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Law School Admissions / To Michigan Adcomms
« on: December 10, 2005, 10:45:29 PM »
Dear Ms. Byrd:

Please stop sending your loyal fans (a.k.a. applicants) letters in the mail to notify that the file is complete. If you must send such letters, perhaps you would be so kind as to indicate on the envelope that the contents do not pertain to an actual admission decision. This would be most appreciated.

Thank you! :-)

Most Respectfully,

Law School Admissions / Finishing Apps, Now Financial Aid
« on: December 03, 2005, 07:59:17 PM »
Now that I'm done with applications for admission, it's time to work on scholarship and financial aid applications. Has anyone else made this transition? I'm thinking this will be my Christmas vacation activity.

Is there a list anywhere of the schools that (a) require special forms, (b) the deadlines for apply for aid/scholarships?

Law School Admissions / For the Paranoid: Online Status Checks and Tracking
« on: November 25, 2005, 11:10:42 PM »
I don't know if anyone else has thought of this, but it ocurred to me that schools could (if they were so inclined) take note of the website you visited before visiting their online status check page. (All websites can access the referring page, which is the page you were last at.)

So, if you're like me, you check several schools at a time one after the other. However, to protect myself in the highly unlikely scenario that adcomms track the referring page, I've started visiting Google in between online status check sites, so that School B won't see that I was just on School A's website.

I doubt any schools are actually taking the trouble to collect this info...but they could be, so why chance it?

Law School Admissions / Northwestern Interview Tips
« on: November 25, 2005, 09:00:11 PM »
I'm no expert, but figured I'd offer a few suggestions for anyone that hasn't had their interview yet.

  • Have lots of questions ready...even if you don't get a chance to ask all of them, be prepared to ask a lot.
  • Know specifics about why you want to go to Northwestern (and why Northwestern as opposed to Chicago, Duke, Michigan, etc.).
  • Be prepared to say what other schools you're applying to.
  • Know why you want to go to law school
  • Know why you chose your college major
  • Know why you chose the EC activities you did
  • If you currently have a full time job, why are you going to quit and go to law school?
  • Be ready both for interview styles where the alum asks a lot of questions as well as styles where you're not asked much and are basically just supposed to volunteer stuff.
  • Take a paper copy of your resume
  • Don't let smiles and a chatty demeanor trick you into feeling too relaxed. It can be smiles and laughs one moment, sharp as a tack questions the next.
  • Portray a relaxed, confident attitude.
  • Dress appropriately (I got looked up and down....and it made me wish I'd worn nicer shoes!)
  • Earlier I saw a discussion about what kind of briefcase to take...This seems unnecessary to me. We aren't door-to-door sales reps. I'd suggest a nice leather portfolio to take your resume in.
  • Have questions...can't be stressed enough. The alums career...why he went to Northwestern....what she liked best about it, etc.

This is probably obvious stuff, but a few of these I wish I'd thought more carefully about in advance. Of course, you should read the section in Montauk's book that's about interviews...but these seemed to be the most important aspects to keep in mind.

My 2 cents...Best wishes all!

Law School Admissions / NYU - Worth applying to?
« on: November 19, 2005, 01:17:31 PM »
I recently received a fee waiver and CD from NYU. I just finished looking through the material (text, photos, video) on the CD. I must say, after watching the CD my opinion of NYU has gone down. First of all, the video quality stinks. Most of the clips look like the camera is being held by the person in the video (like when you take a picture of yourself). Moreover, the video quality on many of the clips looks like its from the '90s show America's Funniest Home Videos. But besides that, the content was poorly chosen. The tours were terrible. Half the screen was the face of the person holding the camera, the movement was too fast, and I couldn't really get a good sense of what I was seeing. A lot of the interior rooms they showed as well as the dorm rooms looked like cramped, run down, dirty buildings from my undergrad days. Sure, I'm not going to pick a law school based on how beautiful a campus is. But, this was their attempt to impress me. They either (a) stink at marketing or (b) this is the best they had to show, which doesn't speek well for their campus.

Has anyone been to NYU? Who's applying and why? Has anyone else watched their CD and had a similar (or different) impression?

Law School Admissions / Yale Application Question
« on: November 14, 2005, 11:11:05 PM »
Section 5 of the Yale application is:

List: (a) Significant extracurricular activities in college...
      (b) Self-support (employment) while in secondary school and college, and during vacation.
      (c) Other activities in or out of school or work that you consider relevant.
           You may also include a resume if you wish, but you should answer this question separately.

So, what is the "this question" referred to? The last question mark appeared on the previous page following "If you are in the U.S. on a visa, what type". But, the bold heading above Section 4 indicates that Yale considers 4 - 10 to be questions.

Do the italics indicate mean I need to list an answer to 5(c) or that I need to list answers to 5? I ask because I'm not sure that I have other relevant activities not described in (a) and (b). I don't want to skip it and get dinged for not following directions. But, earlier in the application we are instructed to leave fields blank rather than included N/A when it doesn't apply.

Any thoughts?

Law School Admissions / CRS
« on: November 04, 2005, 06:57:48 PM »
What do law schools know? This is what Michigan's website says:

"That said, of course, the only information we have available to us through the Candidate Referral Service is an applicant's LSAT, GPA, major, and undergraduate institution."

They don't have things like preferred state, URM, field of law interested in, etc? If not, that makes it a lot harder to understand why some people get waivers and others don't when their numbers are the same/similar.

Law School Admissions / Application Complete...Send Updated PS??
« on: November 03, 2005, 09:43:19 PM »
Basically, my application went complete this week at my first choice school. After having worked on 8 other applications and re-working my personal statement, I realized my PS to my first choice was (A) way too long, (B) single-spaced. Should I contact the law school and tell them I have a revised PS and ask to submit it? Is it too late? Auto-ding?

Man! I hate the thought that I might have spent the last 5 months working hard to get into ____ only to blow it by writing a PS that is too long and not formatted the way adcomms like it.  >:(

Law School Admissions / Houston Law School Forum
« on: November 01, 2005, 08:21:14 PM »
I'm registered for the Houston Law School Forum, but am not sure if I should go. I pretty much know where I'm applying (8 done, 5 remaining). Has anyone gone? What would be the advantage of going?

Law School Admissions / LSN and Adcomms
« on: October 30, 2005, 09:45:55 PM »
So, I've been wondering if adcomms take the time to go to LSN and figure out who's who and where they're applying. I looked and found that I was the only user with a certain LSAT/GPA combination applying to a number of the schools I sent apps to. What do ya'll think?

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