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Where should I go next fall? / Lewis and Clark, Maine, UNC
« on: April 18, 2009, 04:19:13 PM »
In at L&C, Maine and UNC (all at equal expense), although interested in the mountain west or new england regions. Maine and Lewis and Clark do not seem to travel well outside their respective states. Any reason to choose L&C or Maine over UNC?

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Anyone else still waiting on the University of Denver? I applied in October and went complete in December.

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Law School Applications / Thoughts on the University of Maine?
« on: January 31, 2009, 11:48:09 AM »
Does anyone have thoughts on the University of Maine? I've been offered a decent scholarship and get a community type feeling from them, however have undergrad debt and am kind of concerned about regionality, isolation, job prospects in Portland and high taxes. I'm waitlisted at a t14 and a t25 however with no man's land in between strangely. I'm also not a URM.

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My application is already complete at several law schools, and I just received notification that I will be awarded a well known and well regarded scholarship next spring for my 1L year from a national public interest organization which specifically highlighted my commitment to an area of public service I have been heavily involved in.

Should I notify law schools of this (or will this be redundant)? If so, what is the best method of notifying law schools of this additional award, particularly when my application is already complete.

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Law School Applications / Student Loan Credit Crunch
« on: September 19, 2008, 01:55:20 AM »
This student loan credit crunch concerns me as I'm starting law school next year. How do people pay for law/medical schools that are 30 - 40,000 a year (or more) when all you can borrow from the federal government is 12 - 20? I have excellent credit, however I have quite a bit of debt from undergrad and the private loan market seems not to be lending to anyone at all in this environment. If I am above the 150k aggregate cap anyway (BA/MA), who are lenders people generally use? I know there are a few who have higher (or no) limits. I hope the economy recovers by next fall. How are other people handling their financing?

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Law School Applications / Personal Statement/Addendum File Names
« on: August 27, 2008, 04:13:02 PM »
I am trying to save my file names such as:

Mary.Johnson.Resume
Mary.Johnson.PennAddendum
Mary.Johnson.WhyPenn
Mary.Johnson.PersonalStatemen t

Should I be listing my file names as something else, particularly as I am reapplying (i.e. Mary.Johnson.Resume2008)? Or is the 2008 not necessary?

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Personal Statement / Anyone interested in reading a family related PS?
« on: August 23, 2008, 11:39:17 AM »
It's pretty difficult reading, however is anyone interested in reading a family related PS?

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I graduated from a well regarded university last year with a high GPA in a demanding program, and have been taking the LSAT on and off for quite a while (both before and since graduating.) I have taken the LSAT three times in three years and can't seem to pull my score up above the mid 150's, even with a tutor. I'm hoping to retake in October, and have studied virtually everything that's out there (LGB, LRB, etc...), and have taken several dozen preptests cumatively (20 - mid 40's) since I started originally studying several years ago. My games stay constant at -7, my RC about -5 and my LR's average between -8 to -10 each. There's not each a specific question type I'm missing, it's just all across the board.

I took a half a year off from studying after my second attempt in Dec 07 due to other academic commitments, and feel I'm not getting anyplace, although I can't understand why. I'm also concerned that if I'm having this amount of trouble with the "older" tests, I might get slammed when trying again with the newer, much more recent tests (i.e. 50's).

A good part of me feels like giving up on this and can't stand to look at this anymore, although the other part says law school will be far more intense (albeit much less abstract which I'm absolutely fine with) and hopes my score will rise by a few points with a retake and feels like what do I have to lose by retaking a fourth time since I won't be starting law school until next fall. To make matters more troubling, the schools I am focused on are in the 60's, 70's and 80's with median LSAT's of around 159. I feel that If I don't retake, I'll be sunk when applying.

So, any advice on how to get unstuck?

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Law School Applications / Do I have any shot at DU with a 3.3/156
« on: July 12, 2008, 02:30:09 PM »
I'm very interested in attending DU next year. Do I have any shot at DU with a 3.5/156? If not, what would I need to boost this either for DU or CU and what are some nearby viable alternatives?

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