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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Applying to your UG's Law School...
« on: November 07, 2005, 08:44:18 PM »
Perhaps, but problem is, I believe they have a 25% in-state quota.  And Michigan only accepts top students to their law school.  And what is the top school in Michigan?  Oh, that's right, it's Michigan!  So, they don't really have much choice.
The kid from Michigan who went to Princeton is still likely in-state in Michigan.  So is the guy who graduated from MIT but is working in Michigan.  And "top students" means "top GPA and LSAT" not "top undergrad reputation".

That's what I was thinking too, but I wasn't sure about the residency rules. Another thing I've heard from native Michiganites is that, even though UM is a (the?) top public school, they still wish they'd gone out of state for undergrad. So I imagine a lot have done just that, but may then return for law school.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Pass/Fail Classes
« on: November 07, 2005, 11:01:46 AM »
So, I am taking it for GPA control and not because I am going to get a C.

Wouldn't fears of getting a C just be a greater degree of GPA control?  ;)

But yeah, that's my story, too. I took my nat sci requirement as pass/fail so as to avoid the possibility that oceanography could stand between me and the East Coast.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Dual-degree
« on: November 06, 2005, 08:42:16 PM »
I've occasionally thought of doing a joint JD/MPA or MPP or something. But, I'm coming from a serious poli sci background: lots of research, not too much law, philosophy, writing, English. I don't want my admission boards to look at my app and think that I'm just doing law school as a way to be a political scientist who makes $100K. In fact, I think this mistaken appearance might be one of my biggest flaws, so it's probably what I'll try to base my application around correcting.

With that in mind, I don't think I dare apply to a dual degree program.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Applying to your UG's Law School...
« on: November 06, 2005, 08:36:59 PM »
I've got it on anecdotal authority that once you've graduated from Michigan, Michigan wants you gone.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Pass/Fail Classes
« on: November 06, 2005, 08:25:25 PM »
I would mention your situation in an addendum.  This is similar to how adcomms look at W's.  Isolated incidents don't really matter, but when there's a pattern, it raises a red flag.  Taking a bunch of Spanish classes pass/fail looks suspicious.  So I would write an addendum explaining your situation, which is not what adcomms are looking to avoid, but might appear to be that.

+!. I took sixteen credits of language pass/fail because that's how the class was offered - there was no option to have it graded, even if I would have wanted to (and I wouldn't have ;)). I imagine I'll just tell my schools that in an addendum and let it be.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Powerscore Material
« on: November 06, 2005, 05:57:47 PM »
Either course, you're going to run out of actual LSAT material before the actual test if you plan for June. 



I liked the sound of that strategy, myself.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Powerscore Material
« on: November 06, 2005, 01:16:12 PM »
You're thinking about taking a review for the February test, but then studying more afterward and actually taking the June test?

Hmm... Interesting.

Law School Admissions / What subjects does LSDAS remove from your GPA?
« on: November 05, 2005, 11:40:56 PM »
So I understand that I've got to submit my transcripts to LSDAS to have the GPA refactored, and that one of the things the steps of that refactoring process is the removal of certain subjects deemed irrelevant. Which subjects are these? I've got the odd Musicology course, some Stats, and some (mandatory) natural science hanging around on my transcript. Will they stay there once LSDAS gets through with me?

Also, something I thought of while writing this post: what about the credits I took while in high school? They were at a college near my home, and I'm not sure now whether they were graded or not. If they were, though, I'm willing to bet it wasn't at the A-level... how vital is it that I include these (they were entirely unrelated to my major).

I don't want to derail this, but lex19, what do you mean by a diagnostic? I just took this year's official practice test and timed myself as accurately as possible.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: I just wanted to say... (UMich)
« on: November 04, 2005, 08:32:09 PM »
They've got a pretty nice quad, too. There's a whole neat story abou its construction (isn't that the same for every school, though?), but I won't spoil that for you before you move in!

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