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Law School Applications / Duke Priority Track
« on: August 21, 2008, 04:34:33 PM »
Just got an e-mail saying I was on Duke's Priority Track... what is the significant of this?  Does this pretty much guarantee admission/ indicate scholarships or does it just mean that they want me to apply?  Anyone else get it?

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Law School Applications / Branches of Corporate Law
« on: August 05, 2008, 10:41:02 PM »
I realize that this is kind of a broad category, but I really don't know where this topic would fit, and I think that it probably would interest a lot of people who post here.

My questions relate to corporate law, and I am hoping that some of you can shed some light for me.  I am a business major, and a lot of the business stuff that most people can't stand to learn about is pretty interesting to me; I am hoping to specialize in a type of corporate law, but I don't really know what kind.  What are some of the specialty areas of corporate law, and what exactly would they concern?

I am interested specifically in mergers and acquisitions- is there a type of attorney who specializes in this, or does this fall under a more broad category; also, would a mergers and acquisitions specialist be highly sought after in the area I would like to settle in (Nashville/Lexington/Louisville)?  Any help or information would be appreciated.

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Where should I go next fall? / Nashville- Vandy a surefire bet?
« on: August 01, 2008, 01:17:25 PM »
Hypo here- let's suppose I am 100% positive that I want to practice in Nashville... not necessarily the case, but let's say it is.  With my numbers (which are listed below) would I be better off going to Vandy and getting (likely) really good scholarships or would I be better off going to a slightly more prestigious school like Duke and taking less scholarships?

I hope to practice corporate law (either tax or mergers/acquisitions)... what would be my best bet in this situation?  Keep in mind, I want to stay in Nashville.

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Law School Applications / Northwestern Two-Year Program Admissions
« on: August 01, 2008, 10:43:04 AM »
Since this is a new program, I don't know if a lot of people will be able to answer this, but I am hoping some of you can offer some insight.  I am planning on applying to NU, and I am curious what are my odds of getting in and, assuming I get in, getting into the two-year program.

My numbers are in my signature and my credentials include extensive part-time work experience, including working about 30 hours a week while pulling 18 hour academic semesters.  I have pretty average soft factors (titled president of business honor society, senator in SGA).

Also, what kind of financial aid should I expect from NU?  I have looked at LSN, and it really seems to vary.  Any help on any of these issues would be very helpful.  Thanks in advance!

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Law School Applications / The schools I am applying to
« on: July 28, 2008, 10:26:21 PM »
My top concerns are location, prestige, and financial considerations.  My numbers are included in my signature.  Does this look like a good list/ can you think of any others you would add?

Reaches:
Harvard University
Yale University

Targets
Vanderbilt University
Duke University
Washington University in St. Louis
Cornell University

Safeties
University of Kentucky

Any input?

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Law School Applications / Need your input
« on: July 28, 2008, 01:59:23 PM »
I have finished this draft and made a few modifications.  Input is still greatly requested.

   Eastern Kentucky is perhaps the most stereotyped region in the United States.  We have all seen  media depictions of the toothless deadbeat with no shoes and a baby in each arm; this image is further propagated by national news stations' uncanny knack of interviewing only individuals who play to this stereotype when covering a news event in the region.  I have witnessed this phenomena throughout my life, and I can say with certainty that the common conceptions of eastern Kentucky are inaccurate in many regards.  I am from a very poor town, one in which the majority of its citizens have grown up merely scraping by because that is all they have ever known.  Job opportunity is scarce, and the jobs that are considered "higher-end" are those at the houseboat factories that pay $16 an hour; many of the students I graduated high school with three years ago are currently working such jobs and will continue to for the rest of their lives.  However there not everyone settles for the first satisfactory option; some people, such as myself, have chosen to pursue college in hopes of bettering their situations.  When you are from an area with little opportunity, there are two paths you can take: you can either fall victim to the low expectations that surround you, or you can overcome them.  I made the decision long ago to make of myself all that I am capable of.  I am not ashamed of my heritage; my roots are grounded deep, and, while I may leave my hometown in rural Kentucky, the values I have been instilled with will never leave me.
   There is a pervading mentality that looms over the mindset of so many people from my region.  This mentality is a product of environment; people grow up feeling like they are relegated to settling, and that to just “get by” is a desirable outcome.  I have contended with the internal battle of contentment all of my life, and, by seeing others blindly accept the hand they feel fate has dealt them, I  found myself determined to achieve the most I am capable of.  My priorities have always been made in a way which will lay the foundation of a promising future, even if the consequences include making sacrifices now.  Since the age of sixteen, I have always held a job in addition to my studies and, even the 18-hours-a-week academic semesters I have become accustomed to during college have been accompanied with anywhere from 25 to 30 hours a week working a part-time job.  While my transcript reflects that I have excelled academically, it does not depict the long days and often longer nights that have been required to obtain these results.  The work ethic I have consistently displayed can only be developed through experience; I relish a challenge because without one it is impossible to truly appreciate the completion of a goal.
   I have spoken about some of the things I have done; however, one of the things I am proudest of regards something I haven't done.  Throughout my college career and in the midst of high aspirations, I have made it a point to never forget my roots.  In the pursuance of a goal, it is all too common that we forget what made us set the goal in the first place.  I am acquainted with an individual who, at a young age, taught themselves to drop their Southern accent by mimicking the more widespread dialect often heard on television.  It is a noble pursuit for someone to attempt to better their circumstances; however, I believe that it is a tragic consquence when, by trying to better ourselves, we change into a new person.  It is true that when I speak I stretch my vowels out a little bit, and I sometimes find myself having to repeat myself when I am away from home.  Instead of being ashamed of my eastern Kentucky accent, however, I speak it with pride; where I have come from has played a pivotol and undeniable part in who I have become.  I was raised to be proud in what I have, and I will never deny my heritage.
   When I walk the stage at commencement in December, I will become the first member of my family to do so.  I will have earned a four-year degree in three-and-a-half years, all the while maintaining a rigorous academic course load and an equally time-consuming work load; still, I feel that if I stop at what I have achieved thus far, I will fall victim to the very mentality I have worked so hard to avoid.  I have been blessed with an opportunity that many others will never know; to pursue law school and become an attorney is my dream, and I believe that my potential is limitless.  However, whatever I go on to achieve, part of me will always remain the same.  I am a Southerner at heart, and  my slow way of speaking doesn't not reflect a slow way of thinking.  I was raised in the hills of rural eastern Kentucky, and I am proud of that fact.

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Law School Applications / Would you guys help me with this?
« on: July 26, 2008, 09:10:34 PM »
I am frustrated because I know the general idea about what I want to write about in my personal statement, but I am not happy with the kind of stuff I am coming up with.  How is the best way to go about this topic? 

I want to talk about growing up in rural eastern-Kentucky and the always-present mentality of settling.  By this I mean that people grow up taught to not seek what they are capable of doing, but instead just to scrape by, and how I have constantly fought this mentality by excelling at academics/ always holding a job/ going to college, etc.  I don't want to create some sob story, but I do want to present the town I grew up in as what it is- a town in which half the people I went to high school with are now at Wal-Mart or a factory and the other half are unemployed and drawing a check. 

This may sound bitter, but understand I do not wish to present it this way.  I am just frustrated because I can not get a handle for the direction I want to go with this.  Any advice would be helpful.

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Law School Applications / Corporate law opportunities in Nashville
« on: July 11, 2008, 11:04:02 PM »
Unlike some (probably most) students considering attending Vanderbilt, I actually hope to live in Nashville someday and wouldn't mind at all ending up there.  My question is this- how does a Vandy degree stack up in Nashville, what percentage of Vandy grads stay in Nashville, and what kind of opportunities are there for a Vandy grad there?  I realize many of you don't know the area- however, surely some of you can provide some input.

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Studying for the LSAT / TimMitchell
« on: July 03, 2008, 07:22:51 PM »
Tim-

Since registering, I've enjoyed reading your posts.  How did you do on the LSAT?

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Law School Applications / Vanderbilt
« on: July 03, 2008, 07:05:47 PM »
I got my LSAT score, and I did way better than I expected- now, what was my number 2 school because of money issues has shot straight to number 1.  I have looked at lawschoolnumbers.com and that has really gotten me excited, but before I get way too pumped, I want to ask you guys who seem to be in the know- what kind of financial aid package would I be offered from Vanderbilt?

Here are my facts:
GPA: 3.94
LSAT: 169

Just based on that, what do you guys expect I would be offered?  Thanks in advance.

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