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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Texas v. Vandy v. GWU
« on: March 18, 2007, 06:15:00 PM »
Texas in-state or out-of-state? Where do you want to end up?

Law School Admissions / Re: Thought you guys might be interested...
« on: March 18, 2007, 06:05:40 PM »
I think working that long becomes a much bigger deal if you'll be married (like me) or have kids (probably like me in 3 years). If you are single, then I think it is more realistic to take the suck it up approach for a couple years. But if you're missing your children's development and first steps and first words and hardly seeing your wife (or husband) it becomes a much bigger deal.

Then again, money becomes a bigger deal to those in my situation, so we're drawn to the big firms. I hate the way this works.

Rejection via snail mail. Original Deferrment.

Law School Admissions / Re: I'm not making this up, what would you do?
« on: March 15, 2007, 07:27:31 PM »
Cause a fuss if it's your dream school. If not, be easy on them but call and get an explanation.

I was sent the wrong scholarship information from a school via e-mail. Meant for someone not by my name.

Law School Admissions / Re: Waiting on UVA
« on: March 15, 2007, 07:21:25 PM »
General waitlist.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Should I be considering this?
« on: March 15, 2007, 12:02:38 PM »
Matthies made a good point about scholarship. You don't want to be caught dead spending full tuition on a t4 for 2 years (they are notorious for doing this by the way, not NOVA particularly but t4 generally).

That said, I will also be married so avoiding debt becomes a bigger deal to me. What I'd wonder is:

Do you want to live where NOVA is for the forseeable future? FSU will offer more mobility, especially in the state.

That said, I'm not a Florida law expert, but I'm trying to offer what seems to me like the logical snap judgments.

I think 20k during the summer is optimistic (possible but not worth banking on).


I am usually an advocate of avoiding debt but when it comes to good school of Temple vs. un-accredited Drexel, go to Temple.

There is an old thread somewhere from someone who took one and other people already in school say their thoughts, etc. The consensus seemed to be it helps you for the first 2 weeks but then afterward it doesn't make much of a difference. If it'll make you sleep easier at night and is worth 2K to you then fine. But I won't do it. Law school is expensive enough as is. If you're smart enough to get into law school, you should be smart enough to handle it.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Debt: How much is too much?
« on: March 15, 2007, 11:51:54 AM »
so question.  Michigan for full price---will I regret that???????????????????

the conflicting voices in my head SUCK

If you don't mind BIGLAW for the next 5-10 years then yes, it makes sense. If not, it's harder to justify. Though what is your 2nd option? If there is a HUGE ranking difference and just a little $$$ difference then it is different.

Also, if cheaper #2 school is located where you want to live, it makes #2 school more attractive.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: W&L vs. SMU
« on: March 14, 2007, 07:08:18 PM »
I wouldn't worry too much about what random folks know or don't know about SMU or any other respectable law school in another region. Attorneys know and that alone matters.

True but region DOES matter. Attorneys don't just memorize USNWR and use it as a bible.

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