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Law School Applications / Weirdo Florida Coastal Email
« on: April 19, 2008, 03:36:07 PM »
So I got this weird stalker-ish email just now from Florida Coastal:

Hello Kevin,

I was looking at your LSAC file today and noticed that your LSAT score of 171 and 3.27 GPA and other academic accomplishments qualify you for admission to our August '08 entering class. Fortunately, we still have some scholarship funds available, and your LSAT and GPA qualify you for a merit scholarship in the amount of $ per year.

Would you like to study in Jacksonville, a charming coastal city with wonderful weather? We have a lot of students from New England and we'd love for you to join them.

Please reply to this email or give me a call at (904) 680-7711 so we can talk more about this opportunity. By the way, I am willing to wave your application fee.

I will be working this weekend so feel free to contact me.

Steve

Stephen M. Jones
Director of Admissions
Florida Coastal School of Law
8787 Baypine Road, Jacksonville FL 32256
sjones@fcsl.edu
www.fcsl.edu
T 904.680.7711
F 904.680.7692


The weird part is that there was no amount after the dollar sign!  I qualify for a dollar sign scholarship - yay!!  Anybody else get this email?  Anybody have an actual amount after the dollar sign?

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Law School Applications / Re-Applications
« on: March 27, 2008, 12:23:06 PM »
Hello all!

Despite all the information I've gathered about applying to law school the first time around, I know surprisingly little about RE-applying in a different cycle.  I'm currently (although not very seriously, yet) considering postponing law school for a year for a non-deferral-worthy reason, which would likely mean I'd have to re-apply next cycle.

For those who know about the process (i.e. those who've done it, know people who've done it, or otherwise know hard facts about the situation,) I've got a couple of questiosn!

Is an applicant inherently less likely to be accepted to a school to which he or she has applied previously, just because it's a re-application?  Say I got into a school this cycle, chose to postpone for a year, and then re-applied next cycle - do I have the same chance of getting in, or less because I'm some sort of a flight risk?  Along those same lines, would scholarship opportunities be less likely for re-applicants?

If I do re-apply, would I be wise to include a supplementary statement explaining exactly why I chose to wait a year, and making it clear that I've got all of my ducks in a row and I'm unequivocally ready to attend in the fall?

Do I have to have all of my recommenders re-send my recs to the LSAC, or can they hold on to them for a year and re-send to the schools next cycle?  The same question would apply to transcripts, actually!

Sorry for all of the questions - I really have no idea about the RE-application process, and if this would even be a wise idea!  Thanks in advance if you can answer some of my questions!

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Law School Applications / A Waitlist By Any Other Name - Northwestern
« on: January 28, 2008, 08:39:57 PM »
So I got an email from Northwestern tonight saying I could download my decision letter (which was quite neat, acutally,) and the decision was to place my application "hold" until May, and then inform me of whether I had been accepted, dinged, or waitlisted.

I didn't think there were other options besides accept/reject/waitlist, but apparently being on hold is one of them!  Is this just a waitlist in sheep's clothing, or what?

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Entering Law School in a Relationship
« on: December 30, 2007, 09:47:17 AM »
So I think it's safe to assume that being a 1L consumes one's entire life, and the next two years probably aren't that much better.  Does anyone know if law school is notorious for killing relationships because of all of the stress, time, etc?  Is it a good idea to enter law school unattached to better immerse one's self in the 1L scene?

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Law School Applications / Fast Forward 8 Months
« on: December 10, 2007, 02:51:54 PM »
I know everybody would like to fast forward a few months to find out what all of the decisions are from law schools, but I find myself more and more eager to get January through August out of my way so I can start law school, get some new surroundings, meet new people, all of whom are smart and dedicated and probably interested in the same exact things as me, and just start law school already!

Anybody else feel like that?

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Where should I go next fall? / Political Leanings of the T14?
« on: December 06, 2007, 01:43:31 PM »
This might be common knowledge that I just don't know for some reason, but are any of the T14 schools well-known for having a campus/student body/etc. that leans one way or another politically?

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LSAC and LSDAS / GPA Within Major
« on: December 04, 2007, 11:56:12 AM »
When the LSAC summarized my GPA on its official transcript, it didn't report my GPA within my major (i.e. only political science courses, as I am a poli sci major.)  Within my major, I have a MUCH better GPA than my overall.  I'm considering simply calculating it myself, and including it in my resume as a detail in the education section, where I list the universities I attended.

Does anyone know of a reason why this would be a bad idea?

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