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Law School Applications / Re: W & L and UVA status update
« on: March 17, 2007, 05:54:46 PM »
I'm still waiting on W&L, just for curiousity sake.  I would have waited on their decision before choosing which school to attend but my wife had a great job offer with a March 15th decision deadline.  At the beginning of March I emailed W&L to ask them if they would have a decision for me by her deadline date.  They never responded.  So I took it as a sign that she should take the job and I was meant for Georgia.  I went complete at W&L on 2-12.  When did you go complete and what were your numbers if you don't mind me asking.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: The Alabama Thread
« on: March 17, 2007, 05:42:42 PM »
Anybody else got their mind made up on Bama?  I did, until S. Carolina gave me half-tuition.  Now I've got to go down there this Wed. and see if I can talk them up to a full ride before I send my deposit to either place.

You should ask Bama about a scholarship... they seem pretty open to working with people if they're really interested in you.  I would definitely pick Bama over SC, but that's just me.

I did--she claimed that all of the money is spoken for until deposits come in 1 April.  She (Asst. Dean Reeves) did promise to help me get in-state tuition for 2L/3L, but that was all she offered me aside from promising to call me if something opened up for me.

I would definitely pick Bama over SC too, even if I didn't hate SC already (I go to Clemson), but a full-ride from SC means $30k less debt and I don't know if I can pass that up.

Well, I'm about to decline Bama and its scholarship so you know at least some money will be freed up.  Good luck.

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I prefer the term "government schools" rather than public schools. 

And really, they're not schools, but institutions of higher education...so go ahead and just call them what they are:

Government Institutions.


Yes.  Good point. 

Why is that a good point? It's arbitrary and irrelevant. And not remotely true. Bad point. Bad Hank.

 :D

Just playing around!  Remember that us libertarians want all government schools shut down eventually.  They are, in fact, a communist plot. 

Libertarians on LSD...Damn, y'all are everywhere.  After a nuclear holocaust I'm convinced the only lifeforms to survive would be cockroaches and libertarians.  I'm not calling y'all a roach., just admiring y'alls ability to survive and multiply in hostile environment.  I still think its funny and ironic that my state school had a libertarian club.  That's like an pro-totalitarian voter.

Pro-totalitarian?  No way man, libertarianism is anarchy.  The totalitarians are the chumps.

Edit: I overuse the term "man" when I'm drunk... oops.

I can tell when somebody's drunk when instead of editing out the overusage, they instead add the stream on conciousness comment about how they should have edited out the overusage.  I had a few few drunk email nights when I would type something crass/vulgar/offensive to someone and then a few lines later apologize for typing that comment. 

Anyway, as far as the two go, I think its funny that both use the tools they wish to abolish to achieve that abolition. 

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I prefer the term "government schools" rather than public schools. 

And really, they're not schools, but institutions of higher education...so go ahead and just call them what they are:

Government Institutions.


Yes.  Good point. 

Why is that a good point? It's arbitrary and irrelevant. And not remotely true. Bad point. Bad Hank.

 :D

Just playing around!  Remember that us libertarians want all government schools shut down eventually.  They are, in fact, a communist plot. 

Libertarians on LSD...Damn, y'all are everywhere.  After a nuclear holocaust I'm convinced the only lifeforms to survive would be cockroaches and libertarians.  I'm not calling y'all a roach., just admiring y'alls ability to survive and multiply in hostile environment.  I still think its funny and ironic that my state school had a libertarian club.  That's like an pro-totalitarian voter.

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Recommendations / Re: is this going to be a problem?
« on: March 16, 2007, 09:47:27 PM »
so i'm totally new to this applying to law school thing ... and i need some advice . . .

i'm 2 years out of college, got my bs in microbiology, didn't form many "relationships" with any profs . . . so i'm not sure if i'll be able to get a good lor from any of them.  i have other good sources for letters (community leaders, church leaders, employers, etc.), but i keep on reading that having a letter of rec from someone who can assess your academic potential from a classroom setting is pretty important.

is this going to be a problem for me?

thank you much.

Would you happen to be close to anyone who is familiar with law school and knows the type of maturity and dedication necessary to succede in law school- judge, lawyer?.  A great LOR from them explaining how you demonstrate the qualities for law school success would be better than a mediocre LOR from a professor who barely remembers you.  LOR's are meant to give the adcomms an idea about how the people who know you think you will do in Law School.  Professors top that list since they know you and can judge you through experienced eyes in an academic setting (similar to Law School).  However, if professors don't know you then go to the next best choice.  Don't forget that most law schools require two LORs so to be safe you can have a professor recommendation and a great non-academic one.  That's what I did.  However, I agree with the last poster.  I suspect some professor remembers you well.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: The Alabama Thread
« on: March 16, 2007, 09:28:32 PM »

florida is going down hill fast, some people just dont see it...

Reminds me of the old Yogi Berra quote, "Nobody goes there anymore because its too crowded"

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Law School Applications / Re: sorry if this is a stupid question
« on: March 16, 2007, 09:12:51 PM »
I read a post earlier about something similar so I got curious.

My mother's side of my family is hispanic and my father's side of the family is white (non-american). We immigrated to the US when I was around 5 and we had to leave 10 years later due to immigration problems. We were a family of 6 and we barely pulled in 30k/yr. Needless to say, our socio-economic condition was pretty bad.

Anyway, I've always put down "white" on my school applications because I wanted to get accepted without having people tell me that the only reason I got in was because I pull out the "race-card."  That is, until now. Now, my goal is to get into one of the T3 law school and I really don't care what people say. I'm wondering if I can still put down "hispanic" on my applications. I'm wondering if this would be acceptable since I barely speak any spanish and I have no cultural identity of my own, having studied in the US for the past 15 years while my family tried to adopt a "white" image to fit in.

Sorry if this is a stupid question. I would appreciate any advice you can give.

PS - my stats currently are UGPA:3.8,GGPA:3.7,LSAT:(going to take in June but averaging 170 on my preptests) My UG/G schools were both in the T14.

I think its a personal call.  The point of affirmative action is to give brownie points to people who were at some disadvantage growing up due to society's prevalent treatment of their race.  While growing up as half hispanic, were you at some disadvantage for that very reason, or was it the other factors you mentioned that put you at a disadvantage?  I don't know you or your experiences so I can't tell you what to do.  If you suffered a disadvantage due to your racial mixture, then use the system as it was intended.  However, if being half hispanic placed you at no real disadvantage, but you still try to use the URM card to gain acceptance, then I think you would be in the same category as people here in Mobile who tried to obtain FEMA Money and Govt programs after Katrina when, in fact, they suffered no real damage.  Technically, they qualified for the benefits simply because they lived in a federally declared disaster area, but they really didn't qualify for the purpose of those programs.  As far as how you view yourself, don't feel like you have some self-esteem or psychological issues because you think of yourself as one race or another.  Sorry, but that's bogus for people who try to make you feel bad because you don't "celebrate" your heritage.  Live as you think best.   However, be honest on your applications and put your racial mixture since they asked and you want to give an honest answer. 

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Next rankings - predictions
« on: March 15, 2007, 05:13:21 PM »
who here is going to use the next rankings to decide where to go?

Not exclusively, but I definitely plan to take any movement into account.

Finally, back to subject...Somebody may have already mention this, but what's the word on the street about George Mason.  Will it continue its fast climb or stabilize?

Stabilize. If they go up it won't be much. There is too much snobbery involved for Mason to go that much higher.

You think?  I thought the only thing holding them back was the fact that they were so new and they haven't had time to establish an academic reputation amongst the stogey older legal community who take these surveys.  Their acceptance rate is good and their student academic numbers are better than average and 1st salary is pretty high.  I really don't know, that's just what I've heard.  Am I incorrect?

P.S. Just like ESPN, posters on this thread talk way too much about the Yankees and Redsox.  Its like a argument among the Titanics' violinists about who plays better.  Baseball is dying.  As a pre-1994, pre-interleague play fan, I have my shovel ready to bury it. 

How come so many teams set record breaking attendances last year?

First, cause football hasn't taken over every market yet....yet.  Also, the death rate is slowing down while older generations are starting to attend more games.  However, younger generations are not.  Baseball's losing them to football and probably soccer one day.  Give it a few years, baseball would lose its fan base to mortality.

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Law School Applications / Re: Any other GPA/LSAT splitters?
« on: March 15, 2007, 08:46:22 AM »
But, LSN, Chiashu, and everywhere else told me I had less than 1% chance at Fordham... so that isn't always quite the case.

Both of your numbers are better than mine, and I got into a t1. You should've gone for it!

166/2.85.

I didn't even bother with any t1s.

For anyone thinking about applying to law schoo, I always recommend 3 letters- LSN. It shows you where you have a chance and where you shouldn't waste your application dollars.

Actually, in your case, I think just the opposite.  If you go to LSN and look at the results for people with your index, you will see that you have a much better than 1% chance (not a great chance, but better than 1%).  .  Then you can view the profiles of those who were accepted and see what type of people they are.  You can even  post a message on their profile asking them what they did and what they said to get in.  So while Chiasnu gives you a miniscule chance, LSN gives you more hope and helps you improve the odds.

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Law School Applications / Re: Any other GPA/LSAT splitters?
« on: March 14, 2007, 09:33:00 PM »
Both of your numbers are better than mine, and I got into a t1. You should've gone for it!

166/2.85.

I didn't even bother with any t1s.

For anyone thinking about applying to law school, I always recommend 3 letters- LSN. It shows you where you have a chance and where you shouldn't waste your application dollars.

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