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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Starting to study for next Fall?
« on: April 09, 2008, 04:36:02 PM »
Do you think you'll read any of the course material? I have access to an older 1L curriculum and am weighing the relative benefits and lack thereof of mastering the material before entering.

Incoming 1Ls / Starting to study for next Fall?
« on: April 09, 2008, 04:14:52 PM »
Who's commencing study for next Fall now - and for those who are, how are you attacking the subject material?

Any and all advice on how to go about this would be greatly appreciated.

Am 95% sure I'll be at Cornell next year.

dekocards: that's difficult. My sense is that Cornell has a better "reputation" but 30k a year is a lot of money. Folks were telling me to take Cornell over Penn or Mich if circumstances allowed, as whatever marginal loss in prestige existed wasn't worth giving up the 75k grant that Cornell ultimately offered me.

Got my aid package 10 days after my letter of acceptance, which in turn came in the mail 4 days after Cornell emailed me the acceptance decision. I've heard divergent reports about this, though, especially for folks who had issues with their financial aid paperwork. As we're a week before the first deposit deadline, it might be worth giving them a call.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Georgetown Waitlist
« on: March 26, 2008, 08:38:23 AM »
Am on the ¨non preferred¨ waitlist, but I guess that´s what I deserve after I left ¨william and mary¨ on my supplementary essay...

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Cornell Question
« on: March 26, 2008, 08:34:03 AM »

I would call Cornell right away about your aid award. From what I understand the aid process is a bit disorganized at first... materials from all applicants sit in a pile, and once an applicant is accepted the admin folks sift through it to find your financial info. When I initially called finaid to verify the completion of my forms they were a little guarded, but have been very helpful since my acceptance, and encouraged me to call with questions. Considering that C makes aid awards for three years, and that their cutoff was the 15th of this month, and that they say aid is hard to procure after the cutoff, I think your best bet is to call them. I got my aid award about a week after acceptance, which may or may not be an abnormality.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Cornell Question
« on: March 25, 2008, 05:00:34 PM »
Thanks much for these exceptionally helpful comments. Redbull, can I ask you further how Cornell ranks its 1L classes, and whether grant money is linked to class rank, though it didn´t say so on the award? Also, do you think you could tell me how most students feel about the Moral Obligation portion of the grant req, and is the general assumption that this gets repiad pretty much straight out of school, provided you land a decent gig?

Finally, when you say working ¨hard,¨ are you talking about 40 or 50 hours a week of class study, or more?


When did you apply? I finalized my app in late December...

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Cornell Question
« on: March 25, 2008, 07:04:59 AM »
Am on LSN... though I haven´t there checked in a while.

GPA: 3.4
LSAT: 161/169 (had the flu the first time... for real... they must have taken the higher score)

I also had some ¨soft¨ factors that might have helped (published a novel, started a business, held two previous law jobs).

Cornell got back to me two weeks ago.

Good luck!

Choosing the Right Law School / Cornell Question
« on: March 24, 2008, 01:53:12 PM »
I´m in at Cornell with a 75k grant.

I´m waitlisted at UMich, and have apps pending at Chicago, Columbia, and Penn.

Assuming I got in to any of those four places, with little or no grant money, does it make sense to pass up 75k... am not sure what the difference in job prospects bewteen Cornell and these four schools is.

I will probably wind up litigating in New York, but would like some potential flexibility. I know that Cornell does fairly well on the Ciolli TQ´s on the West Coast, but, just by relying on such an indicator it´s obvious that I don´t know as much as I should.

Any thoughts would be most welcome, as I may have to make some very quick decisions in the near future... thanks!

Thanks for this.

Do any sbetter afety schools come to mind? They've all been looking pretty much the same to me.

Law School Admissions / Re: Fee waivers are based on LSAT scores, yes?
« on: January 02, 2008, 10:13:39 AM »
I also got a w&m fee waiver the first time I took the LSAT even though I was well below their LSAT. Apparently w&m has been slipping in the national rankings.

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