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Law School Applications / Re: my ex got into a better school - ughh
« on: March 29, 2006, 12:01:29 PM »
Ehh..I think law schools are well aware that applicants who score well on their LSATs are Mensa material. Almost all Top-20 school applicants qualify. It goes without saying. I'm a member of Mensa (got in based on my GMAT score). Yeah, it's attracted attention to my resume when I applied for jobs. But if you put it on a resume for LS, I think you will be evaluated based on your level of activity in it (it's an EC activity). Did you go to meetings/activities with all those senior citizens?

It really helps for job interviews?  I would have thought people would just think one was arrogant for even joining the organization.

It's not always arrogance / ego that motivates someone to join. There are people, like myself, who are actually interested in participating in some of the community assistance projects Mensa members organize; and they offer some fun activities. Is it arrogant to join NHS when you're in high school?

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Law School Applications / Re: my ex got into a better school - ughh
« on: March 29, 2006, 11:51:20 AM »
I talked to my ex today.  He was offered his dream job, but he's turning it down for a $50,000 job that will keep him in the South close to his family and new girlfriend.

I bet him three months ago that he couldn't possibly be offered $50,000 with his degree just coming from undergrad.  As I haven't been accepted into a top 25 school, I just sat there with my mouth hanging open.  Uggh. 

Crap, I forgot to mention that I qualify for MENSA!  Ah well, facebook ammunition.  ;D

Congrats on the MENSA but did anybody see the Apprentice last night. Trump PWN3D MENSA last night. That guy representing MENSA is doing a horrible job. 

OMGosh, he's the worst! And a note about Mensa...I joined after I got my score, because I figured it would be a nice looking EC on my res. However, it is my opinion that tests such as the LSAT should not be used for admission. They're too trainable. Measure of IQ should be about your level of reflexive logic, not familiarity with similair questions / games.

I haven't seen any of the full length IQ tests that Mensa accepts, but I suspect (albeit to a smaller extent), that you could make yourself better if you took those over and over too. I have a friend who took one particular test like 5 times (diff questions each time, but similair problem types), and he scored progressively higher. I don't know...

I don't consider myself the top two percent of the population in terms of reasoning ability or mental quickness (isn't that what IQ is), but here I am...in Mensa. I think it just sounds alot more impressive than it actually is. I will say that some folks in there really seem to me that they are in the top two percent.

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Law School Applications / Re: my ex got into a better school - ughh
« on: March 28, 2006, 03:41:38 PM »
One thing about this sequence of posts stands out to me. Unless I missed it both times I read the original post, I see no indication of gender for the poster or the ex. However two people now have assumed that the original poster is a she and the ex is a him. Quite interesting.

That's what I noticed too.  :-\

It is written very effeminate. The "ughh" gives it away. Men don't write "ughh." Plus, I don't think a man would have to project his feelings about such a situation.

Yup. The second I read "ughh", I thought girl. I usually don't assume the gender of the poster, but yeah..."ughh". I've never heard a guy use that before. Maybe I'm just sheltered.

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I don't see how it could hurt you. You did well academically (in terms of GPA), so it does not look as though you were not serious about academics. Just write an addendum explaining that it was a rare opportunity that came along at a time when you could afford to take it (while you were young and free!).

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Law School Applications / Re: my ex got into a better school - ughh
« on: March 28, 2006, 09:50:54 AM »
its late.  im tired and a little more than tipsy.  but really, im just annoyed. i found out my ex got into a t14 and im really jealous.  annoyed but really because im jealous.  this person is great, is smart, has great qualifications. but im annoyed that i didnt get into a better school.  i was raised competitive. 

thanks.  just had to let that out.

Does your ex-boyfriend read this board? Don't you think the situation would be even worse if he saw you resent it enough to post about it (assuming he knows your handle or can figure out who you are from your other posts). Don't mean to offend,  just a heads-up. 

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Law School Applications / Re: Are some schools waiting on USNWR?
« on: March 26, 2006, 10:50:10 PM »
Regardless of the significance or lack thereof of these rankings, I'm curious to see if any of my schools have changed tiers in the right or wrong direction.

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Hahaha. Yeah. Brillant question. I often too wonder why people get so down on Big Law. There simply cannot be a plausible nor rational explanation for it. Absolutely not.

What are starting salaries like, vs. mid-size firms?

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not out of reach.  3.5 or 3.6 is fine if you have a 167+ lsat and good lors, extracurrics, etc.  like googler said, it's possible outside of the t14, but you have to work harder for those opportunities. 


My EC's are probably nothing special.  Notetaker for disabled students, member of 2 clubs, officer of another club, on a student judicial board and an academic honesty board, that is pretty much it. And I have an unpaid internship at a labor rights organization this summer

ECs are irrelevant

I am not sure if you are joking or not, but I agree with you.  I think people tend to overestimate EC's and soft factors.  Take a look through LSN and you'll see these things are largely determined by numbers.  There is a small degree of "randomness" (miracle admits, or rejection from safety schools) but I think even if these were ENTIRELY determined by EC's, they would still be negligible.



Agreed. More specifically, I think these schools are admitting based on how to increase their ranking (GPA and LSAT percentiles).

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Law School Applications / Admissions Results Weirdness
« on: March 26, 2006, 06:19:45 PM »
Anyone else have this experience: I got outright rejected from a Tier 2 school that is significantly lower ranked than schools I've been waitlisted at, put on hold, or accepted at with $. What up with that? I applied roughly the same amount of time before the admission deadlines at each of these schools.

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Law School Applications / Re: Retake in June?
« on: March 26, 2006, 05:43:23 PM »
As you probably know, your LSAT and GPA are below Duke's 75th and 25th percentiles repectively. The hard science major makes you a more diverse candidate, but considering the level of competition, I would suggest retaking the LSAT. Maybe take a better test prep course this time. I hear good things about TestMasters. Duke will average the scores, but if you can manage a 172, that'll put you at the 75th percentile for the LSAT score.

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