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Choosing the Right Law School / A Detailed Comparison of Weather
« on: February 12, 2008, 12:42:02 AM »
Average lows and highs for each months
------------- Jan -- Feb -- Mar -- Apr -- May -- Jun -- Jul -- Aug -- Sep -- Oct -- Nov -- Dec
Palo Alto- 40-58, 43-62, 46-64, 47-69, 51-73, 55-77, 57-79, 57-79, 55-78, 50-73, 44-64, 39-58
Cambridge 22-36, 24-39, 31-46, 41-56, 50-67, 59-77, 65-82, 64-80, 57-73, 46-62, 38-52, 28-42
New York- 23-36, 24-40, 32-48, 42-58, 53-68, 63-77, 68-83, 66-81, 58-74, 47-63, 38-52, 28-42
Chicago--- 18-32, 24-38, 32-47, 42-59, 51-70, 61-80, 66-84, 65-83, 57-76, 46-64, 35-49, 24-37
Philly----- 25-39, 28-42, 35-51, 44-62, 55-72, 64-81, 70-86, 69-84, 61-77, 49-66, 40-55, 31-44
Ann Arbor 17-30, 19-34, 27-45, 37-58, 48-70, 58-79, 62-83, 61-81, 53-74, 42-61, 32-47, 22-35

Warmest Winters by lowest average high (because lows are usually night-time temps which can be avoided):
Palo Alto - 58
Philadelphia - 39
New York - 36
Cambridge - 36
Chicago - 32
Ann Arbor - 30

Coolest Summers by highest average high
Palo Alto - 79
Ann Arbor - 83
Cambridge - 82
New York - 83
Chicago - 84
Philadelphia - 86

% of possible Sunshine (to give some perspective, Yuma, AZ is 90%, Juneau, AK is 30%)
Palo Alto: 78.4
New York: 58
Cambridge: 58
Philadelphia: 56
Chicago: 53.5
Ann Arbor: 52.3

Annual Days With Precipitation:
Palo Alto: 57
Philadelphia: 117
New York: 120
Chicago: 125
Cambridge: 126
Ann Arbor: 135

Annual Days With Snowfall:
Palo Alto: 0
Philadelphia: 13
New York: 14
Cambridge: 24
Chicago: 30
Ann Arbor: 38

Amount of Precipitation in inches:
Palo Alto: 15.71
Ann Arbor: 35.35
Chicago: 38.01
Philadelphia: 42.05
Cambridge: 42.53
New York: 46.33

Amount of Snowfall in inches:
Palo Alto: 0
Philadelphia: 20.5
New York: 28.4
Chicago: 38.2
Ann Arbor: 41.4
Cambridge: 42.2

Choosing the Right Law School / Comparing actual cost of schools
« on: January 31, 2008, 03:26:42 AM »
One of the most important factors is choosing a school is cost, but often it seems like we just compare scholarship amounts. Tuition, fees and housing vary quite a bit too:
-------          Tuition   Fees   Housing  Total
Harvard-: 117,975    9,609    22,788   150,372
Stanford: 118,500    1,248    26,838   146,586
NYU-----: 122,670    3,795    41,850   168,315
Columbia: 126,072    4,413    28,485   158,970
Chicago-: 117,594    1,917    18,765   138,276

A gap of $30,000 is very significant, on the lines of a nice scholarship.

Tuition is for 2007-2008. The housing is not necessarily of comparable quality, just the  private single apartment/studio (not dorm) provided by the university, cost for 27 months (Harvard = 844/m, Stanford = 994/m, NYU = 1550/m, Columbia = 1055/m, Chicago = 695/m). This is obviously tailored towards my own desires and the NYU-Chicago housing gap may be unrealistic, but you can probably find a better personal metric of comparison.

What else is worthwhile considering? Schools list different amounts for book budgets, but I can't see why they would really be very different. Plus, that's not really a significant cost, since you can resell books. Food costs don't seem to me likely to vary too much. One big one might be health insurance. The schools certainly give varying estimates, but allow substitution of "comparable" plans, a policy of unknown leniency. I know nothing about health insurance, but online quotes seem to vary widly by zip code, but I have a feeling it may be at least partly due to the vagaries of the website I used. I suppose transportation could be important if some places required a car, while other didn't.

Law School Admissions / Why wasn't I born 5 years earlier?
« on: October 28, 2007, 11:34:28 AM »
In only 5 years, from 2001 to 2006, the competitiveness of admissions has changed a huge amount. Every school in the t14 is higher in both median LSAT and GPA. The average change of median LSAT in the T14 is 2.4 points, while GPA has gone up .09 points. The average Penn student from 2001 is the same as the average 2006 Fordham student. The average Michigan from 2001 is the same as the average 2006 Notre Dame student.

Student medians from 2001 and change to 2006:
School  LSAT  GPA  +L  +G
Yale     171      3.85   +2      +.06
Harv   170      3.86   +2      +.00
Stan    168      3.82   +2      +.05
NYU    170      3.68   +1      +.07
Colu   169      3.65   +3      +.05
Chic   169      3.61   +2      +.06
Penn    165      3.57   +5      +.15
Mich  166      3.54   +2      +.13
Berk   165      3.73   +1      +.06
UVA     166      3.63   +3      +.05
Duke    165      3.58   +3      +.20
N.U.      167      3.52   +3      +.18
Corn   165      3.58   +2      +.09
GeTo   166      3.63   +3      +.08     

Another notable difference is that the T6 used to be vastly separate from lower schools.

(There was another jump from 2006 to 2007, due to the multiple LSAT policy change, but the 2007 numbers aren't fair for comparison since the policy also made it easier for an individual to have a higher LSAT. If you are applying this year with a single score, you've actually lost more than even this shows.)

I just got an e-mail from Stanford saying:
"This is to advise you that we have not received a [school name] transcript that shows a bachelor degree was conferred.
We cannot send your file to the Admissions Committee without that information."
WTF does that mean? I sent my transcript in July, while they didn't put the degree on it until August. However, many people applying directly out of UG won't have graduated anyway.

I notice on LSAC in the transcript tab, it has a blank under Degree Date/Exp.

Will this happen for other schools as well, and what am I supposed to do?

What's taking the bastards so long?

Law School Admissions / "Type of Work"?
« on: September 28, 2007, 10:10:43 PM »
Stanford has a column for this for the employment section. I just specified part time or full time and paid or volunteer, but is that what they are asking for?

Will they just think you would go to Chicago and yield protect?

Law School Admissions / "Resume recommended" on Columbia application?
« on: August 25, 2007, 09:27:23 PM »
Does this essentially mean required, or should I skip it if I truly have a terrible resume? I have basically nothing on it, and what little there is is already mentioned elsewhere on the application. It's a safety school numbers-wise, but my first choice among likely options, and I'd obviously love the scholarship.

Hmm, well, never mind. In the checklist, it says that, but the actual application says it's a requirement.

To make it more general, if something says "recommended", should you ever skip it?

Given that one has already violated all the suggestions for getting Letters of Recommendation, how does he recover? I want to apply this fall, which is racing up fast, and I haven't even made the first move. I graduated from college without speaking to a single professor, and there are none who would even know who I am (a sad result of never going to class except for tests). Would it be considered reasonable etiquette to ask a stranger (just based on the grade I got, I guess)? My major doesn't have any essays or documentary evidence of the quality of my work. Some say to send in a PS and resume, but I haven't written the first, and the second would be completely empty. Can I ask them now, during the summer, or is this a sacrosanct time during which they expect to be able to avoid students? Some caution against asking by e-mail, but as I am no longer at the school, I have little choice, it seems. I am not expecting a rave, so should I make it clear to them that I will take anything that isn't positively insulting, just to fulfill the requirement, or is it better to try to bluff?

Studying for the LSAT / Essay Section
« on: June 10, 2007, 03:49:40 PM »
Has anyone ever actually practiced these before, or even looked at them? I know I've never seen anything about it on the board, and I actually never read one until just now (after dozens of full tests). Does it have any significance at all for top schools? Wikipedia gives general stats, saying, "9.9% of the schools reported that they "always" use the sample; 25.3% reported that they "frequently" use the sample; 32.7% responded "occasionally"; and 25.3% reported "seldom" using the sample" but I don't know how that is distributed by rank. What is the procedure for doing these, just randomly pick a side and rehash the support given in the prompt? It doesn't really seem to leave much latitude for variability or demonstration of ability.

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