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General Off-Topic Board / Re: VT shootings... backlash?
« on: April 19, 2007, 11:40:49 AM »

Isn't there some speculation of abuse from the parents or something?

Yeah, pretty much what Zamora said above...there was something in a poem that led people to believe that. I hear he has a sister who went to Princeton and is working for the State Dept or something? Feel sorry for her as well. I just imagined the family was a regular, functioning family living in NoVa. Over course if they're totally screwed up and created this monster, then I feel a little less sympathetic.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: How widespread is cheating on the LSAT?
« on: April 19, 2007, 10:18:18 AM »
do you really think someone would take the time to do that????

come on

I don't know if you're talking to me but it could take as little as 10 seconds to do what I'm saying. And the proctors are stuck in the room for a while anyway, picking up and packaging the tests and getting ready to send them out or whatever.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: VT shootings... backlash?
« on: April 19, 2007, 10:17:15 AM »
In watching the news coverage of the shooter's video clips and pictures, I really felt sorry for him. If someone is driven to the point of doing something so senseless and violent, they clearly have mental issues. It's not like he was a normal, functioning, sane person like the rest of us and he just decided to go and kill 32 people because he had some sort of vendetta against half of society. Well, that possibly could be the case but in his case he just looked very disturbed. This probably sounds kind of insensitive but I am not justifying/excusing/condoning his actions but am just saying that it makes me very sad to think that a human being would ever be in a condition where he/she would be driven to do such a thing.

On CNN last night, Dr. Gupta was mentioning how in many killers, there are actually physical abnormalities within the brain, let alone chemical imbalances.

I also feel sorry for the shooter's family because they have to deal with their son being portrayed as this monster (which hey may have been) on the news 24/7. It just be so painful to a) wonder what drove their son to do such a thing and b) to be grieving over the loss of your son yet as well as the loss of those whom he killed...and to have to be constantly reminded that your son was majorly screwed up.

I dunno..this is just disturbing.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: How widespread is cheating on the LSAT?
« on: April 19, 2007, 10:09:55 AM »
I've always been very troubled by the fact that once you're done with the LSATs, the test is completely in the hands of the proctor--unsupervised. I remember when I took AP exams, you had to put the answer sheet in the test booklet and seal the booklet with these stickers when you were done so that if those were tampered with, you knew someone had messed with your test. In the case of the LSAT, I don't see why they don't adopt this policy. You could *easily* have a proctor with some sort of chip on his/her shoulder or who is just a racist/bigot/sexist and doesn't like a test-taker and thus screws with his/her answer sheet. Not to mention maybe the proctor didn't do well on the LSAT and wants to mess with others  :P

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Emory Class of 2010
« on: April 17, 2007, 03:36:08 PM »
Hey all. Sent in my deposit last week and am officially part of the Class of 2010 now :p

When I was there for ASD, I drove around the campus area and I saw at least 2-3 other apartment complexes very close to the law school (probably a 5-10 minute walk) that seemed very nice. I'm very particular about my lodging and want a nice place, and these places looked real nice. One of them was on the side of the med school/hospital and the other one was on I think Clairmont Rd (I think that's what it was called). That may have been the Clairmont apts that someone else referred to above.

[edit]: actually I just did a search and the apts I'm thinking about are the Gables Montclair. based on what i heard, I think these are more expensive (than Post Briarcliff, etc) but nice.

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Law School Applications / Re: Any chance left with Vandy?
« on: April 17, 2007, 11:15:25 AM »
3.3/170???? Are they kidding?

Seriously...

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Law School Applications / Re: Any chance left with Vandy?
« on: April 15, 2007, 12:43:04 PM »
decision sent 4/9 according to Virtual VULS. I think I received it on Friday but my memory is horrible so I can't even remember--I may have received it on Thursday. Waitlist.

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Law School Applications / Re: GW PT vs. Mason 1L transfer
« on: April 13, 2007, 08:19:22 PM »
Don't they claim that PT ad FT admission standards are the same? Did everyone else assume that this was BS?

Yeah, pretty much BS. Their FAQ says they actually have the same standards but less ppl applying to PT and hence your odds may be slightly higher. I highly doubt it--obviously they don't report the PT data (from what I hear), which is why they accept people with lower numbers to their PT program.
PT data's reported to LSAC... it's available right on the site alongside the FT numbers.

Is it reported to USNews, though (that's what I was referring to)? And if so, is that taken into consideration in ranking the school?

My understanding is that schools don't "report" to USNews. In many ways, they'd rather blow themselves up than do THAT. They do report data to the ABA, however. While I'm not all the way up on the USNews methedology, I believe they do not utilize PT data for their annual rankings.

Here's a better (rhetorical) point, though: what are YOUR rankings? Which is to say, what is the ordering of law schools according to the criteria that matter most to you? If you think USNews has the same exact priorities you do, I'd say you're a pretty strange person. USNews cares about the number of books schools have. I don't. It cares about a bunch of other stuff I could give a damn about. My rankings are very different than those published by USNews, though I do concede that the prominence of the USNews rankings has to matter a little to everyone. I don't intend to pick on you, Commie Panda, but I thought this was a point worth raising.

You've completely misread my intentions. First off, the question being asked was whether part-time and full-time admissions standards were the same, and I answered that no they weren't. I think you will hard pressed to find anyone (including GW's admissions office) who disagrees with this. I was not at all debating the merits or importance of the US News rankings to *me*.  I am, however, saying that the US News rankings are tremendously important to law schools, and hence they are most concerened about bumping up their numbers...and if certain numbers aren't being used by US News to rank that school, then of course bumping up those numbers wouldn't serve the purpose of increasing their US News rank. Whether or not these schools directly report to US News is sort of besides the point. As long as they know US News will use certain data to rank them, they will try to influence that data by  accepting students with certain types of numbers.

Also, I believe that when the ABA asked that law schools report only the higher LSAT score, law schools by and large immediately changed their LSAT policy to "we will consider your higher score." I wonder why this is.

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Law School Applications / Re: GW PT vs. Mason 1L transfer
« on: April 13, 2007, 07:09:24 PM »
Don't they claim that PT ad FT admission standards are the same? Did everyone else assume that this was BS?

Yeah, pretty much BS. Their FAQ says they actually have the same standards but less ppl applying to PT and hence your odds may be slightly higher. I highly doubt it--obviously they don't report the PT data (from what I hear), which is why they accept people with lower numbers to their PT program.
PT data's reported to LSAC... it's available right on the site alongside the FT numbers.

Is it reported to USNews, though (that's what I was referring to)? And if so, is that taken into consideration in ranking the school?

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Law School Applications / Re: GW PT vs. Mason 1L transfer
« on: April 13, 2007, 03:22:24 PM »
It would seem that I was mis-informed, I just called the GW admissions office and asked a few questions about the PT program, hopefully this will help you Panda as I found it very helpful and your situation seems very similar. The gentleman on the phone told me that the process to transfer from PT to FT is not difficult at all (as you mentioned) as long as you are in decent academic standing. He also said that the classes run Monday through Friday from 6-8 pm with a maximum of 12 credits... leaving only 4 to make up later if you transfer after one semester. I have heard however that snobby employers will look at it as a blemish and will ask why you started PT but I feel like if you prove yourself with performance that can easily be overcome. I still don't like the idea of PT since I don't have a job or anything worthwhile to do during the day for the first semester but PT GW is better than no GW.

Thanks for calling and clarifying...that is very encouraging. My only concern would be the question that prospective employers would ask about why you were PT for a semester. I currently work as a paralegal in DC so I could work reduced hours during the first semester when I'm PT.  I don't think it could be all that bad if one were to be truthful to prospective employers and just say "I checked both the FT and PT boxes, they accepted me PT, and then I transferred FT." Plus, if you have good grades to back it up, they probably shouldn't really care, as long as you made the most of your time at GW. 

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