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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Minnesota 1L taking questions
« on: December 30, 2004, 06:13:02 PM »
Big tex:

have not gotten the grades yet.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Minnesota 1L taking questions
« on: December 30, 2004, 06:11:28 PM »
Jumboshrimps:

Sorry about UMN, just go out and prove the adcomm wrong wherever you go

1) How bored does a 1L have to be to offer to answer questions from prospective law students? Were you hired by MN to do so?

Was not hired by UMN...UMN was actually one of my last choices when I started the process. I do like it here, but really wanted to go to UVa or Duke, but gave up on getting of the waitlists there in early july. Was thinking about going to USC or GW, but UMN came through with a merit scholarship I couldn't turn down.

I am home for break in Albany, NY which is my hometown. If you have ever been here before, you would understand why I am bored.

2) Why the hell doesn't it snow up there any more?

global warming? it was certainly cold enough the week leading up to x-mas

3) Do they still have that poker room at Canturbury Downs?

only gambling I did was at Mystic Lake which I think is a slaughterhouse/tourist trap. No poker, crap or roulette tables. just slot machines, pull tabs and black jack.

now that you mention poker at canterbury downs, I must investigate

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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: The Four UC's
« on: December 30, 2004, 01:23:36 PM »
in my opinion the best public interest law school is the one from which you will graduate with the least amount of debt or has the best loan forgiveness program, which will actually allow you to live on public interest money instead of forcing you to work in a place where you do not want to be just to pay off your loans...

Boalt has a very well respected intellectual property program as well

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Minnesota 1L taking questions
« on: December 30, 2004, 12:25:29 PM »
no problem, good luck

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Minnesota 1L taking questions
« on: December 30, 2004, 12:16:13 PM »
Minnesota's strengths are in the midwest.

Nationally we have some good placement prospects in NY, SF and DC as well as other places.

the reality is, however, if you attend UMN you should be willing to work in MN at least initially after graduation. The best national opportunities are normally reserved for the top 25 to 33% of the class most likely.

Most UMN grads stay in the twin cities, mostly because both the area and the legal market are growing at a steady pace, the reasonable cost of living and pay levels that are comparable to big markets.

I think UMN has nice national options but I am flexible about where i want to work. If you really want to work in So Cal, USC and UCLA are probably better choices

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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Minnesota 1L taking questions
« on: December 30, 2004, 12:06:58 PM »
gentoo,

I think it is a little bit of both.

there is some statistical correllation between your GPA/LSAt and first year performance, otherwise the LSAT would be useless as an admissions tool.

having said that, your motivation level must be very high to perform well, and to an extent that can overcome GPAs or LSAT scores that might indicate otherwise.

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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Minnesota 1L taking questions
« on: December 30, 2004, 11:51:49 AM »
there is a mandatory curve at almost every law school, with the median being normally between a b and a b+.

did you have a mandatory curve at your undergrad?

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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Minnesota 1L taking questions
« on: December 30, 2004, 11:41:34 AM »
I did that as well.

Doing work on the weekend allows you to get ahead a little bit for the week which I think is a really good thing.

I found that i needed a lot of time to read the material carefully and write case briefs.

Of course, it is important to have a life outside of the law school. I made sure to go to most of the thurday night bar reviews and I bought a season ticket for UMN hockey. Also found time to go out for a few twins games and a few vikings games.

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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Minnesota 1L taking questions
« on: December 30, 2004, 11:25:21 AM »
Econ/American studies double major.

3.37/166

graduated from Amherst in the late '90s and worked as a bond trader on wall street until I went back to school

Law school is much different in undergrad because you really need to be prepared everyday to get the maximum benefit of classes. You cannot really just skate by doing the minimum.

the work load is not oppressive, but it is consistently demanding. You really need to treat law school as a job (don't skip class) and you should spend a good part of your weekend doing work.

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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Minnesota 1L taking questions
« on: December 30, 2004, 11:10:11 AM »
fire away

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