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Law School Applications / Re: Are these considered soft factors?
« on: November 26, 2008, 03:19:50 PM »
You want them to know anything and everything they can possibly know about you.  If there's room, put it on the app if you're actively involved in it.  The questions are pretty straight forward from what I remember... Job (type, hours, duration), Extra currics (leadership?, amount of time devoted, etc).  Just give them what they ask for :) 



Credited.  And while soft factors are just that, soft, I think mine helped me considerably, fwiw.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: How Does This List Look?!
« on: November 25, 2008, 10:30:31 PM »
Kasm is right:  without any specifics (LSAT, GPA, Softs), we cannot make a determination.

LSN is the base-line research tool for this kind of thing, so you may want to start there.

Also ditto on Kasm's point of high numbers and unique softs.  Softs are only helpful if they make you stand out.  Numbers are the most important.

Good luck!

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Studying and Exam Taking / GMU Students Prof. Somin
« on: November 25, 2008, 09:52:14 PM »
Hi everyone!!

I was just wondering if anyone had access to any outlines or old exams for Prof. Somin's property class.  He is visiting us this semester, and didn't bring any old exams with him.

Thanks so much for any help you can give!

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General Board / Re: Be Careful How You Represent Yourself!
« on: November 25, 2008, 08:58:50 PM »
I think he was right not to reconcile two decisions he made.  It was a baited question.

And I like that he went no further regarding the conferences than anyone has already.  He preserved some mystery there.

Well, on the latter, I think he could have at least thrown us a bone--a funny story or something.  And that's why I asked about the Q&A--I was the one who submitted the question about Raich and Lopez.  I was genuinely curious about what he would say, and I was disappointed when he didn't answer. 

It was a good question, but I knew he wasn't going to answer.  He did something similar in Philly. 

Wanna PM me with what school you go to?  I may have met you and not known it!

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General Board / Re: Be Careful How You Represent Yourself!
« on: November 25, 2008, 08:46:51 PM »
I think he was right not to reconcile two decisions he made.  It was a baited question.

And I like that he went no further regarding the conferences than anyone has already.  He preserved some mystery there.

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General Board / Re: Be Careful How You Represent Yourself!
« on: November 25, 2008, 08:40:56 PM »
What did you think of the Scalia Q&A?  I was there, too. 

He is disarmingly intelligent, and it was fun to watch.  I saw him in Philly a few months ago and he was angrier then.  I thought he was right not to answer certain things, and that it showed a lot of respect for his colleagues on the Court.

I hear he is a bit of an enigma in that either calm Scalia shows up or angry Scalia.  It was really awesome to see though.

I have such a man crush...

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General Board / Re: Be Careful How You Represent Yourself!
« on: November 25, 2008, 03:27:28 PM »
I'm pretty sure they had been drinking, but yeah, they caused a bad scene. Would not shut up.  Dirty/bad/not funny jokes.  Cracks at my law school (yep).

It was NOT cool!

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General Board / Re: Be Careful How You Represent Yourself!
« on: November 25, 2008, 02:42:57 PM »
Be careful about judging a school based on one or two students. Every school has its share of treats and tools.

I specifically said in the post that I know that their conduct doesn't speak to the larger SMU population. 

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General Board / Be Careful How You Represent Yourself!
« on: November 25, 2008, 02:18:35 PM »
Ok, a little story for you all:

This past weekend, I and some classmates were volunteering at the Federalist Society convention in DC.  It was an awesome event, and a real highlight was a speech by Justice Scalia.

Well, during the whole time he was speaking, 2 other volunteers from SMU (we all had name tags with our school) were talking loudly, making rude jokes, and being disruptive (Judge O'Scannlian's son even made faces for them to stop).

So, at an event with some of the most influential conservative legal minds in the country, these two were representing themselves, and their school, as boorish.  Now, I am not holding their behavior to apply to every SMU student.  I'm not that dumb.

And on the flip side, a student from Cooley asked a really insightful question during a panel, and increased my respect for that institution.  He really carried himself with a lot of poise, and it made a difference in how he was received.

I'm just reminding people that, when you are someplace representing your school, you should make sure to behave in a way that will be favorable to you and your school.  This should be basic, but I figured, with 1L job search approaching, I would bring it up in hopes of making some people give it some thought.





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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Visited Penn
« on: November 25, 2008, 09:49:11 AM »
Soo...one of my dear classmates (you know who you are) informed me that my post may have been less than helpful.  I will fix it now...

I got no aid or scholarship.  My lack in scholarship can be attributed to my having applied ED and my having numbers that really are too low for any sort of merit money anyway.  ED in itself cuts the chances of merit money because they don't have to entice you to come to Penn because you have signed a contract saying you would.  Numbers have an impact too - only those at or near the top get merit money.

As to aid, when taken with my parents' income, I was not deemed to have the need for any grants.  I know a lot of ED people who did get aid though - aid is different than scholarship as far as ED goes.  Because aid is based solely on need, they give the same regardless of ED status so long as you can demonstrate a need.  I couldn't.

I hope that's better.   :)

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