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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / anyone used an Asus eeePC?
« on: April 19, 2008, 05:01:39 PM »
I was just wondering if anyone has tried out the new Asus eeePC (the super tiny one).  I know it couldn't be a primary computer, but it's awfully attractive to me as a secondary computer for day to day notetaking and stuff. It is so small and lightweight and the price can't be beat.  All the reviews I've read are really positive.  I'm trying to find a place where I could check on out in person.  They sell them at Best Buy, but so far none of the Best Buys near me have any in stock. Anybody else considering one of these?

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Today, I finally told people at the school where I teach that I am going to law school and will not be coming back to teach next year.  I am so used to discussing stuff on here with people that I forget that most people really don't know anything about law schools!  Here's some of the reactions I got when I told people where I had applied and who I had heard from so far:

"Penn?  like Penn state?"
"Why didn't you apply to the University of Baltimore?  It's a really good school."
"You should really consider Catholic.  They have a great law school."

So I smiled, and made small talk.  But then I felt kind of elitist.  Oh well..

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Acceptances / GW acceptance letters
« on: January 18, 2008, 05:29:17 PM »
anybody else get a GW acceptance package today?  The little personalized note on the offer of admission was very nice, and left me feeling all special.

then I thought, hmmm.. I wonder if everyone gets a little personalized note.

So LSD readers, did you get a note? Go ahead, ruin my special feeling.

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How do all of these schools expect you to file the FAFSA and Need Access or Profile by March 1?  I haven't even gotten my W-2s yet, and I have to have an accountant do my taxes this year because of all kinds of complications (I got married this year, bought a house, etc etc).  Okay, well maybe I don't NEED to, but I am planning to at least.

anyways, is anyone else feeling pressured by this date?  Also, I don't know how my parents are going to get all their info together for Need Access and Profile.  They usually file for an extension and don't do their return until the fall.

so how are all of you dealing with this?

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Law School Applications / ok, i might be obsessing here, but..
« on: January 11, 2008, 08:15:53 PM »
I just found a stupid grammatical mistake in my personal statement. my personal statement that I've already sent to 7 schools. I've read it about 100 million times, but for some reason I noticed it on the 100,000,001th time.

I wrote "cities'" when I should have written "city's" - I meant belonging to one city.

I feel like an idiot.  What makes it worse is that I am an English teacher and I taught this to my students in October.  Around the same time that I was working on my PS.

I know it is probably a bad idea to submit corrected versions to all the schools I've applied to already.  Maybe they didn't notice either?

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Law School Applications / NYU fee waiver not working
« on: January 06, 2008, 12:26:20 PM »
I got a fee waiver from NYU yesterday in the mail (real mail, not email), but it's not working yet. The letter says that if I apply through LSAC the fee will automatically be waived, but it's not showing up that way. Is anyone else running into this problem?  I guess I'll call them tomorrow and see what's up. My other fee waivers have worked no problem.

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Law School Applications / apply at schools just for negotiating purposes?
« on: January 04, 2008, 04:03:01 PM »
okay, maybe this is a silly idea, but I'm interested in what all you think.

I've already applied to the schools that I am actually interested in - University of Maryland, Georgetown, GW, and Penn.  I really want to stay in the Baltimore/DC area, so I'm not even sure if I'd be interested in Penn.

I got a bunch of fee waivers, and I'm thinking of applying to other schools just so I could potentially have bargaining power for scholarships at the schools I'm actually interested in. I figure, it's only twelve bucks, and if a higher ranked school offers me a generous scholarship, I could write a letter to the schools I'm really interested in saying, "Well, I'd really love to attend school XXX, but school YYY has offered me a scholarship."

any thoughts?  or is it totally ridiculous to apply to schools that I have absolutely no interest in attending?

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Law School Applications / apply at schools just for negotiating purposes?
« on: January 04, 2008, 04:01:20 PM »
okay, maybe this is a silly idea, but I'm interested in what all you think.

I've already applied to the schools that I am actually interested in - University of Maryland, Georgetown, GW, and Penn.  I really want to stay in the Baltimore/DC area, so I'm not even sure if I'd be interested in Penn.

I got a bunch of fee waivers, and I'm thinking of applying to other schools just so I could potentially have bargaining power for scholarships at the schools I'm actually interested in. I figure, it's only twelve bucks, and if a higher ranked school offers me a generous scholarship, I could write a letter to the schools I'm really interested in saying, "Well, I'd really love to attend school XXX, but school YYY has offered me a scholarship."

any thoughts?  or is it totally ridiculous to apply to schools that I have absolutely no interest in attending?

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Law School Applications / wustl fee waiver today
« on: December 31, 2007, 10:49:08 AM »
anybody else get a fee waiver email from WUSTL today?  I have absolutely no intention of going there, but I was happy to get a fee waiver because it is my first one.  It said it is based on my December LSAT score.

anyways, check your email because maybe you got a fee waiver too.  seems to me that it's not all TOO late in the admissions process if they are still sending out fee waivers.

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Law School Applications / maryland scholarships
« on: December 26, 2007, 11:44:47 AM »
Anyone out there been offered a scholarship from Maryland?  I am confused because practically no one on LSN from the current cycle, 2006-07, or 2005-06 listed receiving scholarships, but according to the official LSAC data, UMD gives at least some kind of grant to something like 60% of students, with 9% getting between half and full tuition and 3.3% getting full tuition.

I am asking because UMD is really my top choice IF I can get a hefty scholarship.  I know I could get into higher ranked schools, but I really want to stay in Baltimore, I am confident I can be in the top 5-10% at UMD,  and I plan to live in Baltimore anyway and UMD is very respected in the Baltimore area.  BUT it will be hard to justify going to Maryland if they don't offer me a nice scholarship.

Any insights?

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