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Law School Applications / Arizona Acceptances
« on: April 03, 2007, 02:34:17 PM »
For those still waiting on Arizona, I just spoke to the admit office. The majority of decisions will be sent out this week. I'm not sure why they waited so long. Many seat deposit dates have already been reached. It's somewhat annoying. I should be pretty much an auto-admit, but $$ is important in my decisionmaking process and althoug I was seriously interested in the UofA, I've been forced to make other decisions without their imput. Oh, well.

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Law School Applications / W&M e-mail - anyone?
« on: February 09, 2007, 10:15:24 AM »
  I received, this morning, an e-mail from Neil Wixson at W&M. They seemed to be pushing for an answer. Did anyone else receive this e-mail? Honestly, I am VERY interested in W&M. Money becomes the major issue. I love the program, the town, the faculty....They offered me a scholarship for $5k. I appreciate it,but to be honest, I was a little disappointed. Most apps with my #'s were offered the fellowship.

1) How do the rest of you interpret this e-mail.

2) Would it be proper/effective to hardball them back - I would be willing to drop all other apps if they extended an offer of the fellowship in addition to the $5k? I'm still waiting/optimistic concerning Boalt, but...

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Law School Applications / Georgetown extends deadline
« on: February 01, 2007, 10:18:30 PM »
According to their website, Georgetown has extended the deadline for FT to March 1. I drug my feet and never applied. Does anyone have any further info? Are they short on apps? Or do they just want more $$? I'm thinking of shooting off an app in the morning, but they seem to have tightened up, so I'm not sure if my #'s are worth it this late.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / UALR Bowen School of Law
« on: January 28, 2007, 03:51:39 PM »
  I attended a pre-law day at UALR on Friday. First I must admit that I will probably not be attending there, but I still thought it might help some to hear of my visit. Clarence Thomas was visiting the law school on that day, by the way. UALR is a solid tier 3 school with many advantages. It sits in a federal district in the middle of a state capital. Though jobs in this area do not pay extremely well,they are plentiful as UALR's 96% employment rate will attest to. In addition, the cost of living here is extremely low. The school is VERY respected in Little Rock as most firm partners are UALR grads. In fact, I recently heard from a friend that graduated from Tulane that while trying to find work here, he was asked twice why, if he wanted to practice here, he had gone to Tulane. In both instances, he lost the jobs to UALR grads. There are imprtant issues for those with LSATs in the 148-155 range. Though they don't advertise this, they told us point blank that ALL non-residents receive a scholarship covering the difference between resident and non-resident tuition for the first year. Residence can be gained here within six months simply by obtaining a driver's license. In-state tuition is under $10K. The facilities are nice and I found the class of student to be surprisingly of better ilk than I had expected. Late applications are also seriously considered as they don't make many decisions until March. Things to consider....

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Law School Applications / In at W&M - scholarship question
« on: January 22, 2007, 06:19:16 PM »
  Got the mail today. Offered $5k. I was expecting with my numbers [166 (159/171/167) /3.96] to also get a waiver of non-resident tuition. Does anyone have any experience dealing with W&M. Does anyone think negotiating this is possible?

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Law School Applications / In at W&L - Anyone else?
« on: January 17, 2007, 05:54:25 PM »
  Just receieved e-mail confirming acceptance to Washington and Lee. No mention of scholarship $$, though I know they do this separately. Any one else?

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Law School Applications / Strange LSAT history? Addendum?
« on: October 29, 2006, 07:52:19 PM »
Here's my situation. OCT '05 - 159, DEC '05 - 172, OCT '06 - 167. Yes, I know I'm an idiot for retaking a 172. I was hoping another similar score would alliviate any doubts about the 159. The question now is, do I write an addendum? If so, what's an exceptable excuse? Or, would it be better to just let the scores speak for themselves and hope all they give a damn about is adding that 172 to their stats? I misbubbled the 159, but the RC simply kicked my ass in the OCT '06 test. My addendum would basically read: "I don't pay close attention to details and screwed up the first one, scored well, and then stupidly decided to confuse things with a third try. So I seem to have just the qualities you're looking for: inattention to detail and poor decision making skills. Thank you for your time."

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Studying for the LSAT / How bad does my UG hurt?
« on: October 16, 2006, 03:24:00 PM »
Here's the situation:

'07 graduate from U of Arkansas - Little Rock

2 LSATs: 159, 172

GPA: 3.96

From LSAC transcript analysis:

    school's median GPA: 3.29 (of those registered w/LSAC)
    school's median LSAT: 147


How are they gpoing to view my UG at places like G'Town, Northwestern, Cornell (my favorite), etc.?


If possible, some of you could give me an idea of the medians for your school.

Appresiated

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Studying for the LSAT / Really do need advice
« on: October 06, 2006, 07:07:15 PM »
Here's the situation. This is my third LSAT. On the OCT '05 test, I misbubbled badly on the RC, knew it, hoped I hadn't, and decided not to cancel. I got a 159. On the DEC test I upped that to 172. Since then I have been teaching the LSAT at workshops and decided (I know it was stupid) to try one more time for the HYS score. By the way, my GPA is 3.97. Assuming a scale like Junes I've tried to predict my score. The RC section makes it difficult because I had so little extra time that I'm a little confused as to exactly what answers I choice. Bottom line is I'm very sure I didn't do better. Best guess would be around 167-168. I doubt 170 and it could conceivably fall as low as 165. My reason for retaking was that I hoped that an admin official looking at 159/172 would be better assured if they saw another 170+. Question: if you were an admin official would you be more apt to raise your eyebrows at 159/172/166 or 159/172/cancel? Actually, I tend to believe that they could care less. A 130/172/140 still means they get to report a 172. I am interested in the opinions of the posters on this board. Thanks.

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Studying for the LSAT / The skinny on scales
« on: October 06, 2006, 06:00:11 PM »
I've done some research and here is the explaination on how scales are determined. The PERCENTILE is pre-set base on the past 11 test dates. This will set, for example, a 165 as 93%. This makes scores from any given test fairly comparable with any test given within three years. As for what raw score equals a 166, this is determined by the ACTUAL test. Your percentile is not a reflection of how you did versus takers of your teset, but rather a comparison (scaled score-wise) of how you did versus all takers in the past three years. This can explain the huge fluctuations in scales from one test to the next. To think that the OCT test would be pre-set at -10 for a 170 is wrong. There is a school of thought here that fewer takers who scored poorly will cancel than in the past and this could lead to an extra point of leniency on the test, but this may be wishful thinking.

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