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I haven't received it yet.  But I'm overseas and only just yesterday received the Complete letter they'd sent me by regular mail on Nov. 1st, nearly two weeks after I'd received the Acceptance letter sent by UPS.

Hey! What was the date of your acceptance vs. the date you received, and what was the date of your complete letter vs. date you received? I'm overseas too (Asia) and have been puzzled about how the timing will work for me. It's difficult to obsess and have such a huge time delay on top of everything. My UMich "complete" letter took 10 days to arrive. It said I would receive notice about my ED app by the 15th. Well, they have until tomorrow, I guess. I'm still fearing the worst...

Law School Admissions / Re: Typo in PS: kill self?
« on: November 04, 2005, 09:56:07 PM »
When I was visiting Michigan, I got some some (potentially scary) news about application errors.  They are very noticable, and when you have over a certain number, they pretty much trash your app, regardless of numbers.  This was what my tour guide (a 1L that got in off the waitlist) told me.  They denied a guy from Columbia UG, 179/3.9+ for 4 typographical errors.  Makes me glad I proofread the hell out of my papers.  This information may only apply to UMich, but thought I'd share anyway.

WHAT?!?!  :-[ If they trash ur app with high numbers, then what hope so I have with my pitiful numbers? Does it trash ur app if u let the errors go, or does it matter if u found them and corrected it with a revised version? I resubmitted my essay, but the admin people seemed pretty friendly about adding the revision to my file.

I could be wrong, but doesn't it say something like, "This should not be a personal narrative"?  If it is in fact the Duke app that says this, then it might not be such a great topic. "First, I found this book.  Then, I translated it.  Then I translated the latin version..."  Sounds like it might not be exactly what they want?...

Then again, maybe it wasn't even the Duke app that said that..

I'm really struggling with this. They suggest topics like "a book you have read that had a profound influence on you" and "an individual who has had an impact on your life". Yet, how do you write about such a thing/person and the specific impact without turning it into a personal narrative? (before this person I thought..., after this person, I thought... etc.) Or maybe you just write about the thing/person without actually going into how it affected you?? ???

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / I just wanted to say... (UMich)
« on: November 02, 2005, 06:50:38 AM »
UMich has the greatest admissions people. Not only do they promptly respond to all my inquiries (~1-2 days), but they are just so damn FRIENDLY and personal at the same time. I'm amazed b/c these guys must get SO many emails, being a T14 and all. The lower ranked schools I've applied to don't come close to matching UMich admin people.

Law School Admissions / Re: Who screwed up an app
« on: November 01, 2005, 06:50:52 AM »
SH*T! where did you hear that it "counts against you"??? I just emailed like a handful of lawschools to tell them I wanted to update my personal statement. I was in such a panic when I emailed the first school I told them it was because of typos, too. *cringe* they sent me a reply saying I can email them the updated version, and I felt kinda funny about the response, because it started with, "As for the typos, thank you for bringing them to our attention."

Not that bad.  I've heard that asking them to replace it "counts against you".  The one I sent isnt that bad- but the other one is better.  I think Im just going to leave it as is and not risk telling them how stupid I am.  Like I said- not two schools I really wanted to go to all that much anyways and my numbers are very competitive there.  I'll let you guys know what happens

Law School Admissions / Re: Duke PS and Optional Essays
« on: November 01, 2005, 06:45:38 AM »
I just recently decided to apply to Duke, also. I'm going to do an optional essay (tho I think it's a pain in the butt with everything else going on). I think, in general, it looks much better when you put as much into the application as possible. Unless maybe you have awesome numbers or some other auto-admit kind of thing in ur app. They gave u a fee waiver, so that's pretty good. I think Duke is a bit of a reach for me, so I need all the help I can get. :-\

I made some minor variations to my PS to fit Duke's why law school and why Duke stuff. I don't think they are expecting the PS to be focused on answering their questions. Maybe reuse ur existing PS and blend it in so it's not obvious that you just tacked on 3 sentences on the bottom of your PS to 'personalize' it for them.

This is just my guess tho, I don't know anything more than what's on the website.

FYI for anyone that ends up in the same boat, I emailed all the schools I applied to (except UIUC). It seems like it is no big deal to update the personal statement, so I'm going ahead and doing it. Some of the schools require snail mail updates (Cornell, GWU) because they won't open email attachments (virus problems), but some schools will accept pasting the corrected text into the email body (Thank you, Michigan!!).

OH NO!!!!! This is a nightmare!!! I sent out like 5 applications last week. I opened up the personal statement file today to copy it for another app and I just found some typos! I checked the copy of my sent app on LSAC and the typos are in there too!  :'(

This is extremely upsetting. I looked over everything so many times. I'm living in Japan, so it's just not possible to have proofreaders double check after every revision. I send stuff to friends back home, but it's like 2 days spent for every communication.

What do I do? How bad is this? Should I contact every school and try to give them a new version? I'm already a MAJOR reach (for the stars) at some of the schools I sent my app to. The last thing I need is for them to think I'm sloppy (which I guess I am since I let this happen) or, even worse, that I don't care about their app! None of them have requested the LSAC report yet, so they haven't read it. Any thoughts? The typos aren't the TERRIBLE, but there's more than one and it's noticeable. (like, one is in the very first line.) *sob*

Law School Admissions / Re: Help!! Should Apps Wait for LORs??
« on: October 27, 2005, 09:47:11 PM »
Actually, LSDAS gives each law school the choice of how they want to receive reports - they can either have the report sent without LORs, or wait for any given number of LORs.

Admissions Ass(istant)

??? Is there a way to check the method requested by each law school?

Thanks all! I sent in my app today, to meet the Early Decision deadline. *fingers crossed*

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