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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / How 'catholic' is St. John's?
« on: December 27, 2006, 12:09:09 PM »
Hey All,
     This may sound like a stupid question, but I figured that I was better off getting some sort of answer now rather than later. I'm seriusly considering going to St. John's for their evening program. I'm a practicing atheist with a firm belief in the seperation of church and state and little patience for fundamentalists who try to inflict their religious beliefs on other people. Having made the astute observation "Hmmm... I believe that St John's is a catholic-oriented school"  ;), I was curious as to what degree it's religious beliefs colors it's legal education.
Any help here?

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Do you smoke?
« on: November 29, 2006, 12:56:42 PM »
Obviously with new issues with terrorism smoking is banned for more than one reason,

Your comment here is a bit confusing... I have to ask. Are terrorists next trying to kill us with second-hand smoke? Out of all the insidious plots that terrorists could come up with, I'm missing the tie between smoking and terrorism...

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Do you smoke?
« on: November 29, 2006, 09:47:15 AM »
The problem that ex-smokers face regarding cravings are the nicotine receptors in your brain. They take a while to shut down and never disappear completely. Take  a non-smoker... he has 'X' amount of nicotine receptors. The first time he smokes, those receptors all fire up... and as he smokes a bit more, the brain makes more receptors. Eventually, depending on how much the person smokes, and for how long, they could wind up with many times as many receptors as a non-smoker. The cravings smokers (or ex-smokers) get are those receptors calling out for their drug. As time goes by, once a person has quit smoking, those receptors slowly begin to go to sleep... but all it takes is one cigarette to wake them all back up again. The theory why ex-smokers get cravings long after they quit is that another group of receptors is going dormant and that craving is one last outcry before they go into hibernation. Eventually, the ex-smoker's level of active receptors returns to the level of someone that never smoked... although they still have many more receptors than the non-smoker, the number of active ones is comparable.
The thing about these nicotine receptors is that they are also the receptors for caffeine... and most other 'ine' stimulants. That's why they never shut down completely, nor would you want them all to shut down. It's just that nicotine makes them 'light up' much brighter than other 'ines'.
All of this has nothing to do with the psychological addiction to smoking... this is purely about the physical addiction to nicotine. The psychological issues that make quitting hard is a completely different problem that can be overcome, if you really want to quit. It's not about 'toughing it out' or 'willpower'...
For reference, I've learned all this in the first 4 weeks of the quit smoking program I'm in... 1 pack/day for the past 18 years, my last cigarette was 11/19 @ 9:30 pm... almost 9 days now.
Quitting smoking isn't easy... nationally, the successful quit rate is only about 20%. The program I'm in (free, by the way) boasts a 60% quit rate.
Anyone that's interested, the Center for Tobacco Control webpage is...

It's on the Nassau/Queens border in NY, a part of the North Shore/Long Island Jewish hospital network.
Wish me luck,

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Guessing on the LSAT
« on: November 26, 2006, 07:44:39 AM »
The advice I had been given is that the correct letter-choices were pretty evenly distributed throughout not only the section, but the test overall, so when you're in that last 30 seconds and you haven't gotten to read the last RC passage, take a look at what answer choice you haven't used much in that section and go with that answer.
I got 2 out of 5 correct on the Sept '06 exam doing that... did the RC section out of order and only had a minute left to do a passage. 5 questions, I guessed all C's and got 2 correct... 2 more points than I would have gotten if I had left them blank.
Good Luck!

Law School Admissions / Re: Frustration with Admissions Staff
« on: November 21, 2006, 02:49:34 PM »
Bear in mind that the facts of the situation... there are 10+ applicants to law schools for every open seat. As such, the adcomm's aren't going to cry if you throw out their application. They'll just fill your seat with one of the other 9 people that want it. I can only imagine how boring and frustrating those LSAC forums are for admissions people... prospective law students who are going to try to convince you how brilliant and thorough they are coming up to you and asking the most basic information that can be found on their website... over and over again. Even those reps that are "from schools that were in no place to act snooty", actually are in a position to be snooty if they want... you (or other prospective students not too dissimilar to you) are applying to attend their school in far greater numbers than they can admit.
Is it right for them to have less than a helpful and friendly attitude at those seminars? Of course not... but don't mistakenly assume that you are something they don't see everyday, every cycle, in large quantities...

I went to BLS's "Admission Strategies Workshop" last night and had the opportunity to take a good look around at the facility. While I haven't visited any of the other law schools I'm considering (aside from taking the LSAT @ Hofstra), I felt pretty good about the school. The classrooms looked decent, and most of the classes I saw didn't look too packed (only one was filled to the brim, the rest seemed to be about 2 dozen students or less). I admit, I felt intimidated walking around there, definitely out of place, but that was probably a bit of insecurity with being in a law school. I had the opportunity to speak to a few of the evening students, to ask them what they thought of their experience there. All were happy with their choice, and while some indicated that classmates can be somewhat competitive, it wasn't really cutthroat. Overall, I feel pretty good about applying there.
Oh yeah... and the drive took about an hour, with 2 hrs at a pay-lot around the corner costing $8 after tip. I can definitely live with that...

Don't get me wrong... I love my three cats as much (if not more) than most any other pet-lover. I can't think of any reasonable punishment for the guy, certainly not one that would be imposed in the northern hemisphere. However, we all may eventually wind up representing someone who is in a position we find morally reprehensible. At that point, we're just stuck fulfilling our obligation without passing our own judgements...
That's what back alleys behind the courthouse are for.

Thanks guys for the quick responses. As for public transportation, what time do evening classes start? I get out of work @ 4:30 (give or take) in Great Neck, so we're talking about a train that (iirc) goes pretty much straight to Penn... the same problem that's making Fordham questionable for me). I think that driving may be my best (if not cheapest) option.
I guess I'll see for myself when I go to their application session this Thursday evening...

Proposed Defense?
"Your honor, my client was merely trying to recreate a Korean recipe he had read about on the internet, substituting cats for dogs. Surely a chef can take creative liberties, especially in regards to flame-seared meals. Ethnic cuisine, while unappealing to some, can be considered delicious to others. A person's tastes are not a violation of the law...".

Reasonable punishment for the guy?
Yeah.. I think cutting off his nuggets and tossing them into a campfire sounds like a good start. Followed by a good curb-stomping...

Thank you for thes rather informative posts. I feel more confident about my application to BLS (it's still my second choice, after Fordham, but I don't know if I could attend Fordham even if I was accepted, due to logistical concerns). I have one question though... how is parking at/near BLS? I will be applying as a part-time evening student and driving in each evening. Does the school have parking? Is there on-the-street parking available? Am I stuck with paying for a garage space?

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