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Sup ppl. I'm conflicted about whether to transfer and give up a nice scholarship (20k). I would like to transfer to a school in NYC, but I know that it is highly unlikely if not impossible to receive much money as a transfer student. Is anyone else facing a similar situation? Do you think it will ultimately be worth it?

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Current Law Students / Re: Live alone or have a roommate?
« on: March 12, 2006, 10:51:59 AM »
Well, it looks like the majority of those already in LS say live alone. I think the pollg can reasonably be closed now. good luck anyway.

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Current Law Students / Re: Live alone or have a roommate?
« on: March 06, 2006, 06:59:13 PM »
I originally was "lucky" enough to be placed in my law school housing, and then i was really lucky that I could not afford it. After talking to some of the people who i would have been living with, i'm a sooooo glad that i got a crappy little room of camups for half the price of the law school housing.

Live alone if you can, or if you can't afford it, find a person who will be at your law school that you will like and then both of you can look for affordable housing. I did that by searching Craigslist last summer. I found about three people who were also starting at my school, I met one of them to see if we were compatible. It didn't work out, but still, it was a good idea.


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Transferring / Re: LSAT scores in regard to transferring
« on: February 19, 2006, 06:41:25 PM »
I was asked on one of my ls apps about whether I felt that the LSAT was biased against/towards me. I flat out said no. I did not do so hot on the exam, but I felt that it was because I just didn't put in that extra effort that might have given me a better grade. I don't think that the LSAT was created by white supremacists. But you have to go past the test alone if you want to look at where minorities are disadvantaged. I grew up in Brooklyn, I went to public schools that were and still are horrendous (I know because I worked in a Bronx HS last year). Overcrowding, lack of books (this is not an exagerration), teahers who can't teach because of disciplinary problems with a handful of students. It makes a difference. I would love to go to a public elementary school in the a middle class part of connecticut and see what kind of situation that school is in in comparison. I'm not going to get into the history  of discrimination against minorities in education and in the workforce and in society in genereal. It's not really necessary. I look at it this way. All kids are supposed to start from the same place right. That's what people expect, and if everyone starts from the same place in life, then there will be no need for a "hand up". It is clear, however that everyone does not start from the same place in life, so I support trying to level the field. I wish they would do it through the educational system starting from elementary school, but since that's not likely, we have to do it through programs like AA. sorry if it makes you feel angry, but imagine how we felt when in the past we couldn't get any chances at all NO MATTER HOW GOOD WE WERE.     

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Current Law Students / Re: Serious Responses Only Please
« on: January 25, 2006, 11:28:22 PM »
I agree with all above except I do think there are schools that are different in terms of atmosphere. That may be what you need, a change of atmosphere. I don't think transferring would be a bad idea if you can do some resaerch on schools (talk to current students, faculty, etc) and find ones that might fit you better in terms of personality. My school seems to be the antithesis (to a certain extent) of the "typical" law school atmosphere. Less of the nose in the book 24/7, grade mongering, ultra-competative crap. I also agree that the first year courses are not that interesting (except I think property is pretty ok).

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Current Law Students / Re: CLASSMATES...
« on: January 25, 2006, 11:22:03 PM »
And for me, if people are superficial on the surface, that pretty much does it for me. I don't think you should have to search deep down inside a person to find good things about them.



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su·per·fi·cial

ADJECTIVE:

1.  Of, affecting, or being on or near the surface: a superficial wound.
2.  Concerned with or comprehending only what is apparent or obvious; shallow.
3.  Apparent rather than actual or substantial: a superficial resemblance.
4.  Trivial; insignificant: made only a few superficial changes in the manuscript.
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Thanks for clearing that up Buckie.

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Current Law Students / Re: CLASSMATES...
« on: January 24, 2006, 11:51:56 AM »
You mentioned you had a family life (I'm assuming spouse and/or kids), so I take it you're non-traditional, or at least are not fresh out of undergrad.  If so, find people in the same boat.  Find those who take themselves seriously.  Find a study group with people you might enjoy being around.

I have to agree with everyone though that your attitude about friendships in law school is borderline awful.  You see friends as a competitive advantage, and readily admit you don't want a best friend or confidante.  If you mean you don't want to be friends with a lot of people in the law school, that's fine, I feel the same way.  But that's why cliques aren't all bad.  I found people who I enjoy being around, who I find approach the experience similar to me, and who respect me.  By the way, many superficial people are just superficial on the surface.  Try getting to know someone and maybe you'll realize it's not that bad.

I agree about the cliques thing, but while you are trying to find the "right" people to be around, it's hard to get rid of the "wrong" ones that you have met and been friendly with. That's where the awkwardness comes from because it's hard to start avoiding people who i've previously been hanging out with. And for me, if people are superficial on the surface, that pretty much does it for me. I don't think you should have to search deep down inside a person to find good things about them.


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Transferring / does a waitlist help?
« on: January 23, 2006, 10:10:03 PM »
Hey ppl. I f I was waitlisted at a school last cycle (i think I had a very decent shot at getting in, I don't think it was a reach), do you think that that helps me if i apply this cycle? Specifically Rutgers-Newark. I've heard that this is the case at some schools.

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Current Law Students / Re: CLASSMATES...
« on: January 23, 2006, 09:41:14 PM »
Ok this is the deal... I'm serious about law school... really serious... and possibly too serious.  The thing is I'm not antisocial but I really can't stand superficial people that goof around and inadvertently drag me down with them.  Concentration wise and grade wise.  See, I don't want to be a jerk and overall I do want to be "liked" within my class because it makes law school a little more bearable knowing that if you miss a class the person sitting next to you won't give you the wrong notes on the wrong topic.  But I just don't know how to draw the line between wanting to be friendly and cordial to you but not wanting to be your best friend and confidante... without hurting your feelings.  For instance it sucks when you're friendly to everyone in class... they like you and you like them.  But then there comes the all-encompassing "what'cha doin Friday night" that I will have to say no to... which without me wanting it to... begins to burn bridges.  As we all know us law students are a sensitive bunch  ;) 

I'm not a nerd and I don't study 24/7 but I find deep personal friendships and "cliques" during law school, are especially taxing and take away from what you should be doing.  So how can I stay friendly with everyone without having to be a huge part of your life and without looking like a total jerk?

What should I do?  Anyone else feel my pain? 
Don't listen to the retards above, I know exactly what you're talking about. My 1L class is split up into several groups that take classes together, and i've found that if i make friends with people outside of my group, it helps to cut down on the awkwardness. I don't see them in class, and I can always call them up if I need to go out and blow off some steam.

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Current Law Students / Re: Anyone still looking for summer jobs?
« on: January 09, 2006, 08:54:06 PM »
Maybe the internet hates you too.

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