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Law School Admissions / Question about using laptops in law school
« on: February 15, 2005, 06:56:45 AM »
At the risk that this is a somewhat silly question: I once sat on a law school class in college and noticed that everybodyuses a laptop to make notes in class. Basically, I was wondering how people can type so fast. I did not go to high school in the US. Do you guys learn that there? I don't think I can type fast enough (also not used to US keybord) to pay attention and make notes at the same time (will just have to take hand-written notes I guess). So how did people learn to type fast? Also, are there courses for typing faster or something?

Law School Admissions / Cost of law books per year
« on: February 14, 2005, 11:34:14 AM »
Does anybody have guess approximately how much I will pay for law school books per year? Thanks!!

Law School Admissions / USC admission process
« on: February 08, 2005, 05:29:27 AM »
I applied in September (regular admission) and my file went complete January 6 or so. I plan on calling the admission office at the end of February, but if there hasn't been a decision until then is it safe to assume a ding/waitlist? As stated below I have borderline numbers.

Also, in general, is USC just behind other schools in admitting people (it seems they mainly did the EA people so far) or are chances already lower if you haven't heard at this point?

Finally, so far the numbers of admitted students at USC seem pretty insane. There's hardly anyone on LSN with a 165 or below. So will their numbers increase siginificantly this year or will they still admit a lot more people whose numbers will tend to be lower?

Any insights on USC admissions would be appreciated.

Choosing the Right Law School / Minnesota vs. Vanderbilt
« on: January 31, 2005, 02:08:28 PM »
So I'm trying to decide between these two. I'd like to work for a big firm after LS doing some sort of international work (transactions, trade etc). As for location, my order of preference would be 1) DC 2)LA/SF/Chicago 3) NYC. Academically, I'm most interested in (big surprise) international law.

As for Minnesota, they have a strong and really nice international law program, and teaching seems to be great according to what I hear. However, getting a job at a big firm, although possible, seems to be somewhat tougher than at Vandy.

As for Vandy, well, their big firm placement seems to be stronger, though I heard some negative things about teaching as well as their international law program.

What do people think? In particular, I'm wondering if placement at Vandy is really stronger or if both schools aren't that different. Thanks!!

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / YEAH - in at Vanderbilt!
« on: January 31, 2005, 01:06:10 PM »
Second one after Minnesota. YEAH!  :) :) :)

Law School Admissions / Law school preparation coourses
« on: January 23, 2005, 02:05:30 PM »
In the Montauk book he recommends taking various sorts of law school preparation courses, such as exam-writing seminars and law camps etc. Can anybody give me the names of the companies who offer such courses? I seem unable to find them. Also, I was wondering what people generally think of such courses. Thanks!

Law School Admissions / Do USC and Vandy average scores?
« on: January 12, 2005, 04:37:44 AM »
Does anyone have any information about the policy on multiple LSATs at any of these two schools? Do they average in ALL cases or do they make exceptions in some cases. I have a huge split (155/164) and was wondering if I have any chance at all.

Anyone have a guess or can speak of experience? When can I expect an answer? Thanks.

Law School Admissions / Does GW notify every accepted applicant by email?
« on: January 11, 2005, 08:00:45 AM »
Called them and they said they mailed a decision, but I did not receive any email.  :( Does it mean it's a ding/waitlist?

Law School Admissions / Is the top-14 concept overrated?
« on: January 09, 2005, 02:52:36 AM »
OK so according to many people here and elsewhere the prestige of your law school is overly important in getting you a biglaw job. However, if this is the case I wonder why there are so many associates from lower-ranked schools at the top firms. I checked White & Case's website for the area I'm most interested in (international trade). SOME associates (I would guess maybe half) come from top-14 schools, the other half is from GW, Indiana University, BC and such. This makes me think that the REAL way of getting a biglaw job (except for some ultra-prestigious firms like Cravath, Wachtell etc.) is going to a top 25 school or so school and getting top grades. This again would mean that the top-14 requirement for getting biglaw jobs is essentially bs. Seems unless you go to HYS, what matters more are your grades, not the prestige of your school. You could also say, unless you go to these three schools (and maybe a few more exceptions), you need top grades to get a biglaw job from pretty much any school. So is the top-14 concept overrated?

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