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Law School Admissions / Re: What up UNC?
« on: May 01, 2007, 04:14:08 AM »
UNC just rejected everyone matter what the numbers are..WTF?!

Uh .. what?

Law School Admissions / Re: Study Abroad
« on: May 01, 2007, 03:51:50 AM »
I studied abroad two different semesters.

One semester I received French grades at a french university and my university translated them into actual grades. These were calculated by LSAC just like all others.

The other semester I was in Italy, and the program had a grade reporting service (optional, you had to pay for it) where they would agree to give you an American grade (let me tell you how much it sucks to be given a B+ by a professor not because of lack of quality of work but because she's European and believes no one deserves an A) and it would go on record at Spellman College. My school got the grades from Spellman and gave me transfer credits but no grade. I sent LSAC my school's transcripts as well as the Spellman transcripts that had actual grades on them.

So, my answer does nothing to help solve your problem, but you did ask if anyone had similar experience! Best of luck, and I agree - The easier thing is to call LSAC -- it really won't take all that long. I called them to ask about some stuff, shouldnt set you back more than 5 or 10 mins max.

With most wait lists if you haven't been called by the time the 2nd or 3rd day of class rolls around, you can assume you never will be. I don't think there's a notification system if you're NOT being pulled off. You just sit and wait. It sucketh.

I will say that what I've heard from people in admissions is that the closer it gets to the time school starts, particularly as it gets later and later in the summer, when they start having to go to the waitlist they are looking for people they know will say yes. So that if you've continued to keep in touch with them, and have told them repeatedly that you will up and move from wherever you are just for a chance to be at their school, they are more likely to call you instead of someone else. I've also heard them say it helps if you have family in the area or are from the area because you have a place to stay if it's really down to the wire.

Good luck!

Law School Admissions / Re: Accepted TODAY !!
« on: May 01, 2007, 03:32:33 AM »
In at Northwestern :P...was held back in January.

Sweet! Congrats :) So are you still going to GULC?

I was unaware of that dual degree program at American. I took a Portuguese class for Spanish speakers a few years ago that was pretty good. (That is, a Portuguese class for Spanish speakers conducted in English.)

Hypothetically, though, if you were in a plain JD program would you attempt to master all of the technical vocabulary in Spanish as well as English?

As of now I *am* in a plain JD program. You can't apply for that program at American until your second semester there (which makes me sad, because a large part of my desire to go to American is that program!).  You can read about it here:

So to answer your question -- yes! I would be particularly pleased to take a class, because the whole self-teaching thing just doesn't work out for me (I always seem to find something better to do!).  Even if I am not accepted into the program, I am going to make an effort to also learn the continental legal system, which is used outside of the US and especially in Latin America.

The other thing I think is important beyond the language is to be literate in the corporate culture of the particular country with which you want to work. I don't necessarily want to work IN another country, but if asked to travel for meetings and such I definitely don't want to be caught in a faux-pas!

What about you? Made any plans? Have any ideas? Tips? Suggestions?

General Off-Topic Board / Re: The Truth about the Pay Gap
« on: April 30, 2007, 09:21:51 PM »
This is totally off topic, and I apologize.

But every time I see this thread pop up in my unreads, instead of seeing "Pay Gap" I accidentally read "Pap Gay" and end up thinking to myself, "WHAT about Gay Pap smears??"

K, done.


As you were.,87588.0.html

Omg. Hahahahahahaha ... so I'm not going crazy afterall?!

Thanks Cady :D :D

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. :-\

General Off-Topic Board / Re: The Truth about the Pay Gap
« on: April 30, 2007, 09:05:49 PM »
This is totally off topic, and I apologize.

But every time I see this thread pop up in my unreads, instead of seeing "Pay Gap" I accidentally read "Pap Gay" and end up thinking to myself, "WHAT about Gay Pap smears??"

K, done.


As you were.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Arrrrrrrrgh
« on: April 30, 2007, 09:03:24 PM »

Matthies I am soooo amused and impressed!! 180!!

American WCL
40 something?
International Law (maybe eventually in-house!)

This getting into law school thing has worn me out!

I second the Awwwww! That is so cute. ALL the pictures are so cute. And you are so marvelous at this!

I've begun to identify with my cat. Is that weird? :P

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