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Florida Coastal, Appalachian, FAMU, Barry...or wait and retake (better idea).

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Non-Traditional Students / Re: Anyone planning on kids during law school?
« on: December 17, 2005, 10:55:12 PM »
I know that recent medical advances allow for women to bear children later and later.  Speaking from personal experience, my child was conceived with the help of fertility treatment.  Knowing that, I am glad to have had him now rather than later because that would have reduced the likelihood of me ever becoming a mother.  Now this is just my experience and is definitely not the norm, but I certainly didn't think infertility was going to even be an issue-no family history of it and no signs of a problem until I could not get pregnant naturally. 
Age is a big factor.  You would not believe the number of women who were coming in to see my fertility doctor ...MANY professional women with successful careers and childless. 
If u already have a job and insurance, have the baby now-before law school.  You will get the maternity leave and not have to worry about puking everyday or leaving early for a myriad of prenatal tests and exams during your very first year as an associate. 
This is just my opinion based on my experience.  I hope I haven't offended anyone.  I just feel that we have a lifetime to be an attorney, but a small amount of time to be a mom.

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Non-Traditional Students / Re: Anyone planning on kids during law school?
« on: December 13, 2005, 08:41:11 PM »
I had my first and only last year.  I planned to have the baby and wait until he was at least one before trying to go back to school and get my JD. When I start law school, he will be two years old.  If u are a woman planning to be pregnant during law school, u may have an easy prengnacy where u barely look pregnant, never get moody or sick, pop the baby out on the due date and return to your prepregnancy shape in two weeks.  now here is the real deal.  u may be sick as a dog, tired, cranky and have sciatic pain while trying to keep up with ure studies or internship.  u may not feel good enough to go into classes sometimes, thus jeapordizing ure grades.  every pregnancy is different.  my suggestion, have the baby now so that when u start school, he or she will be at minimum 6 months of age and u have good childcare lined up.  Childcare was very expewnsive the first year and more difficult to find for kids under age two.  it is a tough call and u have to figure what is more important.  I was 32 when i had my son.  I weighed it out by realizing that the range of time I have to pursue my degree is much greater than the years of fertility I have left in front of me.  that was shat helped me make my decision.  it would be worse for me to finish school a couple of years earler and not have kids, so I did what worked for me. 

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Financial Aid / Re: dependents v. independents and parents
« on: December 05, 2005, 09:04:58 PM »
you are dependent if u have been relying on them for financial support for more than half of ure living expenses.  if u are 2 yrs out of school and have been mostly supporting ureself financiall, then u can state independence.  u may have to show proff in the form of ure own tax returns or something proving that u have or make enough money to support at least 51%.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Insurance
« on: December 05, 2005, 09:02:04 PM »
If your health is good and u aren't on any expensive prescriptions, go with a major medica lplan. Llike another poster said, you can try BC/BS.  They cater to self-employed and students.  If u have major medical, u can just see a regular dr and pay cash and ask for samples.  some doctors are understanding if u tell them u are a broke student.  a friend of mine got sick, did not have insurance, the dr had her pay $65 for the office visit and gave her samples so she didn't have to pay out of pocket for meds.  the big scare is really with the big bills (hospitalization).  good luck!

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Stetson Peeps-
« on: December 05, 2005, 08:54:29 PM »
Okay, Stetson Peeps!  Does anyone know when the part-time application decisions will be made in comparison to full-time?  I think I heard that they fill up the FT class and then look at PT class.  I thought with the rolling admissions they would be further along on acceptances/WL/rejects.  any info?

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my first choice school does not make it optional.  given that there is that statement written to the effect that u will notify of any changes to the application, i wanted to find out. if u have to disclose and u add some more schools down the road, can u just email adcomm and update them or is that a "no-no"?

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what other schools are u applying to?  say, i plan to apply to school A and B.  On School A's app I report that I plan to apply to School B.  Then a few weeks after after my app as been submitted, i get some fee waivers and I decide to apply to School C and D.  How do I let school A know, so I am not in violation of anything.  If u notice, schools have u sign after reading a statement that says you will report any changes to the info contained on the application.  Can I just email the adcomm to tell them of the changes and that I am applying to Schools C and D?

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Stetson Peeps-
« on: November 30, 2005, 03:23:34 PM »
I wouldn't say that....maybe if u are renting since those rates are not too bad.  Homeowner's insurance, cost of home upkeep and ability to move up has completely changed considering how little wages have changed in comparison.  It is still better than many other places (LA, NYC, etc).  Are u applying for Fall 2006?  I wish  I would get word sooner.  Why do they take longer?  SOme posters here are already hearing from FSU and Miami.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Stetson Peeps-
« on: November 30, 2005, 03:16:56 PM »
I was going to apply to both as well but  decided to apply PT only because i just did not budget $110 for the app fee to PT and FT.  I figured it is easier to go from PT to FT than FT to PT.  I heard that they finish the FT before the PT, so now I will have a longer wait, it seems.   

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