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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Going to U of Houston! Who's with me?
« on: March 20, 2005, 11:12:05 AM »
No worries young lady. 

In a UH vs. UT scenario, I'm under no delusions as to which school would offer me the best legal education, or at least the best legal opportunities.  But, I no longer have the luxury of saying it's "all about me" anymore.  Thus, my dilemma.

Good luck on your UT aspirations.  Perhaps we'll even run into each other there.


Incoming 1Ls / Re: Going to U of Houston! Who's with me?
« on: March 18, 2005, 08:22:10 PM »
All these Texas folk and NO ONE going to Houston? So sad, I was hoping to meet some LSDers (that weren't calling me out in front of adcomms).  ;)

  I'm still torn b/t UT & UH. 

You're torn between UH and UT??? You're serious?

Yes, I'm still torn.  There're a host of reasons I could get into..... but I've never been keen on explaining my motives to strangers.  But, I'm flattered you took a few moments to add your insight to my decision making process.     

Still, I'm just honored that the only two schools that I could realistically attend both decided to admit me.  As I mentioned, I'm just waiting to see the scholarship dollars, if any, UH throws my way in the next week or so. 

In another vein, congrats on your run of good fortune Ms. ScurvyWench! 


Incoming 1Ls / Re: Going to U of Houston! Who's with me?
« on: March 15, 2005, 07:21:19 AM »
All these Texas folk and NO ONE going to Houston? So sad, I was hoping to meet some LSDers (that weren't calling me out in front of adcomms).  ;)

Time for a rare post I see 

In my defense, I did not call you out in front of adcomms.  If you recall, people were still picking out their sandwhiches while we were sitting down to eat.  The only soul who might have noticed is the guy who sat at the corner between us.... and I don't think he had a clue what I was talking about.  :)

And on another point, I mean c'mon, how many African American women, who stated that they were interested in public policy, and from California, were in our group?  I didn't exactly have to dress up as Sherlock Holmes to figure out who you were, eh?  ;)

It was nice meeting you.  I'm still torn b/t UT & UH.  I want to see what UH throws my way scholarship wise before I make my final decision, so I should have my decision made this week, as they told us that another batch of scholarship letters were going out this week at the admitted students day last Saturday.   Lots of pros and cons to both. 

Good Luck!


Hello all,

To those interested, I rec'd an email from the admissions office that stated that scholarship letters are going out starting this week (presumably the week starting Monday, February 28th) and that all recipients should hear something soon.

I guess by the end of next week those souls getting some cash will know of much.

Hope this helps.


Incoming 1Ls / Re: tax law without business undergrad
« on: February 18, 2005, 08:43:37 PM »
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  :)


For whatever it's worth, I have an undergrad in acc't, a MS in accounting (tax option), and a CPA.  I'm heading to law school this fall after practicing in the tax arena for about 8 years.

I'm gonna have to agree with those folks who suggest that having undergrad exposure in accounting would be very helpful.  That's not to say that you couldn't achieve some core competence in tax just be taking a few law school courses, but I suppose it'd depend on how technical the law school courses are. 

If they're all very, very intro courses, no problem.  If they're at all "graduate level" courses... well, I just think you'll struggle.  Also, keep in mind people like me will be taking those courses too, and I'd have to believe we'll skew the curve in a negative way against those who simply have never been exposed to this stuff before.

Also, keep in mind that the tax practices at most respectable law firms are among the most selective of all legal practices.  And for good reason.  Tax can be a very, very technical area.  And if you're unfamiliar w/ acc't in general, and tax in particular, well, once again, you're gonna be at a disadvantage when stacking up against schmucks like myself.  I mean, I already have a solid lead for a 1L job next summer b/c I can actually possess far more tax knowledge than any 'straight into law school' 1L, 2L, & probably the majority of most 3L's.  Even if you take out my work experience, I'd already taken over 60 hours of undegrad acc't & tax courses, to say nothing of the finance & business courses I tool.  They're all pieces of a puzzle that you're never quite able to finish but still help you get a feel for the big picture, if ya know what I mean.

Also, trust me, reading the 'freakin' Wall Street Journal daily - which I do - is NOT a substitute for the fundamental course work you pick up in undergrad acc't & finance court.  That's not to say you won't learn valuable knowledge from the WSJ, but it's only common sense to reason that it's easier to build on something once the foundation is laid as opposed to trying to figure out everything all at once.  Frankly, it'd be like me picking up a chemical engineering mag and thinking I'll become proficient in that field by reading a few back issues.  Ain't gonna happen.

All that being said,  I work with folks who, unfortunately, just aren't cut out for tax yet somehow manage to hang around the tax field for years.  Believe me, you CAN do it.  I would audit a few UG acc't & tax courses, b/c if nothing else it'll show that you're serious about working in this field.

Good luck!


Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: U of Houston
« on: February 08, 2005, 08:23:20 AM »
Anyone apply part-time to UH?  I still haven't heard and was complete around 11/20.  Is this bad news? And the online status check hasn't changed in over a week!!  Anyone else frustrated??

Not that this will be tremendously useful, but you could call UH Law admissions center.  While I was awaiting my decision, I called twice when the admissions page wasn't updated and they told me the date it would be.  I found them (the reception guys & gals) to be very friendly and helpful.

Good Luck!

Thanks! Does the status page ever change from "complete" to "decision" or anything else?

Never mind, it's posted on the website: "There are five possible statuses that are posted:  Application Received, LSDAS report received, In Review, Decision mailed and Missing information."

Actually, there's a sixth option - mine actually says 'Admit', which I suppose it b/c I also rec'd that email acceptance on Dec. 8th.

Speaking of the email acceptance, have any of you guys/gals rec'd an actual letter in the mail yet?  I'm a little disappointed it didn't show up in todays mail.

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