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Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: Married life and law school
« on: February 22, 2008, 08:35:15 PM »
I'm actually finishing a Master's and applying to law school right now. My husband and I got married the summer before I started my grad program, and we relocated to a new state for school.  I'll be honest, the first year was really rough.  Just keep in mind that there might be other things that could stress you out, if you are changing locations and things like that.  Honestly, after the first year things have gone much more smoothly!  Part of the problem our first year was that my husband couldn't find a "real" job in his field so he ended up as a prep cook at a restaurant, while I was only earning the grad student stipend, so money stress was a big issue for us.  If your spouse has a steady job, that should make life easier.  Also, expect to fight about housework.  Housework and finances seem to be the two main stressors for newlyweds. 

I think the most important thing that other people have said is to make sure you carve out some time each week to spend together, and don't only talk about law school things when you're together.

Law School Admissions / Re: Academic Probation & Warning
« on: February 22, 2008, 07:06:02 PM »
whew! thanks!  I disclosed everything, but still . . . .

Law School Admissions / Re: Academic Probation & Warning
« on: February 22, 2008, 03:53:55 PM »
I have a similar question, but for grad school.  I'm finishing an M.S. right now, and I was on academic probation for a semester (that happens if you fall below a 3.0).  I was on a teaching assistantship (teaching and grading for three sections a week) and taking three 3-cr hour classes.  I mean, is it really going to hurt me that I got a "C" in Physical Oceanography and Microbial Biogeochemistry?  I brought my GPA up and kept it up (ok, but not very high) while teaching the same amount and doing field research . . . .

Law School Admissions / Re: THE MAIL CALL THREAD
« on: February 22, 2008, 02:52:15 PM »
Got into U of Miami today.  They only had one (three-year-old) letter of rec b/c the others are still on their way.  Is it normal to get a decision before you application is technically "complete"?

Law School Admissions / Re: Pregnant in Law School?
« on: February 22, 2008, 11:54:18 AM »
from a different perspective: my mom was pregnant with me her last year of law school, going part time and working full time.  my dad was working full time too as a new attorney.  they popped me into daycare after a few weeks and got back on with work.  theoretically, I turned out ok (although I am applying to law school, some people would consider that crazy . . . )

Law School Admissions / Re: LSN Searching Help
« on: February 22, 2008, 11:37:23 AM »
I am going to risk feeling like more of an idiot here, but what is "LSN"?

Law School Admissions / Re: How do I know when I'm "Complete"?
« on: February 22, 2008, 11:24:15 AM »
I had my apps in like the first day of Feb., but a couple of letters of rec are still on their way in.  what does that mean in terms of getting accepted (hopefully)?

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Opinions about DePaul?
« on: February 22, 2008, 10:55:07 AM »
Just a couple of questions for those of you that got into DePaul with like 45k and 54k:
a) is that per year?
b) what sort of stats did you have?
c) when did you get your apps in that you have heard already?

I don't have any rankings info to offer but I am really curious to know how the prestige of a school plays into later job-placement v. how well you distinguish yourself at a school.  I'm applying to schools based on financial concerns and location, not prestige.  I want to go into environmental law / bioethics, maybe consider health law.  My goals DO NOT include working in "big law."  Any thoughts?

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