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Law School Admissions / Question about scholarship money
« on: January 08, 2009, 01:11:01 PM »
So... I see some people are being accepted, and they're being offered money. So far, I've only had one school accept me -- Boston College. The acceptance letter doesn't mention anything about being offered money for a scholarship or anything else. Does that mean that BC is not offering me any money? Or, do they first see the financial paperwork (FAFSA, NeedAccess, etc.) and then decide to award money? How exactly does this work? Thanks.

Law School Admissions / Update applications for new LOR?
« on: October 09, 2008, 11:25:52 AM »
I asked three professors for LORs. Two sent them in -- one I never thought would pull through. With my 2 letters, I sent out all my applications. The third letter just got sent to LSAC, after all applications have been sent out.

You know how some applications ask "give us the name of your recommenders" (or something similar)? Do I need to send in updates to my applications to let them know I have a third recommender, or should I just leave it?


Law School Admissions / Admissions instructions you decided to ignore
« on: October 03, 2008, 12:46:09 PM »
If you're like me: you're filling out an application, notice something you didn't see before, mull over it for a minute... and decide -- @#!* it, I'll just ignore that and take the risk.

Then you start to feel a little guilty and wonder how many other people are doing the same thing. Are you the only one?

Anyone else out there like me? Let's compare and see.

GWU -- they ask for a 500-word personal statement. I worked FOREVER on mine and am really happy with it. No way can I adequately cut it in half (it's about 900 words). So, GWU just got the same personal statement as my other schools. Hope they don't mind. Love you guys. Really do genuinely want to go there. Don't be mad, okay?

Northwestern -- spent a long time writing a "why Northwestern?" ... only to read the application and realize they want only "one or two" paragraphs. Mine's a full page. I had a lot to stay! Don't be mad, Northwestern. You're like one of my top, top, top choices. Much love.

Anyone else?

So, my first LSAT score was 161. Way, way below what I was expecting. Second time I took it was a 168. It seems like a 168 is pretty borderline for getting into T14 - it should land at least one or two schools. So, how badly will that 161 put me? Does it push me down outside of the border? Still have a chance?

Well, I'm sending out most of my applications September 1, so I'd like some final eyes on this stuff. Why X essays, diversity statement... anybody willing to read one or two of them? Much appreciated.

Law School Admissions / Is this an overly large application file?
« on: August 19, 2008, 10:28:48 AM »
So, with my application for UPenn, I'm turning in...

1. Personal statement

2. Resume

3. Diversity statement (there are diverse aspects of my background in terms of experience, but I am a non-religious white male, and I have not had to overcome any adversity in my life relating to any minority status)

4. "Why UPenn?" essay

5. Addendum regarding my criminal history

Is this application too large? I understand that LSD has mixed feelings on this subject. Should I nix the diversity statement, maybe? Or the resume? (Also, this question isn't really specific for UPenn - you can substitute that name for any school in the t14). What does everyone think?

I'm writing two "why?" essays for these two schools. Would anybody be willing to read for me? In particular, I'm looking to know: do these seem like well thought out, sincere, essays... or, something disingenuous, cobbled together? In short, if you were an adcomm, would you be happy to see this, or would it distract from the rest of the application?

If anybody is willing to read, please let me know. Thank you!

Law School Admissions / Let's talk about financial aid applications
« on: July 22, 2008, 07:09:04 AM »
I'm a little confused about exactly when to submit financial aid documents. I understand that you shouldn't wait to turn in a form and FAFSA until after you've been enrolled. But, how early do you do it?

Late this year, I'll be applying to law schools. On January 1st and 2nd, if I haven't been accepted to any schools yet, should I turn in my FAFSA + NeedAccess to all schools I'd applied to? Is this the proper procedure?

Thanks in advance for help clearing up exactly how this works.

Law School Admissions / How common are admission interviews?
« on: July 20, 2008, 08:53:39 AM »
So, I just finished reading Anna Ivey's guide, and the section on interviews surprised me a bit. I thought they were very rare, and most people didn't have any. Are interviews in the admissions process more common than I thought?

During the application period, I'll be in Vladivostok, Russia, so I'm a bit nervous as to how to handle a request for an interview.

I'm sorry if this is somewhere on this board, but I don't see it obvious anywhere... is there a general guide for law school application process and the proper etiquette and rules? For example, a couple questions on my mind...

I understand that during the application process, there's a bit of "negotiating" for scholarships. Is this correct? It's proper to ask for more money?

What other sort of letters do people commonly send during the application process? I hear that people waitlisted commonly send "continued interest" letters. This is true?

If anyone can recommend a good resource to learn these sorts of things, it would be very appreciated. Thank you.

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