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emailed you.  send it to me at that email and i'll read it and give you feedback. 

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You are going to do GREAT wherever you go!  I wish you well!  Keep in touch!  (I saw you'd posted here, and I'm so glad you are my friend!)  Guess who?

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Albany Law School
« on: March 12, 2008, 04:55:05 PM »
I'm very close to someone graduating from Albany this year.  She is from that area, but now lives in AZ.  She is doing her third year at AZ, but said that she didn't see that there was any difference in quality and that the difference was in class size (AZ is bigger).  My husband is from Albany, so I'm there quite a lot--it's only 3 and 1/2 hours from Boston.  It's upstate New York so it obviously gets a long winter.  It's got a decent town center and lots of suburban towns around it.  It's often collectively referred to as "the Capital region."  I think it's a great place, with several universities so plenty of night life if you're looking for that, and lots of different kinds of people.  Its school is well-respected in that area.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Suffolk Law - Visit Review
« on: March 08, 2008, 07:56:11 AM »
I gladly missed the last few days of useless blandering by the guy with nothing substantial to add to the informative nature of the thread.  But, I did want to pipe in on the "which school" comments....

Personally, I have looked at and applied to schools where my "numbers" and my interests would seem to be a good match.  I have applied to schools where my numbers would place me in the highest and in the lowest of their accepted 25/75, but I haven't applied to any where my numbers would exceed their 25/75, because I feel that would be like going to the "community college" of law school or like placing myself in a "regular" classroom when I should be in the AP classroom.  It's only my perspective, and I'm not saying it's right or wrong, but that I want to strive to be in the best possible situation for learning the job I intend to do for the rest of my life. 

Regarding the ability to find employment, I also see that as a perspective:  there are people who go to law school and feel that the name of the school they attend should get them their dream job.  (And, of course, that dream job equates to (a) big law with big $$  or (b) counsellor to the stars.)  It's the mentality that every college athlete who plays for the championship team should then be drafted into the NFL.  Well, then reality checks in and they realize that they're just aren't enough slots for that, and that not everyone was the stand-up player.  So, if your numbers aren't what it takes to get into T14 schools, should you give up being a lawyer?  It depends:  What is your motivation?  What is your goal?  Nobody can answer that except you.

Lawyers get jobs from all different kinds and levels of schools, and in all different kinds of places.  So, finding a school that you can be accepted into, a school with a program that teaches what you want to practice (or explore), and a school that you feel you can reasonably do well at is very important.  Respect within the community where you want to practice is very important as well.  And if you need to discover whether, in your community, the respect is for NESL or Suffolk, I suggest asking around--talk to lawyers, talk to a judge, ask your pre-law advisor at your college, and accept what they tell you.  They are the employers in your future and your link to the legal community.

This was a LONG post.  I apologize.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Suffolk Law - Visit Review
« on: March 05, 2008, 08:03:19 PM »
It's much more difficult to be flexible when you've got a family, for sure.  As it is, I'll be commuting from Worcester via commuter rail, because of kids in school and my husband's job.  I wanted Suffolk for the commute (actually wanted BC, but didn't get it), and then was accepted at UCONN.  After many discussions with attorneys in MA, though, and with the tuition at UCONN $42K with no aid offer, I decided to quit stressing about it and accept Suffolk.  It feels good to not be stressed over that now.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Suffolk Law - Visit Review
« on: March 05, 2008, 07:46:01 PM »
I, too, went to the open house.  I found Suffolk a very inviting place.  Prior to the open house and mock class, I thought it was going to be an okay place, but hoped for more options (I had already been admitted).  After, although I was offered admission to another school that was higher ranked, I couldn't help but feel drawn to Suffolk's atmosphere and location.  During the mock class, I was glad that people felt comfortable asking questions and engaging in the dialogue, and the potential students represented a very diverse set of work and educational backgrounds.  I look forward to the Fall classes!

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Pre-Law in high school / Re: Paralegal vs. Lawyer
« on: March 03, 2008, 05:41:50 PM »
There is a lot of misinformation on this thread.  You'll get some helpful information if you ignore the advice of those who tell you that paralegals aren't important.  They don't have a clue because 1) they've never walked in the shoes of a paralegal and 2) because they've never walked in the shoes of an attorney.

The most important factor in choosing a paralegal career is to attend an ABA-accredited program in which to participate.  There are programs for people who already have a bachelor's degree in something and who will obtain a certificate that says they've obtained the skills necessary to perform the needed functions.  If you're interested in a more comprehensive program, there are associates' degrees and bachelors degrees specifically in paralegal studies. 

Keep in mind that the career field has become extremely competitive, and to make the highest earnings and be assigned the highest level of work, you need the education.  Often, I see advertisements for "paralegal" that include answering telephones, etc.  Those employers are looking for receptionists/secretaries, but for the same reasons shared on this thread (there are ignorant people who believe its all the same job), they must appeal to the applicants with the promise of a title that is misleading.  Check out the NFPA website for more information.

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Pre-Law in high school / Re: Paralegal vs. Lawyer
« on: January 15, 2008, 10:18:34 AM »
It is amazing to me the amount of arrogance and lack of common sense associated with the last few posts (Freak excepted).  "Careers" are not all about the money always.  You've made sweeping generalizations about a population of people who, currently, likely have much more experience and knowledge of the law than you currently possess.  Good luck in law school.  You'll need it.

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Pre-Law in high school / Re: Paralegal vs. Lawyer
« on: January 11, 2008, 04:13:34 PM »
Paralegal = A job
Lawyer = A career

So wrong.  Paralegals often choose their career based upon the availability/proximity of law schools in the area--sometimes, relocation is not an option, and there isn't a school in driving distance.  They also decide that, while they want to work in law, they want to focus on the practice and not the politics of "making" partner or being on the right "track" for promotion.  Sometimes they enjoy working with the law but are not comfortable speaking in public.  They may like performing research and drafting documents, investigating and organizing, and aren't so much about soliciting business or client management.  And there's also that idea that they'd rather jump in and get their feet wet so that they know what they'll be doing, instead of hauling off to three years of graduate school, only to find out that they HATE the legal profession and would rather spend their time developing herbal remedies for homeopathic uses.  To say that being a paralegal is not a career but a job is an ignorant statement by an uninformed person.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: New and Improved BC Question Thread
« on: January 06, 2008, 09:18:43 PM »
One of the reasons I read this thread is to see about commuting.  I will be commuting from Worcester no matter where I get in in Boston.  I didn't apply early decision anywhere, so I'm just browsing right now, and I have an acceptance from Suffolk, but really want BC.  I'll try to take the train early and late to commute if I don't find a carpool to my school.  Are you in Worcester?
Are there many students, or any that you know of, who commute to BC from the suburbs, or even as far as Worcester?

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