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A totally random selection by my brain, today it's "Of Angels and Angles" by The Decembrists.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: McCain was not born in the US.
« on: February 28, 2008, 05:55:46 PM »
Though he's dropped out of the contest, if Mitt Romney were applying to law school he could check the box for Mexican-American with a straight face.  As the director of UCLA's Chicano Studies program points out, Romney is even eligible for Mexican citizenship.  Had his border wall proposal been in place 125 years ago, he might not even exist.

The Boston Globe has more, below.

http://www.boston.com/news/politics/2008/specials/romney/articles/part2_side/

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Hooray, a club for people like me!  I am facing the same dilemma that many of you are (presige vs. $$).  Luckily, Michigan's LRAP program will hopefully make that decision a little easier (and if they were to grace me with some financial aid...much easier!).  I also like Texas, as they have a clinic in the exact area of law I want to practice.  They, however, have no LRAP at all, grrr, so even if I were to get in I would need dough as well.  My free ride to Temple is looking better and better, but the Michigan name would open some PI doors that might be much more exciting...

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If anyone is driving from Pittsburgh/Western PA for Michigan's April 3-5 ASW and doesn't mind taking a passenger/potential fellow classmate along, I'd appreciate a lift.  I'd be more than willing to split costs for gas and tolls, and can throw in a little extra for your time and trouble.  The drive is about 4.5 hours, which makes it much more convenient and cheaper than flying or a horrendous-sounding red-eye bus/train combo. This is just to organize a ride; once in Ann Arbor, we can go our separate ways.  PM me if interested.

edit: congrats on the Darrow, CA!

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Hey all, my first post in this forum since my acceptance to Michigan (*aaah!*).  I haven't yet received anything about the ASW's, short of the dates.  I think an Ann Arbor April trip sounds lovely...Who-all is planning to live in Lawyer's Club?  A friend of mine is a 3L and still lives there (she loves the social atmosphere and the fall-out-of-bed distance to class), but I think I've had my fill of dorm life as I've been out of university for 4 years. It also seems like spending finals cooped up with a bunch of law students is the surest path to insanity.  The kicker is being on a meal plan again.  No kitchen = no fun for Yak Herder.

Anyone have a good counter-argument?

I will be at the ASW in April, and looking forward to it!!

As far as Lawyers Club, since my husband will be joining me, this won't be an option for me :)

I'd love to hear anyone's thoughts on commuting from any of the newer complexes that look to be a few miles away from campus... do ppl generally drive, or take the bus (I think the city bus system is free to UofM students)?

I know a few people who live out a good ways. My best recommendation is to check the bus schedule and make sure a route goes by at a favorable time for you. No sense in living somewhere that you have to drive to the commuter parking lot, park, and then take a bus into campus.Driving is tough, you can get a parking pass, and there are a few parking lots within a few blocks of the LS, but I'm not sure how early they fill up.

Living farther away is a blessing and a curse. People enjoy the cheaper rent, but it makes it more difficult to go home for a cat nap when your civ pro class gets cancelled and makes it A LOT harder to go out and get trashed with your classmates since you can't just stumble home:P




Thanks for all the thoughts on Lawyers' Club.  I think I'll be living off-campus (but hopefully a quick bus/walk/bike away...)  All this is contingent upon Michigan ponying up some financial aid so that I can actually accept their excellent offer!

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Law School Applications / Re: Worth it to apply to Cornell late?
« on: February 27, 2008, 01:36:38 PM »
It certainly could be.  Cornell sent me an unsolicited fee-and-deadline waiver near the beginning of February.  The worst they can say is, "No, but thanks for the $75."

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I think you should retake/reapply.  No offense, but I don't think it's worth going to law school (without a scholarship) if you can't attend at least a top 28 school, and ideally a T14.

This is...ridiculous!  The vast, vast majority (vast!) of lawyers out there didn't go to one of these schools, and many of them are doing amazing work all across the legal/political spectrum, from firm work to academia to legal aid.  The name of your school can open doors for you, and it's true that some doors require a big name.  If you go to a lesser-known school, you don't fail as a lawyer.  It means you have to open more doors yourself.

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Law School Applications / Re: Georgetown extends deadline
« on: February 26, 2008, 11:45:18 AM »
Yeah, Cornell is doing the same thing, but I guess on a selective basis. I got a fee-and-deadline waiver from them in the mail right about February 1.  "Dear Yak Herder:  We need more applications from people/yaks with high numbers. By the by, Ithaca rocks." or something like that.  I certainly took them up on it.

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Law School Applications / Re: NYU Root-Tilden Interviews
« on: February 25, 2008, 03:49:45 PM »
Not me, but congratulations on your interview!  A friend-of-a-friend of mine got an RTK and really likes what he's doing.  I applied for the Gates PI scholarship at UW in Seattle, which is basically a clone of RTK except in Seattle (I think living in New York would be great, but it's expensive and could eat me alive).  UW doesn't have the national prestige of NYU, but the scholarship program hopefully will!

Let us know how your RTK interview goes. I'll cross my fingers!

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Law School Applications / Re: Decision at Michigan!
« on: February 25, 2008, 10:49:41 AM »
I'm pretty sure it's a rejection. Just tried to log in with my info and here's what it says:

According to our records, you have declined our offer of admissions. If you believe our records are in error, please contact us immediately at law.jd.admissions@umich.edu and we'll work it out!

Yeah, that's a rejection, sorry.  Michigan is a TTT anyway.  I sure you will have great other options.

Not enough to keep you from applying there, if your sig is to be believed.

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