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Ummm, what I mean was "it is just as bad as if I had defended child molestation".  Honestly, though, don't you think a PS defending child molestation would get noticed?

The question remains, did your personal statement deal with defending child molestation? First you said it did, then you said this. Which is it? I'm beginning to think you're a pathological liar, as it seems like you're always changing up your story on a number of things. 

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Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: In at Columbia!
« on: January 28, 2005, 05:25:06 PM »
Nicely done, congrats!

I've got basically the same stats (slightly lower GPA) and went complete the same date at Columbia.  Hopefully you are right about e-mailing you because you're in Canada, and the rest of us in the states can hope for something from the postal service in a few days...

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Temple vs. Pitt ?
« on: January 28, 2005, 09:56:24 AM »
Are you in-state? Temple is a pretty damn good deal for in-state residents.  Although, now that I think about it isn't Pitt in the same psuedo-public category as Temple? I guess they may have very similar tuition rates. 

If you truly don't have an opinion one way or the other on which city you want to live in, I'd say that you should go to Temple.  If only because I've got a Philadelphia bias.

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That's fantastic, congrats!

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Big Law to Public Interest Career?
« on: January 27, 2005, 07:10:38 PM »
I don't have anything special to add, but I am having similar thoughts.  If I work in a large firm, it will be mainly for the reasons you listed. What is LRAP?

LRAP stands for "Loan Repayment Assistance Plan."  It's basically a loan forgiveness/assistance plan that a lot of school's offer to help public interest folks manage their debt.  Each school has different plans (if they even have one) and most of the ones I've looked into are pretty complex and complicated. 

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Law School Admissions / Re: What do you plan to do after law school?
« on: January 26, 2005, 09:50:01 PM »
I want to eventually do public interest work, or perhaps governmental/political work of some sort.  I'm thinking seriously about going into biglaw for a few years immediately after law school for financial purposes, but we'll see about that. (I actually just started a thread about this idea in the General Board for Soon to Be 1-Ls)

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Law School Admissions / Re: Wildly unrealistic expectations.
« on: January 26, 2005, 09:47:29 PM »
Yep, every time I talk to my mom I hear the word Harvard come up.  Every acceptance I've received, even my safeties, has provided more evidence to her that I'm sure to get into Harvard.  ::)

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Atlantic Monthly or Harpers?
« on: January 26, 2005, 09:16:09 PM »
I'd second the suggestion of going with The New Yorker.  I can't take Harpers seriously.  So many of the articles seem to be written by completely intellectually dishonest partisan hacks.  My roommate subscribes and I remember reading an article in Harpers the week before the RNC took place, in which the author attempted to refer to and insult/dismiss speeches given at the RNC.  It was pathetic.  The author obviously assumed the article wouldn't go to print until after the convention took place.  I lost any and all respect I had for the magazine at that point.  I don't know how the editors did not catch that giant mistake is beyond me. 

Anyway, yeah get the New Yorker.  Lots of good political commentary and reporting, and plenty of interesting cultural articles and profiles.

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Incoming 1Ls / Big Law to Public Interest Career?
« on: January 26, 2005, 09:08:15 PM »
So, I'm sitting here trying to strategize about possible career paths and was curious what others, in similar situations, might be thinking. 

Right now my plan is most likely to try and take a Big Law job straight out of law school, and slave away for a few years to pay off what I expect to be monstrous debt and perhaps establish some sort of financial nest-egg.  After that, I'd like to transition into a public intersest work of some sort (or political/governmental perhaps.)

Ultimately, public interest work of some sort is where my passion is and what I want to do with my career, but I'm a bit hesitant about taking a detour through Big Law to get there.  Anyone else thinking about trying this sort of path? I guess the other options for PI work are: (1) Go to the school which will offer the least amount of debt or (2) Try and make the most of the school's LRAP.  Any thoughts?

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Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: PENN
« on: January 26, 2005, 03:31:37 PM »
Yep, Regular Decision and I wrote the Why Penn? essay. 

Oh, and congrats to cleach as well!

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