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A way that an extracurricular could help you is if you can write a very compelling personal statement about it. I did that, and the deans that typically write personal notes on the acceptance letters have all mentioned it.

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Law School Applications / Re: Crazy to Choose G'town over NYU?
« on: January 11, 2009, 09:33:35 PM »
Not to hijack the thread, but would everything discussed here hold for choosing between Michigan and Georgetown as well? That's the choice I'm caught between right now. For personal reasons, I'd really like to be in the DC area, but I get the feeling that career prospects would be much better coming from Michigan. Michigan has also really taken the extra step in personalizing the admissions process.

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Law School Applications / Updates in Achievements
« on: January 10, 2009, 06:39:36 PM »
Is it ever appropriate to update a school with new achievements? I just got invited to perform at the Inauguration (sorry to broadcast it, but I'm kind of excited about it).

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Law School Applications / Re: Crazy to Choose G'town over NYU?
« on: January 09, 2009, 01:49:49 PM »
Just go where you think you'll be happiest.

I disagree with this bit of advice.  It's like telling someone that they should just go where the job prospects are the best regardless of happiness.  It doesn't take into account individual circumstances.  For example, perhaps OP does not greatly value his or her own happiness.  Or maybe he or she would be just slightly happier at one school over another.  In that case, it doesn't make sense to just go with the place where he or she will be happiest because it makes very little difference.

What I think the OP should do is consider how happy he or she will be at both places, then weigh whatever difference there might be against other factors such as job placement, etc.  He or she needs to decide for his or herself how important happiness, job prospects, various other factors are in the decision.

A lot of people are acting like Georgetown is a death sentence compared to NYU. Personally, I consider quality of life to be by far the most important consideration in picking a school. The difference between a 100K and a 160K job is not worth being miserable at your school, at least for me. NYU has better job prospects than Georgetown, but you'll be fine going to either school. If the prestige is really going to affect how satisfied you are with your experience, then go to NYU. Otherwise, go where you think you will live a better life.

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Law School Applications / Re: Chicago Status Change
« on: January 08, 2009, 06:04:25 PM »
Yeah, but there are people with non-auto admit numbers (like me) as well, so it has me nervous.

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Law School Applications / Re: Accepted 08/09
« on: January 08, 2009, 05:58:40 PM »
Chicago this afternoon as well.  Seems to be a big set of decisions.

Ha, I actually researched a property law case on Edmund Ruffin's farm last year.

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Law School Applications / Re: Chicago Status Change
« on: January 08, 2009, 05:48:02 PM »
Oh God, I'm officially getting nothing done tonight.

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Law School Applications / Re: Chicago Status Change
« on: January 08, 2009, 05:33:36 PM »
I went to decision today but no phone call yet. Anyone else in the same boat. I read on the TLS thread that no one got rejected this early last year.

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Law School Applications / Re: Chicago Phone Call
« on: January 08, 2009, 05:25:44 PM »
Ah, I didn't see the other Chicago thread. Nevermind.

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Law School Applications / Chicago Phone Call
« on: January 08, 2009, 05:24:46 PM »
Hey, my status checker changed to decision today. Do phone calls only go out on the same day, or are some staggered a bit? I didn't get a phone call today, which I assume means a ding or waitlist  :(

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