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Law School Admissions / Quick LOR question, need help
« on: August 30, 2006, 10:00:26 PM »
I asked this question before and no one responded, probably because it's a boring question or people just don't know the answer. I had 2 professors write me LORs over the summer, I just decided to wait until next fall to apply instead of this fall so I can work 2 years to save money so I can afford law school. Will these letters stay on file with LSAC and can I just use them for the next application cycle? Thanks.

I just graduated and I had 2 professors submit general LORs to LSAC. I was sure to get this done in advance, and they already turned them in. However, I've recently decided to wait to apply for the Fall 2008 instead of Fall 2007. Will these LORs stay on file, and if so, would it be okay to use them next fall when I apply, or will I need to have completely new ones? Thanks.

Studying for the LSAT / practice scores vs. score on test day
« on: May 09, 2006, 11:58:48 AM »
Ok I don't know anything about the lsat other than the fact that I need to study my arse off this summer, but I've heard a ton of people say that you should expect to drop around 3 points on the actual lsat compared to your practice test scores. Is this really true? Does this happen to most people, and is there a particular reason behind it, other than the fact that people are just nervous on test-day meaning they @#!* up a little more? Maybe this is a stupid question. The reason I ask is that I plan on applying to schools within my numbers range, and the only thing I have to base that off of at this point is practice lsat scores. any thoughts...

Alright I posted this on the main board and shoulda posted it hear, cuz so far i've received no responses! I'm planning to apply to Wash U. early decision and I'm very borderline. Median GPA and lsat for the school, with solid ECs and straight outta undergrad. Would it be a bad idea to have a huge contributor to the school write a LOR. The guy is a close family friend, and him and his father contribute like millions to the school. They've even got some fund named after him, and he's a well known lawyer in the city that the school is located. I was thinking about having one professor write a LOR and then the other from this guy.

Also, would it be any advantage to a borderline candidate if their grandfather went to the school, as in my case? I've heard stories that admissions committees admit some people because they think they'll give money in the future. I'm just tryin to measure my chances right now in deciding whether or not to apply now, or go to work for a couple years.

my lsac gpa was 3.0, 3.2, 3.4, and 3.6 for my first, second, third, and fourth years as an undergrad at a top liberal arts private school. average will come out to only be a 3.3. will that grade progression overshadow the low gpa at all?

I have a quick question. I've been looking at profiles of people entering top law schools, and it looks like a strong majority have worked at least a couple years before applying, and that seems to be important in being a competitive candidate, especially when your score aren't so high. I only have a 3.2 gpa, but from a tier 1 liberal arts school in a tough program, and a 166 on the lsats. I've got several solid extracurriculars during undergrad, ran 2 marathons (raised $1,000 for american cancer society for one), completed 2 triathlons, president of a student organization, study abroad, political advocacy work for an environmental organization, and internships with Merrill Lynch and Citigroup Corporate/Investment Bank. Will any of these things give me a competitive edge in applying to Wash U. or Illinois, my top choice law schools? Or are they *&^% compared to all these people working for a few years. Thanks for the help.

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