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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Exile LSD: The Law School Years
« on: February 24, 2010, 12:13:13 PM »
Yeah, I could do that too.  I'm kind of in this really awkward position timing-wise.  I want to get married in Ithaca, which is a little crippling since this has to be done between June and early August so as not to deal with too many students.  But to make this worse, in early August there is a NASCAR race in Watkins Glen, which is about 40 miles away from Ithaca.  The town gets overrun by NASCAR fans for a full weekend since there is nothing in Watkins Glen except a lovely state park and a race track.  Needless to say, I'd like to avoid August if possible.  Doesn't mean it can't be done, but one of my friends was recommending that I avoid too late in August since it might hurt me with OCI.  Not that I should even worry about OCI given the economy and my likely attendance of a T2 school.

Ohhhh and congratulations to you, VB!!!!

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Exile LSD: The Law School Years
« on: February 24, 2010, 11:11:44 AM »
I have a question that I would like to put out to you guys since you're generally level-headed, smart, and tend to provide good advice.  I apologize in advance if this is the dumbest question you have ever heard.  Here goes:

I am going to get married after my first year of law school.  I know that's sort of insane but my goal is to plan out 80-90% of the details before I go off to school, so as not to spend most of my time wedding planning while I'm actually in school.  My question is, if I wanted to get married in June and maybe take a week off of work (provided I actually find a job as a 1L), how terrible would that be?  Anyone have any advice?




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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Exile LSD: The Law School Years
« on: February 21, 2010, 04:17:37 AM »
It's 4am.  I'm watching curling and eating chicken nuggets.  This is something too embarrassing to even put on facebook, so i decided this was the appropriate public forum for this moment of self-reflection.

I hope everyone had a good night!

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Exile LSD: The Law School Years
« on: February 19, 2010, 09:56:58 AM »
Oh, that's where that song is from. So glad I haven't drunk that kool-aid.

It's a delicious Kool-Aid.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Exile LSD: The Law School Years
« on: February 18, 2010, 07:37:22 PM »
Reason to go to Michigan or reason to skip?

http://web.law.umich.edu/flashmedia/public/Default.aspx?mediaid=525

Thanks to Glee, this song is a favorite of ensembles.  Personally I think it sounds much better that way.

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Wait List / LOCI Approach
« on: February 18, 2010, 11:15:36 AM »
Hi Everyone,

I was recently wait listed at Wake Forest.  I'm fairly certain that I'm on the cusp of their admission standards, so I figure an LOCI will help put me over the edge.  I just need some ideas of what I should put in there.

My LSDAS GPA is 3.64 and my college GPA is 3.7.  The reason for this minor discrepancy is that when I was 16 I studied abroad in France for a month, and took some college level classes.  I was quite a slacker at that age, living on my own for the first time ever, and was more interested in the amount of smoking, drinking, and art I could enjoy than I was in getting excellent grades.  I got a B and a C in my classes, so all things considered it wasn't too bad.  It was a rewarding experience and I don't regret any of it.  Of course, at the time I never really thought that 10 years later I'd be applying to law school and my slacker ways might catch up to me.  I had to add the grades from these classes to my LSDAS transcript since I applied these credits in college (but the grades did not count), so my overall GPA dropped.

Anyway, I know the difference is very slight, but it seems that I am just below Wake's GPA cutoff.  Someone on LSN got in with a 162/3.68.  So my question is should I write an LOCI explaining my interest in the school, as well as asking that they consider my college grades more than my LSDAS transcript?  The difference was so slight that I never thought to write an addendum when I applied and now I'm not sure if I should explain this. 

Sorry for the rambling, but if anyone has some advice as to whether or not I should do this, let me know.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: T1 non T20 Law Schools - Worth it?
« on: February 17, 2010, 02:49:49 PM »

I had thoughts about pretty much everything you said, but I'll just respond to this:   no.

I go to a T20, and I know a number of people who had 170s, and a number of people who had 164s.  Six points on the LSAT is a lot, right?  That's the difference between #20 and #50, in your case.

Anyway, trust me on this:  just, no.  You could probably say "modest chance" if you decided to go to a Tier 4.  You can't say "modest chance" with anything less than a 15 point LSAT swing.  1) The LSAT is mostly horseshit; 2) four months of studying for an exam, plus all the little vagaries on law school tests, levels the playing field in spades.

I'm not saying don't go to the #50.  I'm just saying don't go there thinking you have any variety of a leg up on anybody.

Thanks for putting into writing what I always think about the LSAT and it's accuracy as a predictor in law school performance.  The LSAT is the best indicator of law school performance.  That doesn't make it an actually good predictor.  Plus, I maintain that anyone can throw down money for private tutoring and study hard enough to bring their score up 15 points.  I feel to see how that helps accurately predict anything (as a side note, I did pay to take an LSAT class and I know that I would not have done as well as I did if I didn't pay for tutoring).

Anyway, I hate to derail the topic but this exact though process entered my mind a few days ago.  I was offered a substantial scholarship to a T2 school and when I asked a current student how easy it was for her to maintain it, she suggested it wouldn't be hard for me since my LSAT was higher than most other students would be in my class.  Although this boosted my confidence for about 2 seconds, I would never count on having a leg up on anyone based on LSAT score alone.  Once you step foot in a classroom, you are no different from your peers.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Exile LSD: The Law School Years
« on: February 10, 2010, 07:26:52 PM »
I just don't post so often because i like to pretend i have a life.  but i really don't...

I've enjoyed a lovely day of watching snow fall and working in my pajamas.  now i'm deep in the middle of a random kevin smith marathon with my man.  snow days are the best.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Exile LSD: The Law School Years
« on: February 09, 2010, 09:52:58 AM »
The Betty White spot scored the highest on the ad meter.  Personally, I also enjoyed Google and I liked the Audi spot.  I'm really sick of the E-Trade baby, and I propose that we consider Godaddy.com ads an act of terrorism.  And wtf is up with all of the commercials that were trying to rip off "The Hangover?"

It was a great game though.  Apparently it had a larger audience than the MASH finale, making it the most watched program ever.  Crazy!

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Exile LSD: The Law School Years
« on: February 07, 2010, 11:46:24 AM »
Even on LSAT day, this place is a f-ing morgue.

But to be fair, I'm pretty sure no one in the mid-Atlantic states took the LSAT yesterday.

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