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I'm glad that my school has a good proportion of non-trads.  Sometimes, the kids straight out of college bug the heck out of me with their immaturity.  Anyone have a good story about one of these kids making you want to slap some sense into them?

Also, it seems that a lot of BigLaw firms seem to prefer students who went to law school immediately after undergrad.  I don't know if they consider them more "trainable" or more likely to fit into that type of culture for some reason.  What do you guys think about that? 

Also, did anyone see this article about Summer Associates making as much as $3K per week?  http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/07/23/AR2007072301890.html?hpid=sec-education&sub=AR
Now, I don't mind that in theory, but it does bother me that this is the first real world experience a lot of these interns have, and I think they come out with a skewed sense of reality.  Can't stand the entitlement either.  Found that firm's motto "When Experience Matters" a touch ironic as well.

You can honestly say that you were the model of maturity straight out of college? If not, cut them some slack. Being young doesn't automatically mean that someone is immature- there are plenty of immature adults in this world.

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My BMI is 23.6, so on the higher end of normal, but I think the whole thing is BS. I'm in much better shape that some of my itty bitty, size 0 friends who don't ever exercise and think that frosting from the can is a major food group.

In the end, all that matters it that you're happy with yourself- some of us don't WANT to be pin-thin!  ;D

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Where the Jews at?
« on: July 19, 2007, 01:28:09 PM »
Answer 3: Saving lives in the operating room.

Anyway, so why did you Jews choose law? Pushed into it or out of choice?

when you're too dumb to do the MD or the PhD and don't want to do the MBA...

Credited.  ;)

<----- Proud member of the chosen people! ;D

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Adopting a kid/ Being a foster parent
« on: July 19, 2007, 09:32:21 AM »
I'm jealous.. I've always wanted to be an only child.. been my lifelong dream.. that will never come true.. hahah..

Eh, I know a few people with OCS...I'm happy I had some siblings around.

Me too! My sister is one of my best friends, and I can't imagine life without her.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Adopting a kid/ Being a foster parent
« on: July 18, 2007, 10:00:51 AM »
I've always planned on adopting, since I've never had a crazy urge to have biological kids. I love the idea of going out and "finding" your family. I'd like to adopt from Guatemala or Chile, but really don't care where my kid comes from- I'll take any race, gender, etc.

Yay! Love makes a family :)

So true!!!

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Adopting a kid/ Being a foster parent
« on: July 18, 2007, 09:06:43 AM »
I've always planned on adopting, since I've never had a crazy urge to have biological kids. I love the idea of going out and "finding" your family. I'd like to adopt from Guatemala or Chile, but really don't care where my kid comes from- I'll take any race, gender, etc.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: PRENUP - why is it such a sore topic?
« on: July 12, 2007, 09:42:29 AM »
How is it his stuff if she sacrificed her independence and self-reliance and spent 20 years catering to him so that he could become that bigwig executive?  At the very least he should reimburse her for lost wages. (at the going rate for a scretary if he's determined to be a prick about it)

I don't even know that she sacrificed anything. There's plenty of women looking to get 'married well' so they don't have to work and stand on their own feet. There's no sacrifice to them, they get to live the life of Paris Hilton, shopping without having an income etc. I'm not saying this is the case for ljg's example, but there's plenty of women who actively seek to not have to do jack sh*t. I don't feel the least bit sorry for these people when their sugar daddy packs up and leave. If you based your life on marriage and decided to not amount to a productive human being yourself; @#!* you.

Yet again, this isn't relevant to ljg's example at all, I know nothing about neither of these people. It is however my very strong opinion that money and wealth belongs to the person who created it. No, being a house wife isn't a $500k/year job. Especially if you're not doing house work to begin with, that'd done by Carmen the illegal maid.

The more I talk to women about these kind of things, the more reassured I become I'll never want to marry any of you.

I don't think it's quite so black and white...

Let's take my mother, for example. Brilliant woman- she grew up in poverty, worked her way through one of the top colleges in MA, became a CPA and met my father while working as an intern at his accounting firm. They got married when she was 21, had me when she was 23, and had my sister when she was 26. When it got to the point where paying for care for me (and eventually my sister) was costing more than my mother was making at work, her and my father made a joint decision that she would stay home to raise us while my father continued on the partner track at work.

28 years later, my father owns his own accounting firm and is a big player in the accounting world in my state, and my mother "dabbles" in private accounting. She hasn't worked as a CPA since I was a baby, but has kept her certification. I would argue that her job as a mother MORE than warrants a "salary"- between me and my sister she was always on the run, cleaning, cooking, doing the errands, driving us to school and picking us up, bringing us to play dates, doctors appointments, after school activities, sports games in high school...you get the picture. Most of the time, because of my father's long work hours, she did this with little to no help from him (I LOVE my father more than anything, we have a great relationship, but the truth is that he wasn't around much when I was growing up). My mother, being the intelligent woman that she is, also handles most of my parent's investments- it's because of her smart choices that both my sister and I were able to graduate college with no debt (if she had gone with my father's wishes the money would have been lost in the stock market), and my parents live a wonderful life- they're constantly travelling around the world (most recent trips were to Australia, New Zealand and Alaska, and next on the list is China), doing work on our house, buying each other wonderful presents "just because", etc.

So, if (God forbid) my parents got divorced, could you really argue that my Dad's wealth belongs to him and only him? Would my mother deserve nothing because my parents decided AS A COUPLE that the best thing for the family was for her to raise us, since my dad was making more $$ at the time? I have no doubt that if my mother had stayed in the working world she would have climbed the corporate latter and made big bucks- just doesn't seem fair to say that all of my parents' money really belongs to my dad because he was the one working.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: PRENUP - why is it such a sore topic?
« on: July 11, 2007, 01:32:12 PM »
I'm all for prenups. I watched a cousin of mine go through a nasty divorce a few years back after 20+ years of marriage- she was a stay at home mom, her husband was a bigwig executive, and she got SCREWED in the divorice. Plus, she had been out of the workforce for a very long time and it was more than difficult for her to find a job that would allow her to support herself- it was a bad situation all around.


If she was a stay at home mom, she can get alimony.  Did she at least get a good child support order.  If he's a big wig exec, he should be paying big $$$ for child support.

No child support- the children were in college and not living with her. He did foot the college bill and the kids expenses, but technically none of it went to her. She got some $$, but certainly not even close to what you would expect, and not enough to live on (given the lack of working a traditional job for that long).

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: PRENUP - why is it such a sore topic?
« on: July 11, 2007, 11:44:19 AM »
How is it his stuff if she sacrificed her independence and self-reliance and spent 20 years catering to him so that he could become that bigwig executive?  At the very least he should reimburse her for lost wages. (at the going rate for a scretary if he's determined to be a prick about it)

Agreed. That's why I'm all for prenups- if I were in a situation where I had a stay at home husband, I wouldn't want to be the prick who completely screwed him over just because I have the $$ to hire a good attorney. A prenups ensures that neither party is left with nothing, like my cousin.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: PRENUP - why is it such a sore topic?
« on: July 11, 2007, 11:27:27 AM »
I'm all for prenups. I watched a cousin of mine go through a nasty divorce a few years back after 20+ years of marriage- she was a stay at home mom, her husband was a bigwig executive, and she got SCREWED in the divorice. Plus, she had been out of the workforce for a very long time and it was more than difficult for her to find a job that would allow her to support herself- it was a bad situation all around

Not questioning her experience, but this sounds a lot more like a scenario where he'd get screwed by her talking half of his sh*t.

Wouldn't you think? He had a good attorney, she didn't. Don't quite know how it happened, but he screwed her over and she got almost nothing.

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