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Law School Admissions / Re: Getting my LoRs back
« on: April 21, 2004, 11:21:31 PM »
If you signed the LSAC's Letter of Recommendation Form that you gave to the writers of your LORs, then you have wavied your rights to see them.  Even if you didn't sign them, it seems like you may have a hard time getting to them because of the implied nature of the following statement.  I might be wrong.  The best thing is to ask your recommenders if you could have copies of what they wrote.

""The purpose for which this confidential statement is being obtained is admission to an LSDAS-participating law school.  It will be received and maintained in confidence.  If you are admitted and you enroll-and if your law school retains letters of recommendation once the admission process is concluded-you may inspect this letter at that school unless you have voluntarily waived this right by signing the following statement: "I understand that letters and statemnets of recommendation concerning me are to be sent to the LSDAS-participating law schools to which I apply, and I hereby expressly and voluntarily waive any and all access rights I might have to such reommendations under the Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, any state law, or any other laws, regulations or policies." Law School Admission Council will not process this form if this statement has been modified or altered in any way.""

I spoke with a few 1L from several schools and most said participating in a law school prep course was something they wished they had done.  I don't know which of the two is better.  I am taking Law Preview in Los Angeles in early June.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: UCLA
« on: April 06, 2004, 12:16:32 PM »
Since UCLA is a state sponsered public school, I would guess that Californians make up the majority of students.  Politically, it would be hard for them to justify to the UC Regents as to why CA resources are being spent on out-of-state residents.  (The UC Regents are mainly political apointees and Govenator Arnie.)  How many are Californians?  75%? 80%?

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Hastings' Status Check
« on: April 06, 2004, 12:21:02 AM »
Hi Marcman,

Please don't take this personally. If you are not planning on going, then you should withdraw your application.  There are plenty of people who are still waiting to have their files reviewed. 

If everyone who was not planning on going to a school where their application is pending were to withdraw, then maybe those who are waiting might have their files reviewed quicker. 

Hey JG,

I am a molecular biologist who use to be with a large biotech doing pathway research.  Now I am going for my JD with an interest in IP law, not necessarily in biotech.  Public International Law & Corporate Law are also areas I want to explore.

Any idea where you'll be going?  I am sent in a deposit to Santa Clara University.

Good luck.

LSAC calculates your GPA based on all college courses before your first bachelor degree.  Courses after your first bachelor are considered part of your graduate degree.  That includes a second bachelor.  Since lawstudent2007 received both bachelors concurrently, all courses he took before receiving them count.  Graduate GPA is noted in the report, but is not the one that is widely used when looking at acceptance numbers.  It would surprise me if law schools did not take graduate grades into consideration.  That would not give them an accurate evaluation of that student's potential for law school.

My two cents.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Santa Clara vs Pepperdine
« on: March 27, 2004, 04:08:22 PM »
Hi Jan,

Congratulations!  It's funny that a school would make a claim that they expect to be rated a tier 2 school soon. 

I also have two choices..Santa Clara & UOP McGeorge.  McGeorge has offered a $15K/year scholarship for all three years if I stay in the top 30% of the class.  That would cut my tuition in half.  Santa Clara is offering no financial incentive. 

I have a BA in Microbiology and ten years of work experience at a biotech company.  My interests are corporate, financial, & IP law. 

After making my lists of Pros & Cons, I believe that SCU would be the better choice.  Its IP program is ranked 9 in the nation.  Stanford is ranked 8.  The school is located in Silicon Valley & Biotech Bay.  For a biology person, South San Francisco & Mountain View are perfect places to look for summer positions or a career after graduation.  SCU recognize the importance of biotech and offers a biotech fellowship. 

LA really lacks a biotech community.  Pepperdine doesn't seem to meet your needs..biotech IP lawyer.

I will be making my deposit at SCU.  Fortunately, I have friends in the Bay Area who were able to put me in contact with their friends who went to SCU School of Law.  Most are very successful and feel they can compete with students from Boalt & Stanford.

Best of luck.

Incoming 1Ls / Law School Prep Course : Barbri vs. Lawpreview
« on: March 26, 2004, 02:31:37 PM »
I am thinking about enrolling in either the Barbri or Law Preview law school prep course.  Has anyone heard anything good or bad about either?  Both cost around $1000.  Law students I have talked to have consistantly said they wished they had attended a prep course. 

I'll throw in my 2 cents as a long time San Diegan.  Thomas Jefferson has a reputation locally as a joke.  California Western is generally viewed as the better school.  Is it better by $12K-15K? I don't know.  One thing you should consider is which school will give you a better chance of getting a job afterwards.  I know a few people from CWSL that is doing well in their careers in San Diego.  I have yet to meet someone from TJ.  Both schools are very local and most graduates from CWSL seem to stay in San Diego.

Best of luck.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Laptops - What are people using out there?
« on: March 25, 2004, 01:28:30 PM »
My sister started pharmacy school last year with an IBM Thinkpad T-40.  It's about 5 pounds, 512MB RAM, 40GB HD.  It was purchased through the shareholder program at IBM. She ended up saving about $300 off the $2100 that was being charged to non-shareholders. If you know someone who own shares in IBM, you could save a bit of money.  She also bought Microsoft Office for Students from Costco for $140.  It does everything that she needs.  The fans are really quite and a friend of hers who is an ex-IT guy is considering getting one for himself.

I am waiting for the annual report from IBM to come out next month and then buy a computer for law school.  I would definitely go for 1GB of RAM and a slightly bigger harddrive.

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