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Law School Applications / Re: Michigan decisions are out
« on: November 27, 2007, 10:24:06 AM »
You guys are all driving me crazy!  I got the status checker e-mail on October 26 and still have not changed to decision.  When do you think this becomes a bad sign?  I thought I had a pretty good chance with Michigan (I got one of their letters offering $22k per year if accepted), and it's one of my top choices.  I hate waiting!!!

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Personal Statement / Yale 250 comments needed
« on: October 18, 2007, 09:06:49 PM »
I have rough drafts of two possible Yale 250s, and really need some feedback about which (if either) to use.  Since my full personal statement is very personal, I'm using them to demonstrate analytical thinking instead of telling them more about me.  But it's such an awkward length for an argument!  I'd really appreciate any help -- comment and I'll PM to you.

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Law School Applications / Re: Bad topic idea?
« on: October 05, 2007, 07:25:01 PM »
I really believe that there is no such thing as a bad PS topic, it all depends on the writing.  I think that sounds good!  Write about how it changed you and what it taught you, and I'm sure you can make it memorable.  Just don't focus on the minutiae of playing sports.

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Law School Applications / Writing "why"/choosing a top choice
« on: October 04, 2007, 10:36:01 PM »
Two questions about those pesky "why ___" essays:

1. How long should they be, if the school doesn't state a limit?  1 page or so?

2. If I'm applying to a school that right now is my first choice, but I know that these things change, is it prudent to say in my "why" essay that it's my top pick?  I don't want to be unethical or break any unwritten rules.  I really, really love the school right now, but I can't 100% guarantee that I would attend there next fall if a bunch of schools admitted me.  I don't want to tie myself to anything, which is why I didn't do early decision.

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Personal Statement / Re: Say you're an upper-middle class white male...
« on: October 04, 2007, 10:14:24 PM »
I was in the same boat as you, but female -- and sorry, I wasn't going to make something up about gender discrimination I'd faced in my life.  Instead, I wrote about why I loved my academic passion, what I have learned about the world from it, and how the skills it taught me will help me in law school/as a lawyer.  I threw in a few "a-ha" moments of personal discovery, and it seems pretty OK.  You really don't need a dramatic sob story -- most people don't have them.  Just write about something you love, and be real, and write well.  There's no requirement of sadness for becoming a lawyer.

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Recommendations / Gifts for recommenders? When?
« on: October 04, 2007, 12:26:03 AM »
My two recommenders finally got their acts together and submitted letters for me.  I want to send them notes to thank them as well as small gifts (I'm thinking a box of Godiva chocolates for one, a bottle of wine for the other, who I know is on a diet).  When should I send them?  I kind of want to do it now, but I feel like the letter would be better if it came after some sort of good news.  But as we all know, that could mean waiting until the Spring!  Maybe sending the gift and thank you note now, and an e-mail when/if some good news comes in?  Also, any better ideas than chocolate and wine?

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Law School Applications / Re: 2007-2008 Fee Waiver Roll Call
« on: October 02, 2007, 11:31:12 PM »
Also, I want a Penn waiver!  I got a viewbook in the mail from them, but no mention of a waiver.  :(  I have a 172/3.66, think if I e-mailed or called them I could get one?

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Law School Applications / Re: 2007-2008 Fee Waiver Roll Call
« on: October 02, 2007, 11:26:40 PM »
Just discovered a fee waiver from Columbia when I went to submit my app... weird since I haven't received any mail from them yet...

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Law School Applications / Send applications before LORs arrive?
« on: October 02, 2007, 09:19:14 PM »
I have everything set for my apps -- PS, resume, supplemental stuff, transcript -- but my LORs still have not been sent to LSAC (they will both be FedExed by Friday).  Is it better to submit my applications and pay for reports now, wait until the LORs are processed, or does it make no difference at all?

Thanks!

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Law School Applications / Clueless about chances
« on: July 24, 2007, 07:04:14 PM »
Hi all.  I'm applying to law schools this coming fall and have very little idea about how many schools I should apply to/where I have a good shot.  I just graduated from Princeton with a 3.65 and a 172 LSAT.  Unremarkable extracurriculars, excellent recommendations and job experience.  I'm thinking of applying to:

Harvard
Stanford
UVA
Duke
Columbia
Georgetown
Cornell
UPenn
UChicago

I know that Harvard, Stanford and Columbia are huge reaches, but are the rest more doable?  Should I throw a deeper safety in there?  Thanks so much for any help.

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