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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: NYU, UT, Duke, or stay in IT?
« on: March 25, 2004, 07:49:53 AM »
If money's an issue and you're not sure exactly what you want to do with a law degree, I think you should go to UT.  It's cheap, it's relatively prestigious, and does have some national status, and most importantly it's a strong, general legal education.  There's all kinds of IT people in law school; lots do Intellectual Property, Cyberlaw, etc. There's all kinds of opportunities.  Good luck. 

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Overrated/ Underrated Schools?
« on: March 24, 2004, 01:48:48 PM »
right on.  you make good points.  i have a couple of smart friends at CUNY who absolutely love it and say they are getting great educations.  it was mainly hearsay and looking at course offerings, etc. but i suppose it is truly a disservice not to arm people to pass the bar.  didn't know all that other... worth a second gander for sure. 

my preference for yale over harvard (which is a joke since both would have laughed my app. out the door if i had dared apply) does betray my bias towards academia.  good call. 

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Social Engineers?
« on: March 24, 2004, 12:53:50 PM »
I could buy that... what would that make "the people?"  Or maybe it's not that complete a metaphor.  I certainly hope that's the case -- it's what I'm trying to do, anyway.  I think of law as a tool in peacemaking and social reform.  Not the entirety of it, just a tool.  Which would feed the concept of lawyer as engineer. 

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Overrated/ Underrated Schools?
« on: March 24, 2004, 12:46:07 PM »
I think CUNY is underrated... it's an incredible school for public interest work, but it's ranked near the bottom of all lists mainly because it just has different ways of measuring success, I think.

Also Northeastern and American are similarly underrated.

As for overrated, I'm not sure, but UT seems to be a lot of fuss for I'm not sure what.  Also, obviously, Harvard.  Why would anyone go there over Yale, Columbia, or Stanford?  Name alone.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Social Engineers?
« on: March 24, 2004, 12:39:38 PM »
It's a grassroots vs. elites issue (and a chicken-or-the-egg issue.  does life imitate art or art life?  does the court enact social change or respond to it?)... look at the civil rights movement.  yes there were favorable and important and even radical court decisions, but only after years of extreme pressure from activists and ordinary folks who refused to take it any more.  the court does exist in an evolving cultural context, and is as affected by it as it is effective to it, if not more so.  i'm not sure how this responds to your last comment about wanting the law to be precise or have definite solutions.  I'm not sure what that means.  It sounds more to me to appeal to people who want to believe that the grassroots humbly follows the elites, rather than the grassroots dragging the elites kicking and screaming to progress.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Who found out over email?
« on: March 24, 2004, 12:28:15 PM »
Cornell, Notre Dame, Northwestern all by email.
USF by phone call from the Dean of Admissions!

Incoming 1Ls / Re: what to wear?
« on: March 24, 2004, 08:11:49 AM »
no way!  i'm shocked, truly.  it seems so ridiculous!

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Social Engineers?
« on: March 24, 2004, 07:30:38 AM »
I think it sounds frightening. 

And also pretty arrogant (as usual for lawyers).  A comment like that takes a top-down approach, suggesting that lawyers are the motivators for social change, instead of opportunists who exploit (not necessarily negative) changing social norms.  It erases the entire history of the feminist movement and the many brave individuals who decided to file suits and go public with what they suffered(and legislators that made harrassment illegal).

Incoming 1Ls / Re: 2004 Stats for Acceptances and Rejections
« on: March 24, 2004, 07:20:03 AM »
I know, bizarre.  What did you have a felony conviction or something?  Especially BC -- where do they get off?  Whatever.  Best of luck, I'm sure you'll do great wherever you end up.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: On GPA
« on: March 24, 2004, 06:39:41 AM »
Are you talking about your UGPA?  That higher number is probably a combination of ALL of the courses you took -- summer school, AP credits, transfer credits, whatever.  The GPA is just for your degree-granting institution.  I THINK that's how it works.  Someone correct me if I'm wrong.

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