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Choosing the Right Law School / University of Chicago 1L taking questions
« on: October 05, 2006, 04:50:00 PM »
soooo i'm bored and thought i'd answer any questions about the admissions process or my experience at U of C or chicago in general (keep in mind, it's only been two weeks in class...).

also, random fact, i swear i saw kevin from the 2nd season of the apprentice by the quad's sad that i was starstruck!

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / chicago admit weekend!
« on: March 26, 2006, 07:15:32 PM »
admit weekend is this saturday....

who will be there? i'm coming out from california, so we should all meet up at one of the "parties" or wine messes they're having.

after much thought, i've pretty much decided i want to practice in california after i get my JD. however, after my boalt waitlist this week (and assuming a stanford rejection is in the works), do people think i will have better career prospects with a university of chicago degree (probably my best acceptance to date) than hastings or davis (both of which i've been accepted to)? i'm thinking this is probably the smartest decision, even though it entails leaving the state for school, because of the significant difference in prestige.

also, is there anything i can do at this point to improve my boalt possibilities? a letter expressing that they're my top choice? i'm a 3.96/168, cali resident. has anyone here been admitted off the waitlist and if so, did you do anything extra?

Choosing the Right Law School / uva status change...
« on: January 20, 2006, 07:26:47 PM »
so it appears i have joined the ranks of thumb-twiddlers who have had a decision made at uva, but still don't know what it is (email dated today, 1/20). cross your fingers for me; uva would probably be my top choice over duke and possibly michigan.

speaking of which, am i crazy/delusional to be expecting a boalt hall acceptance? people with lower stats than me (168/3.96, CA resident) have already gotten in. is it safe for me to count on (ok, maybe not 100% chance, but like 60%-75%)?   

so, because i'm bored and cornell sent me a fee waiver, i was going to apply there...BUT MY FEE WAIVER SLIP WENT OUT IN LAST WEEK'S TRASH! and it's not automatically done through lsac...

soooooo should i just suck it up and pay the $70 fee? or can i contact the admissions office in some way that does not make me sound like absolute idiot (if that is possible)?

has this happened to anyone else?

Choosing the Right Law School / high gpa and mid-range lsat...
« on: October 30, 2005, 11:44:17 AM »
so in the process of reading a few other posters, i realize that i am not the only one with a high gpa and decent lsat. i have a 3.96 from a large california public school and a 168, which is good, but pretty much knocks my application out of the range of h/y/s. anyway, what schools are typically gpa whores? i've heard boalt hall is....any other possibilities?

sooooo just got lsat results back and wanted some feedback on school choice:

Large California public school (UC Davis)
LSDAS GPA: 3.96 (top 2% of students in my class)
LSAT: 168 (slightly below the 170 I was hoping for, but solid nonetheless)
Phi Beta Kappa, Regents Scholar, Political Science Honors Program and Scholarship winner plus various other stuff
Three internships: U.S. Senator, Local District Attorney, American Bar Association while studying in Washington DC, plus I've performed in local community theater productions consistently throughout my four years
Very strong personal statement and strong recs (one might be exceptionally strong)

sooooo here's my list so far:

insane reaches: harvard, stanford, chicago, uc berkeley
reaches/decent possibility: duke, vanderbilt, notre dame
safeties: uc davis, uc hastings, boston university, santa clara university

any comments? should i even bother with harvard at this point?

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