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Choosing the Right Law School / Boalt matching money
« on: May 08, 2005, 12:08:02 PM »
Has anyone heard from Boalt about their matching money?  I submitted the information in early April and still have not heard back.  I thought this was automatic -- and even if it isn't, why are they so slow?

What percentage of the applicant pool do people on LSN represent, particularly at "T14" schools?  (i.e. if 100 people have been accepted to a given school on LSN, approximately how many have been accepted total?)

My own guess is somewhere around 25%, depending on the school.  The better the school, the higher the percentage because LSN is clearly a non-representative/skewed upward sample of law school applicants.

EDIT: A better question to ask is what % of the applicant pool considering the upward skew ... or what percentage of actual spots are LSN people taking.  That is clearly higher than 10% and probably closer to 25% -- I guess that's what I'm really asking.

I received a letter today indicating that I had been accepted to GULC for the fall of 2006, not 2005.  The letter says that I was part of a special group of students that they could only admit for next year.  It suggests that there might be a possibily to be accepted this year, but provides no details as to how or when that might occur.  Ends with a handwritten note that says "hope this works out."

I find it incredibly bizarre.  My numbers are a bit above average for Georgetown: 3.73/(166+171) with strong ec's at HYP and two years work experience on Capitol Hill.  I am really at a loss as to what is going on.  I've already been accepted to several schools that are at least as good as Georgetown (UVA, Boalt, Duke).  But I have an interest in staying in DC, so I'm quite disappointed.

On top of everything else, I have access to the admitted students' web site, with all the info about admitted students events.  Except that I'm not really accepted in the way that everyone else at those events will have been.

Is anyone else in this boat?  Or can at least rationalize this?

Law School Admissions / informing law schools of Dec LSAT
« on: December 26, 2004, 11:25:12 PM »
I had an October LSAT score, so my application files were all complete in mid-November.  I decided on a whim to retake in December.  My second score was significantly higher, but no law schools are expecting a second score.  Should I notify them that a second score is coming?  And if so, how?  I don't want to be an annoying person calling an admissions office.

The law schools should process the new LSAC report by mid-January, and I don't think I'm in the auto-reject category that would make me a likely reject before that point, so there's probably no point in notifying them myself ahead of the LSAC report.  Or is there?

Law School Admissions / Notifying schools about new LSAT score
« on: December 08, 2004, 08:12:49 AM »
All of my applications became complete in early-mid November.  I just took the December LSAT, but have not notified any of the schools yet because I'm worried that calling more attention to my retake (third LSAT overall, including one cancellation) is not a good idea.  On the other hand, it would be unfortunate to get rejected before they get the new, potentially higher score.

My reasoning for not informing them is that few schools actually reject people before January, unless their gpa/lsat is way below their average.  I'm confident that this is not a big problem for me, except at HYS.  I figure a higher score will definitely be noticed regardless.  I'm pretty sure my score will not be lower - if it is, certainly not by more than a point or so.

Does this make sense?

Maybe this will clear up the debate.

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