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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Cornell v UCLA
« on: April 10, 2007, 06:47:17 PM »
Just for resolution's sake:  I think I am going to Cornell.

It was a difficult decision to make; both schools definitely have their pros and cons.  I can see how given the same options, an individual would choose UCLA.  But when I lined up the factors drawing me toward and pushing me from each of the schools, Cornell emerged as the best choice for me.

No matter which school I attended, I knew I would receive an excellent education, but Cornell has a variety of opportunities for pursuing an international education (strong curriculum, extra-curricular journal/society options, and externship/study abroad programs).  I'm not particularly tied to practicing in a particularly region of the country; so, Cornell had a pull in terms of its more national placement than UCLA.  More personally, leaving California would lead to greater development of myself outside of the intellectual experience of law school.

That's right, you will now get to appreciate the wonderful world of Wegman's and realize good American wines don't just come from Napa valley.

Law School Admissions / Re: Waiting on NYU
« on: April 02, 2007, 05:21:15 PM »
Rejection came today.

Law School Admissions / Re: Penn's April 1 deadline
« on: April 02, 2007, 05:16:19 PM »
our rejections are probably in the mail.

That's what I figure, my NYU denial showed up today, I'm ready for another.

Law School Admissions / Re: Waiting on NYU
« on: March 30, 2007, 02:00:41 PM »
Raises hand

I think about 10% of LSD is from Rochester, which is really really weird.  Garbage plates!!!!!!!!

And Amerks and Knighthawks. And WTF happened to Cellino? It's just the Barnes firm now.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / My visit to Cornell
« on: March 15, 2007, 06:33:46 PM »
I couldn't make an ASW and Cornell is my first choice, so I figured I'd wander up there over my break. I called at 9:00am on Thursday asking them to set me up with a tour for the same day and the admissions office happily obliged. It was me, a guide and some girl from Nebraska. So, they were flexible and helped a brother out when he forgot to call to schedule an appointment.

First impression: The law school is just that, one building on campus that houses the law students. The school is connected to the law dorms (a giant plus if you want to live on campus, you wouldn't even have to get dressed to go to class.) Moreover, the architecture of the library and the older part of the building is really nice. I also was pleased that the admissions office could scare up a tour guide for me when I called an hour before I showed up. Cornell seems geared towards biglaw. The girl who walked me around was going to work at Watchell (I believe she said) and I got the impression most others were going to do the same.

Sat in on a class, Property: One obnoxious gunner. The prof was very good; I started to understand what he was talking about halfway through the class. Cornell spoofs the wireless internet so you canít surf through class, but I only saw one guy resort to playing hearts. I probably wouldn't have gone that far. Seemed interesting and I would like to take a course or two with the Prof I watched (can I remember his name...of course not).

Paring in Ithaca sucks. I don't know if I had bad timing or what, but I had to park in a garage on the other side of campus from the law school (this is probably more a function of me not knowing where I'm going). Downtown really blows. I wanted to grab a burger and watch a little bit of the tournament, but I had a hard time finding a place. The meters are 25cents every 15 minutes or a buck an hour. Not terrible if you are running errands, but really bad if you want to catch a buzz and watch Louisville roll. However, the area seems really nice. I've hung out in Ithaca before and if you have a place to park your car, the nightlife is very good.

All in all, Cornell is my #1 choice. Parking does not outweigh the quality of facilities and instructors I saw during my visit.

Financial Aid / Is this too pissy
« on: March 15, 2007, 06:17:35 PM »
This is my addendum to need access in response to including no parent info. Do I sound like too PO'd?

I have supported myself since 1999. I have claimed myself on my income tax filings since 1999. I supported myself upon returning to school. I completed an associate degree and double majored for my bachelor degree while supporting myself. My mother returned to school in 1999 to become a pastor and I had no financial assistance from her since 1999. I have minimal contact with my father and have received no financial support from him since 1998. I helped to support him after he had a heart bypass surgery in 2000, but the only support I could provide was financial. I have not been dependent on any person but myself since 1999.

Tried to find the correct mix of indignant and forceful for my statement.

(i do not know what it is about you that closes
and opens;only something in me understands
the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses)
nobody,not even the rain, has such small hands

- ee cummings

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Cornell 1L
« on: March 11, 2007, 11:55:31 AM »
I am curious about the 1L hiring process as well. Are people working as SA's going to the city or heading to secondary NY markets such as Rochester, Syracuse and the like?

your =/= you're

-> grammar nazi

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