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AriGoldButNicer
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What Now?

Postby AriGoldButNicer » Sat Oct 15, 2011 2:33 am

Admitted, and will be attending my top choice. My question is what I can do until I start law school to ensure the best long term success? Please don't say don't go to law school, as I worked hard to get a t-14, and all my skills point to either a JD or MBA. I really want to be a lawyer, and do not want to be a "finance guy" or businessman for the rest of my life. While I can definitely support myself decently right now, I do not just want to be able to support myself.

My dream is to be able to take care of my entire family as well as be able to take care of whatever family I start while also being able to do meaningful work. Also, my current job would honestly make shit law seem exciting so while even a t-14 is a risk in this economy, it does seem like the smartest choice for me. However, I am not just one to sit back and bet. I want to proactively make my cards as close to aces as I can.

This is what I have done since getting admitted:

1.) Continued to save up money to pay off UG debt, and create a savings.

2.) Got into the best shape of my life (got some solid abs, and got those big veins on my biceps that I didn't think I had the genetic composition to get - it's all cardio and reps about 20 pounds below max for anyone wondering or considering throwing money at a trainer).

My question is, what now?

I am not looking to travel out of the US or use up any significant amount of my savings as I am not from a well off family, and would feel guilty using significant money on something like that as I should either be saving or helping out my family. The only thing I drop significant money on is clothes as looking good can help professional success.

I am also not looking to just party, and hookup a lot as I'm past that stage, and it doesn't interest me at this point in my life.

I have no legal experience at all, and would not be opposed to developing some, but with the exception of my t-14 don't have the on paper credentials.

Is there anything I can do to help myself get ready for law school academically or for the legal job market?

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Re: What Now?

Postby 071816 » Sat Oct 15, 2011 2:42 am

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AriGoldButNicer
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Re: What Now?

Postby AriGoldButNicer » Sat Oct 15, 2011 2:43 am

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lol that would violate 2.) the fitness thing. I do have wine at dinner, and drink beers with friends on Sundays, but have resisted mixed drinks and scotch (my old fav's) since the fitness crunch back in May. I do know all of those bottles from my youth except Metaxa.

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ladybug89
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Re: What Now?

Postby ladybug89 » Sat Oct 15, 2011 3:16 pm

start networking.

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Detrox
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Re: What Now?

Postby Detrox » Sat Oct 15, 2011 4:29 pm

Assuming you are coming straight out of UG, just enjoy your last few months without having to deal with planning your next step in your career or deal with pre-existing obligations. You will have plenty of time in law school to have things to focus on: grades, interviews, writings etc. and afterwards you will (hopefully) have a full time job and career planning to occupy your time.

You don't need to do something self-indulgent like travel or spend a ton partying, but at least relax a bit and think about the fact that you are transitioning in life to a period of ever increasing responsibilities and that times of relative ease like your present situation will just become fewer and far between.

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IAFG
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Re: What Now?

Postby IAFG » Sat Oct 15, 2011 4:31 pm

Develop a sense of accomplishment not so dependent on milestones and checklists?

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Hopefully2012
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Re: What Now?

Postby Hopefully2012 » Sat Oct 15, 2011 6:59 pm

IAFG wrote:Develop a sense of accomplishment not so dependent on milestones and checklists?

+1

I lol'd @ "got some solid abs, and got those big veins on my biceps"

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MTal
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Re: What Now?

Postby MTal » Sat Oct 15, 2011 7:08 pm

AriGoldButNicer wrote:I really want to be a lawyer, and do not want to be a "finance guy" or businessman for the rest of my life.


Lawyers are businessmen first and foremost. You are only as good as the clients you bring in.

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Re: What Now?

Postby Pato_09 » Sat Oct 15, 2011 7:14 pm

Got into the best shape of my life (got some solid abs, and got those big veins on my biceps that I didn't think I had the genetic composition to get.

After the middle of 1L, those "solid abs" & "bicep veins" will be long gone my friend - enjoy them while you can.

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Re: What Now?

Postby AriGoldButNicer » Mon Oct 17, 2011 5:05 am

Pato_09 wrote:Got into the best shape of my life (got some solid abs, and got those big veins on my biceps that I didn't think I had the genetic composition to get.

After the middle of 1L, those "solid abs" & "bicep veins" will be long gone my friend - enjoy them while you can.

Lol if I don't do an hour at the gym now I feel like garbage. However, if looks do matter in law, maybe staying in shape is worth losing 5% placement wise in LS?

Appreciate all the feedback.

When you guys say networking, how can I do that? Mass mailing?

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Re: What Now?

Postby ahduth » Mon Oct 17, 2011 7:31 am

AriGoldButNicer wrote:When you guys say networking, how can I do that? Mass mailing?


Like getting your Cisco certifications. Ba-da-boom-ching - I'll be here all week folks.




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