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General Board / Re: Lexis and Westlaw Points
« on: April 09, 2005, 01:25:22 PM »
Man, I'm a points addict. I have 6,100 Westlaw and 1,400 Lexis (only because I've used my Lexis rewards for more short-term things like gift certificates; I'm saving the Westlaw for the larger electronics). Are you doing the Westlaw trivia? If you started at the begninning of the year, you should be able to get more than 6,000 points. I also completed all the online certification and quizzes.

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General Board / Re: masochists going into public interest
« on: April 02, 2005, 09:18:09 PM »
http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/finance/index.php?view=detail&id=1205
http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/finance/index.php?view=detail&id=6176

Here are two links about LRAPs and detailed information about the 50 law schools that currently have LRAPs. Law school debt is often perceived as an obstacle to those who want to go into public interest careers, but as far as I know, there are a lot of opportunities for those who want to go into PI practice, and I don't believe it is that competitive (since most students go into private firms), as long as your law school offers a LRAP. Usually, you will have to pledge to work in public interest for five years or more following graduation. Most schools also offer scholarships and awards for those pledging to establish a career helping underserved populations. Hope this helps!

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General Board / Re: Villanova v. Rutgers-Camden
« on: March 30, 2005, 09:26:54 PM »
Go to Nova. Professors are better, prestige is higher, it does fine in South Jersey too and it's a much better neighborhood.

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General Board / Re: 1L Poll: How was your first semester?
« on: February 09, 2005, 09:00:41 PM »
Yeah, my experience is a lot like 1LWhit's. I tried talking to people, but it just became very forced and perfunctory. I mean, how many times can you female dog about the Crim reading? Or talk about the memo?

I hate the section bull. It feels like high school, and I was over that before I even graduated high school. There are the same groups of jocks, pretty blond girls, etc.

I also hate the fact that I seem to get called on more than others. In two classes in one week, the profs grilled me for half the class. I did fine, but there are people in the class that didn't get called on ALL LAST SEMESTER and there are people that get called on for one question only and then the prof leaves them alone. It's f-ing ridiculous.

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General Board / Re: 1L Poll: How was your first semester?
« on: February 09, 2005, 05:11:41 PM »
Law school is generally pretty bad. The brutal curve at my school ensured a B- average and I had two professors who decided not to give out any As at all. I feel like I know the material very well, but I have *&^% to show for it. I was an award-winning writer before law school, so it's really humbling to be told that you can't write: at least LEGALLY. Half the time I don't get much out of lecture and I feel like I could just read the cases and be just as well off. Some of the profs are good, but others definitely just phone it in.

I moved to a new place to go to school and the only social events are happy hours where nobody can hear themselves think, nevermind talking with other people. Since most people are regional, they have their own groups of friends and while they'll talk to you and be friendly in class, they're loathe to reach out and include anyone not already in the circle. Oh, and books that we need for our legal writing class are regularly stolen from the library by some of the class assholes. Basically, you're surrounded by all those pricks on the debate team from high school. Even if some of those people were your friends, imagine being surrounded by the same 75 people who are basically just like that. EVERYDAY, for about 6-8 hours a day.

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Wait List / Re: Official Hastings Waitlist Thread
« on: April 26, 2005, 04:35:45 PM »
You can try asking them, but last year they refused to disclose how many were on the waitlist THAT year. When I asked how many were in past years, they still kept their traps shut. The Admissions Office has a huge God complex (with Shiroma as head deity) that I can't understand; basically I think they hate their lives and enjoy keeping soon-to-be lawyers in limbo.

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Wait List / Re: Official Hastings Waitlist Thread
« on: April 23, 2005, 09:55:25 AM »
Some people will get in. Last year, a few people on this board made it in. However, they were all California residents. Although Hastings specifically says it does not give preference to CA residents, I have to wonder. Which is odd because they can get more money out of out-of-staters. A lot of people withdraw from Hastings when they get off the waitlists at UCLA, Boalt, or Stanford, so definitely some people will get off the waitlist.

I wouldn't feel too bad, Tonerockyhorror. I had a 160/3.6, Ivy League, LEOP, and great recs behind me, and I still got the boot.

Thanks dbgirl for your kind words. My classmates now can hardly believe what happened to me either!

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Wait List / Re: Official Hastings Waitlist Thread
« on: April 21, 2005, 08:23:44 PM »
They were pretty secretive and mean and I didn't want to ruffle any feathers by asking questions. I was on the Hastings waitlist board last year, and people would share the results of their phone calls to Admissions, so I would watch this space. There were contradictory reports of how many students they let in. However, I remember that every time a deposit is due, they take some people off the waitlist. So when there's the initial deposit, they'll fill spots with waitlisters; later on in July after there is a second deposit, they take more. When they have final drops in August they will take more.

Thanks, Ambs, for the kind words and and good luck! I'm fairly happy where I am and I'm going to try to transfer for 2L (probably not Hastings though; I'm still pretty sour on them).

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Wait List / Re: Official Hastings Waitlist Thread
« on: April 21, 2005, 02:13:35 PM »
I posted this on another thread, but wanted to share it here:

MY HEINOUS HASTINGS WAITLIST EXPERIENCE

The people at the Hastings admissions office are rank pieces of sh*t. I went on the waitlist last year in mid-April and wrote a nice letter explaining why the school was still my first choice. I called once in July to inquire whether they were still accepting from the waitlist.

I received an e-mail in early August telling me that I had gotten in and would receive snail mail confirmation. I received a password to the admitted students listserv and spoke with a few people. A week later, the appropriate letter never came, they told me that they had not in fact accepted me and they were about to reject me from the waitlist.

I asked if they could make an exception since I had already begun to make plans to relocate based on their "Welcome to Hastings" e-mails that I kept receiving, and since it was their mistake that I was notified positively with regards to admission. They said no. I asked to speak with the Director of Admissions Akira Shiroma. They hedged on this. I was finally able to schedule a phone call, and he still told me that he could not make an exception despite their mistake. The people in the office were extremely unfriendly and downright mean at several points, when a tiny mistake on their part put me in hell for several weeks. Luckily, I had not recinded my offer at the law school I ended up attending, but I was forced to begin law school way the hell across the country, away from my boyfriend.

Sorry to bring you down, but please be realistic at your chances and make sure you double check all correspondence, make sure to have a backup plan, and don't take anything at face value.

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The people at the Hastings admissions office are rank pieces of *&^%. I went on the waitlist last year and received an e-mail in early August telling me that I had gotten in; when the appropriate letter never came, they told me that they had not in fact accepted me. I asked if there could be an exception since I had already begun to make plans to relocate based on their "Welcome to Hastings" e-mails that I kept receiving (as well as admission to the admitted students listserv). They said no. The people in the office were extremely unfriendly and downright mean. And I was forced to begin law school way the @#!* across the country, away from my boyfriend.

Sorry to bring you down, but please be realistic at your chances and make sure you double check all correspondence.

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