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Incoming 1Ls / Re: what to wear?
« on: March 24, 2004, 06:27:49 AM »
I can't imagine that wardrobe matters for just a regular admitted students day.  I mean, who are you even trying to impress?  It's not like there are potential employers or something. 

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Your Number One Reason For Becoming A Lawyer
« on: March 23, 2004, 02:47:46 PM »
or a british lawyer and get to wear a wig... now THAT would be a reason to enter a profession...

Incoming 1Ls / Re: LSAT Point Differentials
« on: March 23, 2004, 02:39:55 PM »
Just from a personal perspective, I was testing consistently in the high 160's before taking my first LSAT.  Then, due to a variety of factors, I had a panic attack during the first section and left about 8 answers blank!  However, in my delusion I convinced myself it was the experimental section.  It was not. This ended up in a 162.  I took it again with no further preparation and got a 168, which felt more akin to my true abilities.  It's only a six point difference, and when averaged it's only a 165, but I can tell you that the difference in response is huge. Some schools only
take the highest score, which is great.  In short, a few points makes a BIG difference, especially at the higher end of the spectrum!   

I don't get the problem either.  If people take classes for the LSAT, why shouldn't they have someone look over their essay?  It's not like they're paying someone to write it for them.  It seems pretty difficult to imagine that someone's writing ability could be disguised simply by having someone edit!  At my undergrad we had a whole writing center where professionals could help you with every stage of a paper of whatever length.  This was encouraged and not considered disingenous at all.  And trust me, I've got a pretty attuned bull meter.  If anything, I say take the LSATS without prep to get a "real" sense of your abilities, before refusing help on your essay!

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Your Number One Reason For Becoming A Lawyer
« on: March 23, 2004, 02:25:05 PM »
Well, I'm glad everyone's excited about dressing up like lawyers for work.  I myself hope to stay out of business attire as much as possible.  Oh and as for men being turned off... I expect my partner or any potential partner to be attracted to me for who I am (passive, aggressive, passive-aggressive, whatever).  I've gotten nothing but hit on for being powerful and intelligent.  But beyond that, I think we are beyond the basic evolutionary I'll @#!* her because she seems fertile arguments.  We do have minds, culture, and education to retrain us from our biological urgings...

Anyway, I'm going to law school because of a fundamental belief in the power of language to work major societal, cultural and political change, to have the opportunity to link my intellectual/theoretical interests to real people's lives, to work for peace and justice, to reaffirm the power of an individual or small group to take on and transform powerful institutions, to be a scholar/activist, to train my mind, to challenge my usual ways of thinking, to challenge myself and others ethically, and to provide for a future in which I can be flexible about what I'm spending my time on and where. 

Don't expect to make any money; the attorney where I work makes $30,000 and can barely pay her rent and loves every day of work. 

Hope all our dreams come true, (and then we'll probably see how wrong-headed those wishes were!  God laughs at our well-made plans, [and we are better for it... ])

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Boalt Hall information...
« on: March 22, 2004, 02:51:07 PM »
I think they're also referring to the lack of cut throat competition at Boalt due to it's lack of traditional grades.  Compared to other undergrads, it may be intense, but there is nothing less laid-back than law school.  Everything's relative.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: berkeley wait list
« on: March 22, 2004, 01:10:03 PM »
Okay, just kidding.  Official word today: waitlist.  I can officially join the ranks of purgatory now.

Choosing the Right Law School / advice -- where to go?
« on: March 22, 2004, 12:21:34 PM »
okay i'm still waiting on some schools but i think my decision is basically going to come down to cornell, northwestern or ut, which I am already in.  Still waiting but without much hope on berkeley, columbia, nyu, and uva.  Some background: completely committed to public interest work, probably international human rights, transitional democracies, refugee and asylum law, etc.  Also a strong interest in critical legal theory, jurisprudence, and hermeneutics.  Want to keep my options open for academia in the future.  Don't know where I'll practice in the future, maybe east coast or internationally.  Currently a Texas resident, which is the main reason for considering UT (price, convenience, awesome quality of life).  Prefer a relaxed atmosphere with less competition and urban nightmare living.  Suggestions PLEASE?????  Oh, I'm not getting money anywhere. 

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Fordham Waitlist
« on: March 22, 2004, 12:15:36 PM »
gross.  well, nice to know they really consider the whole person.  i feel kind of exposed because i had written a really personal extra essay to them, thinking they would appreciate it because of their stated emphasis on ethics!  apparently not.  well, whatever.  not going there regardless.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Fordham Waitlist
« on: March 22, 2004, 11:42:11 AM »
Political in what way?  What does that mean?

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