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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: University a Buffalo
« on: January 13, 2005, 03:36:31 PM »
Ah... Batavia. Home of the Muckdogs. I finished up high school in LeRoy after moving to NY. Small world indeed.

Good luck everybody!

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: University a Buffalo
« on: January 12, 2005, 07:58:32 PM »

You currently live in Rochester? Sweet. My wife and I moved from N. Chili last July to take up residence in Japan for a year.

Here's to hoping for an acceptance!


Choosing the Right Law School / Re: University a Buffalo
« on: January 12, 2005, 04:41:58 PM »
Ah... the Rust Belt.

On the wine tasting/finger lakes bit... Yes, Buffalo is a bit far but for wine tasting, just hope over to Canada. From Niagara Falls to about Hamilton there are tons of vineyards with some amazing wines.

Personally, even being from Rochester, I can't root for Buffalo teams. They just suck.

And yes, North Campus is horribly suburban, but if I get in, my wife and I plan to live near S. Campus. Great area if you ask me.

And the nightlife is there... you just need to knjow where to look. ;)

Anyone sit in on any classes? Or know if they are rolling admissions?


Choosing the Right Law School / Re: University a Buffalo
« on: January 12, 2005, 03:22:42 PM »
Thanks for the input. In reply to a few things:

Yes, Beef on Wick is amazing....
Yes, Anchor Bar's wings are way overrated... Pontillo's (a WNY pizza shop) has much better wings.

As far as visiting the city, etc. I lived in Rochester for 10 years before moving to Japan (current location). I know Buffalo is city full of empty buildings, and fiscally missmanaged. It's similar to Rochester except larger. Still, I like the WNY cities in decline... something about them. My brother also lives in Buffalo and attends UB as an undergrad. The South campus is located in a pretty nice area with decent housing if you want to live in Buffalo, while the North Campus (law school) is in Amherst. Shuttles go between the N and S campus and if you live downtown, the subway will take you up to S. campus, catch a shuttle from there.

So yeah, I know it's basically the armpit of N. America but I'd still love to get in there.
Any idea when or how they notify applicants?


Choosing the Right Law School / University a Buffalo
« on: January 11, 2005, 07:56:35 PM »
I'm wondering if anyone on this board who is currently attending UB, been accepted, or like me hoping to be accepted, has any info on UB. I've cruised their website and read all that stuff, but I'm looking for people who've sat in on classes, had a tour, etc. I'd love to do so myself, but proximity or lack thereof has kind of put a crimp in that idea.
Any info would be great!


Law School Admissions / Re: SUNY Buffalo Application- Book essay
« on: January 11, 2005, 05:11:11 PM »
The application wasn't too bad, but the essays were a bit out there.... Most schools you can cut and paste from about 3-4 essays and piece together what they are looking for, but with UB they are both unique essays. I think I wrote about a page per book. Thankfully, my latest profession, English teacher in Japan, has given me loads of time to read (that and the all Japanese TV... psycho) so I actually had a hard time narrowing down which books to write about. I chose a trash novel (Laws of our Fathers by Scott Turow, the 1L dude), and Obasan by Joy Kogawa. It's about the internment of Canadians of Japanese ancestry during WW2. The second book wasn't hard to write about, but the first book... "what did you learn from reading it?" It's a book for pure entertainment... It's hard to "learn" something from a book like that.

I haven't heard anything yet but dont' expect to quite yet.... My LSDAS wasn't sent until 12/15


General Off-Topic Board / Re: Hey LSD'er - Are You Alive?
« on: January 10, 2005, 11:01:23 PM »

Wow! I'm touched. I have never had a message board community be so concerned. Seriously, thanks.

FYI: My wife and I just returned (to Japan) from a 17 day holiday in Taiwan, Cambodia, and Thailand. We were in Taiwan when the earthquake hit and the subsoquent tsunami hit land. We didn't hear about it until we boarded a flight to Phnom Penh, Cambodia and read it in an English newspaper. After 5 days in Cambodia (the most amazing country, if you get a chance go!) we had a week planned in Thailand. Thankfully, our trip was planned for the gulf side of Thailand, and Koh Samui was untouched by the damage. We had  a lot of friends who were on the other side of Thailand vacationing on Phuket, and found out today that all of them are safe and home.

Again, thanks for your concern. And thanks to TDpookie1 for contacting me via email otherwise I don't think I'd have read this thread.

If you want to know more about Cambodia/Thailand/Taiwan, give me a shout.



After a huge retarded fiasco with LSAC and them LOSING my transcripts at their office, then magically showing up when I started to rant..... My reports are finally out. Now I can really wait....
So as to how I will pass the time?

12/23: Fly from Narita (my wife and I currently live in Japan) to Taipei for 4 days to spend Christmas with her sister...
12/27: Fly to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Spend 2 days in PNH checking out the city, seeing the Khmer Rouge museums, killing fields, etc.  Then head to Siem Reap and spend 3 days including New Year's Eve at Angkor Wat.
1/1: Fly to Koh Samui in Thailand. Spend 1 week relaxing on the beach, soaking up the rays.
1/9: Return to Japan
1/10: Return to my rediculously easy job as an English teacher.....

BTW... living in Japan helps pass the time pretty well without a big trip for winter vacation.

Good luck to all!

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: University at Buffalo
« on: June 22, 2004, 06:46:26 AM »
Alright, Buffalo is a crap hole of a city, but Amherst, where UB is isn't that bad. My brother goes to UB and enjoys the area. There are some great parks, great music scene, world class museums, and cheap housing. Seriously, the housing is dirt cheap. Yes, there are some seedy areas, but you can find nice neighborhoods for pennies. Check out and look up amherst and buffalo NY. You can even choose the UB area through additional searches. YOu'll find houses on the cheap and apts galore.

I live in Rochester NY right now, and I'm moving to Japan for a year then back stateside for law school. Up until a few weeks ago, I had sworn of buffalo... after seeing the area and hearing about the scenes.... I'm really considering it.

And the close proximity to Canada is sweet. Great country, great people.


Studying for the LSAT / Re: Todays exam hard?
« on: June 15, 2004, 10:30:56 AM »
The RC section with 28 q's was really tough. I guessed on the last few. My test went as follows RC-LR-RC-LR-LG. I think the games were pretty easy compared to those I've been practicing. However on the second game the one about ordering people in line or whatever. I was cruising through when I noticed on the last question that I had screwed up one my of rules. I but M B4 Z instead of M B4 S. I freaked out.... I quickly went back through and it only changed one of my answers.... or so I think. That threw me off, thankfully it was the last section so it didn't affect the rest of my test. I feel like I'm ok but it's going to make these next 3 weeks longer than they would be if I'd had the rule right the first time! So.. yeah. I'm trying not to think about it. And for those of you who would say "cancel and take it again." Not a chance unless I completely bomb the test. I feel I did pretty well overall. I have no desire to retake this mother.


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