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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Review of Chicago ASW
« on: April 14, 2007, 05:50:19 PM »
I just woke up from a five hour nap, and I think with another full night's sleep, I may recover from ASW. My voice probably needs at least 3 more days of rest though.

Anyway, I think I met almost all the LSD crew, they were uniformly cool, and it seems a lot of them are set on coming here. So as a current Chicago student, I'm happy.

So, what did all you admits think? You can give your general impressions, but I'm particularly interested in what you thought worked and what needed improvement. I can definitely use the advice for when we sit down to plan next year's ASW.

Alright, instead of continuing to hijack the "Chicago 1L Taking Questions" thread, I'll start my own. The questions don't have to be about Chicago, if you have generic law school/application-related questions, I'll try and answer those too.

To all those who have PMed me and not gotten responses, please just ask your question here. I can't keep up with my PMs, and most of the questions a) get asked more than once and b) are generally applicable, so it's better to answer them once here for everyone rather than multiple times through PM.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Pics of UChicago Campus
« on: November 06, 2005, 01:24:07 PM »
Hey all,

I normally only post over on XOXO, but I thought some of you considering the University of Chicago might be interested to see the facilities.  I went over this morning and took some pics which I uploaded here:

Hope that is interesting or helpful to some of you.  If you have any questions, I don't really stop by this board often, but I am doing a "Taking Questions" thread over on XOXO which you are welcome to post on:

Is there a generic username/password format for the Columbia admitted students website (for example, username is lastname and password is SSN)?

I ask because I am going to be out of town for the next week without access to my mail.  However, I'm trying to figure out if my plane reservations at the end of the month need to be for NYU only, or if I'll be accepted at Columbia.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Question for Columbia Admits
« on: February 13, 2005, 06:09:03 PM »
I'm trying to get travel plans organized for the CLS/NYU admitted students days on March 30 - April 1, and I was wondering if someone could send me the schedule of CLS events.  The reason I have to ask is because I haven't actually been admitted to Columbia yet, so I don't have the info.  However, I think I have a pretty decent shot, and would like to make flight reservations early while tickets are cheaper.

If you have the schedule of events, could you please respond with it here?  Thanks in advance, I appreciate it.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / NYU & Michigan
« on: January 18, 2005, 03:17:53 PM »
This is a pretty sweet day.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / In @ UTexas
« on: December 11, 2004, 11:48:41 AM »
Got the mail this afternoon.  It was dated Dec. 10, so my guess is they sent out a wave of them yesterday.  I live literally across the street from the law school, so I got mine first.  Best of luck to everyone else waiting to hear!

EDIT:  For those who like to know such things, the letter came in an all-white #10 envelope.  It looked pretty much like the standard rejection letter envelope, though it was somewhat thick because it had 4 sheets of tri-folded paper inside.

Hey all,

I'm yet another person interested in getting feedback on their personal statement.  I have it uploaded to the web, but it contains personal info like my SSN, so I would prefer not to post the link here.  If you would be willing to give it a look-through and let me know what you think, I would really appreciate it.  I think the grammar/spelling is mostly solid, but I'd like to hear people's opinion of the overall impact.

Just leave a reply with your e-mail address, or asking for a PM, and I'll send you the link.

Thanks in advance.

Studying for the LSAT / Critique My Writing Sample
« on: June 13, 2004, 11:38:12 AM »
I have been virtually ignoring the LSAT writing sample sections when doing my PrepTests, but I figured I ought to attempt at least one prior to taking the real deal tommorrow.  So I did the one from PrepTest 39 under realistic testing conditions (timed, hadn't seen the problem before, etc.).  I think it's pretty good, but I wanted to get some feedback from anyone else willing to provide it.  If you don't have the prompt, let me know and I can type it out, but for now I'll just put my essay.  I am copying this letter for letter out of my book, so any mispellings, etc. were present in the real test (though unfortunately I can't simulate my chicken-scratch handwriting).  Note, if anyone wants me to critique theirs, I would be happy to.

Here it is:

   While Susan's desire for autonomoy in her work might lead her to choose the second excavation site, it is important for her to remember that a short- term scarifice of autonomy may provide greater opportunities to gain prominence.  Further, prominence itself often leads to other autonomous projects that would not be available to lesser-known archaeologists.  Finally, it is crucial to note that the reverse is not necessarily true - autonomous work, absent major discoveries, does not lead to prominence.  Thus, Susan's goal should be a short-term increase in prominence resulting in a long-term increase in both prominence and autonomy; this would lead to maximal satisfaction of both her career goals.
   Following this criteria, it is clear that Susan should participate in the first excavation opportunity.  If she is fortunate enough to make a major find, her reputation - and thus prominence - in the archaeological community would increase.  If she was not able to make an important discovery, she could still benefit from associations with the other prominent archaeologists at the site.  By visibly collaborating with the leaders in her field, Susan's archaeological peers will hold her in higher esteem.  Finally, by participating in the first excavation, Susan will not be completely forfeiting the autonomy she desires; she will still have exclusive control over an excavation.
  Choosing the first excavation guarantees Susan a gain in prominence, while still permitting some degree of autonomy.  Further, her gain in prominence will lead to more autonomy and greater prominence in the future.  In contrast, the second site maximizes her short-term autonomy, but at the risk of neither autonomy nor prominence in the future.  Susan should choose the first site.

Well, this is the lowest raw I've had in a long time, so I'm scared to ask, but what does an 89 convert to on test #32?

Sorry about pestering about this; I've only got one more test that I don't have the tables for (#33).

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