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Law School Applications / Rank your priorities
« on: November 04, 2008, 10:19:57 AM »
Everyone uses a formula to determine what schools to apply to and, ultimately, what school to attend... most of us don't really realize we are doing it though; we rank stuff in our minds and this decides what schools appeal to us.  This has to be the case... look at LSN and you will see numbers twins with virtually no overlap in schools applied to.  While we are all waiting (and waiting, and waiting...) to receive those elusive acceptances and scholarships, this will be something to pass the time.

Here's what you do- rank your top 5 (or 3, or 20) priorities... it will be interesting to see whether peoples' priorities are similar, or if they vary widely.  My top 5 priorities are:

1. Finances: Being a newly-wed, I feel like it is important to make a decision that will not only place me at a good school, but also at one that is economically feasible.

2. Prestige: I think we all have to admit, prestige matters.  Take even candidates, one with a top 20 ranked degree, and one with a mid-70s ranked degree- the top school gets the nudge, more often than not.

3. Location: My wife and I go home a lot, so I think it is very important that I am within driving distance of my hometown.  Also, I want to go to law school in a town I wouldn't care to live in.

4. Employment/ Placement: Some may have this higher, but I think that if you place well at a high-quality reputable school, you will get a job.  Still, it seems that some schools place better than others, particularly within certain regions.

5. U.S. News Rankings: This is something that could kind of get clumped with prestige, but I think of it separately.  Whether or not you agree with U.S. News Rankings, they are still there.  You can either fight the system, or you can use it to your advantage.

Again, this is entirely for fun... lots of us are going crazy waiting, and this is an excuse to play around on LSD. 8)

General Off-Topic Board / Anyone else in mock trial?
« on: November 03, 2008, 10:09:23 PM »
I joined mock trial this year, and our (Western Kentucky) first invitational is on November 14 at Middle Tennessee State University.  Is anyone else in mock trial, and, if so, is anyone else attending the MTSU competition?  I know the odds are against it, but you never know...

Law School Applications / Happy Halloween
« on: October 30, 2008, 11:50:11 PM »
I know this should be in General Discussion, but it is Halloween, so maybe we can make an exception.  Everyone flaunt your Halloween costumes (avatars) here. :o :o :o

Law School Applications / Regional influence of undergrad
« on: October 28, 2008, 11:07:52 AM »
This is something I have been very curious about, but I haven't really posted anything about it until now.  I am curious to the effect location of undergrad has on a law school's decision to pursue a candidate.

That sounds like a jumbled mess, so let me provide an example.  I attend WKU, which is not a super-well known school, but is a fairly well-respected public school in my region, and is also about 60 miles from Nashville.  I realize that, given the same numbers, a Harvard degree would trump me, but suppose I was competing against someone from Eastern Michigan University (just an example)- would I be looked at more favorably for scholarships at Vanderbilt?  Likewise, would the Eastern Michigan undergrad be looked at more favorable at UM?

It seems like location of undergraduate would be important because a law school would realize that a student would be more likely to stay closer to what they are used to.  However, when dealing with schools with little national recognition, it may not make a difference.  It is something to ponder, anyway....

Any thoughts? ???

Law School Applications / LSN Problem
« on: October 17, 2008, 03:09:45 PM »
I have been having a problem with for about three days now... every time I try to log in, it says "There has been a problem with sessions, please e-mail the webmaster."  So I did.  Twice. 

Anyone have any idea what is going on/ how to fix it- I am posting this here because a) this is where I always post, and b) I have the feeling at least one person can help me out here...


Law School Applications / Odd e-mail (Harvard)
« on: October 16, 2008, 10:43:11 AM »
I got a semi-odd e-mail from Harvard today, and maybe somebody can help me figure it out.  I got an e-mail saying that as of today (October 16) I am complete at Harvard.  That's great.... except, according to Harvard status checker, my Application has been under review since October 3 (and it still says that). 

Is this a SNAFU?  Just a customary e-mail?  Am I just now going complete?  Or...... is this an indirect way of Harvard saying that they are actually reading applications now?  Any thoughts?

General Off-Topic Board / Need advice (re: suit/ shoes)
« on: October 12, 2008, 07:21:52 PM »
I recently purchased a new suit from Dillard's.  The jacket is charcoal gray, 3-button, single-breasted- the pants are just regular suit pants- it is a very conservative suit. 

My question is, what kind of shoes should I be looking for to match it?  The suit was priced at $400; what is the price range I should expect to look at/ what color and style should I look for?  Thanks for any advice anyone can offer.

According to LSN, a few different people have already heard from Univ. of Virginia... I wonder how long it will take to hear back if non-ED....

Anyone get any acceptances besides Duke yet?

Law School Applications / Emory versus Vandy in Atlanta placement
« on: October 02, 2008, 11:43:47 AM »
I have been searching the NALP Directory and realized that Atlanta is really a hotbed for big law firms.  I also found that nearly every single firm recruits at both Vanderbilt and Emory, so my question is this: In Atlanta, which JD would be better to have, Vandy or Emory?  Vandy has a little bit more prestige as well as a slightly higher US News Ranking, but Emory is in Atlanta, which has to mean something.  Any thoughts?

Law School Applications / If autoadmit, how long?
« on: September 25, 2008, 09:41:41 AM »
I have sent all of my applications off, and I have got complete at about half of the schools I am applying to.  My question is this: assuming I am an auto-admit and have already gone complete, what is the absolute earliest I could start hearing back from schools.  Now naturally, I realize that I am not an auto-admit for some/most of the schools on my list; however, based on my numbers, I would definitely say I am a pretty sure-fire bet for a few.

Anyone have any idea?

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