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Where should I go next fall? / Hastings vs. Miami Help!!!
« on: May 23, 2007, 02:36:23 PM »
When I first started the application process I really wanted to stay in Cali because this is where I am from and where all my family and friends are. However, when I got into the University of Miami it tended to be a better school than most of the California schools I got accepted to. So I made my decision to attend. I was also granted a fellowship to participate in Miami's 5 week summer institute starting this Sun May 27th. However, today I received this email from Hastings:

I am writing to you regarding your application for admission to UC Hastings College of Law for the fall of 2007.  Due to an error in our admissions process, you were sent a denial letter prior to appropriate review. If you are still interested in attending Hastings, I have been given the authority to notify you that you may appeal the decision you received. Your appeal may be sent via e-mail. The appeal should briefly describe your continued interest in attending Hastings this fall. I sincerely apologize for this error and hope that you will consider appealing.

Now I am debating whether it is worth going through the appeal process with Hastings or should I continue my plans with Univ of Miami? What are your thoughts on Hastings vs. Univ of Miami? Thanks!

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Here is the deal: I was accepted into the CLEO 6-Week summer institute which will take place in the summer for 6 weeks. I had to pay 2,000 to participate in the program. However, today I just got an acceptance to the Summer fellowship program at the Univ of Miami, a 5 week program that offered to pay for everything! The only thing is that I would need to commit to the school by tomorrow and get the agreement notarized. I'm still waiting to get off the waitlist for Howard, USF, and hear news from Univ of Pacific....other than that Miami would be the school of my choice. Any advice? Should I just go to the 6 week institute at Cleo and Pay 2000.00 or commit to the Univ of Miami and go to the program for free? Any advice or input on either program would be helpful. Thanks in advance.

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Acceptances / Law School Vs. Wedding Help!!!!
« on: March 25, 2007, 08:00:00 PM »
If you were in my shoes what would you do? Here is the situation: My dad is getting married on a cruise in the Bahamas on Aug 22. The cruise is from Sun Aug 19-Thurs Aug 23. I invited 5 of my friends and my whole family is going. The problem is I got into the University of Miami and they start school the same week! I am really considering going to the Univ of Miami, but I don't want to miss my dad's wedding either. What should I do??????

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I was accepted to the Cleo 6-week summer institute for 2,000. Does this really prepare you for the 1st year of law school? I attended the ASAP program last summer in LA and I thought it was very informative so I figured 5 weeks of this should have me prepared...but I haven't heard anyone on LSD really say too many good things. It's making me reconsider that $2,000 dent in my pocket..not including loss of wages.

I was invited to apply for a 5 week program at the University of Miami called James Weldon Johnson Summer Institute which is suppose to get you ready for the 1st year of law school. Do you think I should go for this instead? They pay for everything including airfare to Miami. Besides I might consider going there if I don't here back from the rest of the schools in time. What do you think, is the CLEO 6 week institute worth it or should I suck up the 200.00 deposit I already paid and go for the fellowship at the University of Miami? Thanks in advance for any advice you may have on either programs.

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I performed very poorly on the LSAT (147), which was a lot worst than my practice exams. However, I was accepted into the University of Miami (I guess some people realize that we are more than just numbers) but I notice on law school numbers that I had the lowest LSAT. Mostly everyone had between 155-160. Don't get me wrong I am a very hard worker and I am more than determined to do well in law school, which I'm sure is the goal of every law student, but this sorta freaks me out. How accurate is the LSAT in determining success in law school. Does this typically mean that everyone else will do better than me? I heard the grade curve at Miami is somewhere around a C+. What do you think? Is this some sort of set up? LOL Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!

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Acceptances / Howard Vs. University of Miami
« on: March 15, 2007, 04:11:41 PM »
Here's the deal...I was accepted to the University of Miami and Waitlisted at Howard University School of law. Which is the better choice. I know I'm jumping the gun b/c who's to say i'll even get off the waitlist at Howard. But I was just wondering if it was even worth the effort to get off the waitlist or is Miami a better law school. Better as in better job after graduation, better reputation, better chances of survival and success. I did not get any $$$ from the University of Miami and I'm sure if I get off the waitlist at Howard there won't be any $$$ left so that is not really an issue. Any advice would be helpful. I would like to practice in California eventually b/c that is where I am from. Thanks!

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Acceptances / Univ of Miami vs. Ave Maria 25K
« on: March 14, 2007, 02:55:07 AM »
I need some advice choosing between Ave Maria with a 25,000 Scholarship per year or University of Miami with no scholarship offer so far. The 500.00 non-refundable deposit for Ave Maria is due on April 1st. Please help!!!

Keep in mind Ave Maria is moving to Florida in 2009. How will this affect the Univ of Miami or do you think it would it be a burden on Ave Maria?

I am from California and would love to come back to California after I graduate. Plus I'm use to the wonderful Cali weather which makes Miami seem nicer...but it's not all abou the weather...that 75,000 over 3 years sounds good. Also, how are the grade curves for both of these schools?

Any advice would be helpful.

Thanks in advance!

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