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Current Law Students / Re: How can you stand out?
« on: May 07, 2008, 05:58:41 AM »
I really think that the LSAT/Grade correlation is an irrelevant consideration for law students.  By the time that you have been admitted to a school, and paid your seat deposit, it's a factor you can't change. Therefore, it isn't worth thinking about anymore.  Besides, while there might be a statistical correlation between LSAT and grades, there are always some people with high LSAT scores who do poorly in law school, and those with low LSAT scores that do well.  My LSAT is right at the 25th Percentile at my school, and yet my grades are in the top 5%.

In terms of people gunning to be at the top of the class, I think that most people will be on the first day of orientation, and that number will drop continuously throughout law school.  Basically, people will figure out how much work they are willing to put in, and how effectively that work will translate to grades, and they will determine their position in the class from there.  Besides that, I think that some people "get" law school exams first year/ first semester, and some people never "get" them.  Figuring out the exam is the secret to working efficiently.

Therefore, I think the secret to distinguishing yourself in your law school class is to develop a strong understanding of IRAC, take an exam writing course or read an exam writing book, and make sure to take practice exams.  Being extra prepared to recite the precise facts of a case when called on in class will not help to distinguish you.  However, knowing how to concisely recite the rule of law and engage the facts in your application of that rule on an exam will distinguish you.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Fun Things To Do in Baltimore?
« on: May 03, 2008, 06:55:32 PM »
The Smithsonian is in DC - about 45 minutes away, so not really reasonable distance if you are looking for Baltimore entertainment.

But, the Inner Harbor is fun, and Camden Yards is a great stadium.

Current Law Students / Re: 60 mile commute to LS. Am I nuts?
« on: April 25, 2008, 08:55:57 PM »
I am a 3L (almost grad).  My commute was much shorter distance-wise than yours, but in a high-traffic metro-area. 1L and 2L, my commute was 1 hour to 1:15 each way, and on particularly bad days could be 2 hours one way.  This year, I moved a bit farther from school, but was able to schedule my classes to avoid a rush hour commute for the most part and reduced commuting time to 45 minutes to 1 hour each way.

If your commute will be in the 1-1:15 range, it is definitely workable.  If the commute is much longer than that, during rush hour when you will be forced to commute during 1L, you may want to reconsider.  It really will be a quality of life question, however, rather than determining your ability to be successful in school.

In terms of my school time commitment, during 1L law school was approximately a 50 hour/week commitment during the bulk of the semester and 60 hours/week right before exams.  That meant that I tried to do about 5 hours of studying, outside of class, every day.  With excellent time management skills, (which I'm sure, as a mom, you have) you should probably be able to do the bulk of this in between classes during the week.

I ended up using the car time as telephone time (with a hands-free device of course).  I didn't really mind driving, so I did my best to use the travel time to decompress from school.

I hope this is helpful.

Not knowing how big of a fish you are, it is very hard to evaluate the size of the pond.  You have to balance the factors that are important to you, including rank, scholarship, geography, etc.  However, before you have taken a law school exam and received your grades, you have absolutely no clue what your class rank will be.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Univ. of Miami anyone?
« on: April 29, 2007, 06:34:14 PM »
I think common sense means not being out by yourself at 1 a.m., anywhere in Miami.  It's a city, even if you aren't downtown.

My experience has been that students generally live in Coconut Grove, the Gables, South Miami and Kendall.  Kendall is kind of a schlep, (I wouldn't really want to live west of 117th Ave.), but now, being almost done with two years of law school in a city where I do have to do a significant commute, it really isn't that big of a deal to even have an hour commute. 

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Anyone Still Waiting on GMU
« on: June 24, 2005, 06:39:34 PM »
I got my letter today... wait until the 2nd week of July.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Anyone Still Waiting on GMU
« on: June 21, 2005, 03:33:33 PM »
Do you guys know if you will be accepting GMU's offer, or will you be going somewhere else?

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Anyone Still Waiting on GMU
« on: June 18, 2005, 08:43:42 AM »
So, their second deposit deadline has passed.  Has anyone heard anything yet?

Incoming 1Ls / Re: University of Miami
« on: June 06, 2005, 08:19:22 AM »
In terms of parking... the lot near the law school is terrible.  If you don't want your car dented beyond recognition, park in the far out spaces.. the Ponce garage and the parking on San Amaro are your best bets.  The law school lot fills up really fast because it is shared by the music school, the IM field, the Unger building to a certain extent, and the UC.  Additionally, the spaces are sooo tight that I have literally been stuck in my space before, and had to wait for the people around me to move.

I received the same letters.  I submitted a letter of continued interest after the first return postcard.  The second letter didn't seem to ask for a response, only that they wanted to keep me on the list.  Since I had recently emailed Dean Richards regarding my continued interest, I didn't think it necessary to respond to the second letter.

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