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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Laptops
« on: December 03, 2008, 06:48:50 AM »
Well I didn't get in line early enough to get the laptop I wanted on Black Friday but I plan on getting a refurbished Dell online.

Incoming 1Ls / Laptops
« on: November 25, 2008, 09:17:47 PM »
I'm considering buying a laptop on Black Friday because i desperately need a new one. However, I do know of some UGs that require you to buy a laptop from the university itself. Are there any law schools that have such a policy? If so, which ones and how common is it? For the record, I have looked at several school websites for their policies. I could not find one that specifically required a university-bought laptop, but there were a couple that I wasn't sure on: GLUC, UVA, and UChi.

Law School Admissions / Re: October Test Takers Applying this Cycle
« on: October 06, 2008, 08:37:04 AM »
count me in.
Here's a question: What should we be doing over the next 2.5 weeks? Should I start doing applications or should I wait on that?

Law School Admissions / Re: Graduating in less time vs. GPA
« on: August 15, 2008, 05:17:33 PM »
Let me add my $.02.
I don't think adcoms will particularly care how long it takes. Meggo brings up a good point though that 5 years of taking only 12 cr hrs MIGHT hurt a little as it is fairly low. That said, however, numbers are King (and Queen)in admissions. If you get a 4.0 and a 180, but take 5 years to do it, no one will really care. So ultimately, I think you need to just go with your natural preference. Personally, I don't think college is really all that great. This is probably not true of most people, but I do have a few friends in the same boat.
 I'm graduating in 2 years because I racked up a lot of credit through duel enrollment in high school, so all I have to do is take 16 credit hours strait through (including summer). Ultimately, I don't regret it. You may have a different opinion and that's fine too.

Law School Admissions / Re: LSDAS GPA
« on: August 13, 2008, 11:15:48 AM »
Great advice General Yankee and WashLaw. Do either of you mind if I PM you sometime after I've crafted my addendum?

Well I'm far from an expert at these things but I'll take a look.

Law School Admissions / Re: LSDAS GPA
« on: August 13, 2008, 07:13:26 AM »
If your grades changed completely when you transferred schools, law schools would see that and surmise that the first school was not a good fit for you, so an addendum that explains that might not be necessary. However, it might not look good that you had to transfer "down" (no offense but UT-Dallas is just not considered to be on the same level as Austin) to get good grades, so you might want to explain your reasons for transferring - that Austin was not simply too hard for you. What law school would want you if you can't perform at a challenging school?

Good point. I had actually transferred to UT Dallas because I had to move back home to take care of my mom. I could've easily just changed majors and stayed at UT Austin. My mom's deteriorating condition contributed to my shoddy grades at UT Austin (not to mention it was a much harder major), but I don't want to use her health as an excuse. It just sounds so typical, you know? Would you recommend doing this?

Really this just confirms that you need to write an addendum. Your mother's health is not an "excuse". If you were truly caring for her and needed to be with her, adcoms will understand. You now have 2 very good explanations for your grades: 1. you were mother's health 2. you were in a major that didn't fit. You can then explain that after you moved closer to your mom and switched majors, you began receiving your stellar grades. 

Studying for the LSAT / Improving your time
« on: August 04, 2008, 05:24:24 PM »
So i think I have a pretty good mastery of the actual material at this point. I just hit 172 untimed today. However, it's going SLOW. I usually have to take about 10 extra minutes from each section. So how do you improve your timing? Is it one of those things where you just keep working with the material and get faster? Should i start doing timed sections and get done what I can?

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Hypothetical October Suprize
« on: August 03, 2008, 10:08:24 AM »
I would be surprised if Bush didn't try for a nomination. Naturally the senate would then be all a shambles while conservatives turn out in record numbers to make sure the senate has enough republicans to prevent a filibuster if mccain wins, and to sway the vote if obama wins. At the same time democrats would have serious problems looking petty if they tried to block a vote on the nomination, and it would probably hurt obama by association.

So I agree with your assessment, but I think it would also affect the senate races. Mccain's response probably be the determining factor, from what we've seen so far though, I bet he would bumble any such october surprise.

Though that would all depend on how the "liberal" media spins it...

(personally, I have a dream of obama winning and then scalia and stevens resigning at the end of the next session...)

1. Yeah, I think Bush is really the wild card in this regard. I certainly could see him trying to make an 11th hour appointment, I could also see him not doing anything specifically in order to make it a campaign issues in hopes of helping McCain.
2. McCain I think might actually pull this one off. If, as you say, Dems try to filibuster, McCain has an easy shot at his opponent and will win over the conservatives. That said he has a knack for pissing off Conservatives with judicial issues, maybe I'm giving him too much credit.
3. Hadn't thought about the senate races, but I think hat will be a factor too. a filibuster would hurt the dems. They'd maintain the lead and maybe gain a few seats still, but not as much as they could have. 
4. my dream is opposite, I had really hoped for a Stevens resignation at some point in the last 2 years, thereby creating the Senate Fight of the Century. But hey, I'm a Conservative. As to your dream: I can see Stevens retiring in Obama's first term, but maybe not as soon as you might like. Scalia will absolutely not resign (but I'm sure you knew that).

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Which schools does the Illuminati recruit out of?
« on: August 02, 2008, 08:38:42 PM »
It's all the same, man... Illuminati, Skull & Bones, NWO...
The way I see it, Skull and Crossbones is your best path. So, go to Yale. from what i understand all skull and crossbones have an automatic ticket to the Illuminati provided they sell their souls to Satan and give their life to the anti-Christ.
For more info see Dan Brown's Angels and Demons

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Which schools does the Illuminati recruit out of?
« on: August 02, 2008, 06:42:13 PM »

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