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General Off-Topic Board / Interning before Law School?
« on: May 19, 2005, 04:43:31 PM »
Anyone interning/working in a law related position before your 1L year?
Impresssions? Kind of firm? And do you think it will help you for next year's 1L job hunt?

I'm at a private firm right now, and I am surprised at the diversity of work they do, their rates, and some of the heavy hitters that they are in contact with. I met a pro ball player the other day. Pretty cool.


Some doors can't stay closed.

That being said, I respect people who are openly racist rather then people who harbor racial thoughts, attitudes, feelings and never say what is on their minds.
With the open racist you know exactly where they stand. The closet racist can always duck under the cover of ignorance or insensitivity.

Incoming 1Ls / Does your (future) law school have a facebook?
« on: April 27, 2005, 10:44:25 PM »
Is this a normal practice? It feels very high school to me. 

In at Hamline and seriously considering it.
Pretty focused on ADR.

I've done plenty of research on their programs but know little about MPLS and the vibe of the school.

Anyone know much about the campus culture, student life/morale, etc?

Studying for the LSAT / Link to (yet another) LSAT list of tips
« on: October 16, 2004, 06:46:39 PM »

I thought the whole article was informative. Especially if you have never taken the test before, or if you are undergoing a lot of stress preparing for it.
The more I prep for it, the more I look forward to taking it. The games section is starting to be FUN.

Prof. Homer's tips made a lot of sense to me:

"Prepare to concentrate immediately, intensely, steadily, and to your utmost. The passive test-taker gets nowhere. There's no time to re-read. Attack the problem actively the first time around. And be in condition to keep this up for 3 1/2 hours.
Take time to understand the directions. You're being tested on following difficult and unexpected directions. Pay particular attention to the exact working of definitions. Some of these are very strange, too.
Don't misread, don't skim, don't "speed-read". The time pressure comes from the required speed of thinking, not of reading. Read carefully for exact wording, exact meaning. Underline key words.

Never answer from your own knowledge or experience--that's not what's being tested. Never answer from your own opinions or prejudices, or because you think one answer is more socially acceptable than another. (You'll often be invited to do that.)
Read nothing into any problems. Deal only with what has actually been said. Beware of thinking you recognize what's going to be said, ("Oh, I know that.") because chances are good that you'll miss the actual point. Don't get involved with what you think must also be true, or must also have happened, unless you've been asked to do that. If "ifs" and "but's" come into your mind, forget them.
Omit nothing from any problem. Read all the options. Read every sentence in the stimulus material. It's true you're sometimes given irrelevant material, but don't dismiss it until you've actually assessed it in terms of what you've been asked.
Work with the test, not against it. Use the Four Important Points to Remember listed above. Taken together, they tell you the following:
a. work as fast as possible consistent with accuracy; don't allow yourself to get stuck on any question; don't rush to get the harder problems, thus possibly missing easy ones, since they all count the same; and leave no blanks!!!
b. One, and only one, of these options is correct in terms of the questions. Accept this; don't fight it. All problems have been thoroughly tested. Every word is there on purpose.
c. Avoid over subtlety--don't make the test harder than it is. (People who fight certain questions, as in point b above, tend to be oversubtle.)
As you select answers, be aware that one of the benchmarks of the good, professionally written question is the frequent presence of an option that is almost, but not quite, right: the "attractive" distracter.
Keep track of time but don't be possessed by it. Resist pressure by working at the faster pace than is productive for you. Many people don't finish. The score comes from getting questions right, not just from getting them answered, and a correct guess is as good as a right answer, whether you like it or not.
Don't waver about guessing. Decide quickly, once you recognize the possibility, then do it and forget about it. There is no pattern of right answers, so it doesn't matter what option you pick. Don't sit there wondering if you could answer it if you took more time; you've already taken too much time if you've worked long enough to get stuck.
In general, try to take the questions in order, but that's not a hard and fast rule. Your main concern is maximizing your score by getting questions right, so it often pays to skip around, locating the types of questions you personally favor. Just make sure you get back to the others.
Manage the answer sheet. Avoid stupid, nerve-wracking mistakes such as getting answers in the wrong column (picking A but marking B) or reversing the wrong number (answering #22 in slot #23). This is more common than you might believe. Have a system. And to insure yourself against panic if you do catch yourself misplacing answers, always mark your answers in your test booklet before transferring them to the answer sheet.
Finally, do try to keep a sense of proportion. This test is a difficult and important set of games. It's not a final judgment about your worth as a person or your potential as a law student. You're not the only one, by any means, who makes a lot of mistakes or who might not finish all sections. Don't waste time during the test worrying about things like that. Just do your job and take the test. "

This is to go along with the theme of the other threads regarding the methodology of attraction.

People were asking about the relative values of looks, power, money personality, etc.
People also mentioned that they would see mismatches. Hotties with Notties. The exceptons that prove the rule.

So there must be a reason why an All World Hottie is out and about with a CHUD.

What trumps what? Assuming that you are the ALL WORLD HOTTIE. Which one of the below will make you consider dating/being seen with/having biblical knowledge with a CHUD?

The CHUD has only one of the below in dramatically greater proportion to the others.

1. Physical Beauty - Your personal, relative, and subjective degree of physical attraction.

2. Power - Leadership, use of charisma for personal ends ,prestige, social status, acceptance, comfort, and prowess with Machavellian world skills.

3. Wealth/Ambition - Their personal wealth and high, sustained availability of such, access to money. Or their future earnings potential. (dirt poor, but in Med/Law/Business school or waiting on a scorching IPO)

4. Personality/Intelligence - A smart person can be super hot. Often the first battle for below the belt is a really deep sense of intellectual connection. Determines interest of conversation, availability of topics, ability to sustain intellectual attraction for the forseeable future.

5. Ease/Quality of Booty Access - They always say YES when you want some. When you want some, they DELIVER. Willingness to deliver satisfaction is the primary determiner and not their appearance. (We're all sexy with the lights off). They may not have been that attractive o begin with, but their sexual knowledge and skill made a lasting impression.

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General Off-Topic Board / Anyone here ride a fixed gear bicycle?
« on: October 02, 2004, 12:23:59 AM »
Just wondering.
Especially since I'm all studied out and I want to pad my posting numbers.  :D

I ride a Bianchi Pista. 42 Chainring - 16 cog.

Studying for the LSAT / LSAT Prep Software. Any Recommendations?
« on: September 30, 2004, 04:58:52 PM »
Anyone have any experiences with some good LSAT prep software?

I'm looking for the ability to take a large amount of tests on a PC, with metrics, breakdowns, etc. But the software should be stand alone. I want to be able to buy it at say a bookstore or some other retail outlet.  Not as part of a prep class.  Like the cd-rom that came with the Princeton Review book.

Many thanks if you can help me out.

So I thought I'd throw this one out there:

Request an interview, either in person or on the phone.

In light of how ridiculously competitive admissions have been the past three years, schools are seeing this as a big chance to pump up their stats and try to climb the rankings. (That they all say that they could care less about, yet always manage to bring up every March or so.  ;) )

Yet, the Ad Comms are still going to be concerned about the composition of their upcoming class. So I've begun a campaign of making a point to let the schools I like know me as well as they can. With the end of being a known and familiar quantity when the committees begin to convene to sort the wheat from the chaff.

I've been amazed how responsive the admissions staffs have been. I've requested 3 interviews so far, and have been granted them. In fact I'm flying down to California to meet with the Dean of Admissions at McGeorge next week.

I'm planning on flying to Pennsylvania, Michigan, San Francisco, So-Cal, and Vermont during October if I can and if they will allow me to.

Never underestimate the power of being a pest.

Is anyone else trying this route?
Is anyone else having any luck with interviewing?

General Off-Topic Board / Thank you all.
« on: June 01, 2004, 11:56:08 PM »
Just wanted to send out much love and respect to all of you. I've been freaking out over my waitlistings and denials, and have been feeling pretty much alone through this whole process. I agonized over the decision to take the LSAT and all through the application process. With each negative, or no decision it felt like I was sacrificing a little of my ego, and self-confidence.

I realize now that I am not alone in this.

Just reading all the various postings, and feeling the humanity behind your words has helped me a great deal.

So mad props and deep flava to you all. I hope you all achieve your dreams.

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