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General Board / ..........
« on: September 15, 2008, 08:03:34 PM »
OOOOOOOOOOOO

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No you don't need to. It's better that you don't. It looks very cliche and well, fake if you just add a few sentences at the end of your essay. They will definitely be able to tell.

For your reach schools I would recommend putting together a one-page Why Law addendum.

I completely agree. I would only have a "why school" essay if you have an extraordinary reason/connection.

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Book Sales and Trades / Re: Silent Timer for sale
« on: September 11, 2008, 11:29:21 PM »
You just passed the bar and will finally be making the big bucks after 3 long years of law school. What do you do? - Try to make $10 by selling a timer on LSD. I like the way you think. j/k.....j/k...

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: In Iraq...Looking at LSAT in February...
« on: September 11, 2008, 11:24:26 PM »
I will probably end up contacting a couple of schools and asking what the chances are if I take the February test.  I enjoy a good fight, and if I stand a chance in the February test, I'm going to take it.  If they tell me it would be better to wait, then wait I will...

I hope you get some good info, but I suspect they won't tell you much of anything. 
Good luck in whatever you decide!

Had to get the last word in, didn't you?

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: In Iraq...Looking at LSAT in February...
« on: September 10, 2008, 05:44:27 PM »
 
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Perhaps I'm more patient than you.  I personally would rather wait a year, maybe even doing something fun and adventurous with that time, than settle for my 2nd or 3rd choice school and then spend an extra 2 years paying it off.
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I agree that you are more patient than me. I also agree that his chances will be lower. Lastly, I don't want him to settle for his 2nd or 3rd choice.

I'm saying many schools will accept a few late students. Also, some schools (I realize very few) even offer money to kids on the waitlist when they offer them a seat. I would send my app in and pray. If he doesn't like his results, then he can follow your plan. He has nothing to lose b/c if it doesn't work out he can reapply in the fall.

Also, two months is ample time; we can agree to disagree on that.


New thought: I would actually call the target school and ask if I had a shot for acceptance or waitlist. If they said yes, I would go for it.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: In Iraq...Looking at LSAT in February...
« on: September 10, 2008, 03:57:33 PM »
If you do decide to apply in Feb, add an addendum saying you couldn't take the LSAT until Feb because of your service. I think most schools will be completely understanding. If you don't get in where you want, you can reapply in the fall and take a second shot at the LSAT (if needed).

Even if schools are sympathetic, if the seats are filled, the seats are filled.  I'd take casper's advice and study for June, applying early next cycle.  (PS, I waited 8 years before starting law school too.  Some schools like that sort of thing.)

I don't disagree with anything you say, but what if the seats aren't filled? Or maybe he can at least get on the wait list - if he's got good numbers and is put at the top of the list, he might get in (many people do). My point is that it's probably worth sending a few apps in and hoping.

It would be a shame if he had to wait an entire year to start law school just b/c he thought "the seats are probably already filled."


If ifs and buts were candy and nuts we'd all have a merry Christmas. 

By February, most offers have been made, most (if not all) scholarship money has been doled out (!), and students are being invited to admitted students weekend coming up in March.  It is the absolute tail end of a 5-month application cycle.  Most students will have their applications in MONTHS ahead of you.  Why stack the deck against yourself?  One year, in the scope of your life, is a very brief period of time to wait to put yourself in a substantially better position.  (Not to mention, this will afford OP more time to solidify a really good LSAT score.)


Listen. You started the "ifs and buts" when you said "if the seats are filled, the seats are filled." Two months is plenty of time to study for the LSAT. Just answer this: Other than being out application money, what does the OP have to lose by taking the Feb. test and sending in some apps?

I say there's not much to lose compared to how much he could gain. A year may not seem like much to you, but I'm ready to be done with my education and start my career; I would've hated to have had to wait a year unless I knew I absolutely had to.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: In Iraq...Looking at LSAT in February...
« on: September 10, 2008, 12:50:09 PM »
If you do decide to apply in Feb, add an addendum saying you couldn't take the LSAT until Feb because of your service. I think most schools will be completely understanding. If you don't get in where you want, you can reapply in the fall and take a second shot at the LSAT (if needed).

Even if schools are sympathetic, if the seats are filled, the seats are filled.  I'd take casper's advice and study for June, applying early next cycle.  (PS, I waited 8 years before starting law school too.  Some schools like that sort of thing.)

I don't disagree with anything you say, but what if the seats aren't filled? Or maybe he can at least get on the wait list - if he's got good numbers and is put at the top of the list, he might get in (many people do). My point is that it's probably worth sending a few apps in and hoping.

It would be a shame if he had to wait an entire year to start law school just b/c he thought "the seats are probably already filled."

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: 3.3/167
« on: September 10, 2008, 09:03:03 AM »
Sorry if I was short. I will give you some suggestions.

1.) Figure out the schools in the area you want to practice.

2.) Look up their stats: 25% - 75% LSAT, 25% - 75% GPA.

3.) See where you fall within each school's numbers. If you are in the very top or above the 75% LSAT and GPA, you obviously have a good shot of getting in.

The LSAT and GPA info are available in lots of places.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: In Iraq...Looking at LSAT in February...
« on: September 09, 2008, 10:28:13 PM »
If you do decide to apply in Feb, add an addendum saying you couldn't take the LSAT until Feb because of your service. I think most schools will be completely understanding. If you don't get in where you want, you can reapply in the fall and take a second shot at the LSAT (if needed).




P.S. - Thanks for putting your life on the line for your country.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: 3.3/167
« on: September 09, 2008, 10:17:37 PM »
Common man. Do at least some of your own research. It's very easy. Come back if you have any better questions.








This experience will help you in the long run; go get'em tiger.

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