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« on: March 29, 2006, 12:03:45 AM »
If I say "Corporation Z affirmed the appropriateness of Policy X", does that in any way suggest that I agree with Corporation Z? According to Googler, it does. I disagree. If a speaker states that another entity affirmed something... that in no way implies that the speaker himself supports that affirmation. I have no problem being wrong-- I've just never heard of this before. Who knows the correct answer/deffinition?
Just got back from Duke. My thoughts:
- Yes, there are some tools there; but that said, there will be tools at every law school. For the first several hours of my visit, I met dozens of admitted and current students... and could not really picture myself hanging out with any of them. The two cool people I met were both 30+ and married. Odd. Saturday night, I finally met some cool 1Ls and hung out at a bar closer to Chapel Hill. Good times. Duke seems to have a pretty decent mix of people--- the nerdy, the corporate, the humanitarian, etc.
- Everybody I met was genuinely happy to be at Duke. The athmosphere seems incredibly friendly. Nobody seemed very competitive. Duke does not rank--- nice to know.
- Through a series of dinners, receptions, and 'get to know Duke' events (for admitted students in general, and through the Black Law Students Association), I have become convinced that Duke has an INCREDIBLE amount of resources. Period. Public interest? Yes, Duke throws a ton of money in that direction. Summer job at a firm as a 1L? Yes, Duke can do that. Job after you graduate? Where do you want to go and what do you want to do---- Duke can help you get it done. I was incredibly impressed with everything--- the law school building; the deans who actually WANTED to talk to admitted students; the career services; the hospitality.
- The biggest drawback is tha 'bubble' nature of the school. It seems like life at Duke involved only other Duke law students. I asked doxens of kids, "Do you do anything in Durham or know anybody outside of law school?" The overwhelming majority said that they did not really know anybody outside of the law school... and that their involvement in Durham or Raliegh was fairly limited (ie maybe volunteering there once in a while). Case in point: like any other law school that isn't located in a big city, its really hard to have a life outside of the campus.
In spite of what the rankings whores may say, there are reasons to choose a 'lower ranked' school over one that is higher ranked. One of the biggest reasons to do so is $$$.
We are all attempting to maximize our future options, and rightfully so.
Some schools have better reputations than others. Some degrees are functionally worth more. This is a very salient principle that I cannot contest.
Anyone who makes law review at a 'good school' will have strong career prospects. The guy with the great personality who starts his own firm and works tirelessly will probably have a successful practice. Anyone who is driven and determined will likely find a way to succeed. The road to 'success' may be harder from Temple than it is from Penn, but the road still exists.
Sure, in some cases, the top school is just a better fit. In some cases, the top school just wows an applicant; the opportunities are more abundant; the quality of intellectual engagement seems more intense. But in many other instances, it is a matter of risk aversion. It is 'safer' to attend the highest ranked school. Take out the loans, pay the tuition, and rest assured that a big firm job is waiting at the end of the tunnel.
This is not to suggest that I am anti T14 or T25 or T50 or whatever. This is simply to say that I am in favor of people making their decision based on all of the factors that exist... not simply based on rankings. In the end, I will end up going to the school that represents the best fit, not only in terms of ranking... but also finances, location, etc.
« on: March 01, 2006, 11:51:00 PM »
I don't usually post anything here. But I saw this on the news today, and it totally made my whole entire life. Sometimes, good stuff still happens in the world. Things like this have kept me both an optomist and an idealist. Check it out.
One of my professors - great guy, but slow as hell - just sent his LOR to LSAC today. No worries, as I've had my two main LORs at LSAC since December.
I'm sure this is a very good letter--- I've worked with this professor on independent studies; worked with him to organize campus discussions related to the debate over entering Iraq, and have volunteered to assist him with some of his international humanitarian projects.
I would like to submit it to some schools that are still considering my application. I would also like to submit it to the schools where I have already been accepted, in hopes that it convinces them to offer me more scholarship money.
How do I go about doing this? Through LSAC? Is there a way to send just 1 letter of recommendation, sans the full report? Thanks!