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Law School Admissions / Re: How hard is it to get into Wake?
« on: June 30, 2005, 01:51:37 PM »
I applied this year to Wake and was waitlisted with a 3.8 and a 161  LSAT.  While in the past, these stats would have landed me a spot, it seems that 162 was the cutoff this year for outright admissions.  They called me a few weeks ago and asked me if I had any plans for next year.  I told them I already planned on attending somewhere else and to withdraw my app.  Based on others experiences, I'm assuming that they were going to offer me a spot with that phone call had I not told them that I had already planned on attending school elsewhere.  But if you really want to be sure, you should try to get your LSAT to 163 or above in order to avoid a waiting game.  Wake, based on LSN, appears to be a strictly by-the-numbers school.  Good luck.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Posting after starting or just say goodbye now?
« on: June 29, 2005, 08:05:53 AM »
Keep posting! I'd love to hear about your experiences.

It will cost you.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Cost of books for first year?
« on: June 29, 2005, 07:39:20 AM »
Well my 1L schedule is set up so that I have 3 five hour classes and legal writing.  Each casebook is about $100 new (I have the prices from the bookstore) and the legal writing book is around $70.  That's $370 plus 3 or 4 supplements at about $30 each.  That comes out to $450-500 for me.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Cost of books for first year?
« on: June 29, 2005, 07:34:18 AM »
Required readings or all materials

I think $500-$700/semester and probably another $300 in supplements

How many classes are you planning on taking?  6 or 7?

Maybe 500-700 per semester total.

Yes, you have a chance at $$$$.  In fact, you probably have a very good chance.  Apply to all T14's as well.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Dubya = Lame Duck
« on: June 28, 2005, 02:15:20 PM »
I'm a conservative and previously a very strong Bush supporter.  I'll have to say that he's starting to lose my support as well.  Iraq has gone completely to hell and is just a quagmire at this point.  His social security plan sounds good in principle but is hard to implement in practice and energy prices are soaring with no end in sight (though this may have been the case regardless of the president).  People like to look at Bush as a highly idealistic but personally I think he really lacks any policy substance outside of his terrorism and SS platforms.  Right now, his two platforms aren't very successful and it is really hurting him in all political circles. 

I noticed that last night before the game.  He really does not look good.  Didn't he get hit in the eye with a football?

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Still think we'll get our scores today?
« on: June 24, 2005, 03:58:28 PM »
I did this whole thing last October and they did have scheduled maintenance for Saturday when scores were supposed to be released Monday.  I got mine at 7PM the Friday before.  However, there were also various reports of scores trickling in throughout the day prior to my score showing up in the inbox.  It seemed to me that I was one of the last people to receive mine and most people had received theirs by at least 6:30 or so.  But you never know.  The waiting is horrible and excruciating for most of you but you can't do anything except continue to wait and stress over them.  Good thing most of us are young or we'd all die from heart attacks during this process.

That's fine.  I can't say that I know what a great recommendation looks like because I haven't really read that many to be honest with you.  It's not stunning and doesn't blow me away but it does offer a comparison that makes you stand out among a large group of people, which is always a good thing. 

One thing that you'll find out about law school admissions is that your most important factors are GPA and LSAT.  If those two are straightened out letters of rec, personal statement, etc. will not be as important unless you are a marginal candidate at one of your school choices.  Even then, I believe that the personal statement still carries more weight than letters as long as the letters are not negative.  This letter serves its purpose.  Now make sure you get it to LSAC early because they are notoriously slow with the processing of letters.

Good read, thanks for the link.

This seems to apply disproportionately to those in biglaw and new associates at large firms.  I think anyone considering that career path should definitely read this article. 

It also helped me realize that all of this competition we see - for USNWR rankings, in law schools, for the best LSAT scores, etc... - is really just a microcosm of the profession we're entering.  The entire profession is structured around money and being "the best" means being at the top and earning the most money in a high stakes game.  Personally, I'm willing to trade being filthy rich for living comfortably and actually having a decent QOL.  I suppose there are far too many lawyers who will not or can not make this tradeoff and they end up being a statistic described in articles like this.

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