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Where should I go next fall? / Re: SMU Reduced Load Program
« on: October 13, 2008, 10:43:57 PM »
so in the end what is SMU's reduced load program? 8-) what is its purpose?

To get more tuition money and at the same time creating more SMU graduates with tons of debt but without a job.

And do you mind enlightening us on where you go to school, Contract? Do you like to find threads that mention SMU so you can bash SMU? Why the hostility towards SMU? You have really added no value to this thread. You obviously have little clue into what you are talking about concerning SMU based on your past post. I know it is fun to bash SMU with your witty and well thought post but please spare us all. Go start a thread about whatever random school you go to so you can add some insight for users of this message board.

Law School Applications / Re: Worth it to wait on fee waivers?
« on: October 12, 2008, 09:16:42 PM »
In order to take the LSAT you must sign up for the LSAC service. I think you are referring to the LSDAS which you do not have to sign up for in order to take the LSAT but is a service that complies stuff such as recs, transcripts and applications to send them to the school. I know that you do not need to be apart of the LSDAS to receive fee waivers.

Where should I go next fall? / Re: im confused about early decisions
« on: October 10, 2008, 03:19:14 AM »
SMU's ED is not binding just a way to insure you get a response by January 31st I believe. You will either get admitted, rejected or placed with the regular applications which are due by February 15th.   

Where should I go next fall? / Re: im confused about early decisions
« on: October 09, 2008, 07:47:09 PM »
It's true, tempers get shorter as the season progresses...

In defense of PSU and Non Parata:

Rule of thumb for would-be thread-starters who are NOT interested in receiving a boat-load of sarcasm in response: do some of your own research first. The information really is out there to be found; it's not even that hard to find. Most schools are in the business of making sure you can access the information you need. No one's hiding the ball.

And every single school, if they offer any early action option at all, will very clearly notify you of their policy on the application. You don't need a reference guide.

I just think ED is really confusing to some because Undergrad it usually means a binding agreement. All of the schools I have been wanting to apply to (Texas, Baylor, SMU, Houston) early decision is NOT binding but they call it early decision as opposed to early action. At SMU the information was no where to be found on their website as to whether or not ED was binding or not so I had to e-mail their admissions to make sure. I know I googled it like our sarcastic friend mentioned but still couldn't find it.

Where should I go next fall? / Re: im confused about early decisions
« on: October 09, 2008, 02:06:43 PM »
You'd think this process is idiot proof. Read the application instructions. IT'S ALL THERE. As a very encompassing rule, Early Decision means you CAN'T do it to any other school, and Early Action is non-binding. Geeze people, read the damn instructions.

I have seen a lot of schools with ED that doesn't mean it is binding but rather just an assurance that you will get a response by a certain date. Lets not mislead people, I don't think that is an 'encompassing' rule. Does somebody have a list that differentiates schools that are and schools that aren't?

LSAT horror stories / Re: October 2008 Stories
« on: October 09, 2008, 01:36:09 PM »
I wish someone could explain to me why you would need 10+ pencils for the test. I think half the room had at least 10 or more. It made me insecure with only having 3 (although I only used one.) 

Where should I go next fall? / Re: im confused about early decisions
« on: October 09, 2008, 01:13:06 PM »
Is there any sort of list for schools where ED is binding? I was talking to an admission officer and they were telling me very few schools EDs were binding.

Where should I go next fall? / Re: SMU Reduced Load Program
« on: October 08, 2008, 01:17:01 AM »
# employed in law firms 169 68.7%
# employed in business and industry 40 16.3%
# employed in government 17 6.9%
# employed in public interest 3 1.2%
# employed as judicial clerks 11 4.5%
# employed in academia 6 2.4%


Where should I go next fall? / Re: SMU Reduced Load Program
« on: October 02, 2008, 07:49:59 PM »
im from texas and SMU's tuition is insanely high. even with a 25,000 scholarship it's beyond affordable for me.

$11,000 a year is a steal for an education at a tier 1 school if you ask me

Sorry didnt see the 25k a year part.. in that case I would def. agree! haha.. but I think that doesnt happen too often.

Well thank you for the extra information that you added to my thread. It was really helpful, I don't think I will even consider SMU now. Out of the few response that I did get your added advice hit the nail on the head, don't go to SMU. Oh and by the way if you didn't see the 25k part then why did you say "even with a 25,000 scholarship?" Again, thanks for your input.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: For those that have already taken an LSAT..
« on: October 01, 2008, 09:49:44 PM »
For the June test I think it took about 2 weeks to get the scores back..

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