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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!

General Off-Topic Board / Re: DeadHead Law students?
« on: February 27, 2005, 11:55:50 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)

Personal Statement / Re: First Generation Graduate
« on: February 27, 2005, 12:08:39 PM »
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!

General Off-Topic Board / Re: DeadHead Law students?
« on: February 27, 2005, 12:03:26 PM »

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

Non-Traditional Students / Re: Ageism in the legal profession?
« on: February 27, 2005, 12:02:06 PM »
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. 

Non-Traditional Students / Re: This is frustrating
« on: February 27, 2005, 12:00:17 PM »
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!

Non-Traditional Students / Re: Which factor is most important
« on: February 27, 2005, 11:58:01 AM »
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 / Re: Acceptance Notifications Table
« on: February 27, 2005, 11:44:36 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. 

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