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As a woman, I agree very much with jillibean.  While I'm not absolutely sure that I want to have kids, at least not anytime soon, I want to be able to make that choice without having to factor in potential damage to my career.  I want to be able to take the vacation time I earn without feeling like a traitor or checking a Blackberry every two seconds.  While I don't mind working late sometimes or going in on a weekend here and there, I refuse to do 80-hour weeks -- I know someone who worked in a high-pressure BIGLAW firm and it nearly destroyed her marriage, and she eventually quit being a lawyer entirely.  That's not the life for me.

The ability to telecommute would be awesome, especially if I decide to have kids.  Flexibility with office hours (with or without kids) would be a huge factor in convincing me to join a firm.

I'm not in it for a lot of money - as long as I can pay back my loans, feed, clothe, and shelter myself, put something away in savings and for retirement, and hopefully someday buy a house, that's all I really need.

Honestly, I don't care about prestige or making partner.  I don't even particularly want to work at a firm, although I probably will end up doing so for a few years.  I don't know yet what would make me stay at a firm if I do start working for one, though -- I'd have to be satisfied with my work and my progress, and feel like my life-work balance was working for me, but I don't feel like I can give specifics without actually being there.

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Non-Traditional Students / Re: what would you do...
« on: June 01, 2007, 10:37:37 AM »
If you're set on going to law school, you should choose a major that you know you can do well in, so you'll have good grades, and that will give you fallback options if you decide that law school really isn't for you.  If you can, participate in some sort of activity - not necessarily on campus, since you have a family, but maybe volunteering in your community or something.  Then study hard for the LSAT and do as well as possible on it, and you'll have a good shot.

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I'm absolutely getting jitters.  Although I like my job, it's definitely time for me to be back in school...but giving up the awesome, cheap health insurance I have now is killing me.  Not being able to contribute to retirement for 3 years hurts.  The thought of job searching again for summer positions and then for a real job after LS, and then not having the amount of respect and flexibility my current boss gives me (which would probably be the case in ANY other job, not just in the legal field), doesn't thrill me.  But in order to get where I eventually want to be, I need to do this and I'm excited about law school itself...just not some of the little things that come with it.

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Temple's IT department isn't supporting Vista.  They don't mind if you use it, but won't be able to help if you have problems, so they recommend staying with XP for now.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Lenovo vs. thoseotherguys
« on: May 22, 2007, 11:20:45 PM »
do you really think vista is that important? Lenovo still gives you the option of getting XP Pro instead.

It's not really. In fact, if I needed a computer that works 100% right now I wouldn't get it. I think we'll see some Vista updates in a couple more months that will bring it to completion. I had a free upgrade and I felt like getting used to Vista though, so I did it.

Check with your school to see if they're fully supporting Vista yet.  Mine's not...they said it's fine for everyday use, but if you have problems during an exam they won't be able to help.  So I'm sticking with XP for now.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Lenovo vs. Dell
« on: May 22, 2007, 02:14:25 PM »
The Thinkpad X-series computers don't have a touchpad at all -- just the pointing stick.  If you want a touchpad, you'd have to go with a Z, R, or T series (or a different manufacturer).  I'm a little wary of giving up my touchpad, but most people I've talked to who use Thinkpads love the pointing stick and don't use the touchpad at all, so I'm hoping for the best.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: How do you address an attorney?
« on: May 21, 2007, 03:38:56 PM »
Mr. John Smith, Esq.


JD is bad form - dont use it.

I work in a field where we need to know and use proper salutation etiquette or bad things happen, and not to be a smart-ass, but you never use a "Mr/Mrs/Ms" salutation when you use Esq.  The proper form would be:

John Smith, Esq.
Address

Dear Mr. Smith,



are you sure it wouldnt be

"Dear Squire Smith"

I've never tried it...but I'd get a kick out of it, if it were addressed to me  :)

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: How do you address an attorney?
« on: May 21, 2007, 03:00:30 PM »
Mr. John Smith, Esq.


JD is bad form - dont use it.

I work in a field where we need to know and use proper salutation etiquette or bad things happen, and not to be a smart-ass, but you never use a "Mr/Mrs/Ms" salutation when you use Esq.  The proper form would be:

John Smith, Esq.
Address

Dear Mr. Smith,

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Do I Have to Buy a Laptop?
« on: May 18, 2007, 03:51:35 PM »
the real question is... if I have a perfectly good laptop already, do I have to buy a new one?

Perhaps.  Many schools will only let you get an additional "laptop loan" your first year, so check to see if your school is one of them. 

Then consider how old your current laptop is, how much warranty is left on it, etc. and think about whether you really expect it to last three more years with pretty much daily use.

If the answer to the first part is yes, and the answer to the second part is no, then you should definitely spring for a new one now, with a 3-year warranty.  It would suck to be a 3L with a dead laptop, expired warranty, and not enough $$ to get a new computer for finals.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: The "I Just Resigned" Thread
« on: May 17, 2007, 01:22:26 PM »
Ditto.  Except that I'm going on vacation for 2 weeks in June, coming back, working a month, and leaving.  And we're having the worst time ever trying to find my replacement.  I'm kind of hoping that by some sort of magic, there will be some stranger sitting at my desk when I get back from vacation, so I can train and leave without feeling so overly guilty.

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