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Law School Admissions / Re: I've been held...what next?
« on: February 14, 2006, 09:05:52 AM »
Given what you've said, your plan of sending in a continued interest letter and a recommendation sounds good.  If possible, have your recommender tailor it to U of I-UC and specifically mention that you would make a great contribution in your classes and enhance school's reputation upon graduation, due to your work ethic and commitment to public service.

Best of luck, I'm really rooting for you.

P.S. Did you get an e-mail about Baylor's full-ride public service scholarships?  Sounds like a perfect fit for you.

Law School Admissions / Re: High GPA / Low LSAT Splitters Club
« on: February 13, 2006, 07:15:09 PM »
a 158 non-URM got into boalt last cycle, so don't give up hope :)`

With a 4.0 and a pretty unique life story coming from a foreign country.  Was it last cycle though?  I thought it was in '04?

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: After UT - SMU v. Baylor v. UH
« on: February 13, 2006, 07:09:08 PM »
I didn't sign up for the admitted students day, but I visited Baylor about a month ago so I can give you an approximate schedule of how my visit went.  Not sure if it will go the same way for you or not, but if anyone can't make the admitted students day and wants to schedule an individual visit, it will be similar to mine.  I had a brief meeting with Becky Beck (who's very sweet) around 9.00 am, and then set in on a Practice Court class (this class is a big deal at Baylor).  After that I set in on a first-year class till 11.30.  After that I went to lunch with a couple of current students and had a tour of the law school after lunch.  Then another meeting with Becky for any questions I had about the school.  All in all, I was done at 2-2.30.

Let me know if you have any questions that I may answer - I was very impressed with my visit.

Law School Admissions / Re: I've been held...what next?
« on: February 13, 2006, 10:50:02 AM »
#2 sounds good.  Instead of #1, I would send an update of what you've been doing since you submitted your application, how the new LSAT is better representative of you performance, any new ECs/projects you've done, and how they play into your desire to go to UofI.  Mention any clinics you'd be interested in there, how your specific experience will contribute to the academic environment at the school, and then say that for the above reasons it's your top school and you would love to attend.

I'll be happy to read your essay if you'd like.  PM me.

Law School Admissions / Re: High GPA / Low LSAT Splitters Club
« on: February 13, 2006, 07:43:58 AM »

REDEMPTION- WE'RE NOT ELITISTS!  YOU MAY JOIN- just remove your high lsat score from your id and we'll play nice  ::)

hey, i thought i was president! damn, i've already been usurped.  :-\

You're the founder - it's a much more impressive EC!

Maybe I misread what you said.  When you asked if it's better to submit a personalized recommendation to your top choice school, I thought you meant personalized to that school. I guess you were just asking whether the professor should stick the words "X law school" somewhere in the recommendation letter?  If so, don't do it - it's not going to help any if the professor has no ties to the school, and like you said, if it does not mention the school by its name you can use it for other schools.

However, not sure if simply an additional letter of recommendation will make a big difference setting you apart from other applicants.  Though still worth it if your professor can write a really glowing letter.

Good luck!

I would say go with a school-specific recommendation letter if you can get one - i.e., the professor is an alumni or a guest lecturer at your top choice law school, etc.  This is your time to set yourself apart from other non-autoadmits.  While a general letter may be more convenient, if this is trully your top choice you should make some effort to seek out someone with a connection to the school who will say you are a good fit.

Is there an option to have an interview with the admission advisors?  That might be a good way to show your interest and dedication (provided it's not a cross-country trip for you).

As far as 2nd letter of continued interest - if you don't have anything new to say, I wouldn't do it.  How about writing an application update letter - this is what I've been doing since I've applied - new volunteering projects, publications, school grades, etc., etc.  This gives them additional reasons to change their mind and accept you :)

Hope this helps somewhat - I'm in the same situation, waiting and praying for acceptance after deferral.  Good luck!


Law School Admissions / UT - Accepted and plan to attend?
« on: February 06, 2006, 11:42:46 AM »
OK, as my UT obsession is reaching new peaks, I decided to make my first poll to help all of us desperately waiting for good news.  If you've been admitted, please vote (and feel free to comment) on what you plan to do. 

Of course, I strongly encourage all the auto-admits towards the last two options ;D

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: UT 1L taking questions
« on: January 31, 2006, 09:08:24 AM »
This year is less competitive.  From what i've heard, aps to UT are down noticeably, so, you might have a shot.  Deferrals started hearing back around Jan. 10 or so last year.

That's good news ;D  Do you know anyone who's gotten into UT with 25% numbers?  What kind of extras did they have?  UT is my dream school, but I'm afraid I don't have much of a chance to get in.  I have some good soft factors but judging by LSN there weren't any non-URMs with my LSAT score ever admitted.  Do you think I have a shot?


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