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Law School Admissions / Re: Odd facebook question
« on: July 28, 2009, 10:33:12 AM »
Friending an adcomm on facebook would be sort of like "stumbling" onto someone's phone number and deciding to give them a call.  Could you?  Sure.  But the best result is that you are going to get an awkward "Uh... hi", followed by a speedy click.  The worst result... let's just say, you don't want to creep out the person who is going to be deciding whether to accept you into their workplace environment for the next three years.

I vote no.  Welcome to LSD. 

Law School Admissions / Re: What is ED?
« on: July 28, 2009, 10:25:33 AM »
Early Decision- A binding form of admissions that allows you to receive a decision earlier than those who have applied Regular Decision.  Early Decision is sometimes encouraged for those who have extremely borderline numbers and are confident that they are applying to the school they 100% want to go to.  Most people agree that ED gives you a slight boost in chances of getting into a school.  However, the huge drawback to Early Decision is that, if accepted, you are bound to the school and must attend only that law school.  This allows the school to short-change you in scholarships, since they already have your commitment.

Early Decision shouldn't be confused with Early Application (EA).  Early Application is allowed by some schools- Duke and (I think) Penn allow EA, among others.  EA is similar to ED in that you get a quicker response.  However, EA is not binding and applying EA does not give a noticeable boost in chances of admission.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / An idea for U.S. News rankings
« on: July 28, 2009, 10:11:31 AM »
I got to thinking about the controversy around the US News ranking and its faults.  I have an idea that would improve these rankings and make them (IMO) considerably more useful.  Instead of having a single overall ranking, divide the country into regions and have regional rankings.  Market the rankings to each region, and have them all available via internet.  The regions could be divided into things like the Pacific coast and the Southeast... New York would be its own region.  Rank the top 100 schools for each region.

For example, the top five in the Pacific may be 1. Stanford, 2. Yale, 3. Harvard, 4. Berkeley, 5. Columbia, where the top five in New York might be 1. Yale, 2. Harvard, 3. Columbia, 4. NYU, 5. Stanford.  This is just a guess, but it is possible to imagine that different regions are going to prefer different schools- therefore, one national ranking is insufficient.

The intentions of these rankings would not be to rank schools within regions- U.S. News already does this.  If you are applying in New York, a Stanford degree would still be more valuable than a Fordham degree, and a UPenn degree would still get you farther than a UC Davis degree- even in California.  The rankings would reflect this.  U.S. News could even still have their national rankings, and those could remain unchanged.  For example, if John Doe is positive that he wants to work in the Midwest after graduation, he would look at the Midwest rankings, which would probably place Michigan higher than Virginia and Penn.  However, if he is unsure where he wants to work, the national rankings would indicate that these schools are pretty much equal (as they already do).

I think that this could be fairly easily implemented and greatly increase the value of rankings for potential law school applicants.  Any thoughts?

Incoming 1Ls / Buying books from Amazon/
« on: July 27, 2009, 07:43:26 AM »
I know that when you ordered books in undergrad from an online source such as amazon, you ran the risk of being shipped an international edition.  Does anyone have any experience buying new casebooks from amazon or  I have my book list, and I am hoping to go ahead and get everything purchased... but, if I am going to spend close to $1,000 on books, the last thing I want is to end up with a bunch of international editions.

Anyone have any advice on ordering books online or from some other source?

It's hilarious and sad that Cooley developed its own rankings designed to emphasize its strongest points and take importance off its weakest points... and it still can't break the top ten.  Cooley is like that annoying kid who brags to everyone about how much cooler he is than everyone else... then goes home and cries himself to sleep.

Law School Admissions / Re: Need Advice / Help!!
« on: July 21, 2009, 10:22:07 AM »
Don't rush the LSAT.  Just don't.  Even though most schools are changing their policies, it is still possible that one bad score could throw off your chances of getting into quite a few schools.

In fact, I would suggest you evaluate why you are even thinking about the LSAT.  It is a soul-crusher- especially if you are not sure you want to be a lawyer.  One of two things will happen:
1) You will rock the LSAT, and end up pursuing a profession that you really don't want to end up in, all because of a single test score.  This will eventually drive you to insanity, and you will be committed to a mental institution.  Your family will leave you and you will die swearing that you can talk to birds.

2) The LSAT will eat you alive, and show you your true measure of inferiority.  You will end up being a homeless bum who never gets a job or a spouse, and you will ultimately die of liver failure at age 38.

As you can see, both of these options end up in your untimely, unpleasant death.  A better option?  Take some time, figure out what you want to do with yourself, and, if law school is the way you want to go, study your brain out for the LSAT.  In fact, here is your first LSAT lesson: don't make stupid assumptions.  Assuming you will score in the top 8-10% of test-takers based on no tangible evidence that would suggest so= stupid assumption. ;)

My question for you- how does it feel to know that a Calipari beatdown is coming this basketball season on the rest of the SEC?


My real question- at the more regional SEC schools (at least the one you are at), are OCIs dominated by local firms, or is there a mix of local and national firms.  Also, how many big-time schools do you see getting jobs at firms?  For example, suppose you went to Tennessee- would you see mainly UT/ Memphis/ Vandy grads getting the SA positions at firms in Knoxville, or would there be SAs from T-14 schools from the Midwest and Northeast as well? 

I know this post is kind of a mess, so, to clarify, what I am trying to ask is how much of a regional boost do you get when you apply to local firms?

I begin my first year of law school next month.  I am just basing my posts on what people have told me and what I have read on these boards and others.

Law School Admissions / Re: Judge me and my choices
« on: July 13, 2009, 12:13:08 PM »
First off, Berkeley is a no-go.  So, there's that.

And.... that should really make your choice very easy.  You want to live in Maine?  Go to Maine.  Want to live in Miami?  Take the sun and beaches, ftw.  Want to live in California?  Choose the best Cali school you can get into, but realize that you are trying to crack a top market with a lot of competition.

You are obviously open to different geographical areas.  Research the locations you are interested in, and go to school in that area... chances are your first career will be in the same area.

If you notice, though, every one of the former-students interviewed in Law School Confidential had rocking jobs... and excellent summer positions.  In other words, they were the best of the best.

What I am trying to say is that the people who are describing this scary experience were at the top of their class... the kinds of people that might tend to be OCD over things and cause themselves to have a Turow-like 1L experience.  I have the feeling the law school is what you make it to be.  If you want to stress yourself out totally and be assured you'll do pretty well... you can.  If you want to have a more human experience, that is possible as well.  The people in LSC, I think, chose the former option... and it seems to have served them well.

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