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Black Law Students / Re: Have you ever noticed?
« on: May 31, 2005, 03:02:22 PM »
It's awful to compare - I agree.
I'm fortunate in that my friends are all rather different from me. We seem to want very different things in life, have different looks, go for different men. But Scurvy, you've worked so hard to get where you are in life - you don't need to apologise to anyone else. No-one in life is 'entitled'. We all have to work at things - relationships, jobs, study, whatever it is. Looks are an asset, but they can only get you so far... they disappear, after all, and we just can't be complacent.

Disgression: Illegally blonde - that is the most gorgeous dog _ever_. Is it a Japanese breed? Do tell....

Studying for the LSAT / Re: The unthinkable has happened. Now what?
« on: May 31, 2005, 02:55:19 PM »
I'm going to get bashed for this, I know. I'm not going to give false hope or anything but I have to say it really bugs me when people say 'you have to have X score' to go here or there or wherever. There are lots of exceptions to chiasu. You can argue your case to a school, visit, sit in classes, write to a professor, write a compelling addendum, many people on this board raised their scores by more than two points, many schools take the higher score, and many (probably even top 30 schools) might take his first with more work experience and an amazing application. Yes, I've cited exceptions, but there are a TON of them all the same. I think if the applicant goes the extra mile to make an impression, it's entirely possible to overcome a low LSAT score. I'm an example of someone getting in massively against the odds and I know many others like me.
I know everyone here's just trying to be helpful and realistic - and that I will be critiqued for being unrealistic - but what I am saying is true as well. If I were the OP I'd take a long hard look at my application, fly out to schools, talk to adcoms, sit in on classes, spend the time until I apply doing amazing things and really think about my addendums and personal statement so that they are unique.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Why so few female partners at top firms?
« on: May 31, 2005, 02:42:45 PM »
I'm sorry if I came off as though I believe that women need to be at home more than men do, because if I did I committed a gross misrepresentation. I don't know how men feel about this - I'm sure it's individual anyway - some men want more time at home, some are happy working more... I can't talk for them in general, or for women in general, I can only talk for myself. I know that I won't be happy working 8-9 with kids at home, not even if my husband was at home with them. I want to spend real time with my family, and I think it's better for a child to have two parents around. I say better and not necessary because I was brought up by my father who was around a lot as he has his own business. I have a wonderful relationship with him and my mother, though she lives abroad because of her job (so you have an extreme situation of career coming before job). I don't resent her one bit because I had such a loving father and never felt as though I missed out. I respect her, as in her I have had a great role model in many ways.  But I won't do the same thing myself. So you see, I think men are fantastic in the home, and shouldn't be expected to work longer... it's all individual and I'm going round in circles so I'll stop.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Why so few female partners at top firms?
« on: May 31, 2005, 05:51:07 AM »
I think that statement is ridiculuos.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Why so few female partners at top firms?
« on: May 30, 2005, 11:52:08 AM »
I considered a career with the British Foreign Office. I worked at the Embassy in Paris, and there were some fantastic, charismatic women, but most of the employees were nevertheless men, and the women mostly unmarried. In the Foreign Office you move countries every four years, making it very difficult to set up a home or meet someone, and one spouse has to follow the other, meaning that one doesn't work (it's difficult to move jobs every four years and to do so in different countries). Of course, it is always the women who do the following. That depressed me and, knowing I want a family life, I decided against pursuing that career despite finding the work fascinating. A real shame, but gender disparities etc. are definitely still there.
I plan on working in biglaw and then moving to a smaller firm once i have a family. I couldn't give up on my career entirely, nor could I stand letting my child be effectively brought up by somebody else. It would kill me. The balance can be struck though - I firmly believe that. But unfortunately, I just don't believe a woman can be a biglaw partner and have a very rewarding family life. Sorry if that's controversial but 8am-9pm   is just too long at work to allow for maeningful time with one's children and spouse.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Am I crazy?
« on: May 30, 2005, 03:31:19 AM »
No problem! It definitely is worth it, I totally agree. Of course, there are times when people should go with the higher-ranked school, but I do think that there are many many exceptions to this, and that people on these boards sometimes don't think about a school's fit, just about its overall ranking. People make law school out to be so damn miserable that I think we should make it as pleasant for ourselves as we can. And most of us end up having to pay for school, anyway...

fun, maybe, but a little pointless, I think, b/c everything I've heard suggests employers don't know/care about the difference in rank of the 7th or 9th ranked school, but that it is the overall category that counts. Am I wrong?

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Add a word
« on: May 29, 2005, 04:09:38 PM »

I know people have posted about their excitement, but instead of reviving all that I'll start my own thread and hope you'll all contribute! This summer I'm doing two biglaw internships in London with US firms. I'm so excited! I've been suit-shopping, reading business news and preparing. I only have two Finals to go before finishing college, and then there will be two weeks of celebration before summer work. I'm so happy with my choice of law school, and get really happy each time the 'attenting___' thread pops up in my unreads and I read about your law school destinations, or about you finding the perfect apartment or house or getting off a waitlist. We've achieved so much, and we're on our way to becoming lawyers. I can't believe how far we've come and that it's all for real...

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Am I crazy?
« on: May 29, 2005, 03:21:25 PM »
No! Good for you, that you are going to a school at which you'll be happy and be able to perform to an optimum. I think that the fact you turned down money will also motivate you to do your very best. I am always pleased when I see people really thinking about the place that would best suit them and have the courage to turn down the higher ranked school if it is not the right choice. It takes guts.
Wishing you the very best of luck for the future.

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