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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: WHERE SHOULD I APPLY? THIS YR OR NEXT?
« on: December 10, 2004, 09:12:40 AM »
if you apply and tell schools you're taking the feb lsat, they're gonna bury your app until they get the score....which will likely be after they've passed out most the admits. i did that a couple years ago, and then didn't take the feb lsat. i screwed myself at a bunch of places, plus a couple schools even after being notified that i wasn't retaking the lsat still clerically botched apps. i remember umaryland emailed me at the end of march wondering where my retake was....even though i told them it wasn't coming two months earlier. i most likely wasn't going to be accepted....but even if i had stellar numbers, the odds of an invite when the app is reviewed 4 days before the deadline isn't very likely. 

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: LSU??
« on: December 10, 2004, 01:54:50 AM »
casino, I'm a 1l here now. If you're truly interested in the inside scoop just email me or IM me, they're both listed on my profile page.

helmut, if you're coming this weekend i'd be glad to show you around, hell i've even got a couple places you could crash at  if need be. we have our last final today, so basically it's all about excessive amounts of alcohol for the next couple of weeks. the sba is having it's last tgif at a local bar called fred's friday. free beer and drinks, there'll likely be a ton of law students there....but i'm not sure if any of them are gonna want to talk about law school, as it's been a long couple of weeks. well back to studying. 

Incoming 1Ls / Re: housing
« on: November 23, 2004, 10:53:49 PM »
the vast majority of law students do not live on campus. unless youre going to try and pledge a fraternity while youre at law school it doesnt make much sense. most people get an apartment which is by far cheaper than living on campus (unless you go to a handful of high cost of living cities).

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Santa Clara or USF
« on: November 19, 2004, 02:41:17 AM »
I looked at those two schools too. i was stationed at travis, and my wife worked at sjsu. from my research, i'd say santa clara hands down, especially if you want to go the ip or tax law route. the campus is far nicer, and the area as a whole is much nicer.
however, in the end i decided there was no way i was going to put myself in debt 150k for either of those schools.

i don't think your numbers are that far off for admittance...gpa really doesn't matter and lsat is pretty good...granted santa clara claims 5000 apps/yr....which seems excessive.


Choosing the Right Law School / Re: University of Mississippi
« on: November 13, 2004, 11:41:55 PM »
I loved the quaint little all american town. oxford was actually ranked as one of the nicest small towns in america to live in. I thought the fact there was very little going on there to be nice way to force me to focus on my studies. Finally, i really liked how close it was to memphis. Also there's a huge alumni base in that area, and in the region it's considered an excellent institution. Finally, there are some of the most beautiful southern belles in the SEC there. the negative aspect is, it's a vacuum for old wealth. generations of families go there, and as antiquitated as it sounds, many kids only go there b/c of their parents influence. As a result, there's a very tight socio-economic clique that's evolved. i knew some people who went there for grad school and were mortified by the social situation, as it's very elitist. for example (but this is common in a lot of southern schools.) when girls rush sororities, some of the most important factors asked on questionaires are what sorority one's mother was in, and what you're parents annual income is.

But the moral of the story is, if you want to practice in ms., tn., or al. it's a great place to go. I actually was set on going there, but got truly annoyed by how long it took them to accept me. At the same time, the free time i have is spent attending college athletics events, and they're athletics blow. so ultimately i chose not to go there.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: AA Article: "Critics Assail Study of Race, Law Students"
« on: November 07, 2004, 09:32:30 AM »
While I'm no learned scholar in the seems totally logical. what on earth are the odds of success for a kid who go's to a crappy highschool and doesn't have the credentials to get into college except for AA, then doesn't do well in college but again b/c of AA gets into lawschool? I can't imagine that after gaming the academic system for a decade, all the sudden one is going to ace the bar exam.

osama bin laden could go to any school he wanted to with a 175

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: strength of this year's applicant pool?
« on: November 05, 2004, 10:00:52 PM »
i personally think this year's applicant pool will be weaker. but let me explain, the exact number of inherrently brilliant people are going to apply as did a couple years ago. the difference is that, every average joe seems to want to apply to law schools these days, so the number of average people's apps is exponentially higher than a few years ago. . with that being said, if you have average numbers, youre going to be in for one hell of a ride...when a scool gets 2000 applications for 200 seats, how do they decide between the 1000 people in the 3.5 gpa range and 158 on the lsat? let alone the fact they've already filled 150 seats with the people who scored in the 160s???? it's not a pretty picture.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: decision based on GPA/LSAT
« on: November 05, 2004, 09:53:14 PM »
honestly, i'd apply, but wouldn't expect an admit to any of those schools. have you put the numbers into chiasu or the lsac engine? or compared w/ lawschool numbers? i remember hearing ruskiegirl got into boalt with a 157, but the fact i remember that means it's a highly unusual situation. i think uconn's median is about that, and they're at the bottom of the first tier. don't get me wrong...i would have loved to have had those numbers when i applied, but these days your competing with 130,000 other people to get into 180 schools.

LSAT's all that matters,  with a 169 I wouldn't worry about anything. the only schools you aren't a lock for are the reaches. I wish i could've gotten a medical discharge from the AF. And your'e right....FLEP blows! the people who did the extended leave program really blew my mind. 

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