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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / GW bound...
« on: April 06, 2005, 07:41:54 AM »
...and I chose it over Cornell & BC. Call me stupid if you want, but I felt that it was the best fit for me as far as location, $, interests, and family situation. I'm very happy with the decision - we'll see what I feel like in 3 years, but hey, it feels good to know.

Who else is headed to GW?

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Where should I go next fall? / GW versus Cornell: The Showdown
« on: April 01, 2005, 09:32:12 AM »
From reading xoxo, here, and the various admitted students boards, it seems a number of us have the same decision to make - George Washington or Cornell. I am curious as to which way everyone else is leaning who has this call to make. This is the way I see it.

Advantages for each:

Cornell: Rank, "Intellectual community," class size, cost of living, facilities, academic rep, overall university name

GW: IP program, things to do, immediate legal market, job opportunities for significant other

Personally, I am still waiting on the full financial packages from both, but I already have some guaranteed $ from GW, so that is also a major draw. In addition, since I am looking for patent law, that's another edge to GW. I've visited both places and was very impressed with facilities, students, & faculty. What are everyone else's thoughts?

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / GW/GMU Visit
« on: February 28, 2005, 09:15:21 AM »
Checked out George Washington on Friday morning and George Mason on Friday afternoon, just wanted to pass along some of my thoughts.

First, G-dub. I sat in on a Con Law class, met with admissions people, took a stroll around the campus and area myself, and then took a guided tour. The professor was great, very organized and clear. The admissions people were helpful answering a number of different questions I had. The students there were extremely friendly and eager to answer any questions I had, and all pretty much had glowing recommendations about the place. Lots to do in the area, obviously, and a lot of law-related and unrelated student groups. Thursday night bar nights, and sometimes the student bar association just puts out free beer & food in a common area for people to socialize. To a man, the people I talked to appeared to be doing well academically, but without killing themselves, which was nice to hear. The atmosphere seems very collegial, everyone seems willing to help out with notes, studying, etc. Two different students that I talked to told me they had gone out to lunch and/or dinner with several of their professors their 1L year - pretty impressive for a school of GW's size. One even told me that her professor had memorized the facebook, and on the first day walked into class and started calling on people by name.

It was slow at George Mason because it was a Friday, early afternoon - the admissions people were really nice and helpful, but there weren't many students around. For those of you applying there, definitely visit before you decide to attend (duh). The law school is in one building, which is new but kind of sterile, on the Arlington campus of GMU, a couple blocks from the Virginia Square Metro. Their library is rather small, although I was informed that they have an exchange program with GW & GULC. I gathered it was a lot less social than the atmosphere at GW, although a number of people live in the Ballston/Clarendon areas and will hang out together in the evenings. I was showed some interesting stats on GMU by the admissions office about who chose to go where in 1999, and then in 2004. I can't remember exactly, but I think in 1999 15 people chose to go to GMU over American after being accepted at both, while last year 48 people chose GMU. The # for GMU versus GW was 4 in 1999, and 22 in 2004. That being said, I found their Dean of Admissions' honesty really refreshing. She got her JD at Yale, and asked where I had applied/been accepted. When I mentioned Harvard, saying I admittedly knew I was a big longshot, she didn't mince words. It was something to the effect of...

"If you get in there, then forget here. You've just gotta go there."

Any questions anybody has out there, let me know.

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Where should I go next fall? / $$ at GMU
« on: February 10, 2005, 04:14:25 PM »
Just got a call from Anne Richard at George Mason. She said that I'd be receiving a scholarship offer in the mail in the next few days. $12K for the first year, $5K for each of the 2nd & 3rd years.

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Where should I go next fall? / UPenn deferrals
« on: February 09, 2005, 12:49:08 PM »
So what's the smart money say as to when the dozens of us who were deferred from UPenn will hear back from them? All at once, or a trickle-down?

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Acceptances / Penn
« on: January 31, 2005, 01:54:52 PM »
I'm sure this will be looked at a lot just because of the topic, I apologize.

Anyone else catch this on LSN? First "deferred, accepted" of the year, apparently - and it figures that it's A. Someone with close to my numbers, and B. Someone who already decided he's not going there! How about showing me a little love instead?
http://www.lawschoolnumbers.com/display.php?cycle=0405&user=Fichte

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General Off-Topic Board / Jerry Orbach dead at 69
« on: December 29, 2004, 10:48:30 AM »
Truly a sad day - my stomach actually felt queasy when I saw this headline.

http://www.cnn.com/2004/SHOWBIZ/TV/12/29/obit.orbach.ap/index.html

Anybody have any favorite Det. Briscoe lines?

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Denials / I did not have sexual relations with that woman...
« on: November 15, 2004, 09:53:35 AM »
I never told anyone to lie...


Oh, *&^% - you mean denials as in rejections from law school. I'm sorry. I totally misunderstood the nature of the thread  ;)

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Recommendations / I despise LSAC/LSDAS
« on: November 10, 2004, 02:21:44 PM »
I spoke with LSAC yesterday, for the 3rd Tuesday in a row. And for the 3rd week in a row, I have been told by someone at LSAC that my 2nd LOR should be processed by the end of that week. It was sent in on October 12th, and got caught in the backlog. My 1st LOR, sent in on October 8th, was processed on 10/25. But this one stays in perpetual limbo, threatening to screw me out of the EA deadlines. I finally had my recommender send in the letters directly to a couple of the EA schools yesterday. My LSAT scores make me borderline for some of these schools, so I can use any advantage possible from EA, but LSAC is basically taking this away from me.

We pay these guys a good amount of money, and not only do they change forms up in the middle of an admissions cycle, but they allow the old ones to get ridiculously backed up right against the deadline! And even though they have said they've notified the schools, it wouldn't surprise me if a few of us slip through the cracks thanks to this debacle.

Ok, enough ranting - would be nice to get some kind of refund, though.

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Law School Applications / Has anyone here met / know other people on LSD?
« on: October 21, 2004, 03:26:14 PM »
If so, who? I mean, I think Ruskie's met DOWNY, but other than that, I'm just plain curious about it. Because some of you people seem to know each other (or purport to, at least) all too well for posting on a message board.

For example, even though they're on opposite sides of the country, when I think of Lexy & Pookie, I picture roommates.

So who actually knows or has met others on LSD?

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