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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Albany open house...
« on: February 23, 2005, 08:30:23 PM »
I went to one of the open houses back in October, and thought it was a fairly valuable experience...

They split our large group up into two smaller groups, and we then pretty much proceeded to tour the entire campus. The school is fairly modest in size so it didn't take too long, but it gave us a chance to check out the classrooms, library, offices, etc. under the guidance of a 2L who was happy to answer any and all questions.

We then got a chance to attend a mock class, the "Intro to Lawyering" class I believe, and actually participate in a class discussion regarding the finer points of interpreting a particular traffic statute that the professor had selected for us. I thought this was probably the best part of the day, as you got to actually wrap your mind around what it would (hopefully, will!) be like to attend a class as a student.

We then had a chance to have some refreshments and chat with Dawn Chamberlaine, who is the Asst. Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid. She was very easy to talk to, and was willing to answer almost any question about the admissions process.

All in all, if you can go, it probably would be a helpful experience to aid you in building an assessment of what the school is all about, or at least what it seeks to be.

Good luck!

Nika, you're all over this one  :) but how did you know that...?

Oh well, for those interested, the lyrics are here:

I think it loses something in the English translation...

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Greatest Song Ever Composed?
« on: November 29, 2004, 09:45:57 PM »
This is a rough question without a particular genre to focus in on...I am assuming rock, but am trying to understand the "greatest from a musical standpoint" qualifier... anyway, her are some I'd nominate, from different artists/decades:

"I am the Walrus"
"Let it Be"
John Lennon
"Hotel California"
Jimi Hendrix
"Machine Gun"
Eric Clapton
Led Zeppelin
"Stairway to Heaven"
Pink Floyd
"Comfortably Numb"
Deep Purple
Rolling Stones
"The Trees"

Sorry if I got off topic... I guess I can't really narrow it down!  :-\

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Calling all computer geeks!!!
« on: November 29, 2004, 09:08:31 PM »
It looks like you ran the "Make Report" option, which in and of itself doesn't help to repair anything...

When you bring up CWShredder, just click on "Fix", and then when it's done, click on "Next". There you'll see if the app found anything suspect. Then just click on "Exit" to close the app; I don't use any of it's other premium features, and don't know how they actually stack up against other, similar apps.

Did SpyBot find anything either? Just curious - let me know! :)

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Calling all computer geeks!!!
« on: November 29, 2004, 07:53:53 PM »
1. Spybot SD 1.3 :

Make sure you update all the signatures with the live update feature...

With SpyBot, make sure you use the "Immunize" feature, and enable the 2 resident protections available from within the advanced mode...this will help to alert you when something has been modified without your knowledge (and consent).

2. CWShredder :

These 2 apps, with AdAware, are a pretty good defense against spyware infections...

3. Delete all Windows and Internet Explorer Temp files as well.

4. You may have to boot into Safe mode and then run the apps in order to clean some of the crud out.

5. If these steps don't help, you pretty much have to use RegMon to determine what's accessing which system resources, and when.(

Good luck!

Law School Admissions / Re: Online Application vs. Paper Application
« on: November 18, 2004, 08:02:16 AM »
Just to follow up on my own question:

I contacted Admissions over at Albany, and it turns out that they actually use paper files for each candidate to build each admission application file. If I applied electronically, they said that they would just print out the application, and insert it into the paper file. I asked if anyone retypes anything, and she said that they don't, as it would be too time consuming. To preserve the visual presentation of the material I'm planning on submitting, she indicated that submitting everything via paper would be the way to go. Of course, I would save $5. by applying online - apparently the only tangible benefit of this process :)

Granted that this won't help increase my acceptance advantages as far as my numbers are concerned, I do think that a nicely formatted document is more preferable to the eye than a block of text in default Courier font. I guess this is the way I'm going to go.

I understand that this information may be specific to Albany, so I'm sure that the earlier comments are true for other schools. I guess calling them is ultimately the only real way to find out.

I appreciate everyone's help!

Law School Admissions / Online Application vs. Paper Application
« on: November 16, 2004, 08:23:03 PM »
I'm just curious what any you think of the online application process; it seems easier, but it seems like all the formatting gets lost when you post it up on their website (applying to Albany, and they use

I'm thinking to go with the paper application, as I can control the formatting, use nice paper, etc. Along with the personal statement, I'm submitting a resume and an addendum. I just want them to look a little better than as if I was posting on a blog somewhere!

Anyone hear feedback from the adcoms on this? I'm planning to apply by Thanksgiving, and just need to get this sorted out; My pre-law advisor thought the paper app might look more professional, but I'm not convinced it really matters...

Studying for the LSAT / Re: OH NO!! I skipped a bubble--what can I do!!??
« on: October 23, 2004, 12:14:12 PM »
I know that you can request a hand count and they will penalize you one point... but that is for an error of serious magnitude or something wrong with the scantron reader.  I dont think they will compensate you for human error.... didnt you realize that you ended the section on the wrong number..(obviously not).

I also noticed on my scoresheet that one of the bubbles was not filled in early on in the scored games section (question #3), but I really don't think that I would have left it blank...

If I in fact answered it, and if, in fact, I answered it correctly it would increase my final LSAT score by one point. Based one the info above though, it seems that I could lose a point just for requesting that it be checked (and also paying $35. for the priviledge). Is this the way it really works, or was that quote based on a specific circumstance that I lost track of in the thread somewhere...

Don't know if a one point gain is really worth the hassle either...?

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Scores are up...
« on: October 22, 2004, 05:04:11 PM »
I just got the score email: it has a sent time of 6:59PM.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Scores are up...
« on: October 22, 2004, 03:31:25 PM »
I just checked LSAC - my score IS there... almost fell over when I noticed it was there!  :o  BTW, my last name starts with a R, and I took the test in NY, if that makes any difference.

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