Law School Discussion

Nine Years of Discussion
;

Show Posts

This section allows you to view all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas you currently have access to.

Messages - SuicideNixon

Pages: 1 [2] 3 4 5 6 7 ... 115
11
Where should I go next fall? / Re: T2/T3 Specialty vs T14?
« on: December 10, 2006, 10:11:02 PM »
I have a family to consider

This is the information that really changes things.

Of course it does. I have so many other factors to consider due to the fact that I have a spouse and small child. My spouse must work, my child must go to school, I need to have a job market at my disposal, and I don't necessarily want to uproot everyone again after 3 years of law school.

The need to counterbalance the prestige of a T14 with the needs of my family is a driving factor in my decision. I don't think a T2/T3 will be any less challenging, academically- in fact I'd be tempted to take the T14 because I've heard (anecdotally) that the grading curves at the lower ranked schools range from mildly frustrating to positively draconian. At T14s, everyone is banking on the school's reputation and while it's hard to get a group of 200 competitive Type A personalities to slack off, everyone seems to be more generally relaxed about what awaits them after graduation.

This is probably most evident at Yale...even if you graduate last in your class, you went to Yale- the very best law school in the country, by someone's measure and reputation. (And yes, I know that Yale doesn't do class rank, but it's an example- I'm sure the Yalies know exactly who's on top and who's the class goat, even if there's nothing official to quantify it.)

Then again, I'd almost rather be in the top 10% at a smaller school than in the bottom half of the class at a T14...because the class rank (against a competitive curve) might speak volumes to an employer about academic ability and tenacity.

So many things to consider...oh, now I wish I were a trad with perfect stats...
le sigh  :-\

Cheers,

Para

lots of people are probably tied for last at yale since there are only basically 2 grades

12
Where should I go next fall? / Re: T2/T3 Specialty vs T14?
« on: December 01, 2006, 02:33:56 PM »
So here's a hypothetical...

You have two acceptances at two schools... one is a T14, the other is a T2/T3 with a nationally recognized specialty/certificate program in the field of law you want to work in (and in fact is top ten in the USN specialty rankings). Money is not an issue here.

Which offer do you take and why?

And please, let's hear something more original than "take T14 because it's T14 and you will get a Biglaw job." The certificate specialty will give you the means for a job that will more than take care of your loan obligations and lifestyle.

Does brand name trump all?

specialty rankings are meaningless. Completely. All they do is send ask professors to name schools with a good ______ program and the one that gets named the most is number 1. they get 40% back and get 7% that say the same thing, and that's your #1. It would be a seriously mistake to go to a school for a specialty program rather than a  national school.

13
I've heard people claim that they/their classmates treat lawschool as a "12 hour/day job".  Exactly how slow a reader do you have to be to fill that many hours outside class with reading/studying?  Seems like 8 hours a day should be sufficient. 


On that note, I spent less than 20 hours a week, on average, on school as an undergrad (including 12 hours of class lecture).  I will be eaten alive --  Y/N?
[snotty comment about humanities majors]

[obligatory indignant defense]

man I thought I was going to have to wait another 5 minutes before I saw another which major-is-better post

14
General Off-Topic Board / Re: Poll: The Columbia Protest
« on: October 16, 2006, 11:12:41 AM »
im not sure if it's more racist to associate white people with failed social policies or to associate non-white people with the incapability to appreciate free speech.

I don't know but I was making neither of those claims.  I was saying you, white boy, had such a warped view of reality, coming from a condition of privilege, that your ability to make thoughtful policy decisons was questionable.  I then softened the blow a bit by making it seem that it was inherent to white people that they couldn't make smart decisions, instead of inherent to you.  It must be nice to inhabit an abstract world of privilege where your own safety is never threatened to the point where you'd have no problem sitting down and chilling with Bin Laden.  I mean really, let's be civilized, no?

So you think it ought to be illegal for bin laden to say "let's kill americans"? I suppose you could just continue to question my judgment because of my race and class. I'll refrain from doing the same, though, because I think it's despicable to do so. It is interesting how you've turned my position, which is held by the overwhelming majority of americans across race and class lines, into a position of a small overclass.

15
General Off-Topic Board / Re: Poll: The Columbia Protest
« on: October 16, 2006, 11:00:29 AM »
stop making fun of us white people dammit.

You're only white when it comes to admissions.  And migration patterns.  And class loyalties.  You're not white when some redneck nerd in a bowling shirt is guzzlin lone star beer.

What if someone said "You're only black when it comes to admissions. And civil rights. And political loyalties. You're not black when some [insert racial slur] is [insert some racist stereotype]."

I think you'd call them a racist. And you'd be right. So congratualtions, racist.

16
Where should I go next fall? / Re: Any questions about NYU...
« on: October 15, 2006, 10:12:26 AM »
DC isn't that bad, depending on which neighborhood you live in

Foggy Bottom and Georgetown aren't that bad, you just have to be aware of your surroundings 100% of the time.  Talking on your cell while walking by yourself at night is a very bad idea.  So is going into Rock Creek Park after sunset.

I'm definitely considering NYU and Columbia because Manhattan IS a lot safer than DC.  This city has one of the most corrupt governments in North America, hands down, and it can be rather frustrating to deal with at times.  Plus I don't have representation in Congress.

Yea, but you're not a citizen of the United States. The district isn't a STATE.

Oh, so residents of the capital of the United States aren't US Citizens?

Yea. You don't live in a state. It's called the United States

The joke was funny when he did it.

zing!

17
General Off-Topic Board / Re: Poll: The Columbia Protest
« on: October 15, 2006, 10:10:40 AM »
dude I would let Bin Laden come and speak, why not? bin laden isn't dangerous because he thinks it's cool to kill americans. He's dangerous because he actually kills them.

This is why white people should not make social policy.

im not sure if it's more racist to associate white people with failed social policies or to associate non-white people with the incapability to appreciate free speech.

18
meh, I just don't really want to live in new york, and everyone here is so new york centric. It's very annoying. I'm tired of this city after only a year. like 85% of the class works in this one city, which they all think is great, and I think is below average. There are only like 5 or 10 people that go to chicago each year. Most of all though, I just don't think it fits my purposes very well. I came here because my gf ws living in new york at the time; other than that I had no reason to choose NYU. Now she's left, and I'm still here for two more f-in' years.

Moving somewhere for a girlfriend is never a good idea, unless you're engaged or plan to get engaged soon.  I'd never have someone move somewhere for me, too much pressure!

we've been together for more than 3 years, so it's less stupid than it sounds.

19
Studying for the LSAT / Re: Sept. Scores Not a Flame
« on: October 13, 2006, 04:46:18 AM »
the 23rd?!?!? TELESCORE IS UP NOW!!

20
how many of your classmates read xoxo?

A lot. Many people also used LSD when they were in the application process.


And if anyone's wondering, UofC is absolutely wonderful.  :) :) :)


sounds pretty good, i'm not that happy with nyu. I'd probably transfer to chicago if I could.

Why are you unhappy?

meh, I just don't really want to live in new york, and everyone here is so new york centric. It's very annoying. I'm tired of this city after only a year. like 85% of the class works in this one city, which they all think is great, and I think is below average. There are only like 5 or 10 people that go to chicago each year. Most of all though, I just don't think it fits my purposes very well. I came here because my gf ws living in new york at the time; other than that I had no reason to choose NYU. Now she's left, and I'm still here for two more f-in' years.

Pages: 1 [2] 3 4 5 6 7 ... 115