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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Decided: Taking the $$$
« on: March 18, 2005, 11:05:02 PM »
I made it official today and paid my $500 deposit at Illinois. Sick of waiting on these T14s, and I'm not that big of a prestige whore to go $150k into debt. Plus, the housing was already drying up for next fall.

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Law School Applications / Law School Grade Curves?
« on: January 11, 2005, 01:20:34 AM »
Can anyone explain how these different law school curves work? I guess I just don't understand how this effects class rank. If a curve is like a B-, does that mean if someone has a B- average they are at the absolute bottom of the class? It's the one thing I do not understand that might effect my school choice.

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Where should I go next fall? / Full Tuition Scholarship @ Iowa!!!!
« on: December 30, 2004, 08:21:27 PM »
I was technically already accepted, so I guess this is where it goes.

My mom opened my mail expecting it to be more information on saving your seat, and instead it was lots, and lots of money! So now, I hope I get rejected everywhere else so I have no reason not to take the cash!  ;D  :D

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Law School Applications / Northwestern Waiver = Auto-Ding
« on: December 06, 2004, 03:24:19 PM »
I already applied to NU but have yet to send in the signed portion or the fee waiver. I have a suspicion that the fee waiver is nothing but a ploy to increase applications, since people with 160s and 3.0s have been getting them with no work experience, and when I emailed them about the waiver, they replied that they were sent to "people who took the LSAT and have an interest in law school. They didn't even feed me some BS about high quality students!

My question is, do I go up for the interview, tell them to consider my app without an interview, or just pull the app? I live close enough to Chicago that it would not take long to go up there and back, but I do not want to show up having my fate already decided and waste half a day of my life. I have no WE, which means I am already on their *&^% list.

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Acceptances / WUSTL Email Acceptances!
« on: November 23, 2004, 05:24:51 PM »
Wow, did not expect to find that in my email, especially when the file was at 10k I figured it was something stupid. They told me EA candidates would all hear at the same time, January 3rd was when they would send them out, so either something changed or we're special! It's nice to know you're going somewhere...

By the way, I applied EA the first week of October, 165/3.83 for those wondering.

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Law School Applications / Law Schools Respond to LOR Backlog
« on: November 01, 2004, 05:35:15 PM »
...and they are being less than accomidating regarding it. Here are the responses I have received, from Penn and Cornell.

"Dear Chris,
Thank you for your e-mail. If your file is still incomplete on Nov. 15,
you will be added with regular admissions. We would give you a decision
after the candidates that applied for early notification receive theirs.

Sincerely,
Penn Law Admissions"

and from Cornell

"Hello and thank you for your e-mail.  Every late application will be
reviewed on a case-by-case basis.  I cannot say for sure if we will
accept it after the November 15th deadline.  If we do not, you will be
moved to our regular admission. 

Thank you."

You would think they would be a little nicer about this fiasco, but it seems it will just make LS admissions just that more cut-throat, and based on an uncontrollable situation.  >:(
 



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RANT

Granted, this is obviously a focused group of people with ridiculously high scores, but it feels like everyone posting here are telling people not to "waste their time" trying to get into the T14, or sometimes T25. It's nowhere near xoxohth levels ("168? Hope you like Tier 3"), but I think some people can be misleading on the numbers. So, for everyone out there...

TAKE A CHANCE WITH YOUR APPLICATIONS!!!

If you're in the median or even close, don't believe you have no shot for god sakes, within reason. I'm not applying to HYSCCN, but I'll be damned if I listen to people trying to scare my app away from Michigan, Penn, Cornell, UVA, and the like. That 25% means that 25% of their class had that or less, so somebody is getting in, and don't let it not be you because you got scraed off.

/RANT

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Where should I go next fall? / Another Admissions Prediction Thread...
« on: October 08, 2004, 06:47:46 PM »
So, my apps are going out this weekend. What do you think will happen with these...

Penn
Michigan
GULC
Cornell
Berkely
UVA
Notre Dame (Fee Waiver)
W&L (Fee Waiver)
Illinois (Resident)
Iowa (JD Grad Recomendation)
WUSTL

Anybody got any guesses? I'm guessing that Notre Dame on down is in for sure, maybe scholarship, but the ones on up are the toss ups. 3.83/165

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I was going to, but I figured my money would be better spent applying elsewhere. The law school's goal, for those of you who do not know, is to eventually take no one right out of college. Right now, less than 10% of their class has no WE.

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Where should I go next fall? / Am I Missing Schools Between These???
« on: September 18, 2004, 05:41:34 PM »
I'm about a week or two away from sending in all my applications, and I keep looking at the schools and thinking I am missing something. I don't have any ultra-safety schools (90% or up) or ultra-reaches (20% and under), and my advisor (who wrote one of the how to get into law school books I see people talking about on here) thought that my chances at these schools were competitive. They are, in Chiashu order:

Penn (27%)
Michigan (34%)
Cornell (35%)
Duke (37%)
Georgetown (38%)
Illinois (59%)
Iowa (75%)
Washington STL (84%)

My advisor thought that the most difficult to get into would be Michigan, and also not to waste my time with anything less than Wash U. I'm prepared to be bonked at Michigan, which is my #1, and the others in the top 14 for that matter, although the other aspects of my file give me a few more points over what Chiashu lists. The thing that scares me I guess is the seeming lack of middle ground. Say I get tossed at Penn, Mich, Cornell, Duke, GT, that leaves me with Illinois (where I'm from), Iowa, and Wash U. None of them are bad schools, but are there schools in between the Top 14 and those three that I should apply at? I have fee waivers from Notre Dame and Wash & Lee that I will probably use. Suggestions? 

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