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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Middle ground for Pre-1L Prep
« on: March 05, 2005, 10:40:55 AM »
For what it's worth, the software program "Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing" has been really helpful to members of our support staff in greatly increasing typing speed.  I used it as well and went from 35 WPM to 80+.  It's really fun (kind of like a video game) and really works.  Give that a shot!

Denials / Why do you all call rejections "dings"?
« on: March 03, 2005, 05:55:04 PM »
It doesn't really make sense.  IF you think about it, "ding" is the sound on a game show when you get the question right.

A buzzer usually indicates the negative.

If you want to be accurate, you should call them "errrr's"


Just trying to lend some frivolity to an otherwise depressing area of LSD

Denials / Re: When is the next round of berkeley rejects due??
« on: March 03, 2005, 05:51:15 PM »
I just want to get rejected somewhere!  It seems like this is taking forever. 

General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Middle ground for Pre-1L Prep
« on: March 03, 2005, 05:36:07 PM »
I don't think that law school (at least most of them) is going to be like boot camp.  Yes, you don't want to walk into your first class hungover, but you also don't want to be that obsessive freak who ends up being unable to speak in complete sentences after your first year because all you do is eat, sleep and breath case law.

Work on your personal strenghts that already are within you.  That's what really counts when the chips are down and you are stressed out..your ability to maintain your composure.  Work on visiting your families and friends in case you don't have time to see them during 1L.

Don't forget that unless you are one of those people who wants to work at one of the super big firms for 80 hours a week, YOU WILL HAVE A LIFE AFTER LAW SCHOOL.

Be calm.  Let the professors teach you.  Open your minds.  No class can teach you how to let yourself learn. 

I didn't say it was "contemptible".  I just think that older students are a bit more "wise" and in my case, I think I have everything to lose rather than younger people who have years ahead of them to make mistakes....

Non-Traditional Students / Re: Praying For A Layoff
« on: February 28, 2005, 09:56:44 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).

Thanks for the info.  I posted over there.

Law School Applications / Re: Question for all Cinderella admits
« on: February 28, 2005, 09:46:21 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!

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.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: DeadHead Law students?
« on: February 28, 2005, 09:28:13 PM »

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