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General Off-Topic Board / Re: VA Tech shooting - more than 20 dead
« on: April 16, 2007, 01:42:36 PM »
RIP to the people killed by this tragedy.... :'(

At times like this I wonder - is it really necessary to legalize gun possession?

I used to think (hope) that.  I can say it seems some schools do take that into account, but a lot of them seem to count it for little if anything.  You're GPA hurts their numbers that they report to US News and so they will be ranked lower.  They just can't take tons of people from a major with such low GPAs without it hurting their rankings.  It's pretty bad when average is about a 2.7 or 2.8 tops in your major versus average being about a 3.5. 

I have heard that they do take into account your major from an admission officer.  But the admission officer was talking to my undergrad and knew the school very well since they are in same local area.  I suspect local reputations has a lot to do with it and also reputations created from alumni going to that particular school.  I have heard that students from my undergrad tend to be the top graduates of another local school (reason being engineering school is harder than/prepares students better for law school).

One would think there would be a ton of engineering/science students wanting to go to law school due to the high salary/demand in intellectual property.  The reason you do not see this I think is because of the generally good job/career prospects of being an engineer right now [with a lot of people scheduled to retire] and because of the type of person engineering schools attract.  By this I mean that law school/career in IP requires people/business skills that some people in our field seem to lack (more than average), the rest go into engineering management or at least this what it seems to me.

May I add on behalf of life sciences majors; the majority pursues med school because of the stability and good pay, and  the rest of us are attracted by business in biotechnology/pharma industry. 
I might sound stereotypical, but I think this is the trend these days.

Incoming 1Ls / Plans for Summer
« on: April 14, 2007, 08:33:03 PM »
Hello soon-to-be 1Ls,
This would probably be the last free summer you can enjoy.

What kind of things do you do, or plan to do from now until school starts?


- Just a curious 07-08 applicant -

PS. Those who are already 1-3Ls are welcome to share what you did the summer before!

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Patent Bar?
« on: April 14, 2007, 06:20:49 PM »
tag. This will come in handy later.

Canadian Law Students / Re: Lower LSAT scores in Canadian Law schools
« on: April 14, 2007, 01:52:34 PM »
Let's say I have a 3.5 UGPA(calculated by LSADS), and a 170 LSAT. Would I have a higher chance to get into U of T, or say for the argument's sake, Georgetown(T14)?  My GPAs are too low for UofT, but within the 25%-75% range for Georgetown. Which school would be better to pursue for your success in career?
I may be comparing apples and oranges, because there are so many factors involved such as the tuition, quality of living, job prospects/competition/salaries etc.

- stirring things up.

I don't think they will be too strict to cut off the deposit that's only one day late. Technically, if they say it's due 15th, they are supposed to receive it when it comes on 15th. Since the office is closed when the deposit's due, they'll gather everything they've got by Monday.
I'm pretty sure they will accept it - no need to panic.

Just my thoughts.

Law School Admissions / Re: Accepted TODAY !!
« on: April 13, 2007, 07:19:18 PM »
only one accepted today on LSD? ???

Law School Admissions / Re: Masters GPA counted?
« on: April 13, 2007, 06:34:01 PM »
In our Master's program, the very worst you can do is a 2.7(B-)(they can't fail us, since it is a fixed 24-student 2-year class), so 3.3 is not that good. It's my fault cuz I didn't take it too seriously.

Anyways, thanks so much for the tips everyone!
I guess it'll pretty much depend on what you get on the LSAT. (Crossing my fingers for a 170, but who knows until you actually take one!)

Bumping this post after 2 years!

Seoul, Korea
Copenhagen, Denmark
Ottawa, Canada
Toronto, Canada

Moving to Virginia U.S. soon.

Don't have a favorite - they're all great places in their own way!

Canadian Law Students / Lower LSAT scores in Canadian Law schools
« on: April 13, 2007, 12:16:04 PM »
This boggled my mind for a while...

UT law school, one of the toughest to get in to in Canada, says they have an average LSAT score of 166 for the admitted students, which is like similarly equivalent to US schools ranking in mid 20's.

Why do you think this is?  ???
1. Knowing that Canadian law schools don't put too  much weight on the LSAT as much as GPAs, do applicants just don't bother as much in getting a +170 score,
2. the applicants in Canada just can't keep up with the high scores that the US counterparts achieve?

Any ideas?

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