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Law School Admissions / Re: Paralegal vs. Lawyer
« Last post by 🍟💵🌲🍥 on January 12, 2017, 04:18:56 PM »
Ambition is everything but I think all of you who already worked as paralegals gathered a lot of experience so I wouldn't say all time has been lost. You will surely be better lawyers than your bosses :)
Not true actually, not even close. Not unless your GOAL is to be lifer document review/clerk (ew)
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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: UF, FSU, or Stetson with qualifications
« Last post by 🍟💵🌲🍥 on January 12, 2017, 04:14:36 PM »
Hey battle buddy. Sounds like you want to keep living in your current home. Apply to all but plan to go to the one closest.
Law School is more stress on the family as is then you likely are expecting (I know you are prior service, but not same type of stress-you'll see) Plus ANY commute time drains you and takes away from studies too.........you want FULL AND CONSTANT access to that law library as well.

Just map it, and go closest (no matter what)
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Work Product belongs to the Firm.


But this is 99% likely to be a "slow spamtroll bot"......so.....meh :P
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I wrote an appeal brief during an internship that was used in a case.  It was about 99% my writing.  The attorney probably didn't care much about this case to let an intern handle it, but this is what happened.

The brief is signed by the attorney and attributed to him.

In my job search, can i use this as my writing sample? Is it unethical for an attorney to do what mine did here?

Will I get any sort of credit for this? These are the issues I'm wondering about with respect to this writing sample.
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Choosing the Right Law School / UF, FSU, or Stetson with qualifications
« Last post by TimothySeiler on January 11, 2017, 10:00:10 AM »
A little background. I am an active duty Marine and will be leaving service in April. My wife and children already moved back to our home town of Vero Beach to establish our homestead while I am going to school. She has a good job as a teacher there and has a support network of family and friends to help her while I spend my time studying. I plan to stay in Florida after graduation and practice in family or criminal law, maybe as a general practice attorney.

Now, I am trying to decide between University of Florida, Florida State, and Stetson based on three criteria: quality, location, and price.

Location
Stetson 3 hours from my house, in Tampa which is a major market
University of Florida 4 hours from my house, close to Orlando and Jacksonville
Florida State 6 hours from my house, in Tallahassee which is a major market

Quality
University of Florida Ranked 48th overall, has a concentration available in family and criminal law, no area specific accolades in areas of my interest
Florida State Ranked 50th overall, has no concentrations of interest, no area specific accolades in areas of my interest
Stetson Ranked 103rd overall, BUT has a concentration in advocacy, also ranked 1st in advocacy and 3rd in legal writing

Price
I have the Post 9-11 GI Bill which will pay for full tuition at any public school, $1,000 per year for books, and a monthly housing stipend based on location.
Florida State All cost will be covered, and they are offering a $15,500 per year scholarship with no strings attached. The housing allowance in Tallahassee is $1,218 for 2017, which will total approximately $10,962 over a 9 month year.
Added together with the book stipend, I will make approximately $27,462 per year, and have to pay for housing, food, and other personal expenses.
Stetson Most costs will be covered by the GI Bill, and they are offering a $38,000 per year scholarship to make up the difference. There is a rider that I must maintain a 2.25 GPA, but that seems easily achieved. Their scholarship is fenced to tuition, but they will use excess to pay for housing in university owned property meaning I should have little to no out of pocket cost for housing. The housing allowance in Gulfport is $1,791 for 2017, which will total approximately $16,119 over a nine month year.
Added together with the book stipend, I will make approximately $17,119 per year, but I will not have to pay for housing and the cost of transportation to see my kids will be significantly less.
University of Florida All cost will be covered by the GI Bill, but they are not offering a scholarship of any kind. The housing allowance in Gainesville is $1,377 for 2017, which will total approximately $12,393 over a 9 month year.
Added together with the book stipend, I will make approximately $13,393 per year, I will have to pay for all housing, food, and other expenses, and the school rates those costs at $17,990 per year. I could make this work, but it would be hard. I might even be stuck pulling out a small loan.

In review
Stetson L = 1, Q = 2?, P = close 2
UF L = 2, Q = 1, P = distant 3
FSU L = distant 3, Q = 2?, P = 1

On balance, this all leaves me leaning pretty strongly toward Stetson, but that 103 number is really getting to me. Is UF that much better that I should give up $17,119 a year plus room? Is FSU good enough that I should ignore their lack of concentrations and the distance from my family?

Your reasoned thoughts are greatly appreciated.
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Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« Last post by cinnamon synonym on January 10, 2017, 07:55:54 AM »
...87856

Merril Streep used to have a good ear for acting, alas she is a phony who sold out long ago---her cardboard characters she has portrayed for the past 30 years reflect an actor who doesn't care about depth....just a lazily earned paycheck...

Yes, she has been phoning in performances for so long now I gave up on seeing any of her movies going back to 1990...

The speech where she does not inspire but uses her position in apolitical way--and negative.

I believe she is a sore loser now..

I relish when acting awards and nominations are given to actors other than her.

Merril is in a basket full of deplorables for the acting world.

Streep was born into money and entertainment connections....thats it...her father knew Joseph papp.

Follow the money.

Aside what trump did....streep should get over her over the top outrage and try, "acting"...

Maybe a refresher course in acting 101 down at the actors studio can fix her cardboard character problem....and get some depth back into her acting.

Mike Nichols helped turn it around for all pacino..

Maybe merril will retain some of her faded talent.
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Law School Admissions / Re: Paralegal vs. Lawyer
« Last post by 🍟💵🌲🍥 on January 06, 2017, 10:45:08 PM »
Here is how I would compare them

A lawyer is to a paralegal As a pimp is to a hoe.

spoken like a person with no practical experience whatsoever  :P
I agreed with you UNTIL I had real world experience........sad really........I am glad you are gone. You are stupid.
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Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« Last post by cinnamon synonym on January 03, 2017, 05:03:26 AM »
86576...

Lets see how long the Clinton foundation goes before Law enforcement criminal investigations get multiple mainstream press periodicals to comment more.

This would have coincided with impeachment proceedings.
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Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« Last post by cinnamon synonym on December 29, 2016, 07:20:45 AM »
85438...

Maybe Hillary fans in California will remember that the other 49 states count as well...even Montana.

Live free without Clinton family interference, corruption and deception.
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Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« Last post by cinnamon synonym on December 26, 2016, 08:41:06 PM »
75055...

Racism? Huh? Sexism? nah? Ageism? What?

Nope, pissed off bluecollar workers allllll
Over the country....they voted for barak many of them....but haha..not again, ms. Clintain.
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