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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / UChicago Day in the Life Program
« on: April 01, 2010, 03:19:20 AM »
So I went to one of UChicago's day in the life programs for admitted students. Note: DO NOT STAY IN THE INTERNATIONAL HOUSE. I thought it would be convenient, since it's right on campus, but it was awful. I went with my boyfriend and it was $80 for a tiny room with a double bed plus $7 for internet. There was only one girl's shower and one toilet for two floors, which meant you had to wait in line to use the single shower. When we first got there, they sent us to a dirty room and we had to wait a while before they found us another one. The front desk people seemed pretty incompetent.

Anyway, I guess I shouldn't hold that against the law school. I found both the classes I went to pretty interesting and dynamic, but I wasn't really impressed by the student hosts or the panel discussions. My student host, instead of answering any questions about the law school, made us go to this talk after we'd just been to two lectures. She kept insisting that it would be a really great talk, but when we got there, she spent the entire time on her laptop and didn't pay attention to any of it. The other student she was leading around played around on her iphone the whole time. In fact, my boyfriend was the only one paying attention and he isn't even going to law school. Afterwards, she talked for about fifteen minutes about the law school, and then said she had to get to class. One of the things she emphasized was how her extracurriculars organized many speakers and how so many people at UChicago attend speakers, unlike at NYU, where students are out having fun. She said how some people came to the speakers just for the free food but they were generally looked down upon for not being fully engaged in the lecture, which was funny to me because she didn't pay any attention either.

Basically, it just seemed like a pretty boring place. I find myself wanting NYU so badly even though UChicago's better at academia. I love everything about NYU and I just wonder if I'm going to regret my choice.

Anyone going through similar decision anxiety? Anyone have a good experience during their UChicago visit? 

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Harvard put me on hold and suggested supplementing my application. I was going to send a statement of purpose essay and a letter of continued interest saying that Harvard's my top choice, which is true. Would it be appropriate to include in the letter that one reason I like the location is because it's reasonably close to my family and boyfriend? Obviously, it wouldn't be the focus of the letter; I would just mention it in passing. On the one hand, I feel it sounds juvenile, especially the boyfriend part, but on the other hand, I think it sounds like a convincing and real reason why I would pick Harvard over Stanford or Yale (if I ever got in). Thoughts?

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Law School Applications / Scholarship negotiation?
« on: January 24, 2010, 04:14:33 PM »
Are there any success stories involving scholarship negotiation? Like has anyone received a scholarship from, say, Michigan, and then called somewhere like NYU to ask if they could match it?

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Law School Applications / Would you mind looking over my LSAT addendum?
« on: October 10, 2009, 06:42:40 PM »
Addendum concerning LSAT score discrepancy

   In October of 2008, I took the LSAT for the first time. On the day of the test, I had a cold and headache, which I believe prevented me from performing to my full potential. However, I did not cancel my score, because I thought I had still done well. I was pleased with my score of 170, but my practice tests indicated that I could do even better. I took the LSAT again in June, 2009, and I believe this second score of 177 is a better reflection of my true abilities.

I know many people advised against providing an addendum at all, when both scores are so high, but I spoke to a number of adcom representatives at a law school fair and every one of them told me to submit an addendum so they could understand the significant increase in my score. Thanks!

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Law School Applications / Submitting too early?
« on: October 02, 2009, 11:56:55 AM »
So I'm a senior in undergrad applying to law school and my top choices are Harvard, Columbia, NYU, and Yale (but that's a long shot). I want to go into academia and I have two LSAT scores - 170 and 177. However, my current lsdas gpa is around 3.66 and I believe that after this semester, it'll definitely go up to 3.71 or 3.72. I believe my first semester grades will definitely make my application stronger, but not going complete until January seems risky. My recommendations and personal statement are just about ready to go, but should I wait to go complete until my first semester grades are ready? Or should I apply in the next couple weeks and assume that they probably won't get to my application till January any way? I'm applying to most of the T 14.

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Law School Applications / Do second semester grades matter?
« on: September 20, 2009, 03:28:26 PM »
...if you're applying to law school straight out of undergrad? Can they hurt you if you've already been admitted somewhere? Can they help you if you're waitlisted?

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Law School Applications / Dropping a major?
« on: September 20, 2009, 03:17:51 PM »
So I've been an econ and English major and now it's my senior year and I have two or three classes left to complete my economics major. However, I really don't like econ and I've been keeping up with it because it's more "practical." But now, I'm pretty much set on law school and I feel that my economics class this semester may hurt my gpa, especially since I could take an easier, more enjoyable class in its place in which I could get an A+. Anyway, point being...would law schools look unfavorably upon dropping a major this late in undergrad or will a higher gpa more than make up for that?

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Thank you so much! I'm willing to read anyone else's essays too.

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Studying for the LSAT / 170 last October, 177 this June!
« on: June 26, 2009, 05:09:39 AM »
I took the LSAT last October and got a 170. I thought I could do better, so I studied again and got a 177 this June. I'm obviously really happy with my score, but what happens now? Supposedly, LSAC says to consider the highest score now, but certain law schools still claim to average the scores and ask for an addendum if there is a significant score increase. I feel my score increase is pretty significant, but I don't really know what to include in an addendum. I honestly think I did better because it was a noon test rather than a morning test (I barely got three hours of sleep before the October test) and because it wasn't during the school year so I could focus better on the LSAT. Are these valid things to include in an addendum? I didn't cancel my first score because I still thought I did decently, which I did.

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Recommendations / Four strong similar LORs?
« on: May 18, 2009, 06:54:12 PM »
I'm an English major and I have four different English professors who would write me glowing recommendations. Should I send all four in, considering that they may all say similar things about how I write well, participate well, etc? Is it necessary for me to find a non-English professor for variety? I may be able to get one from an employer, but the recommendation would not be as strong.

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