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Law School Admissions / Re: "Why Penn" Essay- DON'T mention Philly?!?!
« on: November 01, 2006, 08:34:16 PM »
haha it was my pre-law advisor that told me to cut out the Philly paragraph...

Listening to your pre-law advisor was your first mistake.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Process for getting into Med schools?
« on: October 30, 2006, 07:04:55 AM »
yeah, I've met all those pre-reqs.  evlaw, are you a 1L?

 but i just didn't want to be a doctor.  they have less of a life than lawyers. 

I am going to have to argue with you on that one.

Most attorneys are working 50+ hours per week. Many of them even work 60-70+ hours per week. Most doctors (once they get out of residency) work far fewer hours per week. At my current job about half my clientle consists of doctors and lawyers. For nearly all of my customers who are lawyers I need to arrange to meet them after 7 or 8 pm because that is when most of them get out of work. Conversely, most of my clients who are doctors are nearly always able to meet me during normal business hours (9-5). And while I realize this is an anecdote, I'm pretty sure I am right in my assumptions.

This post does not apply to students in law school or medical school, however. I have no idea how much time medical students are doing work necessary for their career.

Lawyers prefer sex at night.

...I kid! (Well, I'm sure they do prefer sex at night--but I'm sure you're not a hooker.)

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Retake Data out yet?
« on: October 29, 2006, 02:48:50 PM »
The disincentive is that they might think you won't be as successful in law school as someone with the same highest score, but who only took it once (for instance). There is clearly a disincentive to admit someone with two (or more) scores, unfortunately for me. The big question is how great the disincentive will be. I guess we'll just have to wait until acceptances for multiple takers start coming through for this cycle to see if the new ABA policy has changed anything.

Their desire to rank high > their desire to admit successful students.

I wouldn't be surprised if, all other things equal, they would always take the person who has the higher score--regardless of how many times they previously took the exam (assuming that both affected their medians). On the other hand, logically, if two people have the same highest score, they would probably take the person who did it on the first try.

Here's where some people have a hang-up:

-You helped someone write an article about how you received a 180 on the LSAT.
-You then posted the article online.

Neither of these actions were necessary.  The Harvard 180 thing just makes you look foolish, whether the quote was accurate makes no difference.  You could have just said, "I'm hoping to attend Harvard."

I can imagine a number of ways you could have handled the article and then posting the article that would have made you look less like a tool: but you didn't, so you do.  You may be surprised what these decisions of yours do for your admissions options...schools are just looking for a reason to ding and in my mind you've given it to them.

The whole point of this was to be somewhat self-degrading because I should've been much more careful about not saying things to the person doing the article.  If I came off as arrogant even in my attempt to display humility-- well, I guess I'm hopeless then.

Best to forget about this thread. We all make mistakes, and this - the article and the thread - was a mistake on your part. You got jumped on. It happens. You'll survive.

(it's "self-depracating", btw - not "self-degrading").


(It's "self-deprecating", btw - not "self-depracating").

Law School Admissions / Do schools nitpick about course loads?
« on: October 23, 2006, 08:14:22 AM »
If I take a four course courseload in my first semester (5 is considered a full courseload) and six in my second, will law schools nitpick about that? There was no useful course for me to take in first semester, and there were a lot in second, so I ended up signing up for a lot then. Do you think it would hinder me in any way? A lot of schools say they like students to take full course loads. Do you think I can offset the lighter course load in first semester with my heavier course load in the second?

Am I just worrying for absolutely no reason?

it's never too early to start studying for the LSATs.  sh*t, i wish i would've started freshman year of college.  i think it takes a while to get this stuff so well that you can score in the 170s. 

on that note, i think i'll start studying for the bar.

I forecast a -18 on RC for you!

Studying for the LSAT / Re: How does my GPA boosting plan sound???
« on: October 15, 2006, 08:59:54 PM »
Go to "Supplemental Documents" on some of the LSAC applications and you can see schools' Dean Certification threads.

I'm still curious as to how it could be measured in any meaningful way.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: How does my GPA boosting plan sound???
« on: October 15, 2006, 08:55:54 PM »
Would bumping up to 3.6 put you over any medians at your top choice schools where you would otherwise be below it? That's the only scenario in which I would consider it to be justifiable.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: How does my GPA boosting plan sound???
« on: October 15, 2006, 08:54:04 PM »
A Dean's Certification form often asks deans to rate the difficulty of your courses.

Hmm, I've never heard of this. Then again, I've never had to ask for my Dean's certification. I can't see how that could be measured both objectively and consistently.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: How does my GPA boosting plan sound???
« on: October 15, 2006, 08:49:40 PM »
It sounds like a horrible plan.  How about attempting to learn things and, you know, improve yourself instead?

God forbid someone takes a class with a motive other than learning. Unfortunately, unlike you armchair critics, some of us have to live in reality.

While I disagree with Lex's reasoning, I would shy away from taking courses that are obvious GPA boosters in my final semester. If an adcomm sees that you have tried to boost up your GPA with 'coaster' courses, that may negate the minimal GPA increase you stand to gain. Then again, I probably have no idea what I'm talking about, none of us do!

For schools that index, I anticipate the GPA gain would minimally increase your index, and the rigor of the courses will be clear when your file is reviewed in depth. For schools that do not index, the lack of rigor in the courses (relative to the rest of your file) will be quite visible.

I don't think the risk of how an adcomm would interpret is worth the potential gain.

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