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Law School Admissions / Re: Bad Grammar In Letter of Recommendation
« on: April 20, 2007, 06:24:23 AM »
Yeah, as was asked, isn't it a bit late for LORs right now?

Anyway, even though it's not a reflection of you, I'd mark it inactive and find someone else.  If that's impossible, then I suppose send it only to schools where you need that extra LOR.  I'm not even sure an adcom would believe that was written by an adult.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Rutgers-Newark or Brooklyn PT?
« on: April 19, 2007, 06:28:20 PM »
If you want NYC, go to Brooklyn.  If you want NJ, go to Rutgers.

If I had to choose between Rutgers FT and Brooklyn PT (if I was staying in NY, I'd have to make that decision), I'd take Brooklyn PT and ensure I worked hard enough to transfer into FT after the 1st semester or year.

Rutgers is a fine school in NJ, but from all the research I've done, it's got nothing on Brooklyn as far as NYC goes.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Univ. of San Diego vs. Loyola LA
« on: April 19, 2007, 03:27:24 PM »
I've commuted from San Diego to work in Riverside everyday for a while.  I've also driven from Riverside to class at UCLA 3 times a week after work.  Neither drive is really that bad if you know how to manage your commute routes/times.  Geography does really bother me at all.  I'm more concerned about which is a better school.  I think Loyola has better career services than USD.

Yea, but that's just a commute without class/reading time. I mean...a daily 3 hour commute, 2.5 hours in class and 2-3 hour reading time (assuming for 1 class) is already 7.5-8.5 hours out of your day. Throw in work (I don't know how many hours you plan on working so I won't throw that in), it pretty much means you'll have no time for anything but work, whether it be school or job. It's not impossible, but it's going to suck. Really, really bad. In addition, I really think that part of the law school experience is spending some time getting to know your classmates and on this type of schedule, you probably will have little to no time for that. But hey, if you think you can pull it off and remain sane, more power to you.

I'm with you.  Commuting 53 or 97 miles to law school each day, on top of a [full time?] job is just insane, especially with what I hear of SD and LA traffic.  I think you need to get your priorities straight, and determine what is most important to you.  If it's studying law and becoming a successful lawyer, I think you should seriously consider finding a new job MUCH closer to whichever school you choose.  You're an engineer.  I know there are engineering jobs all over, and unless you're making insane bank at your current job, you should seriously consider finding a new one.

At that point, I'd either base your choice on where you find the better job, or which school you like better after visiting both.  I didn't even apply to Loyola because of its location, but that's personal preference.  Despite the new gap in rank, I'd still pick USD over Loyola, but either one is a great choice.  I'm surprised you didn't apply to Santa Clara given the IP Law thing...

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: St. John's
« on: April 19, 2007, 11:39:38 AM »
one more thing, if i could do it over again - i'd seriously consider doing pt day 1st semester and then switching to ft 2nd semester...

alot of kids did this - and it seems they got better grades on average than the general pop...   of course , none of em had jobs and its the less then honorable route in my opinion, but when it comes down it, GRADES ARE ALL THAT MATTER first year, especially at a t2 nyc school where only top 10/15 percent have a chance at oci big law..

haha "less than honorable??"    hmmm...I don't know why you would equate scoring below a 160 on the LSAT as lacking honor in character, but...

whatever floats your boat.

I'd wager a bet he means people who could've gone or gotten in full time still opted for part time for the easier course load.  Of course, I could be wrong, but that's just how it came off to me.

Law School Admissions / Re: Soft Factors' Future
« on: April 18, 2007, 06:06:00 PM »
Hence that's why that will be the first and last time I use the "I have a friend who..." story    ;)

haha, I hear that...

Law School Admissions / Re: Soft Factors' Future
« on: April 18, 2007, 05:34:09 PM »
I'm going to do something most of you are entirely against and pull the "I know a guy who..." card.

I had a friend who from day one of this whole thing wanted to go to UVA.  Tried twice to get in..finally ended up on the second time at Richmond.

He FULLY embraced Richmond.  Everytime I visited, he gave it glowing of the reasons I applied there.

But alaa in his mind, he knew one thing...he wanted to be at UVA.  He busted his hump the whole year, like he was going to stay at Richmond...even got on Law Review.  However, one day he decided he was going to give UVA one more the middle of his summer, after going through most of the summer...attending the Richmond Cambridge
program..he found out he got into UVA.

Is it  Does it come with sacrifice..yes.

However, he is now on a law journal (not Law Review) and got a summer associate position at UVA's OCI.  When someone is just flat out driven, things can happen.

Can anyone transfer, no.  Can everyone be so driven, no.

My message to Soft Factors is...if he feels he is this driven. Go with Hofstra's FT.  I will guarentee one thing...with the reputation of Hofstra's student body, I don't think it can be taken for granted that everyone in his 1L class is going to be gun-ho for the long hours of studying and dedication it would take to get the right grades.

my $.03

That is a great story, and I'm sure many people have gone through similar experiences.  However, I'd bet for every one of your friend, there are 5 people who didn't get into the school they hoped to transfer into and were "stuck".

If you can be happy at Hofstra, by all means go.  If not, I still think going with only the hopes of transferring is a bad idea, because the chances, while there, are against you.  And if you lose that bet, you're now stuck at a school that you aren't even happy at with grades that might not get you the kind of job you hoped for (or you would've likely been able to transfer).

Just giving the other side of the coin here...

Law School Admissions / Re: Soft Factors' Future
« on: April 18, 2007, 04:51:22 PM »
While I'm sure your boss is a great guy and a great lawyer, he is not on an adcomm at a law school.  Transferring is not nearly as easy as he claims it to be, at least to a far better school.

Do NOT go to a school only with the intention of transferring.  Go where you will be happy if you can't transfer, because that could very well end up reality.

If you are that unhappy with your choices, retake the LSAT, do better and reapply next year.

I still think FIU is your best choice as it stands right now.

Good luck!

Law School Admissions / Re: Accepted TODAY !!
« on: April 18, 2007, 09:12:00 AM »
Yes that was me.  I have already withdrawn from Hofstra and tried to stop payment on my $850 deposit.  I told them and then cancelled the credit card so hopefully that works.

Hofstra asks for $850 non-refundable?!  Jesus christ.  And I thought St. John's had nerve asking for $750.

Law School Admissions / Re: Accepted TODAY !!
« on: April 18, 2007, 08:35:16 AM »
In at Villanova

Awesome, congrats!  Weren't you the one who was planning on Hofstra since you hadn't heard from anyone else in ages?

If so, I hope you're considering Nova over Hofstra...

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Section Stacking?
« on: April 18, 2007, 08:33:46 AM »
tag.  I might call or email USD and see what they say about this.

I was always under the impression top 1/x meant of the entire class, not just your section...?

But when they give you grades, the curve is based on only those in your section classes  - which may be stacked, while they rank you with the whole class.

So if each section has the same grade distribution, if you finish in say the top 1/2 of your section, you finish in the top 1/2 of your entire class most likely.  If you receive a B, and 50% in your section get Bs or better, the same should apply to all sections, thus meaning you're still in the top 50%.

Other than the fact that the competition might be tougher due to people either working harder or just being smarter, thus having been offered scholarships, it wouldn't really matter if your rank is calculated against just your section or the whole class.

Or am I missing something here?

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