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Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Acceptance Notifications Table
« on: February 27, 2005, 08:44:36 AM »
Starresky: You rock for making that chart!

You should also put in there that Harvard sends a packet with just informational materials (in a large envelope) after they get your app. 

When I received it, I freaked until I opened the envelope.  I am pissed that they would send the envelope during admission season.  It really was a letdown.

IMHO (and I do the hiring of attorneys for a small firm), being in the bottom 50% of your class at Harvard  = top 10 in your class at most first tier schools.  If you do really well in school, it doesnn't matter where you go.

Case in point.  My friend Paul.  Graduated #3 in his class at Marquette and worked 3 years out at a very big, very prestigious firm in DC making $130K a year.  (He ended up quitting to go to work at the US attorneys office)

If you are a slacker, then take the best school you can get.  I plan on going to Wisconsin and doing well.  I think I will be fine. 

Yes, it's hard to see when someone with the same credentials gets into a better school than you do possibly because their race was a "thumb on the scale"

However, I have a different perspective on things. I am in charge of hiring for a small firm that has a clientele that is 50% minority.  We have a heck of a time finding minority lawyers to hire.  I have been working like crazy to make sure that we do, but haven't succeeded yet.  For our clients, it helps when our staff looks like they do.  It makes the clients more comfortable.  The clients are the reason that we have a firm to begin with.

When I first started working at our firm 6 years ago, the owner would just try and talk lawyers he knew (all white males) about coming to work for him.  It was bad practice and bad for the firm.  It has been a battle to get him to realize that we need to have a staff that is as diverse as our client pool is.  I have finally gotten him to agree, but only about 5% of the resumes I got were from African-Americans. 

We need more black lawyers! 

General Off-Topic Board / DeadHead Law students?
« on: February 26, 2005, 10:49:38 PM »
Any other Grateful Dead/jamband fans out there?  Any of you worried that attending law school will cause you to miss out on some killer shows/festivals?


Incoming 1Ls / Re: to cheat or not to cheat - please read.
« on: February 26, 2005, 06:58:51 PM »
Cut your penis off and have it cryogenically frozen for the next 12 months.  Then give it to your current girlfriend so she can toss it into the ocean.

Seriously though, the masturbation idea is probably your best bet.  If you are even considering cheating, your relationship might not be in that great of shape.  perhaps the hermit life is for you.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Anyone get in where the numbers said you couldn't?
« on: February 26, 2005, 06:57:29 PM »
163 (90th percentile)

Marginal at best.  Because I have a very good very lucrative position as a law firm manager, I need to get into a top 25 school to make the debt worth it. 

I applied to:
Washington & Lee
Lewis & Clark
Indiana Bloomington
Ohio State - Moritz

I only think I have a chance at WI, Indy, L & C and maybe MN, but Washington and Lee sent me a bunch of stuff and emailed me about why I didn't I did. 

Fingers crossed!

Incoming 1Ls / Re: place to work before law school
« on: February 26, 2005, 04:58:36 PM »
Must be nice not to have to worry about working....

most people do!

Get a job at a law firm and see how things really work!

Incoming 1Ls / Anyone get in where the numbers said you couldn't?
« on: February 26, 2005, 04:57:32 PM »
I want to hear from anyone who got into a school with less than the 25% GPA and LSAT.  Tell your story! 

I have severe, almost ridiculous grade acceleration and am hoping someone looks past the raw numbers and sees it. (Left college in 94 with a 2.3 GPA, straight A's upon my return in 1999 leading to a 3.1 cum GPA that looks awful on my apps)


Incoming 1Ls / Re: Widener vrs Cooley vrs NOVA Southeastern Unive
« on: February 26, 2005, 12:36:36 PM »
One of the attorneys that worked for us was a Cooley grad.  Since their admissions policy isn't strict, they make the 1L year especially difficult to weed out those that shouldn't be there.  If you would like, I can email Steve and ask him to talk to you abou it.  He loves talking about law school.  Let me know.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Harvard Email Accounts
« on: February 26, 2005, 12:32:44 PM »
Harvard acceptees: You lucky bastards!    :)

In case someone hasn't told you all that you ROCK, I have now.

Anyway, I popped in to say that my former assistant is at Harvard as a 2L and I am sure she can give you some info if you would like.  Let me know.  She owes me one (I wrote her LOR.)

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