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3 Things I want to know 2006 July 25

Posted by bostonlegal in Introductions.
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So, in the spirit of making this blog useful to our readers, and the lack of formal introductions that the contributors (including myself) have made, there are three things I think we should all post (though, as our wonderful admin. Schooled pointed out, it is by no means mandatory :)). We could put it together in one section or something. it’s not really for my benefit, more really for people who might just read this to get a sense of different personalities, experiences, goals, etc…

1) Why Law school (how did you get here? why are you going? )?

2) What qualities were you looking for in a law school during the application process (even if it is as simple as “a school that would accept me)?

3) One law related goal/dream you hope to achieve (but know full well you may not)?

Annnnnd GO!

(I too will answer these questions in a later post-I am at work and just thought of this)

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1. schooled - 2006 July 25

I don’t think this should be mandatory or anything–a lot of people prefer to remain as anonymous as possible. So I’m just going to reply here, rather than create a section for it.

1. Why law? Because it’s a practical application of my skills–reading, writing, researching, analyzing situations and human interaction, manipulating language and working within a flexible framework… because there’s a need for it in every field. And because I’m too lazy to be a novelist.
2. I wanted a school that was small and wouldn’t cost me a lot–I abhor debt and it wasn’t necessary since I don’t need prestige (I know I’m not going into BigLaw).
3. Law Review? that’s rather selfish, though… working with small businesses, where a lawyer’s skills are vital to building not only one company, but a community.

2. stephaniesays - 2006 July 25

you know what i want to know? i want to know why printers ALWAYS break right after one acquires new ink for them. i’m out of luck on this one.

3. MrSmittie - 2006 July 25

1) Why Law school (how did you get here? why are you going? )?

This is addressed (at least somewhat) in my PS (see PS under the 1L tab). However, in the interest of being far more concise, I would say Law School because it is something that I always wanted to do but was unable to because of the hand that life dealt me. Now that I am able to go, it is like re visiting a dream from my youth, now that I have the resources to finally make it a reality.

2) What qualities were you looking for in a law school during the application process (even if it is as simple as “a school that would accept me)?

The quality that I was most interested in was a program that would fit with the lifestyle I have already established. For me, this meant the availability of a part-time program. Cost was also a consideration, as was the general feel I got about the school when researching and/or visiting it. In short, the school had to fit into my life, rather than me having to completely alter the way I and my family lives. This is not to say that I am not willing to make sacrifices, I certainly am and will, but rather what I mean is that while I expect and accept that law school will be time consuming and difficult at times, I must still maintain a life (and an identity) outside of school.

3) One law related goal/dream you hope to achieve (but know full well you may not)?

My greatest goal is to (eventually) open my own practice. I would love to start a (small but successful firm that I could pass down to my daughter(s) someday. I am also very interested in helping people that feel like they are screwed – in whatever particular form that may be.

4. nicolasix - 2006 July 26

1) Why Law school (how did you get here? why are you going?)?

I had no ambition in undergrad except for the constant self-beration of “must do well enough so parents don’t yell at me”. In my final year of undergrad, I realized I wanted to be a lawyer because I was involved in a court case that touched upon and tested my deepest passions: my love for justice, my love of psychological strength, my love of communication.

Even though my answer sounds pat, at the time of my application I didn’t rationalize my reason to go to law school. I just felt it was destiny, that I was made to be a damn good lawyer 🙂 It comes from my heart…heh.

2) What qualities were you looking for in a law school during the application process (even if it is as simple as “a school that would accept me)?

A school that would accept me! I was fearful that due to my GPA I wouldn’t be accepted anywhere. However, I was and was lucky to have choices from which to pick.

I chose Ottawa because it has a broad curriculum, it’s the capital of Canada (hence is a government town), and a few lawyers and one law student I know from there really liked the place. Also, it’s a bilingual school, great for working on my French.

3) One law related goal/dream you hope to achieve (but know full well you may not)?

I hope to make a mark on the legal world. I mean, a visible mark that has to do with justice. I want to be happy with my job and not just make money. I want to actually help people and not milk money off their backs.

But who knows…I may end up not being such a saint after all. I heard of many lawyers that have the same aspirations as me, and then they end up – quite happy – working at a huge law firm doing corporate law.

5. Lily - 2006 July 26

It seems easier to stick to your convictions if you don’t get married and don’t have kids. (More the latter than the former, though.)

6. bostonlegal - 2006 July 26

As I suspected, the variety of answers and experiences among us is amazing. I will answer my own questions now to add to the mix.

1) Why Law school (how did you get here? why are you going?)?
After graduating from college, I immediately started graduate school in Boston pursuing an Ed.M. in a program called Mind, Brain, and Education which explored the connections between brain chemistry, experience, and education. My eventual goal was to go into a PhD program and develop effective socio/emotional interventions for kids with ADD that were alternative, or used in conjunction with medication.

My work in graduate school took me in two directions-1 to Children’s Hospital where I observed on the Developmental Medicine Unit, and 2) to a research lab where I worked that ran afterschool programs in some of the poorest, underserved, and violent neighborhoods in Boston.

What I discovered while I was there was that my passion for working with the kids in the public schools was far more useful and needed than my interest in working with the kids at CHildren’s Hospital. There were tons of bright people at Children’s Hospital, but the kids in the schools I worked in seemed to really need advocacy not only at the local level, but at the state and policy level as well.

I used my electives to take classes in race, class, and educational inequality and legal and ethical issues in child advocacy to try and sort out some of the very confusing and disappointing things I saw happening every day. To make a long story short, I fell in love.

So, I took a year off and worked at a law firm and applied to law school and here I am. I will be doing a dual JD/Ed.M (yes a second one) in Educational Administration (to pick up all the economics and budgeting and school leadership and policy stuff I missed)

2) What qualities were you looking for in a law school during the application process (even if it is as simple as “a school that would accept me)?

I was pretty confident that I woud get in SOMEWHERE, but I knew I wanted to stay in the North East, preferably Boston. I wanted a school that was small and focused. I wanted a school with a strong public interest and international program (my interests in education extend beyond the US). I wanted to go to a school that wanted me as a student.

3) One law related goal/dream you hope to achieve (but know full well you may not)?

I would like to be either a policy officer or the general counsel for the Gates Foundation. I think their mission regarding educational opportunity and public health are a perfect match for my diverse interests. As a product of the model Gates Foundation school myself, I strongly identify with their goals and process.

7. queencru - 2006 July 26

Wow, Boston, you saw a lot of similar things I saw while teaching abroad that influenced me to go to law school. Some of the things I saw abroad just shocked me- lots of blatant abuse from teachers and other dangerous things going on, but students didn’t know that they didn’t have to be subject to such abuse and other teachers who disapproved were pretty much paralyzed because they were too scared to speak out. I would also like to do something with education when I finish, but I’m not 100% sure how to get back into the field. I am not planning on getting an Ed.S. or a M.Ed., but the speaker at my sister’s graduation had a JD and was the superintendent of schools in that city, so I know it is possible to go back. I was thinking the same thing about the Gates Foundation as well. We’ll be finishing right after he leaves Microsoft to pursue his goals with the foundation. Funny! I hope it works out for you.


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