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Choosing the Right Law School / ($) UK vs. ($$) Houston
« on: April 08, 2008, 09:36:30 AM »
So my cycle appears to be over, while I am waitlisted at Emory and W&L I will be putting in my seat fee later this week and am a little torn.

At UK, my alma mater, I have been offered a 4k per year 'diversity' scholarship contingent upon retaining a 2.0.

At Houston I have been offered 10k per year, contingent upon retaining a 2.9.

I'm familiar with UK, love the town, hate the weather, and have tons of memories (god and bad) of the school and place as a whole. The scholarship is alright, considering tuition isn't too expensive, and I will have in-state.

Houston is offering a lot more, but I'm worried that the requirement is too high, or that it may be something they offer a lot of knowing that a lot of people, statistically, will have to lose it. I'll have to pay out of state but I may be able to get in state after a year (my father has lived in Texas for over 22 years now) fairly easily.


I am mostly interested in IT (and Santa Clara never responded, their loss I suppose), intellectual property or copyright law (Digital Rights Management and all that nice fuzzy new stuff) and would like to practice in a smaller area than the biggies (Chicago, NYC, LA etc) though that may be infeasible for copyright law, I really don't know.

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So the long and short of it is, what would *you* recommend?

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I'll PM it to you, and I'd be more than happy to check yours in exchange.

I'm not going to say what I think is wrong with mine (Psych majors ftw) but please be as critical as possible. I'm trying to get my old AP English teacher to read it as well, that woman was brutal.

I'd like to start submitting before Thursday so please help!

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that I tear up writing my own PS.

Either I'm off my rocker, I'm awesome, or I'm pathetic...

Helluva a mix, eh?

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I hate my pre-law advisor (though not as much as I hate myself for screwing around earlier in college). My GPA will not be as high as I want it, since they will be including my old (pre-retake grades)

After my initial 25 school list I've worked on paring it down a lot and I like where it is but I would still welcome any helpful comments. Italics = Fee Waiver, so they won't be cut.

Big Reach:
UC Hastings
UC Davis
Washington and Lee (Where's my damn fee waiver?)

Reach:
UGA
Emory

Target:
Tenneessee
Houston
Kentucky

Safety:
FSU
Miami
San Diego
Santa Clara
South Carolina
Mercer

Rationale:
The high number of safety schools is because I want to see who will give me the most money if I go there. Houston remains on my list because LSAC indicates they offer a large amount of grants. Kentucky is on there because it's my UG school and I kinda' like the town.

Questions:
  • Is there any higher ranked school I should try for?
  • Should I bother filling out my Duke and Columbia apps (they are fee waived after all)?
  • Should I retake the LSAT in December? If so what number would I need to gun for? (an aside, I forgot to guess on the second question of the exam and it was 'C' like I would have guessed. There went my 164)
  • What would you cut? Add?
  • My current GPA is a 3.0, after my retakes it should be a 3.3-3.35 come December. Should I send in all my apps now and just include the addendum asking that they not pass judgment until my final transcript is in? Should I not even send the apps in till that transcript is out?

Conlclusion:
I'm incredibly nervous, please excuse the extensive questioning.

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Law School Admissions / Learning Disorder
« on: October 25, 2007, 02:34:32 PM »
I'm kind of confused here. Back when I was younger, around 8, I was diagnosed with a learning disorder. Problem is, there wasn't really anything they could do about it so I went on my merry. I did alright until I got to college and felt like I could be doing a lot better than I was. So, I went back, got retested, was put on medication and my grades improved dramatically. (My pre-medication GPA was 2.99 while my post-medication GPA is ~3.65)

Is this something I should mention somewhere? I did not apply for special accommodations on my LSAT because of this, and I don't want to come off as making excuses. Thoughts?

Let's see if this is the right forum!

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I'm dumb, see elsewhere

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Choosing the Right Law School / Don't Look Here Anymore!
« on: October 24, 2007, 04:30:57 PM »

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Choosing the Right Law School / Hello! Also, opinions on my applications?
« on: October 23, 2007, 08:59:44 AM »
I've been lurking for a while, but I figured it was time to sign up and start participating. I was hoping I could get some feedback on my choices. I'm a University of Kentucky student, URM (Mexican/Caucasian bi-racial), got a 163 on my first LSAT and expect to graduate with a 3.15-3.2 (this is my final semester, and is full of retakes). My only EC is my Honor Fraternity that I've held numerous chairs and officerships in.

I'm originally from Florida, and grew up largely on the UF campus, and would like to go back (or to someplace equally warm!) so that's kind of my focus. There wouldn't be any help being a UF legacy would there? I guess not.

Anyways, here is my application list, I'm really not sure where I stand (though LSN and Chiashu have helped) so I'd like to know what seems reasonable, if I should add anywhere, or if someplace is not even worth sending in the app. I would like to practice copyright/intellectual property, if that helps.

UK
UL
NKU (My safety's safety. If I can't get in here, I'm taking the GRE  :P)
UF
FSU
Florida Coastal
Florida International
LSU

-These are waivered so why not?
St. Thomas (Minn.)
Ave Maria
Columbia (I don't actually harbor illusions about this one)

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