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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / hastings conversation
« on: March 17, 2005, 09:07:44 PM »
 Me: "have you looked at my fall grades?"
 
Hastings employee "It says it is complete"

 Me "yes, i know, but it has been complete since 1-10, then went complete again for some reason on 2-04, which i still can't get an answer for,  and since LSAC finally sent my grades on 2-14, i was thinking there might be an indication that it was there..."
 
Hastings employee "Well, it says complete, so that means that the file is complete"
 
Me: "I realize that, but I just wanted to know if my grades were even received by the school.  If they were, would the date on my staus checker change at all?  Do the ad coms even  end up looking at the revised GPA during the admissions process? Sorry to bother you, I am just confused since I have no idea if they even reached the school or if it was necessary for me to send them. I was just hoping you might know. You see, my GPA went up a lot and I am just wondering if they are looking at my current files.  I am sure you understand "

Hastings "Look, we cant answer all 7,000 people's calls, ok?! God!"   

CLick.

I was being nice too, i swear. as far as i could tell, it was not obvious in my tone nor diction that I am as neurotic as I am on this site.   she kinda just flipped for no reason.  perhaps it was a stupid question?

I am hoping she is not representative of Hastings on the whole.  Part of me thinks she might be, though. 

Still, i want in BAD.

why are we doing this to ourselves!!!!!!?????????

 
 

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Where should I go next fall? / oh COME ON already!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
« on: March 17, 2005, 08:59:29 PM »
I don't get it.  I really really really dont.  Every school with the exception of emory is blah.  Where are you, oh god of UC law schools?  Why have I not gotten into davis or hastings yet? 

I am sure that any of you who have read my posts know just how neurotic I am.  But I can tell you that today is the breaking point.  Because now, after reading about some full rides at Loyola LA, I am even MORE pissed.  My gpa and LSat arent bad.  but i mean, i backpacked ON MY OWN through europe, worked at the LA DA's office, went to a great school undergrad (top tiered private liberal arts), took the HARD classes because i actually liked them more, and thought that perhaps they might see me as a good investment and throw at least some $$$$ at me.  Everyone else has.  maybe my letter was lost in the mail?

what the hell is going on? 

I am wondering if i should just suck it up, go into debt, and attend Emory.  OR- should I waste a year at a dead end job and try to apply again next year so i can have another chance in California?  Anyone else thinking of doing that?
sigh

do any of you think emory is national enough to keep my options open for both public and private jobs in california or the rest of the country?

share, please.  come on kids:)  we need to vent our frustrations here instead of hitting the bottle. well, maybe we can do the latter just a little, nonetheless.  But hopefully, purging our confusion here has to save some of us from going of the deep end because we know we aren't alone. 

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / visited emory?
« on: March 13, 2005, 06:49:02 PM »
has anyone visited emory?

I was thinkng about going for the admit day, but still want to hear other folks opinions on it:)

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Where should I go next fall? / Emory scholarships?
« on: March 11, 2005, 05:33:49 PM »
Does emory give money out along with the acceptance letters?  Or do they wait until later?  I just got the acceptance two weeks ago and was wondering if I was completely screwed or if i should write them a letter.

anyone here gotten money or know of someone who has?

cheers!

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Acceptances / OMG! EMORY?!?!??!
« on: February 26, 2005, 08:22:21 PM »
so the plot thickens.  Here i was thinking i wasnt getting into UC hastings or davis and EMORY lets me in- I applied super duper late too...

Madison is officially out the window, emory has moved to my top choice (regardless of how expensive it is) and I am hoping that this means i have a shot at davis and hastings:)

yay!

letter was dated 2-02, got it TODAY. crazy long time to get a letter, i say:)

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Where should I go next fall? / updated transcripts?
« on: February 15, 2005, 12:34:30 AM »
So LSAC finally acknowledged my updated transcripts from fall semester, and my overall GPA went from a 3.38 to a 3.48, the degree granting went from 3.26 to 3.42.

What do they do with this?  Do you think schools look at the updates?  does LSAC actually send them to the schools?  I want to know because my chances at Hastings, Davis, Boston Uni, etc, jumped up significantly.

any input?
anyone else in the same position?  I am wondering if maybe this means it might be worth it to take the year off and apply again for the next cycle.

seriously, if anything, i need some comradery to know that i am not alone:)

inputinputinput

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General Off-Topic Board / Law student analysis
« on: February 14, 2005, 11:27:50 PM »
Ok, so it has become really annoying that whenever anyone who knows i am going to law school in the fall  saying "ooo... really?  Maybe you should take some time off, everybody HATES their job when they are lawyers.  I know (enter number here) people who loathe it.. blahblahlawyerssuckblah"

Ok, here is my take on it.  (and, as an anthro minor -with only one class short of being a double major- i feel like i have some analytic authority. ha).

Law school in itself attracts certain types of people.  A very very large portion of which come from upper class, upper-middle class families who have had their parents paying for everything, like k-12 private school, all of college (meaning, no work, more time to ace the tests) and every possible LSAT preperation under the sun.  after all, "dad wants to make me a partner eventually..."

Then there are the people who think that this is quick money.  "Yeh, who cares if i got a 2.5 GPA cuz i was getting drunk with the frat bros./sorority sisters throughout the entirety of college?  I am gonna go to school X, I am going to be an entertainment lawyer, make gobs of money, and buy a ferrari."

or

"I am sick of being poor.  I want to wear Prada.  All the time. Hence, I am going to law school"

The MOST common though, is the "well, I dont really know what else to do, and i HATED working so... What the hell... Time for grad school."

regardless...  Being a lawyer aint bad.  Even the PUBLIC jobs pay well considering you get 1.5 hour lunches, 9-5 hours, maternity leave, AND vacation.  You can also do a lot of good with this degree.  Uphold the constitutional rights of citizens to great legal representation, put criminals away, get involved in environmental and constitutional rights, and if you think this is good- roll around in $300,000 a year for working 90 hours a week and giving up any sort of relationship you have ever had...

There are a lot of things you CAN do with the JD.  No question.  But the people that hate it?

for the rich kids, its because they have never had a job.  They dont have any other interests besides work, and after not having to do anything most of their lives, graduating from Harvard or Yale to work for someone else for far too many hours a week obviously would suck. Especially when it involves business and/or banking.  But most of them care about prestige over happiness anyway.  I think all of us would hate our live if we thought that way. 

The people who go despite their 2.5 GPA to some TTT- well, let me explain, THAT is where ambulance chasers come from.  These types also tend to think that pyramid get-rich-quick schemes are actually worth joining.  Need I say more?

As for the "sick of being poor... i want to wear prada" people.  They end up taking out far too much money while they are IN law school, even furthur their debt OUT of law school trying to LOOK lawyer-like and live the life they dreamed of while they were trying to convince themselves to study, and end up as ambulance chasers/private defenders with dollar signs in their eyes. Again, in a soul-less and vain place, it can be extremely depressing.

Lastly, the people who go because they have no idea what else to do?  They do ok, great even, get fabulous jobs out of school, and hate it because it is not academic.  Usually they come from wealthy families anyway so they stick it out and complain because there is nothing else to do. Or they end up teaching and regretting they bothered in the first place.

Then there are the rest of us.  We have worked in the fields we would like to get involved with, know what we are getting into, and yes, are even excited about it. 

there are very few of us. but we are out there.

I have met enough of them while i was interning to feel this is true.  So to all of those people who tell us NOT to be lawyers, BOLLOCKS!   

thats my interpretation anyway...

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Officially fed-up with Hastings...
« on: February 08, 2005, 04:18:19 PM »
really.  What is their ferking PROBLEM!?   After reading a bunch of posts about how they lost files, I called a second time to make sure that the addendum i  sent in a month ago (a few days after i went complete in the beginning of Jannuary) got put into my file.  Last week they said it must be there.  Today i was told it was "at the top of the pile".  But my file is ready to review, and he said that there was no way to guarantee that it would be put into my file before they came to a decision.  Not good.

I basically went from straight A's to B's with a few A's interspersed because my brother got sick and I had to help the family out with taking care of him for the past two years.  I am scared to death that not only did I have a crappy time the last half of college because of my family situation, but that even though i worked my ass off trying to deal with both school and family, I am gonna get stuck going to Loyola.

ARGH.

It sucks being so hung up on getting into a UC school.  The only reason I want to go is because i would like to stay in Cali, and I am well aware of the prestige at Hastings.  I dont know why they  have any though.  THey seem obsessed with quantitative figures instead of qualitative, and they are unbelievably disorganized in their app process. 
its insane. 

Anyone else have the love/loathe relationship with hastings that I do?

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News Discussion / Law school apps dow
« on: February 06, 2005, 12:37:05 PM »
Someone said that apps were down this year....

how do you know/find out?


Just wondering:)

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So I was hoping to get into Boston Univ, UC Hastings, and UC Davis as my closest far-reaches...


Do i have a chance in hell?  Really.  Please tell me because i am starting to wondering if I am stuck going to Madison.

I have a 164, 3.4, Worked at the Los Angeles DA's office, backpacked Europe, etc.

The grades went down because I was taking care of my sick brother pretty much full time (20-60 hours a week) during these last two years of college. I just recently got him home care so i can concentrate on going away to school and i explained that in the addendum.   Will they even care, or is it just numbernumbersnumbers, despite any work/life experience?  Know anyone similar to me who got in with the same stats?

I know this wont help much, but grrr.  I need someone else's opinion because i went from being optimistic to- BLEH. crazy, you could say.
please let me know if you think I should prepare for an inevitable rejection or not.
cheers

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