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Law School Applications / Re: What are my chances at HYS?
« on: July 13, 2007, 12:52:00 AM »
Yale is crap... successful big law firms won't even touch that anarcho-haven's damaged goods

100% true.

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Law School Applications / Re: ENOUGH IS ENOUGH - LSD HAS GONE TOO FAR
« on: July 13, 2007, 12:51:39 AM »
I'm staring at you through your window

I misread your question.  I thought you said "how did you" not "did you."  Now that I understand your question, I'm confused.  At HLS, there's no "making it" onto JLPP.  You just sign up.  And I didn't sign up.

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Law School Applications / Re: ENOUGH IS ENOUGH - LSD HAS GONE TOO FAR
« on: July 13, 2007, 12:47:52 AM »
bass did you make it onto law and public policy?

Am I on it?  What are you talking about?

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Law School Applications / Re: ENOUGH IS ENOUGH - LSD HAS GONE TOO FAR
« on: July 13, 2007, 12:42:38 AM »
I am really pissed.  This website is awful.  Filled with retards giving terrible advice and talking out of their a## all the time.  Being positive and blah blah blah.  There is no humor in any of the threads, and the attempts are trite copycats of others. 

Not to mention the overzealous mod-ing.  I gaurantee you, this highly relevant thread regarding the validity of this website as a useful site for prelaw applicants will be moved or deleted.  Law School and the Real World are not pristine little places where you will be protected by MODS.  If you want to have the real advice, real humor, real excitement try:

tls

I don't post anymore, but I'm pretty awesome.  That's something.

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Law School Applications / Re: What are my chances at HYS?
« on: July 13, 2007, 12:40:20 AM »
Not that it matters, but it's not accurate to say they'll "average" your Vandy and H GPAs exactly.  They'll take all your grades from both schools, weight them by credits, and calculate a GPA.  The alternative would encourage people to collect 4.0 transcripts from community colleges by taking a cooking class or something.

H is predictable in this range.  If your actual LSDAS GPA is 3.9, then you should be pretty much set anywhere above 172.  Stanford will care more about your GPA, and Yale will care more about you being a person they want to have in the class.  Maybe you've done something interesting. 

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How tough is it to get a 1L summer firm job?

Can I take a little less of the loan package they want to give me (living frugally and getting a little more help from parents than their estimate) without losing my very meager grant?

1) This is very difficult to answer, since it depends so much on your background and where you are applying.  If you are a Rhodes Scholar with a 4.0 from Yale UG, I would say no.  If you are like me and come from a less renowned undergrad, you will struggle in some markets.  The hardest place to get a job 1L firm-wise is Boston (in my experience).  Too convenient for too many 1Ls.  If you have a connection to a secondary market (or even another primary market), it can be VERY easy, coming from any UG.  I had no trouble at all in my small market getting a firm job in a top firm in the market.

2) I think the answer here is no, but it may depend on having more info about your package.  You MUST take the base loan (whatever number that is) in order to receive grants.  Presumably, if you've received grants, they cover the difference between the base loan and the total budget (minus your contribution).  If your loans are in excess of the base loan (e.g., you are taking additional loans to cover the budget because you don't actually have the money that you expect you to contribute), then that's a different story.

1.) Moving to these smaller markets, are these still big firms (with regard to pay, looking good on resume, etc)

2.) Damnit

1) Again, it depends on where you're going.  I know several people who had little trouble in NY and CA, for example, and they are making market (based on 160K/yr).  Texas pays about the same and is not impossible to get a job there; Chicago pays well.  The one I'm in pays better than I care about, since I have a lot of grants, and the excess cash just reduces my grants, but it doesn't pay near NY market rates.  I should say that getting a firm job typically (but not always) involves a lot of work 1L year.  This work comes at a bad time (late November to December), and it will be even worse with exams before break this year.  No one is going to hold your hand and force you to do it, either.

2) Yea, HLS is super generous with providing grants to cover need as they calculate it.  I am very grateful for that.  They are otherwise very stingy, however, presumably to continue to be able to provide such generous grants where necessary.

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How tough is it to get a 1L summer firm job?

Can I take a little less of the loan package they want to give me (living frugally and getting a little more help from parents than their estimate) without losing my very meager grant?

1) This is very difficult to answer, since it depends so much on your background and where you are applying.  If you are a Rhodes Scholar with a 4.0 from Yale UG, I would say no.  If you are like me and come from a less renowned undergrad, you will struggle in some markets.  The hardest place to get a job 1L firm-wise is Boston (in my experience).  Too convenient for too many 1Ls.  If you have a connection to a secondary market (or even another primary market), it can be VERY easy, coming from any UG.  I had no trouble at all in my small market getting a firm job in a top firm in the market.

2) I think the answer here is no, but it may depend on having more info about your package.  You MUST take the base loan (whatever number that is) in order to receive grants.  Presumably, if you've received grants, they cover the difference between the base loan and the total budget (minus your contribution).  If your loans are in excess of the base loan (e.g., you are taking additional loans to cover the budget because you don't actually have the money that you expect you to contribute), then that's a different story.

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Yea, my fiancee is far away, and I get bored.  I'm supposed to be retired, but if you have any questions, let me know.  I'm a rising 2L at HLS.

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I'm in this.  I'm also supposed to be retired from posting here, but don't tell anyone (least of all my fiancee).  My guess is you think I'm a jerk.

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