I’m hoping that Law School Discussion is fixed. There has been an exceptionally high amount of traffic lately, and the server was in need of some optimization. Over the last two weeks I’ve implemented lots of upgrades. Most importantly, I upgraded the forum software and installed APC. It seems to be running lighting fast now, but the weekends have about half the traffic as the week, so we’ll see what happens.
For those trying to use Law School Discussion today, I’m doing some maintenance and it will probably be several hours (by Saturday late afternoon / evening) before the pre-law forum is running again. The Students area is working, so try that instead.
Despite some recent technical problems, the Pre-Law Board of Law School Discussion is about to hit 1,000,000 posts.
In today’s New York Times: Are Lawyers Being Overbilled for Their Test Preparation? Stan Chess doesn’t say much about the article on his blog, but he does have a link to the complaint [pdf], and a previous post on the topic.
LSD is a lot of things to a lot of people. To me and thousands of law school applications, it’s Law School Discussion, a site which I run. By popular demand, it’s time for a general LSD t-shirt – updating last year’s women’s only design. Pre-ordering is in effect now for the discounted price of $14 per shirt until Friday.
Apparently BU Law provides great training for obnoxious bosses (free reg. required). (thanks Bill)
A note to student loan consolidators: I have already consolidated my loans. You can stop sending your letters.
I get a ridiculous amount of mail from student loan consolidation companies seeking to cash in on my the fact that I (a) have good credit, and (b) owe a mountain of money. I used to think all these “notices” were from one persistent company, but they all seem to come from different places. The senders are reputable companies like “Student Loan Processing Center” and “Federal Loan Consolidation Department”. Here is my collection thus far:
We start with the official looking envelops. These ads attempt to disguise themselves as official notices or bills:
Next are the truly annoying “tear-off” notices. These look like my high school report card. The sender shifts the burden of folding letters and stuffing envelops to the recipient who carefully tears off three edges only to find an advertisement inside.
Finally, the postcards. These at least admit on their face that they’re not going to get much attention. The worst of these has to be the “Dude, did you know…” Finally an advertisement that really knows where I’m coming from – struggling between my cheesy street-slang roots and my professionally formal lawyer ways. Second place goes to the “Warning” for bringing the important matter of interest rates to my attention as though it was a beastly dog. I may have to put that one up in my window as a warning to would-be intruders.
All this and not a single company offering a free iPod* for multi-thousand dollar commitment. Amazing.
* iPod mini
The 2006 US News Law School Rankings have been leaked. BU rises to number 20. I don’t take the rankings that seriously, but it is nice to see my school climbing. I’m not that convinced of the 89.3% employed-at-graduation rate though.