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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Northwestern!
« on: December 20, 2005, 12:08:56 PM »
now I feel like a male private part

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Northwestern!
« on: December 20, 2005, 12:08:29 PM »
there are so many sources that you can find this information, and judging by your lack of knowledge in knowing where the school is and lack of resourcefulness in figuring out where it is - you are probably not Northwestern material.


Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Dilemma
« on: December 20, 2005, 12:03:29 PM »
I am a 1L, my orientation (as are most) was required, but it is still possible to skip it.  It will depend on the school, when will you be registering, etc.  Just tell them that you cannot be there day X or X and Y and they will do whatever is necessary to get you up to speed.  25% of my orientation was worthless, 25% helpful, and 50% was stuff I needed to do but could have done at another time (its just easier if everyone does it at once).  I'm sure you can make the wedding, most orientations end Friday or during the week sometime, maybe you will miss the rehersal, but that's not the end of the world.  As far as meeting people goes you will have plenty of time for that, then you'll be stuck in class everyday with some of them, you can't not meet people.  I wouldn't want to miss the whole orientation though, if you don't have to, another words don't skip all of orientation just to hang out, go to a baculorete party, rehersal dinner, get your hair and nails done togather, and go to a spa.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: saying their #1 - less $$?
« on: December 15, 2005, 08:58:02 PM »
I don't think it would hurt to explain why they are a good fit for you, but simply saying "you're my favorite" is something I would avoid.  If you go the route of a good fit explanation I don't think they are any less likely to give you a nice scholorship if you qualify.  But, it sounds like you are right on the border number wise and probably won't be offered too much if any money anyway.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Toledo 1L Taking Questions
« on: December 12, 2005, 11:48:06 AM »
I think that you should go to just about the best school you can get into.  That's not to say that I would choose a school ranked 60 over one ranked 85 though.  Chances are those schools aren't truly that different.  If I could have gotten into a significantly higher ranked school I would have gone to it.  Still that said, job prospects are probably fairly similar amongst most schools out of the top 25 or so.  Certailnly the top 10-14 are a completely different story, opportunity abounds for them.  Is there a real difference in a T3 v. T4 school, sometimes yes sometimes no.  There a decent T4 schools, there are some pretty lousy ones as well, look at bar passage rates, job placement, etc.  I went to Toledo because I didn't get into any other school that was significantly better.  My tuition is only 12K per year, this is important to me.  Despite what people may say many law students, especially average ones at average schools will only start out at 40-70K a year.  I want to be able to pay off my loans, so Toledo was a somewhat appropiate choice, I really liked Penn St., could see myself living there for some time, but all things considered Toledo was my best option. 
My advice is consider where you want to live, how much you are willing to spend (is there an affordable public school), and what the schools strengths and weaknesses are.  This is actually something you can figure out by visiting and looking at the raw numbers.  Make a decision based on those things.  If you get into a T3 and T4 and you fell so so about the T3 and maybe don't really want to live there, but the T4 is a place you love, and maybe they threw a little money at you, and they have respectable placement, then they might be your best bet.  Don't let rankings be anything more than a baseline for targeting possible schools you would apply to, and don't apply to schools that you can't honestly see yourself going to.
A little story... We meet with the Dean at the end of our first semester before scheduling for spring, and she asked me a few questions about where I would like to practice, etc., etc.  I have family in Charlotte and told her I am considering going back to Michigan or going to Charlotte, then she began to tell me of a placement program they have in Charlotte's prosecutors office and other Charlotte Alumni.  Bottom line, there will be opportunity even at a school ranked 50, 85, or 130, it just depends on how hard you work.  Avoid schools like Cooley, Nova, and some others and you'll be fine.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Princeton Review Rates Ohio Northern
« on: December 11, 2005, 10:08:02 PM »
I would have to agree that the Princeton Reviews rankings are pretty worthless.  The "what students say" is about the only thing of interest on the site.  Also, for rankings see USNWR or Cooley (for a laugh) and don't put too much stock into rankings in any regard.  Ohio Northern is very regional, its comparable to other T4 schools.  If you are considering Ohio Northern your options are probably a little limited, so go to a school in an area you like and work your as$ off.

Choosing the Right Law School / Toledo 1L Taking Questions
« on: December 11, 2005, 10:02:40 PM »
just finished my last exam, so fire away.

Incoming 1Ls / 2 comments/questions
« on: August 31, 2005, 08:00:05 PM »
First, why are you current 1L's still posting on the pre-law side of this board.  You are now in law school, so get on over to the other side and recreate your screen name.  I want maximum responces from actual law school students and for this to happen ya'll need to get your asses over there. - thank you

Second, has anyone else encountered the people who furiously take down everything said in class.  I even have one in my Legal Research and Writing class, a class in which 90% of your grade is based on a writing assignment next semester.  What is wrong with these people, even in a regular class like contracts you need very little notes, just key in on important things and make a good outline.  It seems like these fella's are missing the point.

I'm am determined to finish my PS today, but I didn't expect it to be so difficult!! My first line is:

I've never been a very sociable person

I've been told it's too negative, but I'm going on to say how my experiences have taught me the necessity of traveling outside my comfort zone in order to make a difference in my community. Do you think this beginning is too negative?

The word "very" is quite possibly the most undescriptive adjective in the english langauge, and I would avoid using it in anything remotely important such as; a term paper, personal statement, or otherwise.

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