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Acceptances / Re: Georgetown
« on: April 20, 2005, 12:42:38 PM »
That's great, especially since they seemed to be putting people off to next year.  I was deferred and then placed on the regular waiting list.

I called to talk with them about it and they said that usually all deferrals go on the priority list, but this year, that list is already overfilled so those of us less desirables went on the regular list.

I still would go to GULC if accepted, but the chances are slim.

OK, I'm going to be the only one here, but I hate Macs.  I had an ibook for the past 3-4 years and I was absolutely dying to get a new machine.  I could only reliably run one program at a time.  If I tried to use more, it would freeze up and I'd have to kill at least one application.  I thought from day one it was far less reliable than any PC or unix box I had used up to that point.

If your law school expressly only supports PCs, I think you'd make a huge mistake to get a mac, or even use an old Mac for that matter.  There is going to be so much stress that first year and prblems with compatibility, even just for exam software, will make life that much worse.  Virtual PC does not eliminate a lot of the problems, and tech support at many schools will not even look at a Mac.

Just my opinion.

I read Law School Confidential.  Unfortunately, it was heavily geared towards people who were going to LS right out of undergrad or who took 2 years off to wander around Europe.  Very little advice to those of us who already have legal experience and no mention of part time school.

The main thing I found interesting were the descriptions of the first year courses and what they were about.  Everything else just seemed to be fluff.

Where should I go next fall? / Re: WAITLIST = HONORARY REJECTION?
« on: April 19, 2005, 03:26:32 PM »
Well, here's my theory, although it's probably useless.

I think that each school is very different in regards to the possibility of getting in off a waitlist, as we know.  It seems to me that schools in cities with a large number of law schools are going to be the worst.  Take the example of DC, Georgetown is clearly the most coveted spot, but right behind it is GW, GMU, American, Catholic, Howard, and UDC.  Many people will apply to all of GULC, GW, GMU, AU, and Catholic.  These people will usually go to the highest ranked of these schools to which they are accepted.  For this reason, it seems that GW, GMU, AU, and Catholic would not have to go to their waitlists very often unless they just don't accept enough people right around their medians.  Schools that are more geographically isolated will not get this runoff from other schools and will have to go to their waitlists more.

Where should I go next fall? / Re: Is UNC on Drugs?
« on: April 08, 2005, 12:12:27 PM »
I don't believe any arrogance was involved, but there clearly was a major administrative failure at UNC this year.  Very few decisions went out early in the cycle according to LSN, even when compared to other state schools with similar admissions policies.  Something was weird, because you can see that some clearly qualified applicants have been left hanging for months on end.

Other state schools manage to pare down their out of state apps well and do it with rolling admissions, UNC should be able to do the same.

The fact is, as an applicant, it is impossible not to think that these administrative problems may continue beyond the admissions office.

By the way, I'm not a bitter reject or anything.  I'm not sure if I updated my signature, but I finally withdrew my application from UNC when I had to send in my seat deposit to GW.  I just wasted my app fee I guess.

Dutchman, if you're interested in going to GW part time, then I would call them and discuss it, they may be happy to admit you or give a better result than may be coming from the FT.  I'm not saying you won't get in, no idea, but it is an option.

Yes, I am going PT next Fall, hope it all goes well.  I got my Master's at night at GW while working full time and it was pretty stressful at times.

I speak with attorneys on almost a daily basis with my work.  The ones I have a good rapport with I have asked for advice on whether to go full time or part time to law school.  Every single one of them has recommended continuing working in the legal field and going to school part time.  Several also stated that the bad perception of PT programs was a phenomenon primarily observed in law school applicants and students, not employers.  Many of the DC area lawyers even expressed a preference for PT students because of the ease of integration into first year work.  If you have 4 years of work experience in a legal field, I think this makes you much more employable than someone with 2 summers of work.

I just don't think there's a big legitimacy gap between PT and FT, definitely not enough for me to give up making money and gaining experience for 3 years.

As far as going for one semester and then transferring, I don't know why this would hurt your resume.  I would think the only thing it would do would be to cause the more competitive and petty FT students to look down on you when you join the section.

General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: My new laptop
« on: March 31, 2005, 12:57:24 PM »
It was definitely pricey, but I'm working now and through school so could afford to splurge on this.  I have a computer right now that I hate, so I'm looking forward to getting this one.

I don't have my receipt right here, but with the 512M RAM upgrade, it was about $2650.

It's a 1.4G Intel Centrino Pentium M
512M RAM (256 standard)
40G HD
14.1" screen
3.5lbs, supposedly not much more with the AC adapter

One nice thing is it has a 3 year warranty included.  Some of the warranties that come with the cheaper laptops are as short as 90 days which is frustrating.

General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / My new laptop
« on: March 31, 2005, 12:10:08 PM »
I finally took the plunge and bought my laptop for next year.  I got the Panasonic Toughbook Y2 based on the reviews I read on the Internet mostly.  I upgraded to 512M RAM but the rest of the system configuration is the same.  The primary bonuses to me were the fact that it weighs only 3.5lbs and has a battery life of 5 hours according to CNET.

General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Pets in LS?
« on: March 30, 2005, 04:05:36 PM »
For those of you considering a kitten or a puppy, please take a chance to check out a greyhound or other dog rescue for an adult dog in need of a home.  They will bond to you just like a puppy and you get the bonus of knowing their personality when you find them (lazy, excitable, timid, etc.)  A lot of these things are difficult if not impossible to know with a puppy.

Also, kittens are tough to gauge as to how destructive or active they may be as adults.  Consider adopting an adult cat in need of a home.  You should be able to find one spayed or neutered already and in dire need of a home.  My cat is just great and he was 2 when I adopted him.

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