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Friday, April 11, 2003  

What's law school worth?

From the Miami Herald...

So much for the free-enterprise system.

A Nova Southeastern University law student had his wrist slapped this week, after he tried to auction off his seat in a popular class.

It turns out there's a thriving ''gray market'' of students trading classes, sometimes for money. But university officials said it was definitely not OK for student Ryan Vescio to send out a mass e-mail to classmates advertising an auction of his seat on eBay.

eBay is an Internet service that helps sellers auction off items and services in exchange for a cut of the price.

Vescio, 23, sent an e-mail to hundreds of fellow law students Tuesday afternoon, inviting them to bid for his seat in Constitutional Law II for the fall semester. [...]

posted by elle | Friday, April 11, 2003 |

More cards?

A deadlier card game.

posted by elle | Friday, April 11, 2003 |

Friday five, y'all

1. What was the first band you saw in concert?
New Kids on the Block, baby. I saw them twice while I was in junior high. I loved Jonathan. : )

2. Who is your favorite artist/band now?
The Beatles are probably my all-time favorite band, although I don't necessarily listen to them all the time. Perhaps it would be more accurate to say that I think they are the *best* band of all time. H is educating me on blues greats, so I've been listening to a lot of Steve Ray Vaughn, B.B. King and Muddy Waters lately.

3. What's your favorite song?
There are too many to pick from, and I'm fickle so they change constantly. Some current leading candidates (some of which are faves simply because the weather is warming):
. Here Comes the Sun (the Beatles)
. One Particular Harbor (Jimmy Buffett)
. These Arms of Mine (Otis Redding)
. I'll Fly Away (any good, bluegrass version)
. You're So Vain (Carly Simon)
. Key Largo (Ella Fitzgerald)

4. If you could play any instrument, what would it be?
Cello or 12-string guitar. *Not* violin. *Never* violin.

5. If you could meet any musical icon (past or present), who would it be and why?
H and I have tickets for B.B. King later this month, so let's say him.

posted by elle | Friday, April 11, 2003 |

Finally, that perfect date night activity

This amused me to no end. I can't wait to get home today with a big stack o' index cards and some markers.

link courtesy of reen

posted by elle | Friday, April 11, 2003 |

Wednesday, April 09, 2003  

Gift me

Looking for that perfect gift for a finnicky attorney or law school student? Look no further.

posted by elle | Wednesday, April 09, 2003 |

Reading material

An assortment of interesting stories from an assortment of interesting sources...

"Sooner the fly to God than he..."
Rabbi Meir Y. Soloveichik explores the Judaic and Christian foundations of hatred and forgiveness. Could you, as a Holocaust survivor, have forgiven your Nazi captor?
link from Arts + Letters Daily

"We aim to change this."
Gary Bauer, William Bennett, Jeb Bush, Steve Forbes, Dick Cheney and Dan Quayle discuss the Project for the New American Century.
link from Arts + Letters Daily

Chesslaw's summer reading suggestions
link from Alice

What did you do on your spring break?
This kid went to war. Oh, wait. No, he didn't.
link from Obscure Store

"'s up to each of us to answer the big questions for ourselves."
Personally, I enjoy Car Talk. But I wouldn't call them with tricky moral questions.

posted by elle | Wednesday, April 09, 2003 |

Getting my $$$ in order

The coordinated graduate school/financial aid office/law school effort to correct my status at MWU has paid off, at least for the federal government. I accepted my student aid package today, consisting of a mix of subsidized and unsubsidized federal loans. Adding to my existing debt was certainly not the greatest fun, but is undeniably better than accepting the student aid package and then begging private institutions for money to make up the difference between institutional aid and the actual cost. As a side note, even considering the scholarships I was offered, it is substantially less expensive to attend MWU. And, hopefully I'll be able to find gainful employment during my 2L and 3L years that will reduce the amount I need to borrow.

Also, I managed to fix yesterday's post, so that's up again. No more wondering exactly what it was that I had 'done'...

posted by elle | Wednesday, April 09, 2003 |


Alice penned a great post a few days ago about the new USNWR rankings. I agree completely with her discussion of conducting thick research into your potential schools in order to make an informed decision, rather than simply relying on any set of rankings for which the data and methods used to compile them are suspect. I also agree with Alice that the USNWR rankings -- for better or worse -- do matter for law students, just as they matter for undergraduate and graduate students of other ilks.

Law school deans are understandably annoyed that the rankings are given such attention when they provide only unidimensional insight into any particular institution. However, law school applicants would be naive to ignore them when others in the environment -- from potential applicants to NYC biglaw recruiters -- pay them heed. Perhaps the day will come when *everyone* in the legal community decides that law school rankings are bunk. But until then, I think applicants are smart to keep the rankings in mind when making their decisions. Don't rely on them as the sole estimate of how much you're likely to get out of attending one school or the other, but do consider them one component of a broader program of institutional research.

Disclaimer: The following paragraphs have been written by a post-graduate student who has yet to begin her first year of law school. Evaluate the advice/opinions accordingly.

posted by elle | Wednesday, April 09, 2003 |

Tuesday, April 08, 2003  


I edited the post below for its numerous mistypes, but something went weirdly wrong, probably involving font size changes. Oh, well.

posted by elle | Tuesday, April 08, 2003 |

It is done.

[edited for readability. assorted apologies.]

I'll receive no scholarship money from school No. 6. As did many other schools this year (or so I would imagine), they gave away too much money too early. So, barring some GULC miracle involving boxes of free money, it'll be my sweet little midwestern law school.

I'm also continually updating the tally board as other pre-laws make their final choices. A hearty congrats to those who have. New topic: our respective deans' summer reading lists. *Discuss.*

posted by elle | Tuesday, April 08, 2003 |


I just returned from microwaving my heat-n-eat lunch in our office's breakroom. As I dropped the cello-topped package in the microwave for its six-minute heating, one of the four employees eating lunch together was offering an anecdote involving his spouse and the can of 'Bean and Bacon' soup that the spouse had requested for dinner the night before. I scooted out of the room in order to get a beverage, and then returned a few minutes later to pick up my lunch. As I walk in the room, I hear the story-telling employee say this:

"Well, we ate the soup at 8:00."

I was gone for seven minutes, and he was still talking about the can of soup. Seven minutes. About a can of soup. It is for reasons like this that I don't regret eating lunch at my desk.

[maybe more/better posts later, and thanks for the well wishes! i am much improved.]

posted by elle | Tuesday, April 08, 2003 |
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