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It's kind of what you make of it.  It can be as time consuming as you want it to be and take up as little time as you want it to.  Kind of depends on you.  However, in my experience law school rewards hard work much more so than just natural intelligence.

This is good to hear.  I've come across so many posts that the grades a person ends up with is mostly based on luck that it just became discouraging.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Texas vs Columbia
« on: March 29, 2008, 10:07:34 PM »
For what it's worth, my gut reaction when I saw the thread title was that I couldn't believe it was a real question. I don't mean that to be a climb the rankings goon or anything, but I really didn't think there was any argument here. I think texas over columbia means choosing right now that you're going to be in texas forever as opposed to being able to practice anywhere. I don't mean that to sound overly aggressive, but I thought I'd go with an unambiguous answer.

PS for what it's worth, I think that texas is a great school and anyone should be thrilled to go there.

Not that I know much about this stuff but I really doubt that going to Texas means being stuck there after graduation.  It seems to me that most people that want to stay in Texas go to Texas.  I think 72% of their grads end up practicing in the state.  Considering that at least 65% of their incoming class have to be in-state, it just makes sense that a lot of them would end up practicing there and not because they couldn't get jobs elsewhere.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: UT Austin or St. Mary's?
« on: March 28, 2008, 09:00:40 PM »
Assuming you're not a flame, I'd go with UT. The extra money you'd have to shell out would be well worth it. Spending time away from family is hard but I think in this case, it is something you should do.  I guess it all depends on your goals but I think everyone here would agree that a degree from UT would take you much farther than one from St. Mary's.  Just my humble opinion.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Vanderbilt Law Class of 2011
« on: March 27, 2008, 12:35:30 AM »
Hey guys, so I am trying to decide between a 15K scholarship at Vandy and a full tuition scholarship at Wash Univ. What do you guys think? It works out to a difference of 60K in the end. I'm leaning Vandy, but I don't know if it's the responsible thing to do. Although that new employment data sure does seem to make a difference.

Why don't you try asking Vandy for more money? I don't think you have anything to lose by doing that.

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People can be aggravating at times but whenever she starts "cruisin'" (that made me laugh)you should think about it this way; in a few months, not only will you have the car payment and rent, there will also be other law school related expenses for you to worry about so you should probably stock up on the cash as long as you have the opportunity.  I feel your pain though, there have been occasions where I have had similar urges.

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Just got off the phone with Monica Ingram.

See you in August!!!

Congrats!!!

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Minority Topics / Re: The LGBTQ Thread
« on: March 25, 2008, 02:52:38 PM »
To each his own. I'm a gay male and must confess that my past experiences have "colored" my views on commitment and protection.  I personally would never advise LGBTs to discontinue safe sex. It's not an option for me. Not ever.

It simply is not worth the risk--your health and your life!  Plus, it's not like you're trying to make a baby :lol:. 

I see your point.  Besides, thinking you're in monogamous relationship does not necessarily mean that you're actually in one and that's grounds enough for caution.


With that said, I truly believe that women have a higher "fidelity" index than men; ergo women in same-gender relationships are more likely to practice monogamy. Just my 2 cents.


If this is true, then lucky for me.


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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Vanderbilt Law Class of 2011
« on: March 23, 2008, 10:52:26 AM »
Not going but a part of me is beginning to wish I had applied. :-[

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Minority Topics / Re: The LGBTQ Thread
« on: March 23, 2008, 01:48:08 AM »
So I had my first ever HIV test on Tuesday (came back negative :D), and the experience brought up a lot of concerns. I went to an HIV forum to ask some general questions in their off-topic area(since all the other forums were geared towards people who are either positive or questioning their status), and my questions (and I would venture to say that my overall  presence) appeared generally unwelcomed since I didn't appear to be suffering from anything, so I'm posting here where I know I have at least one thing in common with folks here (interest in law school), so I'd appreciate any of your insights on this:

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I'm a 23 yr old African American lesbian who was tested for the first time this Tuesday, via a Rapid test. For quite a while I've known about the risks of contracting, but really didn't think much of them since I wasn't very active (dumbest reasoning ever).


Anyway, I was watching the Logo station on Sunday and saw a movie, I think it was called 26 days, though I can't be sure. In any case, I started looking up symptoms just out of curiosity and ran across the swollen glands part. I'm scheduled to have my tonsils taken out because the swelling hasn't responded long term to penicillin, which is kind of unusual (I would have thought mono, but penicillin would have made me break out into hives if I had mono, as it has happened to me before and is a common effect, says my GP). Then I noticed the swollen glands under the arms symptom, and this was a huge red flag for me, since my ex complained of this and I saw scars under her arms. (she turned out to be a compulsive liar, which is why I became so worried so long after breaking up with her--2 years ago).

Fast forward 2 years and I'm thinking about those scars I saw. and the fact that she claimed she was sick....by what? who knows? But I'm thinking..and thinking.. and by Monday, I was scared to death. Why did I never think about getting tested long before now?? What an idiot I am. Especially because I have a current girlfriend, who I've insisted we get tested before we go any further intimately. Such a dummy. So I was terrified for all of 24 hours and frantically got myself to a clinic and was relieved to know that both of us are negative (we got tested together). And I feel like we are in the clear now. Finally. Except...

We had a discussion the other night about protection. Even though we are quite committed and trust one another, is it ever really okay for us not to use protection? Our guess was probably not. And here's just a general question, is it ever smart for monogamous couples to not use it? Ever? I mean, I'm fresh from reading about our New York governors and LT governors, and I think it's a prime example of why we can't. But maybe I'm missing many other insights. But I'd like to see what I can learn here in this community, if I can.

I hope to hear from all of you soon.

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Aside from all this: happy weekend everyone. enjoy the l word season finale! Can't believe it's ending already. I hope the last season is promising. Just from watching this season's, I feel like it will be.


Waiting for the results of that rapid test thing was one of the most excruciating things I have ever been through even though I knew that I had a tiny, if any chance it coming back positive.  Anyway, as to your question, I think at some point, it's okay to stop using protection, like when you're pretty much married to the person.  You do raise a valid point with the whole Spitzer thing but I'd like to believe that's an anomaly.  I think it'd be somewhat strange to always use protection with someone that you're committed to for life.  Anyway, I'm rambling.  My point is, if you're dating, then use protection, if you're committed, trust each other, definitely together forever, etc, then I don't think it's necessary.  Just MHO.

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Thought I'd get in on the fun.

If you are an in-state resident for one of the schools, let me know which one: Texas

If your parents are paying for a % of your law school, explain that.  Be sure to include whether or not you care how much your parents are paying:  Nothing.  If I'm close enough, I could probably go home and steal groceries though so money is an issue.

Where you want to practice, and what kind of law you want to practice (possible options include biglaw, midlaw, small firm law, public interest, clerking, government and business):  Biglaw somewhere in Texas, or any large city really

Let me know what you are like socially and what type things you enjoy:  Not a social butterfly, I don't really like to party.  I like the outdoors and love sports but I can do without them.

So, where to?

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