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Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: In off USC WL
« on: August 27, 2005, 04:12:25 PM »
Congrats on the better LSAT.  I think you were smart to hold off another year, I would have made the same call.

As for the whole USC thing they had told me that had 500 ppl on the WL.  I have met tons off ppl on the WL at Hastings, and I think the actual number is much higher.  A lot of the things the USC office told me turned out not to be true, and it seems like they went out of their way to keep me on the WL this whole time by assuring me I could make it in.

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Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: In off USC WL
« on: August 27, 2005, 02:47:12 PM »
I have not gotten the letter, but pretty much knew after Monday it was over.  I am still a little disappointed, and a little upset by treatment of the WL.

As for me I am attending Hastings, and I do really like the students, faculty, and location.  Although for family reasons I will be attempting to transfer next year.

Good luck with the application round 2 gvn2fly.  Did you not get in anywhere you wanted to go or are you bound by location?

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Which brand do you prefer for those who have tried them? I looked at them today, and legallines seem to be the most comprehensive

I'm actually dissappointed in legalines. I thought they were the best to and I could be wrong, but unless I'm just crazy and haven't flipped enough pages to think otherwise, it seems they just cut and paste EXACT PHRASES from the case in the book.

I found this out while comparing my brief, to theirs. I had copied exact phrases from the opinion and low and behold I check their brief...word for word the same as mine...

This was for Civ Pro, Keyed to Cound if anyone is wondering. Cound---because its the 8th edition and most closely keyed to the newer 9th edition which is now just Friedenthal, Miller, Sexton. I guess Cound dropped out.

Other than that, high court case summaries are the hit in my school with casenotes being a close second.

Good to know, I am using the same CivPro book.  When I was at the bookstore looking it seemed like all the 2 and 3L's were buying Legallines so I assumed they were the best.  I also think they have been around for the longest (my dad remembers them from law school).

This analysis is just from looking through them at the bookstore, although I did look up specific cases I knew.  The High Court series is in paragraph form, and lengthy.  I was looking for more succinct descriptions.  The Casenote series just looks like pure briefs with little analysis.  I know how to brief, so I don't want to buy briefs in order to not do it myself.  I am looking for something that phrases things well to put in oulines, and helps fit the cases in the bigger picture.  I am also using E & E's.


I studied last night using the LSC recommended method. OH MY GOSH!! What a difference!

Do you mean book briefing?

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: UC San Diego
« on: August 26, 2005, 02:39:44 PM »
If you are taking out loans going to a public school could really help you later on.  I went to a public school and managed to start law school debt free after 1 year of working.  There are ppl in my 1L class who already have 50 k in debt, and with the law school debt they accumulate they are going to have some pretty hefty golden handcuffs.

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Which brand do you prefer for those who have tried them?  I looked at them today, and legallines seem to be the most comprehensive

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Hastings Bound
« on: August 24, 2005, 08:46:23 PM »
So is everyone going to beer on the beach?  Is this thread officially dead now that school has started?

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Law School Tricks
« on: August 24, 2005, 08:43:50 PM »
Ok I have a good one.  First, I received a fee waiver for a school that my lsat and gpa are slightly above their average.  It was also my top chioce school for family reasons.  So I only applied to 6 schools thinking I would pretty much get into this school.  In addition, I was sent hand signed letters from this school from professors who share a similar background with me, and lots of other constant promotional material.

Then I got defered, and the WL.  So I interviewed with the Dean of Admissions.  He said I was "much more solid" than the other applicants on the WL based on numbers.  He was surprised I was waitlisted since I clearly would fit in well with the school.  He even named professors who I would be a "great research assistant" for because of my backgroumd.  He said he was not sure if WL spots would open, but if they did I would most likely be on of the first to get chosen.  So I obviously leave the interview feeling pretty good, and I felt like I made a good impression.

After this I have continuously watched other ppl get off the WL, some with much lower numbers than mine.  Despite my calls and letters I never made it in, and I am pretty bitter about the whole experience.

I felt very mislead... so sorry for the rant...but WL sucks.

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: What do you think of your new classmates
« on: August 21, 2005, 11:33:57 AM »
So far so good.  Everyone is a lot nicer than expected.  We went to bars every day after orientation, which left me pleasantly surprised.  My class is very diverse and filled with interesting people.  The classroom discussions have been fascinating, and no one is monopolizing them yet. 

I did meet 1 obnoxious guy on the first day of orientation (who asked me what my LSAT score was, and proceeded to tell me he read most of the casebook, ect.)  Interestingly enough he is in my section, and sits in the back in silence.  I guess out of 430 ppl one who is socially inept is not too bad.

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: interview suits
« on: August 21, 2005, 11:27:23 AM »
I have a few suits, and bought a new one (at Ann Taylor) before school started.  Just go for something conservative.  If you don't know what that means ask a sales person.  The places I generally purchase suits are J. Crew, Banana Republic, and Ann Taylor.  In terms of skirt v. pants I usually buy a jacket with a matching skirt and pants if available.  The jacket is always what makes the purchase expensive.  Go for a color that will last (ie black, brown, gray, or sometimes a pinstripe if it is not drastic).  As much as I loved the new pink tweed suit I knew I was going to drop a few hundred bucks, and it will be out of style soon or inappropriate for certain environments.

Then polish it off with a nice pair of shoes.  My interview shoes are staurt weitzman, and I use a coach purse.

Good luck. I hate suit shopping too, but the shoes and purse make it worth the while!

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Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: IN AT PENN STATE DICKINSON
« on: August 18, 2005, 06:32:43 PM »
Congrats!  orientation is just an opportunity to drink a lot with your new classmates... so bummer you missed.  At least speaking from my orientation someone could easily miss it and it would not matter.

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