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Minority Topics / Re: LGBT question...thoughts/information
« on: November 06, 2009, 07:39:26 PM »
Yes. Definitely write a statement. There is a value to having a diversity of perspectives and experiences, especially in the legal classroom, and schools worth going to recognize this.

Hi,

I'm applying for 2010 in the NJ region(Rutgers my #1).  I've attended culinary school, awesome internships and such in terms of my career path (food policy-ie. organic farms, M&M Mars, Nat'l School lunch program), and I'm currently an AmeriCorps volunteer for a nonprofit in Paterson, NJ (a 1 yr assignment focusing on education, youth, and community development).  I've had incredible experiences and I highlight them well in my prsnl st.

Stats:
I went to 2 schools...1st was 3.57 gpa, 2nd was 3.7 (while working almost full time throughout)
LSAT: 150 (Sept)  taking it again in Dec

MY QUESTION: Is it worth it to submit an additional essay about being a gay guy??...It's not my deciding factor for pursuing law, but I could never say it has no influence and I could certainly explain it with relevancy.  I know some schools encourage such pieces ( I guess the have the man power to read a lot or really need diversity), but is it worth it for all schools?  Thanks for your help because, as usual, I'm confused about where my sexual orientation comes into play.

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Law School Applications / Re: Penn 1L taking ?s
« on: December 21, 2008, 10:22:57 PM »
When I visited and sat in on a torts class, I saw maybe 1 or 2 laptops out of 40 people. How necessary is it to have one in class at Penn? I personally prefer hand-written notes anyway. Also I have a huge suspicion that the internet would prove far too tempting during class. Thoughts?

Hmm I'd say my section is 60/40 laptops v. handwritten notes. It's completely a personal preference and whatever works best for you. I took notes by hand the entire semester and don't plan on changing next semester. The few times I did bring a laptop to class, I found it very hard to pay attention and I didn't like the way I took notes. You'll find what works best for you.

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Minority Topics / Re: The LGBTQ Thread
« on: November 17, 2008, 05:52:31 PM »
Come to Penn  :)

I have heard that Penn loves the gays!

Is that true?

Yes, very much so. Penn is extremely inclusive and supportive. Aside from having a significant number of out/self-identified LGBT students, I think what's even more impressive is the number of straight allies who are actively involved with Lambda and sincerely concerned with LGBT issues. It's really great. 

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Minority Topics / Re: The LGBTQ Thread
« on: November 16, 2008, 02:43:47 PM »
Come to Penn  :)

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Visited Penn
« on: November 11, 2008, 08:22:36 PM »
I outline on the weekends and usually focus more on supplements than a good reading.  I don't brief at all.  It also depends on the professor.

It's doable, I think.

multi-color highlighting is key. I think I briefed for maybe 2 days. There are  people in my section who go out 3-4 nights a week but we definitely have the more laid-back/party section. We don't have quite as much reading as the other sections and we only have the socratic method in 1 class. It just depends.



I'm trying to think of which class is real socratic... MG was saying even in Torts he goes in order. 

That may be the key difference, all of my profs do real socratic so if you're not prepared for the day you're going to look like an idiot.  And in K's pretty much half the class gets called on each day. 

I don't brief and I don't use multiple hilighters... I make notes in pencil and then write a summary at the top of the case for when I get called on.  Briefing is nice, but not worth it for the additional time it takes. 

Ahh that would be the other contracts.. so MG might not even have any truly socratic classes.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Visited Penn
« on: November 11, 2008, 08:12:47 PM »
I outline on the weekends and usually focus more on supplements than a good reading.  I don't brief at all.  It also depends on the professor.

It's doable, I think.

multi-color highlighting is key. I think I briefed for maybe 2 days. There are  people in my section who go out 3-4 nights a week but we definitely have the more laid-back/party section. We don't have quite as much reading as the other sections and we only have the socratic method in 1 class. It just depends.


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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Visited Penn
« on: November 11, 2008, 07:38:58 PM »
wait, no one at Penn goes out 4x a week?

you are pushing me into the arms of uva and mich...

They do. They're known as section 2.


Lol... those arent my kind of people so I likely gravitated away from those types when school started :) 

And by going out I meant literally getting drunk, not just going to dinner or grabbing a drink at happy hour.  

Kasm -you forgot to mention your bff who has liquid lunches before Torts class occasionally...  ;)

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Penn Law 1L(s) taking questions!
« on: October 06, 2008, 11:25:26 PM »
nice to see the 1Ls taking over for me and TeamPam on here :)

I know most of the 1Ls who post on here, and they aren't just blowing smoke.  it really is that nice of a place to be :D

also, in terms of outing ourselves to others re: the LSD thing, i've found it somehow ends up getting out who is on here.  I was surprised to find out who outlaw was though, as that individual may attest :P.  i tend to out myself, only because its widely known that i'm the only 2L who can be seen wearing birkenstocks year round (yes, even with socks in the winter...go ahead and laugh).  if you see me around, come say hi

despite these birkenstocks with socks that I am yet to experience....m1 is hot. 

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Penn Law 1L(s) taking questions!
« on: September 30, 2008, 11:23:07 PM »
1. Are any of you planning on going for the JD/MBA or Wharton Certificate, or know people that are? What are your experiences with it?
I know of 2 people in my section applying to the JD/MBA program. Both are applying this fall to Wharton so they'll start as 2Ls. I think that's the way to go. I don't see how someone could start the program as a 1L anyway, but I really don't know anything about it


2. Where do most students live? Does the school offer graduate housing/what is it like?
Mostly Center City & University City/West Philly. When I first visited Penn, I wanted to live in West Philly but there seemed to be a huge push for Center City so that's where I ended up. I'm extremely happy with where I live - great building, 15 minute walk to school- but I have to say I think West Philly is equally as great. If you do end up coming here you should look at both


3. For Philly transplants, what are your first impressions of the city? Better/worse than you expected?
Love Philly. Very good chance I'll stay here.

4. I'm considering applying ED to Penn, do you have any information of how this affect need-based scholarships, how much of a bump it gets you or any other relevant information I wouldn't find on LSN?
I applied ED. It won't affect your need-based scholarship at all. If you have numbers for a merit-based scholarship or if you're applying for the Toll Public Interest Scholarship, ED could be (and probably is) a disadvantage. If that's not the case, you may want to really consider ED. Lots of people are going to be applying to grad/law school b/c of the economy and the more applicants, the more competitive it tends to be



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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Penn Law 1L(s) taking questions!
« on: September 30, 2008, 06:32:05 PM »

What do you mean you cannot figure out who I am?

Sorry -- I meant that I don't know who Outlaw is IRL.

Have you visited here yet, Confused?

If it's any consolation, I don't know who you are either  :P

So much for Penn being social  ::)

hah. I guarantee random and I know each other. We just don't know each other as "random" or "outlaw."

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