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General Board / Incoming 1L - which supplementary books?
« on: August 06, 2008, 06:03:17 PM »
Hi,

I'm an incoming 1L and I just got my section assignment. I'm trying to figure out which books I can supplement my studying with, as I was told that I should buy hornbooks and briefing books in addition to my casebooks. I just ordered my E&E books, which I'll try to read prior to orientation.

Here are the casebooks I'm buying for my class: Basic Contract Law (8th Ed) by Fuller, American Criminal Law (8th Ed) by Dubber and Tort Law: Responsibilities & Redress by Goldberg. The other books are for Legal Research & Writing, which doesn't have a textbook.

Any suggestions for supplementary material to the aforementioned casebooks would be appreciated! Thanks in advance.

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Where should I go next fall? / Emory or Fordham?
« on: April 01, 2008, 07:59:38 AM »
I'm having an intense debate in my head trying to decide between the two schools. Here's where I stand right now. I have an offer for $96k at Emory, and I haven't received an offer from Fordham yet, but with my numbers I don't expect more than $45k. I intend on trying to negotiate with Fordham but I'm not holding my breath. The thing is, however, that I already live in the NYC metro area, and I want to practice in the area, so Fordham is the logical choice for me except for the financial issue. In addition, personal things are leading me towards wanting to stay in the area, but I don't know where those will end up.

My plan right now is to send seat deposits at both schools so that I have until June to figure it out. They're both great schools, and although Emory ranks higher than Fordham, I feel that Fordham might put me in a better position for biglaw placement in NYC. So the question is, given that I want to stay in the area, but might be able to tear myself away, should I take Fordham ($45k) over Emory ($96k)? I'm going to try to negotiate with Fordham and explain that they're my first choice, and if I can even manage to make them bump the offer to $75k I'll definitely stay. As it stands now, though, I'm very conflicted.

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Law School Applications / Fordham $$$ notifications?
« on: March 26, 2008, 03:27:02 PM »
I got into Fordham via e-mail and while they're my top choice among the schools I've already been accepted to, I'm curious as to how they send their scholarship offers out? I have to make a decision with regards to my now #2 choice, Emory, which made me a substantial offer.

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Law School Applications / Withdrawing applications?
« on: February 21, 2008, 08:26:04 AM »
I need to withdraw a few of the apps from my safety schools (mainly Rutgers, Baylor, Hastings and OSU at the moment). What's the best way to do this? Is e-mail in poor taste? Should I just call them? I applied to 20 schools so I'm going to need to withdraw from a bunch more, but I figure I'll start freeing up some slots for those who want them.

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Law School Applications / UMich: write an optional essay?
« on: February 05, 2008, 10:48:19 AM »
I'm pondering submitting an optional essay or two to UMich. I applied in early Jan about an hour before leaving for a 2-week vacation in Israel, and I went complete a couple of weeks ago. I didn't do any of the optional essays, though, and with my numbers (166, 3.73), my chances of getting accepted are extremely slim. Would an optional essay help at all, or am I probably going to get rejected anyway? FWIW, I submitted the following addendums with my app: LSAT, Academic and Diversity. I *may* have submitted one of the addendums as an optional essay, I know I did that for a couple of schools; I can't recall off the top of my head.

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Hi,

Finally got a short draft of my personal statement. Anyone up for reading it and critiquing? I'm for most part happy with it, but I feel that my conclusion just isn't that good, and too law school specific. I'll PM it to anyone who's willing to help!

Also, I'm curious as to where I should write a DS. I'm an immigrant from Belarus and a high school dropout. I feel that gives me some level of diversity although I'm not too sure.

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Law School Applications / What're my chances at T14s? 3.73 & 159/166
« on: December 20, 2007, 11:58:31 PM »
So here's what I have:

LSDAS GPA: 3.73 (3.9 degree, doesn't matter)

September LSAT: 159
December LSAT: 166

My dream school is Boalt, but according to their admissions people, the policy is that they average scores unless there's a 9 point difference. My difference is 7 points, so my question is, how strict is that policy? It's more typical to average unless there's a 5 point gap. If they average, I have a 163, which puts me at their 25th percentile and kinda sucks.

I'm also in 25th percentile at:
Michigan
Duke
Northwestern
Cornell

Do I have a chance at any others? Do I have a good chance at getting into a T14 at this point in the admissions cycle at all?

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Law School Applications / Personal Statement/Resume counseling?
« on: December 19, 2007, 01:45:47 PM »
Can anyone recommend a good counseling service (or individual) for personal statements and resumes? I'm trying to get those things together over the next 2 weeks since scores are probably coming out on Friday, but I'm just clueless as to how to make these things look good, and I don't mind spending a few hundred bucks for the services. I've heard EssayEdge was decent, but I'm wary of any mainstream services for these types of things, as all of their PS/resumes would likely be somewhat similar to each other.

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Personal Statement / Where do I start?
« on: December 15, 2007, 09:12:10 PM »
I'm completely and totally clueless about how I should approach a personal statement. I want to get it out of the way in preparation for my score's arrival on Friday, but I've got no clue on what I want to write about. Should I do a sob story approach (Russian immigrant, high-school dropout after 11th grade) or more of a what I want out of the future (Marine JAG) approach? I have decent credentials so far: 3.73 LSDAS GPA, 159 in September, December should be higher. Any pointers are appreciated!

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LSAC and LSDAS / Faxing LORs?
« on: December 09, 2007, 10:58:37 AM »
I'm leaving the country for a couple of weeks at the beginning of January and I'd like to get all my applications in before I leave, as soon as I get my Dec score. The thing is that neither of the professors I've asked have written my letters of rec yet, but I think that if I "remind" them and tell them about my predicament, I think they'll have them ready to go ASAP. I was told that it's possible to fax LORs to LSAC for quicker processing. How does this work? Is it a good option to do? And does anyone have the right fax number on hand?

Thanks!

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