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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Moving to Law School: Checklist
« on: August 08, 2007, 02:49:47 PM »
Close out your bank account if local to your area--research and open a new account where you move.

Never really got this one.  I like my bank, and I'll be coming back to the midwest after school anyway.  In the meantime, I pay with most things via credit card and have my bill paid online from my checking acct.

For the few times I'll need/want to withdraw cash..the $3 isn't a HUGE deal

I'm not planning on moving back, and they don't really have Wachovia in NYC.  When I withdraw cash, not only do I have to pay the ATM's fees, but I also have to pay a $2 fee  that Wachovia charges me.  I'll definitely be switching (it makes sense for me)!

I live in New York City and never have trouble finding a Wachovia.  They are not as popular as, say Bank of America, but they are definitely increasing in New York. I love Wachovia and have been with them for 6 years, so I may be partial.  I also had a few bad experiences with Bank of America's customer service people.

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www.omnidrive.com is pretty cool too as far as online storage goes.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Interesting article for all of us
« on: August 05, 2007, 12:26:30 AM »
The thing is that law is a demanding career, but i dont think it's much more demanding than many other professions out there. Try being a nurse or working at a crappy low-end job. I think people like the protagonist in this article are just used to academia and having a cushy life, and get surprised by the reality of earning one's living.

Thanks for your refreshing comment.  I am from a working class background and have had, at least, a summer job since I was 13.  And I feel like this whole Generation Y-wants-it-all outlook is not realistic.  And it is probably our parents' fault.  If you are in your 20s or early 30s your parents were probably born in the 50s or 60s...basically post-war children, raised by your grandparents who are from the depression-era. So, we've got some of the hardest working people in recent American history laying a foundation which, today, allows Generation Y to lead cushy, obesity-laden lives.  Grandma, Grandpa, Mom, and Dad felt so guilty, and loved us soooo much, that they took care of and gave us the best of everything.  We are much better off today and many of us now want a life-long extension of our charmed childhoods and adolescence.  The fact that we can even imagine a world in which we can "have it all" is a testament to the hard work of the generations preceding ours.  So, when I think of maybe having to work 80 hours a week, sitting in a ergonomically designed cushy chair in a temperature controlled building, and I may get paid over a $100,000 a year to do that, I don't feel so bad. It is a lot better than spending 5:00 AM - 3:00 PM in a dank coal mine, losing my eyesight and breathing in toxic fumes, while earning $20,000 a year. But that's all IN MY HUMBLE OPINION....to each his own.

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Anyone in town yet?

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This is an interesting topic to me, because I grew up in a community where people do nothing all day, or have dead end, low-paying jobs, and think it's OK to lack ambition. So, this has made me a bit self-conscious about my "achievements," because it creates this gap between me and my childhood friends, who can't understand why I would want to go through more schooling. Now that I will be attending law school, I feel the gap is widening, and I don't want to talk about it going to law school, although I am very excited. (Growing pains suck!!)

But, like another poster's parents, mine love telling all their friends and family that I'll be the first lawyer in the family...so, I don't need to say much.  I just nod and smile.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Law School Personality
« on: August 02, 2007, 10:46:30 PM »
Another INTJ in the house.  ;)

When I took AP Psychology back in high school we actually did the real, clinical Meyers-Briggs test, which was a lot longer than this online version, and took a week for us to get our results back. I was an INFJ back then.

I guess I lost my emotional side somewhere between 2001 and 2007. Ah well, emotions make things all fuzzy, weird and confusing anyway....who needs 'em.

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So, I have spent many nights awake wondering if going to a top law school is a possibility anymore. Although Iím only going into my junior year, I have a huge problem, and I would like some guidance.

After my freshman year of college, I transferred schools. I attended Stonehill College in MA for their varsity equestrian team and knew I was transferring after a year. One thing to note, Stonehillís team was national champs.  I currently attend Lehigh, but Lehigh is not known for getting their students into good law schools. With this said, here are my stats:

Stonehill, Philosophy major

GPA: 3.25
Stonehillís Varsity Equestrian Team, Athletic Directorís Honor Roll

Lehigh, Philosophy and French major, German minor
GPA: 3.67 (major GPA: 3.7 for French, 3.675 for Philosophy)
Deanís List, Lehigh Equestrian Team, Swing Dance Club, and NSCS

The summer after my freshman year I attended Middlebury Collegeís French Language School. I did not request credit from Stonehill nor did I request it from Lehigh. I have always studied at various universities and schools in the summer since I was young. I normally do not take the credit because I take the courses for enjoyment, and theyíre typically courses I would not otherwise take. Unfortunately, this time, I did not do so well, I received two B-, 1 C+, and a C-. Up until that point my lowest grade was a B- in a 300 level French course first semester at Stonehill.

I am currently interning in the Senate for the summer for both of my state senators and hopefully will intern for a Congressman representing the district Lehigh is in during the semester, and then will study abroad.

1.   I know my LSDAS GPA will not reflect my work, but is there a chance that I can get into a T14 school with a good LSAT score and recommendations despite it?

2.   In addition, Middleburyís credits were roughly 3 credits on their system, but on a regular system it would have been 9 credits. Lehigh does not award more credits than the other institution awards. So, Lehigh would give me 3. if I transfer it in to Lehigh, would it make less of an impact on the LSDAS?

Basically, what would you guys do in this given situation? I really want to go to UPenn or UVA, but is it even a possibility?


Hey.  I think your best strategy would be to, of course, get a great LSAT score, and also play up your soft factors in your application essays.  It seems that you are a very interesting person, since you have had these unique, academically enriching experiences at various institutions. Law schools are interested in diversity on many levels, and you seem to bring that.  However, a strong academic background is crucial to attending a T14.  You may consider including addendum letters regarding poor academic performance.  Also, choosing great people to write your recommendations can help.  If they are able to convey something about you that your GPA cannot convey, then that may cause a top school to take pause and see you as more than just an LSAT score and GPA.  I am not an admissions expert, but I hope this helps some.  I'm sure you will receive more responses from others too. Good Luck.

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Hey. Is this board still alive? I have been gone for awhile, since I was out of the country. And God knows I am not about to go back and read the 60 pages I have missed. Anyway, Welcome to any new UVA LAW 2010 people!  Let's keep this board alive.  :D 

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Can someone please explain to me what Santa Rosa is?  I am guessing it is some kind of upgrade.  Will the MacBook Pros have it?  Also, I am now debating between the Thinkpad and MacBook Pro. Thoughts about that, anyone?

Why a Pro?  I'm also debating btwn a thinkpad x60 but a macbook--i don't think that a pro is necessary for what i need to do for ls.

I like the Pros because the screens are bigger. That seems silly as I type it, but 13 inch screens are just too small for me. I like doing other stuff on my comp, like watching DVDs.

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Can someone please explain to me what Santa Rosa is?  I am guessing it is some kind of upgrade.  Will the MacBook Pros have it?  Also, I am now debating between the Thinkpad and MacBook Pro. Thoughts about that, anyone?

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