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Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: Praying For A Layoff
« on: February 28, 2005, 07:56:44 PM »
The law here is that you can't be fired for insubordination or misconduct and collect UI.  However, if you quit b/c of sexual harassment or other employer misconduct, you may be eligible. 

My firm has only fought one unemployment claim.  The employee didn't show up for a week and then tried to come back to work.  We called it job abandonment (and won).

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Anyone get in where the numbers said you couldn't?
« on: February 28, 2005, 07:46:40 PM »
Thanks for the info.  I posted over there.

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Law School Admissions / Re: Question for all Cinderella admits
« on: February 28, 2005, 07:46:21 PM »
Here are my "soft factors":

I was hired by a solo practitioner after I got my Paralegal Degree (2 year).  Since then, the firm has grown from one lawyer & me and $40K in revenue to 4 lawyers, 7 support staff and $300K in yearly revenue.  I have been in charge of hiring and most of the "business" aspects as well as training the lawyers that do consumer BK's in our office on how the court/trustee system works (pretty much everything except going to court for them). 

I have severe grade acceleration 2.3 pre 1994 to 3.75 in classes since 1999. (3.1 cum GPA,  163 LSAT).

I won't go to law school unless I can convince a top 40 school to take me.  (Pref WI and MN)

Odds?  Iffy...  Those soft factors had better kick in.  My LOR from the owner of our firm is fantastic and the one from my English prof is too.  However, if they just toss me aside b/c of the GPA, I will die!

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I am not saying that a personal statement should be boring...just real!  It seems like those that most need to pump up the statement with a bunch of creative writing are those who have led lives that aren't very interesting. 

For instance, I read a bunch from kids whose only life experience was a semester abroad...If you are 22, I guess that's the most you've done.  I am 33, so in those 11 years I have had an actually life outside college and have done a lot.  It matters more than a pseudo-compelling diatribe that in the end, amounts to BS.

Sorry for the harsh tone...I am being somewhat sarcastic.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: DeadHead Law students?
« on: February 28, 2005, 07:28:13 PM »
 :)

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LMAO P.W.!

It's true....I think that many of them had school paid for by daddy and have never worked at all...Surprise...the reason we get paid for this crap is because it's a PITA....if it were always fun, we would be paying THEM!

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: DeadHead Law students?
« on: February 27, 2005, 09:55:50 PM »
space...I am not into WSP enough to see them this tour.  Someone who loves them deserves to get that ticket more than me, so i will wait until the "they're back" melee ends.

As for me having to drive an SUV...over my dead body!  I am one of those "liberal types" that believes in fuel economy and stuff.  My Honday gets 32 MPG and I won't ever drive one of those gas guzzlers under the guise of "I need something safe and large to take my kids to soccer." (Usually said by someone with just 2 kids)

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Here is a funny/pitiful story about my family:

My mother lost 85% of her hearing as a child and is almost deaf w/out hearing aids and misses a lot with them.  She has never worked b/c of this and feeling like she can't catch on as quickly as others.  When we talk on the phone, she misses things and just doesn't understand the whole "college thing". 

When I went back to finish college and started talking about law school, she kept thinking I was already in and told her friends I would be a lawyer soon.  Since she lives far away, they didn't know any better.  The last time I visited, everyone in their very small town (1,400) kept calling me "Lawyer Karen".  LOL!

I have almost given up on explaining the process to her....she just doesn't get it!

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: DeadHead Law students?
« on: February 27, 2005, 10:03:26 AM »
:)

Are you going to see them at all on this tour?

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When we hire an attorney at our firm, I don't look at age very much at all.  However, I can say that since the oldest person there is the owner (he's 38) and the average age of our employees is 26, that older people seem to not like working there very much.  I am 33 and the second oldest there!  If people have a "young" attitude and are willing to learn new ways of thinking and doing things, they do well.  If not, they hate working with us. 


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