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Incoming 1Ls / credit hours vs. semester hours vs. class hours
« on: April 23, 2007, 09:45:28 AM »
I need some clarification regarding the terms “credit hours” and “semester hours”

Basically, what’s the difference between “semester hours” and “credit hours” and “class hours”?

I’m trying to figure this out for immigration/visa purposes... In Canada, where I did my undergrad, class hours per week = credits.  Is this the same in the US?

If it makes a difference, I’m looking into this in reference to Brooklyn Law.

I was wait listed today at Brooklyn.  I wasn't really expecting to get in, so I'm actually pretty happy. The letter made the chances of being accepted off of the wait list sound rather promising (they could screwing with us, of course)

They included with the letter a document on "ways to improve your chances"... I'm 2 years out of college, so my GPA isn't going to change, and god willing I won't have to write the LSAT ever again.  However, they suggested having an additional LOR sent in from a professor/employer.

My boss just happens to be a Brooklyn Alum.  I didn't have him write a LOR in the first place, because (a) I didn't know him too well back in the fall (I had just started), and (b) because he doesn't have the greatest relationship with the school. 

He graduated about 10 years ago.. He doesn't give any money to the school, and just before he graduated, he got into a shouting match with the dean (who's no longer there, however, if it helps).

He for a while was a practicing trial attorney, but now he runs a very successful litigation financing firm.  He's very good at what he does, but nevertheless, litigation financing is a legal "gray" area that is looked upon with a bit of disdain by the legal community

Anyways... he's offered to write me a letter... Should I have him write one?  He really likes me and thinks very highly of me, so I'm sure it would be a great letter... but is it possible that the AdCom might not be impressed with his lack of love towards his alma matter and take it out on my app?

Choosing the Right Law School / 1st Deposit Deadlines
« on: April 12, 2007, 01:55:42 PM »
Does anybody know when the 1st deposit is due for the following schools? 

Case Western

I'm still waiting on decisions, and I'm assuming that I've been 'unofficially deferred' until the schools have a better idea of what their numbers look like... So I'd love to know when their accepted students have to make decisions!

Also, a somewhat related questions: For these schools, if accepted, how long do they give you to make a decision?

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Franklin Pierce Review?
« on: March 12, 2007, 01:48:24 PM »
Has anyone been to visit Franklin Pierce in Concord, NH?

The offers from Harvard haven't exactly been rolling in, so I'm heading up there in April to visit.  In the meantime I was wondering if anyone can give me a heads up on what to expect.

My main concern is the Academic rigor, and the academic level of the other students.  I'm considering Pierce because I want to do Internet law/governance - but I have reservations about going to a T 3/4 school.  (I live in NYC now, and I'm less than impressed by some of the NYLS students I've met...). 

I'm still waiting on responses from the T2 schools I applied to... For a number of reasons my LSAT/GPA wasn't the most competitive, so those offers could go either way.

Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

Has anybody actually purchased this?  The ad for it appears often on LSN through google ads.

At $40 bucks for a PDF it's a scam, but I'd be interested to know what he claims is the "...hidden formula that a select group of prospective law students have been using for years to beat the competition and get into the law schools of their dreams..."

(too bad all my applications are way past complete...)

Canadian Law Students / Can Canadians Go Part-Time to a US school?
« on: March 01, 2007, 10:57:02 AM »

Is it possible for Canadians to attend school in the States Part-Time?

I'm pretty sure a requisite of a F visa is full time status at school.... But what if I was actually in the US on another visa type- either work (H), or a J-1 internship? Would I be allowed to attend LS part time? Do you need a student visa to be a student?

Will schools even consider foreign applicants for part-time status?

Choosing the Right Law School / Boalt - really confused by email
« on: February 17, 2007, 10:32:39 AM »
Ok, so I applied to Boalt because it's my dream school.  However, I am well aware that I have a 0.001% chance of getting in (my numbers are well below their averages).

So yesterday, I received this email from them:

Dear (me),

The decision letter mailed out to you recently was incorrectly dated January 23, 2007.  This letter should have been dated February 13, 2007.  We apologize for our clerical error and any confusion this may have caused.

The Boalt Hall Admissions Office

Now, I haven't received this letter yet, and I am out of town for the weekend, so I won't find out anything until Monday at the earliest.  What I am dumbfounded by is, if it is just a simple rejection letter (which I am not expecting to receive anything but), why would it matter the date on the letter?

Any ideas? Is this a hint at a possible miracle about to occur?

Canadian Law Students / Western...
« on: February 16, 2007, 08:59:40 AM »
Has anybody heard anything from Western? 

I applied there, as well as to Ottawa and Osgoode.  Osgoode & Ottawa have sent me plenty of mail since receiving my app, and they both have online status checkers.

Western hasn't sent a thing to me in the mail or though email.  Do they have an online status checker that I don't know about???

I see in another post that somebody else is in already - did you hear anything before your acceptance?

Just wondering if anybody has had a similar experience as me here:

I've applied to 9 school online, and all but two of them have requested my report through LSDAS within a few days.

The two exceptions are Chicago-Kent and Maryland.  My application was transmitted to Kent on 12/17 and Maryland on 12/27.  According to LSAC, neither school has requested my report yet.

I called both schools on Jan. 8th to make sure that they had received my application, and they both kind of played it off and said that they're backed up and to check again in 2 weeks.

Should I be worried here? Is this normal? Anyone else have a similar experience with either of these schools?

Choosing the Right Law School / Schools with no application fees....
« on: December 04, 2006, 09:15:33 AM »
Just wondering if anyone is aware of a comprehensive listing of which schools are offering deals such as "Apply for free if you do so before ______"

So far I'm aware of Golden Gate U, Valparaiso, U of Akron, and a few "Christian" Law Schools that don't really interest me...

Any others that people know about?

I figure there's no harm in applying to more schools if it's free.

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