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Current Law Students / Re: Engineers in Law School
« on: January 11, 2006, 09:45:19 AM »
I found that while the engineering material (CS was taught out of the engineering school at my UG) was harder, I had more of a desire to learn it than the material in law school.  I absolutely hated the first semester of law school.  I found out that I read slower than everyone else.  The crap is just so painfully boring to me that when I read or study I can NOT stop my mind from wandering.  This happens much less when I'm doing CS-y type stuff.  I might drop out.  I'm on a half-tuition scholarship to a top 10 school (got a monster LSAT) but I did terribly and my best friend got in off the wait list and she is doing better than me.  So don't believe that a good lsat means that you can necessarily put in the same amount of effort and just do well (that's what I was told).

Actually, another point about the engineering perspective.  I asked a ton of other people if the readings were boring for them too and the answer was uniform: definitely.  In response to my follow-up question of "why don't you drop out if you hate it?", the response was almost always "what else would I do?  I'm a history|english|polysci major."  My theory is that law school beckons the smart kids whose background and experience makes them practically unemployable (at least for a decent job).  After it attracts these kids whose backs are against the wall, it ranks them by a combination of desperateness and intelligence (where desperateness is measured by willingness to study) by pouring this crap work on top of them and seeing who can regurgitate it the best.  I wasn't willing to put myself through the painfully tedious stuff because I was making cash beforehand doing interesting work (the thought being that if I have to be in this much pain to get a job after LS, I would be better off dropping out).  (I went to law school to see if I would like it because I liked some UG law classes.)  This made me not work nearly as hard as everyone else and do much worse (haven't got my grades yet but I know I did bad).  Anyway, the moral here is that I didn't realize how motivated most other people would be because I didn't realize how little choice they had to do well in law school.

Current Law Students / Re: LSAT Score no predictor of success
« on: January 11, 2006, 08:50:51 AM »
according to LSN - my LSAT score is one of the lowest in my entire class....yet I got the highest grade in my Civ Pro class on the final.  Right on !

I agree it's not as accurate as it's trumpeted to be.  I got a 176 but got absolutely shelled on my finals.  I haven't gotten any grades back but I did 3rd worst out of 30 on our only mid-term and I came out of that thinking I did ok.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: UVA Bound Thread
« on: August 25, 2005, 10:06:33 PM »
not including supplements/hornbooks.

What ones did you get?  I asked the girl who finished up in Kraus if she used anything since she seemed on top of the situation.  She said she didn't use any.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: UVA Bound Thread
« on: August 18, 2005, 05:16:13 PM »

Incoming 1Ls / Re: UVA Bound Thread
« on: August 17, 2005, 03:08:21 PM »
section assignments still NOT posted, as of noon today.

Anyone up for a LSD/UVA mixer/drink/lunch...? just curious

Separate topic:

There's an ultimate frisbee pick-up game at 6pm tomorrow (thurs 8/18) at washington park:

I'm going.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Striking out all over on the Internet today
« on: August 15, 2005, 03:30:51 PM »
So, I think there is a place where we can specify direct deposit info to get our loan money faster--now, who knows where it is? I have blundered around ISIS and LawWeb and haven't found it. I think I got a piece of paper once upon a time that gave a url but I can't find it (or anything).

Incoming 1Ls / Re: UVA Bound Thread
« on: August 05, 2005, 07:59:10 AM »
Check you inboxes, email from "University of Virginia Graduate Orientation" arrived in mine this morning.

And if you're really lucky, you'll have an e-mail from Cynthia Burns (  telling you there was a mistake on your tuition bill and that you are required to pay an additional $500!  Of course, only us really lucky ones got that one.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: UVA Bound Thread
« on: July 29, 2005, 10:45:12 AM »
Are our laptops required to have floppy drives for exams?  I found a post on LSD that says UVA requires floppy drives for exams, but can't find anything official.  Also, on this page:

where it says

"Given the requirement that students take exams on computers, the Law School requires that all entering J.D. and LL.M. students own a notebook computer with a wireless network card."

I'd think they'd say a floppy drive is required if it were.  Has anyone found anything from UVA that says a floppy drive is required?

They they take it into account much less so than they advertise. They're held hostage to the numbers game.

This is true.  The US News formula just takes student GPA into account, not major.  Most schools would rather be ranked higher than have a slightly better student body.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: UVA Bound Thread
« on: July 21, 2005, 08:46:16 PM »
I got my tuition bill oo. The bill amount did not reflect my private loans, only my Stafford and scholarship money. In place of my private loan amounts, it showed a zero dollar credit. I think that just serves as a placeholder--they know the loans are coming, they're just not yet counting the amountd toward the bill.

What does the scholarship line say?  I have two, LAW EXCESS TUITION and LAW SCHOOL FOUND SCHOLARS, is that what you have as well?  Together they add up to slightly more than half of my scholarship.

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