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Law School Applications / Rejected and Reapplying
« on: April 11, 2006, 07:35:26 PM »
Anyone know what the numbers look like on people applying to a law school for the 2nd time (say a couple years later) after being rejected?

I continue to wait for my post-deferral response from hls and am contemplating (for unrelated reasons) doing some political work and reapplying in 2 years. I would be very interested to know if you are regarded as a fresh applicant or go into a seperate pool or just what happens. Any advice would be appreciated.

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For those who went to cls admit weekend at the beginning of March and are also in at NYU I thought email from NYU about a week ago talking about the professors they just poached was pretty interesting given that Prof Jeremy Waldron just left cls for NYU and was pretty much the star of cls admit weekend. Not interested in NYU much myself but it does seem they are really giving cls a run for their money. There were also a lot of half-jokes at cls weekend about the rivalry.

Fwiw, it seems pretty clear the Chicago is the best law school of the three but cls and nyu would both be more fun. Plus, cls does have the ivy league name but I am unsure how much that is really worth.

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Affirmative Action / Socio-Economic Affirmative Action
« on: March 19, 2006, 02:59:56 PM »
I have been amazed throughout the law school admissions process at just how much lower the standards of admission on numerical factors are for URM applicants. I would be interested to know if anyone has a good reason why AA should be based on race rather than socio-economics. It seems to me that a white child from a poor inner city family has overcome infinitely more hardship than a black one from the suburbs and a private school so I see no reason why the latter child should receive a major boost in admissions. It seems like if the bump was based on economic background and material privildge it would still help a large number of minorities without attaching the blanket stigma that if you are a minority at a top school you are not as "smart" at least on hard factors as your white classmates.

The current system seesm to stigmatize minorities and potentially give boosts where they are least needed. Namely, to those minority applicants who have already led privlidged lives and need to no additional benefits.

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Where should I go next fall? / Columbia vs Chicago
« on: January 28, 2006, 05:43:43 PM »
This is my current dillema and I would love any advice anyone has. I think I am interested in corporate litigation but also want to do some judicial clerkships after ls. Soooo, I know they are totally different but I would love anyones thoughts on programs, prestige, placement, etc on how these two schools compare.

Thanks a ton.

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Law School Applications / Re: Held at Harvard: What does this mean?
« on: January 24, 2006, 02:29:38 AM »
Well I am new to this site but decided to jump in after I joined this quite prestigious group in receiving my lovely hold letter today. I am a 3.65/175 so was not excessively surprised. Though looking over the deferrals this year compared to last year we seem to be a much stronger group.

Sending lors and a letter telling them about all my fascinating  ;) activities. I do think spending too much time on a "Why Harvard" essay is an error. I did a why harvard paragraph but I mean, come on, they know why you want to go to Harvard. Its Harvard. Trying to find some obscure program and emphasizing your interest in it will sound absurd. As if you are going to pass up Harvard for Northwestern because, gosh darn it, NU just has that excellent environmental recovery litigation program. I think you tell them more reasons why they should want you and then maybe explain why you know Harvard is the best. BSing them will probably sound obvious. My two cents as a LSD rookie.

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