found/learn-ed things...

Friday, March 21, 2003  

Friday five

1. If you had the chance to meet someone you've never met, from the past or present, who would it be?
Buddha and Christ, I think. I'd ask for counseling sessions, both to help me deal with my angst and be more compassionate and to strategize about helping others better learn to chill. Oh, and maybe Jim Valvano. I'd give him a stack of tournament brackets from the last decade and just let him knock himself out filling them in...

2. If you had to live in a different century, past or future, which would it be?
I'm not one to glamourize a lack of indoor plumbing and the absence of warehouse superstores, so I'll stay right where I am, thank you. I could stand for life to be slightly less complex, but I suppose that's the price we pay for technological innovation.

3. If you had to move anywhere else on Earth, where would it be?
Here, here or maybe here. Simple tastes, geographically. I do like trees.

4. If you had to be a fictional character, who would it be?
I can't think of a specific character, but I would want to be someone with substantially more bravery than I have. I'm generally a scaredy-cat, too timid to try new things for fear that I should make a fool of myself -- academic pursuits excepted. I'd be some sort of 17th or 18th century heroine with a strong sense of purpose and a willingness to take risks ... but no burning at the stake or other martyrdom-type situations.

5. If you had to live with having someone else's face as your own for the rest of your life, whose would it be?
I'm pretty self-critical, but I wouldn't want no one else's mug but my own. Hmmph.

(courtesy of the friday five)

posted by elle | Friday, March 21, 2003 |

Thursday, March 20, 2003  

List Three

(The strange accumulation of items in my car that I noticed today as I stuffed groceries into my trunk.)

1. Two blue racquetballs
2. One item of 1996 presidential campaign memorabilia
3. Smallish sheet of plate glass
4. Road atlas (large)
5. Hand-knitted, striped scarf
6. Assortment of plastic and paper bags
7. Beige box containing CDs, among which are Chicago, the Chieftains, George Thoroughgood, Kylie Minogue and Lyle Lovett.
8. One green, metal tool box (empty)

Mood: Surprisingly chipper given yesterday's funk. I'm becoming happily resigned to my fate...

posted by elle | Thursday, March 20, 2003 |

Wednesday, March 19, 2003  


I'm in at school no. 6, out at school no. 7. It's my first rejection, although that's not surprising given that it's also (by far) the highest ranked school from which I have heard. The rest were generally auto-admits. Actually, according to the LSAC guestimator, I should have had a 90 percent chance of admission at this one, but I suppose the boom in admissions, my out-of-state residency and the fact that I applied relatively late in the process suppressed my chances.

So, unless no. 6 comes through with a large chunk of change in April, I'm guessing MWU will be the final selection. I still don't feel good about this. I've always been one to follow my gut instinct -- even to a grad school that wasn't my first choice but that I now miss terribly. MWU could fit that bill, and I did enjoy the few graduate level classes that I have taken there. But just something doesn't feel right in this case. It's not doubt as to whether I should attend law school, as a friend (and '00 grad) recently asked me. It's about going to MWU -- *this* school in *that* state.

Gads. I am *so* sick of myself right now. I swear, people, I'm usually much less annoyingly whiny than this. Durn law school admissions process.

(what do these numbers mean?)

posted by elle | Wednesday, March 19, 2003 |

Monday, March 17, 2003  

The slippery slope

Having worked in the legislative environment, I can vouch that legislators and lobbyists alike love to make use of the "slippery slope" argument. Is some senator's proposed regulation too strict? Claim that it might lead to the regulation of *everything* in your relevant arena -- it's a slippery slope, you know. The prolific Eugene Volokh offers a defense of slippery slope logic in the latest issue of Legal Affairs. (link from arts + letters daily)

posted by elle | Monday, March 17, 2003 |


Since the old comments system was perpetually on the fritz, I've had to redo it. Unfortunately, this has meant losing all the previous comments, including those from the last week on the regional schools debate. I offer my apologies (and thanks) to those who took the time to leave them.

- the mgmt.

posted by elle | Monday, March 17, 2003 |

I did it.

No tears of joy or relief, but I placed the MWU deposit in the mail this morning. Minutes ago, actually. The deadline is a few days away, but I've still not heard from schools. no. 6 or 7 and the automated GULC system seems to believe that my application is incomplete. (It was an online application and my LSAC report was sent weeks ago!) I'm guessing that there's only a slim chance of getting a positive admission letter from any of these schools within the next 10 days, so I hedged my bets and turned in my Intent to Enroll form. By the way, for any new (or absent-minded) readers, MWU stands for unnamed Mid-Western University.

Thanks to all of you who commented on my previous post, and thanks to jd2b for the link (and consequent spike in traffic). However, I would like to clarify that for many of us considering regional schools, there is no "If you don't like the school, just go somewhere else" option. Many law school applicants "choose" to attend regional schools because they are our best, if not our favorite, options; we then have to learn to be comfortable with our decisions. Not all of us can "trade up" for a better law school if we are uncomfortable with this option. We do not struggle with decisions between Harvard and Michigan. We struggle to decide between regional university no. 1 (what's their placement rate again?) and regional university no. 2 (do they even have a law review?), neither of which may place well outside their immediate geographic area. (What if I struggle with law school only to procure a position that pays less than I'm making now?!)

Our decisions may not even be based on admissions offers -- it may relate to a spouse's employment, already-existing graduate school loans, only having the resources to take the LSAT one time, having no familial support system to help shoulder the costs of relocating and choosing not to fill out the application section relating to how you've "overcome financial burdens." I don't offer these thoughts as excuses or to suggest that I won't receive a great education at MWU. I'm simply scared -- terrified, really -- that I will not be able to perform adequately enough to overcome any bias that might exists about giving kids from regional schools a try.

posted by elle | Monday, March 17, 2003 |
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