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Incoming 1Ls / Re: LSAT reake
« on: April 17, 2008, 07:30:35 PM »
Do what I did last time I retook: move into an art gallery, read Martin Heidegger, listen to disco music, and drink beer. And score eight points better!

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Legal Writing: who has a leg-up?
« on: April 17, 2008, 07:25:40 PM »
Last year I spent six months working as a legal secretary. In that capacity I was often asked to proofread letters, pleadings, agreements, etc. from attorneys whose pedigrees ranged from from Yale to St. John's. Don't sweat it, folks. You can play this game.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Fordham Law Class of 2011
« on: April 17, 2008, 05:18:15 PM »
Try looking in Bushwick for apartments, preferably in the "East Williamsburg" area off the Morgan Avenue L line stop. Art galleries are going up all over the place, but rents are still cheap. There's occasional mob activity (I walked into a corner store to see its owner knee-deep in the extortion process; around the same time another store burned down, presumably because its owner didn't pay protection money). Then again, you'll pay significantly less in Bushwick area than you will in Park Slope. Not to mention you'll be 15 minutes from Manhattan.

Virus, how long did it take you to get that confirm email? I made the mistake of waiting until tax day eve to send, through the priority envelope should have cut through the red tape.

Or maybe Cornell figures I didn't demonstrate my gratitude for all the free stationary, and gave away my spot prematurely.

Thanks. I am going to track down that magnet if I have to take the Greyhound from Berkeley to Brooklyn.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Starting to study for next Fall?
« on: April 11, 2008, 12:45:32 PM »

Can someone tell me what sort of free stuff we get upon acceptance? I've been in South America, part of my acceptance stuff package wound up in an art gallery in Brooklyn and part made it to my parents in Vermont, and there's been absolutely no talk of binders, pens, stationery, or other free handouts in the .pdf attachments I've been reading in Peruvian internet cafes. Have I been robbed?

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Starting to study for next Fall?
« on: April 10, 2008, 12:23:34 PM »
Thanks much for your comments.

In general, what sort of background(s) did the pundits on this thread have before entering? I'm hoping to be able to relate study to the pair of jobs I've previously held in law firms, and the three pre-law classes I took in undergrad. I've also been out of school for 4 years, and am worried that I'll need a little more of a running start than someone coming straight from undergrad/grad school.

Is reading and relating (the latter of which hasn't been comprehensive by any means) fundamentally leading in the wrong direction, or is it to be dismissed simply because of its inefficiency? Lawyers bill in 5-minute increments, after all, and there are better ways to spend the summer.

There was another discussion on the board about multiple deposits... I would think twice before doing it, as LSDAS is supposedly calling folks out on it this year.

PollyMagoo: Numbers are genuine, though I took the LSAT twice (got a 161 the first time), and I was fortunate that Cornell appears to have taken the second score. I did have some "soft factors" that might have helped... my first published novel was compared to The Great Gatsby, I've done some legal research which will be turned into a publishable article later this summer, etc. Also, and probably more importantly, both myself and my parents are dead broke.

Though I've been advised elsewhere on the board that grants are likely to be higher at schools where the odds of acceptance are higher, financial aid as far as I can determine appears to be less of a numbers game and more of a crapshoot: I got far less aid at W & M, UC-H and BU, even adjusting for lower tuition costs, than I did at Cornell.

They seem pretty firm on their aid deadlines (I think they say to submit your paperwork by March 15th even if you haven't gotten accepted), which probably owes to the fact that they make aid awards for 3 years. I had all the info to them by mid-February. That said, they definitely allow some leeway on the 2007 tax returns provided you have all of your other documentation in place (after all, they were probably accepting ED folks, and proffering tentative aid packages, before filing 2007 returns was possible).

You should probably call Cornell's finaid office and explain your difficulties in obtaining that required info. The staff have been very helpful when I've spoken to them in the past.

Good luck.

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