Although I don't call it studying (more like preparing for class, most of the time; studying is for exams), I probably do about 3 hours a day.
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I would have been perfectly fine attending Georgetown had I not gotten into some top 10 schools. I believe that their reputation is just fine with employers and that "lay" people would suspect Georgetown of being more prestigious than schools like Michigan and UVA, and possibly even Penn and NYU since "lay" people hear those names and think those are public schools. Even if you only care what employers think, you're still not hurt in the slightest by attending Georgetown. I think most everyone respects that school.
Also, when friends of mine and I applied last year, Georgetown was among their best financial aid packages, second only to full scholarships from lower-ranked schools. I didn't apply for financial aid with Georgetown since I pretty much knew it was Michigan vs Penn vs UVA, so I didn't get any money offered to me. For the record, UVA gave me a scholarship but not as much as the financial aid Georgetown was giving out to my friends, Michigan barely gave me *&^% (until I told them UVA gave me a scholarship) and Penn didn't give me *&^%. My friends who also got money from Michigan also got less than Georgetown was handing out, including to them (one person had a $9000 difference between Georgetown and Michigan).
« on: November 29, 2005, 08:02:52 PM »
I attend Michigan, and I don't really think it's fun...but I think that might depend on two major things: where you're from and what you like to do. If you're one of those people who thinks getting drunk is the way to go, then you'll be fine at Michigan or anywhere else. Otherwise, I think the most entertainment to be found is obviously somewhere near or in a city. Sometimes, I wish I would have chosen Penn, because I don't think we "bust our asses" at Michigan...although I know many people would disagree with me...still, I have a lot of free time, and I spend much of it bored because 1) other people are always working and complaining about working, and 2) I don't think there's much of anything fun around here in walking distance and I don't have a car or anything). I'm not even from a city--I'm from somewhere where I'm used to being bored, but I'm sick of being bored, especially knowing that I *will* eventually be busting my ass when I get a job. I want to have fun for three years, and, unfortunately, I--and some other people--find Michigan pretty boring. The slack we get academically, in my opinion, lends itself to plenty of opportunities to have a good time...there's just not much here providing a good time.
I personally had Michigan and Penn issues when I applied last year. Then I got into UVA and got a scholarship there, as well, so it became a Michigan/UVA/Penn smackdown. Getting money wasn't a deal-breaker but NOT getting it was...that's what booted Penn out of the picture. As for UVA vs Michigan...maybe if UVA hadn't been in the South, it would have been a harder decision. But since I was from there and desperately wanted to leave, it was easier making a choice between Michigan and UVA than it would have been to make a choice between Michigan and Penn had their financial aid been more equivalent.
« on: March 22, 2004, 07:03:46 PM »
I agree with you 100% on everything, Cal...I have often wondered if some of those people were lying, as well. For example, I think some (not all) of these "URMS" are bitter non-URMs...no offense...but I really wouldn't put it past some of those people who post on the PR boards to do something like that. Like there was one person--I think they were supposed to be Black--who was listed that allegedly got into Northwestern with a 150 LSAT...I'm sorry, but I just don't buy that one, though there could probably be amazing outlying factors...but still...since I don't see that under Northwestern anymore, that makes me believe that person was lying even more.
In terms of Nikegirl, I saw her profile for the first time while I was in Chicago a couple weeks ago...I figure she could be an URM, lying or has some kick-@ss story, work experience or something...plus the fact she's from a top 10 school. Now, if she were Black, went to a top 10 undergrad and got a 165 (a score that, from what I've seen and read, is high for African Americans--again, no offense...check lsnumbers and see that the avg African Americans applying to those kinds of schools probably avg about a 160, and I'm holding an article in my hands right now from the "Emory Lawyer" that cites the avg LSAT score for AA's as a 142 in comparison to a 152 for Whites), I can see her getting into those schools, especially if she has an amazing story/hard major. I think this is the most likely scenario.
Still, she could be a legacy--as well or solely--or, before Aonghus repeats himself, she's got an incriminating picture of the Dean of Admissions.
I kind of agree with random poster...I don't have a problem with this section being here and don't think that all schools don't care at all about personal statements...I just think that you should, at least, be able to write your own instead of seeking help over it. There are tons of books and services out there if you DO need help with it, though, so that DOES kind of make this section a little unnecessary...plus the fact that, yeah, most people you see online can't really write well, regardless of what kind of school they're trying to get into. Also, from what I've seen, most law school essays are boring anyway...and a lot of admissions officers concede that (in the books I've read). So your application probably has to be borderline in order for most admissions officers to use the personal statement as any kind of big deal.
« on: March 21, 2004, 01:38:22 AM »
Yeah, your GPA is great from Williams. If I had to guess about what a school who actually adds points for undergrad school rep would put your GPA at, it'd probably be about a 3.7 or 3.8. Either way, with a good LSAT score, you would get into some pretty good schools.
« on: March 20, 2004, 05:06:08 PM »
Pchan, I agree with what you said in your other post--I believe that one of the main underlying reasons why a lot of attorneys are unhappy is because they simply didn't know what they were getting into and wanted to attend law school/become an attorney for the wrong reasons or reasons that aren't good enough.
That said, I do know attorneys who are happy. I think law definitely isn't for everyone, but it's going to be the right profession for some. The benefit of reading and posting these articles, hopefully, is geared more towards waking some of the more less- or ill-informed people up rather than trying to dissuade EVERYONE.