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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Missouri Residency
« on: March 17, 2005, 06:20:33 AM »
Establishing residency at MO requires 12 mos.

UMKC allows non-resident students to attend part-time during the first year at resident rates.
And I must agree, I think KC and UMKC are the right decisions.

all the people who've been planning for law school for years AND obsessing over it for the past year...

Did someone call me? :)

Applying to law school requires plenty of research and planning. I am trying to not obsess about it as much this year, since I must also concentrate on my undergrad studies and work. However, now is a good time to start considering that personal statement.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Why is everyone's GPA so high?
« on: February 27, 2005, 10:05:38 AM »

I admire your discipline and there is no doubt that it will pay off, but at the same should at least date. It's a huge part of the undergad experience. Trust me, you will never have an opportunity like this again. I would date over going to frat parties, if you have to choose...I am hitched and don't have any real experience in this, but I heard that internet dating is pretty good now...There are actually normal people doing it.

Anyways, you don't have to go crazy, just live a little for something other than your GPA. Think of it this way, you are flunking the course in being well-rounded.

Btw, what does sitting in the front of the classroom have to do with anything?

I am a non-traditional student--there is not much available 'dating' material--most of the students are too young, and/or married. I haven't yet read the policy of instructor/student relationships, but there is probably one written in the fine print; I don't drink or use illegal drugs, thus the social life is practically non-existent.
I am in college for the education. I sit at the front of the class because (1) I can see the instructor (2) I can hear the instructor) (3) I am not as distracted by the other students, and (4) it is a recommended practice for A students.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Legally Blonde: Good or BAD
« on: February 27, 2005, 04:47:04 AM »
. A person would have to be seriously psychologically deranged to go through a long enduring process of law school applications to do so only for the reason or effort of winning back a boyfriend and to prove herself intelligent, which she couldn't do.

Ah, but she did win back her boyfriend, but by then didn't want him. And becoming the valedictorian of her Harvard class proved she was intelligent enough.

At first I wondered if the admittance interview video of herself in a bikini was appropriate, but she probably realized that the administration is predominantly male, and thus her admittance was guaranteed. (Her GPA and LSAT score weren't discussed until the men saw her wearing the bikini). Totally realistic.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Why is everyone's GPA so high?
« on: February 26, 2005, 08:13:24 AM »

the reason why many people around here have high GPAs is because they are a bunch of grade- grubbing-ass-kissers that didn't have any fun.  true story.

Did someone call me?

AS Paralegal with a 3.92.
I am a 'good student'--I have excellent attendance, I sit at the front of the classroom, I read the assigned chapters, I complete the assignments, I participate in classroom discussions, and I perform independent study. I very seldom date or attend social gatherings.

Now I must do all of the above for my BS, and balance my studies with employment. I am hoping that the lack of community involvement won't negatively affect my chances of getting accepted into a law school.

I made that decision for Law School at approximately the middle of freshman year. I have sent umpteen resumes and received a few requests for interviews as a law office paralegal, only to discover that most of the area's law offices are not employing paralegals.

I have accepted a position at a different type of establishment.

Considering the area's employment and economic situation, I feel very very fortunate that I have a job.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: tax law without business undergrad
« on: February 16, 2005, 02:31:02 AM »

Is it improbable to get a job as a tax lawyer if your UG degree is not business? or will I be okay as long as I take numerous tax classes in LS. I know that a technical degree is a must for patent/IP lawyers but was just wondering if this is the case for tax as well.

Thanks in advance :)

Wow. That 2 yr AS paralegal degree only required two years. I wonder what I should study during the other two years for my BS degree? My MS degree? Business or accounting? Accounting and Business?

"Why are you non-traditional"?

Because, as a teenager I had one of the highest IQ scores at the high school, the state's fastest time on the track, and one of the highest ASVAB scores of the nation, but I couldn't convince my Swiss/German parents that blonde, blue-eyed persons are not inferior.

As an adult, I have convinced myself. I deserve an education and a career.

Some people are more easily addicted than others. I wouldn't write 'alcoholic' or 'drug addict' on a resume, or a personal statement; I would be very careful with whom I would discuss the situation.

I once read somewhere that lawyers are near the top of the 'addictive personality' list.
Future lawyers could probably win the high-school awards of 'Most Likely to Become Addicted.'

Fortunately, those addictive traits also make lawyers who enjoy excessive studying and research, working long hours, and who enjoy the companionship of others with the same habits. We just don't label it as addiction. And I wouldn't worry about writing that on a resume or a personal statement.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Grooming and fashion in law school?
« on: January 16, 2005, 11:01:27 AM »
I think my first college course was Professional Development. Since that time, I have changed from wearing jeans and T-shirts all of the time to wearing dress slacks and shirts w/cuffs. Meanwhile, many of the other students continued wearing baggy Goth and ghetto styles.

It was only recently that I noticed some of the students wearing pajama pants to college. At first I thought it a little unusual, but hey--a fad is a fad. The stores are actually selling "Pajama" pants. (Remember, only a few years ago, the fad was boxer shorts which was started by some kids wearing their daddy's discarded underwear.)

If students want to develop a real fashion sense, they should have a look at the type of clothing which is worn by those leaders who are already in the chosen profession. Law students might want to consider what lawyers and judges are wearing. (Of course, I have seen some lawyers with terrible color coordination, and those brightly patterned ties are a little disturbing.) But I have seen some very smartly dressed judges.

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