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You have posted this several times on the board.  Are you the author of this article?  The article is misleading in that it states that Western State is unaccredited.  Western state receievd accreditation from the ABA in 1995.   You must be quite bitter to rant this way about your former alma mater.

Law School Admissions / Re: Is this racist????
« on: June 20, 2009, 09:33:02 PM »
Well said Burning Sands. ;D

Transferring / Re: To transfer or not....
« on: June 08, 2009, 10:01:30 PM »
Smart move.

Transferring / Re: Grades from the third tier --> T6
« on: June 08, 2009, 09:58:46 PM »
 :)You're an inspiration and a positive person.  I wish you'd visit the prelaw board and set the naysayers on that board (many of them haven't even begun law school) straight. 

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Second Thoughts.
« on: June 08, 2009, 12:34:31 PM »
Your response is on point!

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Law Preview Prep Course
« on: June 07, 2009, 10:49:16 PM »
I understand it's a waste of money.  You pay over $1,000 for a 5 day briefing of first year classes.  Most law schools give you that during orientation.  Think about it:  how much do you think you're going to learn in 5 days?

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Advice from a guy who just finished his first year
« on: June 07, 2009, 10:47:48 PM »
Thanks.  Your post was very helpful.   :)

Incoming 1Ls / Moving/Loans
« on: June 07, 2009, 10:15:22 PM »
It seems that most 1L's have to take our loans to cover their living expenses, etc.  When applying for an apartment how do you explain income or do you inform the landlord that you're going to pay your rent with student loans?  Also would you stay in your current home if moving closer to your school meant you would pay double the rent?  I currently live two hours away from the law school that I will be attending in the fall.  I'd like to move closer to the law school because I think the 2 hour each way commute would be detrimental to my studies?  Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Second Thoughts.
« on: June 07, 2009, 10:02:37 PM »

You should probably all read this article if you're on the fence.

Seriously, if you can think of anything else you might want to do, you should go for it instead. Don't worry about the money and time you've put into preparation, because it's less than you'll spend on the schooling itself. Going with it despite having doubts is a slippery slope, since people will go since they've put so much money into prep, then stick with it once they start school and hate it because they've already shelled for a semester/year's tuition, then get a job they hate that works them like a dog and doesn't pay anything near what they hoped for when they started and stick with it because it'd be a shame to pay that much for school and not break even before changing careers, and then piss away their entire lives with a career they despise because while they've broken even they're too set in the grueling lifestyle, are too old to begin a new career, have no lives outside work anymore anyway, etc.

The link you provided does not work.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Cooley or Whittier?
« on: June 07, 2009, 08:36:16 PM »
Well I look at it like this. I donít even know where Whitter is. The common wisdom is thought that if you go there your screwed. Ok, fine, but where is this common wisdom coming from? People who go to Whitter or Cooley or Idaho or South Dakota or some other T4? No, its not. Too bad we donít have more posters on here from T4 schools to give us first hand experiences. But we donít maybe because if we did all their threads would turn into three pages of everyone telling them how much they suck and they would leave and never come back.

We have a lot of posters from T2 schools and above and at least one from everyone of the top 14 schools (some have many posters). But as far as I know, no one who actually goes to Whitter or Cooley. Like I said, I donít even know where Whitter is. So Iíll save my judgment on the schools and ones prospects.

We can I think generally agree that going to a T4 school puts you at a disadvantage over going to a higher ranked school. I donít think itís as cut and dried as many make it out to be however, epically when your talking local schools. Why do I believe that, not because anyone told me, but simply because thatís been my own personal experience. I mean I had a lot of people tell me how hard it was going to be finding a job going to a T2 school. Well for me that has not been the case at all.

My point is yes there is common wisdom, but at what point to we take someone elseís opinion to be fact that has not had any personal experience whith the subject he speaks with authority on? My cousins, brotherís dog groomer went there so I know everything about it? I mean does anyone here bashing this kid go to a T4? Has anyone here tried to get a job from Whitter, graduated from there, looked for jobs in Orange County? No. Instead we have people who donít go to these schools and places like JD Underground again full of people who did not go to these schools telling people as if its fact what will happen to them if they go to these schools.

Hell I have enough problems telling what my future will be in 30 mins, much less someone elseís who I have never met, who is a different situation than me, whoís going to a school I have never heard of, in market Iíve never even been to what their life is going to be like in 3+ years. I guess I tend to defer  and prefer to hear it from the horseís mouth than just chalk everything up to common wisdom.
Common wisdom would have said: A) Iíd never get into a law school, B- I would never make through law school, C- I would graduate at the bottom of my class, D- I would never get a job from my law school. If I had listen to common wisdom I would have made some really dumb decisions for myself based on what people who are not me, not in my position told me life would be like. Iím pretty glad at this point I did not listen to them. Maybe Whitter is full of people who wished they listened to the common wisdom and did not go there, I dunno, but I bet there are at least some folks who went there and reached their personal goals. I for one am in no position to be casting the first stone however, so I wonít tell other people what their life is going to be like when I canít even control my own.

I wish we had more students from T4 schools so would could actually here first had experiences, but I can see why, with thread like this, they donít stick around log to share their experiences.   

Matthies - you rock.  We need more sound and mature heads like you on these boards. 

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