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Choosing the Right Law School / Help! Colorado or Catholic?!
« on: April 25, 2007, 07:18:39 AM »
Hi Everyone!

I need some help.  I am looking for any and all thoughts on my decision.

I have narrowed it down to University of CO at Boulder (rank 36) or Catholic (rank 96).  I understand they are worlds apart insofar as atmosphere. I am very into hiking, skiing, biking, etc. but the other half of me is very much a city girl.  I am from Boston and have lived in the city for the past 6 years.  I love both equally in that sense.  Money wise both schools will turn out to be about the same when I consider loans, grants, scholarships, transfering from out-of to in-state at CO, etc.  I have also considered moving costs to CO vs. DC in that estimate.

I do not know where I want to live long term, nor am I 100% set on what area of law specifically I wish to practice.  Therefore, since I won't know the answer to either of these in the next few weeks (decision time) then I am not going to put a lot of weight on those factors since I'd be happy with either school in that regard.

I have family in DC area which I'd really like to be close to, but I also have family in CA so I'd be closer to them in CO. 

I am utterly torn 50/50 between the schools. I don't want to decide based on rank because I have been told by all atty's I work for, advisors, other law students etc. that that fact really should not be at the forefront.

ANY help or advice anyone would like to offer would be so much appreciated. I'm honestly at the point of flipping a coin! Scary.

Thank you all, I hope your decision processes are going well!!


Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / UCONN - This Saturday
« on: March 28, 2007, 07:01:16 AM »
Hi Everyone!

Just found out Monday that I got into UConn.  They are having an event this SAturday, anyone going?


Hi all!

Anyone going to the Admitted Students day at Colorado? 

Just checking in...

Hi All!

Finally got my acceptance to Colorado, yay! Is anyone else thinking of going to the Admitted Students day on April 13th?

Just checking in.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Catholic
« on: March 16, 2007, 10:22:16 AM »
So it looks like i might be ending up at Catholic in the fall.  I went to the admitted student reception in Boston two weeks ago, and am going down for a visit on April 2nd.  Seems like a pretty decent school mid-high T3, was in T2 last year from what I hear.

I would love to hear more about it though if anyone has any thoughts/comments to share?

I hope everyone's searches/decisions are going well!!



Law School Admissions / Looking for help with an addendum
« on: September 14, 2006, 01:00:18 PM »
Hi Everyone!

Thank you all for your great posts and advice.

I have a few questions regarding addendums. 

First, my personal statement strongly addresses my lower GPA at the first Undergrad. university I went to (3.0 at UNCC with one F) and then I had a 4.0 from my graduating university for 2.5 yers (Northeastern University).  My mother is an alcoholic and i flew home every weekend to help her, often missing a Monday Anthro. class from which I was unable to withdraw.  I explained in my PS that a few of my grades suffered becuase of my mother's illness, and I went on to talk about how the disease impacted me, and where I want to take my legal career based on this, etc.  I did not specifically address the "F".

My question is, would it be wise to specficially address the "F" in a separate addendum almost by way of a DS for having economic/family hardships so that there's no question in the adComm's mind why I got an F? Or should I not draw too much attention to it by talking AGAIN about my lower grades at UNCC, and just hope that my PS covers me?

Any help is greatly appreciated!!

These boards are wonderful, I"m relatively new, and have already learned so much from you all!



Law School Admissions / Changes of Getting in
« on: September 13, 2006, 07:44:21 AM »
Hi Everyone!

This is one of my first posts on the board.  Only a few of my friends are applying to law schools, so I don't really have a good base of people to run possible schools by.  Any help is greatly appreciated :)  My GPA from UNCC was 3.0 after 2 years (in my PS I explain the circumstances of my mother's alcoholism during these years and why my gpa was low, and why i subsequently took two years to help her get back on her feet).  MY GPA from my degree awarding school, Northeastern, was a 4.0 while going to school ft and working ft.  My overall GPA is thus a 3.5 per!  I haven't taken LSAT's yet, 17 days! Ranging between 158-164 right now on my MANY practice tests  Here's my general list of possibilities (remember there are definatly long shots in here):

George Washinton
American University
George Mason
Boston College
William & Mary
UCLA - Hastings
Standford (i know)

I'm open to suggestions as well!!

Thank you all very much  :)

Choosing the Right Law School / Looking for Suggestions
« on: August 18, 2006, 06:41:23 AM »

I have not taken the LSAT yet, but am ready to go for September 30, '06.  My range right now is around 160, shooting for a 165.

GPA: 3.5 average (4.0 for 3 years at Northeastern, 1 transfer year from UNCC)
WE: 5 years full time, 2 of those years in a law firm as paralegal/legal assistant.  Worked full time/school full time for 3 years (plus an additional 2 courses per semester)

I am looking for some input as to what schools I should be considering.  I'd ideally like to be in D.C., Boston or California.  My list, as it stands now is:  (and i am VERY open to suggestions or comments)

Yale (I know, but it's a dream)
George Washington

Good Shot:
American University
George Mason

Catholic University

I would greatly appreciate any thoughts!!



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