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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / UPenn Visit
« on: January 19, 2007, 12:38:34 PM »
I just got back from a visit to Penn Law today. Overall, I am really impressed. The building is right adjacent to most of the other university buildings. It is a really beautiful building, particularly where you first enter the school -- that grand staircase, and the classrooms above it are really pretty.

I got a good vibe from the students I talked to. They definitely didn't seem very stressed out. They had started this semester's classes, but hadn't received their fall grades yet. They complained about the 1L job hunt, but were quick to point out that the 2Ls usually have no problem getting interviews.

Penn doesn't assign GPA or class rank to its students, but the classes are graded (on a curve too), which seems pointless (if there is no GPA, why not stick to pass/fail?).

The law library was really nice, and there were a lot of comfortable places to sit down and read (or whatever) throughout the building.

Law School Admissions / Holy Crap! Email Down! OH NO!
« on: January 16, 2007, 03:52:46 PM »
So my email has been down since 2:00-ish, and I've been having a heart attack. Anyone else have technical difficulties cause them some grief?

Law School Admissions / Seton Hall
« on: January 06, 2007, 10:51:41 AM »
In at Seton Hall via mail today, with a scholarship (the first one I've been offered this cycle).

It was the "Chancellor's Scholarship," and it covers about 75% of the tuition and fees (but only about half of the cost when you include living expenses). Requires a 3.2 to renew, but it renews at a lesser value if you can make other lesser milestones.

Anyone else?

Law School Admissions / Who are you waiting for?
« on: January 04, 2007, 11:51:18 PM »
Which school(s) are you MOST anxious to get a decision from?

HOW MANY Schools are you waiting for?

I'll go first:

Most anxious: Penn, GW, W&L, W&M

Total left waiting for: 13

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / George Mason
« on: January 03, 2007, 10:54:24 AM »
Got a phone call from George Mason. My first top-tier acceptance.

I'm still waiting on a whole bunch of decisions though.

Law School Admissions / Part-Time and BIGLAW
« on: January 02, 2007, 05:22:39 PM »
From another thread:

Probably.  After your first lateral, most of your job opportunities come from LS buddies calling you up and going "hey, we're working on X.  Want to join us?"  It's why networking matters -- and why the more buddies, the better. 

UVA is plenty big.  Georgetown's size is definitely an asset for establishing a wide alumni network, but first jobs are important in determining where you might be competitive as a future lateral hire.  UVA's better placement among top law firms nationally may mitigate the effects of having a smaller student body (and alumni base).

I'm not sure this is true in the way you need it to be for this to work.  IOW, I think it's a useful guideline at the the broader prestige brackets (e.g., V50 vs. V250), but not necessarily true within prestige brackets (e.g., V50).  Since the field I know the most about is health regulatory law, let's take that as an example.  For the best long-term options, it's much better to work at lower-ranked DC firms with good health groups, like Hogan & Hartson, than it is to work for some significantly more prestigious firms like Cravath.  Why?  Because they don't have a regulatory health practice worth mentioning, if they have one at all....

29% versus 22% is fairly significant, and would still place UVA ahead of GTown for placement.

See my comments about PTers: these firms don't hire them, so they shouldn't be included.  Remove them, and it's around 26-27% -- which isn't really significant.  

SO, my question is: if you go PT to a top law school, does it eliminate your chances of getting a BIGLAW job? If it is still possible, how much harder is it?

General Off-Topic Board / Full Un-Cut Saddam Hussein Video
« on: December 31, 2006, 12:06:37 AM »
For anyone who, for some reason, wants to see the actual execution of Saddam Hussein... Here it is:

Law School Admissions / OMG! NOT REJECTED AT PENN!!!
« on: December 26, 2006, 11:36:51 AM »
Well, not yet, anyway.

I was sure that slim white envelope from Penn was a rejection, but I opened it up (quite bravely, I might add) to find the words, "hold your file for further review" GLARING back at me. My brain quickly processed this, and I shouted out loud:


They seem to be asking me to send them further evidence. I'm not in school anymore though. What could I send them?

Choosing the Right Law School / BIGLAW Job Prospects
« on: December 21, 2006, 07:48:59 PM »
How bad are the BIGLAW job prospects at the 25-50  or 31-50 schools?

Its becoming more and more apparent to me that the top-30 is probably an unlikely landing spot for someone of my credentials.


Studying for the LSAT / How do you study?
« on: December 21, 2006, 09:44:44 AM »
Ok. I've taken the LSAT before, gotten a 165 and realized that it isn't good enough to make Adcomms forget about my GPA. So I'm taking it again in Feb. Thing is, last time I took the class. Now I plan not to, but without the structure, I am not really sure what I should be doing.

I'm not particularly weak in any section, I just need to add a couple more correct answers overall. I want to just take practice tests, but it doesn't seem to be useful, because I can't really  time myself the same and my house is noisy and distracting...

What do you guys do to study?  How often? What's your plan?

(sorry for probably duplicating this)

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