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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Scholarship Question
« on: July 15, 2008, 12:19:38 PM »
What kind of scholarship could I expect to get from a school like Buffalo or Syracuse? And, considering that I want to do prosecution, would it be a wiser decision financially to take such a scholarship instead of going to a place like Fordham (if I managed to get in there)?

I don't know about Buffalo. However, I got into Syracuse and they offered me $22,500 a year. I ultimately turned it down for personal reasons. I don't know if it the only way they do it but I know that I was offered the scholarship based on a second essay I had to write for the alumni association that I submitted with my application. I didn't think I did all that well writing about why alumni are important, but I guess they felt otherwise. I am not even sure how that scholarship renews itself though. I ended up instead going to Quinnipiac with a $25,000 scholarship renewable every year based on your class rank (top 1/3 gets 100%, 1/2: 80%, 2/3: 50%). Luckily I was able to stay in the top 1/4 so I will get 100% back in the fall.

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General Board / Re: 2L...what to do with 1L books?
« on: July 15, 2008, 11:30:25 AM »
there are a bunch of threads on here about this (ironically, one of them was mine)

here are two I found really quickly and I am sure I will find more later

http://www.lawschooldiscussion.org/students/index.php?topic=3001181.msg3007465

http://www.lawschooldiscussion.org/students/index.php?topic=4011928.msg5130120

I guess the general consensus is to sell.... Hopefully I will get around to selling mine at some point

hope that helps

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General Board / Re: They say GPA is important...
« on: July 15, 2008, 08:30:50 AM »
I am a prospective law student.  As I understand the top schools are looking for a high undergraduate GPA and high LSAT.  But if you have been working for the past 5 to 6 years since graduation, is GPA as relevant?  Also, doesn't the kind of major/university play a big factor into it?

LSAT matters more than anything in my experience. I had a nearly perfect GPA from a large research university which is ranked within the top 100 for undergraduate programs. I graduated summa with dean's list every semester. I was also in phi beta kappa. However, I am an awful standardized test taker and got only an average score on the LSAT. As a result, I got scholarship offers at all the schools that accepted me (except Suffolk which almost never gives money out) but my option of schools was much more limited than I had hoped.

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I was on the elevator this morning.  I'd been at work since about 7 in the morning, it was about 10 o'clock.  I was on my way up to the 8th floor, and the elevator stopped at 2.  This obese man shuffled onto the elevator under great effort.  He was holding a bag full of food from McFatburger, grease was literally oozing through the brown paper bag.  Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, after all.  He had a Jumbo size cup full of soda with extra glucose, which he was sucking it down as if it were the end of the world.  He smelled like an ash tray, undoubtedly he was just getting to work but he must have smoked at least 5 cigarettes already.  Apparently the brown bag full of nutritious treats wouldn't be his first meal, because he had a food stain on his untucked and wrinkled shirt.  He hit the botton for the third floor, after all he might break a sweat if he had to walk up a single flieght of stairs.  You wouldn't notice if he had broken a sweat however, because he neglected to take a shower that morning.  You could smell the body odor above the stench of ash tray and fat soaked bacon breakfast.

This got me thinking.  I can't wait until the government subsidizes health care.  I'd really jump at the opportunity to pay for this guys dermatology appointment, but I didn't know how to bring it up to him.  It is much more efficient if the government just takes my money before it ever gets to my bank account, wastes a third of it on administrative costs, and then uses it for the preventative health care of people I don't know or care about.  Hope and Change in 2009!!!

I thought I saw your point coming a mile away but dismissed it because there are so many big-government lovers on this board. You sir are brilliant and actually get why (among many other reasons) a state-run health care system will suck and how the crazed lefties want it to just boost themselves

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General Board / Re: Miss USA endorses Obama
« on: July 14, 2008, 07:49:00 AM »


NHA TRANG, Vietnam (AFP) - Miss USA has no idea whether she'll take the crown at the Miss Universe contest on Monday, but she's already decided who's got her vote in the White House race -- Barack Obama. One of 80 hopefuls in the global beauty pageant to be held in Vietnam, 26-year-old Crystle Stewart said while she admired both candidates, she was more drawn to the Democratic hopeful. "I like Barack Obama -- just his poise and the way he motivates people -- and that's something that draws me," said the Texan beauty, who works as a motivational speaker and is writing a book called "Waiting to Win." Asked if she would vote for Obama, she said: "That's a secret, but yes!" "John McCain is an American hero," she said of the Republican Party hopeful, a senator from Arizona and former naval pilot who spent five-and-a-half years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. "I'm actually kind of torn because I think he's a great person, he's older and he might be a little bit wiser," she told AFP on the eve of the Miss Universe contest, to be broadcast Sunday evening US time.

"But Obama's on the higher end of the list," she added.

Stewart said she was proud to represent the United States in an event held in Vietnam, once America's battlefield enemy, because the show could act as a bridge between the countries and help post-war reconciliation. "That was 30 years ago, and we had a terrible conflict, but now we're working together, and I think this will show everyone that USA and Vietnam can be very friendly and cordial to each other," she said. "Hopefully we can be role models to other countries, to work in cooperation and peace together... It's bringing the countries closer together."

It's funny when models pretend they are intelligent

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General Board / Re: Does this offend anyone else????
« on: July 10, 2008, 07:27:15 PM »
I am doing MBE practice questions.  Particularly with respect to criminal law, I find that the questions are extremely racist.  Any time that a person in the question is comitting a crime, they have a name that is historically a predominately white name.  It is always "Andrew points a gun at Matthew with the intention of scaring him.  The gun is unloaded.  Has John committed assault?"  Why can't they mix up the names to be more ethnically diverse?  How about names like Jermaine, Jose, Shaniqua, Gyan, Maria Sanchez, Saddam, Enrique, Kushka, Batool?

In our new age of hyper-awareness, shouldn't this be taboo?  I for one am offended.  I think it is at least as offensive as this:

http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/atlanta/stories/2008/07/09/men_working_signs_atlanta.html

I am assuming this is a flame but....

the prevailing "wisdom" is that only whites are capable of racism since racism is a mixture of discriminatory views and power and since minorities are in the minority and generally historically disadvantaged, they cannot be racist. Therefore, there is no such thing as anti-white racism.

I think that is a crock of *&^% though.... any time someone bases a judgment on race, regardless of which race it is, they are acting in a discriminatory manner.

These cards though don't seem racist to me just because they use common Anglo-Saxon names

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I was a poli sci major (useless), but took some interest in econ and philo, and that's the stuff I find to resonate the most in law school. The only thing that came in handy from poli sci was game theory.

and Con Law

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General Board / Boston Firms?
« on: July 10, 2008, 02:31:48 PM »
I am currently in the process of applying for next summer. I know my options are pretty limited, but if at all possible, I would prefer to stay away from the government because of this awful summer (fed. agency treating me like crap among other things). I am mostly looking in Worcester, Middlesex (Framingham) and Suffolk (Boston) counties.

I am in top 1/4 of my 1L class and in undergrad was summa and phi beta kappa from a large research university.

I know my options are limited both because I wasn't top 10% or graded onto law review, and because my shcool is third tier and in a different state, but any recommendations of places where I would have a shot at? either specific firms or general ideas of how to find firms that would take me, preferably places that practice something business-related

My school does have OCI but most of the firms are in state and the ones that do have Boston offices usually look top 15% or higher.

I do plan on trying to write onto law review... how much would that help my chances if I somehow get on?

Thanks

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I think Obama is his own man just like McCain is. The labels are counterproductive.



That is a good point I suppose but it doesn't stop a lot of Bush-bashers from claiming he is a lot more conservative than he actually is; i.e. it doesn't stop the two sides from hurling them at each other regardless. The Left is going to yell that McCain is "Bush III" and a warmongering conservative. The Right is going to yell that McCain practically worships Karl Marx. Its awful, but... at least for now... thats politics

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Just as you don't cite your claims about that ranking being erroneous. I knew when I posted that you made previous reference to this finding but you never really supported it or cited with a source why it was wrong. You more or less just made a broad blanket assessment that it is invalid.

Also, you have not chosen to rebut what I wrote. As I said, he is more liberal that most senators, not THE most liberal senator. That is a different debate which although also supports my view is not what I am arguing. I laid out why he is more liberal than most senators just from a mathematical stand point without even getting into policy positions and you still haven't adequately rebutted it.

Face it, even if Obama isn't the most liberal senator (which he might very well be as well), he is still more liberal than most senators as I have pointed out

The rankings are inherently flawed because there is no clear delineation between what constitutes the liberal or conservative position on a given issue. Indeed, there cannot be given the ambiguous definition of the two terms. You simply can't show from a mathematical standpoint who is more liberal than another. My original post on the matter specifically attempted to adress that issue (I'm sorry if I was not clear on that point).

There is nothing wrong with making a subjective determination that a given politician is too liberal for your tastes, or that the politician is more liberal than most. I just resist blanket statements about a politician in this regard made as if they contain some type of objective truth.

So you are denying that Obama is more of a liberal than he is a moderate? that was my original point. By saying he is more liberal than he is moderate, when conservatives are included it means he is more liberal than most senators... again, I haven't said he is THE most liberal. IF you really think Obama is a moderate you are delusional

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