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Class rank is definitely considered via CAS reports. You can look and see how your GPA stacks up against other law school applicants from the same university. As the above posters said, the LSCAS GPA is what is reported to USN&WR, but your relative rank will show up.

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Law School Applications / Re: How does LSAC deal with withdrawals?
« on: November 29, 2012, 09:51:31 PM »
Your CAS report should show the withdrawals, but unless you have a ton, it shouldn't be a biggie. As the above poster said, they will not hurt your GPA unless they were withdraw(fail).

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You should take what you find interesting or useful for a career. The benefit a double major would add to your law school application is negligible, but the benefits of getting a higher GPA or taking some useful classes can't be understated.

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Law School Applications / Re: Resume
« on: November 29, 2012, 09:48:02 PM »
Unless you have a lot of work experience or some serious academic publications, one page is probably fine.

What should be included is everything that helps the admissions committee get a (positive) idea about you.

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Law School Applications / Re: Employment Question on Applications
« on: November 29, 2012, 09:46:47 PM »
Technically, if it says "list all," then you should do just that—list all. It's extremely unlikely, but being less than completely candid could hurt you when you apply to moral character and fitness. You'll have to complete a lengthy background check, which will require every place of employment.

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Law School Applications / Re: 2.69gpa/175lsat chances?
« on: November 29, 2012, 09:45:28 PM »
As a splitter, you need to apply to as many schools as possible, because you can never tell who needs your LSAT. Many schools actually favor reverse splitters—those with higher GPAs—so it can be tough. As long as you have reasonable expectations, you'll get in somewhere worthwhile.

You're helped by the fact that you have work experience and many of those grades are old.

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I know you know you're applying late, but won't February be too late for the LSAT? Many schools only accept December. If schools do accept a February LSAT score, they may have given away many of the competitive seats.

However, applications are down this year, so that may help you.

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Acceptances / Re: Cornell v. UCLA v. Michigan
« on: April 05, 2011, 04:13:26 PM »
UCLA clearly has the best weather. I'm a USC troll, but have you thought about applying there? USC has a lot of Asian-Pacific connections, as does UCLA.

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Acceptances / Re: Indiana $, Loyola, $$, UCLA $$$, USC $$$$, UT$$$$,
« on: April 05, 2011, 04:12:30 PM »
I'm biased towards USC, but I went to UC undergrad, and the budget situation means UCLA's funding is going to be cut and tuition is going up—as it has every year for the last while, by a lot. UCLA is a large state school and that atmosphere trickles down more to the law school than USC's, which is very small. UCLA does some annoying things like blocking wifi access during your scheduled classes.

If you want LA, go to UCLA or USC. Visit both, see their classes, and decide which you like better. There's no other way to do it.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Law School Rankings
« on: April 05, 2011, 04:07:55 PM »
Most people will probably tell you specialty rankings aren't worth that much. If you're choosing between two schools in very similar circumstances and one is better known for your interest, then go for it. For example, USC is known for its entertainment law program. On the other hand, you might not even get to participate in any of the special clinics or programs that your school advertises. Most clinics and journals have a competitive application process.

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