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Studying for the LSAT / Re: UGH!
« on: June 06, 2009, 10:16:12 PM »
from thread title, julie thought maybe you saw republican on tv.

Awesome.  :D

Current Law Students / Re: Transferring from Cooley...any tips?
« on: June 05, 2009, 11:30:32 PM »
I transferred T3 to T14 - what worked for me may or may not work for you.  I will just list a few mental tricks that helped game me up to do well on exams.

1.  Identify two or three REALLY DUMB people in your classes.  Hold them in contempt and tell yourself that you do NOT want to graduate with them. 

Oh goodness, that's horrible.

I am a Latina (first generation Dominican) from a very underprivileged background, and I cannot even begin to explain to you guys how excited I am about this!  :D

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Cooley or Whittier?
« on: May 25, 2009, 04:13:19 PM »
I don't think we need to fall victim to relativism though.  There are some suggestions that are wise.  GENERALLY, I believe that having more options is much more valuable than having fewer options, which is why I think it is sage advice to tell someone to aim high when applying to law schools.

Well I look at it like this. I donít even know where Whitter is. The common wisdom is thought that if you go there your screwed. Ok, fine, but where is this common wisdom coming from? People who go to Whitter or Cooley or Idaho or South Dakota or some other T4? No, its not. Too bad we donít have more posters on here from T4 schools to give us first hand experiences. But we donít maybe because if we did all their threads would turn into three pages of everyone telling them how much they suck and they would leave and never come back.

We have a lot of posters from T2 schools and above and at least one from everyone of the top 14 schools (some have many posters). But as far as I know, no one who actually goes to Whitter or Cooley. Like I said, I donít even know where Whitter is. So Iíll save my judgment on the schools and ones prospects.

We can I think generally agree that going to a T4 school puts you at a disadvantage over going to a higher ranked school. I donít think itís as cut and dried as many make it out to be however, epically when your talking local schools. Why do I believe that, not because anyone told me, but simply because thatís been my own personal experience. I mean I had a lot of people tell me how hard it was going to be finding a job going to a T2 school. Well for me that has not been the case at all.

My point is yes there is common wisdom, but at what point to we take someone elseís opinion to be fact that has not had any personal experience whith the subject he speaks with authority on? My cousins, brotherís dog groomer went there so I know everything about it? I mean does anyone here bashing this kid go to a T4? Has anyone here tried to get a job from Whitter, graduated from there, looked for jobs in Orange County? No. Instead we have people who donít go to these schools and places like JD Underground again full of people who did not go to these schools telling people as if its fact what will happen to them if they go to these schools.

Hell I have enough problems telling what my future will be in 30 mins, much less someone elseís who I have never met, who is a different situation than me, whoís going to a school I have never heard of, in market Iíve never even been to what their life is going to be like in 3+ years. I guess I tend to defer  and prefer to hear it from the horseís mouth than just chalk everything up to common wisdom.
Common wisdom would have said: A) Iíd never get into a law school, B- I would never make through law school, C- I would graduate at the bottom of my class, D- I would never get a job from my law school. If I had listen to common wisdom I would have made some really dumb decisions for myself based on what people who are not me, not in my position told me life would be like. Iím pretty glad at this point I did not listen to them. Maybe Whitter is full of people who wished they listened to the common wisdom and did not go there, I dunno, but I bet there are at least some folks who went there and reached their personal goals. I for one am in no position to be casting the first stone however, so I wonít tell other people what their life is going to be like when I canít even control my own.

I wish we had more students from T4 schools so would could actually here first had experiences, but I can see why, with thread like this, they donít stick around log to share their experiences.   

You are seriously my favorite person on these boards.

When you graduate, please lemme know your contact info, because I want YOU to be MY lawyer. haha.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: What is your party affiliation?
« on: May 14, 2009, 04:38:43 PM »
that stage left, or...


"Irreplaceable" is a great song of hers.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: What is your party affiliation?
« on: May 13, 2009, 10:58:41 PM »
I'm curious to see what the breakdown is on LSD...

As Beyonce would say: "To the left! To the left!"

General Off-Topic Board / Re: List your pet peeves
« on: May 11, 2009, 07:36:28 PM »
Slow drivers...and by "slow", I mean anything less than 5-10 miles above the speed limit.

Funny thing is, I just mailed in the payment to another speeding ticket today.  :-\

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Widener (Delaware campus).....
« on: May 08, 2009, 05:27:32 PM »
I'm from PA and it has a GREAT rep amoung lay people in the area. Whenever I mention to someone that I'll be attending law school, they all chime in that I should "go to Widener!"  Late last year my father told his doctor that I was applying to law school and he told my dad that, "Widener is a great school for law, one of the best choices in PA-- tell her to go there!"  LOL.  Lay people think so highly of Widener because it's true that a very large % of lawyers in PA graduated from Widener. Their alumni base is large and very loyal. If you want to practice in the area, I don't think it's a terrible choice.  However, go to the best school that accepts you, and by "best" I mean the school that's ranked the highest.

Not that it matters, but you'd have much more fun at Penn State.

Transferring / Re: not happy
« on: April 03, 2009, 07:20:52 PM »
I decided to post here, because the topic was already created. I am in the top 40% at a school that is ranked 68 by USNWR. I do not like the city I am in (I am extremely unhappy, almost on the verge of a break down and can't stand it here), and want to move back to Chicago which is my home town...If I am able to pull up my grades a bit more, what are my chances of getting into schools in Chicago --the ones I really wanted to get into don't seem feasible anymore because they are top ten schools. But what about Chicago Kent --ranked 66; or even De Paul --88 (I don't care transferring down, I just need to get out of here before I loose my mind!)Let me know if you guys think transfering down is a stupid idea, or if I have chances of getting into better schools than De Paul.

If you're not happy, then don't stay.  No matter what anybody says, get out!  You'll feel so much better when you're back home.

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