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General Board / Re: Should I drop out?
« on: June 27, 2008, 01:31:25 PM »
Man that's really funny. Good try!

The scholly letter says "good academic standing" and is not quantified, but the academic policy manuel says...

III-C-1. Good Academic Standing

A. Basic Rule

To maintain good academic standing:

 1. a first-year student must achieve a minimum GPA of 1.75 for the first semester and a GPA of 2.00 for the second semester;


good try though.

Honestly, even if I got the full scholly back, I like the quitting decision.  two more years of law school and 40 grand more debt for bleah job prospects... Not making me happy.

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General Board / Re: Should I drop out?
« on: June 26, 2008, 05:10:33 PM »
if I finish up this summer I'll have 35 credits done with 53 to go.  I'll leave in good standing and can come back any time in the next 6 years.  Probably wont though.

I feel great.

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General Board / Re: Should I drop out?
« on: June 25, 2008, 01:21:58 PM »
Let us know how things go for you;  good luck.

Thanks.

My current intentions are to finish out these 6 credits and leave in good standing (Just need a 2.0).  My cheap sublet is paid through August, and then I'll move to a 350,000 person metro with a much cheaper CoL.  This'll leave the option open for me to come back, but I seriously doubt law school is for me.

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General Board / Re: Should I drop out?
« on: June 25, 2008, 11:21:41 AM »
VJM and I are practically the same person, so I have to say I think her advice is pretty on-point here.

I know nothing about the military, but would the fact that you have a BA put you in line for a more desirable assignment than a random GED enlistment would fetch?

Officer pay.

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General Board / Re: Should I drop out?
« on: June 24, 2008, 11:14:38 PM »

Heavily leaning drop-out right now.  I'm going to live near Green Bay and go see every Packer game for a year. 



You were the one with the potential kid right?  How did that work out?

Not mine.  She was a month preggers and knew the whole time.  That's kind of why I came up with this whole local T3/JAG plan anyways.


1. Go ask if you can leave for a year, two, four and return.

2. Get thee to the military. You need some structure and discipline, and the time and space to grow up a little.

3. Figure out who you are, what you and want and how to get it.

Do not drop out, sit on your ass and drink. That's what got you here. Not a very good place, is it? There are worse places, and if you don't wake up pretty soon you may end up taking the full tour of all of them.

I apologize if this seems harsh. You strike me as someone who could be doing better things and be a lot more satisfied than you are currently.

I'm giving serious thought to the military, but just to be a contrarian:
With the sheer percentage of vets that are homeless methinks they've got existential demons of their own. 


My latest thoughts are
1. Hammer my way out of debt in any sort of office job.
2. Save money for a low risk entrepenurial endeavor, perhaps locksmithing.



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General Board / Re: Should I drop out?
« on: June 24, 2008, 09:02:19 PM »
Heavily leaning drop-out right now.  I'm going to live near Green Bay and go see every Packer game for a year. 


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General Board / Re: Should I drop out?
« on: June 24, 2008, 07:36:31 PM »
I vote for the military. You wanted to be a JAG lawyer before, right? Why not do a couple years in the service?

Seems like the military is dishing out what you are so desperately needing.

Legitimate option.  Perhaps my credits would still be good when I got out.  Perhaps my service time could be done after an academic deferral.  Consider that the odds of someone going back after a year off drop substantially.


After this summer I will easily be off of academic warning/probation.  After a year (or 4) off, would those credits be useless?

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General Board / Re: Should I drop out?
« on: June 24, 2008, 07:29:27 PM »
I'm shocked that they allow him to use "reliance" to keep the scholarship for the summer.
I know of other schools that pretty explicitly say that if you lose your scholarship, but have already enrolled in summer courses, you owe them tuition.

The "reliance" is because my semester grades (where everyone checked them) implied that my standing was still good.  In hindsight, it obviously meant that "going into these grades, standing was good."  This is what lead me to enroll in summer classes (6 credits) rather than maybe drop out of law school earlier.

My 6 credits are free.  It's the next 53 I'm worried about.

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General Board / Re: Should I drop out?
« on: June 24, 2008, 05:07:24 PM »
The deadly email:

gratif –

 

so-and-so forwarded to me your inquiry regarding your scholarship situation.

 

I sent you a letter last week indicating that because of your second semester GPA being a 1.98, under {school}’s academic standing policy, you are on Academic Probation (even though your cumulative GPA is above a 2.0).  This letter indicated that under the {school}academic standing policy, your placement on Academic Probation results in your losing your scholarship.

 

Given that you had enrolled for your summer classes without an awareness that you no longer would have your {name} Scholarship, we are going to respect your “reliance” interest and treat your summer tuition as having been covered by scholarship.   This means you can finish your summer courses.

 

For the 2008-09 academic year, however, you will no longer have your {name}Scholarship, so you should consult with {name}about other financial aid for which you might be eligible. 

 

If you want to meet to discuss this further, I would be happy to meet with you and answer any questions you might have

{closing}

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General Board / Re: Should I drop out?
« on: June 24, 2008, 03:03:52 PM »
This is an interesting range of diagnoses.   

I’ll quash the speculation.   It would be fair to call me a lazy person, but I prefer “efficiency expert.”  My passions are comedy and biking, and I consider myself a bit of a cultural misfit in law school.  I don’t know that I could ever LOVE any job, but I doubt I’d ever wind up unhappy: I have simple needs.  The only thing I need to be happy is a few friends swapping good stories.  I’m a bit of a hedonist and was a pretty big binge drinker in undergrad.  I haven’t blacked out in over a year because now I only drink beer and do so in moderation.  Please refrain from alcoholism speculation.   My grades were horrible (in both UG & LS) because I flat out didn’t do the reading.
I think a lot about being a public defender of late, but that could be a product of my debt-phobia.  I’m rather directionless.  I could be happy at 35 hours a week without making too much money.  I’ve never owned a car or even a TV.  I spend my money on experiential things like vacations, concerts, and sports tickets. 

That’s all the relevant information I can rattle off for now… 

Thanks guys, this helps.

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