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Messages - PhantomBMAN

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Hey guys, sorry I've been away from the board (busy with work and planning logistics for attending Santa Clara).

I noticed the Bar pass rates, and while at the admitted students day this past weekend, they mentioned how they're revamping/starting a new bar-prep program this upcoming year. Also I've heard a LOT of people tell students (particularly 2L's) to take bar-prep classes to be ready for the Cali Bar exam.

If what you say is true Loki, it's a relief. I'd much rather spend my investment learning about the law topics I enjoy (and thus perform better in class I think) than bash my head against a wall doing Bar prep for units on a time crunch. Reminds me of taking chem/calculus during my neurosci requirements in undergrad before I switched to Psych/Law.

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My money would be on TLS taking most of the traffic.

But honestly the two of you have offered better and more detailed advice than 90% of the people that use TLS, so kudos for still sticking around.

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HAHAHAHA!!!!

Well.......that was amusing. Heh, guess I'm dumping everything I know out of my mind when I go into my first day :)

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Good call there. And yeah, complacency is one hell of a beast to deal with.

But then again I'm going into law school treating it as a job as is. Only difference is there will be far more tears and alcohol involved I'm guessing.

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Yes, thank you Loki, your advice and suggestions were indeed very helpful. :)

In terms of the grading and scholarship terms, yeah I have been looking into those, and I think I should have a moderate challenge when I'm there. I'm the kind of guy who performs best when putting myself under "crunch time"; the adrenaline helps me focus and write some of my best essays, but I'm working on balancing that out with typical smart study habits, as procrastination and waiting to be told my a professor "YOU NEED THIS IN TOMORROW" aren't exactly nice feelings, hahahaha

But my 3.35 uGPA is primarily due to 2 grades: I failed calculus twice. Which is funny, because I keep placing into calculus on all math exams, and I passed Chemistry and all with not too many issues.

My transcript literally had all A's, A-'s, and a range of B's (my GPA would have been about a 3.6 if not higher) but those two classes dropped it hard. I never wrote an addendum since I figured it was self-explanatory and was told schools may look at it as though I'm making excuses for myself.

Anyhoo, that's all passed. My point is, when I care about something, I'm fairly confident in my abilities to succeed. Law school will be full of topics I *don't* care about, so those will be my biggest challenge. But I'm fairly sure I won't be gasping for air there, hahahaha

Thanks again guys, I really appreciate all of your time and help!

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Brilliant quote City, I'll definitely have to save it. And I appreciate your help and advice with everything, particularly you looking at both sides (the good and bad).

Who knows, maybe next time I'm in SF (I go there every so often since I'm so close) we'll end up crossing paths one way or another :)

Also my name is Boris, for any future messages. Figure I owe the decency of introducing myself with my actual name after you guys have helped me juggle so many things, haha

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Oh I never meant to suggest that it'll be EASY to get that 3.0, just possible/manageable for someone with my past experience of speaking with law student friends/current lawyers.

One of the former mayors of Santa Cruz, who was one of my law professors during my undergrad, definitely held no punches when discussing law school with his students. He actively tried to persuade us NOT to pursue law actually, emphasizing the challenges and hardships the accompany it. Kind of how Rabbis actively dissuade any gentiles trying to convert to Judaism, hahahaha

Anyways, I'm constantly wary and careful about my grades and performance in law school. I hold no assumptions about how easily I'll be able to achieve success there. But I still maintain confidence in my skills and abilities all the same.

Oh, and here's the breakdown at SCU, City, just in case you were curious. So about 50% lose their scholarships (45-50)

http://law.scu.edu/bulletin/academic-policies/

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Alrighty guys, here's an update on my situation (and I'll read up on everything that's been said for the past few posts afterwards and respond as need).

So after emailing SCU, they responded with the following:

"Your letter has actually come at a good time. Let me begin by saying that our merit scholarships are awarded such that similarly qualified applicants receive the same amount. Thus it is not our policy to increase the scholarship of one person unless we can increase the award to the entire group. It is also not our policy to match or exceed the scholarship offers made by other schools. Having said that, we recently decided to increase the scholarship within your group to $15,000. Amended scholarship letters reflecting this increase will be going out in the mail next week. The terms and conditions of your scholarship will remain the same.

We understand that scholarship awards are among the many important factors to consider when selecting a law school. Our centers, clinics, and programs, along with our robust externship opportunities that take advantage of our Silicon Valley location provide our students with unique opportunities that are difficult to match. Though we cannot match your other scholarship offers, we do offer additional endowed scholarship opportunities for continuing students.

We look forward to welcoming you to Santa Clara Law in the fall."

So, they essentially raised it from a 30k to a 45k scholarship. And granted, it's a 3.0 stip (but then again at SCU that's a B-, not a B). I don't know how hard that will be to maintain, but every lawyer and doctor friend I know who'd aware of my schoolwork/work ethic believes it won't be terribly difficult. Challenging, but manageable. The only thing that worries me are grade curves in law school. Unlike many med schools which operate on a P/NP system, the whole "you can have no more and no fewer than ___ amount of A/B/C, etc."

That being said, I think I'm fairly set on attending SCU. If Hastings were to reply and offer me some sort of aid, I would go there. Otherwise SCU seems like the best balance of traits I'm looking for, and I'm not against delving into High Tech to see how it fits with me. The Biotech department is of particular interest, and SCU's rep is truly underrated based on just how much its rep around Silicon Valley carries apparently (based on recent and former grads from there).

NOW THEN! Onto reading what you guys have been quibbling about :P Hahahahaha

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Those two things are where the division lies. I very deeply wish to remain in California and work here, but the cost is clearly cheaper in SLU.

I could have gotten into GG and probably McGeorge fairly easily with decent awards. I did base my applying there in part on their course offerings, and in part based on how others seem to have perceived them.....which wasn't exactly in a shining light.

The more I'm looking at the class of 2013's employment stats, the more I'm realizing that 60-70% employment in JD required/preferred positions, with about average/above average Bar passage for California.....Santa Clara isn't too bad, right? The debt is shoddy for sure, but if I have most of my friends and contacts in California, and I know the State and area far better (I went to UCSC)....doesn't it make sense to go through with USC?

If you guys can't tell, my emotions and fighting with my logic a great deal. You two are like the little spirits on my shoulder right now, hahahaha

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Also the employment statistics for SCU seem to be far different on their site (ABA approved?) than the source you used (LST?)

http://law.scu.edu/careers/employment-statistics/

Sooo.....what do? hahahaha

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