What positivity have you gained from this forum?

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legalbrunette
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What positivity have you gained from this forum?

Postby legalbrunette » Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:12 pm

As a lurker on the acceptances, denials and waitlists page, all I see is applicants comparing their timelines to each other and giving advice based on limited knowledge, given that we're all applicants.

I found myself feeling anxious as everyone's cycle moves faster than mine, comparing my numbers and accomplishments to those of a self-selecting group of applicants, and refreshing constantly, and I know i'm not the only one. The conversations are the same "here are my dates....here are my worries...now i'm bragging or not bragging about my acceptance and money while you wait to hear back"

I see the good in having some sort of support, maybe discussing interview format or specific issues, though again we're all beginners, but i don't think that outweighs the energy spent on this page for information that really isn't that valuable. In fact, once apps are in, time spent worrying about them is time away from enjoying your time before law school.

Even more scary, i find current law students here! I see the value in current law advice, but not in this specific forum, and its crazy to think my future classmates will still be attached to this tls admissions forum bubble!

Just my 2 cents. Am i wrong? If so, I'd love to hear input on what you really gained.


To clarify: i dont mean affirmations, nor did i imply that anywhere in this post.
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bbwannabe
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Re: What positivity have you gained from this forum?

Postby bbwannabe » Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:24 pm

you are 100% right in my opinion. I get anxious and sad seeing other people who submitted after me get into my dream schools. I constantly compare myself to others , whether that be my numbers, or softs. I really need to be off this forum. Thanks for this post!

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Re: What positivity have you gained from this forum?

Postby kippercd » Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:25 pm

I dont think people come to TLS for positivity?

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Re: What positivity have you gained from this forum?

Postby joooookchang » Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:26 pm

kippercd wrote:I dont think people come to TLS for positivity?


+1 lol

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KENYADIGG1T
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Re: What positivity have you gained from this forum?

Postby KENYADIGG1T » Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:27 pm

kippercd wrote:I dont think people come to TLS for positivity?


Do you need me to compliment you pro bono?

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Re: What positivity have you gained from this forum?

Postby ATXStudent » Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:29 pm

Like most things, if abused TLS certainly can be negative. But if you evaluate TLS in context of what is, a group of highly motivated, high performing, and non-representative of the entire applicant pool individuals, I think the experience can be positive.

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Re: What positivity have you gained from this forum?

Postby principalagent » Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:32 pm

ATXStudent wrote:Like most things, if abused TLS certainly can be negative. But if you evaluate TLS in context of what is, a group of highly motivated, high performing, and non-representative of the entire applicant pool individuals, I think the experience can be positive.


+1

It’s also nice if you consider TLS a timeline resource but not anything to judge your own performance on.

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TedBuckland
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Re: What positivity have you gained from this forum?

Postby TedBuckland » Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:33 pm

Not sure you're gonna find the answer that you're looking for here

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Re: What positivity have you gained from this forum?

Postby tinycatfriend » Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:37 pm

I mean, I posted on this forum about not being able to really afford paying Stanford's app fee and two incredible people (@KenyaDIGGIT) helped me out financially so that's... really huge actually.

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Re: What positivity have you gained from this forum?

Postby wmbuff » Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:41 pm

I've come across people I'm rooting for to get their good outcomes, and folks who make me laugh, and folks who've given me guidance as to what to expect from application processes that I'm a little behind them on.

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Re: What positivity have you gained from this forum?

Postby Gitaroo_Dude » Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:44 pm

legalbrunette wrote:Even more scary, i find current law students here! I see the value in current law advice, but not in this specific forum, and its crazy to think my future classmates will still be attached to this tls admissions forum bubble!


Maybe I'm biased as a 1L but I don't see a problem with this.

When I was applying last cycle I thought it was a huge resource to have actual law students offering advice on the admissions process given that they had already been through it and knew what they were talking about.

I know I gained a TON from this forum: how to negotiate scholarships, how to tailor my app around a cohesive message, how to decide which school to attend, etc. I love my law school experience so far in large part because I followed TLS' advice and ended up making the right decision by using the right inputs.

If you're not gaining anything from the forum, or even this particular board, I think you need to change your approach to what you're seeking from here. If you want affirmation, you might find that lacking. But if you want real, substantive advice on how approach admissions this is the best resource for that on the internet.

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Re: What positivity have you gained from this forum?

Postby Ron.Swanson » Wed Dec 06, 2017 5:29 pm

bbwannabe wrote:you are 100% right in my opinion. I get anxious and sad seeing other people who submitted after me get into my dream schools. I constantly compare myself to others , whether that be my numbers, or softs. I really need to be off this forum. Thanks for this post!


+1

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Re: What positivity have you gained from this forum?

Postby TedBuckland » Wed Dec 06, 2017 5:39 pm

Gitaroo_Dude wrote:
legalbrunette wrote:Even more scary, i find current law students here! I see the value in current law advice, but not in this specific forum, and its crazy to think my future classmates will still be attached to this tls admissions forum bubble!


Maybe I'm biased as a 1L but I don't see a problem with this.

When I was applying last cycle I thought it was a huge resource to have actual law students offering advice on the admissions process given that they had already been through it and knew what they were talking about.

I know I gained a TON from this forum: how to negotiate scholarships, how to tailor my app around a cohesive message, how to decide which school to attend, etc. I love my law school experience so far in large part because I followed TLS' advice and ended up making the right decision by using the right inputs.

If you're not gaining anything from the forum, or even this particular board, I think you need to change your approach to what you're seeking from here. If you want affirmation, you might find that lacking. But if you want real, substantive advice on how approach admissions this is the best resource for that on the internet.


^100% this

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Re: What positivity have you gained from this forum?

Postby ljalba » Wed Dec 06, 2017 5:46 pm

legalbrunette wrote:Even more scary, i find current law students here! I see the value in current law advice, but not in this specific forum, and its crazy to think my future classmates will still be attached to this tls admissions forum bubble!


So, there's WAY more to this forum than admissions. When you're wondering about OCI or how to buy a house in the future, I think you'll appreciate some of the input in this forum from individuals who went to law school and/or are practicing law.

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Re: What positivity have you gained from this forum?

Postby emkay625 » Wed Dec 06, 2017 5:53 pm

legalbrunette wrote:As a lurker on the acceptances, denials and waitlists page, all I see is applicants comparing their timelines to each other and giving advice based on limited knowledge, given that we're all applicants.

I found myself feeling anxious as everyone's cycle moves faster than mine, comparing my numbers and accomplishments to those of a self-selecting group of applicants, and refreshing constantly, and I know i'm not the only one. The conversations are the same "here are my dates....here are my worries...now i'm bragging or not bragging about my acceptance and money while you wait to hear back"

I see the good in having some sort of support, maybe discussing interview format or specific issues, though again we're all beginners, but i don't think that outweighs the energy spent on this page for information that really isn't that valuable. In fact, once apps are in, time spent worrying about them is time away from enjoying your time before law school.

Even more scary, i find current law students here! I see the value in current law advice, but not in this specific forum, and its crazy to think my future classmates will still be attached to this tls admissions forum bubble!

Just my 2 cents. Am i wrong? If so, I'd love to hear input on what you really gained.


To clarify: i dont mean affirmations, nor did i imply that anywhere in this post.


Let me make sure I understand this correctly: you would prefer if people who have been through an admissions cycle before not offer you advice, and instead you would only like to receive advice from people who have never been through this before?

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Re: What positivity have you gained from this forum?

Postby pancakes3 » Wed Dec 06, 2017 6:04 pm

i mean, yeah. if you're only using this site as a way to crowdsource admissions timelines, it's not worth your time.

if you use it for:
- admissions advice
- LSAT advice
- law school advice
- OCI advice
- bar prep advice
- career advice
- misc. advice
- fill in time while you decay at work
- edit: blow off steam/anxiety throughout bc your real life non-legal friends don't care and your real life legal friends REALLY don't care.

then there's value to this site.

TLS has walked me from 0L to Atty and for the most part i'm grateful for it.
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Re: What positivity have you gained from this forum?

Postby tmcauliffe96 » Wed Dec 06, 2017 6:06 pm

wmbuff wrote:I've come across people I'm rooting for to get their good outcomes, and folks who make me laugh, and folks who've given me guidance as to what to expect from application processes that I'm a little behind them on.


+1 It's nice to know you're all in the same boat

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Re: What positivity have you gained from this forum?

Postby rachelac » Wed Dec 06, 2017 6:13 pm

pancakes3 wrote:- edit: blow off steam/anxiety throughout bc your real life non-legal friends don't care and your real life legal friends REALLY don't care.


^^^^^^^^^
but for TLS letting me stress out here/follow timelines/complain, I would have no friends irl anymore.

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Re: What positivity have you gained from this forum?

Postby heyduchess » Wed Dec 06, 2017 6:13 pm

KENYADIGG1T wrote:
kippercd wrote:I dont think people come to TLS for positivity?


Do you need me to compliment you pro bono?


I'VE BEEN SUMMONED! @Kenya - slowly becoming a TLS fave. (But maybe cuz I keep thinking you're Lin?)

legalbrunette
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Re: What positivity have you gained from this forum?

Postby legalbrunette » Wed Dec 06, 2017 6:29 pm

Gitaroo_Dude wrote:
legalbrunette wrote:Even more scary, i find current law students here! I see the value in current law advice, but not in this specific forum, and its crazy to think my future classmates will still be attached to this tls admissions forum bubble!


Maybe I'm biased as a 1L but I don't see a problem with this.

When I was applying last cycle I thought it was a huge resource to have actual law students offering advice on the admissions process given that they had already been through it and knew what they were talking about.

I know I gained a TON from this forum: how to negotiate scholarships, how to tailor my app around a cohesive message, how to decide which school to attend, etc. I love my law school experience so far in large part because I followed TLS' advice and ended up making the right decision by using the right inputs.]

If you're not gaining anything from the forum, or even this particular board, I think you need to change your approach to what you're seeking from here. If you want affirmation, you might find that lacking. But if you want real, substantive advice on how approach admissions this is the best resource for that on the internet.



sorry if it wasn’t clear- I’m talking about this specific thread topic, not TLS as a whole. I’m not ignorant enough to possibly not see the benefits for essays decisions etc!

legalbrunette
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Re: What positivity have you gained from this forum?

Postby legalbrunette » Wed Dec 06, 2017 6:35 pm

ljalba wrote:
legalbrunette wrote:Even more scary, i find current law students here! I see the value in current law advice, but not in this specific forum, and its crazy to think my future classmates will still be attached to this tls admissions forum bubble!


So, there's WAY more to this forum than admissions. When you're wondering about OCI or how to buy a house in the future, I think you'll appreciate some of the input in this forum from individuals who went to law school and/or are practicing law.



I understand this, I was talking about this specific thread topic. I just said that at THIS PHASE of the process, it may be healthier to step off the “acceptance, waitlist” forum and stop analyzing other people’s dates and cycles.

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Re: What positivity have you gained from this forum?

Postby KENYADIGG1T » Wed Dec 06, 2017 6:37 pm

heyduchess wrote:
KENYADIGG1T wrote:
kippercd wrote:I dont think people come to TLS for positivity?


Do you need me to compliment you pro bono?


I'VE BEEN SUMMONED! @Kenya - slowly becoming a TLS fave. (But maybe cuz I keep thinking you're Lin?)


Did you confuse me for a once-in-a-generation creative genius? duchess, you compliment me yet again! Brb, going to incessantly refresh my status checkers now lol

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heyduchess
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Re: What positivity have you gained from this forum?

Postby heyduchess » Wed Dec 06, 2017 7:52 pm

KENYADIGG1T wrote:
heyduchess wrote:
KENYADIGG1T wrote:
kippercd wrote:I dont think people come to TLS for positivity?


Do you need me to compliment you pro bono?


I'VE BEEN SUMMONED! @Kenya - slowly becoming a TLS fave. (But maybe cuz I keep thinking you're Lin?)


Did you confuse me for a once-in-a-generation creative genius? duchess, you compliment me yet again! Brb, going to incessantly refresh my status checkers now lol


If you get into a school in the next 4 hours, Spivey should just hire me to compliment their clients. *magic*

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Re: What positivity have you gained from this forum?

Postby Platopus » Wed Dec 06, 2017 8:38 pm

I'll bite. I've been lurking TLS for YEARS (since my senior year of high school).

Here are a few of the things I found positive about TLS, even from just lurking:

1. Before I even started college I found out just how important GPA and LSAT were. Knowing this I tried really, really hard and managed a pretty damn good GPA. If the importance of GPA and LSAT weren't hammered so relentlessly on here, I'm probably would've settled for a worse GPA. Similarly, I realized that undergrad really doesn't matter, something that I would've figured made a huge deal. So instead of aiming for sTTTate school, I set my targets high and worked like hell to give myself a shot.

2. When I graduated college and was convinced law school couldn't wait, I came to this site and realized I should probably just find a job. Which I did, and it has moved me from the K-JD pile to the 2+ years of WE pile. More importantly, I figured out a real reason why I want to attend law school. TLS reminded me that it wasn't a very good default option. Instead, I challenged myself to find a legit career. And now, after a couple years, law school actually makes some sense.

3. I owe my LSAT score entirely to this site. All the stickied-guides helped me figure out how to study, and the study group kept me sane during 5+ months of LSAT hell.

4. Personal statement feedback. Again, very valuable for getting a feel about which direction to take my PS. There's no way I could've found the same resource outside of TLS.

5. School-specific interview questions and tips. Again, super helpful to see what I might be asked.

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Re: What positivity have you gained from this forum?

Postby hunt godlink » Wed Dec 06, 2017 9:36 pm

TLS saved my career.

In short, I was a reverse splitter who almost went to a terrible school with a 140s LSAT score. Fast forward a few years and 2 LSAT retakes later, I'm now at HYS with a firm job/clerkship lined up. I would be a desperate graduate buried in debt right now if it weren't for TLS.




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