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Hi all,

I've created a new law school ranking site and blog.  I'd appreciate any feedback on it:

I decided to make my own site because I'm really into math, and I'm also kind of annoyed by a lot of the rankings that are out there - for the usual reasons.  My goals are (1) to create new reports / rankings with useful information, and (2) to be scientific and open about my data sources, metholodgy, etc.

Thanks in advance!

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Michigan vs. Northwestern
« on: June 29, 2006, 12:23:05 PM »
NU is generally considered one of the most laid-back schools in the T14.

Maybe conventional wisdom is wrong. :-) 

Also, I don't think this point of view is inconsistent with what I wrote.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Michigan vs. Northwestern
« on: June 28, 2006, 05:09:23 PM »
But it's my opinion that one of the side effects of frequent posting/reading on LSD leads to pointless and ultimately meaningless hair-splitting with regard to rankings and placement statistics.

I agree 100%.  Seeing an endless flood of posts with nothing more to add than, "School XXX for sure", based simply on a rating and no personal experience or sources makes me want to cut out my liver and eat it.

I'll try to lead by example:  Personally, I'd choose Michigan over NU.  Here's why:

I have a friend who just graduated from NU.  He thought it was a great education, very competent school and faculty.  But he didn't fit in with the student body.  Found them to be very homogenous; relatively young, conservative and well off.  He started law school in his early thirties, and is a very liberal democrat.  He had worked as a teacher before going back to school.  He felt very out of place.  He'd show up at social events dressed casually, and the other guys would be wearing ties.

So there's my take - for someone else, this description might be a positive. 


denk! where have you been? We missed ya. :)

Hey Dusya - Thanks :) I missed you all too. 

To tell the truth, it was a little freakin' intense for me - waiting for the June results, reading the daily discussion of it.

And then trying to have a real life, of course!  My day job can be nearly as stressful - I own a little music performance space:

How are you holding up?

Studying for the LSAT / So you have to pay another $100 for LSDAS?
« on: June 28, 2006, 02:32:54 PM »
Ok, maybe I'm stoopid, but I couldn't figure out why I was unable to "request transcripts" on the LSAC web system.  I've entered in my undergrad info, and I've checked every possible box saying that I want to share my info, etc.

And now I just noticed some screen that does say something about a $100 or so fee for LSDAS distinct from any testing fees.  And, although one's data will be kept for a certain amount of time, no action (ie. reviewing transcripts) will happen unless the LSDAS fee is paid.

Have I got it right?

Cornell is a lot better than GW.  It is a top 10 school that is underated by students who choose other t14s and usnews alike.

On what do you base this claim?

What jack*ss raised you to treat people the way you do?

Hey Veganchick, I wish you and your dog well. My 10 year old Black Lab (pictured) had to have neuro surgery and was hopitalized for 10 days last year.  He had a ruptured disk which paralyzed him.  He's doing fine now.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Sub-3.5 Support Group
« on: June 21, 2006, 02:29:15 AM »
I got kicked out of college the first time around.  I had spent most of my time 'experimenting, and playing in a band, learning music, and developing an underground music scene.

Went to a new school, started over from scratch.  But I took some transfer credits, and so now both schools' grades will show up on my LSDAS report.

And the upside:  There have been times where my degree (computer science) has failed me - recession, anyone?  And my musical skills have not - I now own a music studio and work semi-pro as a jazz bassist - alongside software consulting.

All I can say in response to the subject is, "Oy!"  WARNING:  Extreme generalizations, hyperbole and slander ahead! 

The subject line says it all, and it's a great example of why people with high GPAs are so boring, annoying and - superfluous!

I've long ago seen that of the people who perform well, most fall into two groups - (1) high GPA / rel. lower SAT/LSAT, and (2) vice-versa: rel. lower GPA and higher SAT/LSAT.

Disclosure: I'm in group 2.  And those group 1-ers?  Teachers' Pets!   :P  "Book smart" ... able to regurgitate data, but deep comprehension and synthesizing of new ideas?  Not so common in the population.  Group 2-ers?  Not as organized, maybe.  Creative.  Pass math tests not by memorizing the theorems, but by re-deriving them during the test.  Group 2-ers are more wild, much more comfortable handling uncharted territory.

Type-1 nerds would spend an evening playing scrabble and getting an abundance of triple-word scores.

Type-2 nerds would prefer a meta-game:  spend the same amount of leisure time inventing a new game, and launching a website tied in to Paypal to market it.

Now that I've succeeded in offending 3/4 of the people here, let's break down the thread topic: "Sub 3.5ers, why would you apply (sic) and attend law school?" -

1. A raw GPA, without accounting for school, major or year of graduation is nearly devoid of information.  Much less useful than, say, LSATs.  Stoopid.

2. If only the top 25 schools have medians above 3.5, then the thread's topic can be re-written as, "Not-top-25ers, why would you apply (sic) and attend one of these other law schools?"  Which is stoopid on its face.

Ack.  Trashy stuff.   No depth to it.  This topic is less than interesting.  Next!

buckybadger - awesome info.  Thanks.

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