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Like many others on here, I'm a 0L seeking advice from those of you who have gone before me.  For those of you who have taken these, or know people who have, what is the general consensus?  LEEWS seems to enjoy popular support, but I've heard others dog it. The other two the same, but to a lesser extent. 

For those that support them, why?  For those who don't, how much of this is due to not doing enough, and how much is to the system failing you or them? 

Many thanks to those who take the time to help us all out.

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General Board / Question for students from UVA and Georgetown
« on: February 18, 2007, 10:03:16 PM »
Im an admitted app into both of these schools and am having a hard time choosing between them.  I've scoured the net, reviewed their programs, and talked to alumni, but still am searching for answers.  If you go to one of these schools, chances are you might have looked at the other. 

Why did you make your choice the way you did?  Thanks in advance!

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Peace Out!
« on: July 16, 2007, 10:55:56 PM »
Alright, just wanting to sign off on a good note.  This has been a really cool experiment.  See, I'm not really a tech kind of guy.  But since studying for the LSAT, and having much of the summer off, I became engaged on here: taking and offering support, opinions, and views.  It's been fun.  And I've learned a ton.

For instance, it seems like ppl most people are willing to help each other, at least on the net.  They share a lot of info for the common good.  They are willing to go out of their way to share not only opinions, but application strategy.  It's a novel and great concept.

I've also noticed how some people feel empowered to be assholes; much bigger assholes, I suspect, than they are in real life.  If they made the racist, insulting, and generally ignorant comments they made on here they would get their asses kicked all day, every day.  True, some of these people- like the poster named suckit- seem to do this for sport.  I have a hard time believing that anyone is this big of a social misfit.  But their sporting endeavors would be cut dramatically short if they tried to pull this stuff in real life.

Another thing I've noticed is the serious miscommunication that occurs from "chatting".  There appear to be many, many more misunderstandings than in speaking.  I personally have gotten into more arguments on here than I EVER do in real life.  It's funny, because I usually engage in the same type of dialogue (though not exclusively about law school); often with people I barely know.  But on here people jumped on my words, made many ad hoc attacks, and made horribly ignorant assertions.  My dialogue in the black students thread was a real eye opener for me, and exemplified this type of internet debate.

But anyway, just thought I would share some observations.  I might come back next year to answer some questions as a 1L, but other than that, I'm out. 

I wish everyone on here best of luck in each school chosen.  I'll miss those who decided not to attend UVA; your schools are lucky to have you.

And for the new group on here, best of luck in choosing your school.  Remember to think about the important things in choosing a school.  And if you haven't taken the LSAT yet, study your ass off for it; it could be the single most important test of your career.

Best!

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Got into an interesting discussion on another board and am curious to hear what other ppl think.

I'm planning on heading back to NC after graduating from UVA; some ppl were saying that UNC would be a better choice for practicing in any NC city, despite UVA's decided advantage.  I disagree with this, and think that any T-14 (or t-20 or whatever) would serve better for Charlotte, the Triangle, etc.

But beyond this, I suspect that this principal would hold for almost any major city.

I'm headed to UVA  :)  I'm certainly not worried about finding a job in NC.

But I would like to hear what others think, about NC or other state scenarios?

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Strange Topic of Tattoos
« on: June 13, 2007, 10:35:44 PM »
Ok, so from a social standpoint I'm curious.  For generations it was socially unacceptable for people to have tattoos in America; not that it didn't exist in the "upper-ranks" of society, but it was largely hidden.

Nowdays many of our generation have tattoos.  I don't have any data, but I highly suspect that our numbers are higher (in both percentages and sheer numbers) than most other generations (if not all).  Being part of what has been traditionally been a professional vocation in America, what affect, if any, do you suspect our generation will have on general workplace norms?  Especially if the tattoo is in a visible location and not easily hidden (like a piercing).

Just curious.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / DOJ Question
« on: June 01, 2007, 06:51:05 PM »
Not really related to law school, but does anyone know if all DOJ attorney positions are hired through D.C. or if they also hire directly at each field office?  In other words, do you have to work in D.C. first and then transfer or can you start out at a field office?

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Where should I go next fall? / F*** it: I'm going to Virginia!
« on: March 30, 2007, 04:52:00 AM »
For anyone who cares, I made up my mind.  Duke is great but not for me.  Georgetown is incredible, but I feel like its trying too hard.  Plus, I think like they're playing games with scholarship stuff and I'm tired of it.  UVA is a great school with wonderful faculty, highly intelligent but cool students, and outstanding career prospects.  The USNWR is off base; it's peer assesment and lawyer/judge rankings reflect this and it will move back into its solid position of the top 10 next year.  I have no doubts.  And for anyone who was really frustrated by the $ stuff of the last few days, don't be discouraged by the sluggishness of their response.  I truly don't believe they reflect the quality of the school.

And now, I have said my peace. 

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Law School Applications / UVA Dropping the Ball?
« on: March 27, 2007, 11:11:59 PM »
If these rankings are real, which I have not seen with my own eyes, whats up with UVA?  Or am I just being paranoid?  Was thinking of turning down Duke$$ for them...

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Where should I go next fall? / For anyone interested in politics...
« on: March 22, 2007, 01:39:29 PM »
I did a little work and looked up how many current U.S. Senators had gone to each law school.  A little suprising...

Harvard 8
UVA 7
Georgetown 3
Yale 3
AL, AR, GW, MS, all 2

The rest are represented by one each.  If nothing else, its some food for thought.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / UVA ASW
« on: March 16, 2007, 09:17:24 PM »
First impressions?

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