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Law School Admissions / USC law apps way down
« on: March 03, 2006, 03:09:29 AM »
According to USC's daily newspaper (I'm an undergrad there now), applications are down some 18%.  Whereas they got 7000 applicants last year, they are expecting 6000 this year.

Just a note, in case some thought it too much of a reach.

Law School Admissions / Re: Waitlist vs Defer
« on: March 03, 2006, 03:07:37 AM »
deferred = no decision yet, need more time
waitlist = you're not in, but you might be, but probably not

I think I'd rather be deferred...

Law School Admissions / Re: First rejection letter
« on: March 03, 2006, 03:06:19 AM »
My file was complete in late January.

I have been accepted to five schools so far (mostly my safety schools)
Today I received my first rejection letter from Columbia.

I have this feeling that from now on, most letters will make me sad.  :(

I know what you mean.  I've gotten two letters - one waitlist, one reject.  Anyway, you gotta figure that at least one will come through, so keep your chin up...or something...

Law School Admissions / Re: Volume Update - Still Down
« on: February 28, 2006, 10:48:20 PM »
Seriously though, it looks like February LSAT wasn't a bumper crop either:

So we've a 5.4% decline in LSAT test taking for the 2005-2006 LSAT season.  In this instance it looks like the falling tide will raise most applicants' boats (except for you silly HYS folks).

Does everyone think this decrease is significant to affect tier 2/3/4 applicants? How so?

ALSO:I wish they said which schools were showing an increase/decrease in applicants because apparently 55 schools are showing an increase....I wonder which schools they are...

Notre Dame is apparently one.  I talked with one of their admissions people yesterday, and they said that their volume is up fairly considerably, and the call has come down the ranks to reject early and often.  I guess it might make me feel a tad better about a waitlist.

The law building is pretty much in the middle of campus.

I'll do a review, since I literally just got back from South Bend, but I'm tired as hell now, so it'll have to wait until tomorrow.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Notre Dame vs Minnesota
« on: February 24, 2006, 01:19:48 AM »
It seems like the general consensus on this thread is to favor Notre Dame, and I can't quite figure out why.  It's a good school and all, but Minnesota is ranked several notches higher, the lawyer/judges score is higher, and the peer assessment score is significantly higher.  Given that it's also cheaper, isn't Minnesota the default here?

Law School Admissions / Re: I think I just told a school off...
« on: February 23, 2006, 07:57:13 PM »
Here's my take.

Of course they're trying to raise their rankings, and I've got $20 that says they don't give a damn what you or other students think of it.  You're not important to a school until you go there.  Rankings are always important.

Also, you find it condescending that they don't think you can do the work?  Do you find your rejection letters condescending too?  You do realize that you applied to them, right?  It's their judgment call whether or not you're capable, and in this case, I guess they decided no.  It does neither you nor them any good to have you second-guess their decision and decide to be insulted by it.

Overall, the letter was mostly just bitchy.  It's not surprising to me that when they emailed you back, they only asked for the people you talked to because that's all that was in the letter that they would remotely care about.  However, what was surprising was that they emailed you back at all.


So is your friend looking into how most law schools, four year colleges, congress, etc are 80 percent "white."  What is he doing to stop the good ol' boy affirmative action?  I am curious.

Or "Good ol' boy" statistics....

United States population classified as "white"?  80.4%

Courtesy of US Census Bureau.

Real head-scratcher, that one....

Ha ha!  Nice!


Thomas Sowell is for sure one of my heroes.  I think "The Vision of the Anointed" should be required reading for anyone going into public policy.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Pitt or Bama?
« on: February 21, 2006, 06:27:34 PM »
I'd rather go to a school in a location where I didn't feel like the KKK was holding meetings up the street.  Where they weren't having Jim Crow parties.  Where people weren't dressing up like Klansmen for Haloween.  Where I can stop and ask directions without being told that 'my kind' doesn't belong around those parts.

If you're just going to "feel" it without any justification, fine, but I've spent several years in the south, and I've found that it's often a more hospitable environment for minorities, which I guess would explain the fact that blacks are moving back south, according to census trends.

Besides, racial segregation is the norm pretty much everywhere.  The sad part is that it's self-segregation. 

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