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Incoming 1Ls / Re: I need a dean's letter and I'm worried....
« on: April 06, 2005, 05:07:28 PM »
If you didn't already put it on your application, you could be screwed.  Your acceptance is obviously contingent upon a few things, one of them being that you didn't LIE on your application. 

If I were you, I'd set up a meeting with your dean and talk to him about it.

Incoming 1Ls / Possible to get $$ after your first year in LS?
« on: April 06, 2005, 05:05:20 PM »
If you don't get any scholarship as an entering 1L, is it possible to get $$ for your 2nd or 3rd years?  (I'm thinking about a lower T-14 here).  If so, how well would you have to do to get an award -- top 25%?  10%?

Law School Admissions / Re: The answers to all your questions
« on: April 06, 2005, 05:03:21 PM »
Thank you so much for this advice  ;D

So what do you think are the top 5 mistakes of every college freshman? and what do you think is the biggest NO-NO for those who want to get into a great law school?

I know pledging early in your undergraduate career is a big mistake but what other things should prospective students avoid?

I think one important thing is getting to know profs.  It's tough to do your first year, but even so, take advantage of visiting professors and TAs (they can be a valuable ally) during their office hours.  Once you get into smaller classes, try to develop a relationship with your professors.  Actively participate in class (not because you're a brownnosing dweeb, but because you have a genuine interest in the subject) and ask them follow up quesitons during their office hours.  You'll have to get a feel for your profs/department, but the profs in my department (at a HUGE state school) LOVED having students come visit them to just shoot the breeze and talk about class, current events, etc.  Try to take seminars.  Ask around if any profs are looking for an undergrad research assistant.

That's my advice.  I was fortunate enough to fall in favor with the profs in my department and had a blast.  It's a wonderful feeling when you have to turn down a professors offer to write you a LOR because you already have more than you can submit!

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Smoking in law school
« on: April 06, 2005, 01:29:41 AM »
I would think that adderall is a more useful (and perhaps safe) drug to take for giving yourself a boost in LS....

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Pets in LS?
« on: April 05, 2005, 04:26:15 PM »
Of course if you live in the city or a busy suburb, letting your cat outdoors is a bad idea.  But if you live somewhere with little traffic and ample woods (or whatever type of terrain depending on where you live), then having an indoor/outdoor cat is great.  All I was saying is that I personally couldn't bear to keep a cat indoors (assuming I brought it up as a kitten), which is why I wouldn't get a cat if I lived anywhere I couldn't let it outside.  But that's probably because I got my cat from a farm, and she went haywire if we tried to keep her indoors.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: LOL is the new 'awesome'.
« on: April 05, 2005, 04:12:41 PM »

General Off-Topic Board / Re: LOL is the new 'awesome'.
« on: April 05, 2005, 04:11:18 PM »
/laughs at Sweeney cause he used IRC Chat slashes to perform an action

* thisis1984 laughs at Brave for even knowing about IRC slashes

muhahaha  :P

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Is water allowed during the test?
« on: April 05, 2005, 06:23:54 AM »

Take comfort knowing that nobody has any idea you're pissing yourself during the test.

It could be a valid statement, you just might not agree with it.

Explain how it could be a valid statement.  Are you trying to tell me that everybody who thinks they are an intellectual is not one (which is what ccorsi said)?

I don't think a paid service could provide you with anything you couldn't get from other sources.  If your'e still in school, ask professors to look it over for you.  If your school has a writing center and/or career center, go there and ask them to look over it or just for general advice.  Ask family and friends to look over it.  Their advice may not be "professional," but writing a personal statement isn't something that can be professional-ized.  Read through books on writing admission essays (both for law school and other grad programs can be helpful), and look online for samples. 

I think the most important thing is that YOU re-read it and edit it until it's perfect.  Get a draft (or two) written, then every couple days sit down with it and change, rearrange, and tweak.

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