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Law School Applications / Re: GPA addendum - please take a look!
« on: October 12, 2009, 11:28:35 PM »
I also know nothing about what makes an effective GPA addendum.  I wish I do because I will be writing one of my own.  Your goal of diverting attention from your poor GPA's, however, seems misguided.  The addendum should be the place where you tackle the GPAs head on.  Man (or woman) up and say what the deal is in crystal clear terms. 

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Who's more selective: BU or BC?
« on: October 12, 2009, 12:03:44 PM »
I'm in your same boat.  The Titanic!  Just kidding, but honestly, I'm looking at BU and BC as very top choices for my search, but they're both reaches for me.  My GPA is below the 25% for BC and my practice tests were at the 25%.  Waiting for September results.  I'm banking on my softs, 5 yrs F/T WE, URM and other factors to give me a slight boost.  Both BU and BC are prayers for me, but I hope to stay in Mass and Harvard is out of the question, and Northeastern seems a bit risky. 

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: URM?
« on: October 12, 2009, 11:53:22 AM »
Glad that's squared away!

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Law School Applications / Re: Should I apply to Cornell EA?
« on: September 28, 2009, 12:27:30 PM »
Groundkontrol to Major Tom...

Just had to do it.  Anyhow, I'm a URM Black Male as well and broke 160 on a practice exam, but most of my PTs were in the high 150's.  I wish I had your undergrad GPA, as mine is a few dings lower from another upstate NY outfit. I'm looking at good schools as well and one T14 (Penn), but I'm biting my nails and waiting for the results from last Saturday's test.  Best of luck on your application cycle.  I'm probably going to apply EA to BC.   

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Hi Greenly,

I know Boston University Law has a study-at-Tsinghua program.  I think it's a summer thing, though.  And you can continue on for an extra semester at Tsinghua to receive an LLM with a China focus. 

(http://nanjing.jhu.edu/prospective-students/careerprep.htm)

Are you familiar with the ^Hopkins-Nanjing Center at Nanjing University (NanDa)?  I'm not sure if that's the 'graduate college in China' that you were referring to, but it would be a strong fit for someone with your Mandarin language and Chinese living experience plus your career interests.  Sure, it won't get you in an American law firm as an associate because you don't finish with a JD at Hopkins-Nanjing.  It's a 1-yr Chinese Studies certificate program with an option to specialize in Legal Studies.  There's also an optional MA attached through the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).  Grads from Hopkins-Nanjing take on sweet public, private, NGO, gov't, law jobs in China, Hong Kong and almost everywhere else.  The advantages of HNJ over law school is the one-year thing and the direct Chinese connections.  Your Mando skills will shoot through the roof since the classes are taught in Mando.  No LSAT study and no entrance exam study.  You'll need to take the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) Chinese exam, but you'll ace that if you majored in Mandarin and spent all that time in China.  But you said family reasons are keeping you in the U.S.  Hmm.  Anyway, I'd recommend Hopkins-Nanjing first then maybe law school if you still wish. 

/End sales pitch. 

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Reposting from General Board: T14 Chances? 3.1 GPA, Nigerian-American Male, 6 yrs F/T work, hopefully 170 LSAT


I've been working full-time in Education since Jan '04 and I hope to start law school in 2010.  This past December I took my first practice exam and scored 154.  Been studying with Kaplan books for months and aim for 170 on September LSAT.  I messed up in undergrad at a top20 liberal arts where I failed classes senior year because aLOT of stuff happening (addendum).  Finished senior year with part-time classes, F/T work at a large state university and transferred the credits to my liberal arts.  That's years behind me and I've been working a good gig where I travel internationally every year and have major responsibilities.  College admission work.  I oversee our international student recruitment.

I'm applying next fall to some T14s (probably Georgetown, Michigan, Penn, Columbia), then BU, BC (my two top choices), GWU, American with Northeastern being my safety.  I used to prowl LSN religiously looking for hardcore splitters like me at top schools and there's always one or two here and there.  Would I need to be in the mid-170's to have some shot at T14?  It's so unpredictable.  Northwestern used to top my list since they're friendly to work experience but I've stricken it for personal reasons.  Any insight?   Thanks!

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Thanks!  I'll work on it. 

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I'm a black male.  Immigrant family, but I am the only one born in the U.S.  Not first to go to college nor grad school.  But, yeah, flavor?  Umm, chocolate. 

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I've been working full-time in Education since Jan '04 and I hope to start law school in 2010.  This past December I took my first practice exam and scored 154.  Been studying with Kaplan books for months and aim for 170 on September LSAT.  I messed up in undergrad at a top20 liberal arts where I failed classes senior year because aLOT of stuff happening (addendum).  Finished senior year with part-time classes, F/T work at a large state university and transferred the credits to my liberal arts.  That's years behind me and I've been working a good gig where I travel internationally every year and have major responsibilities.  College admission work.  I oversee our international student recruitment.

I'm applying next fall to some T14s (probably Georgetown, Michigan, Penn, Columbia), then BU, BC (my two top choices), GWU, American with Northeastern being my safety.  I used to prowl LSN religiously looking for hardcore splitters like me at top schools and there's always one or two here and there.  Would I need to be in the mid-170's to have some shot at T14?  It's so unpredictable.  Northwestern used to top my list since they're friendly to work experience but I've stricken it for personal reasons.  Any insight?   Thanks!

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Northwestern as a Young Applicant?
« on: April 16, 2009, 02:27:55 PM »
Anyone have any info on the new Northwestern option 2-year JD?  I know it just started so no grads are out yet, but do they have similar biglaw options as people who do the regular 3 years?  And with the 2-yr program, don't they study during the summer, so no SA opportunities??

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