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Law School Admissions / Incomplete at Cornell for almost 2 months?
« on: January 25, 2007, 08:21:37 PM »
I applied to Cornell end of November... and my status still shows as "Applied." I e-mailed them once to see why I'm still not complete and they wrote me back saying smth. like "we are going through a large backlog of applications, please be patient..."

Has anyone else been incomplete for a long time at Cornell?
By the way, it is a "reach" school for me...

Choosing the Right Law School / Harvard upon retake?
« on: January 08, 2007, 04:58:33 PM »
I am tired of going crazy about this all on my own, so I thought I would share and solicit some input :)

I used to always think that Harvard is out of reach... until I got to spend some time here on LSD/LSN. I now see that it is in fact doable, and it seems like the only thing that would surely be holding me back is my LSAT score.  I have a ~3.9 from a decent (but not too special) public school (business major), 2006 LSAT in the lower 160's, strong softs, and a non-URM status :)

If I was to retake the LSAT in 2007, I think I could get a score in the 170's (I know there are no guarantees, but let's assume so for now. My 16X was with very little preparation...). Harvard claims to average multiple scores, but LSN says "case by case." Let's say I get a score in the lower 170's - a 10 point increase for me - would that give me a shot next cycle? I would love to hear from someone who actually had a similar experience.

Law School Admissions / Is law school mail in your dreams?
« on: January 04, 2007, 05:19:34 AM »
I had a dream last night... about getting a rejection letter from GULC, a deferral from Cornell, and a letter from Berkeley that I could not open - all at the same time :) Has anyone else had this, or is it just me going insane? :)

Does anyone know what schools have study abroad programs in Hong Kong / Taiwan or at least in China (with classes in English)? I am talking about Tier 1, maybe Tier 2. Not T14. So far I have found one only at IU Bloomington. Help!


Law School Admissions / Should I tell the schools about my promotion?
« on: December 06, 2006, 08:44:19 PM »
I submitted my apps 1-2 weeks ago. Today, I got sort of promoted at work to become a team leader for a group of 3 project managers, including two MBA's and myself. I say "sort of" because my title has not changed yet (it will probably change some time in Jan/Feb after the annual reviews are done. Go figure, but that's the way our company is).

So it looks like an accomplishment, right? I now lead two other people who are older, more experienced, and more educated than me. Sounds like a leadership thing that certainly belongs to a school application. But what do I do about it at this point? The apps are done (most of them, anyway). Should I write the schools and say "here is an update?"

Thanks for your input :)

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Best sports facilities in Tier 1
« on: December 04, 2006, 05:18:17 PM »
Ok, I have seen all sorts of silly rankings up here, so here goes my own ;D

Write here if you know what schools have good/bad sports facilities. By that I don't mean the stadium. I mean gym, weight room, pool, and such.

To start - I have not seen it myself but been told by several people that Ohio State's university rec center is nice! 

Choosing the Right Law School / Fordham vs. Brooklyn?
« on: December 04, 2006, 05:08:52 PM »
So say I really wanted to live in NYC (may not necessarily be the case, but I am considering it). My numbers aren't high enough to give me a good likelihood of getting into NYU or Columbia, but I'm sure I can get into Brooklyn (78% Chiashu) and probably into ordham too (44% Chiashu).

1) What are my chances of transferring out from either of these schools into NYU or Columbia after the 1st year? How high in my class would I need to be ranked? I'm sure it's not easy with a bunch of people wanting to do the same... but if anyone has a more definite idea... please share!

2) If we forget the transfer idea, does Brooklyn make more economic sense simply because I am likely to get more financial aid from them? And the starting salaries for the top 50% of the class seem to be quite similar (ok, the lower 50% are different, but none of us here at LSD plan to be there, right?) :)

3) Perhaps the most important question: which of these two schools has less of cutthroat atmosphere? I would imagine both of them have it to some degree, but is Brooklyn worse in this respect because it is ranker lower and thus people need to work harder to have a shot at Biglaw, etc?

Choosing the Right Law School / About merit-based fee waivers
« on: December 03, 2006, 08:06:27 PM »
I have successfully solicited fee waivers from Miami and Ohio State. Then there were a couple of schools that replied saying "here is our fee waiver request form attached." Well, I took those as polite "no's," given that I had clearly asked for a waiver "based on my credentials." I don't expect to qualify for any need-based waivers, so I never used those forms.

But then there was one school that said this:

"Merit-based fee waivers are done through LSAC's Candidate Referral
Service. Our Dean for Admissions will be conducting a search later this
week, and if your name appears in her search, you will receive a fee
waiver. We cannot, however, search CRS for specific people. Please let
me know if you have any questions. Thank you."

That made me wonder... these people are basically saying they won't give me a fee waiver not because I am not good enough for them, but because it is supposedly impossible for them to do. But hey, Miami and OSU had no problem doing it. So... is this school BS-ing me?

Choosing the Right Law School / University of Florida salaries?
« on: December 02, 2006, 08:42:14 AM »
I used to be interested in UF for its decent reputation (#41 in US News) and particularly for its #2 ranking in Tax program... until I saw their average starting salary of $65K (range $55-80). What's up with that? How come a school ranked #2 in a money-related specialty has such low salaries?


Law School Admissions / Georgetown application
« on: December 01, 2006, 08:53:45 AM »
Does GULC set a limit on how long your PS should be? I didn't see it mentioned in the application but I just want to make sure I'm not missing anything... mine is about 3.5 pages double-spaced.


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