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Where should I go next fall? / Re: anecdotes about texas law schools
« on: October 15, 2009, 09:42:49 PM »
 That average SMU students don't place well is somewhat of a surprise to me, though "placing well" is a relative term, I guess. What I like about SMU (aside from academic considerations) is that it would give me an opportunity to stay in North Texas while at the same time allowing me to live somewhere with a few more, shall we say, activities to pursue.
 I'm interested in Baylor because of its reputation for rigor and its small class size. Also, I am one of those weirdos who wouldnt mind living in Waco. My hometown is about that size, and the culture is the same, so it wouldn't be a great change for me.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: anecdotes about texas law schools
« on: October 15, 2009, 02:45:47 PM »
Ninaja--what is your opinion of the schools you left off your list (other than the obvious which is they are not worth going to)? In other words, care to elaborate?

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: texas law schools
« on: October 15, 2009, 02:42:15 PM »
Uh...not sure why you said RANGERS?????
lol Yes I guess I'm just a glutton for punishment. This season was no exception and was perhaps worse in that they appeared to be making moves. Oh well...Anyway,that's an interesting perspective you've offered. I've been going into this assuming (and being told) that it will be one of the hardest things I've ever done.

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You should get an email reporting your score.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Think Twice
« on: October 13, 2009, 09:55:21 PM »
Nealric--While I think that you are right in taking the middle road and that your response is well-reasoned and accurate, I must say that a b.a. in no way assures that one can justifiably avoid manual labor. Specifically, here in Texas one can make more money painting houses than doing many of the desk jobs a simple b.a. would give one access to. I think this is why many people with b.a.s tend to apply to law school.

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Personal Statement / Re: What do they look for in a Personal Statement
« on: October 13, 2009, 04:46:55 PM »
I cannot tell you what to write about, but I can say that a personal statement is just that-a statement of person. Who are you and why should I accept you to my school? People reading your PS need to come away from it with a sense of the person who wrote it and  a sense that it was written well. You can write about hardships overcome, a particular event in your life that helped you decide on law school, something that you did that displays your intellect/ moral character. The main thing is not simply to write about one of these concepts but to show how it shaped, drove, guided, inspired you. Perhaps someone else could explain it better, but I think that's just about it. Good luck.

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I think you have the right idea in that you are describing a particular event in your life and using that event to illustrate who you are and why you want to/ think that you can practice law. Because the event has to do with debate and discourse, I think it's an added plus. However, I think you should be very careful in how you approach the prose style of this piece. The above poster said that you should focus on better imagery and whatnot. I disagree. Do not attempt to be novelistic or orotund when writing your PS. Adcoms want specifics, logical reasoning, coherence, and good clear writing. Worry less about how descriptive you are and more about succintness, and, in the process, you will be more descriptive, or, rather, you will describe better. Well, good luck to you. SMU is also one of my reach schools, and I'm feeling the PS pain.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: texas law schools
« on: October 13, 2009, 11:10:51 AM »
Not sure why I said greek. I meant the Egyptian...

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: texas law schools
« on: October 13, 2009, 11:09:30 AM »
Going to SMU would have the added advantage of getting me close enough to see the Rangers play once a week and of allowing me to eat at the Greek. If I even had time for these things...

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: anecdotes about texas law schools
« on: October 12, 2009, 03:39:08 AM »
Thanks for the interest guys, although I must say I pretty much knew all of that information. I wasn't trying to be broad in posing such a question. I was just asking for anecdotes, you know, stories about the schools from people who had gone there or knew people who had. On a related note, I keep hearing that St. Mary's is trash. My guess is reputation/placement? Care to comment?

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