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Old 29th January 2008, 3:43 AM   #31
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RP, you are the one who has dreams
I sure have a lot of dreammmmmmmmmzzzzzzzz... Thanks, LB.

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I am SO SO happy for you!
I know, Darling. I was just about to email you the news, but you heard it already. Thank you.

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Let's wait until she graduates before we pop the champagne.
Why? You can celebrate admission, too. You can celebrate anything that you feel as your personal success. If we have to wait for the next step to say "Cheers" then all we would do in life is reppress our excitement and wait for the next big thing.

I want to enjoy this day. This is probably the most joy I will ever get from my law career! (other than you carrying my books )
Thank you, captain Nemo.
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Old 29th January 2008, 6:37 AM   #32
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Great news Now you'd better start preparing - you are planning to finish top of your class, right?
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Old 29th January 2008, 7:38 AM   #33
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Wow, RP, I'm not at all surprised. You are not someone to lie back and let life happen, MAKE it happen!

Good luck to you and your boys. Will you be starting in the fall? I know you still have outstanding applications, and I believe you will have a choice to make as far as which school to attend.

I'm also curious if you have any notion of what type of law you think you might prefer to practice. Of course that may change during your studies, but do you feel drawn to a particular area as of now?

Congratulations! Acceptance is quite an accomplishment in itself.
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Old 29th January 2008, 8:56 AM   #34
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Congratulations! This IS quite an achievement just by itself. Coming from what you have and being where you are is more than most of us can say that we have done.

While I would never be a lawyer, I can see the attraction. I have a couple of cousins who are lawyers and for some reason they enjoy it. But yes, there are alot of long hours.
As has been said though, now that you are accepted, the work begins.

I wish you the best as always. As your "family," our duty is to tell you the good and the bad about what you do. You get to choose what fits and take it from there.

Good luck.
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Old 29th January 2008, 9:08 AM   #35
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Congrat's RC! that's great new's! Good luck with your schooling!

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Old 29th January 2008, 3:03 PM   #36
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Thank you very much, guys.
I don't know yet which law I'd like to prcatice, DDL. Maybe business or family law.
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Old 29th January 2008, 4:28 PM   #37
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It might currently be late in the application process, hence slight disadvantagous to send out application now. However, you should consider sending out few more application to some tier 3 law schools or some reputable tier 4 law schools to give yourself more options. You want to have the option to choose a school not only based on cost, future employment potential, but also on attrition rate.

Keep in mind that low ranked schools (a big chunk of tier 4 law schools) have high drop out rate and a lot of them are not voluntarily, but "weed out" by the law school. The last thing you want is one year waisted, $$$ in debt, and being labled as a law school drop out.

What law school you graduated from doesn't matter at all 10 years from now is DEFINATELY NOT true.

There are some decent tier 4 law schools and they are worth attending if you have your goals set and the price is right due to scholarship and/or in-state tuition.
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Old 29th January 2008, 5:43 PM   #38
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Way To Go Girl!

Oh *****--now she's an attorney with an attitude! Run for the hills!
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Old 29th January 2008, 5:59 PM   #39
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Sorry, but I also agree that it doesn't matter what law school you graduated from.

Also, it's not true that you have to work ungodly hours. Both my ex-H and my H are lawyers and work regular hours. If you work for a DA's office for example, like when my H started out, he worked normal work hours. He did fine. Now, he has his own practice and works normal hours. (He started his own practice in May of 2007). But before that he worked for a private practice (not his own) and had regular hours. In fact he had a LOT of flexibility as he was not salaried but paid a percentage of billable hours. He did great and it worked out really well.

Congrats, RP! That's a HUGE accomplishment and I knew you could do it.
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Old 29th January 2008, 6:50 PM   #40
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Thanks, SS, GALT, and Touche.

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Sorry, but I also agree that it doesn't matter what law school you graduated from.
Everything matters, but the chance for going to a top law school is similar to the chance of being born with a perfect face and body, ie. there's a limit in our predisposed capabilities. I would certainly love to go to a dream school and get a dream job, but I have to be aware of my own potential. My goal is to explore and develop MY own abilities to the maximum, not to reach the universal notion of success. I am what I am and that's the material I have to work with. After all, there is more to life than money and prestige. Not only that, but the people who chase those two will never be happy even when they achieve all their goals. So I am trying to keep in mind what's really important in life.

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Also, it's not true that you have to work ungodly hours. Both my ex-H and my H are lawyers and work regular hours. If you work for a DA's office for example, like when my H started out, he worked normal work hours. He did fine. Now, he has his own practice and works normal hours. (He started his own practice in May of 2007). But before that he worked for a private practice (not his own) and had regular hours. In fact he had a LOT of flexibility as he was not salaried but paid a percentage of billable hours. He did great and it worked out really well.
If one spends the extra $100K of income on luxury items, they have wasted hours of their precious time - that they could have spent with their families - to feed their ill egos with expensive "junk food." The real food for the soul is when you find deep and pure meaning in everything you do. I would feel like an awful mother if I would sacrifice the time with my kids to earn extra bucks. I wouldn't be doing it for THEM; it would be a selfish act of greed. There will be time when they go to college for me to switch to a highly paid job position to pay for their college. Before that time, I am first a mother, then everything else. That's a three-shift job that I can't quit.

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Congrats, RP! That's a HUGE accomplishment and I knew you could do it.
That's cuz you're my sister and you're biased!
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Old 29th January 2008, 7:14 PM   #41
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I respect your attitude and views on motherhood, RP. You're right on the money (hee hee, pardon the pun) in all that you had to say about that. My H can work 60 and 70 hours and we can have a bigger house and I can buy $400 shoes if I wanted to. But we value other things over the material things...like our time together. I don't need those things...I need and want my H and our son wants and needs his father.

Of course, I'm a biased, little sis! Of course I am. But you're worthy of that bias. You are. I'm so proud of you. You have a lot of strength.
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Old 29th January 2008, 7:29 PM   #42
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Keep in mind that low ranked schools (a big chunk of tier 4 law schools) have high drop out rate and a lot of them are not voluntarily, but "weed out" by the law school. The last thing you want is one year waisted, $$$ in debt, and being labled as a law school drop out.
I hope you keep that in mind when it comes down to choosing a school. Some of them have as high as 25%-40% weed out and drop out rate.

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Old 29th January 2008, 7:46 PM   #43
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CONGRATS! Its wonderful to be moving forward again, isn't it! You'll be a great attorney (better not see you in a TV ad suing some drug company, or chasing ambulances tho!)
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I hope you keep that in mind when it comes down to choosing a school. Some of them have as high as 25%-40% weed out and drop out rate.
This is very true.
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Old 29th January 2008, 7:50 PM   #45
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RP - just promise me you won't go to a low ranking school and also incur huge student loans. If you go to a lower-tier school, go to the one that gives you a scholarship. Okay?
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