Long-Distance Relationships and Law School

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Re: Long-Distance Relationships and Law School

Postby IAFG » Tue Mar 23, 2010 6:46 pm

LS is a notorious marriage-killer anyway, i would not put a marriage i was fond of in jeopardy like this.

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Re: Long-Distance Relationships and Law School

Postby foxyeconomist » Tue Mar 23, 2010 8:01 pm

IAFG wrote:LS is a notorious marriage-killer anyway, i would not put a marriage i was fond of in jeopardy like this.


And others of us would not enter into a marriage that would hold us back.

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Re: Long-Distance Relationships and Law School

Postby SaintClarence27 » Tue Mar 23, 2010 8:15 pm

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Re: Long-Distance Relationships and Law School

Postby mazzini » Tue Mar 23, 2010 8:21 pm

And others of us would not enter into a marriage that would hold us back.


That's not the issue... she's already inthe marriage and ostensibly will have to choose what's more important: the marriage or her education. Don't be so dramatic about it, like she would be a martyr or something if she decided to go to her preferable choice of law school...

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Re: Long-Distance Relationships and Law School

Postby dp73816 » Tue Mar 23, 2010 8:23 pm

nvm

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Re: Long-Distance Relationships and Law School

Postby 09042014 » Tue Mar 23, 2010 8:25 pm

foxyeconomist wrote:
IAFG wrote:LS is a notorious marriage-killer anyway, i would not put a marriage i was fond of in jeopardy like this.


And others of us would not enter into a marriage that would hold us back.


IAFG wouldn't enter into one that didn't hold her back.

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Re: Long-Distance Relationships and Law School

Postby CardinalRules » Tue Mar 23, 2010 8:29 pm

My only concern with OP staying put (which otherwise is the obvious move) is that she can't be certain of her admittance to the local school. If the "likely" doesn't turn into a "definitely," she'll regret not taking the acceptance and the money at the school that she prefers anyway, and she may hold her SO accountable for that unfortunate situation.

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Re: Long-Distance Relationships and Law School

Postby DoubleChecks » Tue Mar 23, 2010 9:53 pm

keiko wrote:
DoubleChecks wrote:life's tough enough as it is, let's not make it harder when there isnt even that much to gain from doing so haha


That I definitely agree with. To provide a better context, both my parents and my SO's parents were separated for a few years near the beginning of their marriages because of job opportunities, academic opportunities, etc. - but their bonds were strong, so I have those examples to go by. I think it's necessary to have a balance between doing what's good for the individual and doing what's good for the marriage. If you're not happy with yourself, and you know you gave up something you wanted for something you share with your SO, then the resentment can really build up. (You pointed that out too.) But again, that's just my perspective and it could be totally different for the OP and others.


i understand your point of view -- sry, my post wasnt meant to be a direct attack on your perspective or choices, i've just been seeing that argument tossed around a lot and had to comment haha

i realize that at times LDR is the only option left for a couple...and though i strongly believe LDR is extremely difficult and stressing on the relationship, if it is all two ppl can do besides calling it quits, maybe they should give it a shot

but of course this isnt the OP's case lol

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Re: Long-Distance Relationships and Law School

Postby Kiersten1985 » Tue Mar 23, 2010 10:04 pm

I'm considering turning down a T10 for a T20 (unless I get off a particular waitlist) to avoid being a plane ride away from my SO. I'm glad to see there are people out there who value relationships and would agree with my line of reasoning. There is hopefully the possibility of some $ with the T20, which would also be great.

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Re: Long-Distance Relationships and Law School

Postby existenz » Tue Mar 23, 2010 10:12 pm

CardinalRules wrote:My only concern with OP staying put (which otherwise is the obvious move) is that she can't be certain of her admittance to the local school. If the "likely" doesn't turn into a "definitely," she'll regret not taking the acceptance and the money at the school that she prefers anyway, and she may hold her SO accountable for that unfortunate situation.

Hopefully she's not dumb enough to put herself in that situation. She needs to put down her seat deposit on the far-away school, then see if she gets off the WL at the near school, then talk to hubby (and not TLS) about what to do next.

By the way, if her husband is all in favor of her moving 1500 miles away for a school that isn't appreciably better, that's a bad sign. Either he's secretly looking forward to the peace and quiet of her being gone, or he is dreaming of how easy it will be to cheat while she's away.

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Re: Long-Distance Relationships and Law School

Postby CardinalRules » Tue Mar 23, 2010 10:16 pm

existenz wrote:
CardinalRules wrote:My only concern with OP staying put (which otherwise is the obvious move) is that she can't be certain of her admittance to the local school. If the "likely" doesn't turn into a "definitely," she'll regret not taking the acceptance and the money at the school that she prefers anyway, and she may hold her SO accountable for that unfortunate situation.

Hopefully she's not dumb enough to put herself in that situation. She needs to put down her seat deposit on the far-away school, then see if she gets off the WL at the near school, then talk to hubby (and not TLS) about what to do next.

By the way, if her husband is all in favor of her moving 1500 miles away for a school that isn't appreciably better, that's a bad sign. Either he's secretly looking forward to the peace and quiet of her being gone, or he is dreaming of how easy it will be to cheat while she's away.


A little breathing room isn't terrible. My happily married parents like getting away from each other once in a while just to get some fresh air.

OP will be in luck if she doesn't get off the WL; it'll let her do what she wants without letting the husband complain.

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Re: Long-Distance Relationships and Law School

Postby dibs » Tue Mar 23, 2010 10:17 pm

existenz wrote:
CardinalRules wrote:My only concern with OP staying put (which otherwise is the obvious move) is that she can't be certain of her admittance to the local school. If the "likely" doesn't turn into a "definitely," she'll regret not taking the acceptance and the money at the school that she prefers anyway, and she may hold her SO accountable for that unfortunate situation.

Hopefully she's not dumb enough to put herself in that situation. She needs to put down her seat deposit on the far-away school, then see if she gets off the WL at the near school, then talk to hubby (and not TLS) about what to do next.

By the way, if her husband is all in favor of her moving 1500 miles away for a school that isn't appreciably better, that's a bad sign. Either he's secretly looking forward to the peace and quiet of her being gone, or he is dreaming of how easy it will be to cheat while she's away.


False Dichotomy ftw.

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Re: Long-Distance Relationships and Law School

Postby keiko » Tue Mar 23, 2010 10:22 pm

DoubleChecks wrote:
i understand your point of view -- sry, my post wasnt meant to be a direct attack on your perspective or choices, i've just been seeing that argument tossed around a lot and had to comment haha

i realize that at times LDR is the only option left for a couple...and though i strongly believe LDR is extremely difficult and stressing on the relationship, if it is all two ppl can do besides calling it quits, maybe they should give it a shot

but of course this isnt the OP's case lol


My goodness, I have to get used to writing in these forums...

No problem, sorry I wasn't clear. I made the mistake of adding that part about the "strong bond" which drew some focused attention, but that was actually just a corollary thing. (FWIW I agree with you - just because marriages have strong bonds doesn't mean people can rely on that alone when trying to make LDRs work.) Perhaps I also wrongly advised the OP in my original statement because I may have been focusing on her scenario using the lens of my personal situation. So when I said, "it's only three years," I guess that bit was more for me than for her! :roll: Apologies, OP.

I still stand my original point though, which is that I believe it is important to maintain a good balance between individual good and shared good in a marriage. I think the obvious choice for the OP is to stay with her spouse, for the many good reasons you all state above. I just hope everything works out at the local school. I would say to the OP to do everything she can to get off the waitlist, but also to prepare in case that doesn't end up happening.

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Re: Long-Distance Relationships and Law School

Postby existenz » Tue Mar 23, 2010 10:28 pm

CardinalRules wrote:A little breathing room isn't terrible. My happily married parents like getting away from each other once in a while just to get some fresh air.

OP will be in luck if she doesn't get off the WL; it'll let her do what she wants without letting the husband complain.

Breathing room is one thing. 3 years apart aside from vacation breaks is a whole other matter. I'd personally be worried if my SO was enthusiastic about such a separation.

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Re: Long-Distance Relationships and Law School

Postby daesonesb » Tue Mar 23, 2010 10:42 pm

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Re: Long-Distance Relationships and Law School

Postby mama » Tue Mar 23, 2010 11:05 pm

It seems to me that when someone asks this question, they know the answer already.

Just as it is only you and your SO in the relationship, it is only you two who know what is right for your particular relationship.

Also, change is inevitable. Move forward together, whether that means physical proximity or not. Be honest, communicate, and most of all be the kind of person that your SO will be proud to be with, or proud to have been with because you approach life with integrity and you have respect for yourself.

:D

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Re: Long-Distance Relationships and Law School

Postby sunshinefairy » Tue Mar 23, 2010 11:11 pm

I'm going through a similar decision...I appreciate everyone's comments. Honestly, if he is miserable, then I will be miserable and ultimately it will impact my performance as a student.

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Re: Long-Distance Relationships and Law School

Postby Shot007 » Tue Mar 23, 2010 11:21 pm

dibs wrote:
existenz wrote:
CardinalRules wrote:My only concern with OP staying put (which otherwise is the obvious move) is that she can't be certain of her admittance to the local school. If the "likely" doesn't turn into a "definitely," she'll regret not taking the acceptance and the money at the school that she prefers anyway, and she may hold her SO accountable for that unfortunate situation.

Hopefully she's not dumb enough to put herself in that situation. She needs to put down her seat deposit on the far-away school, then see if she gets off the WL at the near school, then talk to hubby (and not TLS) about what to do next.

By the way, if her husband is all in favor of her moving 1500 miles away for a school that isn't appreciably better, that's a bad sign. Either he's secretly looking forward to the peace and quiet of her being gone, or he is dreaming of how easy it will be to cheat while she's away.


False Dichotomy ftw.


+1
Lol Haha, False Dichotomy indeed

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Re: Long-Distance Relationships and Law School

Postby foxyeconomist » Tue Mar 23, 2010 11:30 pm

mazzini wrote:
And others of us would not enter into a marriage that would hold us back.


That's not the issue... she's already inthe marriage and ostensibly will have to choose what's more important: the marriage or her education. Don't be so dramatic about it, like she would be a martyr or something if she decided to go to her preferable choice of law school...


I'm not saying she did. Clearly if he is okay with (maybe not elated but okay with) her going to a school that's further away for a time, then he is not holding her back. But I believe that marriage is partnership and that both partners need to be fulfilled. If it's really true that 50% of marriages end in divorce, then she will be making a big sacrifice to stay with her husband. Also, if he loses his job, he won't need to stay where they currently live. Then it will clearly have been a mistake.

I'm in the same boat and it's way more helpful to hear from people who've been here and made it work, than hearing from people who subscribe to the generalization that LDR's never work. There are a number of books on Amazon about making LDR's work.

It's sort of a moot point for you, OP (since apparently you've not gotten into the local school), but maybe you can share with us which school's you are choosing between.

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Re: Long-Distance Relationships and Law School

Postby DoubleChecks » Tue Mar 23, 2010 11:57 pm

keiko wrote:My goodness, I have to get used to writing in these forums...




heehee, im tickled, what did you mean by this? haha

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Re: Long-Distance Relationships and Law School

Postby thecubiclelife » Wed Mar 24, 2010 12:06 am

I'm surprised...there are many more people having a go at LDRs during law school than I originally thought. Add my name to the mix!

Also, +1 to the person that said that the OP probably already knows the answer. Put the seat deposit down first and see what happens with the closer school.

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Re: Long-Distance Relationships and Law School

Postby Mattalones » Wed Mar 24, 2010 12:08 am

I just made it through three years of bring the SO left behind for her to do LS. It was HARD ... Good luck if you decide to do it.

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Re: Long-Distance Relationships and Law School

Postby blue5385 » Wed Mar 24, 2010 12:09 am

I've seen a lot of people on TLS say you shouldn't count on transferring, but if these schools are similarly ranked like OP says, would it be difficult for her to transfer from the faraway school to the one near her SO? In the event she doesn't get into the school near her SO where she's waitlisted, or she chooses to go to the faraway school & decides she really dislikes being away from him, maybe it would be a viable option for her to transfer to the school closer to him after a year.
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Re: Long-Distance Relationships and Law School

Postby foxyeconomist » Wed Mar 24, 2010 12:11 am

Mattalones wrote:I just made it through three years of bring the SO left behind for her to do LS. It was HARD ... Good luck if you decide to do it.

Tell us what we as the law students need to do help our SO get through it.

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Re: Long-Distance Relationships and Law School

Postby keiko » Wed Mar 24, 2010 11:41 am

DoubleChecks wrote:
keiko wrote:My goodness, I have to get used to writing in these forums...




heehee, im tickled, what did you mean by this? haha


i dunno, it's kinda a different world here.. :D




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