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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Where did the time go?
« on: July 25, 2008, 01:06:07 PM »
maddie, i can sympathize. i've been living with my parents for the last two months too! painful at times... i've been avoiding them by spending all my free time exercising and going out drinking. i've managed to lose 13 lbs.-- all while drinking 4-5 nights a week.

that said, now that it's time to leave my parents' place, there is some sick and twisted part of me that is going to miss it!

I know how you feel.  My parents don't really care what I do, so for right now it's a decent feeling to be responsibility-free.  :)  It will be ending just in time though!!!

Are you going to be living alone or with roommates?

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Job Search / Re: A question for people working in Biglaw...
« on: July 25, 2008, 10:39:57 AM »
Well I'm going to school in Philly which is why I have researched the market a bit.  :)

I actually kind of like it.  The nice part is like a condensed version of New York, but less pretentious.  (I'm from NY originally... love it, but it can be a bit pretentious.)

I'm from NY too...and yea, it could be pretentious, but I love NYC. Plus, there are just more firms here and more practice areas to get into (especially for me, since I have lofty dreams of doing some type of Entertainment law ---though not straight out of ls)

I love NYC, point by point I prefer it to Philly by far for the long term.  :)  My *hope* is that it was the just-out-of-college scene that was the problem.  I found it dominated by first year analysts who think they own the world.  Having dated one of those, I had my fill of that scene.  ;)

But there is definitely a greater diversity in terms of practice areas.  And better Asian food.  :)

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Job Search / Re: A question for people working in Biglaw...
« on: July 25, 2008, 10:30:38 AM »
Well I'm going to school in Philly which is why I have researched the market a bit.  :)

I actually kind of like it.  The nice part is like a condensed version of New York, but less pretentious.  (I'm from NY originally... love it, but it can be a bit pretentious.)

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Job Search / Re: A question for people working in Biglaw...
« on: July 25, 2008, 10:14:16 AM »
tag.

What type of people love it?  Good writers who are fond of detail?

Also, I would love to hear some discussion of BigLaw salaries in Chicago.

Don't most Chi firms pay market (ie 160k) in Chi?  And, they have a lower COL than NY and homes are more afordable.



Yeah, Chicago or DC seem like they pay the same as NYC but are much cheaper. What about Philly firms? Philly's COL seems pretty cheap.

Philly Biglaw does not pay 160K... I think it is a 135-145K range.  I have looked at the Philly firms on the NALP site and that's what it appears. COL in Philly is amazingly low though, compared to NY and even to Boston and DC.

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: probably different at all the schools but...
« on: July 24, 2008, 11:45:11 AM »
Do people have their class schedules yet?  I feel like I'm not getting much in the way of communication from my school, and orientation is less than a month away!

I'm in the same boat. However, FSU has told me that they're basically not moving on much of anything until the start of August. At least I know the lack of progress in July is part of the plan.

I assume it's the same for Temple.  I'm not concerned, more just eager to get information.  :)

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Where did the time go?
« on: July 24, 2008, 09:56:46 AM »
For me it's more like...finally! This summer has been rather long and boring. 

Cosigned.

Agreed.  I've been living with my parents for the past two months after two years of living on my own out of college.  My lease ended early.  :(  Believe it or not, I will miss my parents!  But another big concern now is living like a student again after two years with a full time job!  No more shopping!  ;)

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: probably different at all the schools but...
« on: July 24, 2008, 09:54:10 AM »
Do people have their class schedules yet?  I feel like I'm not getting much in the way of communication from my school, and orientation is less than a month away!

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: is it just me?
« on: July 24, 2008, 09:52:34 AM »
I kind of like "pet peeve" threads though.   ;)  Sometimes they can be funny.

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Law School Admissions / Re: Semi-Splitter...
« on: July 23, 2008, 10:08:06 PM »
Your list seems like a pretty good range.  My best advice is just not to waste money on places you wouldn't be happy attending.  I applied to wayyyy too many schools, just to have some guaranteed acceptances, but looking back I should have applied to fewer schools and saved the time.

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Law School Admissions / Re: Am i a URM?
« on: July 23, 2008, 10:05:20 PM »
I'm just making an observation for future applicants to put their numbers in perspective.

Everyone should keep their numbers in perspective and not assume anything. Because it's not a guaranteed bump for all AA's or NA's either. But I still disagree that the boost for Hispanics is as small as you're making it out to be, and I don't necessarily think LSN is representative of URM's experience. Also different schools view Hispanics differently (some do seem to only give a boost to Mexicans, others are broader). 

I guess it could be that I just applied to all of the schools in America that did not need Puerto Ricans.  :)

All kidding aside, where I saw the most pronounced difference between myself and a non-URM applicant was in scholarship offers rather than acceptances, which is admittedly not a trivial difference.  I feel like my acceptances were all basically ballpark for my numbers, but I was offered more money at some places than I feel my numbers warranted.

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