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Incoming 1Ls / Re: LSU 1L
« on: August 02, 2004, 01:49:27 PM »
Wow LSU 1L's are coming out of the woodworks this past week. we're starting to have a party over on the specific school message boards.

how about this ridiculous heat and humidity????

I think Penn State is hands down the best 3rd tier school. It's only a matter of time before dickinson loses the battle to stay in carlisle and they move the show to state college. that move in itself is going to catapult their usnews rankings. dickinson's insistence of charging the same tuition for instate and out of state is also killing the school figuring it's 24k/yr...another issue that will go away when the school moves 80 miles norhwest. plus when you look at the grand scheme...all of penn states other programs receive a lot of respect nationally.

as for humidity and heat....I think I have it the worst here in baton rouge...i've never seen the weatherbug startbar icon turn red until i moved here, and the 85% humidity is just wonderful too.

Law School Admissions / Re: Strength of Applicant pool this year?
« on: July 25, 2004, 07:49:46 AM »
it's going to be a female dog this year too....if you're an average/above average applicant. any way you look at it, even the third tier schools have acceptance rates in the 25-35% range. when i first applied two years ago, most of the second tier schools had acceptance rates in the 30-40% range...and the better schools in the third tier were in the high 40's. when i graduated in '99, even some of the t1 schools had acceptance rates that were 35%+....pretty much what t3's are at times have changed.

a perfect example is penn state. they sent me an application fee waiver to apply in 2002....i only had a 154/3.4. that was the only reason i applied. i applied at the end of january and within 4 days was accepted. if you look at their numbers for the upcoming year....i would no longer have any chance of admittance, let alone the free app. a good friend of mine reluctantly took their acceptance, because it was the only school that accepted him (he had 152/2.5). i guarantee he never gets in there again if he waited another year like he was planning.

pretty much, the moral of the story is increased apps isn't going to affect the top schools....but it has a tremendous affect on the t2 and t3 schools....where the majority of people feel competitive. I wouldn't be surprised to see the majority of t2's with acceptance rates in the 25% range or lower this year. 

i just bought mine yesterday....and goddamn do i feel like singing "back to school acapella with adam sandler." either way i went to the samsonite a nice laptop backback. 3 yr warranty, will hold plenty of books, has a pocket for a pda, cell phone, bungee cords to hold a windbreaker, and even a pocket with an opening for headphones...yet not so big emeka okafor would have to haul it for me. in the end it cost me $50.

what else could you ask for????.....except ruskie girl's boyfriend carrying it all?

Law School Admissions / what are you doing to stay sane????
« on: July 02, 2004, 01:19:23 PM »
i'll be the first one to admit i was a horrible officer in the air force...but at least i had somewhere i had to be all week for the past five years. however, now that the bossman released me to society i don't know what to do with myself.

so i figured i'd see what other people are doing for their summer? i figure it's too late to find any kind of summer employment, since classes start in 6 weeks. my next thought was to read some books, but i swore to myself after grad school last year and being totally burned out, that i would never read again unless i was being charged $500/credit hr.

as you can see options are becoming limited. i bought about a half dozen xbox games, but for some reason video games just don't hold my attention like they did when i was 12. the only thing left i can come up with is traveling. i figure i'll hit yosemite, vegas, and something else on the way to baton rouge (suggestions???). but this still leaves me with about 3 weeks counting and re counting the tiles on my ceiling.

please tell me unemployment is more glorious than this!!!

Law School Admissions / Re: Any info?
« on: July 02, 2004, 01:06:23 PM »
use the urm card, say the first semester gpa was because you were working full time to help support the immigration of your politically persecuted relatives from uruguay... and send me a card after you enjoy your first year at stanford, yale, or harvard!

Law School Admissions / Re: What do Law Schools Think of Ph.D.'s
« on: July 02, 2004, 12:59:35 PM »
they'll think you're a professional student who's afraid of entering society. you're going to have to make an effort to explain why you need both a phd and jd. i don't think it's going to help you. but i'm curious as to what others' opinions are.

a lot of schools have those summer start programs....typically they're used to justify admission of less qualified urms. in which case, certain students are required to take the summer classes and unconditional admittance is predicated on the summer grades. 

the only one i've seen is how to get into top law schools. to be honest all the sample statements they gave were so over the top they made me nauseous....i'm a guatemalan refugee that had to support my family for 15 years while going to harvard full time.... i can't remember them all, but i think you'd be better off buying a copy of aesop's fables.

i wouldn't title it...just seems like one less line you have to use in an already short story....besides, if the person reading it doesnt find it as witty as you thought...they might just scrap the statement without reading it.

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