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Black Law Students / Re: The Fitness Thread
« on: June 28, 2007, 12:07:48 AM »
Dont let this thread DIE!! LOL

I currently work out in the gym 5 days a week for two hours a day - one hour with my trainer followed by another hour of a low impact or high impact (depending on the day) aerobics class. Ok, I'm a bit obssessed with fitness and staying healthy but nowadays I would think one would need to be.....anywayz, come this fall, I probably will not be working out two hours a day for obvious reasons but I am a tad bit concerned with scheduling time for workouts :-\.....I do NOT want to gain back the weight I've lost...took me a whole damn year (sigh)

On a side note, swimming as Iman pointed out is a GREAT excercise, you MUST work every muscle in your body, talk about a great workout.... :)

Black Law Students / Re: Shortage of Black Men in Law (Dismal)
« on: June 27, 2007, 02:38:44 PM »

interesting read....most especially the second paragraph (below)

As a result, we face a crisis in terms of the future leadership of the nation. The American bar is 90.3 Caucasian. The American judiciary, more than half of the U.S. Senate, a third of the U.S. House, half the state governorships, and a fifth of state legislators are members of the bar. If the leadership of the United States is to reflect the demographics of our population, if all of our youth are to participate in issues of citizenship and democracy, something has to change.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Florida Coastal Experiences
« on: June 20, 2007, 02:25:08 PM »,89298.15.html

- there's a new post on this thread by a newbie, who just finished his first year. You can probably check this out....

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: questions about Campbell
« on: May 12, 2007, 02:35:06 AM »
My best advice (depending of course IF you are ultimately accepted in to Central) would be to first find out what you want to do with your degree, and make a decision as to which school would help you reach your goal.

On the surface it seems like debt is a major issue for you- I would definitely take that in to consideration when making a final decision on passing up on 5k in-state tuition. Also, I think you should do your own research on the reputation of these two school and NOT form an opinion about reputation from the postings on this thread (you seem to be a  NC resident so this should not be too difficult). I am not attempting to counter the previous posts, however, at the end of the day it is YOUR decision to make.


Black Law Students / Re: The Howard Law/HBCU Law Schools Thread
« on: May 09, 2007, 09:36:11 AM »
BOTTOMLINE, make sure you guys are studying, attending local bar association meetings, and seeking mentors from the faculty from the beginning. Just trying to look out...

Solid piece of advice!

Thanks! :)

Black Law Students / Re: The Howard Law/HBCU Law Schools Thread
« on: May 09, 2007, 09:32:51 AM »
I don't want to sway anyone away from NCCU because I am sure most folks will do fine, but if you attend NCCU be sure to always put your books before partying. Since Chapel Hill, Duke, and NC State are in close proximity to one another there is always something to do or party to attend. HOWEVER, NCCU is notoriously difficult the 1L year, and PURPOSELY fails out at least 20 percent of their class every year. BOTTOMLINE, make sure you guys are studying, attending local bar association meetings, and seeking mentors from the faculty from the beginning. Just trying to look out...

Thanks for the heads up Paper Chaser.

Actually, that is exactly why I want to go to school out there. I have TOO many distractions out here, WAY too many. I too am a social butterfly and like to go out, socialize, etc etc but I can also focus and get the work done. HOWEVER, it obviously would be in my best interest to be in a place that will allow me to focus 150% as oppossed to 95% due to distractions -if that makes any sense at all.

Oh yeah, I am well aware of the attrition rate at is what it is. It will be a challenge to push through the 1st year but I actually welcome the challenge......sorry, I have a huge competitive nature ;D

Black Law Students / Re: The Howard Law/HBCU Law Schools Thread
« on: May 09, 2007, 09:14:21 AM »
Thanks for the info! I completely understand what you're saying... I've been in Japan since July '04 (teaching bad @$$ Japanese kids English words not found in rap music) so visiting schools was pretty impossible for me. I did get back to the States in November and was able to visit some of the schools I knew I was applying to, but NCCU wasn't a contender on the list at that point so even though I was in the Triangle for Homecoming, I didn't stop through :-\

I have quite a few friends from undergrad that attend the law school now, and one warned me off but the rest have been touting the place's virtues. I'm a bit too much of a social butterfly though, so I don't know if moving in such close proximity to so many friends would be beneficial, especially 1st year.

As for financial aid, I got the acceptance letter yesterday so I'm going to fill it all out at work and get a cover letter, call NCCU at an ungodly hour JKT and ask if I can fax the papaerwork they sent me to expedite the process - because at this point, finances are the only thing separating my remaining choices.

good luck with that!....j/k :D
I actually faxed over my intent to enroll ppwk yesterday since of course snail mail is just that - snail mail -and they hadn't received it yet :-\

I wanted to run my card over the phone or online (for the seat deposit) but they told me that was not an option. BIG SIGH :(

JAPAN! nice.....never been but would like to.

I think I find more folks touting NCCU's virtues than anything else which is a good sign.

Social butterfly, good luck with your decision on where you would like to attend!...I KNOW it's not easy!

Black Law Students / Re: The Howard Law/HBCU Law Schools Thread
« on: May 08, 2007, 09:39:35 PM »
Just accepted to NCCU... man the decisions are getting rougher as the cycle continues :P

chydiva, did you visit the law school? I'm overseas and have no way of visiting before school starts, so I'm going to try and rush my paperwork, see what the financial aid dept is looking like and hopefully get some advice about the campuses ;) before I make a final decision.

Hey P.U.S.H,

Unfortunately, I will not be able to visit NCCU before I attend this fall :(
I spent a great deal of money on air fare visiting schools last month (90% of the schools I applied to are on the east coast so taking a road trip from LA was out of the question...) it sucks that the school I will actually be attending accepted me so late in the game...oh well. I'm was left to make my final decision based on postings on this board and a good friend that lives in the area.

Just like chocolatedlux stated, the school is newly built with top notch facilities. I know that you would probably ideally want to speak with students and professors to get a better picture...if so, I would research their website for contact info...most people I have contacted have been helpful (mostly admin folks but still) . I want to go into conflict resolution and mediation so I contacted the director of the institute this afternoon via email to get more info etc etc.

my only concern has been the slow moving of the administration. If you want to know what your financial aid looks like, submit the ppwk asap. - I talked with the admissions coordinator today and there is a week or so turn around from receipt before your ppwk is even turned into finincial aid,(they need to get you in the system yada yada) which means you wont be hearing from fin aid until 3 to 4 weeks after you mail the darn ppwk if you're lucky.....sigh :-\

Where are you overseas? -just curious :)

Black Law Students / Re: The Howard Law/HBCU Law Schools Thread
« on: May 05, 2007, 08:37:56 PM »
Good luck to you as well. I dont think I am more driven than anyone else. Times are hard, so brothers have to be. I didn't spend that much money for the paralegal certificate. It only cost about 1500 or so at a local community college. I went to the Admitted Student Luncheon, and had a chance to talk with two professors about my career aspirations. A fellow 0L was sitting there and just giving me this icey stare the entire time we were talking. I didn't dominate the conversation or anything, but the professors seemed to be excited that I knew what I wanted to do and had a plan on how to achieve it. I am still tripping off how that chick was mean mugging me the entire time. lol.

 :D (to the bolded)

Puleeze, I have no time for those who choose to hate for whatever reasons.
What she should have been doing was taking pointers.....

My paralegal certificate was about $2500(tuition for 9 months)....I did it a UCLA (extension program).

$1500 = not much money....hahahaha maybe for you but at this point that's a whole lot of paper for me. LOL (this LS process has let me dry in that dept but not bitter :)

Black Law Students / Re: The Howard Law/HBCU Law Schools Thread
« on: May 05, 2007, 10:04:33 AM »
WVU...for the most part yes. I know I sound hopeful but I would really like to transfer to Univ of MD, GULC, UVA, GWU, or UNC-CH. I took too long to get my apps out due to money shortages, and got dinged at all of the above. Either way, I think I should do pretty well in law school. I recieved my paralegal certificate a couple of days ago and interned at some non-profit law firms. I don't mind graduating from there because the JD/MBA program can be completed in three years, and they also offer a graduate certificate in Forensic Accounting and Fraud Investigation. It takes a summer to complete the certificate in the Business school and it fits with my SEC aspirations.

Wow, JD/MBA program...nice! a lot of work but I know it will be worth it :).

I want to transfer as well BUT for now I want to do well my first year PERIOD. regardless if I'm doing so to transfer or continue at NCCU. Ideally, I would want to transfer but I think it would depend on the amount of schloarship I can get from the school I want to transfer to (chances are not much). I want to do public interest/counseling and we all know those positions do not pay big bucks so coming out with minimal debt is my primary goal.

I recieved my paralegal certificate last year -program was geared towards civil lit. At the end of the day, I did not want a paralegal gig...I know, I know, A major waste of money, time etc etc but I DO think it will help in that I have a grasp of how to IRAC cases (found out how beneficial this was when I went to visit law schools in my area and talked to some of the students) and how to manuever around lexisnexus, research cases etc etc.

Based on everything you've said Paper Chaser, I think you are incredibly driven so good luck in everything you do!!

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