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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Stop being politically correct
« on: April 24, 2004, 10:35:00 PM »
I suspect if I come up against an Ivy Leaguer in court, they will have more to prove than I will.  Hell, no one will expect much from a non-ABA dude.  But the Ivy Leaguer better shine bright every time.   ::)

nice point, mr. jeffjoe!

so, i have a different concern. i loved my undergrad degree, and am very close to a few of my professors. it was funny when i applied to law school because they actually seemed disappointed that i wasn't pursuing a ph.d. in a field related to my B.A. ... and i started to feel like i was giving up. so, personally, i'm glad that i have this big fat rankings chip on my shoulder now. i don't feel like i'm giving up ... i feel like i'm fighting to prove something ... ;)

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Stop being politically correct
« on: April 24, 2004, 10:16:54 PM »
it's crazy that any education costs $150K. it's crazy anyone would put themselves through the tortures of law school and pay $150K to do it.

when that school is named harvard, yale, standford is when it becomes moderately acceptable.

but you are what you make of your education. that's not PC, that's optimism. why go if you will always see yourself as something below harvard, yale, etc? be like sam on "the apprentice," and give that thousand-dollar lemonade a chance ...  ;)

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Planet Law School II (PLS)
« on: April 24, 2004, 09:59:38 PM »
Ah, well. Hopefully that won't be our experience in law school.  8)

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Planet Law School II (PLS)
« on: April 24, 2004, 09:45:02 PM »
I can see PLSII as negative and, although I enjoyed Law School Confidential, I think much of it was common sense (such as have a good bed and a big desk). However, I really like the sound of the highlighting suggestion in LSC, although I suppose I won't be able to judge its practicality until classes begin.

PLSII should be read cautiously and, hopefully, law school will feel much friendlier than it is portrayed to be in the book. I am only about 50 pages into it, so who knows what will happen. It's not exactly a page-turner, but it's feeding my need for info during the "down" times for this discussion board ...

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: How important is your law school
« on: April 24, 2004, 09:39:07 PM »
Almost all legal work can be outsourced, and don't think that there isn't someone in each of the big law firms or large publishing houses examining the risk/benefit ratio of outsourcing associates and analysts right now. Big business does not discriminate between time-zones when it means more profit.

That said, I think that there is a check on this system. Most Americans would not want to be represented (or, especially, prosecuted) by a non-American in court, and most would not want non-Americans directly involved with the creation of the laws that dictate how an American can lead his/her life.

Plus, at least for the near future, there is a double standard about outsourcing. To keep prices low on goods, it's generally acceptable to outsource blue-collar jobs. However, politicians want to keep white-collar votes, since they can make or break an election, so it is not politically viable to encourage outsourcing of white-collar workers ... that theory, at least, prevents mass-outsourcing of attorneys (for now).

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Planet Law School II (PLS)
« on: April 24, 2004, 03:47:34 PM »
For those of you who are interested in purchasing Planet Law School II, you can find it on overstock.com for $14.95 ... which is way cheaper than what I paid with my member card at B&N.

Here's the site:

http://www.overstock.com/cgi-bin/d2.cgi?PAGE=PROFRAME&PROD_ID=640380

Also, I just started reading it, and would like to discuss it with others as they read if anyone is interested.




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I applied to Maryland's PT program, but I haven't heard anything yet. I'll keep you updated, though ...

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Thanks, roman. Good luck to you as well.

Yeah, UMD hasn't reponded to my queries either. I think I will give 'em a call if they don't contact me before the end of the week.


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I think that you are probably in a preferred position for GMU, even with the misdemeanor on your record. GMU is the place to be if you are interested in Economics, so I think you have a well prepared plan.

Good job on the LSATs! I really envy anyone who does well on them. I practiced for 8 months until September of 2003 (scoring around 167 on my practice tests) when my younger brother was diagnosed with a severe heart condition. Then I let the whole thing fall by the wayside until December (after his surgery). I'm proud of my mediocre score (158) because I followed through with it, but I was still such an emotional wreck that I could barely fill in the bubbles on the score card!

I'm glad it's over and grateful that I have one acceptance (Catholic) under my belt. It's a huge relief knowing my brother is doing well and I will be going to school in the fall.



Thanks for the vote of confidence.  i actually took the LSAT in Sep of 98 and got a 165.  unfortunately, that puts me just over the 5 year cutoff so i have to retake it.  i do expect to score better then that this time, as i am preparing more, but we all know the LSAT is not an exact science, and there are no guarantess of how you will perform on a given day.

i also have a misdemeanor on my record from 5 years ago.  obviously that will work against me, but im hoping that with numbers that should be above median, a solid resume from 5 years out in the working world, and a considerable amount of volunteer work including big bro/big sis and teaching at an adult program for GMU for 2 years, they will give me the benefit of the doubt.

im going to apply to GMU, GWU, GULC, American, and CUA.  i want to go to GMU primarily because the economics focus really appeals to me and the in-state tuition will make the financial aspects very manageable.

but yeah, i am planning on having my apps in the mail the week they start accepting them.  i already wrote my personal statement, explanation of the misdemeanor and will be getting my LORs together in early summer.  its actually a freak coincidence that i taught for a GMU sponsored community program.  i did it just to get the teaching experience but liked it so much, i just kept doing it.  at the time i didnt even realize it was GMU sponsered nor was i aware that GMU even had a good law school, or even that i would want to go to law school in the first place.  Im figuring that may be the one thing ive done that will shift the scale in my favor against the misdemeanor.

Also in regards to the ppl with higher numbers getting rejected to the PT program, i have this thought.  It makes sense that schools that create part time programs do so primarily to provide a means for students to attend law school who would be unable to attend full time.  I can see them giving more leniance to ppl who are out working full time with bills to pay who obviously could not go full time then to people whos likely motivation for applying part time would be to gain an admissions advantage.  this is just a theory, but could help explain the discrepency between PT/FT numbers at virtually all the schools i have looked at.


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I applied in Dec. I believe my app was complete by the end of Jan. I did not receive any confirmation from them. All I got was a letter from financial service office regarding in-state tuition.

I applied to all schools (except Catholic) in and around DC but have been rejected. Although, this is my last hope for this year I am extremely pessimistic after what happened this year with other schools.



Hmm ... I wonder what is taking UMD so long to get back to you. Have you contacted them and inquired about the status of your application?

I'm really undecided between all of my top choices (UMD, Catholic and American), and will need to know soon so I can make work and living arrangements.

Good luck, roman. Maybe we're the only two applicants for Fall 2004.  ;)


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