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Law School Applications / Question about Spring Transfers...
« on: September 03, 2005, 12:44:35 AM »
I'm starting law school in the spring and know for sure that I will attempt to transfer (pending performance, of course) because that is really my only chance of getting into one of the top schools (top 1-30 vicinity) at this point. I know that transfers must have a full year of law school under their belts in order to transfer. However, if I begin in the spring, will I only be able to transfer to those schools that accept spring transfers? While there are some schools that accept spring transfer (notably GULC, GW, and Columbia), the majority do not. Does anyone know if an entire semester's worth can be made up in the summer before beginning in the fall? Or if they would actually allow a semester off before beginning the second year as a transfer because of the gap in between? I've seen a post somewhere that said some schools will tell you to sit out the Spring semester and begin the second year, first semester in the Fall. I'm not sure if that's true or not though. Anyone know? What would you do for 8 months and would schools actually advise a student to consider leaving such a gap in their education when most schools do not look favorably upon such gaps when first applying? And finally, since fall grades wouldn't come out until spring semester has officially begun, do the schools that accept spring transfer base their decision on just one semester's worth of grades?

Alot of questions and perhaps a bit confusing, I know, but anything anyone knows about this process would be a great help... Thanks.

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GW all the way...

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Law School Applications / Re: Anyone applying for Spring Admissions 1-L?
« on: August 25, 2005, 08:32:11 PM »
Unfortunately, none.

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Law School Applications / Re: Resume-Really need some help.
« on: August 25, 2005, 08:30:14 PM »
-hs: name, location, and only significant awards (beyond this, no one really cares)
-undergrad: name, location, awards, extracurrics, gpa (not a must), degree info
-work experience (any regardless of ft/pt/summer) where and what you did and for how long you did it
-skills (if any)

keep it to one page, pay attention to spacing (and spelling/grammar errors of course)

if you don't have much else to add, don't try to add info that will only make the reader respond with a "so? who cares?"

stay away from resume fluff!

and make sure that the information is easily readable and accessible.

hope that helps.

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Law School Applications / Anyone applying for Spring Admissions 1-L?
« on: August 25, 2005, 08:19:10 PM »
I would guess there would only be a handful, if at all. But I'm one of those few. Anyone else?

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Law School Applications / Re: 1L Spring Admissions
« on: August 14, 2005, 11:59:11 AM »
Actually, St. John's does not offer spring admissions for 1L, only for transfer and visiting.

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Law School Applications / Re: 1L Spring Admissions
« on: August 14, 2005, 10:00:36 AM »
I think Tulsa also has spring 1L admissions.

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Law School Applications / Re: 1L Spring Admissions
« on: August 13, 2005, 08:07:50 PM »
Yeah, I noticed that Stetson has spring 1L admissions. But they have a 8/15 deadline as opposed to all of the other schools that have deadlines of 10/1 or later. Not sure why.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Whittier Law School on ABA Probation
« on: August 13, 2005, 02:58:00 PM »
Even so, don't you think that a student who may have once considered Whittier Law School would need to reconsider his or her decision since, albeit remote, there is a chance that the law school may lose its ABA accreditation?

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Law School Applications / Re: 1L Spring Admissions
« on: August 13, 2005, 02:16:55 PM »
My initial plan was to attend beginning this fall but I applied so late in the game that I just ended up being waitlisted everywhere. All of the waitlists I decided to stay on disbanded because of over-enrollment. So, things didn't exactly work out as I had hoped. I decided that I will reapply and matriculate this spring instead, and performance permitting, spend a year at a law school and transfer after 1L if possible. The most important thing for me at this point and time is to begin my legal education as soon as possible.

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