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Law School Admissions / Re: HELP!!! HELP!!! QUICK!!!
« on: April 08, 2006, 10:16:08 AM »
Thanks Laurkk,

You're welcome. I'm sure it will work out.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Write your own rejection
« on: April 08, 2006, 10:11:37 AM »
Dear Wannabe,

After a quick look at your application, we have decided that you are not worthy of admission to our school. We realize that you have better numbers than many individuals who are admitted, and we have no explanation for that. You're just not good enough.

We do appreciate your application fee, however, and we encourage you to apply as a transfer student next year so that we can collect this fee from you again.


Joe the intern

Law School Admissions / Re: HELP!!! HELP!!! QUICK!!!
« on: April 08, 2006, 10:08:29 AM »
Why don't you call them and explain your situation? As in, I mailed my seat deposit, but I am concerned that it may have been lost in the mail. Then ask them what you can do. Maybe you can arrange to have them fax you a new acceptance letter, which you can then sign and mail off OVERNIGHT with a new check. Then stop payment on the check you already wrote. And make sure that you can track your new acceptance stuff via the USPS website. Personally, I had mine sent with delivery confirmation or return receipt (I forget what it's called) so that I got a postcard back once Syracuse got my acceptance stuff.

I wouldn't worry, you can call the school and I'm sure they'll be happy to arrange to take your money. After all, they admitted you, so they obviously want you to come. :)

Good luck!

Beyond the larger problem of alcohol in American society, lawyers as a profession have a real problem with alcohol abuse because it is an attempt to self-medicate for depression and stress relief.

Maybe if there weren't questions about mental health on the bar exam (at least in certain states), people would be more likely to seek therapy as opposed to self-medicating. Lawyers and law students have very high rates of depression, but who wants to see a therapist just to have someone pry into your personal life when it comes time to apply for the bar?

After finally graduating with my bachelor's degree from a crappy state school, I had a very hard time finding a decent job. After working in retail I ended up taking a job at a big insurance company where I was hoping to work. But instead of being hired as an account manager, like a friend who was hired straight from a good local liberal arts school, I got a position that is one notch up from the mail room. I figured that I had gotten my foot in the door, so I tried to be happy about my job. Except that for a year and a half I have spent my days opening mail, processing address changes, and generating form letters. Oh yeah, and earning less than I did before getting my bachelor's. So I decided that I needed some sort of graduate degree to put me on track to have a career in something that I enjoyed and not just climb the cubicle-farm career ladder.

My ex-BF is a law student, and he encouraged me to try law school. My dad is a lawyer, and I've always had an interest in the law, so in a way I feel that my going to law school was inevitable. I just screwed up my undergrad so much that it was hard to imagine ever being accepted to any grad program. But I had finished undergrad strong, and I worked my butt off studying for the LSAT, and I got in. So I'm going, yay! And when I graduate all I want is a job that (a) I enjoy; and (b) pays decently.

All the more reason to talk to recent students and alumni, visit the school and do actual research on career services and job placement!

Visiting every school that I was at least minimally interested would have been WAY expensive. So like Zamora said, I had to partially rely on a school's website when making my application decisions. Once I was ACCEPTED at a school I could justify spending the money to visit, but not before.

Law School Admissions / Re: THE SUB 150 CLUB...WE DESERVE A THREAD!
« on: April 07, 2006, 07:25:42 PM »
I'm not sub 150, but I love this thread. I am not going to the "best" school that I got into, but I am going to the school where I think I will be happiest. I look forward to someday having a job that I enjoy. And I'll definitely enjoy the boost in income, however much that will be.

We're all going to be lawyers, and we should each give ourself a pat on the back because we've gotten this far. Finishing four years of college (or in my case, seven and a half years off and on) is an accomplishment to be proud of. I never thought I'd get to this point, so I am thrilled to death to be starting law school in August.

Love your school, no matter what it's ranking. There are highly successful lawyers from tier 3 and 4 law schools. The LSAT is not a perfect predictor of your success as a lawyer. If you don't do the work, it doesn't matter what your LSAT score is.

Good luck everyone with acceptances. :)

As a matter of fact, overall, a few spots in any direction will not have a big impact on a school's reputation. The reputation has likely already been set for quite some time, and the moves are quite irrelevant. Only if a school has been moving in one direction for, say, 3+ years can we really conclude an obvious change.

If Syracuse were still in the top 100 I would feel better about choosing Syracuse over UCONN and Case. I agree that rankings should factor into your school choice, but you have to keep in mind how happy you would be at each individual school. I hate cities, so I wouldn't be happy at Columbia even if I could get in there. I like being relatively close to my family (easy/cheap to visit for holidays and etc.), so I'd rather be within a days drive than go to a school where I'd have to fly back and forth. So these things all factored into my own personal decision.

The fact is, for people entering these types of schools, the vast majority are looking for small-firm/government/PI jobs in the school's area, with the very few best students able to obtain bigLaw jobs in larger markets.

If you get a BigLaw job in one market, how hard is it to get a BigLaw job in a different market? Five years after graduation, do schools care as much about your school's rank/reputation?

Oh, duh.

I didn't mean to be preachy. When I was in high school there was a horrible fatal accident that killed a graduating senior and left another with a traumatic brain injury. One of the girls was literally burned to death, trapped under a Jeep. And guess what?  The driver (who escaped injury) was drunk. So drinking and driving is a pet peeve of mine. And I can see immature high schoolers driving drunk, but I figure that once you're in law school you're old enough to know better. Take turns, it's not that hard.

OK, rant over.

Thanks for the PSA!

the what?

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