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they wouldnt under-enroll next year.  they cant pretend that some of this year's first students will take up seats in next year's emptier classrooms.

i think this would hurt the rankings though.  increase in the student/faculty ratio and an eventual decrease in the employment numbers when this class comes to graduate (i think?).  this is in addition to the fact that the school's facilities can't seat this many students.

i'm sure some people sent deposits in while considering other schools still, but illinois' deposit was $500, which is considerably higher than some other schools.

i dunno.  i would appreciate any other opinions or considerations.

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i am going to the u of illinois in the fall.  the dean of admissions, grant keener, sent a letter to all of the applicants reminding them of the option to defer for a year because they had overadmitted the class.  talking with people at the college of law, i know that they have 306 deposits for 225 seats.  i know that some people will not attend despite paying the deposit, but i am concerned by the fact that the admissions office sent a letter basically seeking deferral candidates.

what are the implications that i should be aware of if attending a school that overenrolls its first year class?

thanks...

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Wait List / Re: Washington & Lee
« on: April 28, 2004, 01:26:58 PM »
via e-mail...

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Wait List / Re: Washington & Lee
« on: April 28, 2004, 10:32:23 AM »
i was admitted off the W&L waitlist yesterday, but i have not heard about financial aid possibilities.

i am currently decided on illinois, but i am trying to figure out whether or not i would like w&l's small class size, family feel, non-proctored exam policy, and high judicial clerkship placement.

if anybody has any opinions on the matter, let me know please.

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Law School Applications / landing judicial clerkships
« on: April 27, 2004, 08:53:18 PM »
what are the best schools for landing judicial clerships?  i was just looking over washington and lee's employment numbers and they seem like they are geared toward this.  are any other schools this way?  thanks.

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the dean of admissions at illinois told me that they had overextended admissions and are looking for volunteers to defer for a year.

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Where should I go next fall? / what do i do for financial aid?
« on: April 21, 2004, 11:42:56 AM »
i am confused as to whether the application for financial aid begins or ends with the fafsa.  i know my need, and i know i need the 18,500 plus some in loans.  what do i need to do?

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Billable Hours
« on: April 21, 2004, 11:39:46 AM »
i had an interesting talk with my human resources professor who is doing a consulting project for a major law firm.  upon talking to associates, the first thing to tell me as i prepare for law school was the peer pressure that lawyers feel.  if your quota for billable hours is 1900 hours, sure you could work the 38 hours of billable work a week, but if you are in a major firm, the pressure will exist to work closer to 3000.  in confidential interviews, my professor was startled by the amount of lawyers who use cocaine.  i just thought this was interesting as there was an addderall thread a week ago.

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Law School Applications / Re: Letters of Acceptance
« on: April 13, 2004, 08:40:07 PM »
what about personal statements that explain the numerical deviations?  what about applicants who have started dot.com company's valued at $300M?  what about people who have gone through one of millions of other experiences that add value to a person beyond the four years of undergrad and four hours of LSAT?  standardized tests need to be used for what they are, useful measures.

on a side note, berkeley's dean tom told me that they read every application and personal statement regardless of your index number.

either way, i feel that the importance of lsat and gpa as, in louder than bomb's words, are the "two most important" admissions factors.  they *certainly* are not the "only two important" admissions factors.

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Law School Applications / Re: Is the Paper Chase accurate?
« on: April 09, 2004, 05:34:29 PM »
I don't have a great reverence for professors. I don't see them as being anything that is so special since if I wasn't there in class, the professor would be meaningless.

"Those who can, do. The others, teach."
 - Mark Levin

Sigh.  Why do people not give teachers the respect they deserve?

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