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I haven't logged in here in months, but I had to join this conversation because it is something that has been bothering me lately.  While I would love to say that our country will always need lawyers, and in abundance, part of me is still worrying about our future.

I do have to say that I agree with everything previously stated.  It is not a question of when we will fall but how far..

Don't you think that the Federal Reserve, which just prints money at will with no value behind it, is the main source of our problems?  Sure, the fact that our military has troops in 130 countries is not helping our deficit spending, but I think that if the dollar was still on the gold standard, we would be in much better shape than we are now.  For example, these stimulus checks have me really pissed off.  So, we're just supposed to take this money and go spend it immediately?  Where do billions of dollars come from to pay from those checks??  Ohh, thats right, it comes from the weakening value of the dollar itself. 

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What do you think about this??

I totally agree with you.  Abolishing the Federal Reserve doesn't seem to be a topic that most people consider up for debate.  But really, how much more undemocratic can you get than giving a private bank the power to print money and inflate currency at will?  The Fed's inflationary mechanisms are essentially taxation without representation.  Our purchasing power is being eroded because prices are rising but wages are not keeping up.  Rising oil prices are only worsening inflation that is already the inevitable result of the Federal Reserve's monetary policies.

I'm a fiscal libertarian.  I don't believe in tinkering with the economy, and that includes the corporate bail-outs of which our so-called "conservative" administration is so fond.  The longer we postpone the fall, the worse it's going to be.

P.S. I don't have an economics background, so feel free to correct me if anything I've said is wrong.

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I was waitlisted at Rutgers-Camden with a 165/3.4.  They don't seem to yield protect according to LSN, so I can't figure out what happened there.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Bizarro waitlist at Rutgers-Camden
« on: March 30, 2008, 10:14:47 PM »
I have a theory. It's not based on much, but it might be true.

The schools get to see where else you applied.  Possibly they sent you the letter about the scholarship based solely on your numbers.  Then, after realizing that they were potentially your best option, waitlisted you in order to then accept you with little/no scholarship.

I hope it's not true.

That would be really sad if it's true, although I suppose it's possible.   :'(

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Bizarro waitlist at Rutgers-Camden
« on: March 30, 2008, 10:13:02 PM »
The real question is: why the hell did you apply only to those schools with your numbers?

I want to practice law in Philly, and since I didn't have a shot at the t14 (where it would be worth it to take out the $40k+ in loans), it made the most sense just to apply to the Philly regional schools.  I'm happy paying $8k a year at Temple even though I probably could have gotten in to a better ranked school.

You know UMaryland places better in Philly than Temple?

You probably would have been able to get a scholarship + instate.

Are you sure about that?  Morgan Lewis has 40 attorneys from Temple Law and none from Maryland Law.  Dechert has 63 from Temple and none from Maryland.  Pepper Hamilton has 31 from Temple and none from Maryland.  Also, if you do a Martindale search, you'll find only 34 lawyers from UMaryland in Philadelphia, versus 2512 from Temple.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Bizarro waitlist at Rutgers-Camden
« on: March 30, 2008, 07:42:54 PM »
The real question is: why the hell did you apply only to those schools with your numbers?

I want to practice law in Philly, and since I didn't have a shot at the t14 (where it would be worth it to take out the $40k+ in loans), it made the most sense just to apply to the Philly regional schools.  I'm happy paying $8k a year at Temple even though I probably could have gotten in to a better ranked school.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Bizarro waitlist at Rutgers-Camden
« on: March 30, 2008, 06:58:16 PM »
I know, right?

Hopefully you'll hear from them soon.  They seem to be having problems getting their decisions out in a timely manner.

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Where should I go next fall? / Bizarro waitlist at Rutgers-Camden
« on: March 29, 2008, 01:23:51 PM »
Is there any explanation for this?

I was complete in November, with a 165 and 3.4 from an ivy league school, only to receive a letter at the end of February stating: "Based on your personal statement and outstanding academic accomplishments the Committee has designated you as a student who we have a high interest in admitting to the full-time fall class and nominating for available scholarship monies."  The letter then invited me to their admitted students open house in April, and indicated that they would have all of their decisions made by then.  In response, I emailed them saying I would attend the open house.

Last week, I still hadn't heard from them, so I sent them another email reiterating my interest in Rutgers and asking if they could anticipate when a decision would be made on my application.  They never acknowledged receiving my email.  Instead, eight days later they sent me a letter wait-listing me!  The language is similar to the original letter, but now with a different spin: "The Committee has designated you as an individual we would like to admit should space become available.  You therefore have been placed on a Wait List."

So, what happened between the end of February and the end of March that dropped me from scholarship consideration to not even getting a spot?

It looks a little funny on law school numbers (I'm teeks): http://lawschoolnumbers.com/search_schools.php?action=search&cycle=5&school_code=2092&sort=index_number&order=d&application_type=0


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Where should I go next fall? / Re: How shady is Philly?
« on: December 26, 2007, 03:06:51 PM »
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This is not an accurate way to gauge Penn's safety. Philadelphia has a significant crime problem, it's true. Everyone is more than a little concerned with what's going on in the city. HOWEVER, as I said above, the areas around Penn and the areas where students live are as safe as any city. Yes, you have to be smart, yes, you have to pay attention to your surroundings. But if you don't do that ANYWHERE, city, suburb or rural area alike, you're an idiot.

This is correct.  Philly has a major crime problem, but most of the crime (particularly murders) occurs in neighborhoods that you as a Penn student would never set foot in.  Center City Philadelphia (where most of the shopping, restaurants, and bars are, and where many Penn grad students live) and Penn's campus in West Philly have very little crime.  So while crime is a problem in the city, it's very unlikely to affect you personally and shouldn't deter you from going to Penn.  You should exercise caution, especially at late hours, as you would in any other major US city.

I should add, I went to Penn undergrad and haved lived in Philly since graduation (1.5 years ago) and plan to go to law school in Philly as well.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: I walked out the LSAT
« on: December 02, 2007, 02:17:47 AM »
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Do you already have a score, or are you retaking in February?

I took the LSAT in June, retook in September and ended up cancelling the September score.  That following Monday, I called the admissions offices of the schools I'd applied to, and told them I'd cancelled my LSAT score and that they shouldn't wait for my new score before reviewing my application.  Some of them asked me to send them an email to that effect so that they'd have it in writing.  It wasn't a big deal.

If you don't already have an LSAT score, I wouldn't say anything.  But if you do have a score, I'd suggest calling the admissions offices on Monday.

I have a score already from the September test which I'm content with.

Did you end up emailing the same individuals that contacted you through email when you sent your apps in? (Generally dean of admissions or assistant dean).



I'm pretty sure my emails went directly to admin staff (not dean or ass't dean) in the admissions offices.  I'd still suggest calling just to make sure you send to the correct email address.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: I walked out the LSAT
« on: December 01, 2007, 10:54:56 PM »
Your story sounds similar to mine.

Luckily my first two sections were both games, and I honestly could not concentrate I was so ill. I made it through the games, but I just blanked out and could not finish them. It's really strange, but games were generally my strength but when I took them on test day (both times), they have been my weakpoint.

At least with logical reasoning / reading comprehension, you can skip questions you're unsure of with little risk to your score. For games, if you don't fully comprehend one of them, it's almost as though that entire section will suffer. Sure, you can guess on some reasonably, but the questions are so dependent on the original setup that you're essentially out of luck if you don't have a strong initial grasp of the game. No use worrying about a test anymore. I'm not retaking it again even though I'm absolutely certain I could do better.

Does anyone know if I have to inform schools that I canceled? Will it reflect poorly on my application if I don't mention the cancellation? I've already applied, and they'll get the notice from LSAC, but do I specifically need to notify them? How do you go about contacting them, do you just send off an email to all of the Dean of Admissions for the law schools you've applied to?



Do you already have a score, or are you retaking in February?

I took the LSAT in June, retook in September and ended up cancelling the September score.  That following Monday, I called the admissions offices of the schools I'd applied to, and told them I'd cancelled my LSAT score and that they shouldn't wait for my new score before reviewing my application.  Some of them asked me to send them an email to that effect so that they'd have it in writing.  It wasn't a big deal.

If you don't already have an LSAT score, I wouldn't say anything.  But if you do have a score, I'd suggest calling the admissions offices on Monday.

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