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« on: March 21, 2005, 05:29:54 PM »
weeelll...it's probably not a very happy life, either. I think the 'cruel and unusual' argument goes both ways.
26! By god, you're right! Man, that's how old I am. Ack.
There has to be some unbiased medical opinion out there on her brain, prior to all the leagl wrangling. Any physician in the House or Senate that is voting on this should not be voicing their own professional opinion--it just muddies the waters, IMHO. We implicitly trust doctors, and I think it's an abuse of their power in that sense. When they toss thier opinions into the public discourse, their opinions are trusted--and they shouldn't be. They have political objectives either way.
« on: March 21, 2005, 02:23:14 PM »
I'm on tenterhooks about this one....one of the more interesting things I've seen is the possibility that Rehnquist (who is back!!) would swat this down in an instant as federal meddling in a state case.
Terri is brain dead--though there are those that have said otherwise. I was a bit disturbed by (Dr.) Sen Frist watching a video (only)and saying that she could recuperate--Doctor's words are often taken at face value, and accepted by-and-large as 'truth.' I feel he's abusing the medical authority he has for this case, and muddying the waters in an effort to cloak the fact she's not coming back. The previous posting about the state of her brain is irrevocably true.
This is such a bizarre case...I'm fascinated. I bet this'll become another law school staple case.
...and now, I should probably go and fill out a DNR order myself. Those that wonder why Terri didn't have one--she was 41--not that old, eh? How many of you have a living will?
« on: March 19, 2005, 04:36:12 PM »
Another Chicagoan chiming in:
I lived in Bucktown. Fairly inexpensive, but this was a few years ago--$660 for a small two-bedroom with weird heating. I have friends that live in fabulous, huge apartments around Wicker Park and the Damen Blue Line and aren't paying too much. The Blue Line also shoots right downtown, so no probs there.
I had my car in Chicago, but *only* because there was lots of street parking around my place (I was near the highway--this is why). However, I still took the train to school (DePaul) and usually to work, although sometimes I drove to work.
Chicago has new housing laws in place that require new buildings to provide parking. If you luck out with a newer place, you might be able to keep the car. But, there's no reason in the world to drive it to school downtown. It'll take longer than the El, and costs boatloads to park. Northwestern should be on the special deal where you get an El/bus pass for like $40 a semester--it saved me soooo much money while I was at DePaul.
Best of luck--maybe I'll see you there next year
« on: March 17, 2005, 04:04:20 PM »
Just for jollies...I've heard it pronounced both ways, so I'd like to see if there's a majority.
(Amped for June 6th)
« on: March 16, 2005, 07:26:20 PM »
I think it depends how much you value your parent's input. My dad is very thoughtful and gives good feedback, but my mom, godbless her, gets so enthusiastic that she comandeers tours and asks bizarre questions at inopportune moments. I learned from my undergrad experience that mom, despite good intentions, should be barred from tagging along.
It's your call, unless the school sez there's no room (which is possible, if they're planning on stuffing everyone in a small classroom and can only fit 50 or something).
« on: March 03, 2005, 02:06:27 PM »
Hmmm...I dunno if the proper point is that music is a tough major, but rather if it has any applicability to Law. I can think of a number of things that would be near-impossible for me to study (music being one of them), that I don't know how I would "sell" to a law school. I've been studying Poetry pretty thoroughly the last few years, but I can't imagine that the adcomms will care about my sonnet skillz--what they *might* care about is that I've been the managing editor of two literary magazines, which shows leadership and project management ability. But, I'm only going to mention these projects if I can find a way to make the experience both colorful *and* applicable.
If you have a way to "sell" this major as useful to a law degree, cool. If not, Well...I dunno how much it will matter how "tough" it was, except as an addendum to explain a lower GPA.
Good luck with it all--and, yes, Ace them LSATs
« on: March 03, 2005, 04:12:21 AM »
I dunno...it seems like such a ploy--like something a school would only do if they thought they *were* your first choice. I mean, why offer a spot in the next class for someone on the fence? Hmmm...
« on: March 03, 2005, 04:09:41 AM »
...you could try the Chicago Reader for apts:http://www.chicagoreader.com/spacefinder
The El in Chicago is awesome, so the suburbs wouldn't be too bad--as long as you were talking Evanston, with its oodles of El stops & new downtown condos. South Evanston by the beach would actually be rather nice, I would think. But I grew up in Evanston, so I'm biased. ;-) NU Law is in the Gold Coast, right? That'd be some pricey stuff.
Wicker Park and Bucktown are worth looking at, in terms of affordability. When I was apartemnt shopping in the Chi, though, phone calls didn't help much--I didn't start getting any luck until I went to open houses and sweet talked the agents.
Good luck--it's a very tight and competetive housing market, but I have a number of friends who've found super nice lofts around Damen. That's Blue Line, so you'd be able to shoot straight downtown on the El (and without the hassle of the red line). If you're wanting a car in the city...well, good luck with that. A car would probably be easier in Evanston--more parking.
« on: March 03, 2005, 12:30:14 AM »
weeeeirddd....did you get your application in late? Was it not complete?
That's the first time I've herd of this happening. Huh.
« on: March 01, 2005, 02:21:30 PM »
I say: start studying now, to give yourself an idea of what you need to focus on. Get you LORs and everything ready, send them to LSAC...and then, take a year or two off. No joke. Go travel, live your life, enjoy some of your 20s. Your LSAT and LORs will keep, but your 20s only come around once.
If you're a crazy workaholic, though, go for it (it being Law school asap). But I traveled and did a bunch of stuff, and I'm glad I did, pre- six-figure debt.
My two cents--
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