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Law School Applications / Re: SMU
« on: June 08, 2007, 11:19:29 AM »
For some of us, this is a great thing.

Hey, I live here, I like it.  :)

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Grab your future by the horns
« on: June 08, 2007, 12:12:19 AM »
I think you have to know all the facts and be realistic that you might not be happy with a 40 or 50K job when you're paying almost $1k a month in debt,

That's fine, but just note the monthly payment on $150,000 of debt is more than $1,000. A lot more.

Stafford loans can be financed for 30 years, so a $150k debt at 6.8% interest comes out to $977/mo.  Not that I think thats a good idea, you end up paying more in interest, but it gets the payment down and you can refi later to 5 or 10 years once you're established.

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Law School Applications / Re: SMU
« on: June 08, 2007, 12:08:58 AM »
I'd choose SMU no question.. Dallas isn't New York or LA but it's alot better than Oklahoma.  Plus SMU is higher ranked and you'll have great opportunities at Dallas jobs with Dallas salaries - unless you want to stay in OK and know it, SMU does seem like a no-brainer.  The minor increase in student loans are greatly offset by the greater earning potential.  IMO, anyway.

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Law School Applications / Re: SMU
« on: June 07, 2007, 01:04:10 PM »
Just got accepted off the waiting list today!

This certainly throws a wrench into things..

Congrats!!!  Are you going to be coming to SMU then?  Or sticking with Oklahoma?

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Grab your future by the horns
« on: June 06, 2007, 11:36:38 AM »

SMU
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Total graduates: 266
Graduates known to be employed at graduation: N/A
Starting Salaries (2005 Graduates Employed Full-time)
Private sector (25th-75th percentile): $65,000 - $110,000
Median in the private sector: $85,000
Percent in the private sector who reported salary information: 74%
Median in public service: $51,757

Not bad, although the N/A for employed at graduation is suspicious.

The school literature says 98% of the 2005 class was employed 6-9 months after graduation. 

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Grab your future by the horns
« on: June 05, 2007, 11:07:57 PM »
SMU?

Where are you getting your data?

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I don't see what difference it makes if she's posed nude or not.  If you won't work with a woman because she's posed nude, I suggest you crawl back into whatever hole you've been in for the last oh, 100 years.  Thanks.

The difference is, as i stated repeatedly...is that it could potentially cost me clients.  End of story right there.  I mean if youre plannin on opening up your own little firm doing DUI/possession/other criminal cases where someone like her may be some sort of novelty and attract customers, go right ahead. I know in my firm, that if one of our fortune 500 clients saw that one of the junior associates made a nude video and put it online because "she wanted to do something crazy before doing the lawyer thing"...they would move on to another firm.  Simple as that. I dont know why i keep repeating myself and dont really care anymore. 

This uppity attitude from someone with "Dig to get jiggy wiv mr. biggy" in his profile.  Oh yes, you are a classy person, indeed.  :)

I think you have to have actually touched a woman sometime in the last 10 years to get over this prudishness.

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I don't see what difference it makes if she's posed nude or not.  If you won't work with a woman because she's posed nude, I suggest you crawl back into whatever hole you've been in for the last oh, 100 years.  Thanks.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: The "I Just Resigned" Thread
« on: June 05, 2007, 10:52:51 AM »
Here's my situation - I've been at a job since January that required me to give a verbal 2-year committment, but at the same time told me that it wasn't really official.  They put me through 2 months of (paid) training, and the job kinda sucks but it pays the bills.  My justification for taking the job was that I didn't really know for SURE if I'd be going to law school, although it was obviously a distict possibility.  So, my game plan now is to give my 2-week notice in 2 weeks, with my last day at the end of June.  I would give them more notice, but I can't say whether they'd just let me go on the spot or not, and I need the cash from that few extra weeks.  I'm not really worried about the verbal committment because the only reason they do it is because of the high turnover, but people still leave all the time.

So...here's the awkward part.  Friday my boss called me into his office, and I'm terrified he knows that I've been shopping online for bikinis all morning for my impending move to LA.  Instead, he tells me they're giving me a raise because they realized I was underpaid compared to the industry standard for my job.  Not a huge raise, but still.  I was just shocked and thanked him, but on the inside of course I'm thinking "oh $hit, he's going to be pissed when I'm sitting in this seat in 2 weeks giving my notice..."

Anyhow, I considered telling him tomorrow that I'm leaving so they don't have to give me the extra money (it wouldn't make a big difference over a month anyway), but now I'm thinking I might just stick to the original plan.  I just feel bad.  Plus I've been lying to all of my co-workers, because the way my department is, if I tell one person everyone else will know within seconds.

Any advice/commiseration?  I just feel very guilty and needed to share my pain I guess.  All in all, it's a stupid corporate job that I don't believe in anyway, so I know I shouldn't care...but I do.

It means you are a human being that you feel guilty over this.  It means you have a conscience.  That said;  ignore your conscience on this - you need to do whats best for you, and that is going to law school.  You feel some responsibility to the company because they engineer their operation this way.  I can assure you they feel no such responsibility to you, when it becomes fiscally disadvantageous to have you around, you won't be.  At least in the business world, don't give them the benefit when they aren't giving you any.

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Financial Aid / Re: Okay so I just did my FAFSA..whats it mean?
« on: June 04, 2007, 08:00:57 PM »
Talked to the finaid guy at SMU today and he said their total cost was something like 52k this year (includes cost of living) so if that minus your EFC is greater than 8500, you'll get the full subsidized loan amount.. the rest is unsubsidized.  So I'll pretty much just take the subsidized loans.  Whee.

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