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Postby RTR10 » Wed Mar 07, 2007 11:37 am

So check this out...

I saw on LSN that the Dean of Alabama had called another full-ride scholarship recipient and asked what they could do to get her to come there and even offered to pay for a visit...

Well I didn't get that phone call...so I emailed the Dean...

They're paying for me to come visit... yay :D

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Postby RTR10 » Wed Mar 14, 2007 12:25 am

It is going to be SO hard to withdraw from Pepperdine, but it just isn't logical for me to go there. But I'm going to post my report for all those who are thinking about Pepperdine:

-Very stingy with grades. Forced Median of 78. 15% get A's, 35% get Bs, etc. Top third to keep your scholarship rounds out to be an 81.1
-Cannot use Mac's for exams
-Christian influence is not imposed on you
-One of the journal editors was drinking in the library when we talked to him
-4 journals: top 10% at end of year invited to write for the journal of their choosing, also a 20-25 pg paper writing competition at end of 1L
-DO NOT work during 1L, or even during 2L and 3L unless it's an internship
-$700-800 for books first semester, then only need one book second semester 1L. Buy all the supplements you can get.
-Take the Law Preview course.
-Wireless works really well.
-All classes in the same building.
-Hidden third floor of the library.
-Library Hours: M-Tr 6am-Midnight, F 6am-8pm, Sat 8am-8pm, Sun noon-midnight
-Take about 4 pages typed notes per class period
-One thing they would change: their USNews Ranking
-Financial aid packages will be sent prior to April 1
-People do not rip out pages for common assigments/steal books
-Length of exams: typically three hours (1 hr MC, 2 hr Essay)...if MC & Essay you get a bathroom break
-Class Length: 1 hr periods (two or three times per week)
-Time spent studying: at least 9 hrs per day. Those in the top 10 percent study about 15 hrs per day. The guy that gave the tour said he gets up at 6:30, reads until 9, class til 12, library til dinner break at 7, study til midnight, bed. Repeat.
-Clinics: several including #1 Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution and Public Interest Clinic
-Traffic: 20 minutes from Santa Monica, 45 minutes from West LA
-Food is great
-What do students do for fun: drink in Santa Monica
-Why did you choose Pepperdine: Staff is friendly, helpful, and have your best interest at heart
-Career services has a list of Pepperdine Alumni by region broken into type of law and will set you up with contact information for anywhere.
-Parking is FREEEEEEEEE! This is the best thing ever!
-All professors have an open door policy. Most professors stick around the law school and buy pizza for students in the library.
-Approx. 200 students in each entering class, 3 sections broken into groups of 70.
-Method of upper course class selection: easy to get into any class you want. If the room capacity is 95, there will be up to 95 people in the class.
-Study tips: read everything twice (night before and in the morning before class), stay on top of outlines. Divide your weekend into 6 sections and do outlines.
-$50 built in print credits.
-OCI: Fall 2nd year, 300 firms participate, top quarter-easy to get a job
-Forced to argue your appellate brief 2nd semester 1L (not for credit)
-Apply for federal clerkships 1L because it's based on writing sample, not grades
-Midterms 1st semester 1L. Don't count towards grade, but gives you an idea of how you're doing, and how to take a LS exam
-Hard to get into the Law School, but once you're in, you'll stay. They're super focused on keeping their students.
-6 courses 1L

-Random: There is a dodgeball tournament, professors against students in the atrium of the Law School. It's a big deal.

PICTURES:
Sunset between Malibu & Santa Monica
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Pepperdine Main Campus
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Law School Cafeteria
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Law School Bookstore
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Law School Atrium
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Professors' Homes
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Graduate Housing
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Law School Building
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Law School Library
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Inside the Library
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View from the Law School (lots of clouds today over the ocean)
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Lecture classroom
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Hope someone finds this useful. I wish it was feasible for me to go there, but I just can't justify it with the other offers I have received. Beautiful campus, and I loved my visit, but California just isn't for me.

Good news though...one of my residents from last year was on my flight out here, so we're going to go to Hollywood tomorrow before I leave to go back home! Finally, I won't be alone!!

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Postby RTR10 » Thu Mar 15, 2007 10:13 pm

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Postby RTR10 » Sun Mar 18, 2007 5:29 am

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Postby RTR10 » Sun Mar 18, 2007 5:21 pm

I got to Bama earlier this morning and then took a nap. Despite what most people say, I love it down here. If tomorrow goes well, this is definitely where I'll be next year.

On another note.

I'm so sick of people saying that 165ish isn't a good LSAT score. Just because you think that you could have done better does not mean that you should belittle others with the same score. Some of us aren't applying to H/Y/S...and some of us are and actually got in (TheRealMe). Everyone has a story, and some people just don't feel like disclosing amazing soft factors on the internet that would get them in to practically any school. 165 is still above the 90th percentile. When you say that 165 isn't a good LSAT score, think of how you make others feel with that score and lower scores. This is supposed to be a support system, not a place you come to make yourself feel better by making others feel worse...just because misery loves company doesn't mean others with your "terrible" score think, or should think, that their scores are "terrible."

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