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« on: March 06, 2007, 05:20:16 PM »
Hmm... when I spoke to someone at admissions, they had told me it can take 8-12 weeks. Apparently I misremembered what I'd heard/where I heard it because the application material does not make any mention of how long a decision will take. However, the St John's website has the following in their FAQ...
How long will it take to make a decision on my application?
The Admissions Committee will make every effort to render a decision on an application within 6-8 weeks of when it becomes complete.
So St. John's says that they will try to get people a decision within 2 months of going complete, but I'd imagine that this late in the cycle, they're pretty backed up. I just hope to hear from them soon, but I guess this could go on for at least another month for me...
« on: March 06, 2007, 02:48:39 PM »
Well, if 'taking forever' means 'damn I want an answer already', then yes, St John's IS taking forever. If 'taking forever' means taking longer than the 8-12 weeks that they state their turnaround time to be, then no, St John's is NOT taking forever. Don't get me wrong, I'm dying for a response, and it kills me when I see posts like 'Yeah, I applied to St John's and got my acceptance 45 minutes later', but the app pretty clearly states that they'll get back to you in 8-12 weeks. It's the longest 8-12 weeks of my life, but I'm stuck waiting, not much to do about it...
PS: Went complete latter half of January. Non-trad, PT program, ~15 years WE, 161/2.92 (3.98 degree granting... damned bad grades from '89 & '90 pulling down the past 4 years worth of A's...)
« on: March 06, 2007, 12:06:33 PM »
Yea, that's the answer, pull out and let the country go to hell. This is where so many Americans mess up, war isn't easy, that doesn't mean it's not justified.
Who ever said you have to fight to make good decisions? There have been many great world leaders who didn't fight the front lines in a war (Lincoln and Reagan, or one for the liberals, FDR).
No, the problem is that neither the American government, nor the American people, have the intestinal fortitude to do what is necessary to win this war. We are fighting a domestic insurgent campaign while being bound to restrictions set up for real war between civilized nations. In other words, as long as we're stuck playing by the rules of the Geneva Convention and our opponent is not, we don't stand a chance. This is the reason why we need to pull our troops out... not because we cannot win, but because we cannot win under the restrictions we face.
Want to win in Iraq easily with minimal loss of American lives? Pull out the ground troops, send in the USAF and allow them to level towns that provide material support to terrorist/insurgents. Fallujah? Gone, off the map. Do this once or twice and people will suddenly stop letting insurgents build bombs in their backyards and recruit their brothers and sons to fight this war of cowardice. This may be cruel and inhumane, this 'collective punishment', but we're not dealing with a civilized nation... we're dealing with a group of people who were only kept under control by a tight-fisted dictator. They apparently do not have the capability to live in peace with each other and respect each other's differences... so the only answer is to let the blood flow until those that remain are so sick and tired of the war and the loss that they decide to look for peace.
Anything less is just wasting the lives of american soldiers... that's why war isn't easy and why people are advocating to pull our troops out.
« on: March 06, 2007, 10:21:28 AM »
So persuading the mom not to keep it is out of the question? I mean, look at the situation here... you don't appear to want to be a Dad, and the mother is **HOPING** that it's yours, meaning it could be someone else's. Doesn't sound like this is the right environment for either person to be bringing a child in. Make her an offer right now to cover the costs of any medical treatment if she decides not to keep it, regardless of paternity. Get it in writing. Let her also know that if she decides to keep it, you're going to make paternity a fight. If she's right and it is yours, then you're pretty much SOL. If it's not, and she's just hoping to land some money from a future lawyer, then she's taking a pretty big risk here.
Yeah, this sounds pretty cold... but what's worse? Bringing an unintended child into a single-parent relationship with a mother that doesn't even know who the father of her child is? That sounds like a pretty harsh environment to bring a kid into...
« on: March 01, 2007, 10:43:54 PM »
To return back to your original question, I'd say go with Hofstra over NYLS. Up until a few years ago, Hofstra was T2, if I'm not mistaken, plus it seems pretty well respected in the Long Island legal scene. While I have no first-hand experience/information for NYLS, I have visited Hofstra (ok, took the LSAT there and a Kaplan Law School 101 class), and the facilities seemed decent. If your only 2 choices are Hofstra and NYLS, I'd go with Hofstra...
PS: I'm in pretty much the same boat as you... full free ride to any PT law school program I can get into (ok, so I pay income tax on any tuition costs over $5,250... better than laying out the $25K myself). Personally, I'm waiting to hear back from St John's as my first choice (the commute to Fordham or Brooklyn wasn't pratical 4 nights a week). So yeah, there are some non-trads on here that have different expectations than simply BIGLAW $160k/year...
Thanks for the defense there. Everyone's situation and goals and background are different. It looked like some of the aversive posters seem to think that everyone going to law school is 22, fresh out of UG, and just wants to make 160k a year, which even most NYU and Columbia grads wont be doing. Ever think maybe some of us might be genuinely interested in law, or education in general? Maybe a political analyst, war hero, or disabled Marine?
I thought by coming onto LSD a month ago or so that I would actually get to integrate with fellow students or applicants who might share a common level of humanity and maturity. Aside from a very small percentage of legit and reasonable posters, it's mostly the blind leading the blind.
« on: February 27, 2007, 03:56:48 PM »
Just got my first acceptance also... Hofstra, 12k/yr PT. Filed my app LATE Dec, so I guess a 2 month turn around time isn't that bad. I just hope to hear back from St John's soon...
« on: February 21, 2007, 11:31:04 AM »
Seeing as I haven't recieved any sort of response to the two schools I applied to PT, I became worried about this very possibility a few weeks ago and started looking at my options. It seems like going for my masters would be the best option... I planned on going to law school PT, so getting my masters PT wouldn't change my academic commitment too much.
Gotta have a backup plan, just in case...
« on: February 12, 2007, 10:45:03 AM »
Why am I a non-trad? Well, I failed out of college, not once but twice when I went there straight out of high school (1989-1991). Bounced around a few different jobs (everything from being a bank teller to door-to-door salesman to being a licensed stock broker) before landing a technician job with a major telecomm company. That company did a massive lay-off back in 2002... barely kept a job due to a clause in the union contract. It made me realize that:
A) I can't count on putting in my 30 years here and retiring with a pension like all the previous generations of phone company employees.
B) With just a high school diploma, there's no way I could replace the middle class income and benefits this job provides if they did lay me off.
So, I wound up going back to school in the evenings for the past 4 years. Pulled a 3.98 (too bad those grades from 15 years ago brings my LSAT GPA down to a 2.92) majoring in Industrial Labor Relations. I decided that the next step, to really be able to progress in my field, was to get my JD. Of course, the company's tuition assistance program has made all this possible, and after that lay-off, anyone here without enough seniority to be secure would be a fool not to take advantage of the company paying for college.
I work with ALOT of fools though...
Anyhow, going to law school PT at the age of 35? Sounds pretty non-trad to me...
« on: February 08, 2007, 04:50:37 PM »
Delete your old posts and look at your other acceptacne letters... never hurts to keep your options open.
« on: February 08, 2007, 01:20:45 PM »
Only if you also rock one of those massive foam fingers with their name on it. They're especially impressed if you can tear off your sports jacket and shirt like Hulk Hogan.
Want to really get their attention? Screw tearing off your sports jacket... instead, rip the admin officer's suit jacket off. Not only will they know that it hasn't been tampered with, but such a strong display of aggression and fearlessness is just the thing they're looking for when pitching their students to DA offices for internships. You'll knock 'em dead... guarenteed they'll stamp your application right there, with you in the office...Right before they call the police...
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