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Actually, no.

USNWR gets some data directly from schools (e.g., financial figures), but not all the data they use in the rankings.  USNWR gets LSAT data from the ABA.  In any case, if schools only report the highest scores instead of the averages, USNWR is stuck with those figures.

Again, the question is whether schools will report the highest lsat score this year.

Actually, no.

USNWR gets its data from the ABA.  The ABA gets its data from schools.  If schools only report the highest LSAT to the ABA this year (instead of the average), that's what USNWR will go by as well (since USNWR won't have access to any other figures). 

So I guess I'd like to know whether schools will be reporting only the highest LSAT to the ABA this year (instead reporting the averages).

Actually, no.  USNWR gets its data directly from law schools.  It's self-reported.

Again, repeat after me: USNWR can do whatever the hell it wants.

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Actually, no.

USNWR's rankings depend on the data that schools report. 

So I guess I'd like to know whether schools will be reporting only the highest LSAT this year (instead reporting the averages).


I've heard that the policy requiring schools to report the highest LSAT versus the average score doesn't take effect until 2007.

Does this mean that next year's USNWR rankings will still reflect LSAT averages?

Repeat after me: USNWR can do whatever the hell it wants.  USNWR can do whatever the hell it wants.  USNWR can do whatever the hell it wants.

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I've heard that the policy requiring schools to report the highest LSAT versus the average score doesn't take effect until 2007.

Does this mean that next year's USNWR rankings will still reflect LSAT averages?

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Financial Aid / Are we not allowed to work during 1L?
« on: July 17, 2006, 12:20:56 PM »
I've heard that 1L's are forbidden to contact law firms prior to December, and that we're not supposed to work during our first year.

Is there any truth to this? 


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Take 2 years off to pay off $20k??

THAT'S CRAZY!!  FOR GOD'S SAKE DON'T LISTEN TO THAT HORRIBLE ADVICE!!

You're going to Columbia for God's sake.  $20k is tiny compared to what you'll likely be making after law school.  Every year you take off is a year you won't be earning a lawyer's salary (about $135k/yr).

Do what the other poster said.  Use $4k of financial aid money to make the payments during the next 10 months.  Work your ass off during your 1L and 2L summers and pay as much of it off as possible.  JUST MAKE IT THROUGH LAW SCHOOL.


I've had massive CC debt before.  You have to take time out to pay it off.  If you can't defer, don't go at all and reapply in 2 years when it is paid down. 

It may be against the terms of your student loan to pay CC debt using aid money.  Check with your lender before considering that an option.  Student loans are for educational expenses.

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Do NOT go to UC DAVIS if public interest is your focus.  If you look at their course listing, they don't offer many PI courses, nor do they have strong PI clinics. 

Also, check out the UC Davis faculty listing, and you'll see that there are only a handful who teach courses related to PI or who do PI work. 

For West Coast PI, Boalt is king, hands down, followed by Stanford and UCLA.  Boalt has a strong PI community/culture and the funding to back it up (LRAP, PI summer grants, etc.).  UCLA has a good PI program too, but their LRAP sucks ass.  Stanford is good in PI and they have a decent LRAP, but the school doesn't have as strong of a PI community/culture as Boalt or UCLA.   

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Incoming 1Ls / When are Stanford seat deposits due?
« on: May 02, 2006, 11:48:14 AM »
Does anyone know the deadline for students to confirm that they will attend Stanford?

Thanks.

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Law School Admissions / Re: Call from Harvard
« on: May 02, 2006, 01:39:45 AM »
I was going to say...

At the beginning of this cycle, I spent a lot of time on LSN trying to figure out who were the sub-3.7s who got in. There seemed to be two common factors, at least for prior years:

(1) very high LSAT
(2) HYP or similar undergrad (Stanford counts)

By some metrics, I might pass #1. But #2 has me feeling quite nervous.

woohoo!  I'm proud to be the official 25% UGPA for my entering class

Congratulations!  I'd love to join you.  I think I'd be just a bit above yours ... 30% perhaps.

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Law School Admissions / Re: Call from Harvard
« on: April 26, 2006, 12:49:18 PM »
There are still applicants out there who are not "on hold" and haven't gotten an answer from Harvard.

Don't worry.  I'm sure that after Toby goes to another silent auction, and another poker tournament, and talks to a few more 1Ls about their aspirations to be academics -- and then writes some blog entries about it -- he'll manage to find the time to render a decision on your file.

Hang in there.

He'll probably get to it right after he checks these messageboards.  ;)

Toby's on here all the time.  He posts under the name "Stanley James Watson III"

Someone at ASW asked him if he checked these boards and he said no. What's interesting is all these complaints have been posted with the expectation that he'll read them, but if that were the case, those complaining would have one more reason to be angry. Why would Toby be reading LSD when he should be making a decision on your kid's application?! :D

I don't buy that at all.  Toby is too web-savvy not to check up on what folks are saying about Harvard's admissions process.

I'm willing to bet that Toby or someone from the HLS admissions office has posted here.

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