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« Reply #10 on: August 13, 2006, 05:29:29 PM »
I often wonder if I am being over confident Im 33 I've been working for ten years now and have a very high stress/pressure job. I was also a Marine for five years, I'm just not thinking that all the horror stories i hear about law school and how much work it is will bother me. Im no stranger to hard work, I've been dealing with dealines and such for a long time now ...and i just dont think academic work is that difficult if you put in the time and effort...am i crazy?

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« Reply #11 on: August 13, 2006, 07:41:03 PM »
Nope, you're not crazy. I found law school to be much easier than being a stay-at-home parent raising 4 kids . . . motivation and ability to manage tasks and deadlines is the real key. We've got lots of former military at my school; they kick butt. You'll probably do fine.

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« Reply #12 on: August 14, 2006, 06:48:12 AM »
Jarhead, IMO, many of the horror stories spawn from law students having come straight from UG, where they did not have to work hard to get top grades. In law school, ALL the students are bright and competition is strong for the top grades, so for the first time, these students are having to work hard to excel. You will probably find that the workload/stress is not so oppressive as you have heard especially having acquired the discipline that the military instills and the familiarity with meeting deadlines that comes with workforce experience. Good luck.

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« Reply #13 on: August 14, 2006, 02:53:42 PM »
 thanks everybody  ;D  thats what i thought i just need a little reassurance every now and then

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« Reply #14 on: August 16, 2006, 08:32:25 AM »
Jarhead - I feel you. I'm coming from working with aggressive psychotics and (sometimes) their mentally unstable family members. Given that Law School probably won't leave nearly the number of scars on my body - I figure it can't be all that terrible.

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« Reply #15 on: August 16, 2006, 08:30:53 PM »
I'm a former Marine myself.  Trust me -- when you're in class and people start whining about how hard it is getting called on, or how mean their professor is, you're going to laugh your *ss off.  Most of these people haven't been tested under the kind of simultaneous mental, emotional and physical stress that you have.  In fact, almost all of the day and a good percentage of the part-time programs are filled with people who are too young to have even held down a full-time job.  I'm sure you'll do well.
 
I often wonder if I am being over confident Im 33 I've been working for ten years now and have a very high stress/pressure job. I was also a Marine for five years, I'm just not thinking that all the horror stories i hear about law school and how much work it is will bother me. Im no stranger to hard work, I've been dealing with dealines and such for a long time now ...and i just dont think academic work is that difficult if you put in the time and effort...am i crazy?

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« Reply #16 on: August 18, 2006, 07:43:21 AM »
Well, its still a lot of work. But it doesnt have to be HARD, per se. The things that are going to get to your classmates and stress them out are not going to bother you to the same extent, so you are more free to focus on other things.

I think as older students, the little high school bull *&^% stuff annoys us more than anything. While people are stressing about who to sit next to in class, and wondering if their 'friends' are going to go to such and such review session (cause they cant go on their own or think for themselves?) youll be already at the review session, not worrying about 'making friends' and *&^% like that.

while others are bitching about how 'unfair' it is for the prof to do whatever, you'll be like "whatthefuckever" and just doing what needs to be done

But make no mistake about it, it IS a ton of work, but it doesnt have to be HORRIBLE

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« Reply #17 on: August 26, 2006, 03:57:40 PM »
 thanks for all the input...i hate to sound like an cranky old man..but some of the b.s. i read on here makes me want to hurl...'specially when people post about how "real" law school is...im only 33 but i feel really old when i read that stuff... because most of it seems like common sense to me....

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« Reply #18 on: August 26, 2006, 07:20:17 PM »
i also find some of the "stuff" from younger students annoying. This certainly isn't an attack on their intelligence because many of them are. But there is something to be said about maturity and real life experiences. I don't know... As an old judge friend said to me once, "The arrogance and naivety of youth."

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« Reply #19 on: August 26, 2006, 09:09:16 PM »
there are dumbasses at every age, dont forget that.  And you are only as old as you feel and act.  I tell you the good thing about being married and going to law school is that you have all the time that you would spend chasing tail to study :D