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General Off-Topic Board / Re: gap year
« on: July 24, 2007, 01:32:17 PM »
I didn't know I'd be going to law school at the time, but I got a job as a college admission counselor. It was fun, I matured a bit, and I got to travel. It also gave me some insight into the admissions process (even though I'm in UG admissions, it's enlightening to see how people approach reading apps). I don't know how my job looked to admissions committees, but it was a decent way to spend my pre- law school time.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Adopting a kid/ Being a foster parent
« on: July 17, 2007, 01:52:10 PM »
Yes, that can happen, and those cases have been decided on both sides of the fence, so there's no sure bet. But it seems like you'd really miss out if you didn't adopt a kid just because of that risk.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Adopting a kid/ Being a foster parent
« on: July 17, 2007, 01:34:30 PM »
It's not as tough to adopt older kids. Unfortunately, most of the kids in the US who have a hard time getting adopted are non-infants and minorities. Check out your state web pages. PA's is called AdoptPAKids, I believe.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Chances: 166 3.7+ (Honors)
« on: July 12, 2007, 01:07:01 PM »
You'll get into W&M. I'd add Washington and Lee to your list - they give very generous scholarships.

Everything you just said there is fascinating and should definitely be included in your PS. The statistics about how many people were adopted in a certain year should not - they're irrelevant.

I'm also adopted and I mentioned it briefly, but I really didn't dwell on it or use it as the basis for my whole PS. I basically wrote a paragraph in my PS that discussed how I was demographically different from the average US attorney, and that's where I mentioned my adoption. I wouldn't center your entire statement around it though, unless you can tie it in some way to why you want to go to law school (i.e., you want to do family law or something).

Incoming 1Ls / Re: yes or no to facebook
« on: June 28, 2007, 06:56:22 AM »
Dude, it sounds like your friends suck... My friends wouldn't sell me out.

Doesn't have to be a real friend.  Could be just a Facebook friend, maybe someone you were friends with but had a falling out with.  And it's easy to say your friends won't sell you out when the hiring partner isn't telling them to do something and explaining the consequences when they don't.

Facebook now allows you to set specific privacy rules for specific people in addition to your general privacy settings (called limited profile). While there are still some risks associated with facebook, I'd say if you have a falling out with someone or if you don't know someone that well, restrict how much of your profile that person can see.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: PSU Dickinson - 2010
« on: June 25, 2007, 11:21:45 AM »
Is anyone planning to participate in the new student chat tonight?

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Penn State or Buffalo
« on: June 21, 2007, 11:36:13 AM »
Congrats on being accepted to Buffalo! When you say you have housing at Penn State, do you mean you already leased an apartment? If so, will you be able to get your money back?

I don't know much about Buffalo, but I would think the cost difference would make it a good option. As a future PSU student, though, I would miss you at Penn State  :) The only new information I can offer is that PA legislators are trying to pass a bill that would allow $10,000 per year in loan repayment for lawyers who work as PD's or ADA's for at least three years. I know other states are trying to do this as well, so the same may be true in NY. But, if the bill passes, you may be able to save some money by going to PSU and practicing in PA. There are quite a few "ifs" there, though, so it's probably not wise to make a decision based on something that might happen.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: I feel for "attractive" girls
« on: June 18, 2007, 01:38:54 PM »
Studies have shown that attractive people are perceived as being more competent, actually.

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