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Current Law Students / University of Illinois...
« on: June 26, 2009, 05:55:32 PM »
Link to Chicago Tribune

Not that this is news to anyone who has been around the block a few times.  However, it does suck when you get busted.

The e-mails paint a picture of how law school officials operated a parallel admissions review for clouted students. They withheld denials until the year's end, cleared decisions with top university administrators, and debated whether to accept candidates with stronger credentials -- or stronger connections. Several clouted students received full-ride scholarships.

In private, law school officials showed their disdain for the special admits and even worked behind the scenes to campaign against them. At one point in March 2007, Hurd asked staffers to collect data about how the clouted students performed at law school to provide a weapon against their admittance.

Admissions dean Paul Pless reported that the school admitted at least 24 "SI," or special interest, students during a four-year span. He said they had lower grades and standardized test scores than the general applicant pool and they lagged behind their classmates once admitted. On average, they maintained a 2.86 grade point average during their first year compared with the 3.2 grade point average for the overall class, he said. One faced "formal disciplinary charges" and left the school.

But their dislike of the program didn't stop administrators from accepting the students.

Incoming 1Ls / Student Bar Association
« on: January 03, 2009, 09:44:38 PM »
What is this and what role do they play in LS?


Current Law Students / Fed, State, County.....
« on: September 06, 2008, 01:28:17 AM »
(excuse my verbage)

So a friend and I are having a discussion about police powers.  My understanding is lower jurisdictions must comply with the jurisdictions above them.  I was using speed limits as an example (probably a bad one).  My example:  A state sets the speed limits for its highways but where highways cut through cities, the state may allow the speed limit to be reduced, but the city does not have sole authority to determine what that limit will be.  Is the answer to this in state constitutions or state statutes?   

Studying for the LSAT / PS for LR page 444 Q. 4
« on: August 25, 2008, 10:28:25 AM »
How is the answer (E)?  Specifically, how do you infer from the stimulus answer (E)?

I've read the explanation but I think I'm stuck on the "inference" part of the question.  Or rather, what LSAT means when they ask to infer.

Current Law Students / Healthcare Insurance for Law School
« on: July 22, 2008, 08:52:02 AM »
As an FSU undergrad, we are required to carry health insurance.  I'm trying to find out if this is a general policy at law schools as well?

For older students (I'm 40), what kind of monthly payments should I be looking at?  So far, the quotes have been between $148-161.  That doesn't seem out of whack but if anyone is paying less and thinks they are adequately covered, I'd like to hear from you.


Incoming 1Ls / Western State University College of Law (CA): SOLD
« on: July 19, 2008, 11:06:39 PM »

"A private law school in Southern California has been sold to Knowledge Investment Partners, in a transaction with an estimated value of $5 to $10 million. The Swiss-based company already owns seven educational facilities, most located in Europe."

Hope it goes smooth.


Incoming 1Ls / Application Process
« on: July 13, 2008, 05:01:52 PM »
I've taken the June LSAT and I'm going to take the Oct. LSAT.


Should I apply early to the schools I think I'll have a good chance to get into with my June score;

and if my Oct test is better apply to a second set of schools that I would have a good chance at
(I'm assuming if I did better I could notify the first set well before they make final decisions too)




Current Law Students / Law Question (Florida)
« on: November 19, 2007, 02:46:49 PM »
(not asking for legal advice)

Hi all,

I have a legal question and since I'm as poor as an Alabama dirt farmer [(how does one go about farming dirt?) that is not my question] I thought I would post it here.  By way of background, I'm an undergrad at FSU and hope to attend FSU Law in 09...GO NOLES!

Anyway, sometime between '98-'00 I had occasion to hire an atty.(A1) to handle my tenant evictions in St. Louis where I had a business and used to reside.  As happens, we parted ways and to the best of my knowledge I owed him nothing.  In '00, I filed Chapter 11 and notified all parties.  I know for a fact that my bankruptcy atty.(A2) and this other atty. were in contact so I have no reason to believe that he wasn't properly notified of my bankruptcy.  Bankruptcy was closed in late '01 early '02.

Fast forward to late '06 (maybe early '07) I received notice from a local atty.(A3) that A1 received a judgment against me for $6000 and change in '03.  This coming January, I have a court date for a Motion for Order Compelling Discovery in Aid of Execution.  I think those are the essential elements.  I don't have the specifics on the judgment since I was never notified that there was an action against me (in '03 I was already living in FL).

Since I have access to FSU Law library, I can research some of this stuff but I have no idea where to start looking.  I'd also be interested to know how I can drag this thing out as long as possible (unless it would somehow effect my law school application).  I've thought of contacting A2 and having him send a letter that A1 was included in my bankruptcy. 

Thanks for any help. 

Incoming 1Ls / Couple questions
« on: December 05, 2007, 07:26:55 PM »
So I'm looking at this web page (that I found here):

What does OCI Employer stand for? (fourth column)

What is Ciolli TQS?

I've also heard some rumblings about schools dropping their "low" score students after the first year.  How does that work and is there a way I can see that information for every school?

Thanks for the help,


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