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Where should I go next fall? / GMU vs tOSU
« on: February 23, 2008, 12:21:36 AM »
On the one hand I've heard that George Mason is an up and coming school in a pretty good location.  On the other hand the Ohio State University seems to be a proven school in a not so awesome location with cheaper housing.  Suppose both schools will cost the same tuition-wise, which school should would be the better choice?

Some background info:  I would like to do copyright law, but if that should not work out I'd like to have a broad range of of quality program options open at the law school I'm going to.  Also, I don't want to be pigeonholed into a particular region of the country, which is one of the few things that concerns me about GMU and their regional rep.  I guess I'd like to know how far up GMU will rise and whether they can overcome this limitation and whether this will affect the value of their degree in the long run.  Even though I'm leaning GMU right now, I don't want to dismiss tOSU without having some feedback from people who would possibly know more about their program. 

Any suggestions?

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Views on illegal downloading
« on: February 22, 2008, 02:57:55 PM »
Isn't anyone else here troubled by the fact that the law isn't following the public morality on this issue?  Isn't ithere something intuitive and appealing with the notion that the law should codify universal moral precepts?  However, this is clearly not the case with online piracy.  People ought to know by now that downloading protected content for free is stealing and that it is wrong, but we do it anyway.  Does this make us bad people?

I guess I'm off to the Tibetan mountains to do some soul searching for now...

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Baffling historical numbers trend
« on: February 21, 2008, 03:15:13 AM »
I don't know if anyone has discussed this yet, but according to http://www.ilrg.com/rankings/law/ there are quite a few T1 schools that have upped their median LSAT and GPAs consistently for the past 5 or so years.

What I'm having a hard time understanding is how schools can raise their numbers like that even though the LSAT is standardized.  If top law schools are all competing for the same top students, shouldn't a rise in one necessitate a decline in LSAT numbers for another?  But how is it that virtually every T35 school has maintained or improved their numbers?

One possible explanation I can came up with is the new policy that allows law schools to only report the top LSAT score, so that law schools are no longer penalized for accepting an applicant who has messed up 2 out of the 3 times he or she has taken the LSAT.


Also there is the possibility that with the gradual acceptance of the electronic application system, splitters are applying to more reach schools than they otherwise would and getting into these top schools.

Any ideas?

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: How long after acceptance for $?
« on: February 21, 2008, 02:05:08 AM »
bumped, because I was accepted into GMU and tOSU but havent heard from both schools about the $$$.  Starting to wonder if I missed a step somewhere...

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General Off-Topic Board / Views on illegal downloading
« on: February 20, 2008, 06:13:54 PM »
So what are they?  There may be a bunch of future or current lawyers on this board, but according to the stats every one of you is a dirty law-breaking pirate  ;D

My views are pretty complicated, as I would think most of yours are as well.  I personally think that illegal downloading is indeed wrong since artists or software developers aren't being compensated, but I also think that both the industry and the IP law out there have not kept up with the changes in technology. 

The definition of fair use should be more clearly defined, and with the way we are able to quickly distribute data, music shouldn't cost $12-20 per album and software shouldn't be very expensive either.  Free is pretty hard to compete with, but "legal + easy + cheap" might.

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