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Transferring / Transfers within the T14?
« on: November 03, 2008, 08:55:51 PM »
I'm currently a 1L at Cornell.  In some ways, I love it here.  I've met a lot of awesome people, have awesome professors, and am generally able to forget about the dumpishness that pervades the town most of the time.  However, for a variety of personal reasons, I'm strongly considering transferring back to my hometown of Chicago.

I guess not very many people are qualified to discourse on the subject, but does anyone know what the likelihood of either Northwestern or Chicago taking a guy like me is, or what sort of grades I'd need?  I was waitlisted at Chicago (rejected after accepting Cornell) and I didn't apply to NU.  I expect median or ever-so-slightly above median grades (not for lack of trying, but generally because I don't feel I'm amongst the top kids in my class), which would put me around 3.25.  Any advice, anyone, on what I should do?  LORs shouldn't be a problem.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Apartments in Ithaca?
« on: April 21, 2008, 01:13:11 PM »
Hi all.   This thread is for all the prospective 1Ls of Cornell.  I'm sure a lot of us are looking into apartments right now, and I'm just looking for thoughts about what people are finding.  Are people thinking of taking a room in a house (which seems a little bit more affordable than a studio/efficiency)?  Are people going to get multiple BR apartments and look for roommates?  Is anyone actually considering Hughes Hall?

Also, I've really no idea what the market for apartments/rooms in Ithaca is like.  How much is too much in each respective case?  In Chicago it varies so vastly depending on neighborhood that it is hard to come up with a "fair" amount.  Is Ithaca similar in this regard?  Or is the town mostly the same in terms of neighborhood safety/quality, making distance to the Law School the primary concern?

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Where should I go next fall? / Cornell vs Emory $$
« on: March 23, 2008, 11:50:47 PM »
So, I've got a $75k scholarship from Emory, and an acceptance from Cornell, without any financial aid reported yet, and note expecting much, though I can never be sure.  I'm something of a lay-prestige whore, and though people know Emory, people know moreso that Cornell is Ivy League.  Am I stupid to pass up the scholarship at Emory for probably nothing at Cornell?

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Cornell Law Class of 2011
« on: March 21, 2008, 04:51:28 PM »
LSD has too much hate for Cornell.  Let's change that, class of '11.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Cornell Admitted Students Day 3/28
« on: March 20, 2008, 10:32:56 AM »
Anyone else going to the Cornell ASD on 3/28?  Also, I know the official deadline to sign up for it passed, but I just got my acceptance yesterday.  Think they'll make an exception?

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Financial Aid / Cornell Financial Aid
« on: March 20, 2008, 01:39:39 AM »
Hi all.

I was accepted to Cornell today, and they sent me an email about applying for financial aid.  The thing is, I already sent in my parents tax forms, the Cornell aid app, NeedAccess, and FAFSA.  I did all of that so I wouldn't miss the financial aid app deadline.

So, my question is, was the email telling me to apply for financial aid just a form email they send to all admits? I sent an email to their financial aid office, but any help ppl with experience in the matter could give me is appreciated.  Maybe they send out their financial aid offers with the physical acceptance letter?  Thanks all.

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Law School Applications / Am I crazy for thinking about this?
« on: March 15, 2008, 02:11:46 AM »
Just for the heck of it, I pulled out one of the few LSATs that I didn't take, and I basically aced it.  I got 2 questions wrong, as opposed to the 10 I got wrong on my test administration.  Now, barring a Cornell acceptance, or getting off the waitlist at Michigan, I'm PROBABLY headed to Emory, whose deferral program seems pretty liberal.  Am I crazy to get a deferral, retake the LSAT in June (destroy it of, course, which I feel would be likely, as my practice scores before my 168 on test day were ALL over 170), and reapply to school again next year?  Is it even acceptable to do that after taking a deferral?  I feel that with a year of WE and, say (now, I really do believe I can get this) a 172+ on the June LSAT I could almost surely get into Northwestern, an probably a few other T14s.  Am I crazy to be contemplating this?

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Law School Applications / Cornell Decision Waiting Room
« on: March 11, 2008, 02:06:54 PM »
I know there are a lot of us whose best T14 hopes are riding on Cornell, and are very anxious to hear from them soon.  Let's kibbutz here instead of clogging other threads or dragging up old ones.

Personally, I've been complete since 18 Jan, so there 8-12 week period is just about coming due.  I'm on my bloody toes, seriously.  To any Cornell adcomm lurkers, I love you!

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Law School Applications / College Seniors: How do you stay motivated?
« on: March 09, 2008, 12:16:21 AM »
I've been "working" on two papers all weekend, between extended naps and Spring Training baseball (Go Cubs!) and find myself unable to really care about the grades on these things.  By now I have some bare level of writing ability that will prevent me going lower than a C+/B- in the level of classes I am taking unless my brain falls out, but I still cannot seem to care the way I did back in freshman year.  How are you all keeping it up?

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Law School Applications / GULC Waitlist Question
« on: March 01, 2008, 06:39:04 PM »
So, I was WLed almost immediately at GULC after I applied (within a month of submission, about 2 weeks after complete).  It is probably not my first choice of WLs, now that I am WLed at Michigan, and without at least SOME financial aid, I'd have a tough time taking it over Minnesota or Illinois. 

Anyway, I know that GULC has the two-tiered WL, and for the record, I am NOT on the preferred WL, but the regular.  And now, after all of that, for my question: does the fact that I was WLed early mean that I am near the top of the regular WL, or is it numerically ranked by index?  Anyone know?

Best luck to all folks still waiting, and for my fellows in WL hell.  It's going to be a looooooooooooong spring.

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