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Current Law Students / Outlines vs book notes
« on: October 04, 2009, 04:41:07 PM »
So as I start my outlines, I'd like some advice from any 2Ls or 3Ls out there who have some experience with this matter. All of my exams will be open-book, but no notes. So would my time be better spent noting where things are discussed in the casebook, or by reorganizing my notes into my outline? I'm going to do both, but I want to focus on one more than the other. Thoughts?

Current Law Students / the real deal on Facebook
« on: September 04, 2009, 12:30:17 PM »
So here's my question. All this week during orientation, we've been hearing about how we should IMMEDIATELY TAKE DOWN ALL OF OUR SOCIAL NETWORKING STUFF!!! I personally have nothing inappropriate or otherwise incriminating on my Facebook, but I'm still cautious. My privacy settings are set so that you can't even search for my name and find me. There is no way to see my pictures, profile, friends or anything else unless I already have you as a friend. My friends are limited to about 100 people from high school, college, and relatives. My listed name isn't even my legal name that would appear on job applications.

Is it really necessary to take it down? Is there some way that I'm not seeing that an employer could ever find it?

I applied to Fordham in early, EARLY September by paper. Printed off the application, filled it out, wrote a check for the fee, and sent it on its way. After 5 weeks and no word of its arrival, I grew worried. I called the admissions office and politely asked if it had gotten there. It had not. I asked if I should send it in electronically, and the nice woman said yes, yes, of course, it probably got lost in the mail.

Now near mid-October I filled out the LSAC online application, paid the fee, and sent it on its way. BOOM! Arrived. I thought I was done, phew. Little did I know.

Another two weeks later, I get $70 deducted from my checking account. Wha-? I called Fordham thinking it was just an honest mistake. They probably don't check to see if an application has already arrived. "Oh we're so sorry for the mix-up, we'll issue a refund, no worries!"

December rolls around. They're still holding $140 instead of $70 and I've heard no word from anybody. Maybe they're slow - Virginia issued me a refund check because I qualified for a free app, and it took them 6 weeks.

January comes and goes. I email again. They're working on it. Then February, then March, then April. Now they've stopped answering my emails altogether, not giving me the time of day. Seriously, Fordham? You offer me a $60,000 scholarship but you can't give me back the $70 you shouldn't have cashed in the first place? SERIOUSLY?


Incoming 1Ls / UPenn 2012!!
« on: November 27, 2008, 09:10:51 PM »
Alright so I realize this is ridiculously early but who cares - I'm freaking pumped. Plus I figure once more ED people start hearing there'll be a bit more interest, even if Penn gets a bad rap on this board.

My sister and I are going down to University City tomorrow (the neighborhood UPenn is in, if you're not familiar with Philly) to check out the scene and see how far north/west we can go before we get mugged. I know we shouldn't be looking for apartments until like May, but scoping out the area isn't too creepy, right? There's also a great bubble tea place nearby, which I'm sure we'll hit up at some point. Even though I won't be 21 until a couple weeks into 1L, it'll still be cool to check out the bar scene as well.

Other future Penn 1Ls and perhaps current 1Ls, feel free to jump in ;D

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Visited Penn
« on: November 09, 2008, 02:49:07 PM »
So I visited Penn Friday, and I have to say I was shocked by how friendly people were. I mean, there was a pretty snooty Penn undergrad in our group, but the law students were sooo nice. One guy came up to me after the torts class and was all "Hey were you just in there? Did you like it? Yeah awesome. Good luck!" Really cute guy too ;) The torts class was an insurance kind of emphasis and I loved it. Very engaging, students seemed interested in the topic, the professor seemed cool. I mean I know they put the tour groups in the great classes but still, pretty sweet.

The building felt very safe, seeing as there are security guards at both entrances and you have to show ID to get in, or show a license and sign on a sheet why you're there. It didn't seem like there were any crappy classrooms, but rather they had an "updated" feel, even though they were a bit chilly. They showed us some lockers in the basement area of the building where 1Ls get their own space (like elementary school cubbies, one might say!) and told us they're really useful considering how many books 1Ls have to drag around. One of the 1Ls said the graduate housing is a bit old and dilapidated, but what are you going to do.

Overall, I'm definitely glad I applied there, and it's still at the top of my list.

Any Penn people find fault with this brief analysis?

Law School Admissions / "Initial Review" = Held?
« on: October 18, 2008, 06:29:36 PM »
"We have completed an initial review of your application. Your file will receive further evaluation, and you will be notified once a decision is made. There is no set time frame for the completion of this process."

Does this mean I'm being held? Should I send in more info?

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / ABA the true villian
« on: October 08, 2008, 08:57:52 AM »
ABA The True Admissions Villain

By Walter Williams (African-American professor and columnist)

Last week's column demonstrated the harm, suffered by black students, that results from law school race-based admission policies. The bottom line was that black students who might have done well at lower-tier law schools were recruited to more highly competitive law schools and turned into failures. One might be tempted to place the full blame for such callousness on deans of law schools, but the true villain is the American Bar Association.

The American Bar Association is the accreditation agency for all law schools. If a law school has not been accredited by the ABA, it is ineligible for federal funding; its students are ineligible for student loans; most states do not allow graduates of a non-ABA- accredited law school to sit for the bar examination. As Professor Gail Heriot says in her article "Affirmative Action in American Law Schools," in the Journal of Contemporary Legal Issues (2008), "A law school that is not in the good graces of the ABA is thus not a law school at all."

George Mason University Law School's experience provides an excellent example of ABA abuse. In 2004, the ABA summoned the university president and the law school dean before its Accreditation Committee and threatened the institution with revocation of its accreditation for its supposed lack of diversity. Shivering in their boots, the GMU administration reported a diversity improvement since the ABA's site visit in 2000. Their entering class of 2003 was 17 percent minority and their 2004 class was 19 percent minority and they had appointed a diversity czar. Despite these efforts, the ABA was not satisfied. They complained that of the 99 minority students admitted in 2003, only 23 were black, and of the 111 minorities admitted in 2004, still only 23 were black, even though, in 2004, 63 black students had been offered admission.

Virginia has two other major public law schools, College of William & Mary and the University of Virginia. They did not win the ire of the ABA because unlike GMU, they practice a racially discriminatory admissions policy. The Center for Equal Opportunity monitors racially discriminatory college policy. Its publication, "Racial and Ethnic Preferences at the Three Virginia Public Law Schools" ( 467/119/), reported that at the University of Virginia, a student with an LSAT score of 160 and an undergraduate GPA of 3.25 had a 96 percent chance of admission if he or she was black, but only a 3 percent chance of admission if white. At William & Mary, a black with an LSAT score of 155 and an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 had a 92 percent chance of being admitted while a white with the same credentials had a 3 percent chance of admission. At GMU, not having racist policies, the chances for admission were roughly the same. Blacks with an LSAT of 155 and an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 had a 53 percent chance of admission while similar whites had a 50 percent chance.

The bullying practices of the ABA are truly a wicked, disgusting perversion. George Mason University Law School, which does not practice racially discriminatory admissions policy, is brought on the carpet by the ABA whilst University of Virginia and William & Mary, which have racially discriminatory admissions policies, have little problem. The sad fact of the matter is the ABA holds enormous life and death power over law schools and they must cave in to ABA demands or else.

Several years ago, I taught "Economic Foundations of Legal Studies" at George Mason University Law School. I have attended many of their lecture series and social functions. As such I can attest to the high quality and moral stature of their faculty and administration. It pains me to see my very distinguished colleagues being forced to cave in to the racist demands of the American Bar Association.

Law School Admissions / Any Penn people have advice?
« on: August 02, 2008, 08:10:16 PM »

Anyone want to read it over for me? Yeah I know it's early but they open up in September and I want to bolt out of the gate.

Law School Admissions / 3.94/169 for NYU or Columbia?
« on: July 25, 2008, 08:42:27 AM »

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