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Personal Statement / Another Request for Readers
« on: July 24, 2008, 03:04:26 PM »
I know most of you are probably sick of this, but I'm really in a bind here.  I finished my first draft of my PS and my dad said it's terrible.  He thinks I should scrap it.  I'm looking for a second opinion, as I think it's alright.

Let me know if you'd be willing to help me out and look it over.  Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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I'm trying to start my list applications I should be thinking about for this fall. I'm basically intending to go to the most prestigious/best school that will take me. If that doesn't really pan out how I want it too, I was thinking about applying to about 3 safeties in nice locations and going with the one that gives me the best financial aid/careers prospects combo. My current plan was pretty much to start applying at schools where I think my chances are in about the 25% range statistically, and go on down the list from there, hoping I'll get into at least one of them. I'm kind of basing it on the stats I've read from US News, and the LSAC's database. My stats are a 162 LSAT with a 3.92 LSAC GPA in Economics. I'm a Minnesota resident with what I'll consider to be average soft factors. Here's my current list so far:

-Texas
-Wash U in St. Louis
-Boston University
-Boston College
-Emory
-Minnesota (in-state)
-Fordham (LOR from Fordham grad student who was one of my profs)
-Illinois (LOR from Illinois grad student who was one of my profs)
-UNC
-With safeties to include Florida, Arizona, and Georgia

1. How likey is it that I'll be accepted into at least ONE of my reaches?
2. What's the best school you think I could get into, whether it's on my list or not?
3. What do you guys think are my odds at each of the schools on my list?

Any help here would be greatly appreciated.  I really have no idea what the usual strategy is for an application cycle.

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Personal Statement / Length of my PS?
« on: June 19, 2008, 10:02:09 PM »
Guys, how long should this bad boy be?

I'm trying to get a jump start on my PS for my applications this fall.  I don't have access to the new applications yet, so I'm wondering what the general word requirement/limit for the PS?  It is pretty much the same for every school?  Can I get away with writing one generic statement for use in every application?

Thanks for any help you can give me.

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LSAC and LSDAS / When to submit my transcript?
« on: June 19, 2008, 09:59:49 PM »
Hey all,

I'll be applying during the 2008-2009 cycle, and I'm wondering when would be a good time to go ahead and submit my transcript to LSAC?  I plan on applying early on, so technically my GPA won't cahnge (have any more grades on it) between now and when I go complete... does that mean I can go ahead and send it now if I want?  Thanks in advance.

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Recommendations / General LOR Questions for 2008-2009 Cycle
« on: June 19, 2008, 09:55:21 PM »
Hey all,

Now that I've taken the LSAT I'm starting to plan out the things I'm going to try to get done this summer in order to make submission of my apps in the fall as easy as possible.  As I gear up to get my LORs done, I'm realizing I have a few questions.  Thanks in advance for any help you can give me.  Feel free to post other questions you may have as well.

1.  I noticed on the LSAT website that you can submit LORs as "targeted" (letters being targeted to a specific school or "general".  Given this difference, do admissions officers look down on receiving the latter as opposed to the former?  It seems like it would be way easier to just submit a few generic letters and be done, but I wanted to be sure that was ok first.

2.  How many LORs do you typically send?  Although I'm sure it varies, I was thinking of just sending 2 or 3 to each school.

3.  Who should I have write my LORs?  The general concensus seems to be undergrad profs I've had in the past.  I've had some jobs/internships in the legal field, so I'm wondering if maybe getting one letter from someone I worked with might be better than having all of my letters from profs?
 
4.  Assuming I want to get my apps in when the schools are first opening the floodgates at the begining of the cycle, when would be a good time to get in contact with the people I'm intending to have write my letters for me?  As I said before, most of mine are going to be profs so I assume it would be nice to let them get a chance to work on them before summer is out?  When should I ask them to submit them to LSAT?

5.  For submission to LSAT is snail mail ok?  I read a thread with someone freaking out about the unreliability of the USPS, and suggesting faxing all of the letters in.  Is it really that big of a deal?

Thanks again.

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Studying for the LSAT / When to start timing myself on problems?
« on: April 06, 2008, 08:01:58 PM »
I've been hearing some mixed thing about timing myself when practicing for LSAT problems.  I'm hoping I can get some advice.

I'm taking the June LSAT.  As of right now, (about 2 months out) I've gone through the LR Bible once, and taken two diagnostics (155, 158, respectively).  I signed up for a Kaplan class that starts in early May.  After enrolling in the course they mailed me a huge box with books and books of additional practice I can do on my own time.  I started these last week.

As I'm far from mastery in any one of the three sections, I had heard the best way to start off is to work through the excercises in each section untimed.  I've just been plugging away at my own pace, and then going through all of the answer explainations to see what I'm doing wrong.  I heard from someone on the boards that this is an unwise strategy, as I'm putting no pressure on myself to get through the problems at a quick pace.

What do you guys think?  At what point is it a good idea to start timing myself on each of the three sections, or am I already passed that point?  Should I being doing entire timed sections?  Or maybe smaller groups?  Thanks in advance.

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