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So I have been planning to attend a lower-ranked T2 in the state I wish to practice (and I live in this state), but I have been contacted by a professor at a high-ranked T2 (almost T1) school that is out of state (and I do not wish to practice in this state). It sounds like this higher-ranked T2 is prepared to offer me admission.

The cost of attendance for both would be relatively equal, but attending the higher-ranked school would mean moving out of state, and my husband would need to find a new job.

Would it make much of a difference in job prospects if I attended the higher ranked school? Or is it better to stay with the regional school?

This is a decision that needs to be made quickly, and I'm kind of flipping out now. Help.  ???

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Non-Traditional Students / Healthcare during law school
« on: April 29, 2007, 12:33:18 AM »
I'm currently the policy holder for my health insurance and don't know when I will be able to get covered by my SO's company health plan. I'm a little concerned about having to use the school health insurance (especially if my SO and I need to relocate out of the metropolitan area we're currently in and move to a small town with fewer doctors). I have a few health problems that need to be kept in balance. These thankfully weren't problems until after I graduated from college, but I'm worried about how they might take a toll on my studies during law school if I don't have the level and quality of healthcare currently available.

Is anybody else worried about the same kind of thing? If you are in a similar situation, how do you plan to deal with frequent doctor appointments (especially if you need to move far away from your current doctors)?

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Law School Applications / Would I be shooting myself in the foot?
« on: January 28, 2007, 02:03:52 PM »
I applied to one of my top choice schools for full time admission. I am below their median LSAT number but my GPA is comfortably in their range. Looking back at last year's cycle on LSN, it looks like almost everyone with my numbers received a rejection letter.

Would I be shooting myself in the foot to request at this time that they also consider me for their part time program? Does anyone have any advice for wording such a letter? I would like to do this in writing because I also have a few updates to my resume that might help the committee reach a decision.


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Law School Applications / question about sending an SAT/LSAT addendum
« on: January 22, 2007, 06:10:38 PM »
I have Anna Ivey's book and I have read the chapter about addendums. I am very much considering sending an SAT/LSAT addendum to schools where I have been waitlisted, but my problem is that Anna Ivey doesn't give very much detail about this specific type of addendum.

I took the SAT in 1999/2000, and the College Board no longer has my score on record. They said they can do an archive search and send the score to me, but I have some questions.

1) Should I personally send my score to the law schools along with my addendum? Or should I have the College Board send my scores? In the second option, I imagine I would need to send the addendum ahead of time and tell the law schools that my score is forthcoming. I am leaning toward option two. Thoughts?

2) I believe I scored an average of 1120 on the SAT (1600 scale) because I seem to recall a score of 1110 the first time and then 1130. Would this fall into Anna Ivey's "send an SAT addendum" category? I ask because I have no idea what percentile that put me in at the time, but I know I was extremely unhappy with my scores. (I have a 156 LSAT with no plans to retake, and my GPA was in the 87th percentile for my college according to LSAC.)

Really I just need opinions or past experience stories. I did a quick search on the site and didn't see any posts similar to mine with these exact questions. Sorry if I missed them!

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LSAC and LSDAS / Future test dates appear on LSDAS reports
« on: November 06, 2006, 10:12:42 AM »
Just so everyone knows (and hopefully so this might save somebody else the grief I just went through), any future LSAT test dates you're registered for DO show up on the report sent to law schools even though they are not listed on your PDF.

So if you are like me and cancelled a future test date after a school requested your report, you need to notify the schools because a) they WERE notified that you were registered and might be expecting the score before you are complete and b) LSDAS DOES NOT notify these schools that you cancelled a future test.

Hopefully your file won't go complete three weeks late like mine just did.


*update: 11/7/2006*
Totally disregard this post. It turns out Brian at LSAC was completely misinforming me.

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Studying for the LSAT / Future test dates appear on LSDAS report
« on: November 06, 2006, 10:10:54 AM »
Just so everyone knows (and hopefully so this might save somebody else the grief I just went through), any future LSAT test dates you're registered for DO show up on the report sent to law schools even though they are not listed on your PDF.

So if you are like me and cancelled a future test date after a school requested your report, you need to notify the schools because a) they WERE notified that you were registered and might be expecting the score before you are complete and b) LSDAS DOES NOT notify these schools that you cancelled a future test.

Hopefully your file won't go complete three weeks late like mine just did.

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LSAC and LSDAS / LSDAS Report and LSAT test dates
« on: November 04, 2006, 07:08:31 PM »
Background: I signed up for the December LSAT before I had my Sept. score just to make sure I would have a seat at a nearby testing facility should the serious need arise to retake. Although I wasn't thrilled with my Sept. score, I decided I would not retake the LSAT and sent out my applications. Then I contacted LSDAS about five days later in writing to cancel my registration for the December test.

Here is my (potential) problem. Two schools requested my LSDAS report before I was able to cancel my registration for the December test. I have looked at the PDF for my report and it does not list anywhere that I was registered for the December test, but is it possible that the schools were sent a different report that showed I was registered? The reason I ask is because today I was sent a postcard from one of the schools and it said they will need my December LSAT score before I am considered complete. Now I am in "oh *&^%" mode because my entire reason for sending my applications before November was so that I would be closer to the top of the pile.

Help. Please. I tried calling LSDAS but they are obviously closed until Monday. And the website was less than helpful in answering my question.

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Personal Statement / Need PS critique
« on: October 11, 2006, 11:32:39 AM »
First-time poster here, but I have been lurking since the Sept. 30 LSAT. I spent last weekend trying to completely rewrite my PS but it still doesn't feel right. I don't have a really amazing life story to play off of as inspiration for law school, and my job for the last two years hasn't been law related. I really feel like I am grasping at straws trying to show why I want to attend law school.

Is anyone willing to read my PS and make some suggestions? I just don't know what to do at this point. Thanks!

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