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2L job search / below-curve hls 2L re: oci prospects
« on: June 18, 2008, 07:56:35 PM »
hi...

i'm a rising HLS 2L with a relatively crappy grade situation.  grades came back, and, with no fabulous excuses, my 1L gpa equates to about a 3.1 on a B+ curve.  nothing lower than a B, but obviously nothing much higher either. bummed b/c 2nd semester was pretty much the same (so no marked improvement to boast, either).

can anyone speak to what I can expect at fall OCI? be honest, but gentle. thanks.



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Where should I go next fall? / Poll! Harvard vs. $UVA$
« on: March 09, 2007, 01:09:36 AM »
Okay, you guys know already know all the usual arguments pro/con for each school.  I.e. potential to enter severe depressive state at Harvard, likelihood of being in rehab by Halloween at UVa... I really am curious about tallymarks at this point.

Plus it's fun.

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Where should I go next fall? / Social life at Harvard - does it suck?
« on: December 09, 2006, 10:40:35 PM »
So I got in. I'm psyched. 

Okay, now all of that's over, and I'm starting to think about the things my decision's hinging on.  There's the whole financial decision, the job-placement-post-graduation decision, and then the social life aspect...

One of my biggest priorities in law school is just enjoying life - I really want to have a great time, make a lot of friends, go out as much as is feasible, and just not be miserable and depressed.  Is it possible to find that at Harvard?  The few people I know who went to HLS actually used the words "depressed" in telling me about their time there and then followed the comment by saying Harvard's reputation made it worth it.  Hearing that, however, made me want to send in my deposit to the first TTT with a good football team.  Honestly, I kind of want law school to be a little like undergrad; even a little high-school-level immaturity probably wouldn't bother me that much.  I'm worried that a good portion of the people who would be my classmates might have much more, um, professional priorities...(read: be boring recluses).

Am I the only one who has this fear?  Can annyone assuage it?


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Just got in off the waitlist...trying to make up my mind.

Iīm traveling at the moment and donīt have my book on me.

Thank you!

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Chart"???

I've been searching for 20 minutes, and cannot seem to find where it is.  THANK YOU!!!

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Having gone to an UG college where the university environment made it somewhat difficult to make friends, quality of life and the law school's overall social scene are VERY important factors to me; (i.e. how readily students will give up studying for the sake of a fun night out with friends--or maybe better expressed, I'm really looking for a work hard/play hard atmosphere).

Does anyone have any thoughts on how these factors play into life as a law student at Boalt?  I'm a little concerned that it's too urban and thus people are more concerned with the nightlife of SF than spending time with classmates.
Is that true?

I also have some reservations about Berkeley because of its politics...are all the kids out there hippies (not that I'm a raging conservative, but, um, sometimes I shave my legs and stuff)?? 
 
Any thoughts?    Thanks in advance!

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Law School Applications / Success stories of "reach" applications
« on: March 09, 2006, 10:54:16 AM »
Okay, so call me cheesy optimistic, but it's getting to that time of the applications cycle where my faith in humanity reaches an all-time low -- where reviewing what are clearly numbers-guaranteed admits starts to drive me both crazy and into a state of depression.

Does anyone have stories of success stories that are a bit out of the ordinary?  E.g. "reach" applications that made it through the gauntlet, getting-off-the-waitlist, or otherwise having a non-diversity-appealing application that prevailed despite being "below the means."

Even one such story, your own or one you heard from a friend of a friend, would totally make my day (and maybe others' as well?).

 :-\

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Law School Applications / Too late for Duke
« on: January 16, 2006, 03:42:17 PM »
Okay, okay, so I'm not one of those "has everything ready to go two weeks before the deadline types," and although I fully realize that Duke's Web site says "strongly suggest having all materials in by Jan 1, I really took that as a "strong suggestion" and haven't finished writing their "strongly suggested" optional essay.

Colleagues at work in similar siutations have told me that they are planning not to apply because they feel it's too late.

I think it's a reach for me: 166, 3.8 at top 50 UG school.  Does anyone feel strongly that I should fret a/b this app, or just give up?  I plan to call admissions tom. to speak w/ someone . . .

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