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Law School Admissions / Curves & Conditional Scholarships
« on: December 31, 2007, 09:26:34 AM »
I've read a lot on these topics scattered across this message board. If there already is an in depth discussion/FAQ, could someone please direct me there?

I was wondering specifically: how do you go about finding out what the curve is at a particular school?

I have gotten conditional scholarships at two schools that are not particularly my top choices. From what I've been reading, it would be foolish to accept even substantial conditional scholarships at these places and pass up the chance to go to my top school.

The following was on my day-to-day desk calendar for December 24th. It was written by the Student Bar Association at Pacific Coast University School of Law. It's probably more lame than funny, but I thought it was appropriate! Merry Christmas!

Sung to the tune of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer."

You know Proximate Cause and your
Chain of Causation,
Corpus Delicti, and yes, Defamation.
But do you recall, Law School's
biggest mind boggle of all?

Rue contingent remainders,
Executory interests, too,
Also "subject to open" -
RAP analyses we'll do

Santa's Clause in North Pole deed:
To Rudolph and his heirs,
But if Donner returns from Rome,
He and heirs can call Pole home.

See how the reindeer puzzle,
First figure out if it's in fee.
Springing? Or is it shifting?
Let's Cy Pres or "Wait and See!"

(Also found at this link.)

Politics and Law-Related News / Regent Law Student Sues
« on: December 02, 2007, 08:46:07 PM »
I know that the boardies here love to hate on Regent. I'm not trying to do that, I'm just posting news & opinion!

A Regent University Law School student sued the school after being suspended. The student posted a picture of Regent founder Pat Robertson scratching his face with his middle finger, making it look like he was making an obscene gesture. 

Regent is a school I considered going to because of the Christian factor, until I learned that it was Pat Robertson's school... not to mention I have been accepted to other schools! :) Even so, the school is closely tied with the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), a firm that promotes religious freedom and free speech.

What I find so troubling about this case at Regent is the pure hypocrisy. Christian law schools are out there because they're sick of Christian students being discriminated against when they don't agree with their secular school's views, such as schools denying organizational rights to the Christian Legal Society. Well, in this case, Regent is doing the exact same thing that they fight against. While I think the student may have exercised poor taste with the joke, I don't think he should have been suspended or forced to undergo a mental health evaluation.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / OSU Moritz Visitation
« on: November 11, 2007, 06:11:14 PM »
A few years back, I remember saying that I would love to live in Columbus. This was before I was planning on going to law school. After visiting the Moritz College of Law, I felt the same way. There are so many sections of the city, that you literally feel like you're in a different town heading north, west, south, east, or whatever.

The school itself was a nice-looking, if older, building. I didn't take any pictures inside, but there were several parts that were remodeled nicely, and the Woodside Moot Courtroom was beautiful, but I don't have any pictures of it. Here is a picture of the outside:

I sat in a class where an older guy taught. He never called on students unless they had hands raised with questions. I don't know if it was a relaxed class because it was Friday, but it was not intimidating at all. More like an undergrad class.

The admissions guy I talked to had just graduated from OSU and found out that he passed the bar that day. So he had some really current insights for me. One thing I asked was how competitive the school is. He said he was surprised himself, but the atmosphere is not very competitive at all, and it's been pretty collaborative.

I was wandering the school by myself and a 2L stopped me and introduced herself and asked me if she could answer any of my questions. I thought that was really cool, and possibly indicative of the student body as a whole!

The library was great. It was notable that it's the largest law library in Ohio. They had tons of volumes, including state appellate reporters and all of the other state reporters.  I realize that most research is done on computers nowadays, but sometimes I just need a book to go to. Upstairs there were cubbies that you could rent for a year and they're yours to use for study. It looked like students had moved in with pictures posted and everything.

There were, of course, computer labs in the library, and printing is 5 per page. I'm not sure if there was an allowance...

I didn't really wander on the OSU campus, but there is everything you could need right by the law school: parking, shops, the book store, food, even housing. The South Campus Gateway is like a rebuilt section of town just for students, and even great housing. From what the adviser told me, 85% of rooms are reserved for law students. That would be sweet. He said, "Students live there like students shouldn't be living!" They also have their own parking, and are within walking distance of the law school. I didn't stop by the leasing office, so I don't know about costs.

There is also housing available at The Commons on Kinnear. This place has free Internet, work out center, swimming pool, tanning, movie room, etc. The rooms are fully furnished and have washers and dryers. This is definitely somewhere that I'd like to stay, especially since I still live at home! You can take the bus right from there to campus, a free ride with an OSU card.

Even though everything I have to say is nice, I thought I'd wait a bit to post my review of the school. This was and is definitely one of my top choices. Now that I'm in, I'll post it! :)

Financial Aid / When the Scholarship is more than Tuition
« on: November 07, 2007, 06:18:41 PM »
I was just curious about what happens when the scholarship offered is more than the actual tuition.

Here's a hypothetical:

Say out-of-state tuition is $25,000.
In-State tuition is $15,000.
I am offered a scholarship for $30,000.
What happens to the extra $5,000 for the first year and the extra $15,000 for the subsequent years (after becoming a resident of said state)?

Do I get that money to use towards housing and expenses?
Or is the scholarship actually just rounded off?


Law School Admissions / Withdrawal after Deposit?
« on: October 26, 2007, 07:43:59 PM »
I have a seat deposit due for December 1st of this year. Is that normal? How in the world am I supposed to know where else I'm going to get accepted and where I really want to go?! Is it acceptable to pay the seat deposit and then send a withdrawal later? Not that I'm sure I'm going to, I just want to leave my options open. Thanks for any advice!

Law School Admissions / Venting
« on: September 15, 2007, 10:55:46 AM »
I absolutely HATE the LSDAS. I'm a computer science major and I can't figure out how the piece of crap works half the time. It shouldn't take me a half hour every time I want to do something to figure it out. I filled out an app, added a report, and when I went to checkout, the report was no longer there. After searching for a half hour, I found that ordering a report is under the heading LSDAS/LOR?! How counter-intuitive is that? I figured it'd be under "Reports" or "Applications." ARGH!  >:(

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Class Sit-ins
« on: September 11, 2007, 09:18:52 AM »
I was just wondering if it's worth it to sit-in on a class.

For those who have done it, are you invisible, or do they actually call you out?
Was it worth it?

Law School Admissions / LSDAS Application Status Question (Answered)
« on: September 05, 2007, 11:34:04 AM »
The LSDAS allows you to check the application status, but I have not found any information on what the status will say.

How do you know that a school requests a report? Does "Transmitted" mean they've already requested it, or just that it's ready to be requested? Also, how do you know when it is Complete?

I read this story, and it makes no sense.


No. 756 is going to auction. Barry Bonds' record-breaking home run ball will be sold online, and fortunate fan Matt Murphy figures to be a half-million dollars richer.

The 21-year-old New York man said Tuesday he had no choice but to sell the ball - several people told him he would be taxed on the souvenir just for holding on to it.

"It wasn't hard. It was simple math. I'm upset by the decision I had to make," Murphy said. "I wanted to keep it. I'm young. I don't have the bank account. ... It would have cost me a lot more to keep it."

Bonds broke Hank Aaron's record of 755 with a shot into the right-field seats on Aug. 7 against the Washington Nationals.

"This is the most historic baseball ever to be sold," said David Kohler, president of SCP Auctions.

The ball from Bonds' 755th home run hit Aug. 4 in San Diego also will be for sale on the site. The same company sold the balls from Bonds' 700th homer and No. 715 that passed Babe Ruth for second place last season.

Everyone involved hopes the buyer of the historic balls is willing to at least share them for a period of time - if not donate them altogether - with the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.

"I really hope the person who does buy it is in position to loan it," Murphy said, a security guard close by him during a news conference at a restaurant near the ballpark. "Two weeks ago, history was made. I was lucky enough to be in the house."

Murphy plans to share at least some of the proceeds with a friend who attended the Giants game with him. They were in town for a brief stopover on a trip to Australia when Murphy wound up with the lucky prize.

Murphy left the ball in safekeeping with a bank in San Francisco during his more than weeklong trip to Australia. He returned to the Bay Area on Sunday to make arrangements for the ball.

Bonds has said he believes his home run balls belong to the fans.

"I haven't spoken with Barry," said Murphy, who is considering attending business school in New York City. "I would like to meet him."

The City of San Francisco will honor Bonds in a public ceremony Friday.

This sounds like a ploy to me... just an excuse to get rich off of a ball you caught.
But seriously, who could do the taxing and why?
The U.S. government? The City of San Francisco? MLB?
It just makes no sense to me.

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