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Law School Applications / Darrow Scholarship Invitation
« on: December 10, 2008, 03:12:01 PM »
Just got an email from UMich inviting me to apply for the Darrow. Anyone else?

All that needs to be submitted is a 500-word essay. Seems simple enough.

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So I'm toying with the idea of retaking in the LSAT in December. I took the test in June did well (172), but was averaging 175-176 throughout my studying. I've already sent my applications off to schools.

I had originally swore off retaking because I am overseas for the year, and didn't want to deal with the hassle of taking the test in a foreign country. But am now reconsidering. I know my score is good and many may think I'm crazy to consider retaking. But I know I am capable of doing better, and want to put my absolute best foot forward on my applications (particularly HYS). I have pretty strong soft factors (a prestigious fellowship, two grants from the state department, and 2 yrs of solid work experience) but still get nervous about my score.

Any advice? Thoughts or experiences taking the test abroad? Anything constructive would be greatly appreciated!

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So I'm toying with the idea of retaking in the LSAT in December. I took the test in June did well (172), but was averaging 175-176 throughout my studying. I've already sent my applications off to schools.

I had originally swore off retaking because I am overseas for the year, and didn't want to deal with the hassle of taking the test in a foreign country. But am now reconsidering. I know my score is solid and many may think I'm crazy to consider retaking. But I know I am capable of doing better, and want to put my absolute best foot forward on my applications (particularly HYS). I have pretty solid soft factors (a prestigious fellowship, two grants from the state department, and 2 yrs of solid work experience) but still get nervous about my score.

Any advice? Thoughts or experiences taking the test abroad? Anything constructive would be greatly appreciated!

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Law School Applications / When a school asks for class rank
« on: September 12, 2008, 11:31:27 PM »
What should I do if my school did not rank students? Should I estimate? I know for a fact that I was either 1 or 2 in my class, just not sure which it was.

Also when they ask for class size, are they referring to the group that graduated in my school (i.e. the School of International Affairs), my college (ie. the College of Liberal Arts) or the entire 4000+ that graduated in the entire university the same term that i did? I'm just unsure at what point in the hierarchy of the University they are referring to.

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Recommendations / Waiting on a letter to be processed
« on: September 10, 2008, 06:07:46 PM »
So i have my apps done, except I'm waiting on one recommender's letter to be processed. He sent it around Aug 20, but still hasn't made it through the system yet. My others 2 recs are in.

Should I wait until the last one clears? Or perhaps a better question, do I have to wait? Or can I send everything on to the schools -- since most go "complete" with only 2 letters? And if I do that, when the third letter finally clears, will it then be sent automatically to the schools I've already applied? I'm just a bit confused how this part of the process works and couldn't sort it out from the LSAC website.

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Law School Applications / Northwestern Interview
« on: September 10, 2008, 01:21:53 AM »
I am applying for law school from overseas. One of the schools I plan to apply to is Northwestern, but they have the "strong encouraged" interview. Any experience with folks who apply without doing the interview?

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Recommendations / Stanford LORs
« on: September 03, 2008, 12:02:46 PM »
So on Stanford's website it says to "Please be aware of the high value Stanford places on school-specific letters of recommendation." Then has a procedure separate from LSAC's to deal with target letters specific to the school.

My three recommenders have already written and submitted their recommendations, should I now go back and ask them to re-submit specific ones for SLS?

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