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This is reassuring. I'd never been to chiashu before, it was interesting. According to the principle of 40 - 80 being a target, I actually have 1 reach, 1 target, and 3 safties...makes me think maybe I should have been more agressive. But there were additional factors that limited my choices. At any rate, I feel better now, thanks.  :)

This thread rocks so much that I actually read every post  :)
Thanks for the great advice, keep it coming.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Visiting USC/UCLA
« on: February 04, 2005, 02:11:46 PM »
Thanks for the info on UCLA. Even though I live in Cali, I've never been to the campus. I try to avoid LA in general and my husband absolutely hates it and is extremely reluctant to move there. But if I don't get into Boalt (and I won't) but I do by some miracle get into UCLA it would be hard to pass up.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: which schools did you NOT apply to?
« on: February 04, 2005, 09:16:56 AM »
My list of schools is fairly short, only 5, because my hubby has flat out refused to move anywhere outside of California. There also has to be a good rock climbing gym and outdoor rock climbing nearby... I realize it limits my options pretty considerably and I could probably get into better schools elswhere, but I figure all of the UC's are pretty good.

I commuted and worked full time while in school, so I never really took the time to get to know any of my profs, or even TAs for that matter. I've also been out of undergrad for 4 years. Both of my lor are from profs I had in my teaching credential program at a state school. I worry that they won't carry as much weight becuase the credential program is not as academically "rigorous" as a BA, but at least I know that my recs are from people who know me well. And I figured they are of a more academic nature than getting lor from employers.

I've never read my ps since it was submitted for precisely this reason. I don't want to scrutinize and beat myself up over errors I didn't find before. I've got enough to worry about.  :)

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: The Four UC's
« on: February 03, 2005, 09:47:06 AM »
All four are great schools and also an excellent value because they don't cost a fortune. Boalt is definitely in a league of its own, it has a more national reputation and is certainly harder to get into. I went to Davis for undergrad, it a really nice community - small, low key with a bit of a hippie crunchy granola vibe if your into that sort of thing. It has an excellent reputation locally, and there are a fair few opportunities in Sacramento with the Capital being there. You'll probably also head to the bay to look for jobs, which means you're also up against Boalt, Stanford, and Hastings. Hastings has a great reputation statewide, and my friend who just graduated loved it. It's located in not the greatest area downtown, and it's a large school. Most students communte from other areas of the city or from the east bay, which is pretty easy because of the great public transportation in that area. UCLA is also a great school, but I'll admit it's the one I know the least about.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Anyone with a BS in education, please read...
« on: February 02, 2005, 08:59:09 AM »
I was so happy to find this thread, and see there are other teachers out there pursuing careers in law. Most of my colleagues think I'm crazy for giving up my summer vacations.
I actually started college with plans to be an attorney, but by the time my junior year rolled around I just wasn't so sure anymore. With a double major in polisci/history it seemed as though everyone I knew was going to law school, and I just wasn't ready for three more years of school and all that competition. After volunteering at the Boys and Girls club, I decided to get my teaching credential. I've been teaching high school government for 3 years, and also coach mock trial. I love my students but the thought of law school has never really left my mind, and now I know I am ready. I know I will miss working with kids though, and this is the only part that makes me somewhat reluctant...does anyone else feel this way? I'd love to continue volunteering with kids, but I don't know how realistic that is given law school schedules.

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