your only time commitment during 1L and will liberally schedule class makeups, meetings, conferences, etc., without regard for your schedule.  If your job does not give you some flexibility in scheduling around this sort of thing, you may find yourself between a rock and a hard place in terms of your time.  (For the same reason, it's also helpful to let your professors and administration know of your plans- they may be accommodating if they know your situation).

2) Do not try to work during finals.  For about two weeks at the end of the semester, studying for finals is a full time job.  I would not want to compound that stress by trying to squeeze in work time. 

3) You will probably have to sacrifice a lot of the non-academic activities that come with law school.  Whether it's happy hour, intramural sports or other extracurriculars, the decision to work during 1L means that you will not have time for a lot of the events that make law school fun.  The hardest part for me was having to turn down a lot of invitations to do fun things with fun people because I just didn't have time. 

4) Make law school your first priority and don't lose sight of it.  I made myself available to my employer by cell phone and email all the time, but I also let them know that I would not always get right back to them if I was busy with school.  Depending on your job, there may be some pressure to put it ahead of your school work, but no part time job is worth sacrificing your academic performance. 

This is likely to get me flamed, but the fact is that most law students have way more free time than they like to admit.  If you have good time management skills and an understanding employer, there is no reason that you cannot keep working and be successful in law school with a little extra effort.

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General Board / Re: Working as a 1L....
« on: May 01, 2008, 09:33:02 PM »
I worked about 16-20 hrs/week, some from home, some from the office. It's totally manageable, but be prepared for some long days as you get close to finals and when legal writing assignments are due.  The best advice that I can give is make sure that your employer is on board with your priorities.  There have been more than a few days on which I had to shift the work schedule around because of some unexpected law school commitment, and it's definitely a must that you take off some time during finals week(s).  Other than that, there's plenty of time in the 1L schedule to hold down a job.

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Pennsylvania State / One week....
« on: August 15, 2007, 10:48:38 AM »
One week until it all begins.  Who's excited?!

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Pennsylvania State / Re: Class of 2010
« on: July 25, 2007, 10:19:27 AM »
Did anyone else find the email from financial aid just a tad bit insulting to their adult sensibilities? 

Don't get me wrong.  I do find such sage advice as "Using the library instead of bookstores and movie rental stores and brown-bagging your lunch are a couple of simple ways to keep your expenses low" incredibly compelling. I think, however, that anyone capable of completing an undergraduate degree, then completing the process of applying and getting accepted to law school will be able to solve such complex financial conundrums without the emails from mommy reminding them to save money.  I fully expect further emails along the line with tips such as "studying hard and attending class are sure ways to improve your grade point average," and "leaving a little early in the morning is a fun and easy way to make sure that you are on time for class."  Perhaps we could hire a medical consultant to write to us that "eating right and getting more sleep are a few simple cures for law school exhaustion."  How could we possible navigate the maze of 1L without such sound little notes from the pen of experience?

Okay, rant over.  I feel better now.

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Pennsylvania State / Re: Carlisle Traffic?
« on: July 12, 2007, 05:49:04 PM »
I live outside of town (by quite a bit) and the traffic is almost never bad unless you choose to go right through the center of town.  If you Google map a little bit, you can find lots of "back road" type of routes that will deposit you right on the Carlisle Pike next to the school without having to deal with the slow moving traffic through town.

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Pennsylvania State / Re: living in Carlisle
« on: July 10, 2007, 01:17:28 PM »
I can't make the 3rd but I'm pretty certain that I can make the 11th.  It would be fun to connect some screen names with faces...

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Pennsylvania State / Re: Class of 2010
« on: June 26, 2007, 11:29:16 AM »
How do I get into the Facebook group?

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Pennsylvania State / Re: Class of 2010
« on: June 26, 2007, 10:45:33 AM »
Who was Elena?  Current student? Prof? Administrator? I came late and all I could tell is that she was supposed to be the person answering all of the questions...

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Pennsylvania State / Re: Class of 2010
« on: June 26, 2007, 09:33:25 AM »
Anyone else think the chat was kind of useless?  I was hoping it would be something like a moderated Q&A.  It turned out to pretty much be a chaotic chat room of unanswered questions flying everywhere...

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Pennsylvania State / Re: Class of 2010
« on: June 07, 2007, 09:19:11 AM »
Anyone interested in having some sort of "Unofficial LSD Class of 2010" Happy Hour once everyone gets to town?  It might be fun to match some faces with screen names over a drink before we all get to orientation.  I'm thinking sometime in August.  Post here if you're interested!

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