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Law School Admissions / Vanderbilt Scholarship Negotiation
« on: March 04, 2008, 12:45:59 PM »
Anyone know if Vanderbilt is open to scholarship negotiation requests?  I'd really love to go there, but I've received another offer from a similarly ranked school (within 3 spots) that is just really hard to pass up.  I'm not even necessarily looking for a matching amount -- just something that brings the two offers more in line with one another.  Anyone have any success with this?

Law School Admissions / Northwestern straight from UG
« on: March 01, 2008, 12:43:19 AM »
So I just got accepted to Northwestern, which I'm thrilled about.  However, I have a (some?) concerns.  Namely, I'd be attending straight from undergraduate, with no "serious" work experience. Will I feel weird and out of place?  I am about the same age as most of their other students, as I took for freaking ever to graduate.

Also, will my not having serious WE hinder me in OCI?  Can I overcome this lack with grades?  Northwestern students' replies wanted.

Law School Admissions / schadenfreude
« on: February 28, 2008, 04:16:29 PM »
While waiting for some sort of decision from my top choices, I like to go through LSN and note that many who applied after I did have been rejected, while my decision is still pending.  This gives me hope that I may yet get in.  Anyone else admit to doing this?

Law School Admissions / religious diversity statement
« on: December 06, 2007, 11:38:08 PM »
Or perhaps I should say nonreligious diversity statement.  Would writing about the fact that I am agnostic/atheist (I would get into details in the statement) be a valid diversity statement?  Could it possibly hurt me?  Opinions are needed.

Choosing the Right Law School / Here we go
« on: October 20, 2007, 03:14:11 AM »
I have a 3.58 LSDAS GPA (downgraded from a 3.60) and a 173 LSAT; very average soft factors.  I wish to stay in the Midwest if at all possible.  University of Chicago is my dream school.

Other schools on my list include:

University of Michigan
Northwestern University
Duke (maaaybe)
Cornell (again, maybe)
University of Pennsylvania
Washington University in St. Louis (I'm from St. Louis)
University of Minnesota
University of Illinois
University of Missouri-Columbia (safety)

Is this a decent list of schools to apply to given that I don't want to go to the coasts?  How likely am I to get in to Chicago or Michigan?  Should I really include more T14 schools even though I hate their location?  Should I apply to Harvard just for shits and giggles?  I am not sure how thrilled I am about the prospect of Biglaw.  A nice scholarship at a top 25 school with a good LRAP followed by public interest work sounds great to me.

Choosing the Right Law School / Scholarship at T20 or T10?
« on: October 10, 2007, 10:15:27 PM »
This is hypothetical, and I know it to be.  Assume all of the following is true.

I have absolutely no interest in Biglaw.  None.  I will not sell my soul or my life or my marriage to make extra bucks.  I have a strong interest in environmental public interest work and government work at a livable wage.

I have the credentials to attend a T10 school.  Not HYS, but possibly CCN, and definitely MVB.  I would also be applying to places like Vanderbilt, WUSTL (I am from St. Louis and would be thrilled to work there), Minnesota, and UIUC.  I would also be applying to the University of Missouri-Columbia as a safety, where I would be almost assured of receiving a full-ride scholarship.  Mizzou places well in local markets.

Where would be the most cost-efficient school to attend given my goals?

Law School Admissions / diversity statement?
« on: October 10, 2007, 09:33:45 PM »
Hello.  I keep seeing references to "Diversity Statements" on this board.  I am not sure I understand these.  None of the applications I have looked at have solicited these statements.  I am a white, middle-class male.  Do I need to write a diversity statement?  I am not very diverse.  At all.  Would it be beneficial to my law school applications if I wrote some sort of bull statement about how diverse I am?


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