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Bean is right on the money.

That said, you can still get into law school even with an academic suspension, especially with the explanation that you have. Write a good, succint addendum. You will be fine. But as Bean said, by all means, if you can get it fixed now -- do it! Even if it's not fixed by the time you're applying for law school, you can at least mention in your addendum that you are "in the process of having it corrected."

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Depressed about my Rockets.  Attended Mormon wedding earlier, so naturally it was over by 8 with everyone still sober.  Plus have to be up at 7.   :(

I was sad about the Rocket's loss as well (did I miss something, are you from Htown?). I would, however, be more depressed about that wedding ;)

To answer the question --

There is no more effective procrastination tool than LSD.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Wanna know what sucks???
« on: May 06, 2007, 12:52:02 AM »
The rough sex one is good. But rough masturbation would really get the wheels spinning.

Hahahaha... 175. I say go with that one.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Wanna know what sucks???
« on: May 05, 2007, 09:27:57 PM »
I feel your pain, although not literally because at least I didn't break my arm!  I'm telling you though, its pretty embarassing to show up at school with a sling and have to explain to people that you tripped over your own feet! 

You are about to embark on a career as a liar. I mean, Lawyer. It's time to make up a better story. :)

Cady -- omg!

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Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: American Waitlist Thread
« on: May 04, 2007, 04:15:50 PM »
When I was visiting a couple of weeks ago, Brooke said that when they start looking to take people off the waitlist, especially once it starts to get later in the summer, they are looking for people they know will accept the offer. That is to say, the more in touch you stay with the admissions office, and if you are contacting them every couple of weeks or so to give an update or express your continued interest. Also, she said that if you are really wanting to get off the WL, and you have a way to get yourself to DC even at the last minute, you should tell them that. If a chance spot opens up, they will call you first because they know you will be able to make it.

Also, she said that they couldnt say for sure when they would go to the WL, but that they would. And that it could start as soon as "in two weeks," which would be this week.

Maybe none of this is new or helpful, but now that I've typed it, I'm clicking post. haha.

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I got the email. If all I do is fill out the form saying I want to stay on the waitlist, am I basically condeming myself to not get taken off? (In other words, no LOCI, no new LOR, no updated resume...) I guess at the very least I should sent a LOCI.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Taking the Same LSAT more than once
« on: May 04, 2007, 04:06:27 PM »
Technically, you should be doing all your tests twice. Once when you take the test, and the second time when you review your answers in order to find out why the right answer was the right one, and the wrong one the wrong one. With the games, if you don't manage to figure out how to do it when you are taking the test, then when you review you should work on the set up and the questions until you get it.

I don't see any purpose in taking a test again after you've analyzed all of it. You have way better things to be doing with your time. Like working on new games! In mastering a particular game, it's not the mastery of that game that matters but the mastery of the particular type of thinking that will help you solve similar games.

You can do it!!

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Would you be sharing a bed room, or just common living areas?

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Native languages are English and Spanish. I've picked up French and Italian in high school/college.

I want to go into international law - private sector. I want to focus on transnational trade issues from the company's side, international aquisitions and mergers, international business disputes, or intellectual property issues. Something along those lines, to be more defined as I take more classes and see what I'm getting into.

I am applying for American's Dual Degree program where I would, in 4 years, get a J.D. and a Licenciatura en Derecho from Spain. You live two years in DC and two years in Spain.

This summer I plan on going to Costa Rica and getting a part time job in order to brush up on my "business spanish" skills and maybe take a grammar class since I've never been formally schooled in Spanish.

If I have any "free time" at all during the three years (or at least the summers!) in law school I want to study Portuguese. I know I won't have much time, I don't need to learn it perfectly, just to at least have a working knowledge of it. And Brazil is SUCH an emerging economy! If I can't do China or India I'll settle for Brazil.

Then when it comes time to get a job, hopefully I will be looking at employers who work with clients who do business in other languages and my ability to speak those languages, though I dont count on that to get me the job, I hope it will at least give me a little bit of an 'edge' to at least be considered.

So, that's my very preliminary plan for putting my language skills to use! I sure as hell am not going to have spent so many years studying languages without putting them to SOME use! Well, that's what I'm hoping, at least. :-\

Wow!  I'm impressed, to say the least.  I didn't even know American had such a program, and I hope that you are accepted and are able to use it to position yourself to achieve yourt futyre career goals.  I can really identify with your last statement, as I studied Spanish for 13 years and want to find a way to incorporate that into my legal career somehow.  I'm not necessarily interested in the international law route per se, so I'll have to figure something else out over the course of the next 3 years.

Well, I havent actually DONE any of the impressive stuff yet -- it's all just plans so far! But thanks for your well wishes, I hope things work out well :)

I think the best way to put your spanish skills to use if you're not specifically interested in "international law" is to move some place (like Texas, my home state!) that has alot of spanish speakers. Then you have lots of potential clients that are spanish speakers. Corporate, family, employment, child advocacy, etc ... But yeah, it will be interesting to see what fun stuff you come up with!

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Unfortunately not. The only step I've taken is, I worked in translation for a company that does a lot of global entertainment/IP-related transactions, and I asked them to forward my resume to their legal representation to keep me in mind for a summer associate-type thing.

Now that I'm thinking about it though, with respect to M&A, negotiation might be something to focus on. I had assumed that law school negotiation curriculum was mostly relevant to settlements, but attorneys definitely get into the fray with M&A negotiation. My suspicion is that most of those transactions, no matter where they are, are conducted in English, though. That is what's frustrating me about this. It seems like everything Law is in English.

Yeah, but everything in business is about contacts and networking. How much more of a leg up are you going to have for your firm if, once the meeting's over, you can take your clients to lunch and sit around and chat in spanish? Trust me, they will enjoy the lunch MUCH more than if they have to keep speaking in a 'foreign' language, even if they're really good english speakers.

As far as something non-outside-of-the-office related goes, I think it will come in when you are working with an american company that wants to work with american attorneys in order to do business in a foreign country. In other words, let's say Company X wants to do business in Mexico. They need to hire you to be sure they're compliant with US laws, but oh? What's this? You speak spanish and understand the laws in Mexico? Well of COURSE we'd like to hire you.

Of course, I may be dreaming :)

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