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I just talked to a good friend of mine from college.  He's currently applying to MFA programs.  I was amazed by how little we had in common.  No jokes, no common interests.  He didn't even want to hear about my law school.  When I tried to talk about anything in the past, it felt terrible.  I ended up asking him a few awkward questions about his current life and hanging up.

Times like these make you doubt the very foundations of friendship. What do we really have in common with another human being? 

Does anyone ever have similar experiences?


I experience this with high school friends, though I didn't really have any close friends in high school anyway. I have a small group of really tight friends in college. Hopefully the same thing won't happen.

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Law School Admissions / Re: LSAC Mistake
« on: December 23, 2008, 07:40:19 PM »
Yay, they fixed it! Crisis averted.

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Law School Admissions / Re: LSAC Mistake
« on: December 23, 2008, 06:30:21 PM »
I would email each school and tell them.

over .06? really? they'll get it when I get it is my opinion.

Yeah, I just emailed them.

.06 may not be much if you have a higher GPA, but mine is borderline for my top choice schools, so I want those points back.

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Law School Admissions / LSAC Mistake
« on: December 23, 2008, 01:55:27 PM »
I recently checked over my file at the LSAC and discovered an error in my transcript. When I sent my original transcript in August, the LSAC reported my GPA at a 3.58. I sent an updated transcript during the fall that reflected my adding a second major, though there was no actual new course work. However, the LSAC incorrectly reported my GPA as a 3.52. I just contacted the LSAC and they told me that they did in fact make an error and that my transcript will be updated by tomorrow. Should I send an email about it to my remaining schools? I'm kind of angry/freaking out about this.

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Law School Admissions / Re: History Undergrad Major...and more
« on: December 22, 2008, 09:33:43 PM »
Hi. I am a junior in high school and have been looking around the internet for some college advice for law-school bound students, and I came across these message boards. I'm hoping to get some questions answered so here goes nothing...

I currently plan on going into law and practicing for a certain amount of time before possibly going into politics. With this being the case, my question is which undergraduate major would be the best idea for me? I assume political science, but I guess you never know.

Furthermore, what is the advice on double-majoring while getting an undergraduate degree with the plan to go into law school? I ask this because I have a keen interest in history (primarily U.S.) as well as politics, and if the legal field did not work out I would highly consider going into teaching at the high school level and history would be the most likely course. I have a feeling you guys are going to suggest not double majoring so that I have time to study for the LSAT, and if that's the case, then it brings me to my next question...

In my situation, would you suggest majoring in history or political science? I am as sure as I can be (at this point, anyway) that I want to go into politics at some point. Also, if not a double major what would your opinion be on major/minor combo? Same feeling about the time-constraint on this one?...

I am very highly ranked in an extremely competitive and deep high school class but will probably not get as high of a score on the ACT to get into one of the upper-tier undergraduate schools. Right now my considerations are  DePaul (for a more moderate workload and better chance of finishing high on the GPA and class rank scale) and Loyola Chicago (which, if I'm not mistaken, has a highly acclaimed history program correct?).

I have hopes of getting into a top-tier law school which is why I want to ensure that I will do well in my four-year school. By top-tier I was thinking along the lines of Colombia, Georgetown, and possibly some lower-tier ivy league schools as my "dream." That is my goal, although I would settle for some more realistic possibilities as well for law school.

Anyways, now that you know my life plan, I'm interested to see some of the answers to my question, and thanks for reading this post (sorry for the length).

I'm a senior in college now. I'd say major in whatever you want to, and if that's two majors, then do two majors. I majored in math and economics and I'm doing great at admissions so far. Double majoring doesn't necessarily mean you need to take more classes than you otherwise would, it just means that on average those classes will be a bit harder. If you like what you are studying, though, then it's not a big deal. I emphasize again that you should major in what you like because your plans may change. I went from wanting to be a chemist to musician to math prof to economist to lawyer, and now I'm pretty set on law.

Your question stuck out to me because my dad majored in history at Notre Dame and then got his JD and ended up teaching high school history for thirty years.

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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Nightlife in Ithaca? Durham?
« on: December 22, 2008, 09:24:35 PM »
Durham lives and dies by Duke, so, you will be the center of a little universe while here, but that has its limits. Mostly those limits are perceptions about locals.

But, I think there is a enough to keep you entertained. Unless you are from NY because everyone from NY is programmed to hate anything shy of Times Square. :D

I mean, I would disagree. There's really not much to do in Durham if you're not an undergrad. Like, I would endorse Duke Law to someone who didn't like going out or doing much of anything, but otherwise...

I highly doubt it's worse than Ithaca in that respect, though.

Supposedly it is, ... though I'd love to hear some input form Duke Law students. My info just comes from people who have visited both. I, personally, never did visit Duke.

Is Cornell really as intense academically as it is made out to be? The dominant impression I get is that it's a great place to go lock yourself in a study room and never come out.

I don't really like this question because I have nothing to compare it to. I mean ... Cornell is the only law school I've attended, so I don't know if it's more or less than other schools. I can definitely say that for the most part, it's been less work than I had anticipated/feared/expected. During finals things can get intense, but people go out all the time - multiple times a week. So I guess my answer to your question is "I don't think so?" But yeah, for the reasons I've mentioned that's hard for me to answer. I certainly wouldn't not choose Cornell for fear that it would be too intense ... cause it's not. Is it more intense than other schools? Possibly, I don't know.  ??? ;D

Wow, that's already more than I go out as an undergrad :(

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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Nightlife in Ithaca? Durham?
« on: December 22, 2008, 09:12:42 PM »
Durham lives and dies by Duke, so, you will be the center of a little universe while here, but that has its limits. Mostly those limits are perceptions about locals.

But, I think there is a enough to keep you entertained. Unless you are from NY because everyone from NY is programmed to hate anything shy of Times Square. :D

I mean, I would disagree. There's really not much to do in Durham if you're not an undergrad. Like, I would endorse Duke Law to someone who didn't like going out or doing much of anything, but otherwise...

I highly doubt it's worse than Ithaca in that respect, though.

Supposedly it is, ... though I'd love to hear some input form Duke Law students. My info just comes from people who have visited both. I, personally, never did visit Duke.

Is Cornell really as intense academically as it is made out to be? The dominant impression I get is that it's a great place to go lock yourself in a study room and never come out.

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Law School Admissions / Re: Updated Transcript
« on: December 22, 2008, 08:37:58 PM »
As far as I know-
1) yes they will, and they will automatically send out updated reports
2) maybe, if you go up it couldn't hurt, if you go down it might.

Follow up question:
I sent my transcript form to my UG institution today...so it should be at least a few weeks with the holidays and such before it's updated on LSAC. I want to apply to American's PT program. If I want them to consider my new grades but I want to send my app now should I throw in an addendum that I would like them to consider this semester's grades and to wait until LSAC updates?

yes, you can put in an addendum.  But will your fall grades really change your GPA?  It might not be worth the wait

Is it mandatory to send an update? If not, what happens if you have Pass/Fail grades on your fall transcript? Is it worth it to send them in? Lastly, what else are you supposed to send (letter of continuing interest, new achievements, etc.)?

I don't think it's mandatory to send an update, and I have no idea how they would consider p/f graides.  I would probably wait until you get a waitlist to send in LOCI/new achievements, and not piss them off by interrupting the reviewing process.  Some schools specifically ask you not to contact them, some don't, so I would check in to that before you do anything.

Is it worth waiting for a school to review your fall grades if it will establish a positive grade trend, whereas the grade trend for previous semesters is negative? I already sent mine off, but i haven't notified the schools and am wondering if it is worth doing so.

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Tetris, your picture is great.

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Law School Admissions / Re: Michigan Acceptance!!!!!!!!
« on: December 21, 2008, 12:01:35 AM »
If you're talking about the one posted earlier in this thread, it has been mentioned that you use the same information you used for the status checker.


If you're talking about the other one, then the log-in info is in the admitted students package.

Ah, thanks.

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