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Relax. First of all, just read Forham's app info.. it will say easily whether it wants letters and how many.

Then, almost all the schools will take the report as complete without the letters in. Its the only item they do that with, I guess just in case of really really late recommenders who applicants dont have control over. But unless you are MUNDO REJECTO material, what theyll do right now is keep ya around in order to see your letters. they have time. they have no rush to return the decision, and apps circle the office like that all the time.

hello all,
let me just start by saying this is a hypothetical question.
can someone with a possession conviction for pot be admitted to law school/the bar? does it vary by state? does it help if it happened 3-4 years before? what if it happens one year before applying? etc etc. i cant seem to find a result to my answer via google.

General Board / Re: LRAP Strategy Question
« on: July 15, 2008, 04:32:00 PM »
Yeah, you need to rethink. I know Georgetown and UCLA for example both consider assets. Most schools with LRAPs do. Read the fine print. UCLA allows you to accumulate 10k in assets each year (10k, then 20k, etc). Anything above 10k a year in savings that you've gotten from somewhere or had before is going to be counted, and the LRAP wont cover you. Similar situation at Georgetown, except there's no buildup 10-20-30.. you can have around 20k in assets, I believe.

Where should I go next fall? / Re: USC vs. BU
« on: July 15, 2008, 10:58:14 AM »

these provide data on any region where 20+ people have gone from the school, from i think 2001-2003. it only shows private firm work but i think thats a fair way to gauge national reputation

as you can see:
BU 328 in the NE, with 25% top firm jobs
   177 in NY/PA/NJ with 50% top firm jobs
   59 in midatlantic (DC/southish coast states) with 44% top firms
   and 42 west coast states with 42% top firm jobs

USC 393 in west coast states with 32% firm jobs
    no other areas with more than 20 people

So, BU is more 'national', spread among the regions.

However, youll notice that although BU makes more law-making regions, it's basically mostly east coast. The east coast is broken up into many more regions than west coast because they form lawyerly regions, but fundamentally, it's pretty eastern.
If you just ignore law concentrations and talk about west or east, the reality is:
42 west coast at BU/42 + total east coast, or (59 midat + 177 nypa + 328 ne)
you find that
6.9% of BU students make it to the west coast. 93.1% remain on the east coast.


Temple / Re: Need help to decide if I should go to Temple?
« on: July 15, 2008, 10:45:29 AM »
Returning to your earlier concern, I just feel the need to reassure you again... maybe it's because I work in good old Bawlmer.. but you will pick up where you should NOT be very quickly around a city like Philly or Baltimore.. and the truth is, the violence doesnt affect us, usually.. it is very much local-on-local, neighbor-on-neighbor crime.. that's the tragedy. But you should be fine.
One note: of the most common things in Baltimore, and I bet Philly, is larceny from vehicles. The thing is, drug addicts congregate in these cities, and drug addicts will do ANYTHING for a fix. Anything. If you leave ANYTHING out inside your car, it doesnt even matter if it has value or not, a pair of cheap sunglasses.. you may find your window punched out. Cars just provide 'easy access stuff' for people trying to shill things for drugs. Not meant to scare you! It's just a problem that can be EASILY ameliorated... leave NOTHING.. even totally worthless stuff... in your car.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Update box has date- scores today?
« on: July 03, 2008, 12:03:42 PM »
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What time of day are the scores supposed to be released?

I believe 10 am, for some reason, but can't recall where I got that. Also I think emailing is staggered and happens over the course of a period of time, why I am not sure, perhaps they cant email 40k people at once or what have you.

Transferring / Re: Berkeley vs. Columbia
« on: July 01, 2008, 03:25:58 PM »
Let me say that although you might be stressed with the choice, take an immense load of comfort in being accepted in these places and congratulate yourself. You are well-blessed and obviously have worked hard.
Also I don't know enough to be considered a reliable source, but my gut instinct is that Berkeley may be a better of choice regarding quality of life. It's warmer and not surrounded by other insanely good law schools in a law capital. But it's such a good school that you are not at all separated from opportunities.

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