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Where should I go next fall? / Re: law school loans
« on: August 08, 2007, 01:54:21 PM »
I'm not an expert on this, but I don't think your credit really matters when it comes to Stafford loans, so that should help you a bit. You will most likely need a cosigner for alternative loans.

Maybe look at William and Mary

Non-Traditional Students / Re: cold feet
« on: July 31, 2007, 11:19:51 AM »
I think it's normal to get cold feet when you're giving up a current job. I haven't been out of school as long as you have, but I get nervous too - sometimes it just seems easier to stay where I am than to suffer through 3 years of intense schooling and incur more debt. You have to think about why you wanted to go to law school in the first place, though. I was actually thinking about writing a letter to myself about all the reasons I have for pursuing a legal education, and then reviewing it when times get tough and I begin to doubt myself this fall (because I'm sure that will happen at least once).

Oh, sure....I'll read it. I'll PM you with my e-mail address.

Law School Applications / Re: Anything Wrong With This?
« on: July 25, 2007, 10:26:11 AM »
Just to play the devil's assistant director of admissions told me that they have rejected people before for not really challenging themselves. The example she gave was a native Spanish speaker who majored in Spanish. However, if you've done pretty well in your more difficult classes, a GPA boost probably wouldn't hurt (especially since it sounds like they'd be in addition to your regular course work). Be careful though - online classes have a reputation for being easy, but some are actually quite difficult - sometimes professors overcompensate for the online factor.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: gap year
« on: July 24, 2007, 03:32:17 PM »
I didn't know I'd be going to law school at the time, but I got a job as a college admission counselor. It was fun, I matured a bit, and I got to travel. It also gave me some insight into the admissions process (even though I'm in UG admissions, it's enlightening to see how people approach reading apps). I don't know how my job looked to admissions committees, but it was a decent way to spend my pre- law school time.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Adopting a kid/ Being a foster parent
« on: July 17, 2007, 03:52:10 PM »
Yes, that can happen, and those cases have been decided on both sides of the fence, so there's no sure bet. But it seems like you'd really miss out if you didn't adopt a kid just because of that risk.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Adopting a kid/ Being a foster parent
« on: July 17, 2007, 03:34:30 PM »
It's not as tough to adopt older kids. Unfortunately, most of the kids in the US who have a hard time getting adopted are non-infants and minorities. Check out your state web pages. PA's is called AdoptPAKids, I believe.

Where should I go next fall? / Re: Chances: 166 3.7+ (Honors)
« on: July 12, 2007, 03:07:01 PM »
You'll get into W&M. I'd add Washington and Lee to your list - they give very generous scholarships.

Personal Statement / Re: ADOPTION
« on: July 11, 2007, 07:24:51 PM »
Everything you just said there is fascinating and should definitely be included in your PS. The statistics about how many people were adopted in a certain year should not - they're irrelevant.

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