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Transferring / Re: T4 to T1
« on: August 10, 2008, 12:05:21 PM »
Wow, your post really gave me pause.

The top tier is generally considered schools ranked 1-50, but you're right, according to U.S. News & World Report, all schools in the top 100 are in the top tier.  I knew they were changing to a ranking the top 100 and then having tier 3 and tier 4, but I hadn't realized that this made the second tier schools top tier schools.  So, umm... it seems that I'm transferring from a T1 school to another T1 school.  Woo-hoo!!!!

That said, yours is a tough decision to make -- I would really focus on job prospects and not on the ranking alone.  Are you more likely to get a job at the top of your T4 school than you are in the middle to bottom of U of H? (I'm not assuming that you will end up at the middle or bottom of U of H, it's just that a lot of 2L recruitment takes place before you have a GPA at your new school, so quite often you will be considered as being in the middle of the heap, or since you are losing your GPA/class rank, you are risking ending up at the bottom of the heap.  You never know what will happen in those next two years.)

Also, beyond that -- I would probably take the whole "tier one" status thing with a grain of salt.  A lot of people will still consider anything outside of the top 50 a tier two school (even though tier two technically does not exist).  (Not that 55 isn't pretty darn close to 50.)

Transferring / Re: Dismissal and Re-Application
« on: August 05, 2008, 08:28:58 AM »
I think that LSAT scores expire after 5 years. 

I would also recommend putting some time between your dismissal and re-applying.  Any school considering your application wants to know that you will succeed at their school.  You need to show the law school that you are applying to that, despite having been dismissed from a previous law school, you can succeed and be a very good law student.

I do not think that reapplying the next year would send that signal.  The school will probably want you to have achieved some level of perspective, some understanding as to why you were dismissed and as to what you need to change about yourself in order to succeed.  They will also probably want to see proof that you have changed in such a way as to ensure success at a new law school.  This all takes time.

It's wonderful that you plan to re-apply, and I would recommend doing some googling because there are many other students in your shoes.  I would also fully consider why you were dismissed, and why you want to go back. 

You also need to consider that law may not be the right choice for you -- as terrible as that sounds -- because if you don't consider it, then you're really not making a well-informed decision about returning to law school.  Your school sent you a powerful message, and you need to demonstrate to other law schools that you heard it, fully considered it, and are ready to prove yourself.  Above all, you need to make sure that this is the right choice for you.

Lots of luck with all of this.  It's tough, but there is an Emerson quote that I think sums it up best. "Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail."

Current Law Students / Re: Backpacks
« on: August 05, 2008, 08:07:04 AM »
I used a Jansport Airlift backpack which had a padded sleeve that fit my 15" MacBookPro, two large pockets, one medium pocket, one small pocket, and a little pocket for my iPod.  (There was also this neat inside pocket where I could stash things that I didn't need normally, but were nice to have on hand at times.)

The airlift straps were really comfortable, and I had very little back pain after the first two weeks of the school year.

The closest I can find to it is the JanSport Air Cure, which seems to only be available in powder blue/grey and runs $79.

I googled 'jansport air cure' and found better prices and colors.  One place (Mountain Sports) is selling it for $40.

Transferring / Re: Anyone got into/still waiting on BU?
« on: August 04, 2008, 01:36:46 PM »
I was accepted by mail.  At this point, though, I'd imagine they'd call.

BU doesn't ask accepted transfer students for a deposit.  They only require a signed form.  The deadline for my response was a couple weeks back, but I imagine that it's flexible, based upon when people are admitted.

Current Law Students / Re: Serial Comma?
« on: July 30, 2008, 12:49:05 PM »
How do you feel about the serial comma and why?

I've also heard it referred to as the Oxford comma.

I think it's a very good thing -- it clearly distinguishes the separate items within a list.  This can be helpful if you have a sentence like, "Susie had salmon, bread and butter, and salad for dinner."  This looks much better than "Susie had salmon, bread and butter and salad for dinner."  I think it also gets the meaning across better.

Of course, the other option is just saying "bread with butter" or "buttered bread." 

The main thing is to be consistent.  If you are going to skip the comma, skip it throughout the entire document.  If you are going to use the comma, use it throughout the entire document.

Transferring / Re: T3 or low T2?
« on: July 30, 2008, 12:44:03 PM »
I'm at Pace right now, but I am moving into the city (closer to Queens). I am definitely happy at my current school but I just think I'm gonna hate the commute in and out of the city to westchester. I don't know how much better the opportunities would be at STJ or how strong the alumni network is in the city, but I'd imagine it's stronger than Pace, considering Pace has (or appears) its strongest ties to White Plains and Westchester County.

It sounds like you have very good reasons for transferring (even apart from the ranking).  If you're in and you want to do it, go for it.  Lots of luck!

Transferring / Re: T3 or low T2?
« on: July 30, 2008, 08:36:57 AM »
almost legal - sorry I was actually referring to St John's...

Don't be sorry!  Where are you currently in school? 

I would focus on the job recruitment differences -- see what percentages of graduates have jobs upon graduation, and I would also look into the alumni network.  St. John's is in a big market, but there are a ton of better ranked law schools there, so ranking alone probably isn't enough of a reason.

Also, what are you looking for in the next two years of law school?  Are you happy at your current law school?

Current Law Students / Re: book totin' question
« on: July 21, 2008, 07:12:05 PM »
I got this bag and used it in Europe, and it was horribly painful, so I think I'll use it in law school too (was the reason I bought a bag with a laptop compartment in the first place):

... or something similar.  disc, they have some patterns that aren't horrible..?  I could see you rocking maybe the red plaid one, or if you get the wheeled version there is a brown plaid.

We shall scour the internet and find you something practical and yet dischord-y.

Random, I'm confused by the bolded.  Although, you know, law school IS all about masochism  ;)

I think I could do this, I'd feel like I was on Safari:

Yeah, I've been looking on Etsy, and while I've found some stuff that LOOKS awesome, none of it looks ergonomically sound. 

If you go to, you can search for backpacks by material and color.  They also have user reviews.

Current Law Students / Re: Tablet PC or Notebook?
« on: July 20, 2008, 04:53:01 PM »
I would recommend against the Tablet PC.  Apart from the whole drawing graphs thing, I don't think it would help in the long run.  You will, most likely, be typing your exams, so if you're not a fast typist you will want to get used to typing and improve your typing prior to exam time. 

Also, you can get an attachment for your laptop which allows you to draw and such (like a tablet would allow you to).  Check this link and or around $130 you can get an attachment that allows you to write or draw on your laptop.

Current Law Students / Re: book totin' question
« on: July 20, 2008, 04:48:37 PM »
You will want your books most likely, but you can get your books unbound (they take the pages out of the binding, then they punch holes into the pages, you keep the book in a large three ring binder at home, and you transport the necessary pages to class in a smaller three hole binder). 

There is always the wheelie bag option, but I wouldn't recommend it.  Get a good bookbag with two straps and a fair amount of cushioning (I love Jansport's airlift straps, others get North Face, LL Bean, etc.).  A friend who used the wheelie bag option actually had worse back damage, apparently the twisting of the spine and the positioning of the bag really messes with your spinal alignment and puts a lot of stress on your neck.  (She actually is in physical therapy post 1L year.)

I didn't have my books unbound, I used a two-strap bookbag, and my back was fine following the initial adjustment period (the first 2 weeks when your shoulders will hurt).

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