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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: St. Thomas - Florida?
« on: January 02, 2006, 03:26:31 PM »
What were your numbers?  I am a 1l there, and we had a huge class - 50% passed summer conditional so the class size was about 50 more than they anticipated.  Maybe that is why they are being tougher this year.  I would contact them and see what you could do to get off the wait list - it certainly couldn't hurt...

Contact them and see if you can find out why = it doesn't make any sense.  Would you consider asking to do the summer conditional?  I know last year the mean LSAT was 150, and a few of my friends did the summer conditional and get it. Definitely take the LSAT again, maybe you can get it up a few points.

I am a mom of a 10 year old and a 6 year old who is starting school full time.  I am recently divorced, and since I get alimony decided I better do something to boost my income earning potential.  My kids have after care at their school, and understand the concept of homework. 

Do I wish I had gone when I was younger and before kids?  I don't think I was ready.  My 2 boys are the best motivator of managing time well and being efficient so I can study during the day and play with them at night. 

I did the stay at home mom thing for 8 years while my ex husband's salary went from 40K a year to $175K.  My earning potential stayed stagnant and now I am paying for it.  I never thought I would get divorced and be in this situation.  All I can say is make sure you are able to provide for yourself if something terrible happens - you just never know.

On a positive note, my real estate teacher at the community college where I took paralegal classes suggested staying in transactional law - she said the hours were much better than trial law.  The women lawyers I have spoken to have been very supportive and tell me to not get caught up in the "BIG LAW" frenzy - there are so many different career paths you can take with a law degree.  I just want to make a decent living - I am not looking for the new mercedes huge house etc.  I would suggest finding a mentor who can guide you - I am lucky enough to have 4 female lawyers who are more than willing to do anything to help me out.

Good luck to everyone! 

Black Law Students / Re: Interview Attire (for the rising 2L's)
« on: July 22, 2005, 02:33:19 PM »
Well, let me ask you another question - do you think a guy would realize if you are wearing a "cheap" suit vs an $800 suit, or is it the other women that we really dress for?  I don't think my boyfriend would have  a clue - even if I held the price tag in his face.  I truly think that in general we dress to impress other women - men really don't say " Ooh - I dig her - look at those cute shoes"

Black Law Students / Re: Interview Attire (for the rising 2L's)
« on: July 21, 2005, 07:18:44 PM »
Maybe I am just showing my age - after all I have a mortgage and 2 kids, so there is no way I would justify spending that kind of $$ on myself. 

I am very tall, and think the most important thing is the fit - you can spend $800 on a suit and if it doesn't fit you well, it was a waste.  You can also spend $150 on a suit that fits you perfectly and you will look like a million bucks.

How old are you guys - just so I can get some perspective.  I guess if you are used to paying $150+ for a pair of jeans than this money is no big deal for you.

Black Law Students / Re: Interview Attire (for the rising 2L's)
« on: July 21, 2005, 06:03:30 PM »
Is it just me but how can a 2L afford an $800.00 suit???  That's just nuts.  What type of job do you have that you can buy this or are you running up credit cards - just asking

I have read -

              Law School for DUmmies
              Slaying the Law School Dragon
              Planet Law School
              LS COnfidential
              Anatomy of a Lawsuit
              Law School without fear

Need to finish reading
              Legal Writing and ANalysis

Favorite nightly summer read?

              The Adventures of Captain Underpants read by my 10 year old.

Elder Law and/or Real Estate

I have a reconditioned Inspiron 8500 which I love.  It still has the same warranty available, and there was no way I could have afforded everything it has if I purchased it new.  Keep an eye out for Dell sales - they always have really good deals.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Holy sh*t I'm 30
« on: July 09, 2005, 08:53:20 AM »
I'll be 40 when I graduate from law school - and damm proud of it.

And by the way, sex is even better in your thirties - I can't wait to see how it is in my forties!!! ;)

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