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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: JAG and T-14
« on: February 15, 2007, 04:04:04 PM »
Slightly off topic, but here's a link to an interview done today on NPR with Navy JAG Lt. Cmdr. Charles Swift anyone interested in the JAG Corps might be interested in:

Navy Lawyer Discusses Hamdan, Guantanamo
Talk of the Nation, February 15, 2007 Almost four years ago, Navy lawyer Charles Swift was assigned to represent one of the detainees being held at Guantanamo Bay. The case of Salim Ahmed Hamdan ended up in the Supreme Court, where Lt. Cmdr. Swift won a major victory when the justices ruled that President Bush did not have the authority to order military trials for terror suspects.

Lt. Cmdr. Swift talks about the case, his 20-year career as a Naval officer and his upcoming retirement from the military.

just be careful with this one.  as most people who have spent time studying/in the military, rounding out 20 years as an O-4 with no prior enlisted time isn't what most would term a stellar career.  and no, it doesn't mean that he was "edgy", a "maverick" or "contrarian" and the establishment punished him, it is far more likely that he is simply "mediocre" as a JAG and officer.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: So How Much Debt We Talking About Here?
« on: February 13, 2007, 08:20:35 PM »
never assume you will make law review, graduate in the top 10% of your class and go on to a "big law" job that pays over 100k a year.  assume worst case scenario and plan up (unless you are attending one of the truly national schools...all 6-8 of them, in which case some of the pressure to perform is off but not much).  it always mystifies me when someone is given the option to graduate from a solid (tier 1) program with tens of thousands of dollars less debt but they choose a school which, according to some subjective ranking system is maybe 5 places ahead and is still a "regional power" and incur huge amounts of additional debt.  here is a simple equation: unless you get into one of the aforementioned national schools, pick a solid regional program where you will incur the least amount of debt, work as hard as you can to get the best grades you can, and plan on living within 200 miles of that school.  if you don't like these answers perhaps you should think about other employment.  i will offer up a personal example in case you assume i am blowing smoke down at you from mount olympus.  i am a non-trad student (i was a military pilot for 10 years).  i was accepted to a number of top tier schools (MN, IA, WI).  i have in-state tuition at WI.  i have the GI bill which pays for that in-state tuition.  why in God's name would i go to MN or IA just because they are ranked a few spots above WI and incur huge amounts of debt?  so i can tell my friends i'm going to a t20?  this is all nonsense.  as soon as i got into WI it was game over as far as i was concerned.  i could get into Northwestern and i'd still choose WI (i want to live here, why would i go $200k+ into debt only to come back to WI and then fight against the WI and Marquette mafias for jobs....and that doesn't even begin to explore the whole issue of having to postpone your dream job for years while you toil away in some high-power firm/galley as a miserable associate making money for the partners all in the name of paying off your law school debt before beginning a job you really want). i digress.  most are too ratings obssessed to realize what they are doing. it makes me laugh.  a little credence to the rankings? sure.  going 100k more into debt to attend 15 over 20? you decide man.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: JAG and T-14
« on: February 13, 2007, 01:40:10 PM »
i think we're saying about the same thing.  what i want to avoid is people looking to go JAG thinking they're going to be "just like Harm on JAG".  my my my won't they be disappointed.  if you want to go "operational" in the military go infantry or go to flight school. otherwise i think your points are well taken (wxcept the bit on a-10's, as a marine fac(a) and gfac we sure had problems with those guys lighting us up)

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: why u of iowa?
« on: February 13, 2007, 01:24:25 PM »
iowa is an insanely good school, the big problem they seem to have is that no one wants to live in iowa city (out of ignorance, it's actually a cool town) so i think they lower their numbers slightly to attract more students.  if the university were magically transported to, say, boston, it would be much harder to get into.

North Dakota is another, and the tuition is insanely low...if you don't mind the great outdoors this could be a good match.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: JAG and T-14
« on: February 12, 2007, 05:55:57 PM »
standard for whom? JAG's?  how many AF JAG's do you know who have deployed?  I know a handful of Marine JAG's and only 2 of them have deployed, both to the green zone and both for six months.  yes i am saying that the AF is way more relaxed because it is.  set aside the blind service loyalty bit for a moment and accept that AF JAG's are good at what they do but work in the best conditions and deploy less frequently and for less time.  the information i possess comes from exercises i did in November 2006 in conjuntion with ASOS and JSOC out of Pope AFB, that's pretty recent./

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: JAG and T-14
« on: February 11, 2007, 08:02:38 PM »
it is quite possible to stay in one place for years.  the AF in particular is quite good at making certain that its people are happy.  as one example most AF deployments abroad last only 3 months (compare this to 7 months for Marines and 1 year for Army). during my time in the Marines i was in a high demand/ low density MOS and although i was gone a ton, my family and home remained in NC for 5 years.  this is not uncommon.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Hamline v. Cal Western???
« on: February 09, 2007, 12:33:25 PM »
as you get outside a 200 mile radius of minneapolis/st. paul your chances of landing a job with a j.d. from Hamline approach zero.  bear in mind you will be competing for jobs with recent graduates of UM, St. Thomas (a brand new school which will almost certainly outrank Hamline this should really think of applying there they have a great alumni system and cash to burn, i bet they are a tier 2 school in 5 years) and William Mitchell so you could argue that if you do not graduate near the top of your class, or have a connection in town, graduating from a tier 4 school will make it tough to find work.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: JAG and T-14
« on: February 09, 2007, 07:49:41 AM »
JAG's will never lead troops, this is a myth.  you are hired for your professional skills, not your tactical savvy.  the chances of you being involved in combat, even if you are a Marine JAG, are about zero.  it's a great experience overall, especially if you took the college direct to law school route.

you are an inconsequential ninny...i wish you years of intractable genital pain for beginning this hilariously awful thread (even if you are kidding).  if, god save you, you are indeed being serious, do us all a favor and immediately pour yourself a nice hot bath and drown yourself.  on an unrelated note i saw you didn't apply to the university of south dakota, why pray tell?

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