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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Where to live in DC
« on: June 06, 2006, 07:31:52 PM »
Wow... lots of helpful info in these posts!!  Thanks Barney, ACK! and the rest!

I'm heading to D.C. next week to look for a place to live.  I'll be going to GWU (but am still crossing my fingers for GULC waitlist :) ) and am married.  My wife will be working so we can probably afford a little more than the traditional student... my question:  I've seen a couple of places near Gallaudet University and the New York Ave Metro stop.  How is the neighborhood around this area?  Safety is somewhat of a concern and we'd prefer a smaller apartment in a better neighborhood if it came to trade-offs.

Up to now, I've been looking mostly in the NW around Dupont Circle and north of Georgetown but would be interested in knowing what else is out there.  Thanks again for any info!

Older, very conservative family member:  What kind of law do you want to practice?

Me:  I'm thinking environmental law...

OVCFM:  Oh well.. maybe you'll do something good, too.

I'm going to say that your soft factors do matter but in a little different way than you may be thinking.  The "competitive edge" you receive isn't that an internship at an investment bank is worth 5 points and a volunteer position for a political campaign is worth 3 points, etc... these types of things simply give you something interesting to talk about in your essays.  If you make a laundry list of your EC's, even if they are impressive overall, you won't impress anyone with your writing skills.  However, if you have a good story to tell (what you learned or how you changed because of a specific experience), even if it isn't what you may feel is comparitive to what others may have done, you'll make yourself a more attrative applicant.  Of course, I would add the disclaimer that this is only applicable when your numbers alone don't make you an auto-admit or auto-ding...

I sent my application in mid-November.  I called ealier this week and asked if I had been deferred or if there was a problem with my file...they said "no, your application is still under review."  Is this another yeild protection scheme?  Those that aren't really interested will withdraw before decisions are made and, therefore, anyone who is offered admission will attend?  Just a thought...

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: NYU waitlist
« on: April 18, 2006, 03:24:39 PM »
I received my letter yesterday too... I'll keep my name on the list as long as they let me  :)

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Waitlisted at Columbia
« on: March 30, 2006, 01:55:38 PM »
Received my "reserved" letter today from my initial ED "deferral".  Guess there's still that slim chance...

You can also go back to the LSAC website and add the additional recommender to your list of letter writers, print out the form, sign it and give it to the recommender.  Have them put this in the aforementioned sealed envelope for additional proof of confidentiality.  If you already have four general letters, make their's a targeted one, deactivate another or whatever... just do whatever to get the form printed out.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: In at BU!
« on: March 06, 2006, 05:07:37 PM »
i think it would be cool to move far away. but i'm afraid i'll regret it,

You don't feel like if you don't move away for awhile you might regret that as well?  I have a similar situation as you in that U of Minn as a resident is much much cheaper than anywhere else I'd want to go...but I DO want to "move far away"  :) 

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: In at BU!
« on: March 06, 2006, 03:34:28 PM »
Congrats Wowand! I received my acceptance letter today as well...  For those keeping score, it was a large white envelope with the regular school/city info inside.  Three legit choices now!  Whoohoo!

trying to increase the # of apply-ees (is that a word ???)

do you mean "applicants"?  :P

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