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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Tulane... Best School Ever?
« on: July 15, 2007, 09:30:54 PM »
Tulane's median LSAT and GPA went up this year.  Spending per student is up dramatically.  Their USNEWS raw score will be up next year so it seems likely that they will move up a few spots.

Yeah, and I believe Tulane has plans to shrink its class size, which can only help its ranking.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Oh God...SMU or Tulane?
« on: July 11, 2007, 12:57:53 AM »
this crap about being dead set on "environmental law" is your downfall.  When you graduate you will take the best job you get, if you only apply for "environmental jobs" you will be competing for like 5 jobs amongst 10k recently minted law students.  Looks like you're tied to Dallas with the girlfriend, you're better off going there.

Downfall? Really? God, that seems so sardonic. While I definitely appreciate the input, I do disagree with a couple of your assertions. I am not "dead set" on environmental law, as you say, but I am deeply interested in studying it. I did a lot of environmental work as an undergraduate, and it's been a passion of mine for a long time. As a result, I hope you can understand that Tulane's program is very intriguing to me.

As for being tied to the girlfriend in Dallas, that is certainly not the case. The truth is, I'm afraid that even if I am in Dallas, her ridiculously busy job, coupled with me being in law school, would leave us very little downtime. As Robert Miller writes in Law School Confidential, "Be incredibly wary about choosing a law school based on its proximity to a girlfriend or boyfriend...law school is a very disruptive experience." Plus, my girlfriend wants to leave Texas soon, so SMU (with 87% of its grads practicing in-state) provides much less flexibility in that event. And hey, who knows, she could very well end up following me to NOLA after a year or so. :)

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Tulane - Class of 2010
« on: July 10, 2007, 02:23:00 PM »
Would this be an appropriate time to announce that I own bowling shoes?

wOw.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: laptop help
« on: July 09, 2007, 05:52:26 PM »
Are there any laptops with fullsize keyboards?  Maybe not full size but where the keys are placed the same space apart as on a regular keyboard.  The laptop I have now the keys are all squished together and it drives me nuts.  Any suggestions? TIA

No.

However, you can always purchase a wireless keyboard to go with your laptop. They are full size, and I believe they run from about $70 to $110.

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“When we judge or criticize another person, it says nothing about that person; it merely says something about our own need to be critical.”

Oh, thanks for this. Because it's in quotes it must be true! 

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Or maybe sharky is just rationalizing because his parents didn't care enough about him.

Not really.  When I spend time with my parents we get to talk about our personal lives, our hobbies, our professional paths, and our ideas about the world -- not go over my English 75 papers and personal statements with a red pen, quiz each other on logic games, and discuss the relative employability of students from Tulane and Texas Tech. 

Hey, don't be hostile! Bear in mind that 75% of what is said on these boards is pure bull. I know absolutely nothing about legaldad and have not read his previous posts, so, to me, your comment (as directed toward legaldad) seemed egregious and unwarranted. As somebody who never called upon his parents for academic help, I believe your point is excellent. It just gets a bit lost in how it's directed.

With that said, I will concede that a conversation comparing Tulane and Texas Tech is pointless. I just hope that wasn't meant to be a dig at me! :'(

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To the OP, good advice. 

Re legaldad...  I think I've said this before, but I'm really glad my dad isn't on LSD posting about advice and strategies for getting into lawschool.  We have an entire generation of people who can't think for themselves without the mommy/daddy crutch.  They don't write their own essays for applications, they can't decide for themselves where to apply, they feel like they're disappointing their parents if they don't go to Daddy's Dream Law School, etc.

Do your kid a favor and teach them some independence. 

My parents quit looking at my report cards in middle school, were totally hands-free on applying to college, didn't go to orientation, didn't help me choose a major or classes, didn't ask about my GPA in undergrad, didn't help me apply to or choose a law school, and didn't help me decide to defer last year.  They didn't even help me pick out my boyfriend!

I'm sorry, but this: http://www.careerjournal.com/columnists/theorypractice/20070307-theorypractice.html
is probably thanks to parents like legaldad.  And it's sad.

If your kid still needs your help to the point that you have to read LSD, then you have failed somewhere else along the line long before this.

“When we judge or criticize another person, it says nothing about that person; it merely says something about our own need to be critical.”

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Top 14/Tier 1 read this POST!
« on: July 06, 2007, 10:02:42 PM »
Don’t do it. Don’t buy into all the hype by 0L’s. Then truth is if you go a T14 or T1 school you will have to get a big law job to pay off all that debt. Your life will be ruined from that point on. There is almost an 80% chance you won’t be able to hold that job more than five years, your odds of making partner are in the single digits, there is a 26% chance you will be depressed and a 20% chance you will become an alcoholic.

Save yourselves. Trust me, I know what is best for YOU because I read stuff on the net and parrot it back as truth. But even if you don’t believe me, you must believe the INETRNET. The INTERNET DOES NOT LIE. See the statistics below, statistics prove everything. You can try to deny it and think it won’t happen to you, BUT THE INTERNETS DOES NOT LIE.

That may all be true, but the lawyers practicing today didn't have the luxury of watching "Man vs. Wild." Bear Grylls has taught me everything I need to know to survive in the world's harshest environments.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: lenovo x61 vs dell xps m1330
« on: July 06, 2007, 06:46:34 PM »
thoughts? i'm sure this was discussed already but there's no search function here. if anyone can send a link of old threads or share what they know, appreciate it!

Haha, I toiled over this exact decision for about three weeks before finally pulling the trigger, so good luck! After incessantly going back and forth, I finally opted for the XPS m1330. Simply, it has everything needed in an ultraportable (small screen, streamlined, ultra-lightweight, good battery options, integrated bluetooth, next-gen wireless, etc.); yet, it is an absolute bohemith performance-wise. My only reservation was that I don't want Vista, and the m1330 doesn't offer XP as an option. Sigh... I decided to bite the bullet. A lot of schools (mine included) don't have Vista-compatible softwares yet, but I think (hope?) they will within the year.

Either way, I don't think you can go wrong. They'd both be excellent for law school. By purchasing the m1330, I was thinking more about the future than anything else. Come three years, I think it'll still be an excellent performer. Having a 200GB/7200rpm hard drive already has me salivating.

Word of warning, though -- if you decide to order the m1330, do it as soon as possible. Dell is already severely backordered. The "estimated" ship date for mine is mid-Auguest (meaning it will hopefully arrive in early August).

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Tulane - Class of 2010
« on: July 05, 2007, 05:03:18 PM »
"@#!* it, Dude. Let's go bowling."

Just one of many invaluable life lessons taught to us by The Big Lebowski.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Tulane - Class of 2010
« on: July 05, 2007, 04:36:28 PM »
Has anyone gotten their immunization form done yet?  I know I have had all these shots, but it was years ago and in at least two other states.  Am I better off to get an appointment and get the shots again or should I bother trying to track down the records?  I am presently without insurance, so I am wondering about the cost. 

Try to track down the records. Immunizations are costly. And they hurt.

I lucked out -- my mom had my immunization record filed away somewhere, so I just made a copy, attached it to the form and sent it to Tulane Health Center.

Immunization requirements are always so goddamn annoying when entering a new school... I hope you find a good solution!

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