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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. 

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: This is frustrating
« on: February 27, 2005, 10:00:17 AM »
I feel for you, but I think that the schools have this policy for a reason.  Everyone I know says it's impossible to work even part time your first year because you already feel overwhelmed.  I am giving up a job paying $60K to go to law school, but I feel like my 1L is going to be a vacation from work.  Try and look on the positive side.  You can do this!

Just suck it up and take the loans.  Hopefully it will pay off later!

I really want MN and WI b/c I am a WI resident and I don't want to pay millions in tuition.  Both schools are pretty highly ranked so those two factors played a big part in my decision. 

I would really love to go to Lewis and Clark, but it's not in the top 50 and I would have to fly home just to visit my dad, who has been ill.

If you have a gut feeling about either school over the other, go with it!

There is a 50% chance that I will be working for another year and reapplying to schools.  My raw numbers are iffy at best 3.1/163, but I have a great job that pays very well and I don't want to go to law school just to go...I want to get into a top 40 school.  I did apply to two or three safety schools, but I don't see myself actually attending them. 

Anyone wanna place bets on this list?

Washington and Lee
Indy - Bloomington
Ohio State
Colorado - Boulder
Lewis and Clark

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Acceptance Notifications Table
« on: February 27, 2005, 09:44:36 AM »
Starresky: You rock for making that chart!

You should also put in there that Harvard sends a packet with just informational materials (in a large envelope) after they get your app. 

When I received it, I freaked until I opened the envelope.  I am pissed that they would send the envelope during admission season.  It really was a letdown.

IMHO (and I do the hiring of attorneys for a small firm), being in the bottom 50% of your class at Harvard  = top 10 in your class at most first tier schools.  If you do really well in school, it doesnn't matter where you go.

Case in point.  My friend Paul.  Graduated #3 in his class at Marquette and worked 3 years out at a very big, very prestigious firm in DC making $130K a year.  (He ended up quitting to go to work at the US attorneys office)

If you are a slacker, then take the best school you can get.  I plan on going to Wisconsin and doing well.  I think I will be fine. 

Yes, it's hard to see when someone with the same credentials gets into a better school than you do possibly because their race was a "thumb on the scale"

However, I have a different perspective on things. I am in charge of hiring for a small firm that has a clientele that is 50% minority.  We have a heck of a time finding minority lawyers to hire.  I have been working like crazy to make sure that we do, but haven't succeeded yet.  For our clients, it helps when our staff looks like they do.  It makes the clients more comfortable.  The clients are the reason that we have a firm to begin with.

When I first started working at our firm 6 years ago, the owner would just try and talk lawyers he knew (all white males) about coming to work for him.  It was bad practice and bad for the firm.  It has been a battle to get him to realize that we need to have a staff that is as diverse as our client pool is.  I have finally gotten him to agree, but only about 5% of the resumes I got were from African-Americans. 

We need more black lawyers! 

General Off-Topic Board / DeadHead Law students?
« on: February 26, 2005, 11:49:38 PM »
Any other Grateful Dead/jamband fans out there?  Any of you worried that attending law school will cause you to miss out on some killer shows/festivals?


Incoming 1Ls / Re: to cheat or not to cheat - please read.
« on: February 26, 2005, 07:58:51 PM »
Cut your penis off and have it cryogenically frozen for the next 12 months.  Then give it to your current girlfriend so she can toss it into the ocean.

Seriously though, the masturbation idea is probably your best bet.  If you are even considering cheating, your relationship might not be in that great of shape.  perhaps the hermit life is for you.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Anyone get in where the numbers said you couldn't?
« on: February 26, 2005, 07:57:29 PM »
163 (90th percentile)

Marginal at best.  Because I have a very good very lucrative position as a law firm manager, I need to get into a top 25 school to make the debt worth it. 

I applied to:
Washington & Lee
Lewis & Clark
Indiana Bloomington
Ohio State - Moritz

I only think I have a chance at WI, Indy, L & C and maybe MN, but Washington and Lee sent me a bunch of stuff and emailed me about why I didn't I did. 

Fingers crossed!

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