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I'll give you what you want, PleaseMr: you are absolutely making the right choice.  BU has TONS more name recognition nationally than does Brooklyn.  Good luck!

P.S. I am not skewed.

Yeah, I have - I got rejected about two weeks ago (sent the application in mid-November).

Someone said 100 are on hold.  However, there are quite a few on LSN and if LSN only represents 5% of applicants it has to be more than that. 

I'm not sure about the 5% figure, but consider this: what sort of person signs up for a service like LSN?  To generalize, people who are competitive, and are likely slightly insane (like me).  For this reason, I think that LSN is probably not an accurate cross-section of the law school applicant pool.  I guess all I'm saying is that if LSN users comprise 5% of law school applicants this cycle, it makes sense that a higher proportion of users would be on the hold list at a fairly competitive place like Wisconsin.

In other news, I am still on hold there, but I have already decided to attend Ohio on the off chance that I get into Wisconsin off the hold list, I will be declining.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: UNC????
« on: April 20, 2005, 07:50:11 AM »
I was thinking about calling them up and asking/demanding for my application fee back. Somehow, I don't think that they would be too receptive of that though...

I'm in the same boat as all of you.  I sent in my application on November 17, and have heard nothing!  I called the other day and was told the same thing; my file had not yet been reviewed, blah blah blah.

I actually asked the guy I spoke to, since no action had been taken on my application and it was past other schools' deadlines, if they would consider refunding my application fee.  The answer?  A resounding "no."

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: MARYLAND WL
« on: April 19, 2005, 10:18:35 AM »
Deadline has passed; I am officially not going to Maryland.  There's a spot!

Everyone that has posted so far is right on, but I'd like to add my two cents.

It seems to me that LSAT and GPA have an inverse relationship when it comes to law school admissions.  In general, I think that the higher your LSAT score is, the more leeway you have with GPA (to a certain degree).  In computing their admission indices for each individual candidate, GPA accounts for 20-25% of the numerical index, which is by far the biggest indicator of whether or not you will get in to a certain place.  Of course, other factors matter (work experience, personal statement, recommendation letters, etc.), but the LSAT is the most important.  So, to answer your question, I'd say, yes, a kickass LSAT can negate an average GPA.

But FYI: the average score increase between the very first diagnostic test and the actual test is 7-8 points.  If you're scoring in the low 150s, I think it would be highly improbable that you'd break the 170 threshold.  Anyhow, good luck!

I think Wisconsin would have been great, but I am really fed-up at how they've handled things.  I think the whole "hold" things sucks, and I sort of feel like I've been misled - they made it sound like it was better than being waitlisted, and this is just showing that it's not. 

Reading this thread has made me feel better about my decision to attend Ohio State.

If you can afford to do so, why don't you send your deposit into UF to set your mind at ease?  That way, you'll know you have a seat somewhere if nothing else comes through.  Seriously, though - that's not a bad fallback option to have.

burghblast - Chicago's public transportation system is great (although, be warned, they made massive cuts yesterday).  It's definitely easy to navigate without your car, but I did want to advise you that your impression of close to El = higher rents is not necessary true.  Around the area of Northwestern's law school, rents are just plain expensive, but if you head about 3 miles or so north to Lincoln Park/Lakeview, you can find some great places for very cheap that are close to the El.  Sometimes, if you don't mind being *really* close to the El, they're even cheaper!

Thanks for the info.  Your comment about being "really" close to the El: I was wondering that same thing myself when I was in Chicago a couple weeks ago: It must really suck to live in some of those apartments with bedroom windows less than 6 feet away from El tracks.  How in the hell would you sleep?   And what cuts did they decide on yesterday?  I had been reading about some of their proposals online.  Did they jack the fare up to $2.50? 

You'd be surprised how quickly you become accustomed to the noise.  I live in a great apartment now that is about half a block from the El, and I barely notice it.  When I lived in Evanston, my friends had a place that was literally under the El tracks.  In the beginning, I was like, dude, how do they stand it?  But after going over there a few times, we'd be hanging out on the front porch, and conversation would naturally pause when the El went by, and then resume when it passed.

The article re: cuts I read this morning was sort of confusing.  I think they are definitely cutting a lot of bus routes, but I'm not sure if the fare increase went through or not.

Kent definitely has the better repution of the two in Chicago.  I work a prestigious biglaw firm in the city, and I can tell you that there are definitely more attorneys here from Kent than there are from DePaul.

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