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Studying for the LSAT / Re: December 16
« on: December 13, 2007, 09:49:42 AM »
Children's Milk= Waste  Margaret Thatcher is a Saint, karma, A SAINT

Agreed.  To quote Homer Simpson, "I believe the children are our future...unless we stop them now!"

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Thank Jebus for this thread.  My boyfriend of two years and I are both applying to school right now: I to law school, and he to design school (for his master's in landscape architecture).  We live in Philly now, and we're both dead-set on staying in or close to the Northeast, which is good.  However, he's only applying to three schools - UVA, Penn, and Harvard, which are not exactly easy to get into, for either of us.  I may have the numbers for the first two, but I seriously doubt Harvard will be within my reach.  To try to at least minimize the potential distance, I'm applying to a range of schools from Boston to Charlottesville (BC, BU, Fordham, NYU maybe, Penn, Temple, GULC, GW, and UVA are on the list right now).

But it's tough.  The application process for design schools is as qualitative as the law school app process is quantitative, so it's extremely difficult to say what will happen for him.  On the other hand, things will become pretty clear for me once the December LSAT scores are released.  Is anyone else in this boat (or a similar vessel)?

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Temple Visit
« on: December 11, 2007, 09:05:28 PM »
Is living right next to campus really that important to you?  I sense that it may be from your general reaction.  If so, Temple is definitely not for you.  Being a Philadelphian, Temple is high on my list, but it ain't because it's in a nice part of town.  Still, it's a great school, particularly considering how inexpensive it is.  I'm guessing you'd qualify for in-state, which makes it really cheap, by law school standards.

I think you should definitely consider visiting again if you decide to apply there and/or get in.  Philly has so much more going for it than you've seen.

I live right next to campus now, as an undergrad, and I never really considered it that important. But yeah, it's definitely convenient. I have to agree that it seems like a very good school, though. And I actually talked to the admission rep about getting in-state. Apparently it would be very difficult if I waited to apply for a few years, which is the current plan. PA is one of the hardest states to have/get residency in. I'm only a PA resident until I graduate, and that's because my parents still live here. Once I graduate and go wherever I go, I lose it. So she told me I most likely would not get in-state tuition for the first year, and it would be tough to get it the following 2 years, as well.

What are some places I should visit the next time I make the trek there? I really want to like Philadelphia. I don't want to live or go to law school in Pittsburgh, but it would be nice to stay in PA to be somewhat close to family, and Philly is the only other big city here.

Wow, there are so many places I could tell you.  Obviously, if you haven't been to any of Philly's museums, you should check those out, especially the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Academy of Natural Science, the Franklin Institute, and the Mutter Museum.  In terms of neighborhoods, Rittenhouse Square is a great part of town in which to eat, go shopping, grab a beer (if you're 21, of course), or just walk around.  You should go to the Italian Market section (9th Street between Christian and Wharton, more or less), you should go to South Street (east of 7th) for local flavor, and you should check out Old City as well.  Those parts of town would give you a great feel for the city.  THAT'S the Philly you'd likely be spending most of your not-at-school time in, anyway, not North Philly.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Didn't they get the memo? I'm GAY!
« on: December 11, 2007, 02:41:48 PM »

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this is off topic but the OP is HOT :-)

Seconded. Although...are you wearing a little base there, guy?

Geez...I'm not wearing makeup! 
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It must be your sun-kissed glow, then. :D

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Temple Visit
« on: December 11, 2007, 01:17:36 PM »
I'm looking into law school for an '09 start (possibly later, even), but since I was back in PA for the holidays I took the trek up to Temple yesterday from Pittsburgh.

First, a caveat: I have never liked Philadelphia. I'd been there a few times when I was younger, and I'm sure some of it is psychological because as a very young Pittsburgher I was trained to loathe the other side of our fair state, but I just think it's dirty, smelly, and just a bigger, uglier version of Pittsburgh. I've been to the Center City, I've been to the historic sites, and it just doesn't grab me.

Anyway, after fitting in some time for sightseeing, we went over to the admissions office, which is in a beautiful newer building. Unfortunately, that building houses only administrative offices and a few classrooms, but it was still pretty to look at nonetheless. The admissions staff was friendly. We went on a tour with an admissions officer and since exams were going on, there were a lot of rooms that were off limits, but I got the general gist of the place.

The law school building proper was nice. Lots of technology in all of the classrooms, including a few nice rooms exclusively for their lauded Trial Advocacy program. The library seems a bit outdated, but is seven floors, so it wasn't small.

I would still think of applying there, I suppose.. but ultimately I was so turned off by the surrounding area that I seriously doubt I would go there unless my options were limited. I go to school in Chicago now so I've seen rough parts of town before, but my current campus is in a very decent part of that city. It just was not a very pleasant place to be. Everything was run-down, there were very suspicious looking people on the sidewalks, and there wasn't much to do in the area. The admissions staffer told me that most of their law students live in Center City and commute here, and I can see why. The area did little to soothe my Philly-hating ways.

It was my first law school visit, and it did scare the crap out of me in some ways. But onward and upward.

Is living right next to campus really that important to you?  I sense that it may be from your general reaction.  If so, Temple is definitely not for you.  Being a Philadelphian, Temple is high on my list, but it ain't because it's in a nice part of town.  Still, it's a great school, particularly considering how inexpensive it is.  I'm guessing you'd qualify for in-state, which makes it really cheap, by law school standards.

I think you should definitely consider visiting again if you decide to apply there and/or get in.  Philly has so much more going for it than you've seen.

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From the LSAC website:

"The Law School Admission Council offices will be closed from December 22, 2007 through January 1, 2008. The LSAC.org website will available. Users should make every effort to resolve time-critical activities that may require assistance, such as file holds, testing accommodations, or electronic applications, by the close of business on December 21."

Now why would they hold the December LSAT scores for 10 days while the offices are closed for the holidays and few if any of the LSAC folks working...

Agreed.  Here's hoping you're right!

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