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1 year later....still glad u went to law school?

Re: 1 year later....still glad u went to law school?
« Reply #430 on: August 19, 2008, 06:56:55 PM »

t --> -t

Your signature caught my attention, driven! The T-symmetry, the symmetry of physical laws under a time-reversal transformation (replacing t by −t in all the equations). All of the accepted laws of physics exhibit T-symmetry. To say simply, phenomena are reversible in time. By common sense, you might think that T-symmetry is obviously violated: we cannot remember the future, eggs are much easier to break than to reconstruct; in general, entropy increases. This is called the second law of thermodynamics, but in fact is not related in any obvious way to T-symmetry. The second law can be entirely attributed to the "initial conditions" of the universe, rather than the laws governing evolution. Decoherence in quantum mechanics is a similar phenomenon. Many physicists believe T-symmetry is violated. This is because experiments have shown that CPT-symmetry holds, but that CP-symmetry is broken. It can be shown that if CP-symmetry is broken, there must be a balancing T-symmetry violation in order to preserve CPT-symmetry.

However, there is no consensus as to the exact nature of the T-symmetry violation. Gravity is a prime contender: the fact that gravity is only attractive, not repulsive, may point to a violation of T-symmetry. Black holes appear to violate T-symmetry: there are significant differences between black hole formation and evaporation (via Hawking radiation). Particle physicists are conducting experiments looking for T-symmetry violation in high-energy nuclear reactions.

Re: 1 year later....still glad u went to law school?
« Reply #431 on: August 20, 2008, 11:48:45 AM »

[...] It is practically impossible to get residency spots in the highly competitive specialties like Radiology, Orthopedics and Dermatology being an IMG, US or non-US one. You end up as a general family practice physician or internal medicine resident, specialties which pay much less than the highly sought-after specialties such as Surgery, Anesthesiology, Obstetrics/gynecology, etc.

Equally important, almost all training slots filled by IMGs are in teaching hospitals in large urban areas that have traditionally served large numbers of minorities, uninsured, and low-income patients. It is a bit easier for US-IMGs compared to non-US IMGs. The latter, for example, who usually are on J-1 Visas (with 80% of these physicians actually staying in the US) are compelled to practice in designated rural or inner city physician shortage areas in order to have the "2-year return" requirement for J-1 visa waived. Both the initial training location and the subsequent service locations of IMGs frequently put them in minority communities where other doctors are scarce. In essence IMGs provide primary care to poor and underserved populations, with many inner-city hospitals in the U.S. relying almost exclusively on IMGs to provide services to America's poor.

Honey, I've been a dirty stinky Indian all my life and I can tell ya it's not like that ... several friends of mine (poor, stinky Indian b i t c h e s, if you like!) have been able to get some pretty damn good residencies in the US.

A very dear friend of mine just recently began Rheumatology fellowship at a quite good hospital after having finished the 3-year Internal Medicine residency. It'll take 3 years for the fellowship to be completed and my friend is looking at some $200,000 per annum - not bad at all for someone who lived all the time in a city like Calcutta or Bombay! :)

Pretty succinct and effective, harrisons!

Re: 1 year later....still glad u went to law school?
« Reply #432 on: August 20, 2008, 08:24:04 PM »

That's a very good idea. People should really consider completing degrees like MA and MS in an appropriate area of study. My buddy, for instance, did an MIS -- which is part of the business school, differing from CS programs and emphasizing management coursework and business computing courses. He found a position as database analyst and is responsible for maintaining key databases and worksheets for reporting and analytical purposes grossing some $60K a year.

ad astra, if we'd begin to showcase our buddies' achievements here this thread would be like 100 pages long (it's 40 as of now, I believe?) Case in point, a friend of mine just got a job as business intelligence analyst earning some $70K a year. He has a B.A. in Business Administration and some pretty strong computer software skills (Combined Theater, ArcGIS 8.3, Pathfinder, etc). Granted, he had also some experience in the health care strategic planning that helped him get the job. The point I am making, however, is that it does not take some highly refined individual to get these type of positions..

Re: 1 year later....still glad u went to law school?
« Reply #433 on: August 21, 2008, 03:11:38 PM »

Are you trying to demean another profession, so you can make yourself feel better about your own? Heart surgeons, for example, make dramatic differences in people's lives on a daily basis. Only someone as deluded as you can think otherwise.

I don't think the poster was trying to demean any profession... it is a fact, however, that there's only so much you can do in many, many, many medical cases!


Re: 1 year later....still glad u went to law school?
« Reply #434 on: August 21, 2008, 06:41:29 PM »
I think this entire thread is misguided.  How one feels about something is a shadow of several interacting inner forces.

For example, Person A loves law school because he/she enjoy the people there, get good grades, or developed some "meaning" out of there lives in the law.

Person B loves law school because they have no loans and will open there own office.

Person C/D loves/hates law school because blah blah.

The thing is, the word "because" can be used to justify any state of mind or existence. So in one sense, person B can hate law school by changing there reaction to its stimulus from a positive one to a negative one.  Instead of looking at no loans, they can focus on lost oppertunies, annoying professors, lack of time, stress,  etc.

Likewise, a state of mind is in no way shaped by reasons or feelings or personalities or statistics, but by attitudes and wills.

One can will there attitude to become X, Y, or Z, as we are free to choose the frame of mind in which we interpret our existence and surroundings. X can be love of law, Y can hatred of it, and Z can be "open."

When this threads asks was is "one still glad?," it assumes that the question can be answered from emotion or experience or reason, but in reality none suffice, since the question can only be answered from one's will.

When a person's will is strong, there surroundings bend to it, even feelings of being glad or sad hold no sway ovr their choice.

For example, Person A hates everything about being a lawyer and law school very much. This person decides he will use his hatred to his advantage, so instead of dwelling on negativity, he will seek to over-come law school. e.g., "Even though I hate this stuff, I'm still going to go through it, suffering is part of life, and my suffering will be a springboard to greatness regardless fo where or why I suffer"

In essence, this question is asking what type of will do you have-- a strong one, a herd-like one, a special one, a bright one, a dark one? I have observed each answer is nonsensical,  but a small few address the root of the question.

Re: 1 year later....still glad u went to law school?
« Reply #435 on: August 23, 2008, 02:56:11 PM »
I just joined this forum because I wanted to hear what law students thought of law school. I've been putting it off for years and it finally may be my time, but is this really what I want? Why do I want it? Can I commit the time and mental energy? For that matter, do I still have enough mental energy?

I guess I could read the last 44 pages, but I'd rather hear what anyone had to say specifically to my musings.

I'm 48. Is this a commitment I'm going to be glad I made?

Re: 1 year later....still glad u went to law school?
« Reply #436 on: August 25, 2008, 07:38:28 PM »
   Don't do it.


Re: Doctors exploited; patients suffer, too
« Reply #437 on: August 29, 2008, 06:47:42 PM »

I am a foreign doctor (originally from Iraq) who was laid off several years back by my employer who sponsored my J-1 visa (I won the lottery fortunately that is how I got the residency) I remember it very well how hard it was to find employment - any type of employment - I guess it was because of my language skills that I got a job to survive during those hard years (I was employed by a contractor in need of translation services from Dari to English - Dari is the name given to classical Persian poetry and court language, as well as to Persian dialects spoken in Afghanistan. Various dialects of Dari are also spoken by a few people in Iran and by many in Pakistan.

So basically this Dari language is Persian?

Re: 1 year later....still glad u went to law school?
« Reply #438 on: August 31, 2008, 01:16:31 PM »
Please Old Craig, tell me more.


Re: 1 year later....still glad u went to law school?
« Reply #439 on: August 31, 2008, 10:11:37 PM »
Attn: Brenda

There is only one reason why you should attend law school at this juncture in your life: You already have financial security, and you're looking to understand how society works from a lawyer's perspective.

Otherwise, the fact that you're even asking the question leads me to believe you don't REALLY want to do it - If you did, no matter your age, your situation, or your income, you'd never ask strangers on a message board what they thought, or even further, take what they had to say seriously.

Lastly, if you're wondering if you'll do well, you probably won't. Those that do well have a California-sized brush fire blazing under their butts to excel or die trying, and even then, many people are VERY unhappy with their performance in law school.

Boiled down, depending on how much attending law school will cost you, you're making quite a gamble on something you don't sound gung-ho about. But when the first day of class rolls around, man, you better be ready to go to war, and give up at least a solid year and a half of your life establishing your academic worth to employers while your social life is decimated.

It's up to you though, seriously.