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Incoming 1Ls / Re: LSD Class of 2011
« on: July 04, 2008, 09:54:52 AM »
Ok, I'll break the ice by grabbing some names off the X School Thread.

LSD Class of 2011:






Indiana U - Bloomington

Indiana U - Indianapolis:,4010434.0.html






University of Chicago:


University of Minnesota:,102473.0.html






Check out this thread:,4010755.0.html
I signed up for it and have been making a little cash on the side.  It's an easy way to make a little money when you're already on the computer all the time or if you're just hanging out watching tv.
Good luck!

Incoming 1Ls / Re: How many miles for your big move?
« on: July 04, 2008, 09:45:01 AM »
We already made the move -- over 600 miles from Georgia to Indiana.  I think the truck (12' from Penske) was about $502 including the insurance and crap, and gas was about another $200.  It's expensive, no matter how you go about it.

Incoming 1Ls / LSD Class of 2011
« on: July 04, 2008, 09:39:14 AM »
Ok, I am totally stealing this idea off of another site, but it's a great idea and I can't believe no one has done it for LSD yet.  Seeing as how class of 2011 posters only make up about 1/5 of the "Official I'm going to X School Thread," I thought I'd start a list of LSDers and their schools, for anyone who's interested.  For students going to schools that don't have their own "Class of 2011" thread, here's a good way to find each other.  Just post a reply with the school you'll be attending, and I'll try to keep the list updated.  If a school has a "Class of 2011" thread, I'll link that in also.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Cover Letter/Resume Thread!
« on: July 01, 2008, 06:17:38 PM »
What should I say?  What's the typical format?

Should I include something specific about each firm, like "I love your litigation practice group"?  What are some typical compliments?

I'm having trouble thinking of any instances where it would be appropriate to use the word "love" in a cover letter to a law firm . . . .  Maybe you could say something like "Your firm's litigation work is very impressive."?

Incoming 1Ls / Re: When should financial aid kick in?
« on: June 30, 2008, 07:42:14 PM »
I had to get loans for grad school at UGA, and if you had your paperwork done over the summer, then the school would disburse the balance of your loans usually a little before school started.  A lot of schools now do direct deposit, so check and see if you can sign up for that -- you'll get your money a lot faster!

I'm not saying people shouldn't intervene, it's just that I feel a nation should be sought as an ally rather than deciding on its own to invade.  It's been a while since history, but I feel like we asked for help and support?  I understand that absolutely horrendous things have occurred and are still occurring over there, but until the people commit to saying "we want change and we want you to help us fight for change and make it work" it ain't gonna work.  That's all.  By no means do I think Sadam Hussein should be in power, but I don't think we should have been the ones to decide to take him out. 

As far as war goes, I like the points made by TimMitchell.  The unfortunate truth is that was is always going to be ugly and brutal and violent.  I think the military needs a lot of leeway to get the job done, as long as they make every effort to avoid civilian casualties and human rights abuses.  and I'm an independent/democrat.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: God doesn't like Lawyers
« on: May 29, 2008, 12:21:54 PM »
my dearest Alton, this thread was hijacked by some overly-serious champion of religions, and I think we are all feeling a little on the defensive as we try to right what was supposed to be a light-hearted discussion about an article.


1)  Making discriminatory statements about people based on their religious views is innappropriate and shouldn't be celebrated as a light hearted joke
2)  Religion appears to now be okay to ridicule, while other, old targets are now beyond the pale.
Believe me, if this post was about how black people, gay people, women, or any other group was more prone to fail out of law school due to an inability to reason, I would have posted just the same.
You are preparing to be lawyers.  As such, I feel that you should represent yourself better than making fun of people because they believe in god.

I really have trouble finding where people did this (things mentioned above).  I don't think it's out of line for a poster to muse on whether or not people who profess strong religious beliefs might have, in fact, spent a significant amount of time praying for good grades.  Strongly religious people usually do a lot of praying and do, often, pray for certain outcomes or guidance, etc.  If you perceive the early posts to fall into those categories above, then I think you arrived at this site looking to pick a fight.  If that's not the case, then it seems that you automatically assume we are all anti-religion, and you know what happens when you ASS-U-ME.

Then let me help you understand.
The OP made fun of people who failed out, and joked that they did so because they are irrational and prayed too much instead of studying.  This is a bigoted statement, born out of an attempt at humor yet still telling.
Yes, religious people pray.  Did it ever occur to you that those prayers are not a substitute for hard work and studying?
Nah.  You're right.  Nothing is offensive unless it offends you.
And to those who make the cheap argument about CHOICE of religion vs. choice of gender, you miss the point.
Yes, people choose to be religious.  But that doesn't make it fair game to make fun of them.
My point wasn't about 'choice' it was about manners.
You can continue to excuse bad behavior all you like.
As I said before, you intend to become attorney's.  Attorney's, in my opinion, have degraded their perceived value in society.  You can continue this trend by laughing at others with whom you share very little, or you can try to think a little and realize that your actions, including your 'jokes', reflect on all of us.
Me personally?  I think it is a sad day when law students get together to make fun of people's religion, especially in a nation where religion is constitutionally protected.
You don't get it?  Then you never will.
I hope you enjoy being censured as an attorney when you make a crack that you think is funny but offends others.

If you really want to be an attorney, then I suggest you develop a thicker skin.  I imagine the disciplinary committee is similar to a judge, in that it does not appreciate frivolous complaints.  Save your breath for an attorney that is being unethical, not one that just has poor taste in jokes.  I am beginning to wonder, however, if you do want to be an attorney, or if you're just some a@@hole troll, b/c you keep commenting about how "you" want to be attorneys, not how "we" want to be attorneys.  Maybe you're just too good to lump yourselves in with the rest of us?  And by the way, it's "attorneys" not "attorney's."  Inappropriate use of the possessive apostrophe really irks me.

I have a friend who is a terrorism analyst and has said blankly that if we pull out from Iraq now, in 15 years, or 100 years the result will be exactly the same. 

Seriously, haven't most successful revolutions been successful because the people were ready for it and demanded change?  I feel like in Iraq there are not enough people really ready for a change.  It seems like this "democracy" or whatever they're trying to set up has been foisted on them and so they're not going to able to make it work.  Trust me, I don't really like the situation over there, and I think people should have more freedom and opportunities, but I also don't think it's my place to tell them that they have to have democracy, and I don't recall any major outcries from the populace, begging to be "liberated."  Try to take out bin Laden and Al Qaeda?  Sure, they're terrorists and criminals who want to attack people all over the world.  Destabilize an entire region (killing thousands of soldiers from many nations and innocent civilians in the process) when the (oppressed) aren't ready to rise up and form their own government? Uhhh, I think that decision is not so clear-cut.  Not that Saddam didn't have it coming, but maybe a better, more thoughtful course of action could have been investigated.

MP, Jr., thanks for those websites!

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