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Re: When to apply
« Reply #10 on: March 15, 2005, 11:03:20 AM »
I just wanted to get the app process out of the way as quickly as possible, so I did my apps starting in early September, and I submitted them as early as I could. The earlier poster is right about some schools not accepting your app until October, though.

It took me forever to get all the little boxes on the apps right, so I was glad I started early. I heard from Georgetown the first week of November, then from 8 other schools by Christmas, and I was accepted at Columbia in January. Still waiting on Yale and Stanford!

I spent a lot of time on my personal statement, on which several admissions deans have specifically commented. I would definitely recommend giving it to several other people to read--especially people who are strong writers.

Good luck! I'm glad to be almost done. A year from now, you will be, too! Woo hoo!

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Re: When to apply
« Reply #11 on: March 15, 2005, 09:29:00 PM »
hello everyone,
when should i apply if i would like to jump right into law school? i am thinking fall 2006.

i take the test in june 2005.
i get my BA in june 2006.

thanks!!!

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Re: When to apply
« Reply #12 on: March 15, 2005, 09:55:48 PM »
Ditto on being on top of recommendations.  I planned on completing my apps by the end of October, but the six-month ordeal of recommendations (recommender and LSAC problems) led to some apps not being completed until early January.  If nothing else, it will relieve the stress of applying, and give you a little break before having to worry about acceptances/denials.

Re: When to apply
« Reply #13 on: March 15, 2005, 11:59:27 PM »
Ditto on being on top of recommendations.  I planned on completing my apps by the end of October, but the six-month ordeal of recommendations (recommender and LSAC problems) led to some apps not being completed until early January.  If nothing else, it will relieve the stress of applying, and give you a little break before having to worry about acceptances/denials.

The point about LSAC is a good one.  IT takes them a few weeks to process your LOR's and this year things got backed up.  I would try very hard to get your LORs into LSAC by October 1 at the latest.  Most schools tell you that they don't start reviewing apps until late November or December, but it is nice to have everything good to go ahead of time.  There is nothing worse than knowing that one little thing is holding up your file.

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Re: When to apply
« Reply #14 on: March 16, 2005, 03:51:44 AM »
Last year, I had my transcript to LSAC by February, and the last of my 3 LORs in by August.  I was pretty much cruising in October/November while LSAC was busy losing everyone else's stuff.  Get those 2 things done as early as you can.

Re: When to apply
« Reply #15 on: March 16, 2005, 06:37:43 AM »
I was going to wait until I received my LSAT score in July to ask for LORs - just to have a better idea of where I will be applying...do you think I should just do it at the end of this semester instead?  hmmmmm

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Re: When to apply
« Reply #16 on: March 16, 2005, 09:02:21 AM »
I took the June LSAT.  Sign up way early because the good testing sites fill up, and you'll have to drive a long way to take the test.  I think I signed up in March or early April, and I got my choice of sites.  Also, when you register for the LSAT, sign up for LSDAS too and send your transcripts in right away.  Although, if you're still in school, you'll want to send your transcripts in as soon as you receive your spring grades.  Then, once you find out your LSAT score, immediately ask your professors for letters.  I asked my profs in August, they sent them in September, and then it took LSAC over 30 days to process them and forward them to the schools.  It's still better to do it that way than to try to get your profs to send individual letters to each school. 

I think a good time line would be:

March - start taking LSAT class, sign up for LSAT and LSDAS
June - LSAT
July - receive score, contact profs to ask for LOR's
August - draft your essays and get lots of help with them
September - as soon as application forms are available, buy LSACDWeb and start filling out the forms.  This takes longer than you think, because you can cram a lot of good info into even a two-line answer.  You'll keep going back and changing things.
After October 1 - start submitting apps.  Don't submit them until they're absolutely polished and ready.  The advantage of submitting Oct 1 vs Oct 31 is not much.  However, if you stick to this time line, you're probably done (and sick of it) and you just want to get it over with already.  :-)

You should start hearing back from your safeties in December.

Re: When to apply
« Reply #17 on: March 16, 2005, 11:59:19 AM »
I took the June LSAT. Sign up way early because the good testing sites fill up, and you'll have to drive a long way to take the test. I think I signed up in March or early April, and I got my choice of sites. Also, when you register for the LSAT, sign up for LSDAS too and send your transcripts in right away. Although, if you're still in school, you'll want to send your transcripts in as soon as you receive your spring grades. Then, once you find out your LSAT score, immediately ask your professors for letters. I asked my profs in August, they sent them in September, and then it took LSAC over 30 days to process them and forward them to the schools. It's still better to do it that way than to try to get your profs to send individual letters to each school.

I think a good time line would be:

March - start taking LSAT class, sign up for LSAT and LSDAS
June - LSAT
July - receive score, contact profs to ask for LOR's
August - draft your essays and get lots of help with them
September - as soon as application forms are available, buy LSACDWeb and start filling out the forms. This takes longer than you think, because you can cram a lot of good info into even a two-line answer. You'll keep going back and changing things.
After October 1 - start submitting apps. Don't submit them until they're absolutely polished and ready. The advantage of submitting Oct 1 vs Oct 31 is not much. However, if you stick to this time line, you're probably done (and sick of it) and you just want to get it over with already. :-)

You should start hearing back from your safeties in December.

You're awesome  :)

I plan on registering in the next week or so.  I'm definitely going to ask for LOR ASAP after I get the LSAT score.  I want to have that in so I can give the profs some more info about me, though two of them know me pretty well.  I started my essay but it is pretty %hitty.  Going to need some help this summer. 

I registered for LSDAS in January and sent my first UG institution in already.  Just need to send my transcript from my degree granting as soon as spring grades are in.  I can't wait to see what my GPA ends up being!  :-\

the LSACDweb is the application service correct?  Where you pay something like $60 for the ability to apply through them?  I need to look into that.  I want to have everything in early so I can concentrate on graduation.  :)

tstein

Re: When to apply
« Reply #18 on: March 16, 2005, 01:00:55 PM »
Get LOR and transcripts in ASAP- shorter waiting early in the fall!

Re: When to apply
« Reply #19 on: March 16, 2005, 01:55:08 PM »
LSAC on the web is pretty awesome.  It can be a little buggy but if you are applying to more than 10 schools it is a must.  It has a general template that you fill out that will fill in your general info onlt all your apps.  As you go along and fill in info on one app, that was not on previous ones, it learns and puts that info on future apps.  You do have to look out for it not always putting the right stuff in exactly the right place. 

You can attatch all your supplemental statements, resumes, and addendums.  The best thing is that it reformats them to PDF so you don't have to worry about some adcom going through your Word document and looking at the changes you made.

Another bonus is that a few schools will wave your app fee if you use LSAC on the Web.  Others will allow you to pay with a credit card which is far more preferable to me than waiting for checks to clear.  I was terrified some school would sit on a check and I would end up bouncing it.  I would assume that would kill your admission chances.