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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Syracuse Law: Past, Present and Future
« on: February 28, 2009, 03:39:34 PM »
I strongly disagree.  I have not taken a survey of the NY legal world but the students and attorneys who I have spoken with put Syracuse ahead of Buffalo.  If you're unclear about this ask yourself a question: if Buffalo was 43k a year would anyone attend? answer--NO.  Many view it as a gimmick school that only draws applicants because of its cheap SUNY tuition.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Syracuse Law: Past, Present and Future
« on: February 28, 2009, 03:20:45 PM »
First off for a midsize northern city Syracuse isn't bad.  It's not NYC or Boston but it has every thing you need from nightlife to entertainment, plus cost of living is low.  If you're from a big city or the beach it certainly might not be your cup of tea.  I have visited and I don't see why people bag on it so much.

As for the school they will begin construction on a new library either this spring or the next.  It's supposed to be state of the art and will make up for the lackluster library they have now.  As for rankings, they have insane money and judging by scholarship offers they are finally willing to through it around to get good students.  The school itself is in the process of a 1billion fundraising plan so expect more improvements. 

As for me the decision will come down to Syracuse, Hofstra, or Buffalo.  I'm leaning toward Syracuse because they are better regarded than the others.  Hope some of this helps

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Affirmative Action / challenge to urm's
« on: December 16, 2008, 08:51:22 PM »
I challenge all urm's to leave their race/ethnicity blank.  This way we will finally have a cycle where only the deserving get in.  As for the argument that urm status has put you at a disadvantage I point out that your aren't attending poorly funded city schools, you are attending colleges, which for the most part have amazing resources and funding.  The only urm's that should mark their status are those who have actually been slaves.  It is time that everyone should be judged on their merits and not on a rascist policy like AA.  Although I feel my challenge is just I am sure it will not be accepted, to many people are ok with acception handouts.

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Meta Discussion / why can't i reply?
« on: December 06, 2008, 05:45:20 PM »
I can start new topics without a problem but lately whenever I try to reply to other posts it won't write.  The cursor also starts smaller than normal (not the standard size).  I would appreciate any help as to why this is happening.

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Studying for the LSAT / has anyone recieved oct 08 lsat yet?
« on: December 02, 2008, 04:53:37 PM »
lsac told me they would be in by late november, but they are worthless when it comes to reliability.  Has anyone gotten theirs yet?

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Law School Applications / cornell app
« on: November 18, 2008, 11:01:51 PM »
They don't ask for a ps, but yet have an obnoxious section on who inspired you to apply to cornell and a 'why cornell' question.  Do I attach my ps anyways or do I write it out on the actuall app?  Thanks for any help

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Personal Statement / 28 words over. does it matter?
« on: November 10, 2008, 07:43:29 PM »
GW's optional statement calls for 300 or less.  Not over by much (+28), so should I cut it down or does it not matter because adcomms dont care about personal statements and optional essays anyways.

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Law School Applications / should I wait to start apps
« on: November 02, 2008, 12:50:54 PM »
I am taking the December lsat so any chances of early application are already gone.  Would I be better served to get my applications in now so all I have to do is add my lsat score to go complete or should I hold off on ps, addendums, etc. unitl after the lsat so I can focus on studying for the test?  My winter break starts December 10th so I can give a lot more attention to the applicaiton process then, while I wait for my score than I can now.  Thanks in advance for any advice

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Personal Statement / which angle is best?
« on: October 28, 2008, 06:54:07 PM »
I don't want to clutter my ps with too much information about my life and reading over some statements it seems that a narrower focus leads to a better read.  That being said I was wondering which angle I should focus on.  Heres the list:

-Non-trad (27)
-returned to school at 23
-engaged and live in house with fiancee which we are currently fixing up
-semester abroad, London
-internship at a legal aid which turned me on to law (I like the idea of helping the disadvantaged)
-worked throughout school (no exciting jobs though)
-solo back packing trip through Europe in summer of 2002
-all-around swell guy

Sorry, but this is as exciting as my life gets...and yes, I am aware that it is a bummer.  Thanks in advance for any imput as to which way I should go with this thing.

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Law School Applications / which schools do fee waivers?
« on: October 28, 2008, 06:22:45 PM »
I just got approved for a fee waiver from lsdas and was wondering if anyone knew of a list of schools that honor the fee waiver.  I am of course assuming this is the way it works so if there is any other criteria for schools deciding that would be helpful, thanks in advance.

ps- 80 bucks an app is a crime and just goes to show that the first lesson a college teaches is greed!

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