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Law School Admissions / Feb. LSAT takers up 16.7% from last cycle
« on: March 10, 2007, 05:54:24 PM »
and 1.9% for the overall testing year cycle

Thank god my cycle's almost done...hopefully this doesn't affect my holds/undecided, but then I'm not too hopeful on those anyways.

I guess reasons could include any one or combinations of: 1) the new ABA policy really does make a difference, 2) we're about to have another rise in law school apps, after a brief drought. Also, its possible some ppl are afraid of the new LSAT format coming next June, hence taking the LSAT before the format changes.

Choosing the Right Law School / Michigan 60k vs. Chicago 36k?
« on: February 26, 2007, 12:48:02 PM »
Yup, another one of these threads. I got my Chicago award letter today and conveniently, their award is at that boundary where I can't decide between Chicago's prestige/rank vs. less debt at Michigan which also has pretty good prestige/rank, just not at Chicago's level. Anyways, please leave comments about what you think I should choose.

Some specifics to address:
1. Is there really a difference in job opportunities? Specifically for students at the median and 75th percentile? I'm obviously striving for higher than that but you never know. Is bottom 25th at UMich barely eligible for biglaw?

2. Chances of landing a 1L summer gig (maybe much higher chances at Chi will help compensate the difference in debt)? Keep in mind I have an Electrical Engineering degree from undergrad, so if that really helps then...

3. Does Mich really make the V10 really hard to achieve? I know Chi gives you a good shot. (yes this question is very toolish)

4. Differences in placing with top California IP firms.

Basically I'm looking at GPA/rank cutoffs or depth into class. Any help is appreciated!

Canadian Law Students / Canadian financial aid options
« on: February 16, 2007, 05:38:23 PM »
I realize this has been discussed in previous threads, but often the information is disorganized or unclear. Basically I'm looking for comprehensive information about what options do Canadians use for loans.

I've researched of about 4 options (unless you go to HYS which provide loan programs for int'l students).

1. Canhelp
2. Canadian banks
3. Provincial gov't
4. Big US banks

Basically I'm wondering which of these 4 options is best or feasible. I know Canhelp has high interest rates. Canadian banks have strict loan limits. Prov. governments have very strict limits so this is basically unusable. I'm actually not sure about (4) but I've heard that large US banks (i.e. Citibank) can access Canadian credit history and be willing to give you a loan (this is case-by-case).

Also with option (2), what loan terms and limits have people been able to negotiate? Also, how do they disburse the loan to the US law school? Will having your parents cosign the loan really raise the loan limit and improve the terms?


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Law School Admissions / LSAC test volume data up for September
« on: October 31, 2006, 06:18:27 PM »
Thought this might be interesting for those applying this cycle:

Basically, there was almost no change for the number of test takers (2.1% drop) for September from the year before. My theory is that the slight drop, countered by the new ABA policy, will make this cycle about as competitive as the last.

I was hoping for a 5%+ drop, but it was not to be.

Law School Admissions / LSAC volume summary
« on: August 23, 2006, 10:46:43 PM »
This might be interesting (and encouraging) to all of us applying this cycle.

Apparently, the volume of applicants will dip (6.3%) this cycle, at least based on the number of people who have registered for LSAC services so far. Hopefully this means medians, quartiles, and admissions in general will be slightly less competitive, though the new LSAC policies (highest LSAT score) may compensate. Really, there has been a significant drop of more than 10000 applicants, or more accurately LSAC users, since two years ago. I'm eager to see how many Sep. LSAT takers there will be, that data should be released by the end of Oct.

This is probably a newbie/dumbass question but how do you electronically certify an application? Is simply sending the apps electronically certification in itself. On the electronic apps, there is a place for a signature which you obviously can't sign electronically.

Also, for Stanford and Columbia with their own LOR forms, are those forms optional (if you use the LSAC service instead), really recommended, or required.

Finally, for the Harvard app, there is a section on college/dean certs but based on the Harvard blog and website, college/dean certs are no longer needed this cycle, at least until you matriculate.

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