Cornell 1L taking questions

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Re: Cornell 1L taking questions

Postby neskerdoo » Sat Nov 15, 2008 5:38 pm

yes, you there in the front... What is your question?

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Re: Cornell 1L taking questions

Postby TammyG » Sat Nov 15, 2008 6:29 pm

How many URM students do you have there? I'm used to being the only black person in my classes and everywhere else it town, but I'm just wondering, if I get in, will I have some minority company ;)

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Re: Cornell 1L taking questions

Postby wuhoo » Sun Nov 16, 2008 12:58 am

We have a small (well, our school is pretty small for starters) but fairly active bunch of minority student clubs, BLSA and LALSA are in particular VERY active and pro-active in supporting the law school community. I know BLSA and NALSA are doing some Moot Court competition with the 1Ls... The website says about 30% of the class are minorities, I'd say that's about right...I just went through our facbeook and tried to look up how many students in our class were minorities: I'd peg it at something like ~9 African-Americans, ~26 Asian kids (counting the halfies), 2 people with Native American ancestry...okay, now I'm tired. Back to memo madness.

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Re: Cornell 1L taking questions

Postby LeahNic » Sun Nov 16, 2008 5:14 pm

Our section as 34 ppl... I think its like

2 Native American
3 African American
3 Hispanic American,
4 Asian American

And the rest...So, I would put our section just above the 30% the website says.

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Re: Cornell 1L taking questions

Postby wuhoo » Sun Nov 16, 2008 5:34 pm

Our section's friendly, fun, AND diverse! :mrgreen:

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Re: Cornell 1L taking questions

Postby kn6542 » Sun Nov 16, 2008 5:52 pm

wuhoo wrote:Our section's friendly, fun, AND diverse! :mrgreen:

Yeah, our section really is pretty damn cool.

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Re: Cornell 1L taking questions

Postby joonbug » Sun Nov 16, 2008 5:59 pm

Section A is where uncool kids think they are cool.

Section B is where cool kids know that they are cool.

End of discussion!

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Re: Cornell 1L taking questions

Postby 18488 » Sun Nov 16, 2008 6:03 pm

joonbug wrote:Section A is where uncool kids think they are cool.

Section B is where cool kids know that they are cool.

End of discussion!


dude, you are totally outnumbered here. not even worth fighting.

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Re: Cornell 1L taking questions

Postby neskerdoo » Sun Nov 16, 2008 6:04 pm

joon, we are trying to help potential future students... if your interest in helping resembles your interest in being friends with the classmates you already have, it might be best if you poke your head in on this thread as often as you do at the Big Red Barn... thanks

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Re: Cornell 1L taking questions

Postby woeisme » Sun Nov 16, 2008 10:28 pm

neskerdoo wrote:joon, we are trying to help potential future students... if your interest in helping resembles your interest in being friends with the classmates you already have, it might be best if you poke your head in on this thread as often as you do at the Big Red Barn... thanks


BURN!

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Re: Cornell 1L taking questions

Postby neskerdoo » Wed Nov 19, 2008 8:11 pm

you probably can, but I don't think you necessarily have to... your willingness to stay in Ithaca for 3 more years may be a reasonable substitute for the kind of info they look for in those addenda... did you at least fill out the 3 lines? If not, you might want to play it safe and send something in...

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Re: Cornell 1L taking questions

Postby neskerdoo » Wed Nov 19, 2008 8:29 pm

well, I didn't send an addendum; i just filled the lines on the app...

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Re: Cornell 1L taking questions

Postby fsohn » Wed Nov 19, 2008 8:35 pm

Dude, relax. You'll be fine, no matter what you do.

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Re: Cornell 1L taking questions

Postby neskerdoo » Wed Nov 19, 2008 9:06 pm

zeetraveler, feel free to stroll down to the law school and meet that poster in the parking lot after class tomorrow

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Re: Cornell 1L taking questions

Postby cameltaur » Wed Nov 19, 2008 9:28 pm

zeetraveler wrote:Ok, first post on this site, but I really do have a question. I'm a Cornell UG and my stats are exactly median gpa/median lsat. I didn't do an extra addendum on why I want to go to Cornell, but you guys have me worried. Should I/Can I submit an extra addendum now?



If you are worried, go see Jane Levy at Career Services in Barnes Hall and ask to see the action report from last year. Cornell accepted 70 Cornell UG's total (obviously far fewer matriculated) with average numbers very, very comfortably below the median last year (something like 3.3/162). Obviously that is ever so slightly skewed by URM's, but you get the point.

And as someone else said, I applaud your resilience for wanting to stay in Ithaca for 7 straight years...

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Re: Cornell 1L taking questions

Postby woeisme » Wed Nov 19, 2008 9:51 pm

zeetraveler wrote:
fsohn wrote:Dude, relax. You'll be fine, no matter what you do.

ha, thanks for the vague but semi-assuring response. I look forward to being to equally as nonchalant and condescending when I'm in law school, dude.


haha win. But yeah, I don't think that sending an addendum will help your chances much more, unless you feel like it would. In other words, if you really have something significant to say in an addendum, then say it. Who cares that it's delayed? Better late than never. Alternatively, if you'd just be grabbing at straws anyway, then it's probably not worth (considering it'd be delayed).

Maybe just talk to an admissions committee member, since you're already on campus? Just stop on by. Couldn't hurt.

And when you mentioned medians, were you talking about last year's medians? They haven't released 2011's, have they?

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Re: Cornell 1L taking questions

Postby woeisme » Wed Nov 19, 2008 9:53 pm

cameltaur wrote:
zeetraveler wrote:Ok, first post on this site, but I really do have a question. I'm a Cornell UG and my stats are exactly median gpa/median lsat. I didn't do an extra addendum on why I want to go to Cornell, but you guys have me worried. Should I/Can I submit an extra addendum now?



If you are worried, go see Jane Levy at Career Services in Barnes Hall and ask to see the action report from last year. Cornell accepted 70 Cornell UG's total (obviously far fewer matriculated) with average numbers very, very comfortably below the median last year (something like 3.3/162). Obviously that is ever so slightly skewed by URM's, but you get the point.

And as someone else said, I applaud your resilience for wanting to stay in Ithaca for 7 straight years...


3.3/162?! Doubt it ... ... ... really??

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Re: Cornell 1L taking questions

Postby cameltaur » Wed Nov 19, 2008 10:01 pm

Actually, I was slightly wrong trying to recall it from a few months ago when i first saw it. The exact #'s were 70 admitted at 166.2/3.61, 16 matriculated at 162.7/3.57. Sorry for any shock...

The admitted #'s are a little bit low, but it is the matrics that are surprisingly low. I guess it represents self-selection; a lot of Cornell UG's probably reach for Cornell, and Cornell helps them out.

Either way, as a Cornell student at the medians you should be pretty confident in a good result.

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Re: Cornell 1L taking questions

Postby neskerdoo » Wed Nov 19, 2008 10:49 pm

hmmmm.... if one assumes that most of the rest of those 54 went to higher-ranked schools, does this lend credence to a non-HYP ivy boost theory?

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Re: Cornell 1L taking questions

Postby sempervirens » Wed Nov 19, 2008 10:50 pm

I'm wondering now if I ever see you law schoolers on-campus, or if you're holed up in the library.

I'm an undergrad here currently, I'll be applying next year for law, and on Friday I'm taking a guiding tour of the law school with our UG law club (PLUS). Is there anything in particular I should pay attention to, be mindful of, or ask questions about?

Also, there's a big push on campus to get an internship over summer, but I plan to take the June LSAT. Would I be better off spending the summer studying, or both getting a FT internship and studying nights? Thanks!

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Re: Cornell 1L taking questions

Postby LeahNic » Wed Nov 19, 2008 11:13 pm

I would take the June LSAT and do what you like as far as getting a job-- your LSAT score is more important to get into law school in my opinion than a summer job. (hopefully you can find something productive to add to your resume during the summer even if its not a FT job)

I waited till October to take the LSAT and I wish I would have taken it earlier. That way, if you screw it up you can retake, and if you do well-- you can get your apps out in September as early as possible.

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Re: Cornell 1L taking questions

Postby fsohn » Thu Nov 20, 2008 9:38 am

Especially if you are coming straight from UG, I'd say work as little as possible. Studying for the LSAT can be intense enough, at least a few hours a day. Considering that you won't have a free summer again any time soon, I'd take it as easy as possible. In my case, I worked about five to ten hours a week tutoring, and then just hung out and did what I wanted.

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Re: Cornell 1L taking questions

Postby lsat_fear » Sat Nov 22, 2008 8:01 pm

anyone know how generous cornell's financial aid dept. is to soft splitters, especially when lots of LSAT scores are involved (e.g. 3.5/162/169/177)?

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Re: Cornell 1L taking questions

Postby fsohn » Sat Nov 22, 2008 8:26 pm

Dunno. They seem to be pretty generous overall though. The average grant is five digits.

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Re: Cornell 1L taking questions

Postby neskerdoo » Sat Nov 22, 2008 10:29 pm

3.5/177 should be just fine in the generosity dept....




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