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Personal Statement / PS help
« on: October 31, 2005, 06:42:11 PM »
Hi everyone,
I'd be happy to do a PS exchange. I'm having a real dickens of a time trying to wrap it up.

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Law School Applications / Transcript Processing
« on: October 31, 2005, 06:34:14 PM »
So my transcript just got processed today. The LSAT college mean is 161. Does this affect the consideration of my LSAT score and application? Is that a particularly high value, given that high scores are likely to aggregate in certain schools?

At what point does a cumulative GPA percentile rank become impressive?



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Personal Statement / Do adcoms actually WANT more than two pages?
« on: October 27, 2005, 04:28:24 PM »
So, I see places like Berkeley allow you to give up to four pages for your PS. Do they actually want to wade through four pages, should we stick to two?

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Law School Applications / cooley bound?
« on: October 23, 2005, 06:46:17 AM »
So I have a 3.67 (3.0-3.5 first year, 3.8-3.9 last three years) and a 167 LSAT. Strong ECs. What T14s do I bother looking at?

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Law School Applications / Yet another chances thread
« on: October 22, 2005, 03:31:30 AM »
I guess i'll have to be an obnoxious lingering poster after I get in somewhere to repay my debt.

I did OK, and came out of October with a 167. I have a 3.66 GPA at a top 10 liberal arts college.

This sort of points me towards the 15-20 range of schools. My score range makes me feel like I don't have a lock on my first choices. I'd really, really like to go to Boalt. I wouldn't think that would be happening with my scores. But I was hoping I could get some perspective on where to apply. I know how little ECs count, so I spent a disproportionate amount of time writing on them. I feel like my app is so in the fuzzy middle, though, that they might actually tip things either way:

1) GPA: Low at 3.66, but I got mono my first semester and came out with a 3.0. Then a 3.63, and since then it's been hovering around 3.88. Is the mono worth noting? Obviously adcomms will notice this, but how much will they care? Should I be looking at schools with a mediuan GPA that puts my overall UGPA towards the bottom?

2) ECs: Everyone sort of vaguely describes their ECs as 'strong', 'moderate', or '90-lb weakling'. Makes me want to take my ECs to BALCO or something...What's the rationale for the strong vs. the weak in ECs? There's so much capacity for self-delusion here. Plus, given the strength of the applicant pool, everyone is going to be really strong, and strength is definately relative.

I've been doing up to 30 hrs/wk of EC + Jobs: one job, one educational outreach program i'm now the assistant director of, competitive debate, student gov't/college dems. The summers, though, are probably underwhelming: got stuck in my old HS job after frosh year, sophomore year I worked at my regular job at school and moonlit as a research assistant for my prof and taught at a debate camp, and last year was my best, in that I went to europe and interned writing some educational material on a parallel outreach project.

I'm worried that my lost summer is going to hurt me relative to others.
I have to think everyone ends up with ridiculous titles for their volunteer/employment position with the resume culture we have, so i'm unclear how to distinguish myself.

3) LSAT: 167. 'Nuff said.

4) LORS: One really good one, one good one.

So is this a realistic assessment of my chances?

Reaches:
S/C/NYU/Boalt/Georgetown

Even odds:
UCLA/V/USC/GW

Good Expectations:
Fordham/Hastings


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Where should I go next fall? / Pseudoprestigethread
« on: October 19, 2005, 02:30:27 PM »
So..
Still in ulcerating condition about October LSAT scores. My likely figures are going to make any T14 a reach. Higher teens will likely be a realistic possibility. This has raised a question for me: some people really, really, really want to be lawyers and will go to Cooley to do so. I'm not that guy.

I want to do interesting + challenging + meaningful work and think law school  would be an excellent platform for those things. There will be easier and more preferable ways to do this if I can't get into a good enough law school.

The question, though, is what is 'good enough'? Is the sharp drop of national/cool local employability at t14? t25? tier 1?

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Law School Applications / Too Late
« on: October 14, 2005, 10:59:09 PM »
Oy. I've been lurking since I took the October LSAT. Thanks to everyone here. you guys've definately kept me more neurotic than I would have been, but there's some solace to be had in watching everyone else suffer, too.

So, as I compile my applications, I'm wondering: is it too late to apply if my apps aren't going to get sent out till the last week of October? I know everyone says they accept applications till the end of January, but is that really true? Am I screwing myself by waiting this long?

thanks much,
drew

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