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Current Law Students / Prospective law school student seeking HELP!
« on: March 01, 2006, 08:39:15 PM »
Hello everyone,

I have just graduated from Rutgers UG a few months ago and will end up at a T2 of some sort this August.  Since I have quite a bit of time till I start law school, I would like to get ahead of the game by beginning my studies now.  Specifically, as soon as I figure out which school I will attend for sure (hopefully within the next month), I want to purchase the required readings for 1L courses and begin reading/outlining them as soon as possible.  This way, much of my 1L work will be review and, as a result, comprehension and memorization will be much easier.

Although this strategy may seem compulsive and superfluous, it is a direct consequence of a debilitating LSAT experience, which crushed my chances of admission to either of my dream schools (UCLA, USC).  Hence, my only chance at salvation now is nailing a transfer and since it requires a top 10% T2 showing, I need to do whatever it takes to give me an edge.

So, my question to you guys is: How do I find out which books I will need for my 1st semester of 1L?  Is this even possible?  I heard that 1L classes usually consist of the same general courses, so can I just look at the schedule of classes for last August?  Do different teachers use completely different books, or are the court cases and texts fairly consistent?  PLEASE help me by posting any advice you can give.



Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Undergrad USNews Rankings
« on: May 02, 2007, 11:39:10 AM »
Hey - when do the undergraduate USNEWS rankings come out??

Law School Admissions / Reapplication Questions
« on: November 24, 2006, 08:34:20 AM »
Hello LSD:

I was a frequent poster here some time ago but decided to delay going to law school for one year in order to work.  I am reapplying this cycle and was just wondering if there have been any significant changes of note.

I know the number of apps went down last year (I think 9%?), is it the same story this year?  How do things look for tier 2 California and Florida schools (namely Loyola, USD, and UMiami)?  When reapplying to the same schools (some I got into last year, some I was waitlisted/rejected at), is it okay to use the same personal statement and letter of recs?  Any tips for updating my resume? 


Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Interesting Read...
« on: July 13, 2006, 11:29:32 AM »
This is a great NYT article about the US News rankings.  Check it out!!

General Off-Topic Board / "THE BRICK TESTAMENT"
« on: May 02, 2006, 05:50:33 PM »
This is hilarious, guys (though I must say I only read the "Parables of Jesus" so far):

Make sure you click on the pics to enlarge them and view it as a slideshow.  ENJOY!

General Off-Topic Board / Jessica Alba Topless, FINALLY!!!!
« on: April 05, 2006, 09:12:53 AM »
It's about time!... Alba poses half-nude in a Sheen Digital UK spread. 


It appears as though the 2007 rankings have already leaked.  Several posters have been citing shifts on the list.  If that's the case, can anyone confirm the new rankings?  Is there a link somebody can provide?  Let's discuss the changes! 

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Florida State University REVIEW
« on: March 27, 2006, 09:02:25 PM »
Well guys, I’m home and ready to report on my FSU visit. 

It was quite the journey and I guess I should start by commenting on the brutal drive I had to endure from Miami to Tallahassee.  Even though there was no traffic to and fro, five hours into the ride, the monotony of the road became unbearably painful.  I hated passing Gainsville, in particular, because the radio stations in that area were complete crap (though, as a hardcore southern rap fan, I was impressed with what the rest of the state had to offer).  Also, although one has to do 90 mph just to keep with the flow of traffic, a cop from Madison had no problem singling me out from the crowd and nailing me with a $180 ticket.  His friendly demeanor and THICK country accent couldn’t mask the fact that he charged me one-hundred and eighty junior bacon cheeseburgers to intensify the already miserable commute.

Anyways, the first thing I noticed as I entered the campus was a group of five blonde girls heavenly strolling down college ave.  Three of them resembled Playboy bunnies and I could’ve sworn seeing one of them on a reality TV show.  Even the proverbial “fat chick” of the quintuple was CUTE.  So, naturally, my first thought was “Oh my God, Geoff was right, the girls here are INCREDIBLE!  That’s it, I’m writing a letter of renewed interest as soon as I get home and I may as well begin shopping for Seminole gear”.  Well, let’s not get carried away just yet.

Actually, for whatever reason, the chicks I saw at the bars were ALRIGHT.  But, more on that later.  In regards to the campus, it was really nice, to say the least.  FSU had a Maryland-esque feel to it (in terms of size and building lavishness), but with awesome weather.  The chicks dressed suitably and all the exposed skin contributed to a rather spectacular ambience. 

Then, I got lost around the outskirts of the campus and reality quickly set in.  First of all, there’s a pawn shop right on Tennessee Street where you can trade items like sofas and television sets for guns and ammo.  Most of the locals spoke in Southern drawl and there’s an inner-city ghetto about 10 minutes eastbound.  There’s a very prominent conservative culture in Tal that people should be aware of… anti-abortion billboards and religious relics litter the cityscape and, although I find nothing wrong with these things, some out-of-staters may be shocked by them.

Nevertheless, back to more important issues: nightlife and chicks.  As I had mentioned earlier, the girls in the bars were not nearly as good looking as the ones I saw strolling the campus.  In fact, I think FSU coeds are very much overrated (though I’ll concede, overall, they beat Rutgers girls hands down).  HOWEVER, I must point out that the girls were EXTREMELY friendly at the bars.  I was holding convos w/ a bunch of cute chicks that had no problem lending me all sorts of advice.  In Jersey, if I asked a girl a question about her school, she would undoubtedly assume I was hitting on her and only reply if “reciprocally” interested.  Not so in FSU; the girls were extraordinarily friendly and were simply interested in helping a prospective student out.  The guys were cool, too and I should recap the prevailing advice I received.  First, all things considered, most told me NOT to go to FSU because Tal gets old and they want to leave.  Also, they said I should go to FSU over Miami because I will receive a better education, as if these UGs know anything about law school whatsoever.  Then, a debate invariably blossoms about which school is academically superior, UF or FSU.  What is it with this weird phenomenon?

I would like to close off by saying the three bars I visited (Yanni’s, Irish Pub, and another one I can’t remember the name of) were essentially packed, hot, Rutgers-style bars.  Although fun for a while, I don’t think I can deal with this setting for more than a year… my UG days are behind me, and I intend to keep them there.             

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / U Miami Review
« on: March 27, 2006, 06:54:12 AM »
Well, I’m back from Miami and the following is a review of my visit to UM Law.  It may be a bit long-winded, but should occupy the time of some of you (extremely) bored readers.

In any event, the first peculiar thing I noticed about the school is that one has to drive through a very large, maze-like development / living community before entering campus.  I hope there’s a back route to get in because all of the houses looked exactly the same and I tend to get lost easily (the fact that they use rocks in place of street signs is not cool).

After circling the neighborhood a couple times, I finally stumbled upon the campus, which, as far as I’m concerned, was gorgeous.  There’s a massive lake equipped w/ a powerful fountain in the center of campus and canals of free-flowing water weave through the university like veins.  The buildings were constructed in a simple, yet elegant, Miami style that contributed to the resort-feel of the campus.  Interestingly, in contrast to collegiate norms, the law school itself was not nearly as nice as the undergrad facilities.  In fact, the law “quadrangle” reminded me of a cheap, spring break-style hotel w/ flimsy balconies and all.  I’m not complaining, though, because I love the vacation essence it evokes.  Also, I made sure to check out the gym and it was, hands down, the greatest exercise facility I had ever laid eyes on, times 1000.  I could write pages about it, so I’ll stop myself now.

To change gears a bit, one of my silly concerns about Miami was that, as a dark-skinned boy, I may blend into the city all too well.  I noticed on my trips to super-white schools like Villanova, Eatontown, and FSU, girls tend to be attracted to guys that stand out from the pack, which may not be the case with me in Miami.  Additionally, some of the UM dudes were very good looking (particularly the super-muscular athletes) and there’s reason to fear that they may consume all the best coeds.  However, in spite of all this, a few of the chicks seemed to be checking me out, which is a good sign considering my father, who was touring the campus with me, cramped my style to say the least.

As far as the UM girls go, they weren’t the hottest I had ever seen, but many were very pleasant looking and most were in good shape, as suitable for South Florida.  Also, they seemed to have an aura of intelligence about them and this is very important to me.  Speaking of intelligent girls, two of the chicks I was BSing with on the admitted students tour were considering UM Law with serious scholarship offers.  One (who happened to hail from my undergrad at Rutgers even though, oddly enough, I’ve never seen her before) was accepted to Penn and WLed at Harvard and the other got into U Chicago with a scholarship.  Neither is interested in BIGLAW so they are giving UM consideration.  My question is: are these the types of students I will be competing against!?!?!?!

Finally, I have a few concerns I would like to bring up.  First of all, how do students get to the clubs and bars?  If there is no public transportation in the wee-hours of the morning, do UM students have to drive or get taxis to hit up the night life?  Also, during the career segment of the tour, EACH of the five speakers indicated that speaking Spanish helped them land positions after graduation.  What about those of us that don’t speak Spanish?  Are we screwed!?

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / FSU Law Visit HELP!!!
« on: March 20, 2006, 07:34:25 AM »
Hello fellow LSDers,

I am attending U Miami's admitted students day this Friday and, since I'm already in FL, I then plan on driving to FSU law, by myself, for a visit.  Although I am curious to check out the campus, my main concern is the nightlife so I intend on staying overnight in a nearby hotel and hitting up the FSU bars later that evening.  However...

I have no idea where to go!!!  First of all, does anyone know whether the law school is even near the undergrad?  Which bars will be good / popping this saturday night?  Are there hotels available near the campus / bars?  Which streets should I walk across for the infamous "bar crawl" everyone keeps crowing about?

If there are ANY Florida State UG or LS students out there, or people familiar with the area, please help me out! 

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