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Non-Traditional Students / Re: Should I write a separate statement?
« on: April 14, 2013, 02:49:53 PM »
A traditional student is one who follows the commonly accepted student trajectory. They graduate high school, the following fall they begin their undergrad, four years later they earn a bachelor's then begin grad school. Living and expenses for a traditional student can be with parents or on campus. They are typically not married and have no children. Race, color, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, and gender orientation do not generally count when determining traditional or nontraditional status. However, for the purpose of affirmative action many schools document those demographics--and including some sort of boot-strapping experience from your life that pertains to those demographics in your statement can bode well in your favor. However, being def, especially if you are hearing in one ear, is a touchy subject when it is lumped in the category of disabilities. (for clarification to what I mean, read ch 2 of Andrew Solomon's book, Far from the Tree).

Income, as far as I understand, only applies to nontraditional students who are 100% responsible for their tuition. For example,  you do not include your parents financial information on the FAFSA, you have to qualify for grants on your own, and any loans you take are solely in your name and not co-signed for by anyone, and no one else is making tuition payments on your behalf.

I am a white male too, but because I started school after a career in the military and in food service, and then got married and had children, I am a nontraditional student. If I were a nontraditional student who was not white, not male, and if I had a disability that was not a learning-disability, writing about that would likely escalate my application--assuming GPA, LSAT, Resume, and LOR's were strong enough to get into a decent enough school.
Typically, law schools want you to explain why you are awesome, without you actually saying you are awesome. You should tell a story that illustrates why you wish to pursue a career in law, as well as what attributes you will bring to the classroom, all within a personal experience. Top Law Schools has a list of different methods and styles of writing statements with samples that include detailed reviews of the samples. http://www.top-law-schools.com/statement.html

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I applied to more than one school and got admitted to more than one. After I pick the one school I am going to go to, I think I should write a letter to officially decline the other schools. Has anyone done this? What is the protocol? Who should I send it to, the dean of admissions or the person who signed the admission letter? Any help with wording would be greatly appreciated?

Thanks.

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Acceptances / Nebraska Law or Denver/Sturm Law?
« on: April 14, 2013, 02:05:01 PM »
I applied to 4 schools: Drake (Des Moines), U of Wyoming (Laramie), U of Nebraska (Lincoln), and Sturm (Denver). I have received a yes from 3/4 and nothing yet from Denver. I live in the Denver area and I have no issues relocating. I know that Drake and Wyoming are ranked below the top 100. US News puts Drake at 109 and Wyoming at 113 http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/search.result/name+nebraska/program+top-law-schools.  I was not certain I would get into a top 100 school. I honestly don't know how important that really is if you aren't going to HSY anyway. However, I do know the pitfalls of going to a 4th tier school. A friend of mine went to Dayton, OH (not high enough to get a rank on US News, but listed between 180-195.) and regrets going there. Nonetheless, Top Law Schools puts Sturm at 69th and UNL at 89th http://www.top-law-schools.com/rankings.html but US News puts UNL at 61st and Sturm at 64th. I am confused. Why the difference? Which is better?
I was going to put this in the discussion thread about rankings, but my question is more geared towards where to go. Let's assume that I get a yes back from Sturm, the price is only a few thousand more since I would be paying out of state tuition for UNL, but I may be able to get the in-state price after living there a year. I don't mind paying the high price of Sturm, but I want to go to a higher ranked school--but I also want to practice in Colorado. I am going to write a letter to Drake and Wyoming thanking them for their offer, but respectfully declining. I am very optimistic about getting a yes from Sturm, and I need to start planning to relocate either way.

So my question is, should I go to University of Nebraska College of Law or University of Denver Sturm College of Law?   Thank you!!

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