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It isn't as prestigious as that liberty place.

jsia.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Visiting Yale
« on: January 23, 2006, 11:00:55 PM »
I spent the day at Yale today and attended 2 classes.  It was so awesome, seems like such a laid back welcoming environment. I got lost a few times and didnt really know where anything was, and people were more than willing to help me out.  Same with the faculty, even the security guards were super cheerful. Can't wait for admit weekend.  Has anyone else visited yet?

Yea, I visited on a crappy day to visit.  The website said that there were self-guided tours.  In other words, they give you a map and tell you stay on the first floor.  I saw like a hallway and a classroom and left.  Really frustrating.

That said, I am still a Yale fan and very much look forward to admit weekend.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Yale a poor choice for corporate?
« on: January 23, 2006, 10:59:09 PM »
hey, I think because Yale tends to produce more academic-types, that if you *were* to go for corporate law that you'd stick out as an "exotic bird" (Susan Estrich's term...)

Meaning that, since so many M&A lawyers went to Harvard, Columbia, NYU, Chicago etc., and since there are relatively fewer Yale M&A lawyers (oh, wait, you want to do securities...I assume it's probably the same ratio)that you'd stand out while interviewing as being a "catch" as the top firms love to add top schools to their roster.

As for prep while you're *there* I think you'd be more than adequately prepared, as there is a large selection of business/corporate classes at yale

Yea I agree.  I went to the CDO at Yale today with basically the same question (my UG major is in the finance arena).  If you go to their website and look at the stats, from the class of 2004 45% did law firm work after 3L, 43% judicial clerkship and only 2% academia.  It seems that if you want to go into academia, Yale is the place to be relative to other schools in the t14.  But that being said, most students to not go into academics (at least initially), the vast majority clerk and do some sort of firm work.  And an added bonus is that because there are so few yalies to choose from, you pretty much get an interview with every firm you list and a call back with most.  The pamphlets on the site are really interesting and they'll probably help answer your question.  But i would not worry about not finding an amazing top choice job...

You should be careful with the academia numbers.  To get a good job in academia, a good clerkship is almost a prerequisite.  People who really want to be professors are clerks first.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: GRE/GMAT studying material?
« on: January 22, 2006, 08:22:03 AM »
Just like studying for the LSAT, studying for the GMAT and GRE is best done with real questions from the test writers (in this case, ETS).  Where do you get such things?

For the GRE: The book you want is "Practicing to take the GRE 10th edition."  It has a fair number of real questions.  If can find some of the old editions (on ebay), they had way more questions and were more helpful.  But the test has changed (no logic stuff), so make sure you know what questions will count.  Also, ETS offers free software called "Powerprep" that has 2 Computer Adaptive GRE's.  You really should take them both, since taking a Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) is a unique experience for which you want to be prepared.

For the GMAT: The book you want is the "GMAT Official Guide 11th Edition."  It has a diagnostic test in it and some instructions for using it, which might be helpful, and I think it has 800 questions.  Great book.  You want to familiarize yourself with "Data Sufficiency" questions because they can be very foreign to those unfamiliar with them.  Again, the writers of the GMAT (which used to be owned by ETS, but now by ACT) have provided free tests in the form of two pieces of software: Powerprep and GMATPrep.  The Powerprep is now outdated (by a month) so it may be hard to find, but both are excellent.  The GMATPrep looks more like the current test version.  You must take a test or two.

In additition to these suggestions, you may consider buying a method book (TPR, Kaplan, etc.) to help you with your approach, but the most important practice comes from the real questions.

I should've mentioned up front that I've taught both of these tests (+SAT and LSAT) for the Princeton Review for three years, so I feel like I have a pretty good handle on this stuff.

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Law School Applications / Re: Is a yale 250 supposed to be depressing ?
« on: January 21, 2006, 07:54:04 PM »
done

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Law School Applications / Re: Is a yale 250 supposed to be depressing ?
« on: January 21, 2006, 07:43:15 PM »
me too.  PS's are too much, but 250 words?  I can handle that.

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Law School Applications / Re: Is a yale 250 supposed to be depressing ?
« on: January 21, 2006, 05:44:55 PM »
I actually avoided depressing.  Who wants to read anything depressing?

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Law School Applications / Re: Mr - Big
« on: January 21, 2006, 10:38:16 AM »
He has explained in the past that his account is a community account.  Perhaps this is his way to avoid responsibility when he says something really mean or annoying, which he does a lot.  But if his account is truly a community account, then it makes little sense to talk about who he is

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Law School Applications / Re: Held at Harvard: What does this mean?
« on: January 20, 2006, 05:51:16 PM »
I'm sorry to hear about the deferral.

If H wants to hold hust for more materials or to yield-protect, that's stupid.

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Law School Applications / Re: Held at Harvard: What does this mean?
« on: January 20, 2006, 03:32:43 PM »
these holds aren't doing much to raise toby's stock (ha..ha..ha...) here on LSD.
My hope is that his stock rises soon in your book, after experiencing his irresistible telephone charm.

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