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Just looking for a little advice on my numbers.

3.74 UG GPA at UF (2.5 years of which I was in chemical engineering).  Switched to political science and graduated the next semester.

Not quite sure about my LSAT score.  I've tested as high as 170 (once), but normally found myself in the 167 range.  I will hopefully receive the score tomorrow and then a better assessment can be made.

I feel like my softs are pretty good:

1.  Congressional internship
2.  Intern for a Navy lawyer (JAG)
3. Going to Vietnam for seven months to teach English
4.  Worked throughout college.

I'm a middle class white male.  Thanks for any advice.

I think Georgetown and Duke should be on your list.

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Black Law Student Discussion Board / Re: The Thread on Politics
« on: October 18, 2008, 01:01:36 PM »
The McCain campaign is hopping mad about this:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/18/us/politics/18cindy.html?hp

I normally defend the Times, but I don't really know why the article was necessary.  Both campaigns have urged that their families are off-limits.  The article doesn't contain any news -- which also means that it doesn't contain any shocking smears, as I'm sure McCain would have you believe -- but it is fairly negative (sad and weird mostly).  She's the first spouse they've profiled solo in the series, and I think they should have just left well enough alone.

Exactly!!!!

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Which MIA LSDer do you miss most?
« on: October 16, 2008, 08:48:53 PM »
I miss the way the board was last year -- when Massa, Moni, MCB, BlackReign, Miss P., Gengiswump, etc. were posting all the time!  Good times, good times. 

I have no idea who any of those people are.

Yeah, I'm not surprised.  Lol.  They haven't been on the board as much lately, but they all kept me entertained when I was a 0L trying to navigate the admissions process.  But I suppose that's been about a year and half ago now...

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Black Law Student Discussion Board / Re: The Thread on Politics
« on: October 16, 2008, 05:46:11 PM »
'Joe the Plumber' says he has no plumbing license
By JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press Writer


HOLLAND, Ohio - Joe the Plumber said Thursday he doesn't have a license and doesn't need one. Joe Wurzelbacher, better known as Joe the Plumber, the nickname Republican John McCain bestowed on him during Wednesday's presidential debate, said he works for a small plumbing company that does residential work. Because he works for someone else, he doesn't need a license, he said.
 
But the county Wurzelbacher and his employer live in, Lucas County, requires plumbers to have licenses. Neither Wurzelbacher nor his employer are licensed there, said Cheryl Schimming of Lucas County Building Regulations, which handles plumber licenses in parts of the county outside Toledo.

Wurzelbacher, who voted in the Republican primary and indicated he backed McCain, was cited by the GOP presidential candidate as an example of someone who wants to buy a plumbing business but would be hurt by Democrat Barack Obama's tax plans. Wurzelbacher said he was surprised that his name was mentioned so many other times.

"That bothered me. I wished that they had talked more about issues that are important to Americans," he told reporters gathered outside his home.

Wurzelbacher, 34, said he doesn't have a good plan put together on how he would buy Newell Plumbing and Heating in nearby Toledo.

He said the business consists of owner Al Newell and him. Wurzelbacher said he's worked there for six years and that the two have talked about his taking it over at some point.

"There's a lot I've got to learn," he said.

Wurzelbacher said he started his day with an early morning workout and came back to his suburban Toledo home to do live interviews with TV networks.

Reporters camped out by his house overnight and by midmorning there were 21 people on his driveway surrounding him, holding cameras and notebooks.

Wurzelbacher said he's feeling overwhelmed.

"I'm kind of like Britney Spears having a headache. Everybody wants to know about it," he joked.

In Toledo on Sunday, Wurzelbacher told Obama that he was preparing to buy the plumbing company, which earns more than $250,000 a year, and said: "Your new tax plan is going to tax me more, isn't it?"

Obama said that under his proposal taxes on any revenue from $250,000 on down would stay the same, but that amounts above that level would be subject to a 39 percent tax, instead of the current 36 percent rate.

Wurzelbacher said Obama's tax plan wouldn't affect him right now, because he doesn't make $250,000. "But I hope someday I'll make that," he said.

"If you believed (Obama), I'd be receiving his tax cuts," Wurzelbacher said. "But I don't look at it that way. He'd still be hurting others."

As he leaned against the Dodge Durango SUV parked in his driveway Thursday morning, Wurzelbacher indicated to reporters who crowded around that he was a conservative, a fan of the military and McCain. He said meeting McCain would be an honor but said he hadn't been contacted by the Republican campaign.

Still, the plumber wouldn't say who he was voting for and brushed off a question about whether he could influence the election or other voters.

"I don't have a lot of pull. It's not like I'm Matt Damon," Wurzelbacher said.

"I just hope I'm not making too much of a fool of myself," he added.

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Black Law Student Discussion Board / Re: The Thread on Politics
« on: October 16, 2008, 05:38:40 PM »
McCain did Joe the Plumber no favors
Thu Oct 16, 2:27 PM ET

You knew it would happen. Joe the Plumber's 15 minutes of fame in last night's debate have turned into a round of public humiliation for the wannabe business owner. The Toledo Blade is reporting that Joe has no plumber's license.
 
To make matters worse, the Blade also found that the Ohio Department of Taxation placed a lien against Joe because $1,183 in personal property taxes had not been paid. To pile on, the paper disclosed, based on divorce records, Joe's 2006 income $40,000, hardly enough to qualify for the tax hike he's so concerned about.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/mcb_election2008/20081016/wl_mcb_election2008/mccaindidjoetheplumbernofavors


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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Which MIA LSDer do you miss most?
« on: October 16, 2008, 05:36:29 PM »
I miss the way the board was last year -- when Massa, Moni, MCB, BlackReign, Miss P., Gengiswump, etc. were posting all the time!  Good times, good times. 

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Oh please.  Believe it or not, most of the current students and graduates on here are quite busy, and there is a vast difference between making a quick assessment of a prelaw's chances based on numbers and taking the time to read and make substantive comments on a PS, diversity statement, etc.  After researching, writing, and meeting all day, it's not exactly what I look forward to when I come home.  Besides, you didn't say what your numbers were or the specific schools you're interested in.  People respond more positively if you're trying to get into their school.  For instance, sometimes I help prelaws that I think have a decent chance of getting into my alma mater.  But I never volunteer to do so on the public board b/c I simply don't have the time to read a bunch.  Plus, lots of people have unrealistic expectations, and I don't have the time to waste.  So tell us more about yourself and your goals, and perhaps you will get a better response.  Alienating people surely won't help.  That said, I like spunk...but i have a very busy couple of week/ends coming up and likely can't read anything soon.

Titcr -- every bit of it! 

OP, I hear your frustration, but I think you'll understand our position a bit better once you're actually in law school.  What you're talking about takes a lot of time, and part of the reason people continue to post in the pre-law board well after it could do us any good is to serve as a quick resource for others who are just beginning the process.  Some of us barely have time to read our cases, so you may not get an overwhelming response right away b/c people are busy with OCI, callbacks, extracurriculars, etc.  So don't take it too personally.  Take the steps A. suggested, and I'm sure one or more people will be able to help you out.  Also, there tend to be a lot of offers to read and critique personal statements in other areas of this discussion board, so don't limit yourself to just the BLSD section.

Good luck!  :)

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Black Law Student Discussion Board / Re: The Thread on Politics
« on: October 15, 2008, 11:30:44 PM »
McCain won.

I thought so, too, but apparently CNN's pundits and polled viewers don't agree.   :-\

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Black Law Student Discussion Board / Re: The Thread on Politics
« on: October 13, 2008, 08:38:29 PM »
in case you missed the SNL parody of the debate.

http://www.hulu.com/watch/38512/saturday-night-live-weekend-update-thursday-109

The Tom Brokaw impression was spot on.

I know right!  It sounds JUST like Tom B.  I don't really get the whole Obama alien story though.  Are they saying he could just "say anything" and people would accept it, or am I missing something?

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Black Law Student Discussion Board / Re: The Thread on Politics
« on: October 12, 2008, 05:03:09 PM »
After battling and slaying the Clinton machine, and taking the "best" tactics from the progeny of Lee Atwater, Karl Rove, and the rest of the RNC, the most dirt they have on Obama is a retired preacher, and a 60s era radical who has since won the Chicago "Citizen of the Year" award. What does that say about Obama's character?

Are you ever going to find a politician or public figure who's this much on the straight and narrow?

My sentiments exactly!  I don't agree with Obama on every issue, but the choice in this election is pretty clear.

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