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Law School Admissions / WP on transcript.
« on: February 07, 2007, 09:41:23 PM »
Do law schools really care if you have any of these, or they are not concerned?

I have two "WP" on my transcript from sophmore year when I needed to drop the classes so that I could work (I had to pay my own college tuition--hence, I had to work while in school). Also, I am in my senior year right now and am seriously considering dropping one class because of my work schedule. How bad will a "WP" look on my transcript during my last semester at college with only 5 other credits (because I finished the remainder of my credits necessary for graduation)? Help, please.  :'(

I am actually a fifth year senior. I decided to stay a fifth year in undergrad because I am in my university honors program (a very, very intensive honors program--which is typically considered to be on-par with Ivy League schools, but anyways). The original plan was to spend my fifth year in undergrad just finishing up my last class and my senior thesis, and then going straight to law school. However, I am now considering taking one year off and working and then going to law school. What do most of you think? My biggest concern is being able to get back in the groove. However, if I study for a few months and take the February LSAT, I think I can really go from mid-high 150's (where I am now) to low 160's (if not 163+). Obviously, that would mean more scholarship potential. But that also means waiting another year to get my 1L year under my belt. I just can't make up my mind. Any advice? 

Studying for the LSAT / How do you get fee waivers?
« on: October 29, 2006, 10:12:04 PM »
Do law schools find you by searching with LSAC, or can you call them/e-mail them and request a fee waiver if your UGPA and LSAT are well above their average?

Studying for the LSAT / Serious Question for all those scoring 165+.
« on: October 11, 2006, 05:35:01 PM »
I am quite curious.

As you all are well aware, law school is ungodly expensive. I mean, let's face it...$30,000 per year (a fairly average amount for any private law school) is quite a bit of money. Now, if you score a 165+ and have a strong UGPA, you can get acceptance into many of the top law schools, and may even get some money off (maybe even 50% off tuition). But how come so few of those kids go to a slightly lower ranked school (say, the 30th best school instead of the 10th best school--assuming they are accepted to both) if the lower ranked school would cover 100% of the tuition costs (or a huge amount--say 85%+)? I mean, if I was accepted to the 10th best school in the country with a 50% scholarship, and the 30th best school with a 90% scholarship, I'd go to the 30th best school. Besides, if you are in the top 5% at the #30 school vs. top 20% at the 10th best school, I think you'd be better off for employment in the long run, anyway.

P.S. This post does not apply to those who have parents who are multi-millionaires, obviously.

Studying for the LSAT / I seriously am ready to lose it.
« on: October 03, 2006, 10:09:43 PM »
I just don't know what to do. I think that even though I was averaging 157, I may have gotten as low as 150-151. I just couldn't concentrate whatsoever. Something pretty bad happened to me the day before the LSAT which truly screwed me hardcore. Will a addendum suffice? Let's say I got a 150 and re-took in December and got a 157 or so, you think it really wouldn't change things much? I'm about to lose it on trying to decide whether to cancel. I'm going away tomorrow, so by noon tomorrow it's do or die. Help.  :(

Studying for the LSAT / LSAT vs. GREs vs. GMATs
« on: October 02, 2006, 11:54:59 PM »
Anybody here ever take the LSAT, as well as the GRE or GMAT? I know this is kind of off-subject, but I am asking for a specific reason. Anyways, how much more or less difficult is the LSAT? I hear the GRE is not terribly hard, but just very annoying. I only have one friend who took the GMAT, but he is a financial wizard (just got accepted into both NYU and Columbia for an MBA and ended up accepting a full-ride from NYU which is where he just began his MBA program), so I don't have much to go by. So, anybody take another test other than the LSAT?

Studying for the LSAT / No clue what to do with this Sept. LSAT.
« on: October 02, 2006, 10:46:06 PM »
Any advice would be appreciated.

Long story short...I am in a very prestigious honors college at my university and have still been able to maintain a 3.95 cumulative GPA (and I only have 5 credits left in undergrad). On my practice LSATs, I was averaging about 157 (not great by any means--but hey, at least it's not in the 140's  ;)). So, I felt quite good going into Saturday, especially because nearly every law school I am interested in is generally looking for 156-161 LSAT scores. Well, of course, my test featured RC, RC, LR, LG, and LR. Honestly, once I got done that first R.C. section, it pretty much crushed me (mentally). Regularly, I average about 8 wrong on R.C., 6-7 on L.R., and 6-7 on L.G. (per section of each). On Saturday, I have no idea how I did...but I don't think it was good. My total guess is that I got at least 10 wrong on R.C. (I guessed on the entire last passage and some of that third passage), 7-10 wrong on each L.R., and 7-10 wrong on games. Obviously, I don't think my score is going to be pretty (I'd be surprised if I hit even 153). Obviously, there is a possibility I guessed incredibly well, and also did much better than I think (many times I thought I finished a full-length test with a 150 or so and ended up around 157). But Saturday just blew me away. I keep thinking I am going to keep my score and end up with a 150.

So, should I cancel, or gamble on it? I plan to take the December LSAT no matter what (even if, by some miracle, I got a 160 on Saturday). And again, most schools I am applying to are looking for high 150's-low, low 160's.  :(

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