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Law School Applications / Re: Junior year abroad
« on: April 30, 2006, 11:34:07 AM »
I applied this year, and studied at LSE as a junior.

You'll definitely have to submit transcripts from your normal UG and LSE to LSAC.  The school will see the grades you got at LSE, but they'll also see your normal undergrad GPA which doesn't include the LSE grades.

It's hard to get below a B in any LSE general course class, you should aim as high as you can because straight B's on your transcript will make it look like you didn't try too hard.

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Acceptances / Any Yale admits get the acceptance package yet?
« on: February 12, 2006, 05:03:51 PM »
Forgive me, I've been out of the loop.  Have any of the YLS admits received their acceptance package yet?

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Law School Applications / Re: So I just read Anna Ivey and...
« on: January 15, 2006, 03:28:53 PM »
My PS was chock-full of Anna Ivey "no-nos," like talking about study abroad, obscure academic ideas that I enjoy, and others.  I got the impression after reading her book that the only type of personal statement she enjoys reading is one where you talk about feeding starving children in Africa, and all the rest are a dime a dozen.  I just said screw it, because I knew that I could write well about my own past, however dull and unimpressive.  I wouldn't have a heart attack about not following her flawed iron laws of law school apps.

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Acceptances / Re: In At Harvard!!!
« on: January 14, 2006, 03:35:46 PM »
Got mine yesterday too.  Where is the discussion board they're referring to?

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Law School Applications / Re: Harvard JD/MBA
« on: January 10, 2006, 12:13:27 AM »
Unless you started your own business as an undergrad that was wildly profitable and spent your summers interning for McKinsey and Goldman Sachs, you won't have a shot at Harvard's MBA program while you're still a college senior.  The GMAT is usually for weeding people out below a certain threshold, it doesn't really play the same role as the LSAT.

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I must disagree.  What the law schools are looking for is passion and those who pursue those passions.  For a number of do-gooder liberals, they believe that firsthand action and personally investing their time is the best way to bring about change.  Some latte-sipping liberals would prefer to donate to moveon.org and pat themselves on the back for opposing the evil conservative Republican agenda.  One trait that many law students and professors share is their belief that the current legal system is imperfect, whether due to their own personal experience because of the suffering of others.  Especially due to the latter, liberals are drawn in disproportionate numbers to law, as they believe that their contribution will help change the world for the better.  Conservatives also have their own notions of progress, but typically they include business growth and development, growing the pie instead of redistributing it.

To get back to your topic, several posters have pointed out that devotion to some cause, intellectual pursuit, activity, or other interest is tantamount.  I wouldn't chalk it up to some set of standards designed to perpetuate intellectual conformity--law schools are liberal for more complicated reasons than that--you should consider what makes good prospective law students besides feeding starving children in Haiti.  Those factors make them unique, but so would starting one's own business and donating its profits to conservative lobbying organizations.  I got into Yale with so-so scores for them, and I only volunteered for a semester, as I avoided writing a 15 page paper instead and thought it might be interesting.  But I did follow my two passions, music and economics, as far as they could take me.  I'm a heartless libertarian, and I didn't get the shaft...yet.

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Law School Applications / Re: POLL: Does Toby Stock Lurk/Post on LSD?
« on: January 05, 2006, 12:25:49 PM »
The greatest trick Toby Stock ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist...

Isn't that Rand?  I'm getting rusty on my memorization of every line of Atlas Shrugged...

I am surprised that more schools don't have deans as capable at marketing as Mr. Stock seems to be. 

dunno if its in rand, but verbal says it in the usual suspects

We have a winner.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: HLS Question
« on: January 04, 2006, 11:01:51 AM »
My guess is that the accessed LSAC and pulled everyone's email with certain numbers that would place them in the "slightly to very competitive range," since total application numbers are slightly down this year.  It requires little effort and expense, and it could encourage a lot of applicants who may not have otherwise applied, for one reason or another.  It probably doesn't mean you're absolutely getting in, since a lot of people are getting the email, but it does mean that your numbers will make them take a hard look at you.

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Law School Applications / Re: POLL: Does Toby Stock Lurk/Post on LSD?
« on: January 04, 2006, 10:41:12 AM »
The greatest trick Toby Stock ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist...

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Law School Applications / Re: How do you intend to use your J.D.?
« on: January 04, 2006, 10:37:24 AM »
Perhaps not immediately out of school, but my ideal would be to use my JD to help small business development and growth, which is my notion of "progress."

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