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Studying for the LSAT / Prep course cancelled?
« on: December 06, 2007, 08:35:45 PM »
I'm planning on taking a prep course for the June 08 LSAT - not positive which company yet. How often do courses like this ever get cancelled?

Most of the schedules for spring are available by now so I'm working it into my study plan and workload for my job -  but I've heard of people having the entire course cancelled because of instructor issues, etc. and they were offered the weekend course instead.

Common? I hope not . . .

So, anyone have this happen?

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I'm registered to take the September 07 LSAT but because of a few reasons, I'm not going to be able to take it then and, at this time, I don't know when the best date to reschedule it will be. I saw the option to change the test date or center but, without having to write a letter requesting a refund (as under F&Q), is there a place to cancel online that I'm not finding?

I'm not concerned right now about how much of a refund, if any, I'll get back. I just don't to have it show as a no-show on my record.

Thank you!!!

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I registered to take the June test but things came up job arena and I haven't been able to prepare as much as I thought I would. I saw that for a fee (I think $35??) I can change my test date, but I'm wondering if that goes on my file? And is it noted as a "cancellation"? Would it be something I would need to explain in my applications?

Thanks!

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News Discussion / Judge sues cleaner for $65M over pants
« on: May 03, 2007, 12:32:10 AM »
This may be old news but it's the first time I've heard about it



Judge sues cleaner for $65M over pants


The Chungs, immigrants from South Korea, realized their American dream when they opened their dry-cleaning business seven years ago in the nation's capital. For the past two years, however, they've been dealing with the nightmare of litigation: a $65 million lawsuit over a pair of missing pants.

Jin Nam Chung, Ki Chung and their son, Soo Chung, are so disheartened that they're considering moving back to Seoul, said their attorney, Chris Manning, who spoke on their behalf.

"They're out a lot of money, but more importantly, incredibly disenchanted with the system," Manning said. "This has destroyed their lives."

The lawsuit was filed by a District of Columbia administrative hearings judge, Roy Pearson, who has been representing himself in the case.

Pearson did not return phone calls and e-mails Wednesday from The Associated Press requesting comment.

According to court documents, the problem began in May 2005 when Pearson became a judge and brought several suits for alteration to Custom Cleaners in Northeast Washington, a place he patronized regularly despite previous disagreements with the Chungs. A pair of pants from one suit was not ready when he requested it two days later, and was deemed to be missing.

Pearson asked the cleaners for the full price of the suit: more than $1,000.

But a week later, the Chungs said the pants had been found and refused to pay. That's when Pearson decided to sue.

Manning said the cleaners made three settlement offers to Pearson. First they offered $3,000, then $4,600, then $12,000. But Pearson wasn't satisfied and expanded his calculations beyond one pair of pants.

Because Pearson no longer wanted to use his neighborhood dry cleaner, part of his lawsuit calls for $15,000 — the price to rent a car every weekend for 10 years to go to another business.
"He's somehow purporting that he has a constitutional right to a dry cleaner within four blocks of his apartment," Manning said.

But the bulk of the $65 million comes from Pearson's strict interpretation of D.C.'s consumer protection law, which fines violators $1,500 per violation, per day. According to court papers, Pearson added up 12 violations over 1,200 days, and then multiplied that by three defendants.
Much of Pearson's case rests on two signs that Custom Cleaners once had on its walls: "Satisfaction Guaranteed" and "Same Day Service."

Based on Pearson's dissatisfaction and the delay in getting back the pants, he claims the signs amount to fraud.

Pearson has appointed himself to represent all customers affected by such signs, though D.C. Superior Court Judge Neal Kravitz, who will hear the June 11 trial, has said that this is a case about one plaintiff, and one pair of pants.

Sherman Joyce, president of the American Tort Association, has written a letter to the group of men who will decide this week whether to renew Pearson's 10-year appointment. Joyce is asking them to reconsider.

Chief Administrative Judge Tyrone Butler had no comment regarding Pearson's reappointment.

The association, which tries to police the kind of abusive lawsuits that hurt small businesses, also has offered to buy Pearson the suit of his choice.

And former National Labors Relations Board chief administrative law judge Melvin Welles wrote to The Washington Post to urge "any bar to which Mr. Pearson belongs to immediately disbar him and the District to remove him from his position as an administrative law judge."

"There has been a significant groundswell of support for the Chungs," said Manning, adding that plans for a defense fund Web site are in the works.

To the Chungs and their attorney, one of the most frustrating aspects of the case is their claim that Pearson's gray pants were found a week after Pearson dropped them off in 2005. They've been hanging in Manning's office for more than a year.

Pearson claims in court documents that his pants had blue and red pinstripes.

"They match his inseam measurements. The ticket on the pants match his receipt," Manning said.

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On the Net: http://www.CustomCleanersDefenseFund.com
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This probably seems like such a simple answer - as far as just gain any law experience you can but:

If there were two students being considered for admission - same GPA range, same LSAT, both have comparable PS, LOR's, etc. (it's a stretch, I know) - - what is one top thing that someone could have done that would actually make or break that tie?

A friend of mine was just telling me that volunteering on the resume is so overrated because practically everyone who has plans to get somewhere (LS, Med school, etc.) has done at least some volunteer work.

I feel like the same goes now for travelling Europe. I know so many of my undergrad classmates who took a couple months after graduation to travel.

So, excluding grades, tests, the standard undergrad school organizations and typical work experience at a law firm, is there one task/experience/factor that would even make the schools say "Wow!"?

Or do the above activities pretty much cover everything?

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I haven't actually started the application process yet (taking the June LSAT), but I'm assuming I'll be asked to include a resume or employer history when applying.

If so, my question is do I need to put every job on it? I graduated last December 2006 and right now 2 respected internships top my list of employers. I'll probably just wait tables or do a little office help until I start law school so would I have to include a restaurant as most recent and bump the other places down or should I just leave those off the list?

Or do applications never even ask about employment????

Any advice is appreciated! Thanks! 

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If so, how many points higher? And how many practice tests did you take?

Just wondering if the chances are something like 1 in 150 or 1 in 1,500 . . .

Thanks!

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Personal Statement / Subject of personal statement
« on: April 21, 2007, 10:42:51 AM »
I know being unique is key but I was wondering what most people focused their personal statement on and what seems to be most successful. I've been brainstorming ideas but am having trouble deciding which would have the most pull. It seems like admins would be tired of reading the good old "I struggled at this time but overcame"

- I've always known I wanted to do law since...
- What made me choose law
- a health issue that could / has caused problems during undergrad
- What I plan to do with my law degree


Any that have seemed to be more successful or appealing in the past?  ???

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Does anyone know if there are listings of the school's represented?

Basically I'm trying to find out approx. how many people from my undergrad school have gotten into UM law school. It's one of those things where I know it's had to have happened (it's not a bad undergrad school) but I like to see for myself. I've seen the listings on certain school's sites that say they've got students from 48 states, 192 schools, 17 countries, etc. but I was hoping for more specific.

And specifically, UM.

I'm thinking I'm out of luck but thought I'd ask anyway. Thanks!

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This was on the Yahoo homepage:


Survey Reveals Most Satisfying Jobs
Firefighters, the clergy and others with professional jobs that involve helping or serving people are more satisfied with their work and overall are happier than those in other professions, according to results from a national survey.

“The most satisfying jobs are mostly professions, especially those involving caring for, teaching and protecting others and creative pursuits,” said Tom Smith, director of the General Social Survey (GSS) at the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago.

The 2006 General Social Survey is based on interviews with randomly selected people who collectively represent a cross section of Americans. In the current study, interviewers asked more than 27,000 people questions about job satisfaction and general happiness. Individuals' level of contentment affects their overall sense of happiness, Smith said.

“Work occupies a large part of each worker’s day, is one’s main source of social standing, helps to define who a person is and affects one’s health both physically and mentally,” Smith states in a published report on the study. “Because of work’s central role in many people’s lives, satisfaction with one’s job is an important component in overall well-being.”

Job satisfaction

Across all occupations, on average 47 percent of those surveyed said they were satisfied with their jobs and 33 percent reported being very happy.

Here are the Top 10 most gratifying jobs and the percentage of subjects who said they were very satisfied with the job:

Clergy—87 percent percent Firefighters—80 percent percent Physical therapists—78 percent percent Authors—74 percent Special education teachers—70 percent Teachers—69 percent Education administrators—68 percent Painters and sculptors—67 percent Psychologists—67 percent Security and financial services salespersons—65 percent Operating engineers—64 percent Office supervisors—61 percent

A few common jobs in which about 50 percent of participants reported high satisfaction included: police and detectives, registered nurses, accountants, and editors and reporters.

The perceived prestige surrounding an occupation also had an effect on job satisfaction and general happiness. Not all jobs linked with prestige topped these charts, however, including doctors and lawyers. Smith attributes this to the high degree of responsibility and stress associated with such jobs.

“The least satisfying dozen jobs are mostly low-skill, manual and service occupations, especially involving customer service and food/beverage preparation and serving,” Smith said.

Here are the 10 least gratifying jobs, where few participants reported being very satisfied:

Laborers, except construction—21 percent Apparel clothing salespersons—24 percent   Handpackers and packagers—24 percent Food preparers—24 percent Roofers—25 percent Cashiers—25 percent Furniture and home-furnishing salespersons—25 percent Bartenders—26 percent Freight, stock and material handlers—26 percent Waiters and servers—27 percent

Happiness scores

Three occupations—clergy, firefighters and special education teachers—topped both the job-satisfaction and overall happiness lists. Roofers made it on the bottom of both charts, with just 14 percent of roofers surveyed reporting they were very happy.

People who scored high on the happiness scale had the following jobs:

Clergy Firefighters Transportation ticket and reservation agents Housekeepers and butlers Hardware/building supplies salespersons Architects Mechanics and repairers Special education teachers Actors and directors Science technicians

Jobs that plummeted to the bottom of the happiness chart along with the roofers included garage and service station attendants and molding and casting machine operators.

Smith said the results could be useful for job-seekers as “psychological reward” is another factor, in addition to salary and employment security, that can be considered when choosing a profession.

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