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Acceptances / Stanford questions?
« on: February 17, 2005, 06:53:06 PM »
I'm heading down to Stanford on Saturday to attend the public interest center's symposium on the voting rights and civil rights acts. Does anyone have any particular things they'd like me to research or questions they'd like me to ask of the people I meet?

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Acceptances / yay, a clean sweep
« on: February 02, 2005, 11:33:42 PM »
Got the Columbia acceptance today.

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Acceptances / stanford email from dean kramer
« on: February 02, 2005, 06:16:11 PM »
It seems that Dean Kramer (at Stanford) is emailing all of the Stanford admits personally. I received my email today, with a slightly personalized first paragraph (mentioned my UG and my paralegal experience) and then a form discussion of Stanford. At the end of the email, he invited us to write him back with questions, and I plan on doing so. Here's my question: Should I tell him that I'm deciding between Stanford and Yale? On the plus side, I'm probably more likely to hear back from him and doing so would make it clear that Stanford has to do a little convincing. Are there negatives to letting him know about my Yale acceptance? Even if there are no negatives, is it inappropriate or gauche?

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Acceptances / GULC Dean's Scholarship
« on: February 02, 2005, 01:14:10 PM »
This may be the first thread I've ever started .....

So, I got  a letter in the mail last night inviting me to apply for the dean's scholarship (up to full tuition) at G'Town. The application requires written responses to three questions, along with some financial aid info, etc. My question is this: Should I apply for the scholarship, considering that I'm almost definitely not going to Georgetown? I've been accepted to my four top choice schools (Yale, Stanford, Boalt, and NYU) and I think I would need money from NYU to choose NYU rather than Yale, Stanford, or Boalt. I'm not quire ready to let Georgetown know I won't be attending (mainly because its clinical programs kick butt), but I feel like I'd be an ass if I applied for the scholarship.

Right?

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Acceptances / a weird way to find out (yale)
« on: January 26, 2005, 01:51:44 PM »
So, I just got an email from Craig Janecek regarding the details of my admission to Yale Law School. In the email, he mentioned the binder sent to me "earlier" ... but I have not received any binder or any other indication of my acceptance previous to this email. I'm pretty sure this means I'm in, and that they're probably just sending the binders at this point rather than calling people. They probably underestimated how long it would take the binder to get from New Haven to San Francisco.

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I transmitted my final law school application to LSAC yesterday (although it was not proceed until almost 20 hours later ... damn LSACD) and I thought I'd share with the board two things I figured out while applying that may be helpful.

(1) If you have really funky formatting in your resume, personal statement, etc., and LSACD seems to be unhappy with it or just takes a really long time to process the files, it's possible to upload .pdf files rather than Word/Wordperfect/etc. files. If you can print from Word to a .pdf file, simply submit the .pdf file instead of the word file. It will be previewable almost immediately, and will keep all your intricate formatting intact. I did it with my resume, and it worked beautifully.

(2) The only reason that LSACD requires that you use Windows is the Omniform plug-in (for completing the applications themselves), which is not available for non-Windows machines. The requirement seems rather stupid, because a lot of what I do on LSACD does not involve actually filling in applications (i.e. uploading statements and resumes, checking application status, etc.). I have a Powerbook running Mac OS X 10.3 at home, and was pissed off that I had to do all of my application work on my work (Windows 2000) computer, until I figured out how to work from home by making LSACD think I was using a Windows computer. All you need to do is change your web browser's "user agent" identification tag so that, when LSACD checks what browser you're using, your browser says that it is Windows Internet Explorer rather than a Mac (or Linux) browser. Instructions for those using Safari on Mac OS X are located here: http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20030110063041629&query=safari+debug+menu (after following the instructions on the website, click on the newly revealed "Debug" menu, go down to user agent submenu, and choose "MSIE for Windows 6.0"). I know there's a way to do this with firefox as well, I just don't have time to go online and find instructions right now. After changing your "user agent" string, you'll be able to access LSACD from your Mac or Linux machine and do everything but fill in your applications (downloading files is also a little weird on Safari, so I haven't bothered with that, but at the very least you can check your application status.)

I hope someone finds these tipes helpful.

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Where should I go next fall? / Should I apply to more schools
« on: November 02, 2004, 05:47:44 PM »
A Disclaimer at the start: I hope this does not come off as obnoxious. If it does, I apologize.

Talking to the lawyers in my firm, it seems that I am a very strong applicant for law school. My numbers are above the 75th percentile for all of the law schools (3.97/179), I have very strong public service extracurriculars, and my recommendations should be good. Here's the question: Right now, I've completed the applications for Yale, Stanford, Berkeley, and Harvard, and am almost done with NYU (damn Root-Tilden-Kern essay!). Given my scores, etc., am I stupid if I do not apply elsewhere? I have fee waivers for Columbia, Georgetown, and Michigan (the next three schools to which I would apply), but I am just not sure I want to put the time into applying and do not have a lot of interest in going to any of those schools. Am I running a big risk by not applying to more schools, or can I be pretty confident I'll get into at least one of the five to which I'm already applying?

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