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As a Stanford alum (and troll), I agree with Prolesurge--the campus is unbelievable relaxed, safe, and beautiful.  Most of the students at the college and law school (at least, the law students I know) are smart, hard working people but they are not competitive "gunners," as is the reputation at HLS.  Pretty much everyone on campus has a bike, people spend a lot of time playing and studying in the sun, and almost everyone gets to know at least a few professors personally. 

Yale has a bigger reputation and Harvard has more opportunities (i.e., classes, clinics, etc.), but I would venture a guess that Stanford surpasses both of them in terms of quality of life.  Quite tellingly, several of the college friends I have who chose to go to Harvard/Yale have told me that, if they had to do it over again, they would've just stayed at Stanford for law school.

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Law School Applications / Re: Santa Clara Law - The Next T14
« on: January 19, 2007, 05:03:48 PM »
http://www.princetonreview.com/law/research/profiles/generalinfo.asp?listing=1035886&LTID=5

Average starting salary:   $106,296
USNews Ranking:         80s, Tier 2
Average LSAT:         156


The Bay Area's extremely high cost of living combined with the many tech/IP opportunities in Silicon Valley are why SCU's average salary is so high.  Aside from Stanford, SCU is the only major law school in the Valley, and I would imagine it makes a big difference in terms of recruiting, networking, etc.

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Law School Applications / Re: Chicago Countdown Thread
« on: January 19, 2007, 04:59:11 PM »
Yeah - maybe we will all get our acceptances together! Here's hoping we don't have to wait two weeks, though.

Agreed!  It looks like the acceptances have stopped for today, but two weeks is such a long time.   :-\

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Minority Topics / Re: LGBT Thread for Fall 2007 Cycle
« on: January 19, 2007, 03:34:46 PM »
Thanks for the post, stacy!  I just started getting the UMLS Outlaws Newsletter and it looks like you have been a real resource for the 1Ls this year.  What part of the country are you originally from?  What were your particular reasons for choosing Michigan?

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Law School Applications / Re: Chicago Countdown Thread
« on: January 19, 2007, 03:08:42 PM »
Wow, congratulations everyone who's gotten in at Chicago!  This is such awesome news!  It looks like they are really working the phones right now.

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Law School Applications / Re: Yale is calling again...
« on: January 19, 2007, 03:07:45 AM »
My favorite part of the Yale acceptance packet is page 5 of the FAQ.  YLS tells it like it is:

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When do I need to start worrying about getting a job? 

You never need to worry about this.  Yale Law School students and graduates are quite successful on the job market, and this should certainly not be something that you are worried about before you even arrive.

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Law School Applications / Re: Chicago Countdown Thread
« on: January 18, 2007, 08:55:30 PM »
Thanks for the many votes of confidence, but I also applied to Chicago pretty late (indecision coupled with the desire for a fee waiver).  I hope to hear from them soon, and good luck to everyone else! :)

You mean tomorrow at 9:01 central, right?

Hehe, hopefully not *that* soon.  I'm usually still asleep that early.  Although I don't think I'd mind getting a wake-up call from Chicago...

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Law School Applications / Re: Chicago Countdown Thread
« on: January 18, 2007, 08:52:38 PM »
Thanks for the many votes of confidence, but I also applied to Chicago pretty late (indecision coupled with the desire for a fee waiver).  I hope to hear from them soon, and good luck to everyone else! :)

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Aww, thanks everyone!  I didn't have any innovative ideas for my Yale 250, so I just picked a personal topic that I didn't have space to mention in my PS or DS.  Good luck to all of you who are still waiting to hear back from YLS!

Red Herring--this is an interesting piece with a great ending.  I especially love the parenthetical paragraph and the third paragraph, which is reminiscent of Asimov.  Good luck!

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Bump for everyone else who suffered (or is currently suffering) the task of writing the Yale 250.  Now that I've heard back from Yale, I thought it might be helpful to share mine:

Yale 250

My Cambodian linguistic self is frozen at age five, the year when I started school andbegan using English with increasing regularity.  In Khmer, I think with a child’s simplicity: sensory experiences and basic objects come quickly to mind, but abstractions are almost impossible to grasp.

Spanish for me will always be the language of literature.  In school, we read Cervantes, Borges and García Marquez in the original and wrote literary essays about metaphors and symbolism.  Two years later, I still speak español with exacting precision and intolerance for grammatical inaccuracies.

I learned Cantonese by watching Hong Kong kung fu movies, ordering dim sum, and haggling with aggressive Chinatown street vendors.  And although I have studied its grammar and vocabulary in school, Cantonese remains my id.  Every time I hear the melody of its nine tones, I get hungry and headstrong.

My German proficiency is the result of four language exchanges, six months abroad, a summer internship, and a talkative host mother who spoke no English.  Trial and error has made me easygoing—in German, I am quick to laugh and not afraid of mistakes.

***

I believe that language is more than communication and cultural insight: it is also a powerful influence on our thought processes, personalities, and effectiveness as social beings.

Environment and learning method have shaped my foreign language knowledge and, in turn, my cognitive identity and worldview.  Now, I look to Yale for a challenging new setting for my study of the language of Law.

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