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Recommendations / Waiting on a letter to be processed
« on: September 10, 2008, 06:07:46 PM »
So i have my apps done, except I'm waiting on one recommender's letter to be processed. He sent it around Aug 20, but still hasn't made it through the system yet. My others 2 recs are in.

Should I wait until the last one clears? Or perhaps a better question, do I have to wait? Or can I send everything on to the schools -- since most go "complete" with only 2 letters? And if I do that, when the third letter finally clears, will it then be sent automatically to the schools I've already applied? I'm just a bit confused how this part of the process works and couldn't sort it out from the LSAC website.

Law School Applications / Northwestern Interview
« on: September 10, 2008, 01:21:53 AM »
I am applying for law school from overseas. One of the schools I plan to apply to is Northwestern, but they have the "strong encouraged" interview. Any experience with folks who apply without doing the interview?

I just had a friend who just finished law school who read my said that my 2 pages, while very good and compelling, were excessive in length. Every law student/lawyer i talk to always says "tighten" your language, and says the advice is universal. So I'd say go back and cut any unnecessary or repetitive language, but that's having not even read any of what you've written, so take it with a grain of salt.

But others are correct, depending on what schools you apply to, at 3 pages it is beyond their guidelines.

As far as playing with margins, I'd say small changes are fine as long as they remain in the "printable margins" assuming the school hasn't specified margins already for you (I  know Harvard did on last yrs app).

Personal Statement / Re: MASTER LIST of Page Length by School?
« on: September 08, 2008, 06:03:46 PM »
I have a list for the schools i'm (considering) applying to, so I'll post below, but beyond that, others will have to supply the info. Hope this helps

Yale -- haven't seen any specific instructions, doesn't mean they don't exist though
Harvard -- 2 pages, 11 pt font double space (for last 07-08 cycle -- this yrs app is not yet available)
Stanford -- "of about two pages"
Columbia -- No Official limit: but recommended 2 pages
NYU -- haven't seen any specific instructions, doesn't mean they don't exist though
UChicago -- 2-3 pages
UPenn -- 2 pages, double spaced
Northwestern -- 1-3 pages, double spaced
Duke -- No official length
Gtown - No official length
UC Berkley -- Up to 4 pages
UMich -- Up to you (but double spaced and 11 pt font)
UVA -- No official length

Recommendations / Stanford LORs
« on: September 03, 2008, 12:02:46 PM »
So on Stanford's website it says to "Please be aware of the high value Stanford places on school-specific letters of recommendation." Then has a procedure separate from LSAC's to deal with target letters specific to the school.

My three recommenders have already written and submitted their recommendations, should I now go back and ask them to re-submit specific ones for SLS?

LSAC and LSDAS / Re: waitlisted for test in October
« on: August 27, 2008, 03:26:22 AM »
I wouldn't stress to much about it right now. I'm sure you'll get a test center within the 2 hrs driving range. For the June test, I signed up in late March/early April and got waitlisted. I couldn't find a test center available with 5 hrs of Washington, DC. I was totally freaking out. Checking possibilities of flying home to my parents house to take the test, but the centers their were filled too. I started checking all the major cities in the US where I knew someone who lived there and still nothing. I was panicked.

So I called LSAC and asked about it and they assured me that since I got in before the deadlines, I'd be guaranteed a spot, but they only open test centers as demand calls for them. I was on the waitlist until about 3 weeks before the test when I was told I got the DC convention center location...and whole 4 blocks from my apartment.

I'm sure its similar for you situation as well, but if you want to ease your mind, call LSAC and confirm.

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