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General Off-Topic Board / Oscars--Anyone watching?
« on: February 25, 2007, 08:53:53 PM »
I'm surprised there's a not a thread on this already...Anyone watching? I guess there's not much to talk about yet except for the way people looked, which doesn't particularly interest me...or perhaps Ellen hosting--I personally think she's been sucking so far.

In any case, sound off with random thoughts, comments, etc.

Out of those that have been nominated, I've watched Children of Men, the Departed, Pursuit of Happyness, and Blood Diamond. I've really been wanting to watch The Last King of Scotland but haven't had a chance yet.

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Law School Applications / Does mail get delivered today? (Presidents Day)
« on: February 19, 2007, 10:32:51 AM »
...or is it another day to wait?

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Where should I go next fall? / Dalai Lama at Emory...
« on: February 05, 2007, 04:52:24 PM »
I might just have to go there now for LS (I am aware this isn't at the law school)...  :P

http://www.cnn.com/2007/EDUCATION/02/05/emory.dalai.lama.ap/index.html

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Where should I go next fall? / Clerkship Info/Stats
« on: February 04, 2007, 03:57:32 PM »
Hey, I was wondering where I can find information on various LS's placement rates for clerkships, as well as perhaps more detailed information on which courts/judges their students are clerking with. This would be very helpful, as I'm very interested in clerking post-LS...thanks  :)

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Law School Applications / BU/W&L "Complete" Notification?
« on: January 27, 2007, 12:13:33 AM »
Hey y'all, I was just wondering if and how you received notification of your file being complete from either BU or Washington & Lee. I'm a little concerned because I sent the forms for Dean's Certification to my undergrad a looooong time ago (October/November probably). I applied to these schools on December 23 yet haven't received anything indicating that my file is complete--just worried that maybe my stupid UG failed to take care of the Dean's certification forms. I compeletely forgot to follow up and assumed they would take care of it.

Perhaps I can call the admissions offices of the two LS's and just ask them if they have my dean's certifications?

[edit] I realize there's a thread on this...

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General Off-Topic Board / "Children of Men"
« on: January 23, 2007, 10:12:23 AM »
Anyone else think this movie was crap? I went into it having read all of the rave reviews, including "this is the best movie of the millenium." Throughout the movie, though, I kept on looking at my watch (which I rarely do in a movie) to see when it would be over. The two friends I went with both thought it sucked--two other random dudes we met from our college outside also thought it sucked.

So, I'm just wondering--what did you all think (I do realize we were probably in the minority in disliking the movie so intensely, but it was honestly a waste of my time).

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LSAC and LSDAS / I don't understand LSDAS...please help!
« on: November 05, 2006, 06:07:55 PM »
Alright, so I'm very lost and overwhelmed by this entire application process through LSAC. I'm at the point where I'm debating if it'd even be better to individually apply to the schools than to do it online. I've looked through the entire LSAC website for any information that could help clarify but have found nothing useful...I've watched all the demos and all that jazz but still confused.

So far, I registered for LSDAS, paying the $110 (or whatever) fee and have my transcripts and my letters of recommendation loaded in. The way I understand it, I just apply for the individual law schools through LSAC, uploading personal statement, resume, and any other supplemental information and then just wait for the school to request my LSDAS report, which would entail my transcripts, LSAT score, and LORs? Do I need to "order" reports myself for every school that I am applying to beforehand, or do i just wait until the school requests the report? I guess what I'm asking is how exactly this LSDAS report request process works and when I pay the required $12.

Secondly, I'm confused as to the deadlines. For example, for ED (I know it's late now but I'm just using this as an example) at WUSTL, their website states that your application should be in by November 1 and your file must be complete by December 1. What does this mean exactly? What needs to be in by November 1 and what needs to be in by December 1? If the deadline is November 1, would this mean that as long as I complete my app on the LSAC website and pay the app fee before Nov. 1 I'd be fine? Or do I have to take into account any lags that may take place in transferring the app from LSAC to WUSTL Law?

Thirdly, UVA says they expect all materials to be in by November 15 for their ED program. Now, does this mean I should have to have my application submitted way before then so that they can request and thenr receive my LSDAS report by November 15, hence completing my file?

I guess what I'm really asking for is a rundown of how the actual application process works since there are so many uncertainties. Any help or input into the process would be greatly appreciated! I've tried looking through the forums and while threads were helpful, I really think it would be useful to have some kind of sticky thread just to discuss the freaking logistics of this whole nightmare...uggh

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Recommendations / Third LOR from TA at college?
« on: September 21, 2006, 11:25:40 AM »
I'm already aware that there have probably been numerous threads on the acceptability of getting LORs from TAs but I'm going to start a new one anyway :)

Currently, I should have one letter from one of my professors in college and another from this attorney at my law firm with whom I've worked closely and who has said he can write me a very good LOR. Now, one option for the third LOR is from a TA from college. I went to a state school (UVa) and the classes were generally large and I only took more than one class with two professors. This TA, however, I've had for two classes and I did very well in the classes he TA'ed for. As was the case with many TAs at UVa, he's not very proficient in English and I don't want a LOR obviously that is riddled with grammatical and spelling mistakes. I could maybe ask him if he could get someone else to help him out with the writing. Provided he does this, should i get a letter from him? He could write a very good LOR as I did well in his classes and was probably his favorite student.

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Hey everyone. For those who have been regular posters pre-Feb, you should remember me. I was quite a regular poster back then, so greetings if any of you are still lurking.

So I took the Feb test and was averaging 169 (167-171 range) but got a 164. I was most concerned about LG but practiced my butt off and started improving significantly. I generally did well on LR (1 to 3 wrong per section on average) and was ok with RC. In any case, I don't think my lower score was because of test-day jitters but perhaps because I under-studied for LR. Nonetheless, I feel like I really should be able to do better than the 164, especially given my practice scores. I'm considering taking the LSAT this September. The only problem is that in preparing for the Feb test, I used all of the recent preptests ('99 to '05 I believe). As for the slightly older ones, I used the games sections from some of those so I can't really re-take those tests and use the resulting score as a reliable indicator. The only options would be: a) Kaplan/PR-created tests, b) really old tests (pre-96ish), and c) the tripleprep or superprep (whichever one has the undisclosed Feb tests...I haven't taken these, and d) the june '05 test

So, as you can see, my main concern is that I won't have much study material, as I realize taking preptests is the best way to study. The other concern is whether I have enough time between now and Sept 30 to get back all the knowledge I have (it's been 6 months so maybe not too long) and to also improve on that so I can be confident into the test Sept 30. I'm also working generally 9-7ish so it's tough to find time to study. Weekends would be my best bet and perhaps if I can squeeze in an hour or two on weekdays.

I'd appreciate any kinds of advice in general on whether you think I should re-take in Sept or perhaps later and also if you have any insights on what you think I should/could study. Sorry if I've left out some crucial info or if this seemed incoherent but i'm posting from work so not fully paying attention  :)

Oh, and stevo87* (I think that's your nick) I know you retook and were in a similar situation so I'd be interesting to hear your thoughts if you're out there.

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