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Oh and I went to Property with Lior Stra-something and Torts with Richard Epstein.

By academia, I meant I wanted to do law teaching.

I mean I probably will go to NYU, but there's just so much out there insisting that if you want to do law teaching, you should go to HYS or Chicago.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / UChicago Day in the Life Program
« on: April 01, 2010, 12:19:20 AM »
So I went to one of UChicago's day in the life programs for admitted students. Note: DO NOT STAY IN THE INTERNATIONAL HOUSE. I thought it would be convenient, since it's right on campus, but it was awful. I went with my boyfriend and it was $80 for a tiny room with a double bed plus $7 for internet. There was only one girl's shower and one toilet for two floors, which meant you had to wait in line to use the single shower. When we first got there, they sent us to a dirty room and we had to wait a while before they found us another one. The front desk people seemed pretty incompetent.

Anyway, I guess I shouldn't hold that against the law school. I found both the classes I went to pretty interesting and dynamic, but I wasn't really impressed by the student hosts or the panel discussions. My student host, instead of answering any questions about the law school, made us go to this talk after we'd just been to two lectures. She kept insisting that it would be a really great talk, but when we got there, she spent the entire time on her laptop and didn't pay attention to any of it. The other student she was leading around played around on her iphone the whole time. In fact, my boyfriend was the only one paying attention and he isn't even going to law school. Afterwards, she talked for about fifteen minutes about the law school, and then said she had to get to class. One of the things she emphasized was how her extracurriculars organized many speakers and how so many people at UChicago attend speakers, unlike at NYU, where students are out having fun. She said how some people came to the speakers just for the free food but they were generally looked down upon for not being fully engaged in the lecture, which was funny to me because she didn't pay any attention either.

Basically, it just seemed like a pretty boring place. I find myself wanting NYU so badly even though UChicago's better at academia. I love everything about NYU and I just wonder if I'm going to regret my choice.

Anyone going through similar decision anxiety? Anyone have a good experience during their UChicago visit? 

Harvard put me on hold and suggested supplementing my application. I was going to send a statement of purpose essay and a letter of continued interest saying that Harvard's my top choice, which is true. Would it be appropriate to include in the letter that one reason I like the location is because it's reasonably close to my family and boyfriend? Obviously, it wouldn't be the focus of the letter; I would just mention it in passing. On the one hand, I feel it sounds juvenile, especially the boyfriend part, but on the other hand, I think it sounds like a convincing and real reason why I would pick Harvard over Stanford or Yale (if I ever got in). Thoughts?

Law School Admissions / Scholarship negotiation?
« on: January 24, 2010, 01:14:33 PM »
Are there any success stories involving scholarship negotiation? Like has anyone received a scholarship from, say, Michigan, and then called somewhere like NYU to ask if they could match it?

I also really don't mean to brag; I'm proud of both my scores, but my GPA is on the lower end for top schools (3.66), so I'm kind of banking on my LSAT score to pull me up.

I actually agree with everyone who says not to submit an addendum. To me, it seems unnecessary, but I explained my situation to admissions reps from Michigan, UChicago, Columbia, and NYU and they all said to submit an addendum. They made it sound like with an addendum, they would discount the lower score, but without an addendum, they would sit around wondering why I had two scores more than three points apart. It seems self-explanatory to me, but that's what they said.

Law School Admissions / Would you mind looking over my LSAT addendum?
« on: October 10, 2009, 03:42:40 PM »
Addendum concerning LSAT score discrepancy

   In October of 2008, I took the LSAT for the first time. On the day of the test, I had a cold and headache, which I believe prevented me from performing to my full potential. However, I did not cancel my score, because I thought I had still done well. I was pleased with my score of 170, but my practice tests indicated that I could do even better. I took the LSAT again in June, 2009, and I believe this second score of 177 is a better reflection of my true abilities.

I know many people advised against providing an addendum at all, when both scores are so high, but I spoke to a number of adcom representatives at a law school fair and every one of them told me to submit an addendum so they could understand the significant increase in my score. Thanks!

I actually think the content of this essay isn't so bad, if you would just pick one of the examples. Too much of your essay repeats how others thought badly of your decisions and the personal statement is supposed to be about you. It's okay to mention how you were strong and independent enough to make your own decisions, but right now the focus seems to be: "all these people told me not to, but everything turned out well for me, haha to them." If you started out with some hook describing the conflicting feelings inside you as you knew you had to choose between Georgia Tech and Southern Poly, and then really took the reader through your decision making process, it would allow the admission committee to know more about you, instead about your vindication about your decisions. You could do the same thing with your decision about high schools or marriage (although I don't know how adcoms view personal statements about relationships. I've actually always wondered about this, so anyone who does know, please enlighten me) if you choose. However, I agree with lollypotter that your second essay idea seems more interesting and compelling, but I know some schools require additional essays, so I just wanted to tell you that your original idea isn't completely hopeless =)

Law School Admissions / Submitting too early?
« on: October 02, 2009, 08:56:55 AM »
So I'm a senior in undergrad applying to law school and my top choices are Harvard, Columbia, NYU, and Yale (but that's a long shot). I want to go into academia and I have two LSAT scores - 170 and 177. However, my current lsdas gpa is around 3.66 and I believe that after this semester, it'll definitely go up to 3.71 or 3.72. I believe my first semester grades will definitely make my application stronger, but not going complete until January seems risky. My recommendations and personal statement are just about ready to go, but should I wait to go complete until my first semester grades are ready? Or should I apply in the next couple weeks and assume that they probably won't get to my application till January any way? I'm applying to most of the T 14.

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