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General Board / Re: Playing up the minority card
« on: May 17, 2005, 10:06:51 PM »
On the flip side of that statement, the ONLY way ANY 1L has any chance of getting a summer job at one of the "big three" firms in town is by getting a fellowship open only to minorities. 

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General Board / Re: Gonzaga vs other law schools
« on: February 26, 2005, 12:57:17 PM »
Just as another opinion, even though it's not one you'll like if you've settled on Gonzaga.  My old roommates brother went there (I think he's still there).  He graduated from Yale, 170 or 171 on his LSAT.  Only chose Gonzaga because that's where his family was, wife and kids and all.  Hates Gonzaga.  Says the profs are morons, and while he never told them, gets called out because he went to Yale.  From what I understand they have had problems relating to faculty and the like stemming from huge racism allegations in the 90's and are still building back up.  So there's one opinion for you.

And my opinion...I hate Spokane with a passion.  Big City problems but without the Big City perks.  Then again, I haven't spent much time there for a few years, so maybe it's changed...   

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You know, I'm more than willing to accept the fact that good grades aren't an indicator of future job performance as long as it is *generally* an indicator of future grade performance, especially considering no negative indicators towards job performance exist.

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...but what about GOOD grades?  I got a 3.9 gpa, lowest grade a B+ (I hate civ pro).  It seems like now that we're back into the semester, every teacher has a speech about how your grades aren't an indicator of future performance.  I sure as hell want them to be.  People who did really well first semester:  how did things go after that? 

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Acceptances / Re: Who's Going to South Texas?
« on: May 03, 2005, 12:48:24 AM »
I got my acceptance from STCL last week.  Likebutta, you'll probably hear from them soon.  Good luck.

They didnít invite me to the admitted studentsí reception, but Iíve been there before.   I liked the place except for the parking hassle.  They seemed to have nice crowd there, and most people seemed nice. 

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Houston Roll Call
« on: April 28, 2005, 10:20:33 AM »
I guess Iím one of the few evening students on this board.   I live and work in Houston.  I need the money right now, so I decided to start part-time.  I am hoping to move over to the full-time class next year.  I imagine itís going to be a painful first year for me.

We guys are a bit ahead in the cycle, and we should be registered for summer classes soon.  I like the fact that the school takes care of all that stuff, you just show up and attend classes.  We will be having our orientation in a couple of weeks and classes start shortly thereafter.

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Thanks tracigu3.   Yeah, part-time classes start end of May.  I agree, it is very exciting, looking forward to a new beginning. 

I wasnít able to attend the reception they had for admitted students, but we do have the orientation coming up in a couple of weeks.  Should be interesting to meet other folks from the part-time class, this will be the first time I will be attending evening classes.   I imagine its slightly older/more experienced people than that the full-time class, and also from a lot more diverse backgrounds. 

We will be taking two classes this summer.  The outlines and the help website are indeed helpful in giving an idea of what to expect.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Part-time programs
« on: April 25, 2005, 06:43:20 PM »
I will be attending the Houston law center part-time this year as well.  I work full-time and Iíve been trying to figure out the answers to some of the same questions.  From what Iíve gathered from current part-time students there, the majority of students switch over to full-time some time before they graduate. The main reason for this being that a 3L summer internship is pretty much a pre-requisite to find a good job when you graduate.  So, unless your employer is nice enough to let you take an entire summer off for the internship, the only option is to quit your current job.  Also, for students like me, who work in a field thatís worlds apart from the legal one, I guess it makes sense to snuff out the old career as soon as you begin to feel at home with law school and begin to focus on what lies ahead.   There seems to be a smaller percentage of students who do graduate part-time, but they seem to be ones who already are working at law firms, and have guaranteed jobs there upon graduation.   So, the other option is to switch your full-time job over to a potential future employer, and continue law school part-time, in which case you would indeed graduate with much more work experience than students who went to school full-time.  Either way, I donít see why employment opportunities would be any less than those for people starting out full-time, all other things being equal.

As for having a life, I have resigned to the fact that I wonít really have much of it left once I start going to school part-time.  Its seems to be an accepted fact, that in order to do well, you need to put in 2-3 hours out of class for every hour in class.   From the mandated first year schedule at UH, it seems that IL part-timers would be taking anywhere between 6-10 hours of course work.  Thatís anywhere between 12 and 30 hours outside the class, depending of course, on your abilities.  That should pretty much take care of most of your social life and some of your sleep time as well.  Now, if you could cut down on your work hours, I imagine part-time law school could be a bit less miserable.



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Hi,

Iím brand new on this board, just happened to find it by accident.  Too bad I didnít look for it when I was preparing for the lsat or going through admissions, it could have been real helpful.

I will be attending the Houston law center this year as well (part-time though).   Itís great to see so many others here who plan to attend.

Btw, thanks for the links tracigu3.  That seems like some really valuable information.


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