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Choosing the Right Law School / Cornell Law Interview
« on: January 23, 2009, 02:56:23 PM »
Last week Cornell Law school asked me to resend my dean's certification because they needed it to complete the review of my file, so I thought that meant I would be accepted. I just got a letter today requesting an interview with the associate dean saying, "Although we don't schedule interviews with everyone who applies, we've begun using selective interviews to assist in evaluating candidates. Given our relatively small size and the large number of talented people who apply, we believe interviews can provide important insights for our Admissions Committee." I have a 3.62 GPA and 175 LSAT, so is it possible that this is some kind of yield protecting? Has anyone had to do one of these interviews?

ETA: I go to Cornell, so maybe this has something to do with it?

Law School Admissions / Why X essays when they're not asked for
« on: December 01, 2008, 02:19:11 PM »
I have another week or so to get my applications together because I'm still waiting on a recommendation to get processed (long story, but my original second recommender was in an accident so I had to ask another professor to do it for me at the beginning of November). I have sent out half of them, but am holding onto Columbia because it's my first choice, and they're not going to review my file until my second recommendation is processed anyway. The Columbia application doesn't ask for a "Why X" essay, but it says "applicants can include brief additional statements that they think will enable the Admissions Committee to make a fully informed decision on the application." I already have a diversity statement, but I was wondering if it is appropriate to also submit a short "Why Columbia" essay. Basically, do people ever do this? Or will it make admissions think I'm an overzealous weirdo?

Law School Admissions / LOR Requirements
« on: November 12, 2008, 04:50:41 PM »
One of my recommenders was in an accident, so I had to ask another professor to do my letter at the last minute, and it will not be done for another week and a half to two weeks. I have one LOR processed at LSAC right now. I'm wondering if I should go ahead an apply to the schools on my list that only require one LOR (Michigan, NYU, Georgetown, GW, Northwestern, Fordham) or if I should wait an extra couple of weeks for the second letter. Do these schools want more than one letter? Would it be better to get my application in earlier or just wait for the second letter (everything should be in before December 1st, regardless)?

So, I finally got my personal statement rolling, but it contains a little bit of joking sarcasm. I'm wondering if this should be eliminated entirely, or if I can leave it in my statement. It isn't the main focus of the statement, and it's not offensive, but I've gotten the impression from Anna Ivey that it might not be well-received. I'm a pretty sarcastic person, so I feel like taking it out detracts from my statement as a reflection of myself. Thoughts?

Law School Admissions / Not to be obnoxious...
« on: October 25, 2008, 02:33:34 PM »
but I was just wondering which schools I should expect to be rejected from because of my mediocre GPA/wondering how realistic my expectations are. I got a 175 on my first/last LSAT, but my GPA is only a 3.62 (because first semester freshman year I got a 2.8 ). Which schools care disproportionately about GPA? Do I have a good shot at NYU and Columbia? Should I even bother applying to Harvard as a super-reach?

Personal Statements, Resumes, and Letters of Recommendation / PS Topic
« on: October 07, 2008, 09:49:26 PM »
I know it's a little late, but every time I try to start my PS I end up with something inappropriate for law school. I'm trying to avoid doing something cliche, but am having trouble finding a good angle.

How much/in what context did you discuss law school or the study of the law? I'm having trouble tactfully incorporating this into my PS, but don't want to exclude it entirely.

How did you guys find solid ideas for your personal statements? I wish I had known I was applying to law school earlier, because I would have kept a handy list of life-changing moments I could later refer to when filling out my applications. If any of you are English people and have a good idea for brainstorming, let me know. I'm seriously stumped and just need to get a good PS started soon.

Law School Admissions / Addendum(b) II
« on: September 12, 2008, 06:39:09 PM »
I posted a similar thread a few weeks ago, but I just read the chapter on addenda in Anny Ivey's book and I'm not so sure I should write one. I was premed first semester, and did poorly (2.82), but since then my grades have been mostly As, and my overall GPA is a 3.62. Without my first year it's a 3.86. In her book it says that my situation is so typical that admissions officers will be able to tell what happened from my transcript, and that ex-premeds shouldn't bother with addenda. So...should I just skip the addendum?

Law School Admissions / Processing Time
« on: September 09, 2008, 08:42:38 PM »
So, I had my transcript sent last Thursday afternoon and it already has been processed, which is pleasantly surprising. For people who already have had one or more of recommendations processed, did they take the same amount of time as your transcript? I'm just wondering, because I haven't given my professors firm deadlines yet.

Can someone explain this whole timeline? I'm just confused about how long it takes for you to contact the law school with your initial application, for the school to then contact LSAC for your LSDAS report, for your report to be sent to the school, for the school to process it and for your application to be ready for review. If I want my applications in by the beginning/middle of November and am taking the October LSAT, when would I need to have my recommendations to LSAC? When should I send my initial applications to law schools? How long will it take, after my LSADS report is sent, for my application to be completed? I'm just stressed out and confused, so if someone could give me a definitive answer it would be greatly appreciated.

I was wondering if I should include an addendum to explain my bad first semester when I got a 2.8 as a biology major. I currently have a 3.62, which isn't horrible, but it isn't reflective of my capabilities as a student either. If I need to write an addendum, what would be a good way of presenting my poor grades without making myself look bad?

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