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My school has a mandatory health insurance requirement....but I already have health insurance and it would make no sense to pay 1200 a year if i'm already paying on the other end...


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I have a second deposti of 1K due in june...is there a way to take this from the laon?  I know it won't be dispersed by then because usually they wait till the semester begins

i also want to buy a laptop over the summer from said loans

is this possible at all?

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Law School Rankings / U.S. News Report's rankings are 40% worthless...
« on: April 01, 2006, 11:21:31 AM »
Seriously look at their criteria:

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Quality Assessment (weighted by .40)
Peer Assessment Score (.25)
In the fall of 2005, law school deans, deans of academic affairs, the chair of faculty appointments, and the most recently tenured faculty members were asked to rate programs on a scale from "marginal" (1) to "outstanding" (5). Those individuals who did not know enough about a school to evaluate it fairly were asked to mark "don't know." A school's score is the average of all the respondents who rated it. Responses of "don't know" counted neither for nor against a school. About 67 percent of those surveyed responded.


Assessment Score by Lawyers/Judges (.15)
In the fall of 2005, legal professionals, including the hiring partners of law firms, state attorneys general, and selected federal and state judges, were asked to rate programs on a scale from "marginal" (1) to "outstanding" (5). Those individuals who did not know enough about a school to evaluate it fairly were asked to mark "don't know." A school's score is the average of all the respondents who rated it. Responses of "don't know" counted neither for nor against a school. About 26 percent of those surveyed responded.


Selectivity (weighted by .25)
Median LSAT Scores (.125)
The median of the scores on the Law School Admissions Test of the 2005 entering class of the full-time J.D. program.


Median Undergrad GPA (.10)
The median of the undergraduate grade point average of the 2005 entering class of the full-time J.D. program.


Acceptance Rate (.025)
The proportion of applicants to the full-time program who were accepted for entry into the 2005 entering class.


Placement Success (weighted by .20)
Employment Rates for Graduates
The employment rates for 2004 graduating class. Graduates who are working or pursuing graduate degrees are considered employed. Those graduates not seeking jobs are excluded. Employment rates are measure at graduation (.04) and nine months after graduation (.14). For the nine-month employment rate, 25 percent of those whose status is unknown are counted as employed.


Bar Passage Rate (.02)
The ratio of the school's bar passage rate of the 2004 graduating class to that jurisdiction's overall state bar passage rate for first-time test takers in summer 2004 and winter 2005. The jurisdiction listed is the state where the largest number of 2004 graduates took the state bar exam.


Faculty Resources (weighted by .15)
Expenditures Per Student

The average expenditures per student for the 2004 and 2005 fiscal years. The average instruction, library, and supporting services (.0975) are measured, as are all other items, including financial aid (.015).


Student/Faculty Ratio (.03)

The ratio of students to faculty members for the fall 2005 class, using the American Bar Association definition.


Library Resources (.0075)

The total number of volumes and titles in the school's law library at the end of the 2005 fiscal year.

See how 40% of the damn rankings are simply what others think of the school?  Bar passage rates and employment statistics are collectively given only half of that.

Unfortunately though, they have a monopoly on the market of rankings so they can pretty much do whatever they want, and people (including lawyers and future lawyers who should be more skeptical of things like this) take these rankings for 100% accuracy and truth

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I have a deposit due on 4/15...but i havent even heard from 2 others...not even a waitlist or a deferral...nothing...

shouldnt they at least tell me something before april?

i'm going to send the deposit anyway because if they havent responded by now, odds are against me...and i applied in mid october....

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Where should I go next fall? / Seton Hall or St. John's?
« on: February 03, 2006, 12:29:33 AM »
I'm in at Seton Hall but still didn't get accepted to St. John's (not expecting it).  But in case I do, which school is better? 

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I have to say, I really did not study much, or at all, during undergrad.  I'm a finance major at a well known private university.

The material was easy, and the only studying i did was an hour before the test...

i think it's people like me who will have to suddenly adapt to law school...

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Where should I go next fall? / Is it possible to study on the train?
« on: January 29, 2006, 05:10:04 PM »
Anyone here think it's crazy if I were to live 1.5 hours away from school and do some work on the train ride?  I would be taking public transportation solely...just wanted to hear some feedback...

Is it even possible to effectively study on the train?

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Financial Aid / EFC= $100
« on: January 28, 2006, 02:07:19 PM »
So I'm guessing the whole tuition will be loans?

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This further proves that the application process is almost hit or miss.

Got into seton hall but waitlisted at hofstra...very surprised...it was my first choice...

btw this was for the PT program...their stats are 151/156 25/75 and I had a 154/3.3

oh well, it all happens for the best...

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Well tomorrow it will be 6 weeks...

should i worry?

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