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Wait List / Waitlisted @ Maryland
« on: February 07, 2007, 11:04:28 PM »
Anyone have any insight (from admission staff/officer/dean/etc) about what to expect from this WL this yr?  Is a WL at MD basically a reject?  Should I even make plans around potentially being accepted?

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I took one of those online typing tests and it clocked me at 43 words per min.  Now this was reading something and typign it without looking at the keyboard.  Also i dont type "properly" and I mainly use my thumb through middle fingers.  Given, i do have a very small laptop without a fullsize keyboard.

I suppose Im just worried about keeping up with my note taking during lectures and writing exams.  Ive tried to learn to type properly but i find that the time it would take for me to catch up to my current non-formal typing speed just wouldn't be worth it.  Anyone else that has just never learned how to type "properly" worried?

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So I got a letter from UMD's Office of the Registrar confirming my residency status.  However, I have yet to hear anything from the admissions office.  Does this mean Ive been accepted?  Is this just wishful thinking?  I dont see why the Admissions office would forward my application to this office if I wasn't accepted. :-\

Heres to hope.

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Where should I go next fall? / Temple vs. Pittsburgh vs. Wisconsin???
« on: January 23, 2007, 09:55:17 PM »
I know that this has been covered before.  However, I'd like to perhaps get some input from current 1Ls from each school.

My current situation is that I got into both schools with the same scholarship offer.  However, Pitt's is unconditional and Temple's is conditional upon a 2.5.  Does anyone know what the curve is like at Temple? In the end, each school's cost of attendance is very similar after scholarship and COL is considered.

I have a slight inclination towards Temple.  Philly seems as if it has a bigger legal market, seems livlier, and is closer to my friends and family.
 
Here's how I am weighing the pros and cons of each school.

Temple:
Pros:
-In Philly, larger legal market, better economy in general.
-Slightly higher ranked, although the difference is inconsequential.
-Top trial advocacy program.
-close(r) to my home.

Cons:
-Scholarship is conditional.
-In a bigger legal market, but perhaps is crowded by other grads?  Ei. U Penn, Villa, Rutgers, etc.?
-In a very bad part of Philly - or so I hear.
-Higher cost of living.

Pittsburgh:

Pros:
-Admissions office has been stellar in every way. 
-Top dog in Pittsburgh legal market.
-Unconditional scholarship.
-City is cheaper to live in. 

Cons:
-Farther from home, roughly 4.5 hr drive.
-Uncertain how well they place outside of Pittsburgh.
-Slightly lower ranked, but as i mentioned, nots a big diff.


I have until April to decide.  Its going to be a tough one for sure.  Please add to the pros and cons for each school if youd like.  I am mainly concerned with each school's placement, average salaries and what most firms look for at OCI from each school (ei. only top 10%, top 25%), grade curves, and general impressions of each school (especially from 1Ls). 

Thanks all.  Respek.


***Update:

Got accepted to Wisconsin. This was a total reach for me so I wasn't even thinking about even attending.  But now Ive got some serious decisions to make.  I guess my main concern with Wisconsin is, whether it is well respected enough for it to carry potentially to the East Coast legal market.  I may already have an "in" at a V100 firm now, (im a paralegal right now for one. But Im wondering how well a UW-Mad  JD would carry to other DC/NY/Philly firms.  I know 57.6% of grads stick around WI.  But i know this is largely due to self-selection....i wonder - of those who do try to get out to the coats, how well they do.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / LEEWS troubles...
« on: January 20, 2007, 05:07:02 PM »
So i can pop it into my desktop and the playback is pretty ghetto.  The first disc somehow autoran through my Itunes player (the sheet that came inside the program said that Itunes may work).  But when i insert the second disk, its own little player program pops up and tries to verify/install my license?  Then it failes to do so and shuts down.  So i figure since the first disk didnt run through this program, thats prob why im running into this problem.  Well when i insert the first disk, i tried to find this program, but all i find in the disk are the files with the audio - no autoplayback opttion.  This is quite irritating.

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Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Legal Analysis and Writing, Legal Process, Property and Torts.

If you have a bunch of these that youre trying to sell at once, that would be ideal.  Editions must be the most recent (2004 i believe) and must be in good to excellent condition (minimal writing, no highlighting, no torn pages, etc).

Contact me via PM.

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Financial Aid / FAFSA Pin = Make me go crazy...
« on: January 14, 2007, 09:14:21 PM »
So I submitted my FAFSA with 6 schools using my old UG pin to sign/verify.  Then I went back to change/add more schools and for some reason my Pin doesnt work.  I get a "Record Not Found" message.  This is making me very irritated.  Anyoen else have this prob?

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General Off-Topic Board / Cigar advice for us noobs?
« on: December 29, 2006, 08:30:47 PM »
Im in charge of cigars this yr and Im looking to get some quality cigars from my local shop.  I know very little about what constitutes a "quality" cigar.  I have too many expensive hobbies already, no need for another one.  So, can anyone suggest some decent cigars for novice smokers that are say.... <$40 each?

And yes, Cubans r still illegal, but more importantly, i dont have a hook up.  Why, you know someone? :P

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I was sent their school magazine "BLS Law Notes".  Does this equate to an acceptance by any chance or is this just wishful thinking on my part?

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Is it worth it?  Impressions? I looked at the one note 2007 demo on microsoft and it looks very nice.  Might need to add that to the list of stuff to get before school starts.

Also,  do a lot of schools have discounts through their stores?  I know as an undergrad we coudl get some discounted computers, software, etc.

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