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Pointless Arguments / Re: Illegal Immigration
« on: July 21, 2005, 01:56:21 PM »
Maybe, but if people have those problems then they should apply for asylum, not immigration.

But, of course we should welcome the tired, poor, hungry and sick.

asylum is a form of immigration.  all the problems that apply to immigration also apply to asylum.

2L job search / OCIP: Ladies' Attire
« on: July 21, 2005, 01:36:46 PM »
Let's talk suits, hair, bags, etc.

Post pics if you found great deals or if you just want to show off your fashion sense.

General Board / Re: Ladies- where are you suit shopping?
« on: July 20, 2005, 10:56:08 AM »
I am shopping at Nordstrom, Macy's and BCBG for my suits.

I am getting a jacket transfered in from another store and if I like the overall fit, one of the suits I will be getting is a Garfield & Marks black skirt suit with muted pin stripes.  It's on sale for about $400, so I think with tailoring and everything it will be a pretty good deal for a high quality suit.

For pant suits, I will probably pick up a couple of BCBG suits -- one navy and one grey.

If you want a good deal on something a little cheaper, Ann Taylor has a good sale on business peices right now.

Pointless Arguments / Re: Illegal Immigration
« on: July 19, 2005, 12:19:46 AM »
Biggest probelm with the current implementation of #3 is the suspiciously low rate of language waiver approvals.  I have seen cases where people with cranial damage were not granted the waiver.  Furthermore, currently the INS does not accept post traumatic stress disorder (no matter how extreme) as a basis for the inability to learn English. 

Transferring / Re: From Tennessee to Vanderbilt?
« on: July 05, 2005, 04:58:22 PM »
Depending on circumstances, I am thinking about trying to transfer from University of Tennessee to Vanderbilt.  Tennessee I a high T2 school, currently ranked 52, and I also got into Baylor and University of Florida (from out of state), both low T1 schools.  I only got a 158 on the LSAT.  Do y'all think it would be possible to transfer to Vandy on grades alone, or will I need to retake the LSAT?  I'm only asking now because if I need to retake the LSAT, I need to start working on it now--I have a very hard time with standardized tests.

That's a heck of a transfer you are contemplating.  You would have to have grades that are in the top 15% of your class to have a shot at all.  As jdohno pointed out, your LSAT and UGPA will be only secondary factors.

General Board / Re: financial aid help!
« on: July 05, 2005, 04:55:35 PM »
OK I am in need of some financial aid help. Like a lot of you out there, I am going to be completely reliant on loans for my income. Now, my school has set up a "budget" they think you should stick to, and your financial aid is based on that. However, it seems to be a budget where you live with 6 roommates in the ghetto and eat ramen noodles. ANyway, my question is, is there any way to get more money than your school seems to think you should have? I have heard about private loans, but if your school has to certify the amount then they'll probably deny it since I've already met their recommended budget. Please help! EMail me at or post here.

As the above posters have pointed out, there are alternatives, like additional loans that don't need certification and student budget appeals with your financial aid office.  However, I would caution you to wait and see how your budget will actually work out before you begin to secure additional loans.  When I looked at my budget for the first time, it certainly looked like I would be struggling just to get by.  This did not turn out to be the case.  I actually had enough money to take a couple of cross-country trips, do all my Christmas shopping and feed my insatiable appetite for shoes, pedicures and clothes.  The thing you have to keep in mind is that you don't have to break down the lump sum in the way that the school does.  I found that I spent much less on food than they budgeted and slightly more on gas and travel expenses.  Just see how it works out.  You can always get additional loans later.

Stetson / Re: Dear Stetson Students, I am in LOVE with your campus!
« on: June 28, 2005, 11:25:39 PM »
If you run into one of the student ambassadors, try to get the nickel tour.  There are some interesting little side stories for different places.  e.g. the letters on the stairs leading to the faculty offices. 

Thanks for the suggestion.  Maybe after I finish my asylum brief I will.  Right now it's all work, work, work. ;D

Stetson / Dear Stetson Students, I am in LOVE with your campus!
« on: June 28, 2005, 08:10:00 PM »
I was there today, working on a brief for work.  What a place!  The library is large, roomy and well-equipped.  Moving bookcases -- *&^%, we only dream about stuff like this at Boalt!  Your campus rocks -- just thought I would tell you! 

I look forward to going back tomorrow. ;D

Am-Jur'ed ?
American Jurisprudence Award = top grade in the class.

General Board / Re: 1L Summer Clerkship
« on: June 23, 2005, 10:17:33 PM »
Big law firms here where I live just do not hire 1Ls. The most you can get is clerking for some suck-ass judge.
Although most law firms don't advertise it, pretty much ANY firm will take a 1L if they are impressed enough with the applicant's resume.

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