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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / My visit to Cornell
« on: March 15, 2007, 09:33:46 PM »
I couldn't make an ASW and Cornell is my first choice, so I figured I'd wander up there over my break. I called at 9:00am on Thursday asking them to set me up with a tour for the same day and the admissions office happily obliged. It was me, a guide and some girl from Nebraska. So, they were flexible and helped a brother out when he forgot to call to schedule an appointment.

First impression: The law school is just that, one building on campus that houses the law students. The school is connected to the law dorms (a giant plus if you want to live on campus, you wouldn't even have to get dressed to go to class.) Moreover, the architecture of the library and the older part of the building is really nice. I also was pleased that the admissions office could scare up a tour guide for me when I called an hour before I showed up. Cornell seems geared towards biglaw. The girl who walked me around was going to work at Watchell (I believe she said) and I got the impression most others were going to do the same.

Sat in on a class, Property: One obnoxious gunner. The prof was very good; I started to understand what he was talking about halfway through the class. Cornell spoofs the wireless internet so you canít surf through class, but I only saw one guy resort to playing hearts. I probably wouldn't have gone that far. Seemed interesting and I would like to take a course or two with the Prof I watched (can I remember his name...of course not).

Paring in Ithaca sucks. I don't know if I had bad timing or what, but I had to park in a garage on the other side of campus from the law school (this is probably more a function of me not knowing where I'm going). Downtown really blows. I wanted to grab a burger and watch a little bit of the tournament, but I had a hard time finding a place. The meters are 25cents every 15 minutes or a buck an hour. Not terrible if you are running errands, but really bad if you want to catch a buzz and watch Louisville roll. However, the area seems really nice. I've hung out in Ithaca before and if you have a place to park your car, the nightlife is very good.

All in all, Cornell is my #1 choice. Parking does not outweigh the quality of facilities and instructors I saw during my visit.

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Financial Aid / Is this too pissy
« on: March 15, 2007, 09:17:35 PM »
This is my addendum to need access in response to including no parent info. Do I sound like too PO'd?

I have supported myself since 1999. I have claimed myself on my income tax filings since 1999. I supported myself upon returning to school. I completed an associate degree and double majored for my bachelor degree while supporting myself. My mother returned to school in 1999 to become a pastor and I had no financial assistance from her since 1999. I have minimal contact with my father and have received no financial support from him since 1998. I helped to support him after he had a heart bypass surgery in 2000, but the only support I could provide was financial. I have not been dependent on any person but myself since 1999.


Tried to find the correct mix of indignant and forceful for my statement.

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Where should I go next fall? / Cornell vs GULC
« on: February 28, 2007, 09:50:29 PM »
Both at the lower end of the T14. Both have high costs of living. One is in a dangerous part of a big city while the other is out in the middle of nowhere. Both are expensive as an entry-level beemer. Both place well, but not through the entire class. Which would you go to?

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Studying for the LSAT / What makes a good tutor?
« on: February 27, 2007, 04:05:04 PM »
I was wondering what people found positive and negative in their experiences with LSAT tutors and if one-on-one sessions were substantially better than a classroom setting.

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Law School Applications / Can I withdraw through email?
« on: February 22, 2007, 08:48:17 PM »
I gotta save my stamps for my bills. Will schools get all ticked off if I withdraw through email?

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Law School Applications / There are now two UPenn Deferred-Accepted
« on: February 15, 2007, 08:10:36 PM »
up at LSN and I am not one of them. If Penn was a woman, I'd have given up by now and moved onto the drunk girl on the dance floor.

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Where should I go next fall? / Withdrawing...any reason not to?
« on: February 09, 2007, 06:19:37 PM »
In at GULC and other schools have not come correct with a full ride. Do I gain anything by not withdrawing? With T14 love here I can't imagine anyone telling ne to take W&M and 14K a year over GULC nor can I imagine GULC caring that W&M is offering me money. Are there any reasons I shouldn't open up my seat?

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General Off-Topic Board / Goodbye Anna
« on: February 08, 2007, 04:10:13 PM »
Anna Nicole Smith found dead. Shame, she had seemed to get her life together, but anyone who watched her show knew that she was one drink/Percoset away from something bad happening.
http://www.cnn.com

Too bad, I have fond memories of old Playboys

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General Off-Topic Board / For Valentines Day
« on: February 06, 2007, 04:35:03 PM »
Easy enough question, been dating a girl for about six months. Are flowers to work a good or bad thing? Personally, I'm all about it. It's easy, nice and IMHO girls like to show off, so stuff at work makes them feel good. If I am wrong, someone please enlighten me.

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Financial Aid / Quick question
« on: January 25, 2007, 03:43:15 PM »
I've filed independently (claimed 1) since 2001. I'll be 28 when I start LS and my W2 from 2006 will be a whopping $22,000. Are schools going to want parent info, because I'm in much better shape for need-based help if I only have to report my income.

Thanks

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