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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Law School as a Job?
« on: March 25, 2005, 10:29:54 AM »
In addition, I do not want to sacrifice my marriage for a JD.

I would put it more strongly:  I will not sacrifice my marriage for a JD!  Or for my career after law school, for that matter.  My husband wants me to do well -- he sees this as a family choice.  So he understands that I won't be able to spend as much time with the family as I otherwise would.  But knowing that ahead of time, we're committed to spending as much time together as possible, and making that quality time.  That commitment is then my driver for staying focused during the day.

Matokah -- no problem!  See your email.  ;D

Abe, I think I hijacked your thread.  Did you hear anything from American yet?  Just curious, have you visited there?

On a side note, I got a second financial aid letter from Catholic today -- they made a math error on the first one!  I didn't catch it until I received today's letter.  The funny part was the second letter had the exact same text as the first except with a different date and different numbers.  :P

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Catholic University - where to live?
« on: March 24, 2005, 08:26:10 PM »
$1450 is high (but not for a 2br/2ba in DC)..but it's priced like that because it's literally across the street from Trinity and down the street from Catholic...

I graduated from GW law in 04'..just saw this thread and wanted to give you guys some references in terms of housing.. seriously though  look into those apts that i posted the link to

It seems especially high to me since our mortgage is a few hundred less than that.  We (hubby + me) briefly considered renting out our house and moving to an apartment close to CUA, but that seems like craziness, so... I'll commute.

Congrats on your graduation from GW.  :)  Mind if I ask, what do you do now?

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Catholic University - where to live?
« on: March 24, 2005, 08:09:25 PM »
A lot of Catholic U students stay in an apt complex called The Cloisters.. I stayed there for a yr while I was in law school @ GW.. The rent was $1450 for a 2br/2ba...

I drove by The Cloisters as I was trying to find my way to the law school the other day (dang DC signs and construction!).  Anyway, I think it was right across from Trinity College/University so it seemed like a quiet area.  $1450 sounds kind of high, though.  Although if you were splitting it with a roommate I guess it wouldn't be too bad., are you going to Catholic?

Hi Matokah!  :)

Matokah -- No problem!  We live outside of DC on the Maryland side, so I'm coming that way anyway.  I'd be happy to pick you up on Saturday morning.  I'll email you!

I visited for the first time last Saturday afternoon.  I had my daughter with me so I couldn't come during classes.  I just walked around inside the building, taking a peek at things, and really liked it.  I was reassured too.  :D  I'm really looking forward to admit weekend to talk with more students and see the rest of the school.  I'm excited!!

On the scholarship -- it is definitely worth a shot!  Let us know how it goes.  I bet most people don't try to ask for (more) money.  And telling them how much you want to go there certainly won't hurt.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Catholic University - where to live?
« on: March 24, 2005, 10:56:01 AM »
I unfortunately will not be able to make to the Admitted Students weekend...I'll be in Hawaii for 2 weeks. 8) Can someone perhaps post here and share their experiences at the weekend?


I hope you're going to Hawaii for something fun, like vacation.  :)  We'll tell you all about it!

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Catholic University - where to live?
« on: March 24, 2005, 08:10:21 AM »

If not in D.C., I would stick to the Maryland side... I think the commute from VA would be a lot worse.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Advice for a person interested in LS
« on: March 24, 2005, 07:58:19 AM »
There are positions called "technical specialists" at some IP law firms.  I think they're mainly for people who are going to law school PT or people who plan to start law school within a year or so.  I have no idea what they pay, but it's probably not a pittance -- I think the firms may pay for school as well.  I bet if you could find one of those related to your technical field it would give you a taste of what IP in your field would be like.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Any Chem Engineers out there?
« on: March 24, 2005, 07:28:14 AM »
I think you should be in great shape with your top notch technical degree, since that counts equally as reputation in hiring practices. (at least im told). Do you know any one in law school currently with our background?

DC is okay i suppose. I live there now and like it, but i refuse to settle down there. Im headed south where life makes more sense.

164 is pretty good..its what i got and i was pretty happy with it. =]

I hope so.  And doesn't VaTech have a great network in the South?  In my work it seemed I kept running into Hokies, mostly in Virginia and Georgia.  I know of a few ChemE people who are in law school now who were in my class in undergrad, but I wasn't really friends with them.  I believe they went straight to law school from undergrad so they ought to be graduating this spring.

I agree, 164 is pretty good.  It wasn't good enough for Georgetown though.  ;)

rhapsody:  Did you email or call to RSVP?  The main office is pretty helpful in setting up tours and classroom visits.  I'd just call them to see when they've scheduled a tour, etc. (they're pretty flexible).  Since my plane doesn't get in until 12:30, I think the earliest I could feasibly go on a tour would be around 2 or 2:30p.m. (because, with my luck, my plane will be late!).  Maybe we'll see each other on the tour? :)

I did call to RSVP (just me on Friday, me and my husband on Saturday) but they said they didn't know when the program was starting and I've called twice already!  The people I talked to both times were quite nice and said they're going to let us know next week.  I'm planning to go in the afternoon on Friday.  I hope to see you there too!  By the way, what airport are you flying in to?  If you need a ride from BWI or DCA I'd be happy to help out.

BTW, congrats on the scholarship offer!  I don't think I got one, so I decided to be proactive and just ask for one ;)

Thanks!  I wasn't expecting it at all -- I had decided not to go to law school after all -- and when I opened the letter, it was almost midnight and I was about to go to bed.  So then of course I couldn't get to sleep that night!  I hope Catholic does give you a scholarship.  Good luck!!  ;D  Do you plan to talk to them about it when you visit?

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