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You may have come to expect these type of threads from me, but here's the "dilemma" I've thought about.  Should I think about it now?  Probably not.  Have I?  I have, and I would like to ask a few pre-law and law students.  Could you interpret my question in a pejorative way?  Yeah.  Should you?  Perhaps.

After reading too many online posts, Leiter's rankings, Ciolli, and virtually every other resource I could find from Mantauk to Turow, I almost feel obligated to pick CCN now that I've happily cracked it -- and, really, I couldn't be more grateful and thrilled.  Unfortunately, this feeling is more of an obligation than a choice.  Most resources tell students to go to the "best" school they can get into, and it seems like the conventional wisdom deflates any sense of accomplishment in having, say, Michigan if you have Columbia, or even Harvard.

(Even with money, sometimes.)

So, really, how significant is the difference between these two tiers?  Do they even exist?  (Some people say "no.")  I can't really wrap my mind around a terse, simple answer, and that's because, perhaps, there isn't one.

Law School Admissions / Deferred at Penn?
« on: January 22, 2008, 05:44:19 PM »
Yep.   :(  Maybe I'll send them something, but I just received a Michigan-esque type e-mail which told me they were holding my app until April.  "Although your credentials are impressive, we are limited in the amount of admission offers we can make at this point," or something to that effect (I'm paraphrasing with quotations).

Oh, well.

General Off-Topic Board / If You Could Live In Any Other Country?
« on: January 20, 2008, 11:08:34 PM »

It seems like they've maintained a trickle so far this cycle.  I don't know what to think.

General Off-Topic Board / I Miss Shivenstein
« on: January 19, 2008, 09:34:57 PM »
Ah, Ron, you were so brilliant, and you left us so young to go to Yale Law School.  Who will remain on LSD to tell us Rome wasn't built in a day?  Or urge us to go Ivy or bust?  And Wittgenstein?  I would have never picked up a copy of Tractatus if it wasn't for your exhortation.

You were the man, Shivenstein.  Let us honor you in silence.  Or, more accurately, the things of which we cannot speak we must pass over in silence.  ;)

I know you don't want to hear it but the LSAT is the key. With a score under 170 the options become very very bleak. An ivy league education is the goal!! "Rome wasn't built in a day" Please think about the June LSAT.


General Off-Topic Board / Is It Sunday Yet?
« on: January 17, 2008, 08:46:36 PM »
Two more days without the conference games?


I call:

Packers over Giants.
Patriots over Chargers.

Admit it.  You want a re-match of the 97 Super Bowl sans Bledsoe, too.

General Off-Topic Board / How Tall Are You?
« on: January 17, 2008, 06:26:37 PM »
I can never keep track, and it makes it difficult to imagine myself in some sort of room -- probably a bar -- talking to you.  I know we did this once before, but why not try again?  This thread is obviously voluntary.


I can't finalize my travel arrangements until I find a decent place.  Any ideas?  I want to spend no more than 80 bucks, if possible.

General Off-Topic Board / Read Turow's 1L. Can't Sleep.
« on: January 13, 2008, 08:57:11 PM »
I have to be on a city bus at 7 in the morning.  Darn his eloquent and informal recounting of his first year, and the people who told me that it would be light, easygoing reading!  Instead of being knocked cold by the steady prose, I feel as if I'll be up for a while.  (Confounding factor: my inability to sleep has a cause other than the book.)


Not surprisingly, most of his discussions seemed to jive with what I've heard from people on this forum.  Outlines, study groups, passive-aggressive professors like Plenini (sp?), and, of course, the dense cases with obscurantist (sp?) language.  I was shocked by his list of the elite schools, though, and the average LSAT scores of the admitted applicants.  That hasn't changed at all.  And his descriptions of OCI and the job market.

Hopefully, I think that I'm now ready to step back from all this LS stuff until August.

Any reactions?  I like to throw vague thoughts out here once in a while.

I can add write-on candidates.  We started this in the MAS thread.  If they're credible, give your reasons.  I think that there's been a variation on this topic in the past, but, hey, I'm bored and it's late and why not?

I will take you down if you don't want to participate, and feel free to articulate any other concerns.

ETA: I'm at the bottom, as a write-in candidate.

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