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Law School Applications / Re: Columbia 1Ls taking questions
« on: January 30, 2009, 10:32:12 PM »
Speaking of financial aid, what's the socially-acceptable way to negotiate money between two schools? :)

send admissions an email with the competing offer attached.

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Law School Applications / Re: Columbia 1Ls taking questions
« on: January 27, 2009, 07:45:23 PM »
i [finally] met Lovebutton today...she's nice

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Law School Applications / Re: COLUMBIA RD ACCEPTANCE!
« on: January 27, 2009, 07:42:25 PM »
congrats to the new admits!

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: CLS 2L Taking Questions
« on: January 21, 2009, 10:56:33 PM »
Do you know how the awards for best examination in a particular subject are decided?  Do the professors just hand off candidates to a committee and the committee evaluates each exam in light of the exam question??

Any idea how the trial advocacy/moot court performance awards are given?  1Ls generally just do the foundation oral argument--do the judges give scores and the highest score out of the entire class wins?
Wouldn't that just be the person who get the one (and only) A+ in the section?

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Black Law Student Discussion Board / Re: 2008-2009 Black T-14 Acceptances
« on: January 20, 2009, 11:11:06 AM »
Hold up...vaio...you have to understand that some of the URM applicants may not want to share their numbers. Often times there are trolls on this site and others that take what we post and create a thread along the lines of "URMS getting with X.XX and LSAT scores of XXX...LAME" or the "Black person took my seat at UVA"

Additionally, some people may not want to share their information because they don't want to. Be grateful for the numbers that are on BSLD...I feel there is enough of a pool of accepted applicants to give you an idea of where you need to be.

Furthermore, if you are compelled by a person's story based on their posts and you want to know what there numbers were or what they did in their application...be genuine, PM the person, let them know that you are in the same shoes (i.e. racially, culturally, from the same school, are trying to get an idea of a what a strong applicant is).

People on this board are extremely helpful (A, tL, Special Agent Dana Scully, and Taylor Dayne especially!).

They are not individuals that post here to inflate their egos, the genuinely like to see people (particularly people of color like themselves) be able to earn an admissions spot at some law school. Be cognizant of the fact that most of these individuals work full time jobs and are current law schools students. They are taking the time out of there hectic lives to give prospective applicants like you (and myself) insight...I caution you, don't do anything or say anything that is DEMANDING OF THEM in any fashion...if anything you work on their terms.

Try to be nice...because at the end of the day, you need them more for advice then they need you...just my perspective and welcome to the community.

One last bid of advice...also take the initiative to PM the person, letting them know who you are, your concerns about law school and they are more then likely to help you out...it hasn't failed me once. ;)

Freakin' Congrats to everyone...I always smile when I see someone get in...makes me feel like progress is being made ;D

woo hoo, thanks for the shout out! i'm glad that i've been of some help  :)

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Law School Applications / Re: Columbia
« on: January 17, 2009, 09:49:05 PM »
Yea, I wouldn't worry.  When I applied, I went complete right after Thanksgiving and was admitted the day after Valentine Day.

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I'm a CLS 2L and I have several friends at NYU.  The impression I have is that CLS is a bit harder than NYU, which probably makes people less happy.  My friends at NYU who have been very academically successful worked hard, but didn't kill themselves.  Everyone I know who is really successful at CLS seems to work constantly.  If I had to guess, the difference is probably in overall class attitude.  It seems like NYU students as a whole care more about maintaining a normal life while the CLS students will generally sacrifice quite a bit for their grades.

Of course, if you don't care about being law review/top of your class, CLS is a more social experience.  But, it seems like for the most part the people who really enjoy themselves at CLS are not the academic stars.  My experience with NYU students indicates that you can do really well without working yourself into the ground.

Just my limited observation.

perhaps due to a more lenient curve?

fwiw, none of my friends study all of the time...we're all pretty damn lazy  ;D

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I dunno, I remember this CLS girl who kept playing WOW during crim law last semester.  It was sort of distracting to see this weird-looking butterfly zooming through a jungle while we were talking about statutory rape. 

Britney!  You should come visit during ASW!

What was the Levmore/Chicago story? 


The bolded made me lol.

Also, I need to be admitted to attend an ASW!!!  I'm not sure if I'll be able to swing the time off to go, particularly because I've already been to CLS (during a time when they weren't trying to woo me, so maybe more honest?), but being admitted would be beyond.  I've got a pretty big crush on CLS, as many already know.

I hope you get in!


Re: Levmore

I thought he was funny in a somewhat abrasive way when I visited Chicago's ASW--but the story Miss P ( :-*) posted above was a hot mess. 

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Same undergrad and law school?
« on: January 02, 2009, 04:56:12 AM »
I've heard people refer to getting your bachelor's and master's degree from the same school as an "inbred pedigree"--seen as not exactly a good thing; I guess some think it's the easier thing to do.  I would think it would depend on the school and how independent the master's program is from the undergrad part of the school, and, of course, how prestigious the school is.  I don't think anyone would sniff at a bachelor's and JD from Harvard or Yale.  But, I have no clue whether this applies to LS.

This post caught my eye because I'm also considering going to the same school for my B.A. and my J.D. However, unlike Harvard and Yale, NYU has a pretty mediocre ranking for undergraduate, but has an outstanding law school. While I'm trying to avoid the "inbred pedigree," there's a really good chance that NYU will be the best school that I can get into. So I guess I'm sort of in the opposite situation, where I have to ask if I want to go to a higher ranked school despite it being my undergraduate alma mater.

the inbred pedigree worries don't apply to JD admissions...usually, the staffs are completely separate.  it'd be different if it were a question of getting your MA/PhD.

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More votes for Columbia but noone coming to its defense?  Does Columbia not live up to its gunner reputation?
I don't think so...my year is pretty cool

Personally I find Morningside Heights to be more relaxing than the Village, which seems a little cramped.
Yea, I love living here, the area is so nice.

To answer the question, I'm pretty happy at CLS...but I have no basis for comparison with NYU (and, I didn't even apply).

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