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Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Chicago-Kent Honors Ding
« on: March 22, 2005, 10:03:23 AM »
I did not even make it to the interview round for the Chicago-Kent Honors program.  (considering my less-than-stellar- GPA I'm not too surprised)

All I can say is that this makes me even more thankful I got into NU!

In the same letter they told me I was accepted to the regular Chicago-Kent program with $15k the first year and then $10,000k for subsequent years (subject to maintaining a 3.25 GPA.)

Incoming 1Ls / Too good to be true?
« on: March 17, 2005, 07:21:30 PM »
Does anyone else feel like the way the app process has turned out is too good to be true?  I don't think I'm going to fully believe I'm attending law school (especially because it's my dream school NU) until I actually begin my first day on campus...I hatched the law school plan in September of '04, so if you would have told me a year ago I'd be in this position I'd think you were crazy.

Anyone else feel like this?  Just a random thought...

Incoming 1Ls / Northwestern Law
« on: March 02, 2005, 09:44:41 AM »
Thread for everyone accepted at NU Law because the admitted students board isn't extraordinarily active and I'm dying to discuss. (plus the Yalies have one!)

Who's decided to attend and why?  Count me in, I'm withdrawing from my other schools this week.  The more I read, the more excited I become.  Besides the obvious like quality faculty and reputation -- how great is it that we can take classes at Kellogg?  I really like the 1L moot court requirement too.  Also, not that the PR rankings hold a lot of weight, but #2 for career prospects and #8 for quality of life is pretty impressive.  Chicago is such an amazing city. 

Who's going to the admitted students day on April 2nd?  Count me in for that too.

How long did it take to receive the fun admit binder I keep hearing about?  I received my acceptance email on February 18th and haven't received the binder...I will call this Friday if it still hasn't arrived.

One more question to throw out there.  Feelings on the laptop requirement?  I'm not sure how sold I am on buying a Dell.

Still hoping this isn't a dream...


Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / In at DePaul with $ :)
« on: February 24, 2005, 03:14:43 PM »
Hi all,

I just received a call from Barbara Bressler (Director of Clinical Programs) at DePaul letting me know that I'm in with a $15k/yr Dean's merit scholarship!

Very exciting, and I now understand how many of you are having a tough time deciding between money and tiers.

P.S. She was very engaging.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / First Acceptance -- Northwestern
« on: February 18, 2005, 11:52:43 AM »
I just checked my gmail account to see if my NWU app was complete, and what did I see but an email from Johann Lee congratulating me on my acceptance to NWU Law!!!

I am thrilled and shocked, I don't believe it yet, but it must be true because the login to their admitted students site works.

Everyone else out there still waiting, don't give up hope.  My chances were less than 25% at NWU and I made it!!

Yay for Friday!

Law School Admissions / Stopping real job for volunteer work until school?
« on: February 10, 2005, 09:19:56 AM »
Barring a big surprise from DePaul, I am definitely going to attend law school in the fall. 

Right now I have a serious job, which has positively contributed to my applications. 

At the same time, within the next month would be a good time to gracefully exit (they are going to hire several new staff and move offices) and I have a strong desire to do some significant volunteer work before I go to law school and essentially commit myself to a career without interruption for the rest of my life.

I'd volunteer full-time at a hospital for April, May and June. (I'm potentially interested in health law)

Is this dumb, would I need to notify law schools, and would it reflect negatively on my application?

Thanks for everyone's thoughts.

Choosing the Right Law School / Money from Chicago-Kent
« on: February 09, 2005, 10:01:09 AM »
Chicago-Kent apparently gives generous scholarships to about 50% of the incoming class each year, and then stipulates that only those who fall into the top 25% after 1L get to keep the scholarship for the remaining two years.

So 25% of people who get scholarships automatically get their money taken away after 1L.

It's a good tactic to entice quality students who may otherwise choose a higher-ranked school (students who don't feel like making the effort to transfer after losing the scholarship) but does this scare anyone?

Any thoughts on how this bit of info is playing for those deciding between Kent and other schools?  Do other schools do this?  (give out tons of scholarships with the knowledge that at least half will only last for 1L)

How hard is it exactly to make top 25%?

Law School Admissions / Cost of applying -- Tax Exemptions?
« on: January 31, 2005, 05:28:18 PM »
Pardon me if this is a silly question, but I was just looking at my Amex 2004 summary and all my LSAC fees are classified as money to 'Charities' and my Princeton Review tutor falls under 'Education'

Money spent on education or donations to charities are tax deductible/exempt whatever the correct term is.

Could either of these, or the application fees to the schools themselves be counted as tax exemptions or write offs?

I'm only applying to three schools:

Northwestern <25% chance
Chicago-Kent >90% chance
DePaul >90%

(according to ABA's guide on LSAC)

I love Chicago, want to practice there, and my first choice is actually the Kent-Honors program which has a good reputation and even better is a full ride.  (I nixed Loyola because my Jesuit ugrad, which I didn't like, is a feeder for Loyola and therefore very similiar)

I'm figuring that NWU is a ding, so would bet that I attend Chicago-Kent whether or not I get into their Honors program. 

Do you think I'm putting myself at an uncessary disadvantage by going to the @63rd ranked school when I probably could have gotten into schools ranked 20-40 spots higher if I had just opened up my application pool?

I'm most concerned about getting into a great summer associate program after 1L, because once I get a chance to prove myself I'll be ok.

Any thoughts?

"A recent British study indicated that the daily commute outranks being a riot policeman or combat pilot on the list of activities guaranteed to make your blood pressure rise largely due to the fact that commuting is something over which you have little control."

Does this sentence make sense, and if not do you have suggestions to make it more clear?  This is the second sentence of my nearly finished personal statement, and I'm hoping to mail off today...yay!

Comments are much appreciated.

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