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Choosing the Right Law School / Chicago Kirkland & Ellis Event
« on: March 01, 2006, 04:14:30 PM »
Are any other LSDers going tomorrow?

Law School Admissions / Law Forums
« on: September 21, 2005, 04:35:41 PM »
The Chicago Law School Forum is this weekend, and I am debating whether I should go or not. For those of you who are playing on attending one of the law School Forums, or those who already have, what benefit do you feel you will/are getting out of it? Especially if you are already know where you are going to apply.


Meth is a problem in Oregon; I grew up in the county that the worst meth production problems in the state. This seems like throwing the baby out with the bath water, though. Especially since the reason my county was in its position was because it was rural,  where two Interstates intersected, and on the border with Washington. I don't think the meth producers are going to have any problem getting their raw ingredients from out of state.

That makes this another example of a law that will hurt law-abiding citizens more than criminals.

Choosing the Right Law School / Posner Paper on Law School Rankings
« on: July 27, 2005, 12:30:52 PM »
Richard Posner has a paper out on law school rankings that looks at alternatives to USNWR. It might be interesting for all the rankings junkies here on LSD. He also addresses a question I have thought about for awhile regarding Leiter's rankings. Why does the research quality of the faculty at my law school matter?

Most applicants to law school expect to practice law; and faculty publication, the basis of Leiterís ranking, is increasingly removed from the concerns important even to practitioners, let alone to students, though this phenomenon is more pronounced at the elite schools. Current faculty scholarship is, for example, disproportionately concentrated in constitutional law, which few practicing lawyers specialize in.

Has anyone else noticed that sample essays at places such as Essay Edge or in Montauk's book seem to be longer than what most schools are looking for? Most schools (that I have looked at) want 2 double-spaced pages for their essays, but most of these sample essays seem to be 4+ pages double-spaced.

It cuts down on their usefulness in my opinion. I want to use them as guides for how fleshed out the story should be, etc., but they are not very helpful in that regard if they are twice the length I should be shooting for. I imagine an AdComm would be more annoyed that I cannot follow directions than impressed with a more fleshed-out story.

I have chosen the topic I want to address in my PS. I am now trying to outline my statement, which means I need to know what length to shoot for. This leads me to two formatting questions: when a school says they want a two page personal statement is it implied that it should be double or single-spaced; and what is the customary font size, 12pt?

I understand people may not know for any given institution, but general guidelines would be helpful.

Law School Admissions / Who Am I missing?
« on: June 27, 2005, 03:20:54 PM »
I figured since everyone else was getting feedback on their first draft of schools I would get in on the action. I am somewhat picky about where I live during LS: I don't particularly want to live in the Northeast, and I want to live in metro areas that have a population of at least 900,000. The closer to the core of the area the better. Below is my current list, and I would appreciate any feedback on good schools I have left off that seem to meet the above criteria. Also, would it be good to apply to a couple of schools I know I won't attend, such as NYU, Harvard, Penn, etc. to use as leverage in getting money from the schools below?


Studying for the LSAT / June 05 scores are up
« on: June 25, 2005, 11:15:27 AM »
The scores are up (or at least mine is). You will probably think I am lying but it says I got a 180.

The original article referenced in this post was already mentioned in the 'Why did they send me this' thread, but I thought the discussion of the relevance of the article and the response to criticism Prof. Sander is going to make over the next week might be of interest to those on this board. Here is the link: Do with it what you wish.

Law School Admissions / Montauk
« on: June 02, 2005, 06:53:16 PM »
My public library has a copy of Montauk's law school book from 2001. Does anyone know if the updates to his book since then warrant spending the money to buy the book, or would I be just as well off saving the money by reading the older addition for free? It would be especially helpful if anyone knew what exactly he changed in his book between the 2001 publication and now.


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