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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: UIUC ... what do you think?
« on: December 08, 2007, 11:12:43 AM »
Chambana is the armpit of America.  :)

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: computers in class
« on: November 30, 2007, 07:13:47 PM »
USA Today Crossword Puzzles will become a good friend of yours in law school.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: University of Chicago Crime
« on: November 30, 2007, 07:08:04 PM »

and it's not like they don't have the money.  not a very classy move on UChicago's part, which is part of the reason i'm not even applying.

I think it's a pretty classist move of you to claim that not being in a posh part of Chicago impugns the university. The residents of the South Side live in the South Side, right? Maybe it would do you well to see what it is like from their perspective.

PBJ is a flame.  Ignore.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: University of Chicago Crime
« on: November 30, 2007, 07:05:00 PM »
Thee is crime everywhere in the city.  There are bad neighborhoods bordering the nicest of neighborhoods.  Hell, I live on the Gold Coast.  I am a few blocks from where Cabrini is/was.  Someone got mugged a few weeks back less than 3 blocks from my apartment on Astor, which is probably the richest street in the city.  In the area around Wrigley Field, there have been a couple of serial rapists preying on females in the last few years. 

No matter where you live, have some common sense.  It's not a 100% cure-all, but it will keep you safe the vast majority of the time.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: University of Chicago Crime
« on: November 30, 2007, 06:44:11 PM »
Hyde Park's crime rate is disproportionately high

"Disproportionate" to what?

The crime rate (including the violent crime rate) in the area around UofC is the same as NU's downtown campus.

http://gis.chicagopolice.org/CLEARMap_crime_sums/startPage.htm

But feel free to fear it!  I'd love for property to stay affordable in the area.

A lot of people just assume b/c it's the south side that it's a bad area.  It's the same argument that Cub fans make when they try to say that the area around Sox Park is more dangerous than the area around Wrigley.  Crime stats show the exact opposite.  I know numerous UofC alums and they never really had much of a problem living down there.  Again, as with most areas of the city, you need to know where to go and where not to go.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Liberal Arts Majors: Any Regrets?
« on: November 30, 2007, 01:35:44 PM »
I work as a paralegal at a top DC firm.  In Dec. of my senior year I sent my resume to every firm in the Vault 50.  Mind you, I went to the third best school in DC, but I had interviews at 25 of the top 50 firms.  I would have had more had I not already accepted a position at my current firm.  I have no practical skills, but I didn't whine about it. I am convinced that anyone can get these jobs.  I had no family connections either. My firm has no two year commitment, although I am staying for two years, and they give me 15k towards my first year law school tuition upon leaving.  Partners have told me they want me to come back and I plan on doing my 1L summer here. I make over 50k per year and don't work that much overtime. Bottom line is, if you don't have a job out of undergrad, no matter what your major is, it is your fault, not your school's, not your major's. 

The pay for paralegals in DC is amazing.  I had a friend who spent a couple of years making 90K as a paralegal out there.

100% correct.  My practice area is not that busy.  Friends at Covington and Wilmer regularly pull all nighters and more than doubled their starting salary.

Yea.  This guy was going to San Fran on a regular basis.  Anyways, he decided lawyering wasn't for him.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Liberal Arts Majors: Any Regrets?
« on: November 30, 2007, 01:32:22 PM »
I work as a paralegal at a top DC firm.  In Dec. of my senior year I sent my resume to every firm in the Vault 50.  Mind you, I went to the third best school in DC, but I had interviews at 25 of the top 50 firms.  I would have had more had I not already accepted a position at my current firm.  I have no practical skills, but I didn't whine about it. I am convinced that anyone can get these jobs.  I had no family connections either. My firm has no two year commitment, although I am staying for two years, and they give me 15k towards my first year law school tuition upon leaving.  Partners have told me they want me to come back and I plan on doing my 1L summer here. I make over 50k per year and don't work that much overtime. Bottom line is, if you don't have a job out of undergrad, no matter what your major is, it is your fault, not your school's, not your major's. 

The pay for paralegals in DC is amazing.  I had a friend who spent a couple of years making 90K as a paralegal out there.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Liberal Arts Majors: Any Regrets?
« on: November 29, 2007, 02:43:52 PM »
All their tests are multiple choice and there are always concrete "right" and "wrong" answers;

That's odd b/c I don't think I ever had one multiple choice finance exam.  Almost all of them were problem-based where you had to walk through a detailed analysis.  It was ALL about partial credit b/c everyone had different answers.

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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Northwestern 1L Taking Questions
« on: November 29, 2007, 02:42:00 PM »
i'm with you.

So did you go to IU or is the username just a tease?

BTW, torts is easy, IMO.  All issue spotting.  Just make sure you cover every single thing the professor talked about throughout the semester.

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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Northwestern 1L Taking Questions
« on: November 29, 2007, 02:36:38 PM »
Yeah, I wouldn't recommend living in Lincoln Park or anything. But if you've been around Chicago long enough, you've probably noticed that there is a CTA "funding crisis" every single year. Its a way for the downstate legislators to extract as many goodies as possible (the pork du jour this year is road and bridge money) by holding up transit funding. Like clockwork, all the papers say that every single bus line is going to be cut and the subway fares are going to go up to $45 dollars or something. But its never happened. The governor has already bailed us out twice to make the speaker look like a jerk for not passing his budget. The CTA is by no means in good shape, but this happens all the time.

But I'm happy to answer any law school related questions.

Well, this is the first time in a couple of years the crisis has hit this level.  And I've researched quite a bit (plus I ride many times a week) and it's worse this time, IMO.  In fact, I would rather the CTA shut down for a week just to stick it to the politicians downstate.  The system is in disrepair.  It needs more than the operational gap funding of $300MM+ next year.  It needs a long term plan to fund it BILLIONS of dollars.  And I fear the only way it will get that is if we get the Olympics.  Sadly, politics in IL are about as corrupt as it comes.  And our Governors suck.

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