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Law School Admissions / Re: When do LSATs go stale?
« on: April 10, 2009, 11:50:37 PM »
LSAT scores are good for 5 years (so is your LSAC registration). I don't think schools care how long its been since you've taken the test as long as it falls within that time.

haha yeah I read 1L (probably why I feel this way even though everyone assures you its way different now). I also went to an admitted students weekend. Some of the current students seemed like law school robots (sorry :) they were probably tired..) Even some presenting looked unhappy while presenting..

just to finish my thought, I hear 800 people are accepted into Harvard to fill a class of 500. Theres no way those 300 people who choose not to attend make up the classes of Stanford and Yale. Other than the handful of people whose plans change, there must be a lot of other people out there who choose a school that isn't HYS or Columbia/NYU w/ $$$. I would guess some take the full-rides from other schools? I would guess some of those reasons would be for quality of life?

So I'm deciding between Harvard and Berkeley. I'm having a hard time saying no to Harvard, but I'm wondering about the quality of life there. I've heard some recent horror stories about current students at Harvard being miserable, doing nothing but studying, etc. Along with my pre-conceived notions about the school and the supposed "type-A" personalities filling the halls there, its a little scary. I was just wondering what life is really like from current or accepted students or anyone who knows.

Do the opportunities at Harvard drastically outweigh a more laid-back environment at Boalt? I would have to leave all of my friends, my significant other, my family for (not to mention beautiful weather) Boston! I get that its *Harvard* and Boalt is lower ranked (there seems a common assumption I would only choose "HYS" or Columbia/NYU with $$. Obviously a ton of East Coast bias going on. Want to weigh in?

thank you so much for your really helpful reply! yeah i assumed no scholarship from boalt. my friend with similar numbers is picking berkeley over the same ucla full tuition offer.

you're right that money up-front sounds a lot better. I'm a little worried about LRAPs because i've heard they sometimes trap people in lower paying jobs to continue to qualify for the program. i'm really not sure, but good to hear berkeley has a great one. and there are so many public interest opportunities in the bay area too, that it is really a great choice. and probably a better place to live than LA (for me).

oh, and how can you turn down no official grades?  ;)

thanks again

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: ucla v usc
« on: January 22, 2009, 03:10:53 PM »
what about grading? I read in that vault book that the curve at UCLA is a lot stricter, causing lower gpas compared to usc?

i was accepted to both and i would definitely go to ucla because of the better reputation and that I hear its a much better school

i have a question! I got a full scholarship to UCLA, and I'm hoping to get accepted to Berkeley with my numbers. I want to work in public interest, so the $$ is a really good benefit. But, of course, Berkeley is an amazing school and more highly ranked than UCLA. I'm from nor-cal and went to a UC for undergrad, so I'd love either school.

Do you have any advice about Boalt vs. UCLA w/ $$? Do you think for public interest work the ratings really make a huge difference? Do you think Berkeley is a way better school overall?

Thanks so much!

Law School Admissions / Re: Toby Stock Call Thread
« on: January 22, 2009, 02:27:42 PM »
i had my TS email on 12/16
TS1 12/20
waiting for TS2...hoping it will be soon  :)

let me know if you're in the same batch and if you hear!

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