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Law School Admissions / Re: Duke Law Mordecai Scholarship
« on: November 22, 2008, 06:10:25 PM »
I got the invite today too. Only catch is that I'm a overseas until the fall, so I don't know how doable the on-campus interview is for me. Details I'll have to try to work out in the coming days.

Law School Admissions / Re: Accepted 08/09
« on: November 14, 2008, 04:04:59 PM »
Also in a Duke this evening (non-PT).

Law School Admissions / Re: Waste to apply to Stanford?
« on: November 09, 2008, 03:06:22 PM »

I've read a couple of your posts now, and I think you're overly pessimistic in your chances. While I think a healthy pessimism is definitely a good thing, you should really come at your admissions cycle with a bit more confidence. Our numbers are similar (you definitely have a higher GPA than me), so I my be shooting myself in the foot by encouraging you, but I think you are in a for a great cycle.

Granted I know nothing about your soft factors, LORs, or writing abilities, but if you are able to put together a solid application and sell yourself as a strong candidate,  think you'll have much success if your applications. I'm applying no where outside the Top-14, and I really don't see why you should either (unless you really have your heart set on a particular school or region -- for example, the South). You'll definitely get in most schools 4-14 if not all, and have a really good shot at Harvard (again, just numbers based, and is contingent on your putting together a good application). Stanford and Yale may be outside your reach, but I think you should definitely apply to both if you think you have an interesting story to tell and have good experiences that would contribute to their law school communities.

In short, have more confidence in yourself (if there is substance behind your numbers). You're going to do fine. Keep some healthy skepticism but exude a bit more'll probably come out in your application too, which is a good thing!

Law School Admissions / Re: Movie Reference in PS?
« on: November 07, 2008, 01:08:44 AM »
I personally don't like how it sounds. I mean my first thought was "what is a 'loyal' watcher of a movie, anyways?" Whatever point you are trying to say through referencing the movie would be much stronger if you just said it point blank, in my opinion.

Law School Admissions / Re: Under Review at Berkeley?
« on: November 05, 2008, 04:15:18 PM »
I got that same email on Oct 27th, so I doubt its necessarily a prelude to an acceptance, but rather its just a "hey, we are starting the initial review of your application." So could be quick, could not be. Just depends I guess.

Law School Admissions / Re: Duke Law status update...?
« on: October 31, 2008, 04:54:40 PM »
yeah sorry, don't know how i missed those posts. Thanks.

Law School Admissions / Re: Duke Law status update...?
« on: October 31, 2008, 01:38:46 PM »
So my Duke status update has been bouncing back and forth. I had the ""Your file is complete and under review. No decision has been made" standard message for while.

Then I had the infamous: "We have completed an initial review of your application. Your file will receive further evaluation, and you will be notified once a decision is made. There is no set time frame for the completion of this process."

And now I have the following: "Your file is under review. A decision has not yet been made."

Any idea what i'm supposed to take from these? Anyone else say this last one now after having the previous too? I wasn't PT because i initially didn't have my info available through the candidate referral service, and once I turned it on, Duke had handed out their PT invites from the June test -- or at least that's my theory as to why...

Got my acceptance today too. Feels great to get the first one!! Congrats too all who have thus far and will get their soon.

My parents house (where the letter was sent since I'm abroad) is in Alabama, for anyone trying to figure out how quick the postal service is.

As long as you don't have a preference on which of the Top-14 programs (I mean that's a broad range of LSAT/GPA right there that varies greatly between programs), I think you'd have a decent chance of getting in at least one. And if you looked right outside the top-14 for safeties (Vandy, UT, etc) you'd be fine even late in the cycle (last year, a friend of mine applied to vandy after the Feb test with 168/3.75 and caught in).

But if you have your heart set on a specific program, then you might want to serious consider retaking to give yourself a better guarantee. I'd go ahead and apply, but retake in Dec to see what happens, but already have your applications in for good measure.

I also had a friend apply in Feb three cycles ago with 166/3.78 and she got in at Duke, UC Berkeley,
& WL-Accepted at UVA. Its all anecdotal, but at least you know it happens.

So I'm toying with the idea of retaking in the LSAT in December. I took the test in June did well (172), but was averaging 175-176 throughout my studying. I've already sent my applications off to schools.

I had originally swore off retaking because I am overseas for the year, and didn't want to deal with the hassle of taking the test in a foreign country. But am now reconsidering. I know my score is good and many may think I'm crazy to consider retaking. But I know I am capable of doing better, and want to put my absolute best foot forward on my applications (particularly HYS). I have pretty strong soft factors (a prestigious fellowship, two grants from the state department, and 2 yrs of solid work experience) but still get nervous about my score.

Any advice? Thoughts or experiences taking the test abroad? Anything constructive would be greatly appreciated!

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