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Law School Applications / Re: What Should I Do?
« on: March 06, 2008, 06:13:33 PM »
Thank you everyone for the replies. I really appreciate the opinions and advice.

As for re-taking the Lsat, if I could guarantee myself a 170+ score I would do it, but I can't. If anyone remember lasts June's Lsat and the really tight curve, well, on that I missed a game and a half for my 164. In response to this I studied games almost exclusively and the LR and RC only enough to stay sharp. I acually did every game available, and so I thought I was set for Sep...but I still ended up guessing on one of the games. Unless I am able to get all four games I can't imagine my score going up. So this is why I was really hoping to attack this in the GPA side of the equation.

As for doing a joint degree which was mentioned...This is what I may have to do, but that is a lot of extra work and in a field which I am currently wishing I never would have signed up for. This may be my only option to get into a top school, but I have been trying to avoid this. The other down side to this is that my guess is that it my hurt my law class rank too, and then I'm sort of in the same boat with interviews that I am now with my applying (eg. "No really, the reason why I am in the bottom quarter is because I had additional work, and a duo focus"...very similar to, "the reason my GPA is so low is because of the field of study is harder"). That is my fear anyways.

As for Michigan or Cornell, I would take either, but I actually do not have very good soft factors. I have mostly have just been in school, and I have very boring part-time work experience. (thinking to self...Wait a second, let's see, I did help a wandering child across the street one day way back when...this may indicate compassion and a humanitarian motivation... but, oh ya, then I stole it's candy and ran away ;))...Nope, sorry guys, I got nothing for soft factors.

And to the guy who said the MCAT is harder...can you memorize and then apply what you've memorized on a subject matter that you have been studying for a few years??? For me this is easier than LG. Other people are different. The MCAT is much longer though, and don't get me wrong, it is a very grueling test, but it is not the LSAT. Another big factor for me may have been that for the MCAT I was relaxed and didn't care as much, where for both LSAT's I felt like my life was on the line....I only did the MCAT because my parents always push me to keep my options open.

Anyways, thanks to everyone for the comments. Big decisions ahead for me. I really like the input.


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Law School Applications / What Should I Do?
« on: March 04, 2008, 10:47:55 PM »
Ok here is my situation...

I'm 21 in I'm finishing up a science degree in one of the best undergrad schools in Eastern Canada (we think we're the best, and we're always ranked pretty high in Mcleans). I want to go to law school in the US for sure, and eventually I want to wind up in Texas (most of my cousins live in either Dallas or Houston, and I love the Cowboys...Dat Nguyen was the best linebacker ever!!!). Anyways, on June 07 Lsat I got a 164, and in Sep07 a 169. I was postponing my application to get my next semester grades to bring my GPA to between a 3.5 and 3.6. Unfortunately I never got them in time, and so I have decided not to apply this year but to wait until next year. Finally, I got my grades and needless to say I'm going to be between 3.3 and 3.4 by the end of my degree, not 3.5+. The other part of this equation is I have a 33R MCAT score (95th percentile), and could go to medical school, but I really want to be a lawyer, and I get sad when I think about being a doctor.

(By the way, I took powerscore in Toronto and studied my ass off for the Lsat, and did the MCAT with only a minimal amount of prep with a Kaplan book, so contrary to what many people say, I think the LSAT is harder. The MCAT is all the stuff you have already learnt, and if you are good at memorizing it is mostly a refresher in a way. It is still tough, but there is nothing like logic games on it...logic games are my downfall.)

So why I'm really disappointed is because I had my heart set on going to a t14 school, and with a 169/3.3ish I'm not going to make it. Even at the lower t14 schools like G-town I think I would have probably been rejected this year. Next year will not be any easier, I'm sure. Now, at first I was thinking UT, and when I visited it I liked it (well, sort of, the building isn't what I was expecting), but at the same time all my research tells me that they are not the best place for me to go for what I want to do. What I want to do long term is pharmaceutical patent law I think. It fits in with my undergrad, and from what I heard it pays well.

So what should I do:
Option #1: Re-take the Lsat for the third time in June 08 and hopefully hit the 170's
Option #2: Apply as is, and hopefully get into one of the t14, but likely have to settle for UT or one of the lower schools.
Option #3: Go to a medical school up here in Canada, and die a slow death on the inside (this option is why I changed my name because I am not Going South for sure anymore....I would do medical school up here.)

So what would you do if you were me??? I honestly am at a loss here.

Other factor:
Parents are typically cheap (the stereotype is true  ;)), but the one exception is my education. They are paying for everything so I don't really have to worry about the cost of either US law vs medical school.

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Law School Applications / Re: Is there a D-DAY for each school?
« on: February 06, 2008, 12:07:30 PM »
i don't think anybody on this board would know that information offhand, if it exists.  do a search on lawschoolnumbers.com and see what you come up with.

I was hoping that people would just start making things up if they didn't know.  ;)

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Sorry...(no idea what Hoover did...other than build a dam...maybe more public works???)

But McCain looks to me like he wants to escalate the war, which eventually must be paid for. In addition to this he has no economic background, and admits he knows little about that part of governing.

Clinton is a welfare state waiting to happen. Every time she opens her mouth she seems to be announcing how she is going to spend more money.

So ya, two down, the only one left is Obama (which I know nothing about)...ie. hoping he has an economic focus to his campaign???

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Law School Applications / Is there a D-DAY for each school?
« on: February 05, 2008, 11:56:05 PM »
What I mean by this .....is there a date based (or week) for each school, that if you aren't accepted by that date, then you are probably waitlisted?


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Hahaha...I've never seen that picture, but ya, they have a reputation for getting around  ;).

(That pic makes them look like Santa's helpers...only really old...I love it. Thanks)

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You think Romney is out?  There's still way more delegates to go!  Especially CA though that looks like it's going to McCain as well... but we'll have to see.  As far as the Obama question, I don't really know how much the President controls the economy in the first place, but Obama will probably create more jobs and stimulate the economy in the initial stages.  After that, who knows?  I still think Clinton is going to secure the nomination at this point.

Clinton...NEVER!!! That would be the beginning of the end of civilization as we know it.

(Ok, I really do not know why I care that much, being that I'm Canadian...(I'll worry about that later)...but for now, I'm going to continue campaigning AGAINST her up here.)

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The wigs.  I would become a lawyer in Canada because of the wigs.  Or don't they do that anymore?

Hahaha...No, they don't in the province I am from (and I doubt they do anywhere else either), but I think they might let you it you really wanted to.  ;)

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military spending is disgusting.

Fact: Repub candidates want to expand the military even more.

If I could manage it, I would seriously move to Canada because the effects of Bush's deficit spending for wars will be quite sever over the next 20 yrs.

Be careful...we spend money up here like there is no tomorrow...the only difference is we blow our money on even more ridiculous things than the military (eg. bilingualism...you be surprised how much it costs our economy to do write everything twice...this is one example of many many useless social programs)...And the result of all this is per capita we are in deep debt aswell, and our taxes are generally higher.

Our economy is pretty solid right now in comparison to yours because it is largely based on Alberta's oil reseves (and to a lesser degree a host of other natural resources), but do not fool yourself, if the US goes down...we're going down too.

As far as being a lawyer (assuming a top school..t20)...the opportunity in the US is still far better than for the top students at Canadian schools (with the possible exception being the U of Toronto).

Unless you have a reason other than the economy, I wouldn't make that move.

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Law School Applications / If Obama wins will he be good for the economy?
« on: February 05, 2008, 10:56:18 PM »
In my opinion both McCain, and Clinton would be a disaster for the current economic trials in the US...and it looks like Romney and Huckabee are out...

So let's assume Obama wins, how will that affect the economy?

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