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I don't think you are as far off as the other posters make it seem. I was accepted to Emory ($$) and Fordham last year with 3.26/165. So our numbers are relatively similar. The work XP will help, but you should probably have some safeties in case no one bites.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: 160-164 Thread (give or take)
« on: December 04, 2007, 05:19:15 PM »
What's a guy with a 165 to do? I don't quite fit in here, I don't quite fit in with the t14 kids; I wish somebody would show some love for us 165ers in LSAT score limbo.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: If You Were A Hot Dog, Would You Eat Yourself?
« on: November 29, 2007, 11:18:12 PM »
If the moon was made out of spare ribs would you eat it?

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Ham Sandwich Taking Questions...
« on: November 29, 2007, 08:51:47 PM »
Do you require food for sustenance? If yes, and you were starving, would you eat yourself?

Law School Admissions / Re: China
« on: November 19, 2007, 11:12:43 PM »
Ehhhhh it could probably be worse.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Who here wants to be a badger?
« on: November 19, 2007, 06:54:26 PM »
I did my UG at Wisconsin (I'm in-state) and was admitted to both UW and UofM last year. I deferred my acceptance to UW and am reapplying at UofM (I still can't decide where I want to go). I'd say that the two law schools have pretty different feels to them. UW is (much like the UG) pretty laid back and more collegial/amateurish than other places I visited. UofM struck me as much more professional and I felt like it had a noticeably higher quality student body.

That being said; JDs from UW and UofM are viewed as pretty comparable in the Wisconsin legal market. Both degrees are pretty portable around the Midwest; UofM probably a little more portable nationally.

But still Madison is a f*%cking blast. It's an amazing place to go to school. So, lots to consider I suppose for us upper-Midwesterners.

Law School Admissions / Re: China
« on: November 19, 2007, 06:11:07 PM »
A good friend of mine lived and taught in South America and Spain before law school.  It had little or no effect on his cycle, but I think you can turn it into a good PS/ it might make up for a sparse resume during undergrad. 

Thanks for crushing my hopes... I know I'm a solid 15-30ish candidate (I went through the cycle last year before I decided to move to China) but I was hoping that doing something cool like moving to China would help me sneak into t14. It did help me write a pretty entertaining PS though; I bet I'm the one of the only people that discussed the finer culinary points of stewed goat's eyes (which actually aren't bad, if you can get over the fact that you're eating stewed goat's eyes).

Law School Admissions / Re: China
« on: November 18, 2007, 10:01:52 PM »
I am actually studying chinese language in Xi'an right now, prepping for LSAT and taking it this feb when I fly home for 6 weeks (DYING to go home, love china but not chinese women). That said it is a pretty cool city, great food and such. A significant muslim population adds to the mix.

I actually specifically chose to come china because 1.) it's cheap 2.) I am in no danger of not graduating in 4 years, even if I got no credits from goign abroad, undergrad is cake and 3.) DIVERSITY being about as white lower-middle middle class as it gets I thought it might give me a leg up (or just decrease my comparative disadvantage) to spend a year over here. SO I will eb here til january and then come back for march-July.

No sh*%. How about that. I'm living in Yulin in the northern part of the province. I've been down to the Muslim quarter in Xian both times I've been there; and so far it has been my favorite part of the city. I was there during Ramadan, which was pretty cool. And how can you not love the Chinese women? Not that I have an Asian fetish or anything but seriously; they're awesome. I doubt you could find more deferential women anywhere in the world haha.

I spent a week or so in Xi'an. Nice place... take a trip down to the bowuguan if you get a chance.

I got a grant from my university to do a survey of nationalist iconography in museum displays, interestingly enough. I was on the road pretty much constantly for four months, and thus went just about everywhere.

The Bowuguan is a really cool museum. I saw it on my first trip to Xian. I was a history major, so Xian was definitely one of the cooler places I've been so far.
Sounds like you had a pretty interesting research topic. I wonder if you got to Yanan? Where the PLA's long march ended. I was just there a couple of weeks ago and I think you'd be hard pressed to find better museums demonstrating nationalist iconography. I even got a picture of me laying in Mao Tse Dong's old bed; priceless.

Law School Admissions / Re: China
« on: November 18, 2007, 09:35:55 PM »
I know a few people who came from China over here. One popped a 180 and is at Columbia. The other guy came over here, got his degree here and is applying this cycle. He's looking at some Tier 3's from what I know.
Let me clarify: I'm an American, graduated from an American university, etc.

Probably helps insofar as you'll have spent some time living abroad in a fairly deprived country that's in the news a lot.

Just out of curiosity, whereabouts are you? I've never done any teaching in China, but I did spend last summer doing field research in China last year, so I know my way around a bit.
I just moved to China a few months ago. I'm currently living in small (ie 500,000 people) city in Shaanxi province, north-central China, maybe 50km from the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. Maybe 7-10 hrs (depends) from Xi'an. Which is a pretty cool city. Where were you doing your research? And what was it for?

Law School Admissions / Re: An Appeal to Decency
« on: November 18, 2007, 09:16:10 PM »
If Walter Sobcyzk is your real name, you have more balls than I.

Are you referring to The Dude's companion in The Big Lebowski?  If so, I think his last name is spelled Sobchak.

Indeed you are correct. I was in error because I assumed Walter's obviously Polish background would require a -czyk last name. IMDB straightened me out. Personally I think it should probably be spelled my way... but I didn't write the script.

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