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Law School Admissions / Re: Marquette - my chances and your experiences?
« on: February 23, 2008, 06:22:16 PM »
I am from Milwaukee.  I didn't attend Marquette b/c I was being a prestige whore and had the numbers for Wisconsin.  However, with that huge donation for a new building, Marquette's ranking is going to rise again soon.  In Milwaukee, a Marquette degree has the same "prestige" as a Wisconsin one (because you are likely to get interviewed by a Marquette grad.)  However, you need to do well to go elsewhere outside of Wisconsin.

If anyone has questions about Milwaukee itself, let me know via PM. 

Law School Admissions / Re: How can I do this tactfully?
« on: February 23, 2008, 06:18:05 PM »
I did this with the school I now attend.  I applied late and was put on "hold" (like a priority waitlist they said)  I sent an email to the Dean of Admissions essentially saying, "I haven't heard from you yet regarding my admission, but I wanted to clarify that for X, Y and Z reasons, __________ is my first choice for law school.  I will withdraw all other applications immediately if admitted."  I ended up getting in.  YMMV

Thanks read my mind.  Here is an explanation of what TRad is inferring:

THE CCRAA provides that those with low incomes and high loans (in any area of law) can pay their loans back using Income Based Repayment.  (See the EJW website for the formula, but suffice it to say that a person with $110,000 in debt and income of $40K would pay about $350 per month on loans, as opposed to $1,100 without this program).  After 10 years in a public interest (includes gov't and non-profits) job, you get the remaining balance forgiven. 

Note: you being from Ukraine/Soviet Union will not give you "minority" status.

Ladies: it all depends on what you hope to achieve in law school.  Do you think you want a job paying $135,000 after graduation working 70 hours a week?  If so, you will hurt your children, no way around that.  Are you planning to shoot for working at a smaller firm in a smaller town?  You might have fewer work hours and a better way of life that way.  Figure out what you want to do with your degree, and make realistic plans to go for it. 

I go to school with women who seem to want it all, but then hate themselves for not being with their families very much.  I was raised by a SAHM, and I think it was a good childhood.  I personally wouldn't want my child to grow up with one absent parent.  That's just me though. YMMV

I agree!  You both should go to the school that's right for you, and not worry about staying together.  Granted, if one ends up on the East and one on the West Coast, that would suck,but certainly you could work it out so that you are within driving distance (8 hours) of each other? During law school, you won't have much time to hang out with him anyway, and will probably end up using the phone and email to communicate anyway.

Law School Admissions / Re: Columbia LRAP
« on: February 23, 2008, 09:51:52 AM »
My guess is that Columbia gives you a loan and you use that loan to make your student loan payments for the first 3 years...then they forgive the loan at the start of year 4. However, I don't really know, so don't quote me on that.

If you didn't think you wanted to attend a school before (when you were applying everywhere else) why do you suddenly have interest?  If you were careless and didn't consider actually attending any of the schools you applied to, or were unrealistic, it may be better for you to work a year, and go through the process again, after giving things more careful thought. This is just an old lady telling you not to rush things and make thoughtful decisions.  Good luck to you!

Law School Admissions / Re: Is Berkeley becoming an LSAT whore?
« on: February 23, 2008, 08:59:12 AM »
lakeside: you are in at Michigan.  You don't need Boalt!

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Lawyers and Tattoos
« on: February 23, 2008, 08:56:51 AM »
I have a very tiny tattoo on my ankle.  When I worked as a paralegal, I usually wore pants.  One day, I wore a dress to work (with hose) and my boss freaked when he saw my tattoo.  Later, he confessed that he didn't know anyone who had one, and that I didn't seem "the type" to get one.  (A few years later, when he discovered my passion for attending tons of concerts and music festivals, I think he understood a bit more.  He also got more mellow about things in general as time went on.)

If I had it to do over again, I would not want a tattoo.  I don't think it looks that great 12 years later, and I wish I hadn't done it.

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