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Law School Applications / Vanderbilt On-Campus Interview
« on: September 20, 2008, 02:45:55 PM »
Here's the scoop- I am going down to Nashville on Monday morning to do the on-campus interview and take a tour/sit in on a class.  I will let you guys know what I have figured out so far.

Based on what the admissions office told me, the interview is mainly for the student rather than the school; people had been wanting a chance to talk to actual people instead of telephones and viewbooks, and this was the result.  It is pretty short (about 15 minutes), and only counts for your admission if you do it; in other words, it can't count against you for not doing it, but it can count for you if you do.

I think it seems like a great way to get to know someone in the selection process.  The class I am sitting in is being taught by the Dean of the Law School, Ed Rubin (A.B. Princeton, J.D.- Yale- beat that! :o)

If anyone knows anything else about this interview, clue us in!

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Law School Applications / COMPLETE AT DUKE!
« on: September 16, 2008, 02:02:32 PM »
I am priority track- complete as of 9/15/08

This is scary- should have an answer within 9 days of today.

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Law School Applications / Who's down, who's left (applications)?
« on: September 16, 2008, 11:37:39 AM »
How's everyone doing?  Anyone completely done with their cycle?  Anyone not even started yet?  Or are you guys like me and somewhere in between?  Tell everyone how you are doing and what you think of the applications.

I am applied to:
Harvard (as of today- go me!)
Virginia
Duke
WUSTL
Kentucky
Emory

Done with application but not yet submitted:
Vanderbilt (submission begins Oct. 1)
Michigan (submission begins Sept. 22)

Not even started on:
Columbia (got the fee-waiver yesterday and figured what the heck, might as well)

Maybe I am biased, but I really like Vandy's application- if you fill out their scholarship page, they really give you the opportunity to represent yourself the way you want to.

I hate the applications where you have to repeat info. that is on your resume (this is you Harvard).

What is everyone's thoughts on the process thus far?

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Law School Applications / Non-Big Law... what are you looking at then?
« on: September 14, 2008, 04:20:57 PM »
I've got a question that I don't hear discussed a lot.  We can all figure out that the top salaries to be earned are the Big Law jobs earned in New York/ Chicago/ LA.  We can also figure out that the low salaries are, for the most part, the public interest jobs. 

My question is this: what can an attorney graduating at a 15-25 level school working at a non-Big Law, yet respectable firm in a mid-sized city (such as Nashville/Louisville/St. Louis) expect to make, salary wise?  I am interested in this because a) Big Law doesn't appeal to me, and B) I have the feeling that a lot of people on this board feel the same way. 

Anyone with info, please post!

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Law School Applications / What does this mean (Duke)?
« on: September 11, 2008, 10:00:31 AM »
This may seem really obvious... but it isn't to me.  On my Duke status checker page, this is what it says:

Application Status
Questions?
Office of Admissions
admissions@law.duke.edu
(919) 613-7020

Go to Duke Law Admissions

Account: =====

Here is the most current information about your application to Duke Law School (updated on Sep 11, 2008):

Your application was received on Sep 10, 2008 and is not yet complete. It generally takes 2-3 weeks for us to receive material from LSAC.



I sent it off about a week ago.  I guess what I am trying to figure out is what it is they are waiting on, because I applied electronically; it seems like if they would have gotten anything, they would have gotten everything.  Also, I am Priority Track- so what kind of wait am I looking at?  If anyone has any idea, please let me know.

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Law School Applications / Anyone want to predict my cycle?
« on: September 05, 2008, 02:48:28 PM »
I am bored and at work- I have looked at LSN, and kind of know what to expect from the schools I have applied to/ am applying to.  I just want to get some of your predictions and see if what I have in mind is pretty similar to what you guys would expect.

The following is my cycle:

-Duke (priority track/ fee waived)

-Washington U at St. Louis (fee waived)

-University of Virginia (fee waived)

-University of Michigan (fee waived)

-Emory University (fee waived)

-Vanderbilt University

-Harvard University

-University of Kentucky

Any predictions?

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Law School Applications / Question about Application/ Priority Track
« on: September 05, 2008, 12:32:05 AM »
I really don't know how this works at all or what I should expect, so if someone can PLEASE clarify for me, I would appreciate it so much!

I applied to two schools tonight- Duke and WUSTL.  I received fee waivers from both, and I am on Duke's Priority Track.  I got everything taken care of, LORs available to send, etc.  In other words, I am done with those two schools.

I realize that I now play the waiting game, but what should I expect?  I don't know what Priority Track signifies exactly, and I really don't know the whole procedure for all of this.  How long should I expect to wait for these schools?  Should I expect to wait for 7-10 days for Duke, or is that after they request the LORs?  How long will LORs take to transmit to them?

I am super confused- please help me!

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Law School Applications / Personal Statement (please read)
« on: September 04, 2008, 09:56:06 AM »
In these last few days before I send my applications, I have been messing around with a new personal statement, and I really don't know what to think about it... will some of your guys take a look and tell me what you think?  PM me if you are interested- thanks in advance.

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I have been researching law schools, and Washington University has just really blown me away.  Based on pictures, the campus seems pretty unbelievable, and they seem to be very generous to people with numbers similar to mine.  However, I have found that the average person (at least where I am from) has never heard of Washington or, if they have, knows little about it.  What's the story?  Washington's US News ranking is not bad, but does the name carry the kind of sway to pull down big name job interviews?  What do alumni and students have to say about it?  Any thoughts?

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Law School Applications / Playing the odds- where will you be?
« on: September 01, 2008, 07:13:05 PM »
We probably all know by now (at least we June LSATers) where we are going to be applying, and some of us may have even already sent some applications.  I thought it might be fun for us to list the schools we are planning on applying to and give what we think are the odds are that we will end up at each school.  It'll be interesting to see how well we do predicting our oncoming cycle with this process.

I'll start... here are what I think the odds are that I will end up at each school (not the odds that I will be accepted- the odds that I will end up there)

1. Vanderbilt-   50%
2. Duke-   20%
3. Washington in St. Louis-   15%
4. Emory University-   5%
5. University of Kentucky-   5%
6. University of Michigan-   5%

I am applying to a few other schools, but, realistically, I think it will be one of these six schools.  Now it is you guys' turn.  Naturally, all comments are welcome.

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