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Incoming 1Ls / 2L McGeorge Student Looking for a Roommate
« on: July 07, 2008, 03:04:27 PM »
Hi all!  Long time no post on this board. . .I think it's been 8 months or something.  Law school will do that to you.  :D

Since Craigslist doesn't seem to like me very much, I thought I'd post a mini-ad here for a condo I'm currently living in.

I'm looking for a roommate for a 2 bed - 2 bath condo in Arden (about 10-15 minutes from the school).

Rent is $650/month and include basic extended cable (~60-70ish channels), trash, and water.  Electricity and wireless internet are already hooked up and would be split between my roommate and myself.

It's 1300 square feet in a gated condo community (I actually found the owner on since he himself is a former law student.  Go figure  ;D), and it's nice and quiet.  I have pictures and a lot more info, but I'll just post the link to the craigslist ad so I don't have to repeat myself here.

I know I said I'd prefer a female on my ad, but that's just because craigslist freaks me out a little.  If you're an incoming McGeorge student and happen to be a guy, I don't really mind that much since we'd have separate bedrooms and bathrooms.

Here's the link.  Feel free to PM, email, or call if interested (and hopefully I posted this in the right forum. . .it's been awhile!). :)

Law School Admissions / Emory Complete Notice?
« on: December 23, 2006, 02:22:59 PM »
I received an email from Emory over a month ago (on 11/11) letting me know they received my application.  Has anyone heard from them yet that they're complete?  I've seen a few people on LSN that have complete dates listed but they don't say how they heard.  I assume it's another email, but I just haven't gotten one yet.  They're pretty much the last school I need to hear from, but I hate to email them.  I suppose I probably should in January if I still haven't heard anything.

Thanks in advance. :)

I'm planning to reapply next cycle, but since the LSAT is now past, I've been sort of batting around ideas for a new and improved personal statement topic.

One thing that I keep coming back to is something that is generally written in an addendum: Explaining my decision to forgo law school (after spending all the time, money and energy applying) for two years and retake the LSAT.

I would basically be explaining how, as a senior in college, I sort of chose to apply to law school by default, since I wasn't entirely sure where my life was headed or what I wanted to do after graduation.  I applied, got into a few schools, and then got sick the summer before I was supposed to matriculate and essentially withdrew from my chosen school and instead took a job at a law firm (negotiating settlements and resolutions in probate cases mostly) where I currently work.  I'm going to take 2 years off before I reapply, in which time I'm hoping to move up in my job and also compete at adult nationals for figure skating (basically do stuff I wouldn't have been able to do had I gone straight to law school), and I recently retook the LSAT after I'd actually prepared for it this time around.

I know some people would use this just as a quick little addendum (applied to schools, got sick, had to take a few years off), but, assuming I can write it decently, I feel like it'll show that I've actually taken the time to think about my decision to attend law school this time around and show what I've done in the interim.

I guess I'm just curious to know what people think about this.  It's certainly not a unique or creative topic, but I'm mostly curious to know if it's an appropriate topic to discuss in a personal statement (considering the majority of schools don't seem to have a set topic to write on).

Any thoughts or opinions would be appreciated.  I know it's only been a year, but I feel like it's been an eternity since I had to come up with a personal statement topic.  :P


Quick question for anyone who's ever signed up for Testmasters.  I just did about a week ago (for the October test).  I gave them my credit card information and requested that they charge the initial $100 to it.  The confirmation page mentioned that an email would be sent to me with my members-only login information, but I have yet to receive it.

Does anyone know if I need to fax them the enrollment agreement before I get the email with login info, or should I just call them and ask what's going on?


I've basically decided to forego this admissions cycle in order to reapply next year.  I want to get a little bit ahead of the game, though, and get my letters of recommendation in early.

I'm planning to use the same 3 recommenders, but I'm going to request that they update their LORs for me a little bit to add on things I did this year that weren't on my previous LORs.  How exactly do I do this through LSDAS, though?  It looks like it's alright for me to print out LOR request forms from last year's names since they're the same 3 recommenders, but since LSDAS only accepts 4 general letters, do I need to somehow remove or deactivate the current three letters on file? 

Also, do transcripts stay on file for more than one year?  I'm going to need to update my current university transcript after I graduate, but I also have a transcript from my community college days on file.  I assume I don't need to have another copy of that transcript sent. . .right?

That, and I haven't paid my LSDAS fee for next year yet.  Is it even possible to do that at this time or am I too early?  Will I need to do this before I can have new LORs sent in, or am I still alright since I paid last year and won't have to renew for a while?

Thanks in advance for the help. 

I'm considering taking a year off and reapplying next year with a (hopefully) higher LSAT score.

Does anyone know how to go re-registering for LSDAS?  Do you keep your same username, etc., and just resend LORs and transcripts?  Do you have to set up a new account?  Can you just delete old LORs or do they stay on there?

When's the best time to re-register?  Also, do you need to write an addendum for schools to which you're planning on applying a second time, explaining why you're re-applying or why you took a year off?   

etc, etc, etc.  Just want to make sure I'm doing everything correctly, since I only want to have to go through this process one more time. ;)

Merci en avance.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Question for those admitted to USD
« on: February 11, 2005, 03:18:33 PM »

I just got a financial aid "brochure" from University of San Diego (fold-out thick stock paper in blue, white, and shades of grey).  I'm a little perturbed, because I've *never* gotten ANYTHING about financial aid from a law school until after I've been accepted.

Did anyone else receive this mailing without having already been accepted?  Did any of the admitted students receive this *after* they got accepted?  I'm just trying to figure out the deeper meaning in the mailing (there's probably none).

I've come to two conclusions about it:
1) I've been accepted but haven't gotten the acceptance letter yet.
2) The financial aid office sends this out to everyone who lists USD as a school on their FAFSA sheet (although this mailing advises you to fill out your FAFSA immediately.  Ech. . .) regardless of whether or not they've been accepted.

What do you guys think?  Accepted?  Still pending?  Should I call the financial aid office (or admissions office) and ask?  I personally don't want to do this if I don't have to, especially if I can get an answer here.

Thanks for any info you can give me (and congrats if you've already been accepted! :))

Law School Admissions / Yet Another LSAC Updated Transcript Question
« on: February 08, 2005, 06:26:29 AM »
Ack.  So I got an email from LSAC about a week ago saying that my updated transcript had been received and would be processed and sent to schools within the next 2 weeks.  Just out of curiosity, could someone tell me where I could check the status of this transcript?  I went into my account and found the transcripts page, but the only thing that's showing up there are the transcripts I sent originally in October.  My January transcript has not been listed there.

Also, will it be indicated on my reports sent page when this transcript has been sent out to my schools (as was the case for the additional LOR that was sent out later than the actual report?).

Basically, I just want to know how I can know for certain when my transcript with Fall grades has been sent to my schools.  Any help/information on this would be appreciated.

Thanks. :)

Law School Admissions / LSAC transcript request forms link?
« on: January 24, 2005, 12:44:07 PM »
I feel like a complete dolt for having to ask this, but could someone please post the link to the .pdf of the LSAC transcript request form?  I've looked all over their site, and I just can't find the link to it anywhere (maybe because I'm at work and rushing things).  Either way, I'd appreciate it.  I'm a little bit behind on getting my Fall grades sent out, if you haven't guessed. ;)


Alright.  So I just got waitlisted at Cardozo (kind of surprised.  My stats are 156/3.73, and I heard they're putting a lot of extra weight on the LSAT).

Anyway, it seems like everyone put on the waitlist also received a letter, suggesting that another option would be to request May Program consideration.  I would like to do this, but I'm curious to know what other people think about my situation.

According to the letter (and viewbook), May Program orientations starts on 12 May and I'd assume goes on until Friday 13 May.  Classes begin 16 May.  My dilemna is that I have a final on Saturday 14 May and I officially graduate from undergrad on 15 May.  Technically I'd assume that I would be eligible to be admitted to the May Program since I will be receiving my BA the day before classes start.

Assuming that I have the money and patience to fly to orientation, then back for finals and graduation, and then back again for classes on that Monday, should I request to be considered for admission to the May Program?  I kind of figured I'd just explain the situation in my letter of intent and let them decide if I was eligible to be considered for the May Program or not, but I was curious with what other people thought, as well, since it's kind of a random situation.

Oh, &this has nothing to do with Cardozo, but I don't feel like making a new thread: I got a dean's scholarship from Hamline for $8500/year (assuming I keep a 3.0).  It kind of softens the semi-blow from Cardozo a little.  ;D

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