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General Off-Topic Board / Moving coast to coast
« on: January 08, 2007, 09:24:15 AM »
Does anyone have any information about the best way of going about this? Any recommendations for good moving companies? Is renting a truck and driving cheaper than contracting out and flying? Is Amtrak cargo an option at all? How much money should I plan on spending? Would trying to find others either going in the same direction or making the opposite trip help?

General Off-Topic Board / Blast from the past
« on: September 25, 2006, 11:30:36 PM »
I'm currently reading American Law - An Introduction, by Lawrence Friedman. In discussing social reproduction among lawyers and the underrepresentation of the not so well off, the author offers the following reflection:

"Structural barriers are not quickly dismantled. The cose of legal education is one of those barriers. Tuition alone at top private schools was over $8,000 a year in 1983-84"

$8k ? Ahh ... the good old days.

General Off-Topic Board / NYT article - Starting Salary
« on: September 01, 2006, 11:06:00 AM »
I'm surprised no one has posted this yet (or did I not see it?)

About bloody time, since it's been 125 more many 'inflation >> 0' years.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Thank you Northwestern
« on: June 15, 2006, 03:17:59 PM »
For giving me a non-answer

I am e-mailing you in advance to inform you that the Admissions Committee has placed you on the shortened summer waitlist.  Your official letter and response form will be available from the status checker in the next few days.

Our office receives several emails and phone calls each day regarding what it means to be on the shortened summer waitlist (SSW) and chances for admissions.  Let me try to answer some of your potential questions in advance.

1.  What is the Shortened Summer Waitlist (SSW)?

The SSW is the pool from which we admit students between now until the first day of class.  There were 700 applicants on the initial waitlist.  You are one of over 300 applicants being extended an offer to the SSW.

2. What are my chances of being admitted off the SSW?

As it stands currently, our entering Class of 2006 is full.  During the course of the summer, seats will open up for one reason or another.  We will then turn to the SSW to fill those seats.  The SSW is not ranked.  Therefore, we will re-evaluate the entire SSW to determine the best candidates for each vacated seat.  In order to be considered for admission, we must receive your SSW response form.

3.  Can the Admissions Committee give me a definitive decision by X date?

Whether we turn to the SSW, or not, depends on movement in the class.  If there's no movement, there won't be waitlist activity.  On the response form we request that you inform us of the "last possible date" for acceptance from the waitlist.  Be as honest as possible with that date.  For example, do not put down, "the first day of class," if you know you may need to give two weeks notice with your employer or are planning a vacation for that particular week.  We do not grant deferrals from offers from the waitlist and your financial aid package will exclusively be comprised of federal and private loans. If you need a decision by a specific date, please contact us and we will try our best to finalize a decision before that date.  However, it, oftentimes, is impossible to do so.

4.  How can I strengthen my chances to be admitted from the waitlist?

If you have not submitted a letter of continuing interest, additional letters of recommendation, or updated transcripts, now would be a good time to do so.  If you have already taken the June 2006 LSAT, you should notify us so that we can download your score as soon as it is available.  Other than that, by late July-early August, we are often times looking for not only best candidates from the waitlist, but for those candidates who are most likely to attend if offered a chance.  If Northwestern is your number one choice, you should probably let us know.  It is also important to keep your contact information as current as possible.

We normally close the waitlist a week after the beginning of classes.  Until then, I wish you the best during the coming months and thank you for your patience during this complex and trying process.

Take care


Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / What does this mean
« on: May 30, 2006, 02:17:01 PM »
I got this e-mail this morning. Based on the fact that I did not participate in a phone interview, I'm concluding this is a form letter. The exact meaning is not completely clear to me, however. Does it mean I can choose 'defered' without the waitlist status (i.e. immediately take the spot for Class of 2010 without having to take a putative WL spot on Aug 10th, if such an occurrence arises)?

Here's the mail:

Thank you for your application to the University of Pennsylvania Law School and for
recently participating in a telephone interview with a admissions staff member.  We
are extremely impressed with your application and do believe that you will
substantially contribute to the Penn Law community; however, we are not able to
offer you admission at this point in time.  We would like to offer you a position on
our waitlist and a deferred admission to the Class of 2010.  The deferred admission
guarantees you a place in the fall 2007 entering class while you remain on the
waitlist for possible admission to this year's entering class. 

Please respond to this email by Friday, June 02 and inform us of the following:

1.        Whether you wish to accept a position on the waitlist for the fall 2006 entering
class, and
2.        Whether you are interested in the deferred admission to 2007 should you not be
admitted from the waitlist this year.

We congratulate you  on your achievements to date and hope to welcome you to the
Penn Law community as either a member of the Class of 2009 or the Class of 2010.

General Off-Topic Board / Funniest name ever
« on: May 09, 2006, 04:42:29 PM »

Check out the gut at the bottom of the page. It appears to be his real name. Can he sue his parents for that? Or does it help with admissions?

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / From DC or VA? Need advice ...
« on: April 14, 2006, 01:09:30 AM »
I'm not familiar with traffic patterns in the area. Help appreciared

I will be landing at BWI at 5AM on a thursday, and must be back at the airport at 4PM. Do I have time to drive to UVa, spend 2 hrs, drive back to GULC, spend another 2 hours, and make it in time at the airport? Yahoo Maps/Driving directions says yes, but it has been known to be full of sh*t.

Law School Admissions / UVa WL, confused ...
« on: April 04, 2006, 12:30:20 PM »

I received an e-mail to inform me I was waitlisted. Replied immediately on the website that I wanted to remain so. Checking today, I see the following.

"Application Complete?     

    Your application is complete and has been forwarded to the Admissions Committee for review. Please remember that ours is a highly individualized review process, and may take several weeks. Early notification applicants whose files were completed by November 15 can expect a decision mailed by December 17. Regular notification applicants whose files were completed by March 1 can expect a decision mailed by April 15. 

Decision Mailed?

     As of 4/3/06, a decision has been made on your application for admission to the University of Virginia School of Law. To protect the confidentiality of your decision, we will not release decision information over the phone. If you have not received your decision within 10 days of this date, please feel free to call the Admissions Office so that we can verify your contact information. If this does not represent a final decision on your application for admission, you will be notified when further decisions are posted on the status monitor later this season.
     As of 3/30/06 we have received your request to be placed on our waiting list. When a final decision is made on your application for admission, you will be notified via AdmitWeb that there has been a change to your applicant status."

Now, does this mean that on Apr 3, a new decision has been made? Or is this my WL status ('decision') being officially sent to me via snail-mail? If so, what I received earlier (Mar 28) was not a decision?

Anyone else get this?

Law School Admissions / Virginia Waitlist
« on: March 29, 2006, 08:55:16 AM »

   I just received an e-mail informing me that I had been placed on the non-resident priority waiting list. Now I trust that they do distinguish residents from non-residents, but the cynic in me is wondering if there really is such a thing as a non-priority (aka regular) waitlist. Is this just a marketing ploy? Has anyone been placed on the regular waitlist or is everyone told that they are on the 'priority waitlist'?

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