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Incoming 1Ls / Re: What's Your Major?
« on: May 12, 2005, 11:14:34 PM »
I took some classes in Chemistry, Anthropology and Mythology, wow it's like I tried to make myself unemployable.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Going without health insurance
« on: May 12, 2005, 11:02:07 PM »
You really have to think of it this way, just because you have no health problems and probalby won't for the next three years doesn't mean you won't get hit by a bus tomorrow.  Also god forbid you get something or somethign that you never knew you had developes you won't be able to get insurance because it'll be a pre-existing condition. \

Incoming 1Ls / Re: What's Your Major?
« on: May 12, 2005, 10:51:49 PM »
Well I was an Art History major so I am TOTALLY prepared.

Well it's more the laptop, plus the notebook pluse the books.  I mean I'm guessing I'll still need some sort of notebook to write with and my laptop must be a good 7 pounds or so.   
It's more the combination of all that worries me.

Yeah I have a laptop, but I've always taken notes by hand and don't know how easy it'd be to start taking them on my laptop.  Besides the fact that surfing the net during class would be far too tempting and I don't really want to lug my laptop to school everyday, but we'll have to see.  I hand write them and then go home and type an outline nicely on my computer, sort of as forced refresher.  I'm kind of bad in the fact I almost never look at my notes, I really only take them so that my mind doesn't wander during class and I remember the material a lot better if I do.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: It's Officially Over
« on: May 01, 2005, 12:42:32 PM »
I still laugh at all the posts in the 'acceptances'category that are threads that have nothing to do with acceptances.  Just despaerate people scrambling for anything to hold on to that keeps them from realizing that they will only get into TTTs, and will go on to mediocre carreers in law. 

There are people out there who consider anything outside the T14 a third tier toilet.  They think anyone attending less than a T14 will (how did you put it?) go on to mediocre careers in law.  So what makes you think that YOU are better than someone who is going to a t3 or t4?  Just because your manager did nothing with his JD does not mean that all people who get their JDs from t3 or t4 schools are not driven enough to do something fantastic with their degrees.  A lot of people have suggested to you to retake your LSAT, I agree.  There is something terribly flawed with the logic that because *John Doe* went to *School X* and did not go on to a great legal career, ALL people who go to *School X* will not go on to great legal careers.

Yeah I mean I find it beyond ridiculous how some people act like if you're not going to a T14 and hey maybe even a T10 the rest of your life is pretty much ruined.  I mean I'm going to American and I've already heard lots of slack because its the 3rd (or some say 4th) ranked school in DC.  But it's also a Tier 1 with a number of top ranked specialties.  I mean I know people who went to law schools that didn't even make Tier 4 and now have very successfully and lucrative carears.  If your entire goal in life is to make it into one of these huge nationally known law firms then yeah a T3 or T4 is going to make that pretty difficult, but that is literally a sliver of the legal market out there.  I have to say I was an art history major in college, which is basically considered to be one of the most useless degrees around.  When I went into the job market I was terrified that I was virtually unemployable, but it wasn't true at all.  I got good jobs in law firms and am currently working on an FDA clinical study and I think having a slightly different degree helped me get into law school.  People need to calm down and realize there isn't this cookie cutter path to getting a good job or being successful. Work hard, make connections and do what you love, because that's probably what your best at anyway.  Everyone needs to calm down.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Single Sex Law Schools?
« on: April 24, 2005, 12:15:00 PM »
Coming from a family full of teachers, I have to sort of say something about the whole single sex education thing.  It's really more affective for pre-teen and high school girls especially in the math and science fields, basically because a lot of girls don't want to look smart and won't challenge boys, but too be honest if your going to law school, I think imagine you would have gotten over this sort of thing by now and can't think of a whole lot of advantages.  In fact I can only think of disadvantages and the fact that you would not have interacted with men in any legal sense during your whole education, men and women do generally have different styles and I think you would need that real world exposure because you'll be meeting them in the real world soon enough. I know there is a lot of research that shows that girls do better without boys, but that is in a general sense and a lot of the research is really more about girls from disadvantaged backgrounds who may not get a lot of support or encouragement at home.  Also I think being around boys is good in a lot of ways, they are more competitive and more ruthless, girls are taught to be non confrontational and even if you have an insane feminist mother like myself, a lot of that rubs off on you.  I think you may want to avoid some of the insanely competitive schools which I'm sure have way too much testerone, but I wouldn't go for an all girl school, even if one existed.

It's funny the students we had talk to us seemed incredibly driven.  All were graduating and doing clerkships for judges.  I got the impression that although the school in big on PI, the vast majority went the traditional law route and just sort of dabbled in the non profit thing.  Seemed like pretty much everyone was trying to write on to journals and that sort of thing.  But also the people I talked to all seemed to be in the top 10% for the most part.  I can see how some students could be like that, you could tell a lot of the kids didn't go to law school for the money or necassarily to become lawyers.  I was told there were so many different things to do that you would have to turn a lot down, but they all were pretty academic, journal, clinics, moot court that sort of thing.  I got the impression from the school that people were pretty smart but I agree it wasn't your typical dog eat dog sort of law school and some people do thrive on competition.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Ok ppl... What's Cali REALLY like?
« on: April 19, 2005, 05:20:07 PM »
Well my dad lives in Northern NJ and I've been forced to live there a few summers and that sort of thing and I lived in Monterey, which is near, but nothing like San Jose and now I live in Santa Barbara.  California is definitely a lot more laid back and that goes from everything from what you wear to work to wearing pajamas to coffee shops in the morning (I don't do it, but plenty do).  The biggest difference I would say is the little things.  The girl at Starbucks is actually pleasant and competent, as opposed to in NJ where they were annoyed I was there and screwed up my drink at least half the time.  The food is generally a bit fresher and lighter than in the tri state area and a lot less Italian.   You don't really get the strong ethnic group in CA like you do in NYC, by this I mean the large Italian and Jewish communities who have very distinct identities.  However there is of course a huge Hispanic population who will provide you with all the cheap and huge burritoes you can eat, I don't want to leave  :-[

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Anyone going to American that needs a roommate?
« on: April 18, 2005, 10:47:00 PM »
Hey I'm definitely looking for a roommate.  I'm coming into this blind and it would be great to live with another law student. 

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