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Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Vandy
« on: December 12, 2005, 04:15:44 PM »
In.  Loving it.

Seeking some constructive criticism tonight. 

PM if willing and able.


Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Emory
« on: March 22, 2005, 11:11:37 AM »
Big white envelope. Postmarked 3/21.  I'm in the Atlanta area.

Choosing the Right Law School / Wait Out the Cycle or Reapply?
« on: March 22, 2005, 07:18:36 AM »
I'm looking for some input from a more diverse range of perspectives.  Any comments are welcome!

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Two Dings in One Day
« on: March 21, 2005, 12:50:03 PM »
University of Michigan and Georgetown.  Neither were really unexpected.  In fact, getting them on the same day was rather cathartic. :)

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Dinged @ Duke
« on: March 13, 2005, 05:48:56 PM »
Neither surprising nor all that disappointing given my #'s.  First decision, though; and by definition, a limiting of options.

My index # was 3.3 because of low cum GPA, so I'm guessing the addendum in which I explained the difference between a 1.78 straight outta school 1 and a 3.89 four years later at school 2 fell on deaf ears.  HTH


Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Emory Visit
« on: February 22, 2005, 07:14:38 PM »
I found my visit to Emory rather helpful in making a decision regarding whether to attend if and when Iím accepted.  So for those of you who are interested in the school but canít get there for a visit, and, as it were, for anyone else, Iíve put together the following comments based upon my visit. 

You can find a complete version of this review on my blog at:

...Iíd been to the campus a number of times, and like most who see it, I was pretty impressed with the beauty of the place.  This was my first time, however, inside the Law School. The contrast between what you see outside and whatís going inside is significant...

...Three words: no wireless internet... 

...The library was actually quite sweet.  Being a bibliophile myself, the merits of that section of the building are far more important to me than any cloud-colored classroom...

...Many people there told me that Briarcliff Rd. is where most of the students rent, so I went to check that out...

...In sum, Emory Law School has a relatively cool vibe but lacks in some areas that are important to me. Iím going to try to find out more in the coming weeks about some programs in which Iím interested, so feel free to communicate with me in the mean time with any questions.


Choosing the Right Law School / $$$ at Emory GWU and Vandy?
« on: January 07, 2005, 08:37:49 PM »
Anybody got the 411 on scholarships and grants at any of these institutions?



Thoughtful insight desired.  Will be happy to reciprocate.

In assessing my potential for academic success at _____ Law School, it is of utmost importance that the Admissions Committee appreciate the distinction between my first (abortive) undergraduate experience and that which is represented by the academic record earned at my degree-granting institution.

Soon after entering the music program at (ttt) on a small performance scholarship, I became distracted and began to struggle academically.  Over the course of a few woefully unsuccessful semesters, I reluctantly started to accept the reality that the career in music of which Iíd dreamt since age 12 was probably not the way I wanted to spend the rest of my life.  Disillusioned and unmotivated, I made the unwise decision to withdraw from school and enter the workforce.
Between withdrawal and reenrollment, I taught and co-directed high school musical organizations, delivered papers for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and eventually landed a job working with substance abuse offenders and teenage drivers.  While the opportunity to help people afforded by the latter position was fulfilling in many respects, it also awakened in me an insatiable desire for self-improvement.  It was not long before every free moment I could find was being spent lost in a book, article, or newspaper.  The opportunity to nurture this intellectual curiosity, combined with the realization that I could do very little for the society in which I had grown so interested sans a formal college education, led me to reenroll.  I have since come to recognize that what occurred during my academic hiatus was nothing less than a personal transformation.
I understand and accept the utility of examining a candidateís undergraduate career holistically; however, in my case such an examination is inadequate if not viewed in light of the personal and intellectual growth described above.  The stark contrast between these two efforts, as reflected in the LSAC Academic Summary Report, is significant because it suggests that my cumulative undergraduate GPA (3.38) is a far less representative measure of my academic capabilities than the 3.89 (4.0 adjusted) with which I graduated from (different ttt).

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