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Wait List / Letter of Continued Interest Examples
« on: April 14, 2007, 01:48:57 PM »
Does anyone know a website that has some good examples of letters of continued interest?  If not, does anyone have or know of any good examples that they would be willing to share?  I need to write a LOCI for Columbia, and I'm pretty stuck. 

Although it may be true, would it be silly to mention that a significant reason I would like to attend to Columbia is because I have two new nephews that I would like to see grow up?

Thanks,



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Wait List / Huge problem - CLS waitlist - would like input.
« on: March 23, 2007, 10:22:02 AM »
Hello,

I was fortunate enough to get waitlisted at Columbia.  My grade trend has been strong the past two years, 3.63 and 3.83.  This year I had to take 10 hours of classes in the fall, and 11 hours for this spring semester in order to graduate in May.  In addition to this I work over 50 hours a week and I have a job that requires me to be on call 24/7.  This fall and spring I had to also deal with the law school application process, and prepping and taking the LSAT twice, once in October and once in February.

The reason I'm saying this is because my load has been tremendous and my grades have suffered.  In the fall semester I got an A and two B's. This semester I'll get 2 A's and 1 C.

On the Columbia waitlist letter it said that one thing they look at most in the reserve group is a change of grades.  Am I basically screwed?  Columbia is my dream law school, and I feel blessed to even be put on reserve.  It's frustrating though because I'm so close but it seems like I have no chance.  I'm a computer science major with a minor in math.  This semester I have calculus III, and two CS classes that are work intensive. 

Is my best bet to still send a why Columbia essay? Or should I get recommendations from my calculus and computer science teachers? Or both? Should I explain what I've been going through?

I don't know what move to do.  I thought about dropping calc III and retaking it in the summer, but that would force me to graduate on the 9th of August and I have no idea if that's a deal breaker or not.

Thanks for any advice or feedback you can provide, I appreciate the time that you take in reading this.




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Studying for the LSAT / Minority LSAT breakdown
« on: March 16, 2007, 08:49:38 AM »
There was a LSAC report that showed the average LSAT scores of various minority groups.  I thought it was on LSAC but I can't find it.  Does anyone have a link to it?

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Studying for the LSAT / Fake LSAT score email
« on: February 20, 2007, 03:03:19 PM »
I just got an email is from  "lsacinfo1@yahoo.com"

Obviously lsac wouldn't use yahoo to report scores.  It's just unsettling because it used a portion of my LSAC number. 

Anyways just a heads up for people so you don't freak if you see it.


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Law School Applications / Ugh ... Application advice
« on: February 16, 2007, 11:32:13 AM »
Ok so a while ago I applied to Chicago but I never mailed them my 75$ or my certification letter because...
(hey maybe you guys will get a kick out of this)

When I sent the application through LSAC, the PS I uploaded had a rough draft PS amended.  I have a bad habit of re-writing stuff at the top of a file and old stuff gets pushed pages down, I do this because I find it easy to use as reference.  I'm usually good about deleting the old stuff but this time I forgot.  In this case, the old draft was even tailored to Northwestern.... awkward to say the least.  Should I even bother going ahead with the application? Or will that mistake pretty much have cost me any tiny chance I had of getting accepted?

Should I send an letter apologizing?


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I'm looking for help into abstracting these statements into their sufficient and necessary components.  I would like to know if I am breaking these down correctly.

Statement:
Everyone who is a gourmet cook enjoys a wide variety of foods and spices.  Since no one who enjoys a wide variety of foods and spices prefers bland foods to all other foods, it follows that anyone who prefers bland foods to all other foods is not a gourumet cook.

1st sentence) Gourment Cooks -> Enjots a Wide Variety of Foods and Spices
2nd sentence) Enjoys a Wide Variety of Foods and Spices -> (Not)Bland Foods(Not)

Inference = Gourment Cooks -> (Not)Bland Foods(Not)

No one who enjoys <-- Is thie a sufficient/necessary indicator? (The second sentence confuses me and if clarification can be provided, I would appreciate it) 
The problem is that I know the statement is conditional in nature but I am not completely confident that I am translating it's form correctly.



Second Statement:
All of the paintings in the Huang Collection are abstract. Since no abstract paintings will be included in next week's art auction, nothing to be included in next week's art auction is a painting in the Huang Collection.

1st sentence) HuangCollection -> Abstract
2nd sentence) Abstract -> (Not)Auction(Not)

Inferrence HuangCollection -> (Not)Auction(Not)

Again, I feel that I correctly represented the second sentence but I can't bring myself to explain how. Is "Since no" an indicator?

Very confused. ... Are there implied indicators? What I mean is should I be adding words to the sentence or something?  Conditional statements like this tend to bring me to an abrupt crawl in terms of pace.  Most conditionals I can run through quickly but if the indicators aren't clear I stumble.

Any help will be appreciated
 






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Law School Applications / LSAT Feburary
« on: January 16, 2007, 02:37:24 PM »
Do you need to notify each school individually if you plan on taking the Feburary LSAT or does LSAC notify all schools that you already applied to?

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Studying for the LSAT / HI!
« on: January 11, 2007, 06:45:02 PM »
I had a topic but I decided to use the search function instead! Thanks for stopping by!

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Is it best to mention or omit the fact that one has a learning disability like ADD when explaining poor performance?  Or is it something that would negativitely impact your application if adcoms found out you had a learning disability?

I had poor grades when I first went to school and dropped out. I have ADD.  Is it in my best interest to make something up, or should I mention it?  I don't know what to do, I am afraid that they will be like "Oh he has ADD stay away from this one."

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Law School Applications / Application help
« on: January 08, 2007, 02:39:27 PM »
I've looked at the admission calculators and it tells me I have about a 6-8% chance at places like Northwestern, Cornell, Georgetown.  I'm a URM(Puerto Rican) and I was wondering about how much of a bump does that give me? Should I even bother applying?  Which schools in the t14 would be my best shots to apply to if I did apply to some?  I guess I mean are there some that like URMs especially, or somewhere where my LSAT would be viewed stronger etc. 

I will probably end up going to Loyola Chicago and would probably only leave for a school that is t14 or close.

I have a 2.84 UGPA, and a 166. 

I know there are mixed feelings about URM, I'm just trying to get into the best school that I can.


Thanks for any feedback
-HD


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