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IONLYKNOWY

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list anything that you have heard or experienced as a negative aspect of a part time program at a law school.  Whether that be they dont give scholarships, no law review, no ranking amongst peers, jobs, pay.. you get the drift.

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Re: List all of the negative aspects of attending part time law school
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2006, 04:24:12 PM »
guess part time isn't that popular.. or maybe too many negatives to list.. ;D

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Re: List all of the negative aspects of attending part time law school
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2006, 04:48:49 PM »
Bulletproof logic.
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Re: List all of the negative aspects of attending part time law school
« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2006, 04:57:39 PM »
I would say that one problem is that if you're going Part-time, you likely work and therefore don't have time to do the extras or be involved in campus life aside from class. Also, you don't get to do the externships.

But, the negatives aren't too many to list. It's actually smart for some people to do. My reason for going Part-time is that while working for the next four years, I will have contributed to my retirement fund well over what I'm paying in tuition. Not many Full-time students can say that considering the ABA only lets them work 20 hours.

So their are some pros and cons as with everything.

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Re: List all of the negative aspects of attending part time law school
« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2006, 05:23:17 PM »
The students.

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Re: List all of the negative aspects of attending part time law school
« Reply #6 on: June 19, 2006, 05:30:58 PM »
There is not a good selection of electives after you've completed your second (traditionally your first) year.  Let's face it:  most of the best electives are offered during the day, since most law professors are not too thrilled with the prospect of teaching night school.

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Re: List all of the negative aspects of attending part time law school
« Reply #7 on: June 19, 2006, 05:55:50 PM »
There is not a good selection of electives after you've completed your second (traditionally your first) year.  Let's face it:  most of the best electives are offered during the day, since most law professors are not too thrilled with the prospect of teaching night school.


Maybe this is true at lower ranked schools but I know GW offers quite a bit of evening electives each semester.  Also, PT students can take classes in the day if they are dead set on a specific class.

Lastly, every lawyer I have spoken to has told me that electives should be used to better prepare you for the bar, let the firms train you in the particular field of law you are interested in.  That being said, the important electives will always be around for PT students to take.

Attending GW in Fall '06

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Re: List all of the negative aspects of attending part time law school
« Reply #8 on: June 19, 2006, 10:31:47 PM »
The students.


Hey there ballbag, at least a good portion of the night students have already proved themselves in the "real" world and many are sucessful in there careers but just looking for the edge that a law degree can give them. The same could be said for Day STudents because there are quite a few that have done nothing but attend school for the past 22 years. In hiring someone fresh out of law school, most employers would love to see some actual work experience instead of a professional student.

Thanks for proving my point. I went through night school throughout undergrad, and I personally know quite a few in law school now. Generally speaking, they all lack the capacity to carry on a conversation without boring the class with there "at my job we do it this way..., that not what its like in the real world..., ohhh the how hard I have it..." stories, as if they on a monopoly on adversity in life. Guess what, no wants to hear your life story every week.

The fact that you have all sorts of real world experience that employers are going to drool over is great, but do me a favor an keep it to your self. If someone were to go around telling everyone that employers are going to love them because they are on law review and or the top ten percent of their class, you would think they are a feminine hygiene product.

Likewise, telling everyone how much money you are making during law school, maxing out your 401(k) and what have you, is about as cool as a trust fund baby bragging about his new 500 CLK. It may you feel good to hear yourself, but everyone else wants to puke. Be proud of you accomplishments, and shut up. 

Moreover, you can be proud of the fact that you raise a family, and work, and go to law school, but keep it to yourself. Everyone has their own problems they need to deal with, be it work, a sick family member, or who knows what. Everyone has problems; most people just don't have the need to tell people everyday.

I know there are people like this in day sections too, it just seems for concentrated and visible at night school.

On a more practical note, the differing schedules for night students out side of school makes it hard to coordinate study time and stuff. (hence my ballbag worthy comment “the students” being the problem). Also, office hours for profs are usually by appointment at night, so you can’t just drop in.

As far as classes, at my brother’s school, the day students usually make up about have the evening classes, because they always offer the major electives at night.

Generally, stuff like career services and the registrar only have one night a week they are open late, which can be a pain.

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Re: List all of the negative aspects of attending part time law school
« Reply #9 on: June 19, 2006, 10:55:02 PM »
Wow. You're just so eloquent. Your the ass that took the thread negative in the first place so shout your pie-hole and move on.