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Choosing the Right Law School / Edited Out
« on: July 13, 2007, 11:10:56 PM »

Law School Admissions / Reapplying for Fall 2008
« on: July 12, 2007, 03:19:43 PM »
I just have a few questions about the reapplying process. Am I correct to assume I can reuse the recommendations from this cycle? I might have my manager send an updated recommendation but the academic ones stay the same.

Also, I'm going to withdraw from a school in which I already placed a seat and housing deposit. I like the school a lot but I just don't think I'm ready for it yet and I was offered an opportunity at work that I could not pass up for another year. Deferring is not an option as I might not get the same scholarship package next year and I need leverage in bargaining. 

I plan to reapply to this particular school this upcoming cycle and attach a nice addendum explaining why I turned them down the first time. I really like the school but for a variety of reasons (work, financial constraint etc...) I just want another year to figure it all out. My question is - Will withdrawing this late have a negative effect on my chances for next year? If so, anything I can do to mitigate the negative consequences?     

Choosing the Right Law School / Opinion on JD Vs. MBA
« on: July 10, 2007, 09:13:48 PM »
I have a friend who is in a bit of a dilemma and would appreciate some feedback and opinions from others.

My friend has been admitted to a T2 law school located in NYC with a sizable scholarship. It is not full but all he need to do is borrow for the cost of dorming...say 60K of debt after 3 years. It is a very well regarded law school in NYC but he still needs to be in top 10-15% to be competitive for OCI and a shot at the big firms.

He is currently working for a highly regarded university in NYC and is considering withdrawing to pursue a MBA from a top business school within the university. If he is admitted to the part time MBA program, the university will pay his tuition and he can continue to work and live off his salary (low by any standard). He enjoys his work and really wants to finish a project that he started last year and will actually be implemented this upcoming Fall semester. He also believes that if he finishes his MBA, he can apply to that school's law school (also top 5) and have a decent if not better chance of getting admitted. He knows he wants to be a lawyer but he is also very interested in business and likes the flexibility of having the two degrees. He might not necessarily apply straight to law school after business school - depending on whether he gets the job he wants.   

I'm trying to convince him that law school might be the way to go as he has not taken his GMAT yet and there is no guarantee he will get in but he is really torn. Anyone want to offer ideas/opinions? Thanks in advance.

It has been one week since the first deposit. Hopefully, Fordham will start accepting off the WL today ;)

Please post in the thread once you hear anything back from Fordham.

I spoke to the Admission Office last week and was informed that applicants can expect to hear back up until mid-august. You cannot ask to be consider for another division until you are contacted about your WL status.

I asked to stay on the FT WL.   

Law School Admissions / Cardozo taking their sweet time
« on: March 13, 2007, 07:35:03 AM »
My application was toward the end of November with the completion email telling me I should hear back in 6-8 weeks. On March 2, I called the admission staff and informed them that I have been complete for 3 months. The lady on the phone was very nice and sympathetic and informed me to email the admission staff with my situation. It has been almost two weeks with no reply to my email. 

Should I call again or just sit tight? My numbers are decent for Cardozo and I received a merit fee waiver for my application. I mean, April 1 is coming up and people who applied in February have already heard back.

If you were admitted to Cardozo, can you please tell me around what time of the day was the acceptance phone call from the Dean?

I been complete for 10 weeks and I'm getting antsy especially since people who were completed much later are getting the call. Thank you.

Edit: oh yes, the "complete email" from Cardozo said most applicants receive their decisions in 6-8 weeks. I was complete around the end of November.

Law School Admissions / Fordham application placed on hold question
« on: January 18, 2007, 01:20:18 PM »
I just received a letter informing me my Fordham application was placed on hold. I was asked to send back a form if I was still interested.

I assume this means I wasn't strong enough for them? Is this similar to a rejection? Some parts of the letter sounds like people do get in when placed on hold whereas other parts (such as wishing you success) sounds like a rejection letter. I thought I was in since I was offered large amount of scholarship money at other lower ranked NYU law schools. 

How should I proceed with the letter? Fordham is still my top choice and LSDAS just processed my third academic recommendation. Please advise on what else to include with the form beside a nice letter expressing my utmost delight at being placed on hold.

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