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Thomas M. Cooley / Renting a place near Cooley
« on: June 29, 2004, 05:43:16 PM »
I'm looking at renting a place over the Internet in the East Lansing area in a neighborhood known as Groesbeck.

Can any other Cooley students here comment on this neighborhood or general area?

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Sorry.  I had a hard time explaining this post in the subject header.

I'm wondering about something.

I've applied to several law schools over the past month.  Four of them I applied to on January 31st (over the Internet).  Two days later I see all four of them requested my file/report from LSAC.  Ok, that's good, since these are four of the five schools I am the most interested in attending.

Here's what I dont' understand - the other 10 or so law schools I applied at earlier in the month have yet to request my file.  At first, I figured it was because they hadn't put through my check, but the four schools that pulled my file right away didn't even have TIME to get my application payment.

Does this mean anything?  If a school gets your application and then a couple days later requests your report - is that a good sign, or is it just a coincidence?

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I know Cooley is ranked at the bottom of most ABA law schools.  When I looked into how ranking is established, the meaning of the rankings became a bit less... useful.

If I understand the ranking system correctly, about 45% of rank is based on the average LSAT scores of admitted students.  The only thing this tells me is how selective a school is about the LSAT, and very little with respect to whether or not the college turns out skilled lawyers.

Does anyone here know what the actual *quality* of a Cooley education is like?  My 151 LSAT and 3.53 GPA isn't going to get me into very many law schools, but if I take the LSAT a 3rd time and score in the 170's (like I suspect I will) then I can attend Cooley on a virtual 100% scholarship.  With a wife and 3 kids - that adds up to some serious money.  My other option is to try to attend what to me might be termed "a better brand" of law school, but it will also mean a serious debt load when I graduate.

I mentioned Cooley to an admissions person at Marquette and I thought they might vomit on me.  It was just a passing question about transfer policies, etc, and when I said Cooley he almost turned green.  Literally.  It seems lots of schools refuse to admit Cooley transfers and that's a little disturbing.

Any Cooley people here that can comment?  How is Cooley seen in the state of Michigan itself?  How is the actual legal education i.e. preparation of a person to actually practice law?


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Studying for the LSAT / LSAT 3rd Try?
« on: January 26, 2004, 01:38:53 PM »
I took the LSAT in October of 2004 and scored 139.  I was sick with the flu and this had a bigger impact on my score than I expected.

I retook the LSAT in December and scored a 151.  That's a 12 point gain over my previous score and closer to what I was expecting.

For fun I kept up with the LSAT in my spare time as it became a bit of a hobby.  I'm at a point where I can nearly ace the LSAT now, and I suspect if I took the LSAT for a 3rd time I would score in the low 170's - maybe even ace it.

The drawback is that my LSAT report is going to show 139, 151 and [maybe] 172.  How is that going to fly?  Plus, I really don't want to wait another year for law school.  I'm 37, 3 small kids, and I'm old enough where I'm now aging in dog years.  Every delay adds 7 years to my life.  Then again, scoring in the 170's might change things in a very good way...

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