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When did you get notified of your UCLA scholarship? I'm still hoping for money from them.

i'm curious about this as well.  their deadline is coming up soon, and i havn't heard back from them yet either...

It was about two weeks ago that I heard.  The merit scholarship folks seemed to pay attention to the financial aid award, so if you haven't received your financial aid packet yet, that could be the reason for the scholarship delay.

Are you both, Neutron and hopelyn, planning to go to UCLA?

well, i already received my financial aid package.  i emailed the scholarship woman and asked if that meant i'm not getting anything.  she said they were unrelated.  i have it narrowed down to UCLA/USC or Duke.  if UCLA doesnt come up with some decent money, i wont be going, since both USC and Duke gave me some

Are you a California resident?  If not, one big appeal of California is that it is one of the few states where you can easily establish residency and get in-state tuition at public schools after your first year.  That equates to about $25,000.00 in scholarship money when comparing costs of schools.

I don't know if USC drops your tuition if you get in-state residency.  They are a private school, aren't they?

As for Duke vs. UCLA.. I think it greatly depends on whether you are going for corporate law.  My impression is that Duke is more of a corporate law mill than most.  (Half their law students are dually enrolled for MBAs.)  If corporate law is your bag, I'd think Duke would be a better choice.  Otherwise, I suspect that UCLA may have more to offer.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA APPLICANTS
« on: April 23, 2005, 06:53:15 PM »
For those contemplating accepting admission to UF, please visit angrygator.blogspot.com

It is newly created blog cataloging the complaints of current students at UF.

Hmm.  I wouldn't have guessed a law school professor could get away with such tyranical behavior.  If I were one of those students, there'd be a big problem.  There's no way I would tolerate such treatment, and no way I would be forced to stand up before the class and apologize for checking email or using IM.

I'm wondering if there's not more to the story than this student writer presents.


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When did you get notified of your UCLA scholarship? I'm still hoping for money from them.

i'm curious about this as well.  their deadline is coming up soon, and i havn't heard back from them yet either...

It was about two weeks ago that I heard.  The merit scholarship folks seemed to pay attention to the financial aid award, so if you haven't received your financial aid packet yet, that could be the reason for the scholarship delay.

Are you both, Neutron and hopelyn, planning to go to UCLA?

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The issues are, I guess, (1) how big the prestige factor is in getting me a good job in Florida, and (2) how much of an advantage a JD from a higher ranked school is in getting a teaching position later.

And lastly, whether those advantages outweigh UCLA's 48k and potentially more enjoyable experience.

Columbia vs. UCLA = Columbia

U Penn vs. UCLA =   ?

Cornell vs. UCLA =  ?

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: UT or Cornell
« on: April 22, 2005, 11:23:43 PM »
ANSWER: CORNELL

It's interesting to me that so many UT fans have posted in reply.  Passionate folks.

I think UT is a great school.  A friend just chose it over Boalt.  It was one of my final choices as well. (I took UCLA in the end.)

But as to Cornell vs. UT.. my feeling, from what I've read, is that Cornell is the better choice for Big Law nationally.

UT is a big school, and no doubt the upper third get well placed regionally.  But I'm not so sure about the bottom third nationally.

Cornell on the other hand is very small as law schools go yet has a first-rate placement office with fantastic connections.  That combined with their long-standing ivey reputation leads me to suspect that a you don't have to be in the upper portion of your class at Cornell to get a desireable job nationally.

Cornell is also a more national school in reputation.  For example, here in Tampa, Florida, the legal community is apt to consider UT on par with UF (though they are mistaken, of course), but Cornell makes them pause.  Cornell has the prestige effect.

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Background:
I was happy to be accepted and offered scholarships by UT, Vanderbilt, and UCLA.  I chose UCLA (48k) because it has a superb yet accessible faculty, a public interest law bent and other varied opportunities (not just a corporate law mill), a dynamic and interesting student body with a range of ages (I'm older than typical), a happier and less stressful environment than that of most law schools, and an attractive campus situated in a desireable location.

I do not yet know what area of law I will go into.  I do know that I definitely do not want to go corporate law, and that I whatever I do, I want it to be meaningful.  (An ex graduated from HLS, was hired by Big Law, represented the tobacco industry, and was miserable working long hours.)  I think I may want to teach at some point.

I am from Florida and will probably seek to return to the Tampa Bay area after law school.  I am concerned that UCLA's reputation will not open doors here as it might in other areas of the country, that it might not impress any more than the Univ of FL, which though a very good school, is ranked in the 40's.

My question is this..
What should I do if I am contacted by one of the schools at which I am wait-listed (Columbia, U Penn, Cornell)?  And should I make a strong effort to get accepted at these schools?

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Tablet PC's for Law School
« on: April 19, 2005, 11:45:51 PM »
The model I am considering is a convertible, which means it functions exactly like a laptop but can also be switched to slate mode.  It has the power of most 'regular' laptops for sale at stores like Best Buy, a full size keyboard (I have big hands), a large 14.1" screen, an internal DVD/CDW, and long battery life.  And yet, despite the tablet functionality, it is only two or three hundred dollars more than regular laptops.

Here's a link to a listing for it at Amazon.com, where it got favorable reviews from actual purchasers:
http://tinyurl.com/azs26

..I tried it out and absolutely loved it.. I'll probably be getting one too.. I'm gonna wait till August though.. I hate buying something and then a month later something cooler comes out..

I'm excited.. for the laptop and for law school..

Yeah, I'm becoming more enthusiastice, too.

In regard to your newer-better concer.. On the nontradlaw forum there have been several informative posts on the subject of tablet PC's.  One poster "in the know" said he was holding out for the Toshiba M4, which would be coming out soon and would be very cool.  I am not waiting, in part because I anticipate (guessing here) that it will be a good deal more expensive than the R15, and in part because I want to get my tablet PC in time to get used to using it and OneNote well before classes start.

Jeff

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Tablet PC's for Law School
« on: April 19, 2005, 10:42:39 PM »
I've been researching laptops for use in law school this Fall.  I think I will probably get a tablet PC.

My reasoning goes that they better facilitate synthesizing notes and other materials, which is vital for the outline you will be creating in preparation for exams.  For example, using OneNote you can search your hand written notes for specific terms then copy that handwritten text and paste it into your outline at the appropriate place, converting the hand writing to typed text if you prefer.

Further, you can write ontop of your typed pages without printing them.  I can think of several scenarios where this might be useful.

The model I am considering is a convertible, which means it functions exactly like a laptop but can also be switched to slate mode.  It has the power of most 'regular' laptops for sale at stores like Best Buy, a full size keyboard (I have big hands), a large 14.1" screen, an internal DVD/CDW, and long battery life.  And yet, despite the tablet functionality, it is only two or three hundred dollars more than regular laptops.

Here's a link to a listing for it at Amazon.com, where it got favorable reviews from actual purchasers:
http://tinyurl.com/azs26

By the way, my thanks to all who contributed meaningfully to this thread.

Jeff

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Tablet PC's for Law School
« on: April 19, 2005, 10:14:30 PM »
lots of winners in this thread.

I retract all my former statements in an effort to stay away from this faggotry

And you quite a bit below those "winners" in my esteem.

Here's what I just sent to the moderators in response your biggoted mischaracterization:

"I am offended by this poster's use of "faggotry" and its apparent acceptance by others.  I have two very close friends who are gay and are brilliant, honest, loyal, compassionate..and rather macho if you didn't know they were gay.  This use of vulgar reference to homosexuality as a form of idiocy is becoming common, an unjust and harmful trend we should all try to curb when possible."

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