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Old 28th January 2008, 11:14 PM   #16
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Thank you, Quankanne. You've been extremely supportive since day one and I really appreciate it. Altogether, LS has shown me that there are some geniunely nice and good people in this world (because in real life you don't know if one's words mirror their true thoughts).

I still can't believe it... this is one of my best days in life. I'll never forget January 28th.... what a difference a day maaaaakes!
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Old 28th January 2008, 11:16 PM   #17
 
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Good for you, RP! Or as they say in Serbia, szbrgtha igniidd!

At least that's what it sounds like they say.

It's a great step and something you can feel proud of.
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Old 28th January 2008, 11:25 PM   #18
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Congrats RP! This is fantastic news!
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Old 28th January 2008, 11:34 PM   #19
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I guess things do have a way of working out for the best in the end.

Cheers to you!
Thank you, Norajane, for all your support. No one will ever be able to measure the sanity that I have retained and to count the cells in my brain that didn't die due to the comfort, guidance, and support that I've received on LS. Sometimes just a gentle word of understanding and an encouraging compliment can produce a miracle. Apparently, I am very emotional today, but I keep refering to my recent past and your support, because this is a big change and a victory for me - and you guys believed in me. As of today, I am not a poor little Cinderella who "doesn't have a pot to piss in" - I am a future lawyer. After so much crap that I've gone through in life, I think I finally deserved some peace of mind and a decent life. I don't care that I will be single; I will have my kids and my school. And if I go to this very school, I have two fantastic friends who live an hour from there! They are my only good friends here in the US; hubby's cousin and her spouse, ages 50 and 60 respectively - truly wonderful people.

Thanks again, everyone, for everything.

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Good for you, RP! Or as they say in Serbia, szbrgtha igniidd!
Hahaha! The precise translation of these words would be: "There are no such words in the Serbian language!" But, nice try, Johan. And thanks.

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Congrats RP! This is fantastic news!
WWIU, thank you very much!
BTW, why'd you put Lonestar's avatar in your box?
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Old 28th January 2008, 11:37 PM   #20
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Congrats, RP. But as one attorney to a future-attorney-to-be, can I say one thing? DON'T DO IT!!!

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Woo-hoo! My first acceptance. It's a 4T school in the mid-west, not far from a big business center.

I didn't care much about going to a top law school anyway, because it only matters if you want to work for a big law firm right off the bat for a six-figure salary and 100 hours of torture per week. I'd rather have a decent/modest income, enjoy my job, and have time for my kids and a social life. After all, where I will be in three years (God willing) will be quite different from and much better than where I was two years ago. And ten years from now, nobody will care about which law school I attended; my success (or lack thereof) will reflect my true capabilities and skills.
I don't want to burst your bubble here, RP, but as I've learned, if you end up in private practice (basically anything other than government service), you'll work yourself to death NO MATTER WHAT. It doesn't matter what school you go to or how big a firm - you WILL work long hours. You cannot avoid it. As one of my bosses once said, "The life of an attorney is one of sacrifice - and that sacrifice is of one's own personal time."

Top firms pay 6 figures for tons of hours, this is true. But they also pay for top notch talent and can afford to do so because their clients are willing to pay boo-koo bucks for the Harvard and Yale resumes. Smaller firms generally don't bill their clients as much per hour, and therefore don't make much money, and therefore generally have lower-ranking graduates amongst their ranks.

In essence, it doesn't matter if you're at a small or a big firm, top ranking school or a low ranking school. The practice of law is a business enterprise, and your bosses will expect you to bill, bill, bill.

And applying to 30 schools must have cost you thousands of dollars! And how did you have the time to craft so many personal statements!? I'm impressed!

But again, congratulations!! Just please take time to really assess whether the practice of law is really what you want to do. So many attorneys burn out after 5 years (I'm rapidly approaching that time!), even those who have yearned to practice and create law since they were wee kiddos. You have to really love it to be happy with it as a career choice, particularly if you intend on taking out a mortgage-sized amount of student loans to get your degree.

Just my 2 cents.

But again, congrats!
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Old 28th January 2008, 11:39 PM   #21
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WWIU, thank you very much!
BTW, why'd you put Lonestar's avatar in your box?
It's on lone..Anyway, I missed looking the purple sexy cartoon boobs. mmmm, speaking of sexy - That's a real beauty picture of you in your avatar!
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Old 28th January 2008, 11:46 PM   #22
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Congratulations!!!!!!! Continue to stay focus and you'll make it to the top.
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Old 28th January 2008, 11:50 PM   #23
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Many congrats RP!
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Old 29th January 2008, 12:04 AM   #24
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Thank you, SG. I do like the law and I think I could handle the sacrifice, especially as my sons get older. I am also hoping that my mom would join me in a couple years. I believe that every single career in the world has advantages and disadvantages and that every job becomes more or less just-a-job at some point. But if you have a little bit of challenge at work, if you stay mentally busy, if you can afford a decent life for you and your family, and if you can make a difference in some people's lives - you did something with yourself and your life. No job is a dream job in reality. The goal is to earn a living and not hate your life from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. while earning it.

I love working with people and can't imagine myself being happy in a place where I would be seeing the same 17 people for thirty-five years. I like reading, writing and especially researching; I like dealing with people's personal problems and helping them (especially if they pay me! ). I like to think, advocate, advise, and solve problems. So, I chose the law because it's closest to my idea of a productive career - not because I want to save the world or make tons of money or because I expect a red carpet under my 500-dollar shoes in a big law firm.

It's easy for you to say "Don't do it!" while you keep doing it. For someone like me, who came from a second-world country, who's never had a stable income due to my former country's crippled economy, who's never had a chance for any tangible success until I moved to the US -being a lawyer IS a dream job.

Thank you again for putting the time and effort to write me about the law career. I will be looking for tips and advice from you in the future. Don't charge me for your time, please!
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Old 29th January 2008, 12:14 AM   #25
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Apparently, I am very emotional today, but I keep refering to my recent past and your support, because this is a big change and a victory for me - and you guys believed in me. As of today, I am not a poor little Cinderella who "doesn't have a pot to piss in" - I am a future lawyer.
You believed in yourself, sweets! That's what makes the difference, always. We can encourage and support, but YOU made it happen - you worked your own miracle.
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Old 29th January 2008, 12:23 AM   #26
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Thank you, SG. I do like the law and I think I could handle the sacrifice, especially as my sons get older. I am also hoping that my mom would join me in a couple years. I believe that every single career in the world has advantages and disadvantages and that every job becomes more or less just-a-job at some point. But if you have a little bit of challenge at work, if you stay mentally busy, if you can afford a decent life for you and your family, and if you can make a difference in some people's lives - you did something with yourself and your life. No job is a dream job in reality. The goal is to earn a living and not hate your life from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. while earning it.

I love working with people and can't imagine myself being happy in a place where I would be seeing the same 17 people for thirty-five years. I like reading, writing and especially researching; I like dealing with people's personal problems and helping them (especially if they pay me! ). I like to think, advocate, advise, and solve problems. So, I chose the law because it's closest to my idea of a productive career - not because I want to save the world or make tons of money or because I expect a red carpet under my 500-dollar shoes in a big law firm.

It's easy for you to say "Don't do it!" while you keep doing it.
For someone like me, who came from a second-world country, who's never had a stable income due to my former country's crippled economy, who's never had a chance for any tangible success until I moved to the US -being a lawyer IS a dream job.

Thank you again for putting the time and effort to write me about the law career. I will be looking for tips and advice from you in the future. Don't charge me for your time, please!
I'm glad you didn't take my post as an attempt to poo-poo on your parade. I am very happy for you in getting into law school - it's an accomplishment in and of itself! I just don't want to see you disappointed and in my shoes in 8 years.

Keep in mind that I actually do say, "Don't do it!" as I look for alternative employment - outside the practice of law. Seriously. I do earn a living on an 8-to-7 (those are pretty much my hours every day), but I also hate my life during those hours.

Thing is, I sounded just like you at 22 when I started law school, and still felt that way for the first 2 years out of school. I thought I had my dream job, too. I obviously love to advocate, I love research and writing, and I like helping people. But the daily grind of the practice of law (the hours, the clients, the politics, the paper-pushing, the rainmaking-requirements) is all much, MUCH different than what you imagine it to be. I can only hope you wind up happier than I am now.
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Old 29th January 2008, 1:40 AM   #27
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How can I taking your post as pooping on my parade when you were just being honest? I too have told many aspiring audio producers to NOT do it. We always think that it's better on the other side of the fence.

You don't get to work part-time a job you love and make a living out of it! Not in this world. Independence is expensive.
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Old 29th January 2008, 2:09 AM   #28
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Can I carry your books?

I think this is great news. We need more people like you. The only problem with the legal profession is that 98% of its members give the rest a bad name.
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Old 29th January 2008, 2:18 AM   #29
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Congradulations! RP, you are the one who has dreams and pursued it! this will be an inspiring for many of us
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Old 29th January 2008, 2:29 AM   #30
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Ahhhh Sweetie,

That is great news and I can't think of anyone who deserves it more. I am SO SO happy for you! You made this happen, RC. You fought for your dream and you made it a reality! I always knew there was a strong, determined young lady inside of you just waiting for the right time to emerge in all her splendid glory!

I wish you were here so that I could give you a BIG,BIG hug!! You, rock, RC!!!

Luck be with you, my sweet, now, at the start of your new life and forever!

A cyber hug for you.

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