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Law School Admissions / Re: DON'T GO TO LAW SCHOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!
« on: June 16, 2004, 02:03:32 PM »
One interesting thought I just had: tons of people go to law school straight out of undergrad.  Classic mistake.  I bet you a lot of people experience the horror of corporate work after they graduate law school.  Granted, they would have experienced this horror if they had just worked out of undergrad too.  I think that lawyers are unhappy in a way that lots of folks are unhappy with their jobs.  I believe it is all about finding your niche (which can take years/decades to find.)

Incoming 1Ls / Re: No Preparatory Reading And Success?
« on: June 16, 2004, 01:59:27 PM »
The larger question you are asking is, "Is is possible to be successful in law school without any prep work?"  I haven't gone to law school yet, which is true of most of us here.  Based on the information I have, I would say that is absolutely possibly.  I would say those that heavily prep are actually in the minority.  I talked to the senior class prez at Hastings and he said most students didn't prep before school in his class. 

I know there have been other threads along a similar line.  Prep work probably assists in increasing confidence, but "thinking like a lawyer" is a skill that can only be honed in law school.  So, I think absolutely someone could be successful w/o prep.  I think I will prep a bit since I know it can't hurt.

Law School Admissions / DON'T GO TO LAW SCHOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!
« on: June 16, 2004, 10:35:34 AM »
Has anyone else heard this from a lot of people.  What is mean to everyone on this board when they hear it?  I for one think I have researched plenty and know what I am getting into.  What has everyone here done to know they are making the right decision 125K and 3 years later?

There is a lot of truth to this.  I would also probably emphasize that those that go to law school because they don't know what to do after undergrad...are screwed.  Wrong reason!!  I think a lot of people go because they are afraid to work or don't know how to get a job.  Those are the people the fill the bottom of the curve at law school.

I have to say, there is a lot of terrible information on this board.  I applied to 8 schools this last year...not 1 asked for anything explaining why I cancelled a score.  A word of advise: if you think you did bad...absolutely cancel.  Showing a cancelled score and then improving (even if just a little bit) is better then keeping a bad score.  Remember US News?  They don't ask if their applicants had multiple test scores.  Think people...think.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: berkeley wl
« on: June 15, 2004, 12:57:44 PM »
My stats: 163 LSAT  3.78 GPA...
I would have loved to go there as well...don't think it'll happen though.....oh well!

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / berkeley wl
« on: June 15, 2004, 08:25:18 AM »
Anyone here on the Berkeley WL? Any news?

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Hastings Housing
« on: June 14, 2004, 12:53:10 PM »

You should choose the law school that you most want to go to.  I would base that decision on where you want to practice law.  If you want to practice in Cali, Hastings is a great option.  If you need to move to Cali, I would call the financial aid office and let them know your situation.  They may be able to give you extra $ or give you advice on how to pay for the move, etc.  All I know is a lot of people have to move to law school and I am sure that most people are in your situation.  Hastings is expensive in that you more than likely have to/should live in San Fran, which is expensive.  I just secured a one bedroom w/ 2 other girls: $775.  I could have gone cheaper though.  I have seen places for $650 and below.  I agree w/ the previous posts that these slight differences (although they seem major) in expenses won't matter much later on.  Hastings will afford you much greater opportunities...simple as that.  I received several offers from lesser schools w/ big $.  It just isn't that great of a deal.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: hastings or BU
« on: June 10, 2004, 02:45:15 PM »
I ALSO had to choose between these schools...and BU gave me $15,000!!!  I just know I want to end up in Cali...simple as that.  The east coast is, well, the east coast.  If that doesn't mean anything to you, it will if you go to school there.  I grew up in the Midwest, so I think we really can see the difference in West vs. East. 

I ended up having a bf who got into Stanford MBA.  If he would have wanted to go to Harvard, we may have ended up at BU.  That is a tough call...I really struggled w/ it.  The only thing I can say, is I am going to Hastings in fall and I am excited!

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Breaks?
« on: June 10, 2004, 09:59:16 AM »
I took the test in June and December of 2003.  It was approx 1 minute between sections.  It could depend on the proctor too though.

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