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Georgia State / Re: Class of 2011
« on: August 07, 2008, 08:50:54 AM »

And, to answer my own question- the bookstore is accepting the "credit" from financial aid beginning next Monday.


Monday the 11th or Monday the 18th?  If it's the latter, that's pretty crappy.

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Georgia State / Re: Class of 2011
« on: August 04, 2008, 02:27:30 PM »
Looks like my out-of-state tuition waiver was accepted.  Getting excited now.   ;D

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Georgia State / Re: Class of 2011
« on: August 04, 2008, 10:18:50 AM »
Hi all,

I'm also in the incoming class - Part time/evening. 

Me too.

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I'm feeling like i'm already procrastinating b/c I don't have the neumann book yet. 

You're not the only one.  ;D

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I think i'll also be in the rolly bag brigade...and feel a bit dorky about it.  But I'm Marta'ing to school, and riding my bike to Mart if I can swing it, so that's enough of a workout!

I'll have to go out this weekend and get a good laptop/book bag.  I don't see myself rolling anything, though.

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Georgia State / Re: Class of 2011
« on: July 31, 2008, 04:36:53 PM »
Not nervous at all.  I'm still running around trying to get everything in order to be able to start.  Beyond that, since I'm going part-time, I am also doing everything I can to make the rest of my life manageable enough that I can focus adequately on school.  Too much to do to be nervous.  I know as long as I can focus on school well enough that everything will be okay. 

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Seems like you just shoot for the best school you can get into.  In addition, is a good method to shoot for applying to 7-10 schools - some slightly above your expectations, some in line and some as fall back schools?

For the most part, this is good advice.  There are some more things to consider as well, though.  If you don't care about moving or where you'll be working when you get out of law school, then balancing the ranking of the school and the cost of attending will be your biggest task.  Note that if you want to work in a certain state or region, that attending a regional school can trump a large rankings advantage, to a point.  If you want to work in Mississippi, for example, going to Ole Miss would be a better choice than going to a school ranked 30 spots above it.  However, going to Harvard would be better (though overkill from a cost and stress perspective). 

You may also end up applying to a lot more than 10 schools depending on your goals and your credentials.  If you know you want to work in a certain region, there is a smaller list of schools that will make sense for you to apply to.  If you could work in 5-10 cities throughout the country, then there could easily be 20+ schools that would be worth applying to.  While much of the law school application process is straightforward, sometimes results can seem like a crap shoot. 

As mentioned above, finances need to be considered.  A free ride to a school ranked 10 positions lower than another one you would be paying full tuition at might be a good deal - or it might not.

Also, will you be attending full-time or part-time?   

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: IP Law
« on: July 25, 2008, 12:46:57 PM »
This was by far the most comprehensive and intelligent answer I have ever received on this issue.

Agreed; that was a great response.

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Non-Traditional Students / Re: Admission to Part-time Programs...
« on: July 23, 2008, 12:06:04 PM »
What Matthies said.  Also check out the 25-75th percentile GPA's and LSAT scores of the school(s) you are interested in.  This would give you a better idea of how each school is on this issue. 

I think money is also much more scarce.  My feelings are that the part-time program is more of a revenue generator than anything else.

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General Board / Re: book totin' question
« on: July 22, 2008, 05:03:24 PM »
This dilemma is just another way in which law school does not prepare you for firm life.  If they were really training you to be a lawyer, they would have operations assistants bring your books to class for you.  Don't even get me started on law schools making you take tests without an administrative assistant present. 

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General Board / Re: book totin' question
« on: July 22, 2008, 10:04:44 AM »
Here's a good lifting program if you're interested.


http://www.defrancostraining.com/articles/archive/articles_westside.htm

It works. I'm deadlifting 300+ lbs. at 160 (ectomorph build).

I will second this.  This is vastly better than what most people in gyms do.

Also, the ectomorph build is the best for deadlifting.

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Law Firms / Re: Real deal on law firm life
« on: July 18, 2008, 02:09:55 PM »
Just make sure you know the real deal on how the rest of the world works as well.  There are very few jobs where you can come in, work 40 hours a week, and then completely mentally and physically check out at the end of the day and still get paid extremely well.  I am not saying that being a lawyer is a walk in the park or that the rest of the world is 60+ hour drudgery, but we need to be sure we're making accurate comparisons.  If your goal is to work your 40 hours, pick up your paycheck, and go home, then that will eventually become evident to those around you no matter your career. 

The other side of this is that I see people who have no idea of what even a 40 hour work week feels like making the decision to go work 70+ hour weeks at large firms.  Not very curious why there is a lot of burnout.

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