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I'd argue that
1) lawyers really aren't smarter than doctors or engineers, but
2) lawyers have one advantage over both:  they (mostly) make the rules.  Legislatures are full of lawyers, and they'll never let the legal profession to open up to a real level of competition, especially from people overseas.  Requiring every would-be lawyer to attend three years of arduous extra schooling at a highly-selective institution, with a hard, localized test serves a very useful economic purpose:  it restricts competition.  (If you're skeptical, consider that we're now seeing the birth of Government Motors, all to save some politically-connected autoworkers, but I digress.)
Since 2001, thousands of software and electrical engineering jobs have been created offshore, in places like India and the Phillipines.  Presumably, those jobs would have been created here or elsewhere in the developed (or more-developed) world.  The profession has never recovered from the dot-com days.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: How much debt will you accrue during law school?
« on: May 03, 2009, 04:56:40 PM »
Hopefully less than 50k, mostly for living expenses.

Taco Bell is like attending a bad, but inexpensive, might seem like a good deal at the time, but you'll regret it later.
(Do they still do the ads that say "Run for the border?")

Albany, Drake, Southwestern, Stetson, Suffolk, Syracuse
I thought Stetson was just hanging on to T2 (at least it was last year)...
I'll throw Campbell in its place, 'cause I think it at least deserves to be T3.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Michigan vs Virginia
« on: May 01, 2009, 05:59:05 PM »
SwampFox, you clearly have no idea what you're talking about when it comes to Michigan. Ann Arbor is a sweet city, with tons to do. Whether you're a culture whore, or a sports buff... it has it all. And when it comes to job placement.. have you been living on the far side of the moon for the past 100 years? Michigan will land you at top firms in just about any major US market. People don't attend UM law to work in Michigan, so that point is 100% null. The only thing you're right about is the weather. Long winters.
At the risk of catching the wrath of every Michigan student out there, I stand by what I said.  I visit Ann Arbor once a month, and the only fun to be had involves a long trip down I-275 or I-94.
Off to wolf down some green cheese...

Incoming 1Ls / Re: University of Kentucky, class of 2012
« on: April 30, 2009, 07:26:43 PM »
Sorry sbout that, I said " standard apt" out of a lack of better words. Are their any apartments that you would recommend that are within 1 mile from the campus. When I read the reviews on, they all seem like dumps.
My suggestion would be to start with some of the apartments on Red Mile Road, which is about a mile from the campus.  All the apartments there are relatively new, safe, and don't attract riff-raff.  They are very popular with grad./professional students and young professionals.  The only downside is that it's not too far from some old industrial areas, but several of my friends loved living there.

There are quite a few nice places on Limestone and Waller Avenue, but Limestone is just a nightmare to get in and out of (I've had friends live there, so I know).  Many of the apartments right smack next to  campus are old buildings that have been turned into apartments, and you just have to check them out to be sure.

I'll try to remember to ask my friends if anyone has any other suggestions.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Michigan vs Virginia
« on: April 30, 2009, 07:03:03 PM »
Charlottesville may be a small town, but Ann Arbor is super dull.  Ask a local what to do for entertainment, and the answer is always:  "Go to Detroit; but don't get mugged."
Both schools are supposed to have a "national" reach, but the local job markets, or at least the job markets within  100 miles or so, are probably better for UVA.  Charlottesville is close to DC, and the much of the rest of the mid-Atlantic is within a few hundred miles.  People are moving out of Michigan so fast large parts of Detroit are ghost towns (literally); the only bright spot in the local region (the Great Lakes, aka the Rust Belt) is Chicago.
And, yes, the weather in Michigan totally, totally stinks.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: University of Kentucky, class of 2012
« on: April 29, 2009, 07:03:27 PM »
No I'm actually making a long distance move. I want to live within walking distance to campus and would rather live in a standard apartment.
If by "standard apt.," you mean something in a complex, that might be difficult to get right next to campus.  There are a zillion apts. that are right next to the university, but they're all old houses converted into rental property.  You'd have to call a referral service or look in the paper to contact someone.  I'm racking my brain to think of a complex with a pool (there has to be one), but I can't think of any right now.

Speaking of apartments, my wife and I have found some pretty awesome apartments about 4 miles away from campus.  They are called The Village Apartments, and really seem very nice for the price.  Not exactly within walking distance, but they are worth checking out.
Wow!  I lived in the Village a few years ago.  You'll love it.  It was the nicest apt. I've ever had, and it's a super convenient location; pretty much anything you'd want (movies, restaurants, shops) is within a quarter of a mile of there.

Out of curiosity, is there really a "bohemian" part of town?

I'm interested in living someplace close to a coffee shop, maybe downtown. It can be in an older building but the neighborhood has to be safe. Any ideas?

Believe it or not, Lexington, Kentucky does have a "bohemian" part of town (or two).  The best such place, in my opinion, is the "Ashland" district, which roughly consists of the area located within a half-mile of the intersection of Ashland and Euclid.  This includes Ashland, Clay, Old Vine, Woodland, and parts of Rose streets.  Transylvania Park (not Trans. University) is sometimes lumped into that, though I disagree.  It has lots of downtown charm, there are loads of apartments, it's fairly close to the university, has shops you can walk or bike to, has at least two coffee shops (I recommend Common Grounds on East High), and has lots of students, professors, and artists living there.  Several of my friends have lived in that area, and it's fairly safe.  I'm not a bohemian by any stretch, but I think it's a charming part of town.

In general, the east side of town (Richmond Road/Main, Tates Creek, and the east side of Man O' War) is much cheaper to live in, not to mention much easier to get around.  The traffic on Nicholasville Road and Harrodsburg Road are AWFUL; there's a reason Nicholasville Road has eight lanes or something at one stretch.  The north side of town tends to be more older areas, located near heavy industry.

There are threshholds in grades.

I really don't know why you think this.

And the more outside of a schools range you are, the more your LOR's, as well as ALL of your "soft factors", matter.

Or this.

They won't admit it, but unless you are a legacy or a URM, you need a 3.2, so they have a "preferred" cutoff...but they bend it for some.   

Or this.

But we usually don't agree and I don't see a need to bury this thread in pointless arguments.  OP can decide for herself who she wants to listen to.

Because I have done extensive research and seen grids on the admissions patterns the tops schools have. They all claim not to have formal cutoffs, but most have soft cutoffs. Yale has rarely admitted ANYONE with a GPA below 3.2...go to their site and you will see it. If you want, I can send you a copy of the information I look at. But the important thjing for you to know is that I do not talk out of my ass. This info can be backed up with hard data.

As for my remark on "soft factors", I am living proof of this. I was nearly admitted to Columbia, Vanderbilt and Iowa the first time I applied...with a 145 LSAT back in 2004! URM or not, that's extraordinary. That's how I know. And I can show you copies of my waitlist letters from that year. I know what I know.

Let me give you some advice:

LawDog3 consistently spouts opinions that are out of the norm for me or anyone I know. Clearly he doesn't know what he's talking about. I know some very astute people and they rarely, if ever, say the things he does.

Which of the following answers identifies the FIVE Flaws committed by the respondent (bl825) in the passage above?[/b]

A) Cites a sample that is likely to be unrepresentative
B) Assumes arguments to be circumspect on the basis that they are outside of the norm
C) Takes for granted that people are always honest in the opinions they reveal
D) Neglects to consider the possibility that the subject can offer evidence for his claims
E) Assumes bl825's opinion of the reliability of others to be reliable as fact.

For the record, I'm going with f) bl825 doesn't actually say why she doesn't agree with you on these points; whether or not she's basing her opinion on past experiences isn't certain.

I am confused, though, as to which side of the argument you're on.  On the one hand, you have made a big case that the most selective schools in the country have a standard GPA cutoff around 3.2, well above the OP's GPA.  (Frankly, I'm surprised a cutoff would be that low.)  In any event, it's nigh mathematically impossible to raise four years of GPA averaging 2.7 to something close to 3.2 with an extra year of classes, which would seem to indicate it's a lost cause to apply to these places.  On the other hand, you mentioned that "no two candidates are alike," and that anything is possible with the right letters of recommendation and activities.  This would seem to contradict your other assertion that there is a magic cutoff below which the prospective applicant is pretty much hosed.  What are you trying to prove?

bl, this lady had a 3.11.  It's not stellar (especially among people that qualify for the Ivy League), but I would argue that there's a world of difference between a 3.11 and a 2.7.  Even with the better GPA, she still got rejected from most of the truly high-end full time programs.
Oh, well, I suppose all you need is one acceptance, right?  I'll stop crushing dreams.

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