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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Valpo vs. Northern Illinois?
« on: December 08, 2004, 08:43:07 PM »
i agree with brad.  if the cost is equal then it breaks down to where u want to spend 3 years and where u want to practice.  i did my undergrad at NIU and its a good environment, but i can't tell specifically why some prefer on over the other.  best thing to do is go visit both, sit in on some classes, talk to people, then make ur decision on that.

Law School Admissions / Re: Gay - is that an URM?? What schools like it??
« on: December 06, 2004, 08:26:35 AM »
URM = under represented minority

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: IN AT MICHIGAN!!!!!!!!!!!!
« on: December 03, 2004, 05:52:02 PM »

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Northern Illinois University
« on: December 03, 2004, 05:50:44 PM »
Interesting... NIU is usually brushed aside as a 4th tier toilet and now I hear that it places well in the third largest city in America. Does anyone else think this obsession with the US News ranking might be unhealthy and meaningless?

i don't really look at the tiers and didn't really know their "importance" until i started coming here.  i have always picked schools based on my needs and not on what other people think.  to me NIU is a good school and has a good law school. its one of my top 5 choices.

but anyway.. Congrats again!!!

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Northern Illinois University
« on: December 03, 2004, 02:38:07 PM »

i did my undergrad work at NIU.  Its a good school and the cost isn't crazy.  They have a pretty good law program.  I am not sure how the place in Chicago though.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Valpo help...just accepted
« on: December 03, 2004, 02:35:12 PM »
i think most people come here looking for information that is str8 forward, but generalizing and stereotyping is never productive.  i can never say that all people at "top" schools are a certain way b/c i have not visted all "top" schools or no all the people that attend them.  soi think it is unfair to assume that all students that go to a tier 3 or 4 school are the same way.  imagine coming to this board seeking help and all u find is people bashing students from central/southern illinois.  imagine people constantly saying that u r not as smart b/c of were u grew up or whatever.  it would not be a place u would want to frequent.

if all u can see is the top schools, thats is fine b/c its ur right.  however, don't degrade other schools for not being T14.  don't base everything on the score from one test.  don't assume that 150 means a person won't be a successful lawyer.  never under estimate others b/c in many cases u will be surprised.


General Off-Topic Board / Re: Favorite X-Box/Playstation Game?
« on: December 03, 2004, 12:51:00 PM »
kick ass!

thanks man!

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Favorite X-Box/Playstation Game?
« on: December 03, 2004, 12:45:04 PM »
so i never really was into vidoe games.  i had a playstation (the old one) and ended up giving it to my cousin.  but lately i have really gotten into them.  i got hooked on ps2 when i started playing with my guys.  so now i am getting my own.  what games and accessories should i buy?  keep in mind i like fighting, killing, and racing but anything else is cool too.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Valpo help...just accepted
« on: December 03, 2004, 08:03:04 AM »

once again, what r u basing ur opinion on.  u only visited 4 schools, didin't sit in on all classes, and don't know every person that goes to a tier 4 school.  there are other reasons people go to tier 4 schools besides not being able to get into a tier 1.  i am sure there are many people in the top schools that u don't want to be in class with.

ur opinions are ur opinions and a respect that, but the constant bashing of lower tier schools on this board in needs to stop.  people come here looking for information and may only be considerin tier 3 or 4 schools for what ever reason and find a really unwelcoming, hostile, and elitist environment. this site loses its intended purpose when we resort to more bashing than disseminating useful and helpful information.

Law School Admissions / Re: Oddball Undergrad Degrees...
« on: December 02, 2004, 11:12:49 AM »

You mistake these situations to be analagous.  Business/Politics(iepolicymaking) are definitely more connected, career wise, to the law then the fine arts are. Almost anything else (even Journalism, which I don't consider to be a fine art (ie PLAYING an instrument, CREATING visual art or ACTING)) is more directly related to the study and practice of law (covering legal stories).  If you actually look at the conditions I set forth, it is easy to see that all the examples and arguments subsequent to my post (the one about hearing loss) did not meet either condition a or b, and thus do not fall within the scope of the claim.  My point isn't particularly controversial.  Those with the ability and passion sufficient to make a CAREER out of the fine arts don't go to law school.  So, if you are going/applying then you lack either/both of these things.  Someone mentioned dancers who plan to work as a lawyer after they can't dance, but I would argue that if they truly meet these two conditions they would find work MORE directly involved with dancing (ie teaching, choreographing) rather than simply being a lawyer who represents dancers/companies.   

but a lawyer that works with dancers/companies is directly involved with dance.  u r assuming that a career in the arts only means wrking in one aspect of that art meaning a singer can only sing or a dancer can only dance in some variation.  however, the arts cover a large range of fields incuding business, law, history, etc.  so artists are not limited to just doing art.

also, there are other reasons artists will go to law school.  the dancers i know that have pursued graduate degrees did so AFTER a SUCCESSFUL CAREER as a performer/choreographer. 

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