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Current Law Students / Re: Person of Interest or Suspect?
« on: June 06, 2007, 09:05:20 AM »
I always assumed that "suspect" was sort of a subset of "person of interest."  By that definition, all supects would be "persons of interest" but not all "persons of interest" would be suspects.  A person of interest seems to define anyone that may have information that the police seek (witness, person connected to the victim, etc.), but could include the person that is suspected of committing the crime. 

Pennsylvania State / Re: Class of 2010
« on: May 21, 2007, 06:52:49 AM »
A thought to consider:

Given the location of the temporary campus, you will likely have to get in your car and drive to school regardless of where you find an apartment.  If you want to save a little money, broaden your search a few minutes outside of Carlisle where there isn't as much pressure on the market from students looking for housing.  It might mean 10 minutes more commuting but you might save some $$$.

Pennsylvania State / Re: Class of 2010
« on: May 01, 2007, 09:45:36 PM »
Kilroy- thanks for the advice on "Law School Without Fear."  I've just started reading it and it really seems like some useful information.  Hope finals are going well...thanks for the input!

Oh please -- are you really aware who goes to TTTs?! These are people whose earnings potential is not even $20K a year, assuming they are employable in the first place!

What dream world are you living in?  There are a hell of a lot of people applying to and attending Tier 2 and 3 schools that are already successful engineers, doctors, computer programmers, accountants, etc.  I can assure you (being one of them) that these people are not choosing to go to law school because they are not employable elsewhere.  Wake up and smell the real world. 

I could have but my post had nothing to do with the specifics of LS.  It's amazing how much different of a message I hear from people that went the "non-trad" route.  Most of those that I have talked to have earned some hard miles in the real world and love their law school experience.  Perhaps a lot of these complaints are not unique to law school but are everywhere in life. Perhaps an undergraduate education does not usually give you the tools to deal with them and thus the unhappiness. I don't know and I'll probably get flamed further for even suggesting it, but it does seem that those with more life experience have much happier time in law school...

I am currently a 0L so I have little insight to share on law school satisfaction.  That being said, I can tell you that working 40 hrs/wk in a job for which you have no passion makes easily as much of a dent in your personal happiness as 60hrs/wk in a job that you truly enjoy.  In my current career in the Computer Science field, I have seen both worlds. Mostly I have sat at a desk doing mundane work for eight hours a day, drawing a large pay check and watching the clock.  I have seen all of the unhappiness, greed, antisocial behavior and corporate nonesense described in the above posts and have pretty much reached the conclusion that unahppy people are everywhere and simply make their voices louder than everyone else's.  If you don't let them drag you into their mire, it won't happen.

I'm going to law school because I want to find something that I can actually get excited about waking up to go do every day.  If that means 45k/yr to start, then so be it.  If it means some extra hours, than so be it.  As long as it does not involve sitting at a computer terminal in a tiny cubicle watching the clock tick until it hits 5:00, I can't imagine regretting this decision.  I have no intentions of chasing money, prestige or any of the other nonesense that so many seem caught up in, and I think that there are a multitude of areas in the legal field in which one can find great happiness and success if they are not caught up in things like "highest starting salary."  I'm just a 0L and maybe this sounds pretty naive to those of you actually doing it but I just don't think any job can suck your soul unless you allow it to.

Pennsylvania State / Re: Class of 2010
« on: April 23, 2007, 06:37:20 AM »
Has anybody else not had their deposit check cashed yet?  I'm starting to think I should call and make sure it got there...

Pennsylvania State / Re: Class of 2010
« on: April 18, 2007, 12:06:12 PM »
I went to college in the area and have been living/working in the Central PA area since.  I'm fairly new to living in the immediate Carlisle area but in greater-Harrisburg for about 8 years.  Originally a Jersey kid...

Pennsylvania State / Re: Class of 2010
« on: April 18, 2007, 07:23:44 AM »
jman- How you feel about Carlisle depends on what you like to do with youself.  For a fairly small town, Carlisle has a pretty nice downtown area, with a few decent restaurants and bars.  If you're into "night life" in the sense of clubs and bar hopping, you won't find much unless you take the 20 minute drive into Harrisburg (which has a suprisingly good scene for that sort of thing).  If you like the outdoors (hiking, biking, fishing, etc.), it's a great place to live, with a lot going in within a very short distance. 

I would say that you will definitely be culture shocked if you're coming to Carlisle from any big city, but not so much that you feel like you're in some backwater town with one traffic light.  There are things to do and, on the bright side, you'll be amazed at how much LESS it costs to live around here.   

Pennsylvania State / Re: Class of 2010
« on: April 13, 2007, 01:10:31 PM »
Kilroy, any words of advice for some soon to be PSU 1L's? (Other than the requisite "don't go to law school" that I seem to hear from every other law student in the world). Anything you know now that you wish you had known when you were in our shoes?

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