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For the older students...

HippieLawChick

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Re: For the older students...
« Reply #110 on: April 11, 2006, 10:33:21 AM »
no comment.

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Re: For the older students...
« Reply #111 on: April 11, 2006, 08:38:44 PM »

well, they should at least be frightened of the potential of our getting a flashback and killing them

Thank Christ law schools don't require a spinal tap.   ;) :o ;)


i used to play guitar for spinal tap  :D

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Re: For the older students...
« Reply #112 on: April 12, 2006, 10:28:37 AM »
nice! 


phooey

Re: For the older students...
« Reply #113 on: April 12, 2006, 10:35:55 AM »
The bigger the cushion, the better the pushin'!..(or so they say).

phooey

Re: For the older students...
« Reply #114 on: April 12, 2006, 10:45:19 AM »
We need a Spinal Tap thread.

cyberrev

Re: For the older students...
« Reply #115 on: April 12, 2006, 03:11:51 PM »
i used to play guitar for spinal tap  :D

Rev, I bet you turned it up to eleven.


unless you see a kids ears bleed, its not loud enough <lol>

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Re: For the older students...
« Reply #116 on: April 12, 2006, 03:21:01 PM »
I don't know anything about you, but I would think a long time before I left a job paying $70K to go to GA State.  UGA, yes.  GA State . . . not as sure.  Why do you want to go to law school?  Answer that question as honestly as you can. Why is it better than what you are doing now?

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« Reply #117 on: April 12, 2006, 04:27:25 PM »
Aerynn - I see on your LSN that you are from Atlanta.  Do you make that comment on GA State because you are from the area and you arnt impressed w/the reputation/career prospects, etc.  or do you just say that because of its ranking?

Both are good reasons for the opinion...just curious to your thoughts.
The former.  It may be a fine school, but 'round these parts Emory and UGA are pretty big fish.  Even Mercer has a strong alumni group.  Maybe GA State is just newer and has fewer alums championing their cause?

Money doesn't buy happiness, so if you have strong reasons for wanting to be a lawyer and the kind of law you want is accessable from GA State, go for it.  But if you are a bit fuzzy on why you want law or it just looks a bit greener from your side of the fence, I would put the money away, study like crazy for the LSAT and try to get into a school that will give me a lot of flexibility coming back out.

Debt load would be a big factor in my thinking, if I were you.  What are your scholarship offers?  What is the tuition/living expenses for the various schools?  If GA State is a free ride and you already have a home here in ATL, then I would go for it.  If you have to sell your house and get a pricey apartment in the city to go and they aren't offering you a scholarship, I would wait. 

In short, there are factors that I think would make GA state a good choice, but you didn't mention them yet. :)

Re: For the older students...
« Reply #118 on: April 13, 2006, 05:59:28 AM »
cesco -- I pretty much agree with the responses you've already received.  You're right to be cautious.  Based on the schools you've mentioned, you can't really count on making more as a lawyer than what you're making now (unless the possible job you've mentioned at your current employer would involve more money and is a sure thing).

Some considerations:

- Do you think you have a realistic chance of doing significantly better on the LSAT next time around? 
- What are your grades like -- will a higher LSAT make that much of a difference? 
- Are you a hard worker and a good book-learner, such that you'd stand a good chance of doing well enough as a 1L that you could transfer to a much higher ranked school?
- Are you confident that you understand what lawyering is like as a job and that you will enjoy it so much that it's worth the debt & opportunity cost?

Good luck with your decision.

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Re: For the older students...
« Reply #119 on: April 17, 2006, 09:01:02 AM »
I also agree with whats been said so far, but really think about the reasons that are complelling you (not your father or anyone else) to go to law school.

I am also in a similar situation, I have not gotten into my first choice schools either, and I have a good thing going right now where I work but I don't love it. I am choosing to go to law school no matter where I get in, because it has always been my dream and I don't want to push it off any longer.

Yes, your chances could get better with a higher LSAT score and myabe next year there will be a less competative applicant pool, but maybe not, and why wait. That's just my opinion.