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Incoming 1Ls / Re: I'm a law student !!
« on: July 20, 2004, 06:24:38 PM »
Congratulations, JeffJoe, and best of luck!  When do your classes start?

Suggestion:  Take your practice tests at the local library.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Law Students in their 30s
« on: July 19, 2004, 02:04:14 PM »
I'm 36 now, and with a very comfortable career (12 years) and supporting a family.  I'm giving up an $80K salary for start law school in 2005, and will graduate when I'm close to 41.

But I'm a little different than most in that I didn't start my undergrad until I was 33.  After HS I did nothing substantial for 5 years (waiter & bartender), but at age 21 I started a career in the commercial insurance industry that I've been in for 12 full-time years.

It was finally going to college (FT while working FT) that changed my life drastically.  When I first got the sense that I could go to a good law school and succeed at it, everything just snowballed from there. 

The decision to change careers is never easy, and to go down this path is daunting, yes, but it is going to be rewarded big time for all of us - and not just because of the $$. 

Not to discount the experiences of those still in their early 20s, but however tremendous this accomplishment is for them, it is even moreso for us in our 30s and up.

Lots of parallels, my friend!  I, too started college after a 12-year successful career.  I just graduated in May, Summa Cum Laude, at the age of 44.  Starting LS next month - I can't tell you how excited I am about this new start, and I've never felt so optimistic, so hopeful, so ... young!

Best of luck to you all.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: African-American Heritage
« on: July 12, 2004, 10:04:01 AM »
I agree that the "Native Americans" suffered unspeakable hardships at the hands of the Europeans, and my point does not intend to mitigate this.  I was merely pointing out that the term "native American" is a misnomer because by definition a native is one who belongs to a certain country by birth.  Hence, someone who was born in Ireland is native Irish and naturalized American.  The people who were living here when the Europeans discovered them were native to the land but so was and is every generation that followed. 

General Off-Topic Board / Re: African-American Heritage
« on: July 12, 2004, 08:29:09 AM »
We're all (generally speaking) from somewhere else unless you are a Native American. 

Literally speaking, we're all native Americans, unless we were born somewhere else.  The people we refer to as Native Americans are believed to have migrated from South America and Asia, so they are no more indigenous than any other ethnic group in this country. 

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Appearance
« on: July 10, 2004, 03:14:36 PM »
Grading is entirely anonymous, therefore I don't care what the professor thinks about how I present myself. I'm going to stick to my college attire and dress casually in shirts and jeans

Don't be misled by what you may have heard.  Grading on exams is entirely anonymous; however, a professor can use some discretion in grading for a course.  I heard this from three 3L's.  That's why things like (despite what PLS II says) class participation, and yes, appearance can possibly bump a course grade up or down.  I believe in the old adage, dress appropriately but "dress for success."  We're all grown ups now.  IMHO, a student wearing shorts and flip flops to class just doesn't look serious.

Law School Admissions / Re: What to Bring on Test Day???
« on: July 10, 2004, 02:54:23 PM »
Don't forget highlighters - they're allowed.

Law School Admissions / Re: fora
« on: July 10, 2004, 02:49:29 PM »
I don't really remember, but it was probably around 2-3 pm.

Law School Admissions / Re: fora
« on: July 09, 2004, 04:17:21 PM »
I went to the one in NYC last September and it was a mob scene.  There is a pretty slim chance you will get to talk to anybody much less get near the table for brochures, but they do take note of your attendance by collecting badge numbers at the tables, and I remember some applications asking whether I attended any forums (or fora), so I'd say it's worth it.

Law School Admissions / Re: Is this homophobic???
« on: July 08, 2004, 10:51:15 AM »
If the party line is that they "screwed up by not letting the bride's brother bring someone," wouldn't a better (and certainly more positive and less hurtful) remedy of the situation be to let the brother bring someone afterall???

Did you return the response card yet?  I'd be tempted to say you'll both attend and let them sweat it out.  They deserve to squirm a little.

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