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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Ohio Law Schools
« on: July 19, 2007, 03:55:24 PM »
There are a lot of law schools in Ohio, but none of them are top-ranked.  Ohio State is probably the best, with Cincinnati and Case Reserve close behind.  The edge between the latter two goes to Cincinnati for much lower tuition.
In the next category are Toledo and Cleveland-Marshall.  Neither is that hard to get in to, but they both have supportive atmospheres and quality self-perceptions.
Akron, Capitol, Dayton, and Ohio Northern are the Tier 4 schools of Ohio.  I don't know anything about Dayton, but I know graduates of Capital, Northern, and Akron.  Of the three, I would take Ohio Northern if they gave me a lot of money.  Otherwise, I would take the public tuition at Akron.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: FIU or Case Western?
« on: July 15, 2007, 09:08:46 PM »
An earlier poster said that Case Western is not on any borders.  Of course it is.  Cleveland is a short drive from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Buffalo, New York, not to mention Detroit, Michigan.  It is much, much more heard of across the country and far more prestigious in general than FIU will ever be within the lifetime of anyone now posting.  Case is one of the top fifty or sixty universities in America.
The law school is a weak link in their academic scheme, though.  In your case, FIU may be the better choice.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: PSU PT vs. Duquesne
« on: July 10, 2007, 08:06:51 PM »
Take Pitt over PSU.  It has a cosmopolitan environment and a superior reputation.  If you are not from PA, you might be surprised to learn that many educated people there think Pitt is a better university in general.


I have read this line of commentary for a year now without contributing.  I have felt your pain, and my hopes and dreams have been with you.  Well, I may be exaggerating, but I like most of you better than I like the typical person on LSD.  You know, those who got great grades and LSAT scores among the top 10% and still agonize over what law school will give them the love they deserve.  Poor lost children, they are so insecure.

Down here in the real world, I was shocked to learn that law schools and their evil consortium, LSAC, cared more about my interesting career as an undergraduate in the 1970s than they did about my redemption at my BA school in the 80s and MA and doctoral study at a member of the American Association of Universities, i.e., one of the top 62 research universities in North America.

I took the LSAT on prescribed Vicodin a month after major surgery.  I thought that was an excuse until I took the f$$%ing practice test a year later and did worse.  I got a 760(98%ile) on the verbal GRE and a 690 (89%ile) on the analytical.  Why did I get a 159 (79%ile) on the LSAT?

You know why.  The LSAT is evil.

The attorney who convinced me to go to law school graduated from Texas Tech.  He got a 153 on his LSAT, though his undergraduate grades were better than mine.  He wants me to join him in his multi-state law practice.

When I broke the news to my friends and colleagues they were supportive.  The only scepticism came from a colleague whose wife went to law school at Capital.  He told me I would have to work mine arse off. I didn't dare tell him that I was smarter than that.  My colleagues who went to Duquesne and Ohio Northern Law told me I could do it.  The guy who went to ONU deliberately retired from his law practice.  He is much happier now.

The lawyer from Duquesne has two engineering degrees from Pitt and Carnegie-Mellon.  He makes a lot of money once or twice a year, and I do mean a lot.

We should all rejoice and laugh.

I will be at Cleveland-Marshall.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: The Most Lawyerly Beverage
« on: June 29, 2007, 04:31:35 PM »
One does not add water to a truly fine whiskey or whisky, unless it is a mere splash to bring out the nose.  Thus, I had to say Tequila shots.  I also had to spell it correctly.

I have had drinks with several members of the Bar.  Their most common choice was, "I'll have what he's buying."

In mixed company, attorneys are usually the one who order drinks first.  Once they do that, everyone else knows they are entitled to request alcoholic beverages.

The two lawyers I know best prefer sloe gin fizzes and tequila shooters, respectively.  The last time I got drunk with an attorney, and that was not so long ago, he filled glasses halfway up with Cuervo Gold, dumped in some club soda, covered them with a cloth, pounded them on the table, and handed the foaming result over to be slammed.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Law movies
« on: May 07, 2007, 07:19:20 PM »
Poor White Trash.  That really is the title of a film.  It is hilarious in its modest way.

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