« on: March 12, 2008, 04:31:27 AM »
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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?
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.
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?
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.
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
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.
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?
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?