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Law School Admissions / So what are you planning on doing?
« on: December 13, 2008, 01:21:45 PM »
There is a fun topic over on TLS with people talking about the kind of responses they like to give when they are asked the same questions over and over again.  How about we have a little fun with these questions and get to know each other a little better?  The following three questions are asked all of the time- how do you answer them?  I'll start...

1. So where are you going to law school?
I'm not really sure yet, but Vandy is definitely in the driver's seat.

2. What kind of law do you want to practice?
I want to get into corporate litigation... I might specialize in mergers and acquisitions.

3. Where do you want to practice?
Probably in the South, somewhere close to where I go to law school.  Nashville looks awfully nice...

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Law School Admissions / WUSTL Scholars in Law
« on: December 12, 2008, 04:34:20 PM »
Anyone know about this scholarship, such as when it is offered usually, and how much it covers?  WUSTL website has very little information about (what I am thinking) is a pretty big scholarship.

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Law School Admissions / How does it work (scholarship negotiations)?
« on: December 08, 2008, 10:37:34 AM »
I have heard various people talk about how you can negotiate scholarships and get schools to offer you more, but no one has really discussed the process of doing it.  Exactly how does it work?

For example, I'll use the schools in my signature to create an example.  Suppose when all of the scholarships come out, I get a full ride from UK, $60,000 from Vandy, and $15,000 from Michigan (this is purely hypothetical).  Would I call Vandy/ Michigan and say, hey, look at these offers- how can you match them?  Or is there a more refined process for getting better offers?

Anyone with any experience or knowledge in this area- clue the rest of us in, please.

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My stats are in my sig.  My wife and I are at somewhat of a crossroads, and I would really love to hear some input.  I live in Bowling Green, and I won't be graduating until May.  My schedule next semester requires me to only be on campus in BG two days a week, and my wife will be working in Nashville next semester.  I was accepted into Vanderbilt a few days ago, and we are considering going ahead and moving down to Nashville (about an hour away) and me just commuting two days a week to Bowling Green.

However, I have applied to other schools as well, and anticipate scholarships from other schools.  If Vanderbilt offers me a significant enough sum of money ($70,000+), I will definitely attend.  In the past (according to LSN and various posters), my numbers should earn me this amount, but it isn't set in stone.  Is it worth the risk to go ahead and move- in other words, should I expect this much, or would I be better off holding off?

Thanks in advance for all responses- you guys have been a great help.

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Choosing the Right Law School / In at Kentucky
« on: November 21, 2008, 11:34:41 AM »
Accepted today via snail mail

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Choosing the Right Law School / Decision at Vanderbilt!
« on: November 19, 2008, 09:36:42 AM »
... according to their virtual application checker.

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Law School Admissions / Virginia: non-ED roll call
« on: November 13, 2008, 08:47:36 AM »
LSN shows that some people who are not in-state, not URMs, and not EDs have gotten into Virginia.  Anyone on this board fall into those circumstances?

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Choosing the Right Law School / Scholarships with Acceptance Notice
« on: November 12, 2008, 08:39:28 AM »
I'm hoping some of you can help me. I am wanting to find out which schools notify you of scholarships you are eligible for at the same time they notify you of acceptance.  I know that Duke does not, and I seem to remember someone saying Vanderbilt doesn't either.  Is there a topic discussing this that I have missed, or does anyone have any input as to which schools notify you of scholarships up front?

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Law School Admissions / Plagarism bites...
« on: November 06, 2008, 01:34:29 PM »
Ignore this thread- the personal statement I linked to appears to be plagarized (at least in structure and content).

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Law School Admissions / Rank your priorities
« on: November 04, 2008, 08:19:57 AM »
Everyone uses a formula to determine what schools to apply to and, ultimately, what school to attend... most of us don't really realize we are doing it though; we rank stuff in our minds and this decides what schools appeal to us.  This has to be the case... look at LSN and you will see numbers twins with virtually no overlap in schools applied to.  While we are all waiting (and waiting, and waiting...) to receive those elusive acceptances and scholarships, this will be something to pass the time.

Here's what you do- rank your top 5 (or 3, or 20) priorities... it will be interesting to see whether peoples' priorities are similar, or if they vary widely.  My top 5 priorities are:

1. Finances: Being a newly-wed, I feel like it is important to make a decision that will not only place me at a good school, but also at one that is economically feasible.

2. Prestige: I think we all have to admit, prestige matters.  Take even candidates, one with a top 20 ranked degree, and one with a mid-70s ranked degree- the top school gets the nudge, more often than not.

3. Location: My wife and I go home a lot, so I think it is very important that I am within driving distance of my hometown.  Also, I want to go to law school in a town I wouldn't care to live in.

4. Employment/ Placement: Some may have this higher, but I think that if you place well at a high-quality reputable school, you will get a job.  Still, it seems that some schools place better than others, particularly within certain regions.

5. U.S. News Rankings: This is something that could kind of get clumped with prestige, but I think of it separately.  Whether or not you agree with U.S. News Rankings, they are still there.  You can either fight the system, or you can use it to your advantage.


Again, this is entirely for fun... lots of us are going crazy waiting, and this is an excuse to play around on LSD. 8)

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