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Neist last won the day on May 14 2016

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  1. To outline or not

    Same, but if I'm doing something less composed, like a précis or review, I tend to write from the hip. While the ability to compose an elegantly planned piece of writing is certainly worthwhile, the skill to quickly articulate one's thoughts more casually is probably as equally useful. You'll likely need to write fairly quickly at some point in your graduate career (i.e., in a shorter frame than what outlining might allow), so I'd suggest getting in some practice if one is presented with the opportunity to do so.
  2. Fall 2018 Applicants

    I haven't had the time to support everyone on here as much as I would have liked (this will likely be the worst semester of my academic career). I wanted to wish everyone the best of luck and not to stress the details too much. You can only prep your application so much, and it is likely that events and considerations outside of your potential will largely play into your acceptances or denials. Try to roll with the punches.
  3. Fall 2018 Applicants

    Chiming in here, @syza if you're interested in policy, you might look into STS programs. I have a lingering suspicion that they parallel your interests more than a typical history of science program may.
  4. Venting Thread- Vent about anything.

    Graduate student office politics suck.
  5. For the sake of discretion, I worked at a law school for 11 years. I don't hold a JD, but I'm relatively familiar with the law school world. I'd go with option 2, but with a caveat. I'm sure that the paper value of a Yale degree will help you obtain a job, but a job won't be handed to you by any means. You might even have to practice for a few years. The school I worked for certainly wasn't the highest ranked law program in the states, but still, the faculty members were incredibly impressive. There's a lot of law school graduates out there, so the competition can be rough. Law school acceptances are very much a numbers game, much like medical school. And this is even more true with Yale. I haven't checked the current US News Law School book, but the average LSAT for a Yale acceptance was around 173, if memory serves, and that's on top of an average 3.8-3.9 uGPA. It's a hard school to get into, and even if you do have those numbers, you'd likely get a full ride at many, many other very good law schools. Something to think about.
  6. Future Job Market For History MA & PhD Grads?

    I thought I'd just restate the consensus that jobs will be rough moving into the future. In fact, if I wasn't getting an MLIS with my MA, I seriously doubt I would have pursued a graduate degree, or at least pursued one that demanded a reasonable amount of student loan debt, as my will. That said, if you can go to graduate school without any or very little debt, I say go for it! I may be in the minority, but I think it's important to follow your passions, as long as it doesn't detriment your economic well-being (i.e., being able to eat and live somewhat comfortably).
  7. Do you save old papers?

    This is exactly what I do. I recycle physical papers after scanning them to save their comments.
  8. How long was your master's thesis?

    I haven't written mine yet, but I'm predicting it to be 50-100, which is pretty par for my program. It's going to be a little technical (the research it will be based off was very statistical in nature), so maybe it's a rather dense 50-100 pages, but, eh.
  9. I like historiographical writing. I know that's not everyone's cup of tea, but... I'm an ecosystems person. I like to see the big picture.
  10. Philosophy of Law as the area of study?

    Unfortunately, this question is almost impossible to answer. Some class requirements are probably stipulated by the ABA. However, the precise requirements beyond these mandates are probably up to the program/school in question. The only way you'll know for certain is to shop around for law schools and ask them. Luckily for you, attending law schools in recent years is a bit of a buyer's market (i.e., many law schools aren't getting enough students), so they'll likely answer any question you have enthusiastically. My suspicion is that you might have to settle for a normal course load for your JD, then specialize in the philosophy of law in an LLM or SJD. (For context, I worked at a law school for 10+ years)
  11. Whatcha reading?

    Started Ubik. What an odd book...
  12. Fall 2018 Applicants

    I completely understand. Also, did this person start the program last year? Given your location, I think I know who this person is, and if it is this person, I actually shared an office with them for a short period. Small world!
  13. Fall 2018 Applicants

    Interesting focus! Out of curiosity, what programs are you looking into? Have you considered a joint history of medicine and MD program? A few of those do exist, but I imagine finishing them would take ages.
  14. Leading Discussions as a New TA

    This isn't precisely helpful for the upcoming Fall semester, but I suggest that you consider moderating an informal reading group. Depending on one's moderation style, a reading group can be quite similar to a discussion group.
  15. Whatcha reading?

    Sounds really interesting! I'll definitely put it on the list. I just finished Dancing Bees: Karl Von Frisch And The Discovery Of The Honeybee Language by Tania Munz. I attended a talk by her earlier this spring, and the book was on my list. Just got around to reading it.