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Law School Applications / impulse to send out one more application?
« on: January 11, 2009, 10:58:51 PM »
Anyone else feel the need to send out just one more application, perhaps across the country, even though it's January? While I wait for my decisions, I have considered sending out yet another app because 1) it's cold outside and 2) I haven't heard back from all my damn schools yet.

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Meta Discussion / Re: Why is LSD failing to TLS?
« on: January 02, 2009, 08:55:19 PM »
I have trouble with both sites, much of the time. At TLS it is hard to get in a word. Here it is hard to take much seriously (tim mitchell's life, are these shoes nice? barack obama songs etc). But LSAT Star, Hammerstein, et al have made this site extemely useful. TLS is USNAWR x wealth-in-a-box. But with so many posts, I'm always scrolling, looking for gold..i.e. "How obnoxious is it getting" is a great thread over there. 

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: WESTERN NEW ENGLAND, ANYONE???
« on: December 27, 2008, 09:34:56 PM »
I am interested in WNEC, partly like you said due to a scholarship offer. Biggest cons seem to be median salary coming out and low bar passage rate...but I am still interested enough that I am craigslist-surfing Springfield. What did you learn at the open house?

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Best Pizza in T-14
« on: October 30, 2008, 09:44:39 PM »
I voted "other"...Cornell...The Nines in Ithaca has amazing pizza.

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I have read quite a few personal statements and you would be surprised how many of them talk about a) experience teaching overseas and b) experience helping out after Katrina. Yours covers a, but your experience of Katrina is vastly different from the average story of privleged-student-assuaging-his-conscience-by-taking-a-plane-to-New Orleans-to-ladle-soup. When you begin to talk about (your own) house still being in shambles when you return to it, I began to get interested in this ps. Why don't you stretch that out, make THAT the focus of this ps? Here is an opportunity to talk about your expectations of what should be vs. what is...and about personal strength in the face of adversity. These qualities are worth covering in a ps. The overseas experience, imo, while interesting to you is from the outside kinda dull.

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To the nontrads who posted: thank you for your insight, and your optimism. It's funny, there are nontrad undergrads with those wheelie bags as well...and with the "I-wash-my-kids-mouths-out-with-soap" bizarre, off-topic additions to the class discussions.

For myself, I did not do so well on the lsat, but I am interested in law, esp. public advocacy and criminal law (OK... so that's all I've been exposed to so far). I am a word nerd and a work horse, and I think I'm meant to be a lawyer. I figure debt will be just a part of my life, even with consolidation and income contingent repayment plans.

Define "not so well on the LSAT."  Honestly, in this economy if you can't get into a top school you are insane for taking on the debt of law school.  You will end up bitter, unemployed, and buried under mounds of debt while having lost 3-4 years of your life.

I got a 154, 60th percentile. Really not so well. But like I said, I am interested in public advocacy and criminal law right now, and I agree with much of what Mathies said (uh, in this thread). I make my own plans. I plan on LRAP, government income contingent repayment options, and loads of debt for ten years. I plan on finding my own way, be it working as a public defender or starting my own advocacy center using one skinny grant at a time. Despite what some unnamed persons say about poor people, it changes your perspective in a freeing way sometimes. You aren't afraid of big bad debt for instance. And your measure of success changes too. I know an attorney who argued in front of the Supreme Court. He went to a T-4. You T-14 people are undoubtedly the popular kids, runnin' things. That isn't all that's going on. 

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To the nontrads who posted: thank you for your insight, and your optimism. It's funny, there are nontrad undergrads with those wheelie bags as well...and with the "I-wash-my-kids-mouths-out-with-soap" bizarre, off-topic additions to the class discussions.

For myself, I did not do so well on the lsat, but I am interested in law, esp. public advocacy and criminal law (OK... so that's all I've been exposed to so far). I am a word nerd and a work horse, and I think I'm meant to be a lawyer. I figure debt will be just a part of my life, even with consolidation and income contingent repayment plans.

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Law School Applications / Re: Not an auto-admit
« on: October 16, 2008, 09:07:11 AM »
If you don't mind me asking, what schools have you applied too? Some of them offer conditional admissions programs.

What is a conditional admissions program?

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Help branching out
« on: October 16, 2008, 09:01:35 AM »
OP--

If you want to go into public interest law, why don't you consider a state school in a region you want to practice in? It's cheaper to begin with, and if you have great numbers, you'll get scholarships too.

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Plus the Ayyn Rand club on campus would then feel less daring. Because the pursuit of one's own vision, despite (nay! in brave disregard!) of the needs of the many is totally, like, daring.   

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