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Alan Shore

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How about an acronym FAQ?
« on: April 15, 2007, 08:10:56 PM »
I looked all over and even did a search, so sorry if this is in place, but I can't find it!

I think you should do an FAQ which lists with common acronyms such as LOR, ASW, LOCI, T14, T4 etc. Some of them are self explanatory, but sometimes a thread is very confusing when people all know what they're talking about, but I have no clue!

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Re: How about an acronym FAQ?
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2007, 08:13:43 PM »
I think this is a great idea - it would improve the accessability of the site, make it less daunting for neophytes, and eliminate "what does that mean" posts.

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Re: How about an acronym FAQ?
« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2007, 09:23:08 PM »
Exactly, like one I just made! ;)

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Re: How about an acronym FAQ?
« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2007, 09:27:36 PM »
these have been around ... I suggest doing it yourself ... go to the Meta-discussion board and just ask everyone for all the acronyms they can think of.
I think the ones that took me the longest were IMO and IMHO (in my (humble) opinion) and maybe FWIW (for what its worth).  And GTK (good to know)
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Re: How about an acronym FAQ?
« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2007, 09:30:27 PM »
strike that ... there is already one there ... again, go to meta-discussion ... the thread is called Acronyms on LSD
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Re: How about an acronym FAQ?
« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2007, 11:03:41 PM »
Great! Thanks!

here's the link for everyone else:
http://www.lawschooldiscussion.org/prelaw/index.php/topic,52821.75.html

New suggestion: We need that thread stickied!

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Re: How about an acronym FAQ?
« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2007, 12:17:03 AM »
That thread is good, but it's not at all what I would think of as a first 'best' option to reference LSD acronyms. What is needed is a single post with a metalist of acronyms and their definition(s).

I also agree with the sticky idea. Hell, sticky it at the top of every sub-board. On message boards in general, but this one (LSD) in particular, certain acronyms seem very prevalent, therefore, I don't think this would be overkill. (Everyone has to remember what it was like when they first encountered discussion board lingo; it can be confusing!  ???)

Unfortunately, my agreement and encouragment on this issue is worth all of about $0.00  ;D I'm by no means a 'higher-up' of LSD; perhaps this thread will catch the eye of someone with the necessary controls to make this happen?

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Re: How about an acronym FAQ?
« Reply #7 on: April 16, 2007, 11:18:31 PM »
OK, revised idea: Making a sticky LOCKED thread so it doesn't turn into the other one! ::)
Here's what I've compiled so far:

Law School Discussion Related Acronyms

USNWR: US News & World Report
T14: Top 14 law schools (according to USNWR)
T1: Tier 1 of USNWR Law School Ranking
T2: Tier 2 of USNWR Law School Ranking
T3: Tier 3 of USNWR Law School Ranking
T4: Tier 4 of USNWR Law School Ranking
HYS: Harvard/Yale/Stanford
TTT: Third Tier Toilet
TITCR: That is the Credited Response
URM: Under Represented Minority
LOCI: Letter of Continuing Interest
LOR: Letter of Recommendation
WE: Working Experience
0L: Pre Law Student
1L: First Year Law Student
2L: Second Year Law Student
3L: Third Year Law Student
LSN: Law School Numbers

Additional Message Board Acronyms

IMO: In my opinion
HTH: Hope this helps
FWIW: For What It’s Worth
Tag: Tagging a thread so that it appears in the “unread” link when new posts are made

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Re: How about an acronym FAQ?
« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2007, 12:02:22 PM »
Add:


CCN: Columbia/Chicago (or Chicago/Columbia) / NYU
FT: Full-time
GPA: Grade point average
LSAC: Law School Admissions Council
LSAT: Law School Admission Test
LSD: Law School Discussion (duh!)
LSDAS: Law School Data Assembly Service
PS: Personal Statement
PT: Part-time
WL: Waitlist


CoA: Court of Appeals
DOJ: Department of Justice
JD: Juris Doctorate
LLM: Master of Laws degree
LRAP: Loan Repayment Assistance Program
OCI: On-campus interview
PI: Public Interest
SCOTUS: Supreme Court of the United States
V* (* = some number, e.g. V10, V20): Top * law firms according to vault.com


GL: Good luck
IMHO: In my honest opinion
OP: Original poster
OTOH: On the other hand
TCR: The Credited Response
YMMV: Your mileage may vary


1. Who knows if this will work, but why don't we compile a list, and then lobby to get it stickied. I'll add (via editing this post, assuming the page doesn't get too long) if I think of anything else.

2. You may want to lurk on the law student board side for a while, to get some of their acronyms as well. I (and I assume many LSDers) tend to read posts on both sides of the fence, and there are some acronyms which are used much more commonly over there (such as OCI)

3. You also might want to alphabetize that list.

4. (minor quibbles) WE should be "work experience"; LOCI should be "Letter of continued interest"

5. You might consider creating three organizing categories for the acronyms, out of the two that you started with:

a) Pre-Law & General Acronyms (When you are appling to school - what acronyms are used mostly on prelaw boards)

examples: LOCI, LOR, LSAT

b) Law School Acronyms (When you are in school - what acronyms are used mostly on law boards)

examples: OCI, DOJ, LRAP

c) Standard Discussion Board Acronyms (general use internet discussion board acronyms)

examples: HTH, OTOH, TITCR

And then, if the acronyms could fit in either a or b (e.g. TTT - you could be calling a school a TTT before or during law school) just toss it into the first group (hence the "general" heading as well)

I tried to organize my additions in this manner.

All in all, good job and great idea.

HTH  ;)


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Re: How about an acronym FAQ?
« Reply #9 on: April 17, 2007, 06:21:52 PM »
Here we go:

I. Pre-Law Relevant Acronyms

0L: Pre Law Student
CCN: Columbia/Chicago (or Chicago/Columbia) / NYU
FT: Full-time
GPA: Grade point average
HYS: Harvard/Yale/Stanford
LOCI: Letter of Continued Interest
LOR: Letter of Recommendation
LSAC: Law School Admissions Council
LSAT: Law School Admission Test
LSD: Law School Discussion (duh!)
LSDAS: Law School Data Assembly Service
LSN: Law School Numbers
PS: Personal Statement
PT: Part-time
T14: Top 14 law schools (according to USNWR)
T1: Tier 1 of USNWR Law School Ranking
T2: Tier 2 of USNWR Law School Ranking
T3: Tier 3 of USNWR Law School Ranking
T4: Tier 4 of USNWR Law School Ranking
TTT: Third Tier Toilet
URM: Under Represented Minority
USNWR: US News & World Report
WE: Work Experience
WL: Waitlist


II. Law Student Relevant Acronyms

1L: First Year Law Student
2L: Second Year Law Student
3L: Third Year Law Student
CoA: Court of Appeals
DOJ: Department of Justice
JD: Juris Doctorate
LLM: Master of Laws degree
LRAP: Loan Repayment Assistance Program
OCI: On-campus interview
PI: Public Interest
SCOTUS: Supreme Court of the United States
V* (* = some number, e.g. V10, V20): Top * law firms according to vault.com


III. General Discussion Board Acronyms

FWIW: For What It’s Worth
GL: Good luck
HTH: Hope this helps
IMHO: (In my honest) / (In my humble) opinion
IMO: In my opinion
OP: Original poster
OTOH: On the other hand
Tag: Tagging a thread so that it appears in the “unread” link when new posts are made
TCR: The Credited Response
TITCR: That is the Credited Response
YMMV: Your mileage may vary