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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Ethics questions when you sit for the bar?
« on: May 19, 2005, 07:29:04 AM »
I believe I read somewhere about a man who was denied admittance to the bar after a trip to Cuba. I read about his appeal that he lost. If you have any doubts, I would check with the ABA or your state bar.

Oregon and William Mitchell

Law School Admissions / Re: Law Schools That Have No Curve
« on: May 16, 2005, 04:08:44 PM »
During my visit to McGeorge, I was told by someone in admissions that they have no forced curve. I am not sure how truthful this is. Anyone else know? I know they get rid of a lot of students each year.

General Off-Topic Board / Freaky Target Visit
« on: May 15, 2005, 09:58:15 AM »
I had gone to Target to buy some graduation cards for friends and the clerk forgot to put them in my bag; a common occurrence, I am sure. When I returned to the store a week later the guest service person looked it up in the "paid and left" folder. She was not able to find it, but called over a security guard. He took my receipt and said he would check the surveillance video.
After a few minutes he returned and said he had seen the transaction and she had indeed not placed them in my bag.

How weird is that? I would never have thought they could watch like that. It is like that Vegas security stuff that shows up on TV now and then.

If you ever have any doubt that Big Brother is out there, think again.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: What's Your Major?
« on: May 13, 2005, 07:39:44 PM »
BS in Community Development with a concentration in Housing and Economic Development.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: University of Oregon
« on: May 11, 2005, 12:44:48 PM »
The spring is basically days of rain alternating with days of sun. In January, Feb, and March this year, we had tons of sunny days with temps in the 60s and 70s. Since then it has been more rainy than sunny. In late June you usually start to get very prolonged periods of sun. Before that you have to suffer throught the mixed bag.One thing that you will notice coming from Texas is the lack of thunderstorms. The few days a year when it storms is breaking news on TV. The temps will get into the 90s and even above on occasion but it is not humid and it cools off at night.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: University of Oregon
« on: May 10, 2005, 09:08:21 PM »
Portland is far from muggy. Summer has very little humidity. Maybe I have a different view of humidity since I grew up in the South, but nobody seems to complain about humidity.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: University of Oregon
« on: May 10, 2005, 06:30:42 PM »
I live in Portland and we have had record rainfall for the past few days. It generally gets dry for good in late June but it can be nasty into July. Things stay dry and sunny through September but then the grey begins. It actually rains less here than on places like New York City and Washington DC. The problem is that they get big storms that drop inches at a time and Oregon gets a steady drizzle.
It is not that bad but I am looking forward to some sun in California.

I am 36 and married for the second time. My first wife went to law school while we were married and we divorced the summer she graduated. I now have a 14-month old daughter with my second (and much better) wife who has no plans for law school.

I have a BS in Community Development with a concentration in housing and economic development. I spent most of the last 9 years in the motion picture and commercial film business. In the last year I have rewritten the downtown building height ordinance for the city of Vancouver, Washington. I was really thinking of a masters in urban planning but I thought I would enjoy law much more.

It looks like I will be attending McGeorge in Sacramento so that we can be close to my in-laws. This should make it a lot easier on my wife and thus on me.

This is exactly my dilemma. I am 36 and have a wife and a 14-month old daughter. We live in Portland but our families are in Virginia and California. My wife is a speech language pathologist so switching jobs is easy.
I have an excellent scholarship from William Mitchell in Saint Paul, MN. The other two schools I am considering are Oregon and McGeorge. I get in state tuition at Oregon but that is still $18k. I applied late in the process to McGeorge and they do not have much scholarship money left to give.
If we go to WM, I might only owe $60k but we will be far from relatives and far from the mountains. But it is a good legal market and an affordable area with great amenities.
Oregon is close to the mountains but Euegene does not offer the same opportunites as a big city. Sure it is close to Portland but I do not want to leave my family for summer work and I also worry about the opportunites for internships during the school year. The legal market in the Pacific NW is kind of crappy and the schools in Portland are a disaster.
McGeorge is close to my in-laws and to the mountains. My wife could see her family on a regular basis and our daughter would enjoy the extra attention. It is also a huge government town and has a good business climate. The major problem I have with it, besides the summer heat, is that I will owe around $130k and that bothers me as an older student with a family.
As you can see this is a very tough issue and I need to make a decision soon. I know it will all be okay in the end but it is very stressful.

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