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Transferring / EA Transfer
« on: February 01, 2010, 12:06:31 PM »
I thought that I would start this thread to discuss the process of Early Action/Early Decision transferring since there isn't a whole lot of information about it on here. It looks like two T14 schools have an early transfer deadline: Georgetown has non-binding Early Action and Chicago has binding Early Decision. Georgetown's application deadline is March 15 and Chicago's deadline is April 15.

I'm at a lower ranked tier 1 school (ranked in the 40s). I like the school and have had some great professors and met some cool people but am worried that the school limits me from doing some of the things that I want to do (clerkships, certain law firms, academia). That's why I've decided that I'm going to gear up for submitting applications to both Georgetown and Chicago for their early transfer deadlines.

My first semester I received a GPA of 3.6 (B+, A-, A-, A-) and although my school does not give exact ranks after the first semester (only quartiles) this would put me between top 10% and top 13% based on previous year's curves. I've also had a position on a year long legal clinic that selected only about a quarter of its applicants as well as a couple of other club positions. Hopefully, I'll also have a summer legal job to put on my resume as well.

Anyway, I'd love any thoughts or advice on the transfer process and I'll keep this updated with how my transfer cycle goes.

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Where should I go next fall? / Tulane ($$$) vs. American
« on: March 24, 2009, 11:33:15 AM »
I think that I already know the answer to this question, but I wanted to see what other people on this board thought to see if there is anything that I am missing in my thinking.

I'm in at Tulane Law with $23,500 in scholarship money per year ($20,000 if I keep a 3.0, $3,500 if I keep a 2.0). I'm also in at American, but with no scholarship money.

I'm not entirely sure where I want to practice law when I graduate. I'm from Southern California, so I always thought that I would return there, but I could be happy practicing some place else for awhile.

I'm still waiting on UC Hastings, which would change my entire analysis. If that doesn't come through, should I ring the cash register on Tulane?

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Studying for the LSAT / Happy Day Before the LSAT!
« on: October 03, 2008, 08:09:35 AM »
Hey everybody,

Congratulations...you've finished studying! Have a great Day Before the LSAT. Do something fun. Eat a great dinner, and let's go in and kill this thing tomorrow! See you all at a t14 law school!

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Studying for the LSAT / Logic Games Warm Up
« on: September 29, 2008, 09:47:37 AM »
Logic Games have always been my hardest section. I've basically mastered them now, but I find that sometimes the first logic game section that I do during the day is comparatively awful, but subsequant timed sections are almost perfect. I'm wondering if I should do a logic games section the morning of the LSAT. I would only do one that I have done several times before and have perfectly mastered. Its just a way to get myself in the pattern of diagramming, making hypotheticals, etc. Does anyone else do this? Is it a good idea?

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Studying for the LSAT / Recent LSAT scaling
« on: September 23, 2008, 04:12:36 PM »
Does anyone have a link (or happen to know) the recent LSAT scaling breakdown.

What I mean is, on the June 2007 LSAT, a 92 was required to get a 170 and a 96 was required to get a 175 while back in October 2002, and 88 yielded a 170 and a 93 yielded a 175. Is there a trend toward it requiring you to miss fewer and fewer questions to get a high score? Since the LSAT is curved around each sitting, does this mean that the LSAT is getting easier or is it that more and more people are taking prep classes and missing less, thus requiring people at the top of the curve to miss fewer and fewer to get the really top scores?

Thanks,

Leverandon

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Law School Applications / Anyone going JD/MBA?
« on: August 24, 2008, 02:27:19 PM »
So, I'm going to be applying to both law and MBA programs. Anyone here in the same boat? The Northwestern dual degree program looks really interesting. Does anyone know anyone who has gone that route at NW?

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Law School Applications / Teach for America as a soft factor
« on: July 10, 2008, 05:11:31 PM »
In a nutshell, I'm wondering how good of a soft factor being a Teach for America corp member is. When I apply to law school I will be finishing my second year as a TFA Corp member teaching elementary school in Harlem. I graduated from UC Berkeley with a double major in Poli Sci and History. My GPA was only a 3.3 but it had a steady upward trend (bad choices freshman year, the usual and I had a 3.7 in both majors). I took a diagnostic LSAT and scored 163 with all of my mistakes (save two) in the logic games section. I've been working the games pretty hard with the powerscore bible and recent tests have been significantly better. With Teach for America plus, lets say something between 170 and 175 on the LSAT (which I think I can do) what are my chances at a T14? How do Michigan, Northwestern, or Virginia look?


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Law School Applications / Pass/No Pass Grading Option
« on: July 09, 2008, 02:23:27 PM »
I took a number of classes at my undergrad university (UC Berkeley) with the Pass/No Pass option. I passed all of them and the classes that I took that way were always ones outside of my major that I took basically for personal enrichment (ie Latin, Deductive Logic, etc) and didn't want to worry about scoring an A in. How do law schools view those grades?

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