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Choosing the Right Law School / W&L 1L Taking Questions
« on: September 19, 2007, 06:46:44 AM »
Loving this place so far. Ask away!

General Off-Topic Board / Best Arrested Development Quotes
« on: May 22, 2007, 11:26:05 AM »
So I as bored and thought I would make this thread. I just got done watching all three seasons--what an incredible show. This quote is a pretty good one:

"Okay, Lindsay, you are forgetting that I was a professional twice over - an analyst and a therapist. The world's first analrapist"-- Dr. Tobias Fünke

Pretty much anything involving Tobias Funke is a good quote though. Anyone have any others?

General Off-Topic Board / Random: The Bluegrass Thread
« on: April 28, 2007, 10:09:17 PM »
So this is probably not one of the first things one would expect to see on LSD, but I decided to start a thread to discuss the greatness that is bluegrass. I've just really sunken my teeth into it--just went out and got JD Crowe and the New South's "Lefty's Old Guitar," Ricky Skaggs' "Bluegrass Rules," and a live album from Rhonda Vincent and the Rage. I'm also loving Vince Gill's bluegrass stuff, but it doesn't seem he's made too much of it. I've been into Allison Krauss and Union Station and Nickel Creek for a while, but have only recently gotten into the less popular (among the general public) stuff, and I'm loving it. Anyone have any pointers as to who I should look at next? If you're a bluegrass fan, who are some of your faves, and what are the best festivals to go to? I'm planning on going to W&L for law school next year, so I'm excited about being in semi-close proximity to a lot of bluegrass shows.

Ok, so I have developed a severe case of senioritis. The fact that I'm only taking nine credits, and all of them are incredibly boring requirements that I should have taken freshman year, only adds to this. My grades will probably be less than stellar this semester. Does anyone know if law firms ask to look at your college transcripts during 1L recruiting, or even beyond that? I heard something along these lines once, but I'm not positive.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / W&L ASW - March 24th Weekend
« on: March 16, 2007, 03:26:05 PM »
We've talked about this in other threads but I thought I would create a new thread for this. Anyone going to W&L's ASW the weekend of March 24th? I'm pretty excited about it (although it's taking up the last half of my Spring break!).

Choosing the Right Law School / W&L vs. SMU
« on: March 14, 2007, 08:53:37 AM »
I've brought this up in a few different threads, but I figured I'd create one solely to this question. Here is my situation: Besides the schools that I've gotten waitlisted at, I'm in at SMU and W&L, with scholarship offers at each. SMU's offer puts the cost of tuition at 16K, while W&L's offer puts it at 20K. I might be able to get more money from W&L by seeing if they'll match SMU's offer, but the odds of that happening seem low. I am from Texas, and would love to return to Texas to practice after law school. Preferrably I would practice in Austin--it's my hometown, where I have worked at a Biglaw firm for three years and have many connections, but I would definitely consider Dallas as well, since all of my extended family is from there (it's basically my second home). However, I'm open to the idea of practicing in another city in the South or semi-South (Atlanta, DC, Charlotte), or the idea of getting a job at a Texas-based firm in a better market for W&L grads (e.g. trying to work for Akin Gump in DC) and then transferring to Texas a few years down the road.

Right now I'm leaning strongly towards W&L. Although SMU is great for Dallas (seems like some firms, such as Haynes & Boone, even prefer SMU grads to UT grads), I don't want to limit myself. I realize that it's too early to make a decision that will basically restrict me to one market to have the most success. However, I am weary about W&L's placement numbers in Texas. Although Texans are well-represented at W&L, they still send a small # of people back to Texas to practice. I'm also worried about recruiting by Texas firms at W&L.

In terms of the Lexington vs. Dallas issue, Dallas would obviously be a much more enjoyable time. However, I've gotten used to the idea of living in Lexington for law school--If I'm going to be in the library all the time, I might as well do it in a place where there is nothing else to do, versus Dallas where there will always be tons of distractions (including many more friends outside of law school). If I have a free weekend and really want to get away, DC is only 2.5 hours away and Charlotte is 3 hours away, and I have friends in both places.

If anyone has any thoughts about my predicament, please let me know! I'd say right now it's 90/10 in favor of W&L, but I will be visiting both schools' ASWs later this month, so I'm open to change.

General Off-Topic Board / Schools We Wish Had Law Schools
« on: March 01, 2007, 10:47:58 AM »
I'll start - Rice University.

Just curious about this topic. I have a lot of friends who are pre-med and are jet setting across the nation for interviews at med schools. Does anyone know the logic behind most law schools not requiring them or even offering them? I would think that social skills and the ability to make a good impression would be much more important for future lawyers than doctors, even for the fields that don't require great social skills (IP law, for example). Any insight would be appreciated.

Choosing the Right Law School / SMU ASW?
« on: January 27, 2007, 12:54:23 PM »
I just received my acceptance-related materials from SMU, and I notice there is no mention of any sort of ASW. Does SMU have one? If so, can anyone give me some information about it? Thanks.

So here's my situation. I'm a Texas resident, and I've been accepted to W&L, with a 10,000/yr scholarship that brings the tuition down to match (exactly) the tuition for University of Texas, as an in-state resident. I'm still waiting on Texas, Vanderbilt and SMU, and I think I have decent shots at all three places (166/3.35/Ivy-League School with awesome Soft Factors), with obviously a much better shot at SMU. I love W&L, but the idea of spending the first half of my twenties in a 5,000 person town, no matter how enlightened it is, keeps becoming less appealing to me. After my experience in the North, I'm only applying to warmer schools, so the Mason-Dixon Line is the cut-off for me. I'm applying to UVA and Georgetown on a lark, but won't get  in. I'm wondering if I should still apply to UNC, Emory and GW, but I'm apprehensive for these reasons:

UNC--I visited here, loved it, and it's in an awesome area. However, I feel like it would be big challenge to try to practice law in Texas after grad, because it's  geared so much towards North Carolina residents (small alumni network in Texas, less name recognition than W&L). Also lower ranked than W&L.

Emory--Love Atlanta, but once again, feel that W&L has much better name recognition in Texas, especially since Emory is considered by most Southerners as a school for mostly Northerners.

GW--Love DC, but friends that go to law school there say the added Cost of Living of the DC area is not worth it when you have to spend all your time in the library anyway.

Am I wasting my time to send these apps in, or should I apply, hopefully get in, and maybe my concerns will be assuaged in ASWs? Any other schools that I should consider, knowing that I want to remain in the South? Thanks for your help!

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