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Acceptances / USC
« on: April 03, 2006, 04:56:23 PM »
Am very pleased to have just gotten The Big Envelope from USC, but gaaaaah, way to throw a monkey wrench into my plans! 

See, I had it all worked out.  Visit Vandy this weekend, and if I loved it, put in seat deposits for both it and GW (since I won't have time to visit GW before they're due), and if I didn't love it, just put in for GW and hope that a better school that's still pending might come along.

But now USC!  It's ranked higher than GW, but I'd take that with a grain of salt.  I have no clue where I want to work.  And no way can I visit LA in the next two weeks... plus, I haven't heard from UCLA yet, and wouldn't want to make plans to travel there until I do.  (I'm expecting a ding, but you know... what if?)

Sorry, that's just my personal crisis rambling.  I guess the real point of this post should be YAY USC!  Anyone else get in recently?

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Law School Applications / complete notifications
« on: March 02, 2006, 04:01:37 PM »
It would be really nice if it was the policy for all schools to send you complete notifications, so you know that if you don't get one, something is wrong.  As it is, not all of the schools I've been accepted notified me beforehand that I was complete.  So now there are schools I've received no notifications from, and I'm wondering if I should just assume that they won't as well?  (Though I did apply late, I suppose it's possible that they haven't put my file together yet, though at this point it seems somewhat unlikely).

Anyone know if UCLA, BU, GW, or USC tend to send out complete notifications?  I really don't want to start calling, blegh.

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Where should I go next fall? / the scholarship magic number
« on: March 02, 2006, 08:21:19 AM »
I find it amusing that of the acceptances I've gotten, I've only heard about scholarships from three schools - all the Illinois schools I applied to.  And all three of them (Illinois UC, Chicago Kent, and DePaul) offered me $20k/year.  That seems interesting, since they vary pretty wildly in ranking / apparent quality.

Is 20k a cap at some places?  I have to admit, I'm really surprised that Illinois offered me as much as DePaul.  But I guesss if I decide to go to one of those, that makes the decision really easy. ;)  (Why does the best school have to be in the middle of nowhere instead of in the city though?  Blegh.)  Still hoping to get some money from Vandy.  (If I'm lucky enough to get in by the skin of my teeth somewhere better, I'm not expecting anything.)

Anyone else have speculations about scholarship weirdness?  It seems like most others I've seen have a pretty strict negative correlation between school ranking and scholarship offered.

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General Off-Topic Board / Where did fictional characters go to law school?
« on: February 11, 2006, 08:38:29 AM »
So I was watching Ally McBeal today, the episode with the revelation that Ling actually went to law school and was editor of the Cornell Law Review.  So I started thinking about the characters for which we actually know the school:

Ally, Richard - Harvard
Billy, Georgia - Michigan
Ling - Cornell

Quite frankly, I find it hard to believe that either Ally or Richard could get into Harvard.  But hey, it's imaginary. :)  (And even though he's not fictional, we all know that David E. Kelly went to BU!)

Any other TV show / movies / book characters you can list that went to specific law schools?  I don't know any of those from Boston Legal or The Practice or Law and Order, etc.  But there are of course the tons of movie characters that went to Harvard Law:  the guy from The Firm, the guy from The Paper Chase, the girl from Legally Blonde...  (Speaking of which, the woman who wrote the book that Legally Blonde is based on went to Stanford.  Apparently the book is really horrible, though.  She wrote it instead of actually studying, and then dropped out.)


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Law School Applications / new LSN graphs
« on: January 30, 2006, 11:57:39 AM »
And updated every Monday now.  Well, at least now I have a target for my obsession. ;)

There's just something almost funny about seeing your little blue dot in a sea of red.  Though I think that I might be getting a false sense of security by the sea of green surrounding it in, say... Michigan.  I think they just haven't gotten down to the real cut throat dings yet.

Actually, there are some schools that don't have any dings at all!  (UCLA)  I wonder if that's just LSN or if they're really just deferring everyone?

You know, I keep telling myself that I need to just sit back and wait now and there's absolutely no point in checking LSN because it's not going to change a thing and it's just going to make me more nervous... 

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Law School Applications / Withdraws
« on: January 28, 2006, 02:18:52 PM »
I was just poking around LSN and noticed some comments on people's pages asking them if they would withdraw from schools they were no longer interested in. 

I mean, I understand the logic behind it, but does it actually make much of a difference?  Because schools accept way more people than they expect to come, so even if everyone withdrew early, they still might not dip into their WL...

Anyway, not something I have to worry about yet.  Just wondering if I should be feeling pangs of guilt for applying to so many schools if/when I start getting accepted to places.

... though, yes, I think that if I get into a T14 I might as well withdraw from everything below T30 or so right away. :-p

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Law School Applications / Chiasu and BU
« on: January 27, 2006, 09:52:40 PM »
I know that one should probably only take chiasu stats with a grain of salt, but it still strikes me as odd that it puts Boston U waaaaaaay up in probability compared to other T25 schools.  It has me at like 85% whereas lower ranked schools like BC and Illinois are in the 50s/60s.  I don't think I'm really a splitter (3.5/168), but is it maybe because BU is really big on LSATs?  Or because it has a bigger class size? 

Anyway, not complaining because I'd rather go to BU than those other schools, just something interesting that I noticed. :)

(Though on the note of LSAT versus GPA, I find it highly amusing that it thinks I have twice as good a shot at getting into NYU versus Berkeley - er, not that either one are terribly likely.)

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Law School Applications / Solicitations
« on: January 27, 2006, 11:02:03 AM »
I just received my fifth email from Quinnipiac, and I think yesterday was the second or third letter/viewbook I've gotten in the mail from them.  They all say pretty much the same thing, of course - please apply, fee waiver, etc. etc.  Are they hounding everyone?  Maybe their application numbers aren't as high as they'd like and they're trying a last ditch effort to round up more... but it's really starting to get annoying.  It just strikes me as odd, because they're the only school I've seen be quite so... redundant.

Though I have to say, there are some schools that I may not have applied to had they not sent me something in the mail/email.  Do you think that some of the higher up schools (I've heard talk of Mich especially) are sending out last minute fee waivers so that they can get more not-so-hot applicants and make their selectivity numbers look better?  Doesn't seem like a bad idea to me, I don't mind.

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