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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Class Schedules
« on: April 10, 2008, 11:53:59 AM »
Unless something changes, or if the classes fill up, it's looking like I'll have three options for my 1L fall schedule: 
I can be done before noon every day with no breaks,
I can have class scattered between 8 AM and 5 PM every day with big breaks
I can have some afternoons off, and some mornings off.

During undergrad I knew that I learned the most if I studied in 2 hour blocks, but I have no idea if I'll feel the same in law school.
Any advice?

Law School Applications / My Oversimplified Admissions Process
« on: April 09, 2008, 05:16:19 PM »
I applied to 13 schools in early december and I heard back from 10 by mid march.  I've heard one of the remaining schools isn't going to send anymore letters until early may.  (WTF?)
Most schools  "begin reviewing files late in the fall" so what is taking them so long?

So lets say you get 2000 applications, and you have 175-225 spots.  That would bring in somewhere around $10,000 in application revenue.

Start this process on Jan 15,  repeat twice per month.
Step 1:  Get index scores     (1 Day)
2:  Set URMs Aside, accept top 25 URMs    (1 Day)
3:  Cut the bottom 1/3 of all applicants  (1 Day)
4:  Accept the top 10% of all applicants  (1 Day)
     {End of Index Round}

5:  Create two ad-com groups of 3 each.
6:  Allow each ad-com member to automatically accept 5 of their choosing based on whatever criteria they wish.
7:  Give half of remaining apps to one group, give the other half to the 2nd
8:  Remaining apps must get 2/3 votes to be put in final round.
9:  Final round apps are scored by each of the ad-com members. 
           LSAT 40%, GPA 30%, In-state Bonus 10%, URM bonus 10%, Soft Factors 10%
10: Accept Top 4%
11: Defer  Next 4% of remaining
12: Accept as applicants withdraw
13: Waitlist 5% on March 1

I'm deciding between a T2 with no scholarship and a T3 with a full-tuition scholarship that is almost impossible to renew.

If by some huge amount of luck, I end up in the top 15% at the T2, will I have a chance to get a scholarship for 2L and 3L?

General Off-Topic Board / Nominations for the BAMF club
« on: April 04, 2008, 11:05:34 AM »
Please give me your nominations for the Bad A Mother Fs out there.

My nominations.

Jack Bauer
Jason Bourne
James Bond

True Bamfs.

General Off-Topic Board / Hey Liberals! Read this!
« on: April 03, 2008, 12:36:11 PM »

Read that article and give me your opinions.
I'm a moderate, so I'll try to be open minded to your "tax the rich" mentality, but I'm tired of stupid democrat talking points like "I talked to a secretary that pays a higher tax rate than her CEO"  People should learn the difference between tax rates, and taxes paid.  Often times lower average tax rates actually lead to more tax revenue.


General Off-Topic Board / Your Opinion on Obesity
« on: April 03, 2008, 12:09:17 PM »
A new study claims that by 2020 half of all adolescents will be obese. (BMI greater than 30)

Senator Obama claims that if we could reduce obesity levels to where they were in the 1980's it would save the country over 1 trillion dollars.

So what can the government do about it?


Law School Applications / Top 14 vs everyone else
« on: April 01, 2008, 01:51:04 PM »
Students who go to the top 14 schools get better grades and lsat scores than everyone else.  They may even be smarter than everyone else.

I wish that someone could do an experiment and take all of the students at Yale, and put them in a T2 school. Then take the students from the T2 school and put them at Yale.
Would the tables suddenly turn? 

I don't really have any idea what would happen, but it would be cool to see the results.
I aggree that LSAT is a good measurement of what makes a sucessful lawyer.  It's possible that the ability to do well on the LSAT accounts for about 25% of the skills it takes to be a good lawyer.
I think GPA is a bunch of crap though.  What is the quality difference between a 3.0 and a 3.5 student?  Is that difference equal to the quality difference between a 3.4 and a 3.9?  What about a 2.5 and 3.0?
What's the real correlation between undergrad GPA and Law GPA?

Maybe the average T2 student won't make a better lawyer than the average T14 student.
But a lot of T2 students will be better lawyers than a lot of T14 students even though the T2ers went to "less respected" schools.

General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / What books should I read?
« on: March 31, 2008, 01:19:46 PM »
I'm an OL and I've got some extra time for the next few months, so I want to read a couple books about law school.
I used the search function to look through past threads, but I couldn't tell which books would be the best. 

Can anybody give me some suggestions?  Can you also tell me why the book you are recommending is worthwhile?

Law School Applications / In-State Tuition
« on: March 28, 2008, 11:47:43 AM »
I'm in the mood to argue, so hopefully someone will have a friendly discussion with me.

I propose that there be an out-of-state waiver available for law school.
I only have one public law school in my state, and I was rejected, so now I believe I should get in-state tuition, or a tuition credit to go to law school in another state.

If that didn't work, then I think my home state should give me subsidized loans in addition the the federal loans I already qualify for.

Your thoughts?

Law School Rankings / We need US News City Rankings
« on: March 27, 2008, 12:52:23 PM »
USNEWS needs to rank cities according to the best Job Markets for new Lawyers.

Most people have told me on here that outside of the top 20 or 30 schools you should use location as the dominant factor. 
How am I really going to decide between  Kansas City and Spokane, Wa?   Albuquerque and Cleveland?  Crime and Salary data only give me a small piece of the puzzle.

I care about level of education, but prospects after law school are probably more important to me.

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