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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Official "My Last Day of Work" Thread
« on: July 11, 2005, 08:22:04 AM »
I am outttta here on July 22nd and I could not be happier! Not a lot of time to get organized and adjusted because school starts on August 15th but what can you do?

My boss took it way better than I expected she would. She congratulated me on this next step and wished me well.

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Canadian Law Students / Re: Letter of Recommendation help
« on: June 09, 2005, 08:03:53 AM »
If you are applying to Ontario schools then OUAC will distribute your recommendation letters but other than that I think you have to have individual letters sent out.  Be prepared to ask your references to send copies of the letters to each address.  It is nice to send them a package with addressed and stamped envelopes so they have less work to do (and will take less time mailing the letters out).


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Canadian Law Students / US Health Coverage for Canadian students
« on: June 09, 2005, 07:33:29 AM »
Does anybody have any information about health coverage options for Canadians going to law school in the United States?


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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Syracuse vs Southwestern
« on: June 07, 2005, 01:49:10 PM »
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quick, without looking at USNews, tell me which school would be better for working in San Francisco- Marquette University in Wisconsin, or University of San Francisco?


now go check out the rankings....this is a replication of the question you are asking on this board. but i am sure you would never have known Marquette was ranked higher (this year at least) over USF. well neither would employers.

Point well made! I think you just made your case!

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Law School Admissions / Re: New Member with questions
« on: June 07, 2005, 08:06:31 AM »
I read a lot about the do's and don'ts of personal statements before I wrote mine and the authors always caution against the "I come from a long line of lawyers"  or the "my parent was a lawyer and I want to carry on the legacy".  My advice to you is to try your hardest to analyze the life experiences you have had thus far that are unique to you.  Or more specifically, the reactions you have had to these experiences as a unique individual. 

It sounds to me that you have a wide variety of experience that you can draw from.  You have lost a parent and you have dealt with this unbelievable loss and committed your life to helping others through social work.  Did your father instill these values through his own legal work?  How did he influence you before he passed away?  How does his influence connect to the person you are today (a social worker with a desire to continue helping others through the legal profession perhaps?) I am speculating here and maybe your Dad did not influence this decision but I suspect he might have.  Writing your statement from the heart based on the story that is yours and no one elses is what admissions committees are looking for.  It breaks the monotony for them and makes your application stand out.

I think a 3rd LOR from a lawyer may be a nice addition to 2 strong academic references because it will show that someone who is established in the legal profession can see that you have the attributes that will make you a successful lawyer.  Admissions committees are looking for indicators that you have what it takes to suceed in law school. Most schools accept 3 letters and while this is no substitute for an academic letter you can add it as the 3rd priority letter in you LSAC file.

Good Luck! I hope everything works out for you!

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Syracuse vs Southwestern
« on: June 07, 2005, 07:45:44 AM »
I was considering Syracuse and I was really impressed by the campus and the faculty at the law school.  During my tour the lady from the admissions office mentioned to me that a large portion of the out of state students come from California and there are many job opportunities in Cali for these students.  She even mentioned that firms often fly the students out to California for interviews.  I am not from California and never expressed interest in working there so I know that the information was legit and not a sales tool to get me to pick the school.

I don't know anything about Southwestern but I can completely understand the appeal to staying close to your home and also studying law and forming professional connections in the state you plan to practice in.

I guess I am not helping you choose one over the other with this information but I think you should make the choice that fits you better personally because either school will provide you with a path to a successful career in California.

It is great to get the decision behind you and to start looking forward to this next step in life.  Good Luck!

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: syracuse v chapman
« on: May 25, 2005, 08:29:42 AM »
When I visited Syracuse last week the admissions person I spoke with told me they have a high percentage of students from California and that they place many of their students back in Cali.  I don't know if this is helpful or just hearsay.

Goodluck with your decision!

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Incoming 1Ls / Who is headed to Albany?
« on: May 24, 2005, 02:21:27 PM »
Just checking to see who will be joining me in Albany this August...........

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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Final visit to Syracuse
« on: May 24, 2005, 02:13:34 PM »
Okay sorry... I forgot to finish my story!

I went on to Albany from Syracuse to re-visit the law school and when I went back I met a few more professors, the librarians and the Dean! I had amazing conversations with each of them about the facilities, the courses, the resources and plans for the law school's future.  I was so impressed by the personal attention I received considering the fact that I showed up unannounced during exams! The Dean was so friendly and informative and I could tell that any help I would need would be easily accessible at Albany.  I am sure Syracuse would be great too but in the end my decision came down to the personal fit I feel I have with Albany.  I followed my gut and told my family that Albany was the school for me. I bought an Albany Law sweatshirt and then I went and signed my lease.  I can't wait to start!

This is the end of my decision track.  I feel really lucky to be accepted to both of these law schools and I am sure that anyone on here who will attend either Syracuse or Albany will be pleased with their decision. 

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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Final visit to Syracuse
« on: May 23, 2005, 10:58:40 AM »
Well I finally made my trip down to Syracuse and I must say that this has been one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make.  I will tell you my impressions of Syracuse:

I got to Syracuse on Wednesday night and checked out the city a bit before going out to dinner with my family.  I was pretty pleased to see the city is nice and though I have heard a lot about the sketchy areas I never actually saw any (this is not to say they don't exist, I was probably lucky enough not to venture to these parts).  In the morning I went over to the campus and it happened to be the most beautiful sunny Spring day.  I was blown away by the beauty of the campus which is situated up on the hill.  I went to school at a beautful campus for undergrad but I found Syracuse University's campus to be superior.  I parked in a parking garage that connects to the law school building and is where students can park for a cost of around $260 per year.  This is a great convenience for anyone planning on driving to school because it is close to the building and covered for those long snowy Syracuse winters.

The day I went was the last day of exams for most students so I probably did not have a similar experience to those who were lucky enough to attend the visitors programs.  It was interesting to see exams in progress though.  I was given a tour by a member of the admissions staff and I thought the law building was very nice and impressive.  The facility is modern and spacious and it felt like it would not be too crowded.  I saw the school's two moot court rooms which were okay but not anything spectacular.  All the classrooms seemed nice and I was lucky enough to chat with some recent alumni working at the school who were very helpful.  Any student or alumni I talked to had only  good things to say about their school.  I appreciated the friendly atmosphere I felt there too.  I also like the level of organization at Syracuse.  I was provided with an information package with maps of Syracuse, a Renter's Guide and more information on financial aid etc. It was nice to be given all this information right off the bat.

I visited the legal clinic which is very important criteria for my decision because I plan to participate in a clinic if possible.  The clinic was impressive too until I spoke with a student who let me know there is little to no opportunity for 2Ls on the clinics and that the positions for 3Ls were very competitive.  This was probably the only disappointing part of the tour for me. Syracuse is a great law school with a great program and one of the nicest campuses I have ever visited. Also the cost of living in Syracuse is very reasonable.  All things considered I felt very lucky to be offered a position at Syracuse.  My tour guide mentioned this was one of the toughest admission years in a very long time which made me feel good.

I left Syracuse that afternoon on my way to Albany.  I wanted to make one more visit to the school before I made my final decision.  I was caught up in the romance of the Syracuse campus and big undergrad appeal and I needed to be reminded of the reasons I had chosen Albany.........

I know this is cheesy but: To be continued.................

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