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^ subject fixt.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Temple University 2011
« on: April 09, 2008, 03:47:19 PM »
Sent in my deposit today.  There's a facebook group, by the way.

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Law School Applications / Re: Withdrew TODAY !!
« on: April 09, 2008, 03:03:03 PM »
BC, William & Mary, and GW.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: ND ($) vs Temple ($$$$)
« on: April 08, 2008, 06:26:41 PM »
I don't think Temple would be easy per se, and there is no doubt a major random element to law school grading.  But that being said, the person posting is technically right that you are more likely to do better at a school where your LSAT score is in the top 25% than where it is in the bottom 25%.  There are plenty and plenty of exceptions, but the reason that schools use the LSAT anyway is because it is at least modestly accurate at predicting your first year grades.  I would not base everything on this strategy, because, like I said, there are so many random elements in the grading process.....but it can be a consideration for sure.

To the poster who wrote about ND being a great long term investment -- maybe, maybe not.  It's a better investment if you are dead-set on BIGLAW -- more firms hire ND folks than Temple grads.  But remember the poster was interested mainly in PI and possibly academics.  PI organizations are not nearly as school name obsessed as BIGLAW firms are and the difference in price would probably be $800 a month or so for at least the next 10 years.  That's real money and I think there is a perfectly reasonable case to be made that you won't be any better worse off going into PI coming from Temple than coming from ND.  But again, just my opinion......

fixt.

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Law School Applications / Re: What's going on with BU?
« on: April 08, 2008, 12:20:18 PM »
This is off-topic, but newjaytdot is rockin' a top model pose in that 'tar.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: ND ($) vs Temple ($$$$)
« on: April 08, 2008, 12:13:34 PM »
I agree with what some of the other have said so far.  I don't think ND gives you a huge leg-up when it comes to legal academia, and I also know that Temple is a great place to do public interest law (and not just because you'd graduate with far less debt).

Let me add the obvious: your decision depends on whether or not you'd rather be in a major city, and it also depends on where you want to practice.  On a less obvious but related note, consider the large number of work/internship opportunities available to you in the Philly legal market, especially with respect to non-profits and government.  Given your interest in PI, it's not a small consideration.

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I enjoyed visiting GW, but in the end, I am still in all likelihood not going to attend.  The main reason is cost.  I was able to stop by the financial aid office at GW and get my estimated award (need-based).  While it was nice to get some grant aid, I would still have to take on roughly $150,000 in debt to attend GW.  I'm not wild about DC as a city (résumé-building opportunities aside), I would rather not have to contemplate Biglaw just to pay off debt, and I am 99% certain that I want to practice here in Philly.  For those reasons, the full ride Temple is offering is just too good to pass up.

That said, GW is clearly a great school that provides tremendous opportunities for its smart (and very enthusiastic) students.  The quality of life at GW Law is obviously pretty high.  The facilities are also very nice, and even though I don't like DC, going to law school there just exposes you to all kinds of interesting internship opportunities during the school year.

The negatives:
-Anne Richard seemed annoyed, or at least unenthusiastic, about dealing with the visiting students.  Hello!  It's your job to make me want to come here!  I worried that this might have be symptomatic of a larger problem among the administration.
-The class I sat in on was a bit painful (Property with Overton).  The students were clearly engaged and on point; the professor just droned.  I wouldn't have read so much into one boring class if I hadn't also been told over and over again during the day about GW's emphasis on teaching.
-Not a lot of diversity at GW, as far as I could tell.  Maybe the evening students are different, but I wouldn't be interacting with them anyway.
-Again, the money.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Motivational Pictures
« on: April 03, 2008, 02:24:21 PM »

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http://www.apple.com/macbook/

recent PC convert here.

I totally agree with Elroy, but you should check your school's requirements first.  If you don't want to deal with the hassle of renting a laptop for exams, you might want to stick with a PC, as many schools don't support Macs. :(

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Law School Applications / Re: Top 14 vs everyone else
« on: April 01, 2008, 03:56:39 PM »
Someone needs to rickroll this thread.

Stewie got a high GPA at an ivy-league school so he doesn't like talking about this.


LOL.  Nah, I just love a good rickroll...

Check out the new burrito Chipotle is introducing next month- bison and brown rice? Gross.

WSJ.com: Chipotle Introduces New Plains Burrito

...and here we have one!  Lobstah, you're my hero. <3

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