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LSAC and LSDAS / how do i cancel my LSAT registration?
« on: January 31, 2008, 03:05:57 PM »
I had registered for this coming Saturday's LSAT (Feb) but I decided against it due to some situations that have developed in the past week. Is there any way I can cancel my registration for this Saturday??

The LSAC site does not have a specific process that I can find. The closest thing that i can see is an LSAT refund request, but it doesn't talk about it being a cancellation, per se.  Also, on the front page of the LSAC website, it says that the deadline for the partial refund request is Feb 1, but inside on the "Test Dates and Deadlines" section, it says the deadline for the refund is Feb 6th (postmark date).

Any word?

Edit :  By the way, I wrote here because I've been trying to reach LSAC but I keep getting really long hold times and I've tried emailing them before with some GPA issues and they were lethargic in their response and totally unhelpful.


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Recommendations / SSN/personal info on the LOR recommender sheet?
« on: January 11, 2008, 10:23:33 AM »
I was wondering if I'm looking at the wrong PDF file, but the document they ask me to print out and give to whoever is recommending me has my SSN as well as other personal info. What gives?

 ???

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Law School Rankings / University of Illinois C of Law Q's
« on: January 10, 2008, 11:55:05 AM »
I just received an unsolicited app. fee waiver and invitation to apply from University of Illinois College of Law. Normally I don't pay much attention to these unsolicited emails because the schools don't usually interest me at all, but when I checked it out, it seems like a really good school, hovering in the mid 20s rank-wise even.
 Should I be excited about receiving this email or is it just something that they usually do? I guess the reason could be that they're trying to boost URM application?

I have friends in Chicago, which would be nice, even though UI is in Urbana/Champaign, which is pretty far away.

Thoughts? Anyone know the school well?

Edit : I just realized I posted this in the Rankings child board. It should be in the parent board...




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Law School Applications / Q. about Extra curricular activities?
« on: January 08, 2008, 01:02:57 PM »
I hope this is the right forum, if not, please feel free to move this. I was wondering if the EC listed should always be things with some type of social value, something along the lines of public service or volunteer work?

Im a non-trad, URM, who's worked a full time job for the last 10 years and all through my college education, so there wasnt really much time for that kind of EC activities. I do however have other type of work experience, for example, aside from my job, I've done some film production work and have had projects compete and be showcased in a few local film festivals for example. Would that count towards my EC activities? I did manage to be active in that while doing UG studies *and* working a full time job...

 ???

Thanks in advance for your input...

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My answer sheet looks like it was filled out by someone with double vision. Clearly i did not bubble it this way. I would just chalk it up to a bad PDF scan, but the rest of the info (my name, address, etc.) are perfectly in place...




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Personal Statement / Personal statement (possible noob question)
« on: December 17, 2007, 07:50:20 AM »
Hi there...

I've been working on my PS and I'm having a hard time deciding on whether to include certain things. I know that it's normally not recommended, but how can I avoid mentioning how I've wanted to be a lawyer since ive had a memory, when it's simply true. At first it was just a young child's fascination with his father's occupation but this grew into my own passion for the law and its practice.

When I was a young teen, instead of reading the regular boyhood fare, I was reading and re-reading John Grisham novels   and other legal thrillers. I realize these are just light thrillers but rather than being drawn to the plot, my fascination was always focused on how they described the different aspects and details of the legal profession, even if it was mostly the negative aspects shown. 

I realize it may sound incredibly stupid to even consider somehow including these details in my PS, but its really hard to ignore since It's been such a huge part of my upbringing in a way.


Help!

Also another small noobish question :  What's the appropriate length of a PS? I feel as if i have so much to talk about...


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Non-Traditional Students / Marriage and financial aid? Help/Hurt ?
« on: December 16, 2007, 11:52:39 AM »
I was wondering about this too. My fiancee is currently a 2LS, so she would be starting her third year when I start my 1LS. If we decided to get married sooner rather than later, how would this affect my financial aid status?? If we did get married before my 1st year, we would be living apart during that time (until she graduated) so i dont think i could count her as my dependent or she me.

 ???

All of these issues during the application process make for huge tension headaches  :-\

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Non-Traditional Students / How's this for non traditional?
« on: December 15, 2007, 09:49:51 PM »
I'm a 28 year old male from Puerto Rico. I "dropped out" of college in 1998 to go to work full-time, which i have done so since then. I went back to school in 2003 and have slowly worked on my UG degree part-time while working full time. I'll be graduating in may of 08 with a GPA around 3.60-3.65. I took the december 1st LSAT so I've yet to receive my score, but i was averaging between 155-160 on my Princeton Review practice tests, which I think is not too shabby for a non native english speaker.  :-\  I am worried that the fact that I dropped out and went to work full time, then took a long time to finish my UG degree (because of said full-time job) will weigh in too heavily on the negative side when applying to schools.  :'(

I was mildly worried before even looking at some of the threads on this and other law school forums, but now I am damned near pessimistic.

Any input on this matter would be greatly appreciated...

Ps : is it me, or does this forum not have a "Search" function?


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