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Current Law Students / Re: Day vs. Evening Programs
« on: June 17, 2005, 03:40:26 PM »
I have read this thread with interest and I must say I am breathing a sigh of relief..

I am giving up my part time job to go to school full time in the fall for the same reasons as Todd.  I have 2 young kids, and a very supportive significant other.  I am approaching school as my 9 - 5 job - I know I can't hang out during the day - I need to study while at school.  I hope that I can then pick up my kids at after care and spend the evening with them, and finish up with any remaining work after they go to bed at 8:30 and on the weekends.  It's nice to know that someone has actually acoomplished this plan - thanks for making my day!! :D

Having read everyone's thoughts on this, three things come to mind.

3. How can you not know if there are lockers? Did you not visit the school? I visited 5 schools, had a tour at each one, and was shown lockers on all 5 tours. I can't imagine deciding on a school without even visiting first.
Hmmm...maybe the reason i did not visit the school is because it is IN CALIFORNIA AND I AM IN NYC!!!. Not everyone has a gazillion dollars to go anywhere they please and at anytime. GEEEZ.   

I'M RICK JAMES female dog!

You are going to spend the next three years of your life at this schooland a minimum of $75K and you don't want to spend $500 to see the place first??  Makes me wonder......

As far as the scanning - the paper that you usually use on a scanner/copier is a different weight than book paper - therefore it jam much easier.  I just don't think scanning is as error free as people think - at least not in my experience.  At work we scan in client documents so we can work from home, and you have to sit there with the scanner while they feed in.  It also takes up a very large amount on your hard drive if you scan a lot of pages.  Just something to think about. 

St. Thomas (Florida) / Re: Anyone in the Fall 1l class?
« on: May 07, 2005, 07:53:41 PM »
Did your reference in WPB say where they would hire from??  Everyone I have spoken to here in Broward County has said that everyone passes the same bar, and unless you want to go to a BIg Law fim - whoever they are in South FL - not my interest - you should be ok.

The funny thing is there are NO law schools in Palm Beach COunty, so the grads have to be coming from FU, FSU Nova (The only law school in Broward County)or other schools.

I really liked St Thomas - I got rejected at UM - no big surprise there, WL at NOva - I ahve connections so I could have called in a favor, but wasn't that interested. accepted into the Part Time program at FIU ( Wanted day, but they filled up) and turned that down.

I am very happy with my choice, and have gotten good feedback from the attorneys I know here...

As far as the area where STU is located - lets just say I wouldn't want to live right off campus.  I thought the campus itself was nice - very small and almost rural looking - interesting considering it borders onto the 826 which leads to 95.

Let me know if you have decided to attend!!

St. Thomas (Florida) / Anyone in the Fall 1l class?
« on: April 22, 2005, 07:47:11 PM »
Would like to hear from anyone who is attending St Thomas in the fall.............

I just finished my first year at St Thomas and really like it.  THey have been around since the 80's.  Faculty is great, classrooms are sub par and campus is really small.  This can be good or bad depending on what you are seeking.  I find it very supportive and everyone is very helpful, but everyone knows everyone else's business

Nova has a gorgeous building - the first time I went there to study ( it is closer to my home) I had BIG TIME library envy.  Nova itself is a huge school - undergrad, Dental School, Med School and Law School on the campus.  Neighborhood is better than STU - surrounded by several other schools.

Back to STU - I am an older student, but I know the "kids" hang out in South Beach and Coral Cables.  Most students live 15 - 20 minutes away - I would avoid the dorms at all costs. 

I am very happy here - but I have to warn you the first year curve is brutal.  Friends of mine have a 2.45 after the second semester and have to appeal to stay in school.  Bar passage rates have been dismal - a real indicator will be the July passage rate - this will be the first class who was under Butterworth for all 3 years.

I would visit Nova and make a decision.  STU has plans to expand, but I don't know if they will be in place by the time I graduate ( Class of '08).  Let me know if you have any specific questions or need more info.  GOod luck with whatever you choose!

Anything below a C is not included in the curve - they throw those out.  10% was asked to leave last semester - if you get less than a 2.1 you are out.  If you get 2.1 - 2.5 you are on probation, and you have 1 semester to bring your GPA up over 2.5.

In a section of 86, in K class there were 2 A's, in Torts there were 4 A's.

it makes life interesting = that is for sure.

So there can be 10 F's, 10 d's, 10 c - and those are not calculated into the curve.

I picked St Thomas over Nova - Nova is much closer to my home.

Why did I do this?

St Thomas is a SMALL school - NOVA is a huge campus with lots of graduate progams.  Not what I personally was looking for, but not necessarily a big issue for others.

NOVA has a kick ass library - I was very jealous when I saw it.

Reputation is pretty much the same - 2 of my friends got internships for the Federal COurt for the SOuthern District of FLorida in Ft Lauderdale - very cool.

It is definitely not the #1 place for quality of life - Opa Locka, Hialeah and Miami Gardens are not the prettiest places on earth.

Quite a few people from here live towards the beach.  NOVA is about the same distance from the beach.

It is all about choices - I think the suggestion to check them both out is a valid one.  The cost of living in S Florida is out of control - the housing market has gone crazy.

Let me know if you have any specific questions I can help you with.....

It is a 4th tier - the worst thing about being T4 is the grading curve - it is tough - they use it to weed out.

The class graduating next month is the first class who had BUtterworth as their dean for all 3 years- the bar passage rate should be indicative of the type of education received under the new regime.

It is a really small school, and getting better known because of the politcal contacts of the staff and faculty

We have Butterworth, Clark ( former AG of AK under CLinton), Becker, who was general counsel to Ford and negotiated the Nixon surrender of Watergate docs.

How well is it known out of South FLorida?  Not at all.  My friends from before LS ( who I haven't seen since the start of the school year) always ask if I am at NOVA, and then are like " OH OK" when I say St Thomas

 All that being said, I love it here - everyone knows everyone else and is very supportive.  Again, though, the curve is a royal pain in the neck.  The average has to be 2.75 - 3 for grades over a C.  Anything lower is not factored into the curve.  Makes it very nerveracking.

Let me know if you have any questions

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: FIU and St. Thomas Wait List
« on: April 01, 2006, 12:21:38 PM »
Last year I heard back by the end of March from St Thomas, but didn't hear from FIU until June - they have a later application date.

You can always call St Thomas and ask - they won't hold it against you.

I am 37 single mom of 2 boys who just finished my first semester.

My schedule was as follows-

MW - class from 10 - 11, 11:30 - 1

Tues   class from 9 - 10:30, 3:30 - 4:45, 6:30 - 8

Thurs  class from 9 - 10:30, 3:30 - 4:45,

Fri  Class from 10 - 11, 1 - 2:20

There was a TA session and dean's fellows thrown in there as well.

I used the ridiculously long breaks on Tues and Thurs to get my reading done, and didn't talk to anyone during the day - I lived in the library.  HOwever, when I went home, I was HOME for the most part.

I ended up with a 2.7, 2 kids that are doing great in school ( one with special needs), and a very happy family.

I am planning on working for a small firm when I get out and eventually go into a partnership with my mentors in Elder Law

The worst part was the first 6 - 8 weeks - you have no idea what has just hit you and why you even think you can do this.  FInals were rough - I studied my ass off for 2 weeks.

The best part - it will never be this hard again - and after the first year, it gets even easier.

I will be 40 when I graduate and damn proud of it. 

Go for it - you won't regret it - I promise

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