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« on: February 26, 2005, 02:29:26 AM »
It's been a long time since I've been on this board. Well, here's the deal. I applied to 10 schools, got into 5, rejected at 3, and waiting on 2. The schools I got into were DePaul, Santa Clara, Southwestern, Chicago-Kent, and University of San Francisco. I got rejected at University of Illinois, Berkeley, and Loyola Marymount. Finally, I'm waiting on USC and UCLA.
Here's the deal, I just got my Loyola Marymount rejection today and I was really hoping I'd get into that school. I very much want to study Entertainment Law and eventually work in L.A. to be a part of the whole Hollywood or music scene. I know USC and UCLA are 99% out of the question, so I was hoping my high GPA would overshadow my not so high LSAT score. Unfortunately, as far as Loyola was concerned, it wasn't.
So from the five schools I got into, where would you all go? I want to be in L.A., but is it that bad to go to a Tier 3? Especially when I have the chance to go to a couple solid Tier 2 schools with excellent IP programs (Santa Clara and Chicago-Kent). I heard Southwestern's great for Entertainment Law, but at the same time it's not such a reputable school overall. Plus, it's tough enough breaking into ET law as is. What do you all think the value is of visiting schools?
Any advice, recommendations, or insight would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
« on: July 12, 2004, 11:20:13 AM »
So I'd like to get some of your feedback on my following list of prospective schools. My main goals are that I'd like to study Intellectual Property, mainly communications law with a focus in copyrights. However, I'd also like to take a class or two in tax law because I also love numbers and stats, and I heard Entertainment law may involve it to a certain extent. I'd like to either be stationed in Chicago or preferably in California. Here it is:
Reaches: USC, UCLA, Boston U, U of Illinois, Berkeley
Targets: Loyola Marymount, Loyola Chicago, U of Florida
Safeties: DePaul, University of Miami, Pepperdine
Now I know I have more reaches than anything else, but I feel that it will only increase my chances of getting into a Tier 1 school. And also, the resident LSD idol Ruskiegirl informed me that Pepperdine is quite conservative. However, it is the only Tier II Cali school offering courses I'm interested in, that I can truely call a safety.
What do you all think? Any more school suggestions? changes? Insight? Send it my way...
« on: July 09, 2004, 08:14:24 AM »
So I just found out, unlike Powerscore, Test Masters offers a weekend LSAT course on my college campus. They apparently also guarantee a 6 point increase on the LSAT. I'd like to have at least this much of an increase come October. A couple questions: First off, is this guarantee in terms of the real LSAT or practice LSATs? Secondly, are they equally effective in their couse as Powerscore? I noticed they only offer this weekend course. What do you all think?
« on: July 07, 2004, 04:06:21 PM »
I addressed this in one of my earlier posts, but I would like some more direct feedback. So, I know some of you know my story. I was averaging about 166 the two weeks before the actual exam, and hit over 170 twice. My initial diagnostic was 147, and I improved little throughout Kaplan but saw the vast improvement on prep tests I took on my own. June 14th came around, and I wound up with a 157.
Question: I have the money to take the Powerscore weekend crash course in Chicago the weekend of Aug. 14-15th. Should I take it? The main concern of mine is the different techniques they use on logic games, because those were the only one of Kaplan's I somewhat followed.
I am willing to do anything humanly possible to significantly raise my score. Your thoughts are requested, thanks!
« on: July 02, 2004, 03:36:36 PM »
So I guess I choked. I thought I made radical improvements, going from an initial 147 to a 171 about a month ago. But, I think nerves got to me and for some reason I was just out of sync. I'm almost sure of this because I missed 7 in logic games and I had only missed 2-3 AT MOST per section for weeks. I missed 10 in RC and 14 total in LR, which are both below average for me. Overall, I scored a 157, and I am very very upset with myself right now. I've never been the best test taker, ever since high school but I've always been a good student. I thought preparing and studying was going to be enough, but I think I needed more time.
But, I'm not giving up and I have already registered for Oct. 2nd and I'm going to start studying again ASAP. Additionally, it's on my home turf. Any tips from any of you high scorers are welcome...very very welcome.
However, this thread is primarily for other folks like me who are going to enter a stage of temporary depression after today. I'd very much like to know that I'm not alone, even with the stellar LSAT takers that are common to this board. Thanks.
« on: July 02, 2004, 09:05:55 AM »
One of my main hobbies, just like many other college students, is fitness. Going to the gym regularly helps me stay healthy and feel energetic. I really believe that this has allowed me to stay on top of things in both class and other activities.
Now I definitely plan on working my ass off during my quest for a J.D., but my question is will I have time to stay in shape? All thoughts are appreciated...
« on: July 01, 2004, 08:23:51 AM »
I have a question for all you prospective law-talkin' guys out there:
What is your top choice law school and why?
I know some of us have yet to start the application process, but you've gotta have one "dream" school that you'd do anything to attend. As for those who are currently attending or just got accepted, I'd like to throw the same question out to you. Is it everything you expected it to be? Why?
For me, I'd very much like to attend USC for their entertainment connections. Don't be shy now, and let the rest of us know.
« on: June 29, 2004, 10:11:57 AM »
I was looking into my dream school (USC) and found something quite interesting. One of the dual degree programs offered is a J.D./M.A. in Communications Management. Now, I am very interested in Entertainment Law or some other facet of communications law. Also, one of their concentrations in Communications Management is Entertainment Management. I think both ET Law and Mgmt DEFINITELY pertain to the type of career I someday wish to have. Also, I can apply to the program with a GMAT score instead of GRE, which I was already planning on taking this winter break just in case. Now, a few questions.
Would an M.A./J.D. combo be too difficult to handle? I'm currently not used to an incredibly strenuous academic course load (I'm a business major) but I do really well and I'm very involved in extracurriculars.
Would it be worth it? I have heard people campaign against J.D./M.B.A. combos, but I think my two programs would be more relevant to what I want to do.
Are dual-degree candidates usually full-time or part-time students for their non-law discipline?
How long would it take to complete both degrees? They say that comm. mgmt takes between 10 months and 2 1/2 years depending on full time or part time. And of course, a USC J.D. takes 3 years.
Thanks guys, any feedback is appreciated. Of course, I need to wait for my LSAT score next week and hope to heck that I can get into USC, AHHHH!!!
« on: June 26, 2004, 06:48:13 PM »
So yeah, I just heard that Kaplan instructors are free to instruct other prep courses if they do well on one. For example, a person I work with scored well on the GMAT, and ended up teaching the LSAT course. To me, this is kind of shady. This means that at least a handful of their instructors haven't undergone the full LSAT experience (sweatin' for the exam, hours of outside class prep, etc.) Does that mean that if I do well on the LSAT (knock on wood), I'd be qualified to teach the MCAT? GRE? GMAT? I really don't understand this. What do you all think?
« on: June 25, 2004, 02:18:35 PM »
I'm really starting to enjoy this board. Anyhow, I was wondering if anyone out there at all could advise me on my situation. Here's the thing. I began to consider law school last year, and my current summer internship further solidifies that Corporate America probably isn't for me. I've always been a huge fan of the fine arts and media, especially music and film. My entire college life practically revolves around performing with, representing, and working for my a cappella group. I could definitely see myself doing something of that sort as a career. So, when I began looking into IP and copyrights last summer, I decided that a good choice for me would be to pursue entertainment law. But, I'm still not all-knowing by any means. So, I have some questions.
1. I have heard that USC, UCLA, and Stanford (major stretch) are three of the top places to be. Any thoughts?
2. With a 3.98 GPA (according to LSAC), what sort of LSAT score should I be hoping for to get into the aforementioned schools (I get my score on July 6th)?
3. What are your general opinions and knowledge on entertainment law?
Thanks a lot. I hope to hear from as many of you as possible.