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This time last year (minus two months - October 2005), I was sitting on the exact part of the sofa I'm sitting on now, crying onto my laptop as I calculated my dismal admission chances at EVERY school I ever wanted to attend.  I thought my life was over, and I saw visions of my future, everything I ever though I would be in life, spin down a drain.

I know that there are people feeling like that now.

I think we should start a hope-giving thread - an "I was there, and things get better" kind of thing.

I was there, and things get better.

I started with a 166, which I realize is a good score, but everything is relative, and that just was NOT going to get me into the schools I really wanted to go to.  I applied anyway, decided to take a year off to go to grad school.  I retook in September but cancelled.  Finally, third time (second score) I've got a score I'm happy with.

Your score is not the end of the world.


Studying for the LSAT / the distraction thread
« on: December 21, 2006, 09:37:22 AM »
Since none of us are able to focus on anything but our scores today, how bout pooling resources:

What are you doing to keep your mind off your scores (if you can!)

Personally, I'm going to be watching a lot of House MD ( and probably playing Alchemy on Yahoo games a few dozen times.  ;D

General Off-Topic Board / Philips Norelco Bodygroom
« on: December 19, 2006, 11:17:07 AM »
If you have not visited the Bodygroom website yet, I HIGHLY recommend it.  It's RIDICULOUS.

Be sure to visit the "test drive" and "testimonials" sections.  "Optical inch" is also worth a click.

Good stuff.

General Off-Topic Board / I met Hal Sparks today!
« on: April 17, 2006, 03:23:03 PM »
Nuff said.  He's an extremely cool, very nice guy.

Law School Admissions / I'M DOIN IT AGAIN!
« on: April 14, 2006, 07:34:42 AM »
This is my official self-welcoming post to this board.  I'm reapplying to law school in 2007--screw this cycle!

Who's with me?!?!

Anyone?  Anyone?

Alright, so this is what I'm thinking.  I'm interested in your feedback.

I'm a current senior in college coming from Yale undergrad with a 3.6/166.  I sort of choked on the LSAT, and I'm pretty sure I can do better if I study a bit harder and chill out more (I've got the chilling part covered).  This cycle, I got into GW, UMiami ($$$), and Cornell.  I didn't apply to HY, but I got rejected from UPenn, Stanford, Columbia, NYU, UChicago.  Haven't heard yet from GULS, UCLA, and USC, but I don't have super-high hopes.

I got into a really awesome Master's program at UPenn, and I'm going to go to that next year.  While I COULD defer at GW or Cornell (UM is out, I think), I am thinking that I should withdraw my applications everywhere. 

The plan right now is to take an LSAT class over the summer and study hard, take a bunch of practice tests, and then retake the LSAT this October in Philly.  I figure that even a few points higher would bump me from the bottom 25% to the middle 50%.  I'd finish up the Master's program, then reapply in the Fall of 2007 to start law school in the Fall of '08.  I think after finishing the master's, I might get a great recommendation from the director of the program, who I think is terrific and she likes me a lot. 

In the year that I'd be applying, I'd probably bounce around the country experimenting with work in different areas of the law.  The goal in reapplying is to try one more time as a stronger candidate (with an M.S. and hopefully a higher LSAT).  While I might not get into anywhere different, GW and Cornell both said they wouldn't hold it against me if I didn't go this year, and I think I've got a good shot at some merit money at GW if I improve my numbers.

What do you guys think?  Bad idea?  Suggestions?  ???

Post your thoughts here!

I didn't get to stay for the whole time (I had to go midway through Friday), but I was very, VERY impressed.  I thought the program seemed pretty well-run (admittedly, I haven't been to many of these things), and most of the things on the agenda were very helpful.  I was really surprised at how thoughtful the opening remarks were.  That first dean who spoke (don't remember his name) seemed really passionate about the school and the law program, and really framed D.C. as an amazing place to study law and start a career.  He also talked about the students, who he said would be cool (not his words).

The class that my group sat in on was a contracts class, and the professor was wearing a spiderman tie.   :o  I didn't see anyone get picked apart, but the prof was definitely cold-calling.  It didn't seem like a super-competitive atmosphere.  The kid I talked to in the class said that a lot of kids study in a way that leaves time for going out at night and having a good time, which I liked.

We had a career panel next, where a bunch of kids talked about the jobs they got.  I felt kind of lukewarm about this, but I'm sure it was helpful to a bunch of people.  It definitely illuminated the possibilities available living in DC, which was a main selling point for GW.  After the panel, they brought us over to a nice catered lunch in a big student center ballroom.  They made sure to mix up the seating arrangement, so that at each table at least a few seats were reserved for faculty and students.  I was sitting at the table with one of the deans, and I had a burning question for him about the reapplication process.  He was sitting at the opposite end of the table from me, engaged in conversation with another girl, but I caught him as he was getting up.  He was extremely gracious with his time and pulled up a chair next to me, answering all of my questions very honestly and sincerely.

Leaving lunch, I thought the lecture/discussion with the two law professors about their views on ethical responsiblity would be boring and useless, but I was SO impressed with Professor Butler.  I thought he was extremely well-spoken and had a compelling argument (although I disagree with it) that blacks should not become prosecutors to avoid using an unjust legal system to put other black people in jail.  I was also moved by the relationship he had with that one black student who was becoming a prosecutor--I liked the fact that we saw an example of such a student-prof bond.

I wasn't all that impressed with the inside of the law building--the facilities upstairs didn't seem all that nice to me, but most of the lounges where kids were hanging out were pleasant enough.

I had to leave before all of the social events, but they sounded like fun!

Overall, GW knew exactly how to sell the school--mainly: WE ARE IN F*CKING DC.  I left no longer able to convince myself that I'd have the same school-year opportunities at Cornell that I would at GW.  It seems that a lot of students do internships during the school year, which is great news for someone like me who isn't completely sure what kind of job she wants to have.  I like the idea of not being limited to summers when it comes to exploring career options.  I also really like the atmosphere--very non-competitive, didn't seem that fears about starting law school kind of calmed down seeing everything.

It was great to meet the other admitted kids!  I don't think I met any LSD-ers, though!   :'(

Anybody sure they're going after that weekend?

Okay, this might be the wrong thread for this, but here goes:

For those who applied to law school once, weren't satisfied with the results, and applied again in a later year: did you get rejected from any of the schools that you were previously admitted to? 

I'm thinking about taking a Kaplan course, retaking the LSAT, getting a master's degree, and reapplying for Fall 2007. However, I'm worried that a school like Cornell will hold a grudge that I turned them down the first time and won't let me back in.  Anybody have this experience, or am I being crazy?

Choosing the Right Law School / Deferring a year--the ties that bind?
« on: March 20, 2006, 06:35:52 AM »
I'm going to try to make my subject titles as cheesy as possible.  Everybody okay with that?  ;D

If you decide to defer a particular law school for a year, how possible is it to retake the LSAT during that year, and then depending on the score possibly apply for other schools?  Can you break a deferral agreement?  Will other schools even consider you?

Hypothetically.  If one was thinking about that.

General Off-Topic Board / I like Lunchables
« on: March 19, 2006, 10:26:50 PM »
Ham and Swiss Lunchables.

How could a person deny the deliciousness of lunchmeat shaped in a perfect cylander, sliced, and served with crackers and swiss cheese?  swiss cheese MINUS THE HOLES, mind you!  no holes in MY swiss, please!  that's thrifty thinking!  i don't want to pay for cheese with parts missing.

My seventh grade science teacher once told me that you could get more nutrition from Lunchables if you threw out the food and ate the cardboard box it came in.

Lunchables, my mom would never let me eat you in elementary school because she said you were bad for me.  Now that I'm in college, I eat you all the time.  I keep two or three of you in my fridge for emergencies, when it's 1:30am and I haven't started my work for the night.

Oh, Lunchables.  How can something so wrong taste sooooo right?!

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