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General Board / Re: POST GRAD WORRIES
« on: July 09, 2004, 09:41:56 AM »
Thanks everyone for the input.  Actually my kids will be 16 and 18 by the time I finish LS, so I'm good.

You people on this board are funny.  It's cool to communicate with others who are just as argumentative and analytical as I am.  I don't find that in my own circle of friends much.

(BY THE WAY, USING THE CAPS LOCK KEY IS NOT MEANT TO YELL OR OFFEND.  I JUST CHOSE TO DO THAT SOMETIMES.  IF IT BOTHERS ANYONE...OH WELL, I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO TELL YOU).






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General Board / POST GRAD WORRIES
« on: July 08, 2004, 08:44:26 PM »
TALKING WITH A FELLOW 1L I LEARNED THAT TO EARN THE BIG BUCKS YOU HAVE TO WORK FOR A FIRM AND PUT IN AT LEAST 10 HOURS A DAY AND THAT ANY JOB THAT REQUIRES A REGULAR 40 HOUR WORKWEEK WON'T PAY MORE THAN AROUND $40,000-50,000

ALBEIT WAY PREMATURE, I'M CONCERNED ABOUT FINDING A BALANCE BETWEEN A WELL-PAYING JOB (AT LEAST $70,000) AND NOT HAVING TO WORK MORE THAN 8 TO 10 HOURS A DAY. 

I HEAR THAT JUDICIAL CLERKS/STAFF ATTORNEYS ARE GOOD CAREER STARTER JOBS THAT ARE NOT AS TIME- :-\DEMANDING AS LAW FIRMS, BUT OF COURSE DON'T PAY NEARLY AS WELL.

CAN ANYWAY TALK ABOUT HOW A PERSON CAN EARN A GOOD LIVING AND STILL BE HOME NO LATER THAN 7P?  OR IS THAT TOO UNREALISTIC IN THE EARLY STAGES OF A LAW CAREER?

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General Board / LS ranking (tier?)
« on: July 07, 2004, 02:14:13 PM »
I'll be a 1L this fall.  I'm going to Cleveland-Marshall.  Because of my circumstances
(FT job, husband, kids) it was my only option (Case Western, a more prestigious LS, doesn't offer a PT/evening program)

Just FYI, I'm not concerned about how well I'll do because of the school's ranking because I'm confident in my abilities and I personally know several very successful alumni and we have a few prestigious Alumni.   Anyway, I'm just curious about where C-M ranks.  How can I find out? or does anyone know?

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i just joined the dicussion and i had the same question as you eyarsee.  i talked with an attorney last night who went part time in the evenings.  she basically said expect to be in class four hours each night and studying for another couple of hours afterwards. 

however, if you can find time at work during the day and do lots of reading on the weekends you can maybe cut down your evening studying a little.

ultimately, plan to spend at least a two - three hours a day studying. 

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Studying and Exam Taking / Re: superwoman survival
« on: July 04, 2004, 10:38:01 AM »
Very funny, flicker.  But oddly enough, a great idea

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I'm in the process of breaking up with my boyfriend of almost 8 years and I can tell you that Law School definitely was a kick in the pants for us. In the end, we had serious issues in our relationship that had nothing to do with how much we love each other--one is that he works nights and weekends and goes out most nights until the bars close--and I want a more traditional lifestyle. We stayed together for so long because we are in love and our relationship is wonderful on many levels. But, as they say, we're not getting any younger and it was time to face the facts that we both have known for a while. Because I was so distraught about STAYING in the same city as him, I was prepared to move home and go to a lesser ranked, much more expensive school. However, I've recently come to my senses and decided to go to my reach school here in town, enjoy life with less loans, and just spend that extra $$ on the counseling I'll probably need to get over this and deal with the first year of Law School!

By the way, I've really enjoyed this thoughtful discussion. It seems like we have all put a lot of thought into Law School and our SOs and it was interesting to see the points of view that everyone had.

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Acceptances / Re: University of Texas at Austin
« on: March 23, 2005, 12:29:16 PM »
That amount of debt does not consider the following:
1. car payments, insurance, gas, and repairs
2. Rent,Food and Utilities that costs more than $850 (TOTAL)

My source?
The Financial Aid Office

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: UT vs. GW
« on: March 18, 2005, 04:29:32 PM »
Thanks Anastasia. I just wrote down the numbers and realized that GW would cost me around 150K in debt and UT only 65K. That has me swinging in the other direction now...I feel like a frickin' pendulum these days--swinging back and forth, back and forth. The money is hard to argue with though.

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Where should I go next fall? / What are the strengths of a law school?
« on: March 18, 2005, 03:04:02 PM »
Is there a good place online to find out what are the strengths of a law school. For example, I'm looking to find out which law schools are strong in Intellectual Property, Entertainment Law, Immigration, and Business Law. How do I find that info for the schools I'm interested in?

Thanks.

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Where should I go next fall? / UT vs. GW
« on: March 18, 2005, 02:49:05 PM »
Hi All. I'm trying to decide between GW and UT and am leaning towards GW for personal reasons. I know why UT is better:
1. Ranking: #15 vs. #20
2. Location and Weather
3. Cost
But would I be crazy going to GW to be near my family, finally settle down after moving around every couple of years since college, and maybe even look for a mate?

I'm thinking I'd probably rank in the middle of the class and I know that UT gets jobs for the top ten percent but that everyone else has to fend for themselves. I'm thinkin' that I'd rather already live in GW and start networking there and that I'll be able to get a good job that way. Any thoughts?

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