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Where should I go next fall? / Does ED Make it Easier to Get In?
« on: August 03, 2005, 04:52:16 PM »
Does anyone know if ED makes it easier to get in or will the criteria be the same? In specific I'm thinking of applying ED to Georgetown. Is there any benefit to doing so?

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Advice on List on Schools to Apply To
« on: August 03, 2005, 02:46:36 AM »
Interesting idea, there are only two med schools in the city though and she'll be a borderline candidate (GPA is lower than the average, MCAT is higher) and we'd like to be somewhere where she can cast a wide net. Missouri might also be a problem for West coast Canadians, but it's definetly worth some thought. Maybe I should add an eighth, do you now if they look at all LSATs or just the highest?

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Where should I go next fall? / Advice on List on Schools to Apply To
« on: August 03, 2005, 01:46:16 AM »
My LSDAS GPA should be around 3.2 and my LSAT is (161+170)/2. I'm Canadian and will be applying there as well, and most of my 'safety' schools will be Canadian. However, in many respects I'd rather go down to the US, so I'm applying there as well. Not so focussed on safety schools, but rather where I want to go and where would be good for my fiance and me to live (she wants to go into medicine but will take a year off to work after graduation). I only want to apply to 6-8 schools, here's what I've drawn up:

Reach:
G'town
Northwestern
Cornell
(Basically the three top 14 that look at your highest LSAT. I'm very tempted to apply ED at G'town. When exactly would I have to have that in by?)

Realistic:
Hastings
American
George Washington

Safety:
San Diego



Basically I'm not really interested in American safety schools unless lifestyle will be sweet, and that's San Diego. DC is a big plus because of all the med schools nearby, but we also have relatives in California.

Any thoughts or suggestions on that list of schools?

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No other thoughts on where I should apply? Am I just totally dreaming with thinking a T14 is possible?

My GPA is fine then, it shouldn't change from being around 3.2 (that's all three schools combined). If I send them new transcripts in January after fall semester will those grades be taken into account?

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Non-Traditional Students / Help With Where to Apply
« on: August 02, 2005, 06:57:11 PM »
I'm certainly what one would call a non-traditional applicant, and I'm having a great deal of trouble deciding where I should apply. Let me explain my situation and what I'm thinking.

I'm a Canadian who just didn't like undergrad when I started. I dropped out a few times and I took the vast majority of my classes while working full time in other jobs -- and not impressive ones for the most part. I worked in construction and as a bouncer and the likes. Only about a year ago did I decide I really wanted to finish my education and move on with life. This year I will be in classes full time and will be taking out a student loan to cover that. Given a full course load, I will graduate in the spring.

As of right now, my GPA is around 3.2 (not sure how LSDAS will calculate that, not sure if I should submit that right now, more on that below). I have also attended three different universities while taking classes part-time. It's taken me quite a while to finish my undergrad as well (I'm 26).

I wrote the LSAT (along with many other tests like that) last fall but didn't take it at all seriously because of work and the such. I didn't study for a second and got a 161. Shortly thereafter I decided law was the route I wanted to go, but I still only had a week to study but this time I got 170.

I imagine that my GPA this fall will be quite high (I got straight As the only other time I didn't work full time while in school). As such, I'm not sure whether I should apply early or wait until I can send my fall semester grades to LSDAS (they wouldn't be ready until early Jan which might make that idea impossible).

I do have a bunch of other factors in my favour. I will have very strong letters of recommendation, I have worked in politics and have massive experience volunteering in politics and in other areas. I have had some interesting summer internships and this fall I will be working for a mid-sized law firm in Toronto part-time while attending school.

I have a lot of relatives in California and would be particularily interesting in going to school there, but pretty much any school where I would feel 'comfortable' is an option. I am somewhat concerned about differences in culture between Canada and the US and would basically rule out the South because of that.

I'm also interested in schools that only look at your top LSAT (Cornell and Northwestern do this I'm told) so that is important. Basically any school that ways the LSAT heavily is a good call for me.

I'm wondering what people think of where I should apply. My very early list is:

Reach
Boalt (been told it's hopeless b/c they are GPA whores)
Northwestern
Cornell

Realistic
UC-Davis
UC-Hastings
UCLA
USC
Illinois

Safety
Santa Clara
Brooklyn



Basically, New York, California, Illinois, Michigan, Washington State and DC would be at the top of my list geographically. Any thoughts on the schools I listed, others I should include or thoughts in general on my chances?

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What about not applying early but waiting until after fall semester grades are in to send LSDAS my transcript. Let's say I do really well in school this fall (which I should, the only other time I didn't work full-time during school I got straight As), would I be better of not taking a shot at early admission and waiting for those marks or would it be better to apply early with a lower GPA and ugly transcript?

I'm also not solely interested in California, but rather any place I think I would feel comfortable. The change between Canada and the American South would be a bit much for me. California would be nice because I have a lot of relatives there, but NY, Michigan, Illinois would all be options too.

I'd really appreciate any help.

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The schools I was thinking about based solely on where I would like to live and the two top schools that I know take highest LSAT are:

Reach:
Boalt
Northwestern
Cornell

Realistic:
USC
UC-Hastings
UC-Davis
Illinois
American

Safety:
Santa Clara
Brooklyn

I wrote the LSAT in October and December of '04. How much is my GPA likely to change? I didn't repeat any classes at all, why else might it drop?

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I did my undergrad in spurts, I really wasn't interested in school when I was younger and I dropped and changed schools several times. I wrote the LSAT without any practice and got 161, then studied for a few days the next time around and got 170. My GPA is around 3.2, but like I said my transcript is a mess. I've attended three schools mostly part-time while working in mostly menial jobs. I have a lot of involvement on campus, some academic experience (co-author a paper and organizer of a conference) and I have a ton of experience in volunteer activities. I've had a few decent jobs, but for the most part I've worked in construction or as a bouncer while taking classes part time.

I am a Canadian but I'm most interested in moving to the States. The vast majority of my relatives live in California and I would be interested in applying there, but I'm just not sure how schools will view my transcript and if there will be any sympathy for the fact that I didn't study for a single second for the LSAT the first time.

So, on that note, I'm looking for some advice. Should I write the LSAT again and actually study this time? I didn't study at all and got 161, then started studying the monday before the exam the next time and got 170. I'm certain if I studied a bit more I could get even higher, but is it worth it? More importantly, how will schools look at my transcript and the fact that I've worked full-time while doing my studies (except for this year where I will take out loans and finish going full time). Should I apply late and submit fall semester grades with my application?

Finally, what schools should I be looking at? What range of schools should I be targetting? Do I have a chance at T14 schools that only look at your highest LSAT (Cornell or Northwestern) or even at Boalt (which would be my first choice). Do I have a chance at any Tier 1 schools? Some advice would really be appreciated.

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