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Law School Applications / Re: Yet another fee waiver question...
« on: August 12, 2006, 07:16:51 PM »
I'm reviving this topic because I heard somewhere that sometimes fee waivers just "appear" in your LSAC account when you try to pay your application fee.  Is that true?  I want to send off my apps as soon as possible but I haven't received fee waivers yet from any of the schools on my list (even my "safeties").  I scored in the 98% percentile on the LSAT and was in the top 10% of my class GPA-wise so I think I might have a few coming but I'm anxious to submit my applications early.  How long should I wait before giving up?

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Am I reading that grid correctly that Yale only accepted 182 out of 439 applicants with a GPA above 3.75 and an LSAT above 175?  ouch!

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Law School Applications / Re: need advice
« on: August 12, 2006, 09:28:25 AM »
I can't imagine any reason you would need to report this.  It sounds like it was just a language course that you took for giggles while traveling out of the country, you never even earned a grade there, it didn't count toward your degree, and no other school you've attended has it listed on your transcript.  Obviously you know the situation better than any of us do so do what you feel is right.

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Law School Applications / Re: Have people ever thought of doing THIS?
« on: August 11, 2006, 10:28:44 PM »
I'd think one reason for not doing it would be that you want to apply to your super-reach schools as early as possible, right?

I agree unless you're convinced that (a) nerves made a difference of at least 10 points on your LSAT score, (b) you will absolutely be less nervous after getting a few acceptances, and (c) you will absolutely have a few acceptances by December.  I think this scenario would make me even more stressed out because now you're applying so late that you'd damn well better see a 10-point increase.  Sounds nervewracking!

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Law School Applications / Re: sending in supplemental forms
« on: August 11, 2006, 10:23:31 PM »
Every school may be different in this regard but Columbia told me that they start a file for you as soon as they receive anything and they hold all materials for one year.

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I double-checked with Columbia and they need one from every single institution where you were matriculated towards a degree.  This means that the school considered you a degree-seeking student; whether or not you were actually planning to earn a degree there is irrelevant.  If in doubt, it's better to be safe than sorry.  It doesn't take long to fill out the form and send it and it only costs you a stamp.

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If a school doesn't begin accepting applications until, say, September 15 but the apps go up on LSAC next week... do we have to physically wait until September 15 to hit "submit" (or however it works) or will LSAC hold it for us until the date?  If no one else knows the answer to this, I'll just call LSAC next week and find out for sure.

You can fill in all of your info and attach your documents (PS etc) and then save it. You just won't be able to transmit the application before the school gives LSAC the green light to start sending them apps.

Thanks, RainbowBrite.  That's really what I wanted to know-- I just wanted to make sure that LSAC wouldn't let us accidentally submit our apps "too early."

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Law School Applications / Re: I need your enlightened assistance!
« on: August 06, 2006, 06:11:08 PM »
I suspect that whichever topic you choose, you will be fine.  You sound like a thoughtful, mature person with strong writing skills.  I like the first topic best (as long as you focus on your strengths and sacrifices instead of your brother's) but if you are really passionate about the third topic, you will probably write a very good essay.

One thing to think about: imagine that the adcomm reading your essay is black and from South Africa.  Just in case.  Make sure that your statement doesn't come across as patronizing like "oh, it must suck to be black".  It doesn't sound like you would write that way but it's just something to keep in mind.

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Law School Applications / Re: THE MAIL CALL THREAD
« on: August 06, 2006, 06:05:03 PM »
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Snail mail. Two letters and a viewbook enclosed.

Don't forget the cute mini CD.

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If a school doesn't begin accepting applications until, say, September 15 but the apps go up on LSAC next week... do we have to physically wait until September 15 to hit "submit" (or however it works) or will LSAC hold it for us until the date?  If no one else knows the answer to this, I'll just call LSAC next week and find out for sure.

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