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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Chicago Kent Review
« on: March 05, 2006, 06:00:42 AM »
Went to a morning program which included a student panel, mini torts class (simulated), tour. I was not overly impressed. It didn't help that I started off with receiving a somewhat snotty attitude from the reception desk when I didn't respond with a hello as fast as she wanted, and also when I reached over to take a pen from the pile they had on the desk (meant for the visitors).

Kent is strong in IP, unsurprising since they are part of Illinois Institute of Technology. The mini torts class professor was good. I talked a little to the dean. Most of the program seemed pretty typical.  My tour guide, however, was incredibly inarticulate and airheaded for a 3L who supposidly made law review and is in the top of his class. I wish I could write down exactly some of the things he said - I was really startled. He was more interested in telling us about social events and parties and how he goes out to the bars every weekend (and even during the week!). He also said that law school was like high school (I felt like I was talking more with a high school student or a college freshman than a 3L), and that giving the tour was probably the 3rd time he had stepped into the library as a 3L. (WTF???)

It's hard to pin point (besides the tour guide and the girl at the desk) all the small details that, when combined, gave me a poor impression, but I visited one other school before coming to Kent and it was a completely different gut feeling. Kent seems like it is better for urban people who need to work while attending law school (i.e. part time program), or for those who just want a law degree for practical reasons (yes, I know we all want a degree for practical reasons) and don't want to devote more effort than absolutely necessary. It's not a place for the (as my tour guide would say, "nerdy") students who are concerned about learning to "think like a lawyer", maintaining top grades, etc. (FYI, he was more embarrased about how he and his classmates had nerdy conversations about law together than how often he was in the library.)

Just my 2 cents, take it or leave it.

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Where should I go next fall? / UIUC vs. CU
« on: February 02, 2006, 08:25:59 PM »
Just wondering, what is the opinion on Illinois vs. Colorado?

UIUC is ranked pretty decently, and it's tough to beat the in-state tuition + scholarship offer. On the other hand, Colorado is just beautiful and great for lots of outdoors activities that I love (snowboarding, rockclimbing, hiking, etc.) I will probably end up working in Chicago (I'm from Chicago) for family reasons in the end, so I guess UIUC is probably the practical choice for a job future, but on the other hand, I want to get out of Illinois for awhile. To be honest, when I think of 3 years at UIUC, I can't help but shudder a little. (I chose to do my undergrad in Chicago instead of Urbana for that same general feeling of ick.) Law school would be a perfect excuse to spend 3 years in an area I will probably otherwise never live in.

I know I won't have much time to do anything as a 1L, and maybe it's better not to be tempted by living someplace like Colorado, but there will be those rare moments of freetime when I have to unwind and it would be so awesome to live in Boulder...

I haven't heard back from Colorado yet, but I keep thinking... if I get accepted, what would I do? I haven't visited either school yet either. I'm planning to go see both in March. If anyone has any comments or thoughts, they will be much appreciated!

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Denials / Impending doom - now what? try again next year?
« on: December 20, 2005, 06:45:22 PM »
So, my ding from BC has been a relief in many ways. I was really starting to get nuts, waiting for my first response. Couldn't concentrate on anything, staring at LSN/LDS all day. I'm sort of a mild splitter with soft factors so it was going to be a toss up. I feel like the BC ding is spelling out impending doom for most of the other schools I applied to. It's not really a surprise, I guess. It's forcing me to be realistic.

So, from here I'm starting to think seriously about what happens if I don't get into any of the schools I want to go to. I can send out more apps, but I'm not sure if I want to put in the huge effort for law school if it's going to be bottom 2nd Tier/3rd Tier or in some weird location. I would rather do MBA or something else. I can try to take the LSAT again in June and raise my 166 (can't do Feb), but then I'll be waiting until next years app pool. I would be almost 30 by the time I graduated law school, assuming i was able to raise my score significantly in the first place. (I think I can) At worst, I get the same score or lower and wasted a year for nothing. As a woman, I feel like graduating by 30 is starting to get late. If I decide I want to have kids, family history says I'd need to do it all by 32 to be safe. :( I guess I already know what my options are. Just feeling down because I don't like any of them. :'(


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Where should I go next fall? / What's up with UMich ED?
« on: December 20, 2005, 04:52:05 AM »
Ok, I've already accepted that I'm either dinged or deffered from ED. (praying for the latter) Has anyone heard back? I thought they were supposed to send something by 12/15. No one on LSN seems to have received any defferals or dings yet either. ???

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / I just wanted to say... (UMich)
« on: November 02, 2005, 09:50:38 AM »
UMich has the greatest admissions people. Not only do they promptly respond to all my inquiries (~1-2 days), but they are just so damn FRIENDLY and personal at the same time. I'm amazed b/c these guys must get SO many emails, being a T14 and all. The lower ranked schools I've applied to don't come close to matching UMich admin people.

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Personal Statement / I'm going to cry!!!
« on: October 31, 2005, 04:18:16 AM »
OH NO!!!!! This is a nightmare!!! I sent out like 5 applications last week. I opened up the personal statement file today to copy it for another app and I just found some typos! I checked the copy of my sent app on LSAC and the typos are in there too!  :'(

This is extremely upsetting. I looked over everything so many times. I'm living in Japan, so it's just not possible to have proofreaders double check after every revision. I send stuff to friends back home, but it's like 2 days spent for every communication.

What do I do? How bad is this? Should I contact every school and try to give them a new version? I'm already a MAJOR reach (for the stars) at some of the schools I sent my app to. The last thing I need is for them to think I'm sloppy (which I guess I am since I let this happen) or, even worse, that I don't care about their app! None of them have requested the LSAC report yet, so they haven't read it. Any thoughts? The typos aren't the TERRIBLE, but there's more than one and it's noticeable. (like, one is in the very first line.) *sob*


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LSAC and LSDAS / Help!! Should Apps Wait for LORs??
« on: October 26, 2005, 11:53:19 PM »
Hey! I have my Electronic Application done but I haven't sent it yet. I have 1 LOR already in and one of them was just sent to LSAC yesterday. Should I wait for LSAC to notify me they have processed it BEFORE I submit the electronic app or does it not matter? I'm getting panicky reading about processing times increasing. I'd like to get the main app in ASAP.

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Personal Statement / Proofread my optional essays?
« on: October 25, 2005, 08:40:27 PM »
Can someone please proofread my optional essays for Michign? Be brutally honest!

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Help! I'm desperate for a bit of hope here. I just got my Oct. LSAT score. :'(

Is there anyone that got into a school who had:
1. an average LSAT score for that school (within 25% to 75%)
2. a very low UG GPA for that school
3. undergrad coursework after their 1st degree with a great GPA

My LSAT is 166, my LSAC GPA is 2.9. I have some WE and I've done 1 yr+ undergrad level beyond my 1st degree with a 4.0, but I have this sinking feeling it's not going to mean much to the ad coms. (FWIW, my first choice is UMich) Just trying to find a little encouragement and help as I decide which applications I should bother wasting money on.

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Law School Applications / Undergrad level grades after 1st degree????
« on: October 21, 2005, 10:09:20 PM »
Hey, does anyone know how much weight schools tend to put on undergrad level grades AFTER the 1st degree? My UGA is 2.8, but I've had a few years WE + done a year of undergrad level since then at 4.0. any thoughts?!?! LSAT is 166 and I would love to apply to UMich.

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