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Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: are you still on waitlist?
« on: August 14, 2008, 11:04:41 AM »
Not necessarily... I do know people who were called off the waitlist a day or two into orientation.

Still, don't rely on it.  Most waitlist students are chosen shortly after the June 1st/July 1st second deposit deadline. 

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Textbooks: School bookstore or amazon/
« on: August 14, 2008, 08:37:25 AM »
I just ordered my textbooks this morning through my school (UF) bookstore. I looked on Amazon and found that for the most part the prices were the same, but in some cases they were more expensive. The couple that were cheaper, it was only by a few dollars and I would have had to have waited up to 3 weeks for delivery. It could be that UF's bookstore doesn't add much of a premium or perhaps my professors chose such new versions of books that discounts were not yet available. Now of course I could have dug a little deeper into the internet, but I had heard so many people say that Amazon saved them considerable money and when I found this not to be the case I opted for the convenience of the campus bookstore. 

That's awesome.  I went to my school's bookstore and found that the used textbooks cost more than brand new textbooks online (using the B&N discount card).  The markup is just obscene.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: ABA Law School Division
« on: August 13, 2008, 11:48:45 AM »
The ABA Law Student Division is definitely worth its $25 membership fee. Its a great source for networking, you get access to ABA conferences/meetings, etc. Also, if you don't have health insurance or can't afford whatever plan your school offers, the ABA offers a discounted rate thru it. Plus you can join some of the other sections and get access to info specific to the area of law you are interested in.

And the weekly ABA e-journal kept me awake during con law every Friday morning.

Job Search / Re: NALP Guidelines for 2Ls
« on: August 12, 2008, 12:39:54 PM »
It's a little more complicated than that.

For any offers from firms with more than 40 attorneys that are made prior to Dec. 15th, you have 45 days or until Dec. 30th (whichever comes first) to make the decision (unless you've worked for the firm previously).  After the 45 days have elapsed, the offer expires.

If you receive an offer after Dec. 15th, you have two weeks to make a decision, after which the offer expires.

You are not to have more than 5 offers open at any time, if you get a sixth offer, you have 7 days in which to decline one offer.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: 4 schools
« on: August 12, 2008, 11:43:29 AM »
I can't help wondering the decisions going on between these four schools.  You have mentioned two top-tier schools and two 4th tier schools.  Why isn't there anything in between?

I would lean towards NESL over RW (particularly if you're seeking a job in Boston).  This is mainly from my experience with interns from NESL and RW.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: 4 schools
« on: August 12, 2008, 07:40:06 AM »
why avoid NE law school?

Not very highly ranked, so-so reputation.  Doesn't give grades, I believe, and many employers are skeptical of this. 

I'm pretty sure it's considered better than Roger Williams, but don't quote me.

New England School of Law gives grades; Northeastern University School of Law doesn't give grades (you get written evaluations).  

New England is a 4th tier school; Northeastern is ranked 88.  

I don't know which one you're talking about from your post, but they are two very different schools.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Had first lay prestige snub the other day
« on: August 11, 2008, 11:14:31 AM »
This is funny. I haven't yet gotten this response; it happens more for college.

I had a kind of funny incident along these lines during 1L.  A classmate was bragging about his undergrad and going on and on about how great his undergrad school was, without mentioning the school's name.  I was kind of tuning him out, but when he finally said where he went for undergrad, I totally cracked up.  We had both attended the same undergraduate institution.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Textbooks: School bookstore or amazon/
« on: August 11, 2008, 11:07:13 AM »
I tend to go through -- I think the membership card gets you 20% off textbooks.  You have to pay like $25/year for the membership card, but it beyond pays for itself when you get textbooks.  I've found that the used textbooks at my school's bookstore cost more than the new ones with the discount card. 

Always shop around -- you never know who will have the best price.  Also, the prices through Westlaw are around the same as, but you will earn Westlaw points for ordering (and there's also free shipping).

I know it seems obsurd to most of you, but to those with jobs, school, and a social its simply reality.

As for your last sentence, it's a big mistake to assume that YOUR reality is the reality of OTHERS. There are plenty of people who BUST ASS all day, and are successful, still have jobs, school, and social lives. You must not be able to do that. Work harder. Get to know some of these people and try to emulate their time management.

I also think that it's a mistake to assume that other people on this board haven't worked while in school.  I put myself through school, and this involved working full time while carrying a full courseload.  My LSAT and GPA were enough to get me a scholarship to a T100 school, and after first year I was able to transfer to a T28 school. 

You have no way of knowing how hard other students have worked to get where they are, and to assume that those who have gotten higher LSATs and GPAs must have had it easier than you is pure vainglory. 

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