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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Harvard or St. John's?
« on: January 19, 2007, 12:58:24 PM »
According to Anna Ivey one should go to law school in his or her own home state (and forgo the Harvard's of the world) if he or she wants to pursue local politics.

If you got the admit to Harvard, stop wasting everyone's time... accept it already and withdraw your app to St John's. That frees up a potential space for someone that really wants to go to St John's (and has no pretentions about going to HYS or other T-14 schools).

Is it harder or easier to go to law school PT when the kid is just a baby? I'm 35, planning on going to school PT eves while still working FT, My wife, however, is 41 and we're trying to have a family. I'm hearing all the comments about people with kids going back to school, but will I be flushed out if my wife has a kid in the middle of my second semester 1L?
Any thoughts? I can't wait much longer to go to law school, but my wife can't wait much longer to have a family...

Why am I going to law school? I'm a 35 year-old telecom technician w/ 9 years at a major telephone company. Thought I was sitting pretty... good salary, good benefits, retire after 30 years w/ a good pension. Too bad the company did a lay-off back in 2002, a week before Christmas. I was s'pposed to be one of the ones out on the street, but a clause in our contract allowed me to kepp my job, albeit with a downgrade from technician to mail room clerk on midnights. I spent a year there stuffing phone bills from 11:30 pm to 6:30 am, Tuesday thru Saturday. The union finally got everyone there jobs back, but that year left me plenty of time to think about my future. Got me to get off my lazy butt and head back to school. Majored in Labor Relations and became a shop steward. Decided that I liked advocating for the membership and developed a real strong appreciation for collective bargaining agreements, so law school seems like the right place to learn more about both those aspects.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: How 'catholic' is St. John's?
« on: January 08, 2007, 07:56:03 AM »
Thanks... glad to hear that.

Are you married to the idea of going to law school Fall '07? If not, then I'd suggest studying like hell and retaking the LSAT in June or October (if not both). If you are determined to go this year, then strongly consider taking the Feb LSAT if you believe you can get a higher score. Your GPA isn't bad, but with you want to go to the best school you can get in to, and your LSAT score won't open as many doors as you would want...
Good Luck,

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: St. John's Part Time to Full Time
« on: December 27, 2006, 02:05:59 PM »
When I attended their open house a few weeks ago, the admission's person made a point of it that you CAN xfer from their pt program to their ft program.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / How 'catholic' is St. John's?
« on: December 27, 2006, 12:09:09 PM »
Hey All,
     This may sound like a stupid question, but I figured that I was better off getting some sort of answer now rather than later. I'm seriusly considering going to St. John's for their evening program. I'm a practicing atheist with a firm belief in the seperation of church and state and little patience for fundamentalists who try to inflict their religious beliefs on other people. Having made the astute observation "Hmmm... I believe that St John's is a catholic-oriented school"  ;), I was curious as to what degree it's religious beliefs colors it's legal education.
Any help here?

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Do you smoke?
« on: November 29, 2006, 12:56:42 PM »
Obviously with new issues with terrorism smoking is banned for more than one reason,

Your comment here is a bit confusing... I have to ask. Are terrorists next trying to kill us with second-hand smoke? Out of all the insidious plots that terrorists could come up with, I'm missing the tie between smoking and terrorism...

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Do you smoke?
« on: November 29, 2006, 09:47:15 AM »
The problem that ex-smokers face regarding cravings are the nicotine receptors in your brain. They take a while to shut down and never disappear completely. Take  a non-smoker... he has 'X' amount of nicotine receptors. The first time he smokes, those receptors all fire up... and as he smokes a bit more, the brain makes more receptors. Eventually, depending on how much the person smokes, and for how long, they could wind up with many times as many receptors as a non-smoker. The cravings smokers (or ex-smokers) get are those receptors calling out for their drug. As time goes by, once a person has quit smoking, those receptors slowly begin to go to sleep... but all it takes is one cigarette to wake them all back up again. The theory why ex-smokers get cravings long after they quit is that another group of receptors is going dormant and that craving is one last outcry before they go into hibernation. Eventually, the ex-smoker's level of active receptors returns to the level of someone that never smoked... although they still have many more receptors than the non-smoker, the number of active ones is comparable.
The thing about these nicotine receptors is that they are also the receptors for caffeine... and most other 'ine' stimulants. That's why they never shut down completely, nor would you want them all to shut down. It's just that nicotine makes them 'light up' much brighter than other 'ines'.
All of this has nothing to do with the psychological addiction to smoking... this is purely about the physical addiction to nicotine. The psychological issues that make quitting hard is a completely different problem that can be overcome, if you really want to quit. It's not about 'toughing it out' or 'willpower'...
For reference, I've learned all this in the first 4 weeks of the quit smoking program I'm in... 1 pack/day for the past 18 years, my last cigarette was 11/19 @ 9:30 pm... almost 9 days now.
Quitting smoking isn't easy... nationally, the successful quit rate is only about 20%. The program I'm in (free, by the way) boasts a 60% quit rate.
Anyone that's interested, the Center for Tobacco Control webpage is...

It's on the Nassau/Queens border in NY, a part of the North Shore/Long Island Jewish hospital network.
Wish me luck,

Law School Admissions / Re: Frustration with Admissions Staff
« on: November 21, 2006, 02:49:34 PM »
Bear in mind that the facts of the situation... there are 10+ applicants to law schools for every open seat. As such, the adcomm's aren't going to cry if you throw out their application. They'll just fill your seat with one of the other 9 people that want it. I can only imagine how boring and frustrating those LSAC forums are for admissions people... prospective law students who are going to try to convince you how brilliant and thorough they are coming up to you and asking the most basic information that can be found on their website... over and over again. Even those reps that are "from schools that were in no place to act snooty", actually are in a position to be snooty if they want... you (or other prospective students not too dissimilar to you) are applying to attend their school in far greater numbers than they can admit.
Is it right for them to have less than a helpful and friendly attitude at those seminars? Of course not... but don't mistakenly assume that you are something they don't see everyday, every cycle, in large quantities...

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