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Acceptances / WUSTL vs. Cornell
« on: May 21, 2010, 02:46:15 PM »
I was recently admitted off Cornell's wait list so I'm going to assume that I will get little to no scholarship money from them. So, help please?

Cornell: Little to none/year
WUSTL: $15,000/year

Important factors to me: portability of degree (I would like to return to California), hiring prospects (I would like to be able to pay off my $100,000K+ of loans) and strength of int'l law program.

Thank you!

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Do law schools that someone has been accepted to and/or wait-listed at get notification of LSAT registration?

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Acceptances / Re: WUSTL vs. U of Minnesota
« on: April 19, 2010, 02:46:50 AM »
I wanted to get out of California, for now. I've never lived in another state and wanted some perspective on the United States. I know that I have disadvantages at either school but I want some personal growth.

Given that, I'm asking whether U of Minnesota or Wash U has a greater reach. It wasn't just a rankings game.

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Acceptances / WUSTL vs. U of Minnesota
« on: April 19, 2010, 01:24:28 AM »
The situation:

UofM: 20,000/year scholarship (54% of tuition). I really enjoyed Minneapolis but wasn't too impressed by their admitted students weekend. (About $84,000 of debt after 3 years)

The admissions staff at UofM were also very kind and willing to be helpful but their response to emails hasn't been too great, there was just something about the students that I couldn't put my finger on, and the Dean didn't speak to us until the second day of admitted students weekend.

Wash U: 15,000/year scholarship (35% of tuition). I was really impressed by their admitted students weekend but was not impressed by St. Louis. (About $111,000 of debt after 3 years).

The admissions staff at Wash U have always been attentive, answering my emails almost immediately and the staff (professors and administration) all had great enthusiasm about the program and I was really impressed by the Dean. And, they have an amazing clinical program.


My aspirations are to practice International Development law or Immigration/Asylum Law and it is really important for me to return to my home state of California (specifically the SF Bay Area). I know that I'll be at a disadvantage at either school since they are in the Midwest and that's where their main markets are. Which has a larger national reach?


I've already deposited at Wash U. UofM's deposit deadline is tomorrow ($750)... should I deposit if I'm unsure?

Help?

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Where should I go next fall? / U of Minnesota vs. Wash U in St Louis
« on: April 19, 2010, 12:05:32 AM »
The situation:

UofM: 20,000/year scholarship (54% of tuition). I really enjoyed Minneapolis but wasn't too impressed by their admitted students weekend. (About $84,000 of debt after 3 years)

The admissions staff at UofM were also very kind and willing to be helpful but their response to emails hasn't been too great, there was just something about the students that I couldn't put my finger on, and the Dean didn't speak to us until the second day of admitted students weekend.

Wash U: 15,000/year scholarship (35% of tuition). I was really impressed by their admitted students weekend but was not impressed by St. Louis. (About $111,000 of debt after 3 years).

The admissions staff at Wash U have always been attentive, answering my emails almost immediately and the staff (professors and administration) all had great enthusiasm about the program and I was really impressed by the Dean. And, they have an amazing clinical program.


My aspirations are to practice International Development law or Immigration/Asylum Law and it is really important for me to return to my home state of California. I know that I'll be at a disadvantage at either school since they are in the Midwest and that's where their main markets are.


I've already deposited at Wash U. UofM's deposit deadline is tomorrow ($750)... should I deposit if I'm unsure?

Help?

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Personal Statement / Personal Statement vs. Statement of Purpose
« on: May 15, 2009, 02:09:18 PM »
I read Anna Ivey's Guide to Law School and my head is spinning around her advice on the Personal Statement and what other people seem to be telling me. In her book she says that the PS is more like a "get to know the applicant" sort of an essay and one shouldn't write a "Why I should be going to law school" essay -- that's what the Statement of Purpose is intended for.

So, I wrote a statement that does not touch the "I want to go to law school because..." avenue. I sent it off to be proof read and my friends told me that it's written well but I should really include why I want to go to law school.

If a school only wants a PS and not a Statement of Purpose should I include a "why I want to go to law school" aspect to the PS? Or should I listen to Ivey and leave it out. All her examples of "good personal statements" don't mention in the slightest form why the writer wants to go to law school.

Thanks for the advice!

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Law School Applications / Re: Worth it to apply to NYU?
« on: February 11, 2009, 03:31:29 PM »
Thanks for replying. I really appreciate it.

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Law School Applications / Worth it to apply to NYU?
« on: February 07, 2009, 07:03:15 PM »
Probably an old question but...

Stats: 166 LSAT, 3.6 overall GPA, 3.9 polisci major GPA from UCLA (was pre-med then switched), minor in Spanish Language.

Soft-factors: Come from single-parent immigrant mother (socio-economic disadvantage?), among first to go to graduate school (including cousins), current Peace Corps Volunteer, volunteered in college, studied abroad in Spain for one year, at least one great academic rec, and will have a peace corps rec. Also, fluent in Spanish and Mandarin.


I know I'm below 25th for NYU. Considering the above, should I even bother applying to NYU this fall just because it's my dream school?

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