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General Off-Topic Board / Should I get my nose pierced again?
« on: June 22, 2007, 12:37:20 PM »
So, I'm thinking about getting my nose pierced again and putting in a really small stud that I can take out when necessary (and which would be hardly noticeable when in anyway).

Thoughts??

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Health Insurance
« on: May 24, 2007, 09:55:24 AM »
So, I can get a PPO individual plan from United for ~$150/month. Or, I can get a plan through the school for ~$110. Apparently, the school plan is also through United (for what it's worth). The school plan requires referrals through the student health department but if I'm not mistaken "PPO" (the indv plan) does not require a referral. The referral/appointment through the school health dept has no deductible.

I guess my questions are, anybody have experience with school plans; how are they? Can I go to the health dept at school and take advantage of the zero-deductible if I have private insurance? Is getting a referral a big enough deal that I should pay the extra $40 a month? (Note: $40 will be a lot of money to me). 

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Where should I go next fall? / FIU vs Miami
« on: May 01, 2007, 09:23:26 AM »
I had my heart set on Miami-- love the area, the school pride, alumni network, etc but I struggle with committing myself to so much debt. I have been accepted to FIU and while I don't feel like I could get excited about going there, the prospect of such debt at Miami feels like this huge weight on my shoulders (already!).


Some of the tangible reasons I want to go to UM are (1) My UG degree is in accounting and I absolutely LOVE tax. UM offers a concurrent JD/LLM in Tax. (2) As an alternative to tax or maybe just a segue, I may like to work for the Securities and Exchange Commission (10 years I-banking exp, many of those years spent in regulatory compliance). The SEC actively recruits at UM.

I realize that FIU's curriculum and programs will expand but they really don't have much that I am interested in (clinic-wise or elective-wise). However, a legal degree is a legal degree, right? I guess what I struggle with most is losing the LLM in Tax opportunity. But, I could always do the LLM as a 4th year while working. Yet, won't UM give me better opportunities?

Bottom-Line: is anything UM has really worth $75,000? (Differential tuition cost is 25k/year).


Penny for your thoughts...

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Outlining Programs
« on: April 23, 2007, 01:02:03 PM »
Do you plan to use a special program for creating your outline or just to use Word? Word can be a bit fussy (in my experience) when you try to insert bullets/numbers but I don't have experience using anything else. Maybe I'm just not using Word right (?)

Penny for your thoughts.

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Wait List / Deferral / "delayed decision" from Miami
« on: December 26, 2006, 12:00:18 PM »
I got a "delayed decision letter" from my top pick, the University of Miami on C-Mass eve. This made for a nice holiday, esp since all of the family wanted to know how applications were going.

Anyway, I've drafted a "continued interest letter" which I was going to send mid-Jan if I hadn't heard back from them by then (I submitted my apps mid-Oct). Anyone got time to waste and an interest in taking a quick look at my (1-page) letter? If so, PM me—I’ll return the favor too.

I felt like my stats were reasonably competitive: 3.5/ 156 and I have substantial work experience which I thought would make me a bit more competitive. I'm wondering what the "delayed decision letter" really means in terms of how they view my candidacy vs waitlists and actual “deferrals”.  I see a lot of waitlists for UM on LSN but not too many deferrals and of course, “delayed decision” isn’t an option… 

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / When to visit
« on: December 04, 2006, 12:46:04 PM »
Sorry if this has already been discussed elsewhere but I looked a bit and didn't see it.

Are you waiting until you get acceptances to do any visiting or are you visiting at least some of your top picks and/or those near you w/out having been accepted? If the latter, are you/ did you say anything about your still pending applications?

I'm thinking about visiting some of my top picks but I'm not sure whether to try to discuss my application or whether that's even appropriate. Any thoughts on how to tactfully do this or is it simply not a good idea?

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Law School Applications / Graduation timing issue
« on: October 24, 2006, 10:48:38 AM »
I posted this elsewhere but it's not getting any "action" there so I though I'd try here. Maybe nobody knows the answer and that's fine- in that case, I'll give up with this post and call the individual schools to ask this question.

I am going to wind up needing to take 2 classes in the summer of 2007 and I want to start LS in the Fall of 2007. I've listed the summer as being my graduation date on my apps. Obviously, the transition is going to be difficult to say the least but does anybody know of any reason this CAN't be done? Thanks!!!!

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Where should I go next fall? / Graduation timing issue
« on: October 24, 2006, 06:34:46 AM »
I am going to wind up needing to take 2 classes in the summer of 2007 and I want to start LS in the Fall of 2007. I've listed the summer as being my graduation date on my apps. Obviously, the transition is going to be difficult to say the least but does anybody know of any reason this CAN't be done? Thanks!!!!

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Where should I go next fall? / Better LS or better class rank important?
« on: October 06, 2006, 02:15:34 PM »
I just wanted to get some input on whether it is (GENERALLY!) more beneficial to go to a highly regarded school, where one might be in say, the bottom 20% vs going to a school that has just received accreditation and graduating in the top 10%. Thoughts?

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Personal Statement / 2 PS topics- help?
« on: October 05, 2006, 09:59:06 AM »
I wrote my personal statement based on my experience advocating for my father (who had a really bad stroke). However, I work in the financial industry and what I really want to do is work for the SEC (Securities & Exch Comm). Because of my interest in the financial arena, I am applying to a few schools which are located in the DC area and/or have securities law programs. Also, my first ps is kinda short so I'm concerned that I don't adequately "make the case" that I am a good LS candidate.

So, I began writing a second personal statement based on my desire to be an atty in the financial industry but all I can seem to eek out is a few paragraphs. And the situation w my dad really had a profound impact on who I am...

Any body interested in reading my 1st PS and the 2 paragraphs I've got on my second one?
I'd certainly be willing to return the favor!!!!!

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