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Albany Union / Re: Albany - Class of 2008
« on: July 26, 2005, 01:58:50 PM »
Yeah, the packet itself is kind of interesting, and is more than just school/schedule info - it actually has several assignments that we're expected to read through and digest (including 4 cases dealing with the legal concepts of foreseeability and property owner liability) for the first day! What was more intimidating was my first bill, which rolled in to the tune of 17K. And, it says "Please make checks out to Albany Law School"... not from my checking account, I won't be...
I didn't realize that I needed to get yet another copy of my undergrad transcripts sent into the school, independently from anything we did with LSAC, so I've been getting that stuff done, oh, and we need our immunization records sent as well. :P It seems like all the work we did with the LSAC in order to make applications was just the beginning of a long and bureaucratic process...
And by the way, congrats yourself! Time to get prepared for a roller coaster ride that will last for the next several years!  ;)

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Albany Union / Re: Albany - Class of 2008
« on: July 25, 2005, 12:09:26 AM »
Hey - I just found out that I'm attending Albany myself just recently (pulled off the waitlist :P)!

I live in Albany, so if you guys need any recommendations for any local stores or anything, let me know. I'm trying to get as much done now as possible - I was hoping to do the four year program, but my employer got all funny on me as they couldn't see how law school was job related (I'm in computer networking currently...), so I'm probably leaving them and am bracing for the complete-immersion-full-time program. Excitement + panic is pretty much how I feel right now! I finished the assignment for the first day, and am actually relieved that it wasn't any harder than it was. My first taste of Law School :D! I still need to get my transcripts and immunizations sent over, plus do the financial aid dance that most people seem to need to go through (my first time - undergrad was paid for in cash 8)). Not getting a full scholarship is a complete pain in the ass :P)!

Well, if anybody is up for a social, let me know, and good luck to everyone who is on their way!

P.S. Does everybody plan on having a laptop? I'm just about to lose my work one, but am thinking it's almost a requirement to have one for class....

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Albany open house...
« on: February 23, 2005, 11:30:23 PM »
I went to one of the open houses back in October, and thought it was a fairly valuable experience...

They split our large group up into two smaller groups, and we then pretty much proceeded to tour the entire campus. The school is fairly modest in size so it didn't take too long, but it gave us a chance to check out the classrooms, library, offices, etc. under the guidance of a 2L who was happy to answer any and all questions.

We then got a chance to attend a mock class, the "Intro to Lawyering" class I believe, and actually participate in a class discussion regarding the finer points of interpreting a particular traffic statute that the professor had selected for us. I thought this was probably the best part of the day, as you got to actually wrap your mind around what it would (hopefully, will!) be like to attend a class as a student.

We then had a chance to have some refreshments and chat with Dawn Chamberlaine, who is the Asst. Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid. She was very easy to talk to, and was willing to answer almost any question about the admissions process.

All in all, if you can go, it probably would be a helpful experience to aid you in building an assessment of what the school is all about, or at least what it seeks to be.

Good luck!

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Acceptances / Re: He just got into a GREAT law school!
« on: February 05, 2005, 10:51:36 PM »
Nika, you're all over this one  :) but how did you know that...?

Oh well, for those interested, the lyrics are here: http://www.catteacorner.com/dragosteadintei.htm

I think it loses something in the English translation...

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Greatest Song Ever Composed?
« on: November 30, 2004, 12:45:57 AM »
This is a rough question without a particular genre to focus in on...I am assuming rock, but am trying to understand the "greatest from a musical standpoint" qualifier... anyway, her are some I'd nominate, from different artists/decades:

Beatles
"I am the Walrus"
"Revolution"
"Let it Be"
John Lennon
"Imagine"
Eagles
"Hotel California"
Jimi Hendrix
"Machine Gun"
Eric Clapton
"Layla"
Led Zeppelin
"Stairway to Heaven"
Pink Floyd
"Comfortably Numb"
Deep Purple
"Lazy"
Rolling Stones
"Heartbreaker"
Rush
"The Trees"

Sorry if I got off topic... I guess I can't really narrow it down!  :-\

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Calling all computer geeks!!!
« on: November 30, 2004, 12:08:31 AM »
It looks like you ran the "Make Report" option, which in and of itself doesn't help to repair anything...

When you bring up CWShredder, just click on "Fix", and then when it's done, click on "Next". There you'll see if the app found anything suspect. Then just click on "Exit" to close the app; I don't use any of it's other premium features, and don't know how they actually stack up against other, similar apps.

Did SpyBot find anything either? Just curious - let me know! :)


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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Calling all computer geeks!!!
« on: November 29, 2004, 10:53:53 PM »
1. Spybot SD 1.3 : http://www.safer-networking.org/en/mirrors/index.html

Make sure you update all the signatures with the live update feature...

With SpyBot, make sure you use the "Immunize" feature, and enable the 2 resident protections available from within the advanced mode...this will help to alert you when something has been modified without your knowledge (and consent).

2. CWShredder : http://www.majorgeeks.com/download3019.html

These 2 apps, with AdAware, are a pretty good defense against spyware infections...

3. Delete all Windows and Internet Explorer Temp files as well.

4. You may have to boot into Safe mode and then run the apps in order to clean some of the crud out.

5. If these steps don't help, you pretty much have to use RegMon to determine what's accessing which system resources, and when.(http://www.sysinternals.com/ntw2k/source/regmon.shtml)

Good luck!

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Law School Applications / Re: Online Application vs. Paper Application
« on: November 18, 2004, 11:02:16 AM »
Just to follow up on my own question:

I contacted Admissions over at Albany, and it turns out that they actually use paper files for each candidate to build each admission application file. If I applied electronically, they said that they would just print out the application, and insert it into the paper file. I asked if anyone retypes anything, and she said that they don't, as it would be too time consuming. To preserve the visual presentation of the material I'm planning on submitting, she indicated that submitting everything via paper would be the way to go. Of course, I would save $5. by applying online - apparently the only tangible benefit of this process :)

Granted that this won't help increase my acceptance advantages as far as my numbers are concerned, I do think that a nicely formatted document is more preferable to the eye than a block of text in default Courier font. I guess this is the way I'm going to go.

I understand that this information may be specific to Albany, so I'm sure that the earlier comments are true for other schools. I guess calling them is ultimately the only real way to find out.

I appreciate everyone's help!

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Law School Applications / Online Application vs. Paper Application
« on: November 16, 2004, 11:23:03 PM »
I'm just curious what any you think of the online application process; it seems easier, but it seems like all the formatting gets lost when you post it up on their website (applying to Albany, and they use applyweb.com).

I'm thinking to go with the paper application, as I can control the formatting, use nice paper, etc. Along with the personal statement, I'm submitting a resume and an addendum. I just want them to look a little better than as if I was posting on a blog somewhere!

Anyone hear feedback from the adcoms on this? I'm planning to apply by Thanksgiving, and just need to get this sorted out; My pre-law advisor thought the paper app might look more professional, but I'm not convinced it really matters...

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: OH NO!! I skipped a bubble--what can I do!!??
« on: October 23, 2004, 03:14:12 PM »
I know that you can request a hand count and they will penalize you one point... but that is for an error of serious magnitude or something wrong with the scantron reader.  I dont think they will compensate you for human error.... didnt you realize that you ended the section on the wrong number..(obviously not).

I also noticed on my scoresheet that one of the bubbles was not filled in early on in the scored games section (question #3), but I really don't think that I would have left it blank...

If I in fact answered it, and if, in fact, I answered it correctly it would increase my final LSAT score by one point. Based one the info above though, it seems that I could lose a point just for requesting that it be checked (and also paying $35. for the priviledge). Is this the way it really works, or was that quote based on a specific circumstance that I lost track of in the thread somewhere...

Don't know if a one point gain is really worth the hassle either...?

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