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Where should I go next fall? / Indiana vs. Wash U
« on: April 10, 2004, 03:38:14 AM »
Hmm so here's the deal. I am in at Wash U with $8k/year. I'm not positive that it's my first choice b/c I'm still waiting to hear from a few other places, but of the places I've heard from, it definitely is.

I'm also in at Indiana-Bloomington with a lot of money. I sent them an email to decline their offer of admission, and I get an email back from the director of admissions. The state will pay my tuition (because of something with my dad's military service), and I think IU might cover all my living expenses, which would make law school zero cost.

Would I be absolutely ridiculously stupid to pass that up, or just kinda stupid? Of the places I'm still waiting on, the only one I really care about is Michigan. If I get in I'm going... don't really care how much $ someone throws at me. But assuming I don't... do I go for the money or the higher ranked school?

Personal Statement / Re: Should I mention sexuality?
« on: April 09, 2004, 02:16:33 PM »
I had to think a lot about this too when I was putting together my apps. If you have leadership/community involvement experiences related to your sexuality, then I think by all means mention them. If you were the president of your GSA, make absolutely sure it's on your resume. You'd be doing yourself a disservice to leave that kind of information out, because it's valuable leadership experience, and law schools will recognize that.

I was president of the GSA at my school and I included it on my resume. I also briefly mentioned it in my personal statement. I also had a lot of other things I was involved in, a lot of other strengths, so I chose to focus on those and let the "gay" part of my application be somewhat of a sidenote. I think it paid off for me, not because I'm gay, but because it led to work that I could market myself with.

That being said, if you don't have some kind of leadership or involvement to tie to being gay, I would leave it out. You will have other strengths that will be more appropriate to focus on.

Wait List / Re: Georgetown Waitlist
« on: April 08, 2004, 12:06:04 PM »
Hi DC Waiting,

I'm still at Wash U--I'm a senior this year. And yes, I am also amazed by what a couple points on the LSAT can do. I was expecting to hear a no from gtown, actually. My GPA is just too low... so I was pleasantly surprised to get the letter. I have a lot of extracurriculars, so maybe that helped.

I also applied to GW--haven't heard anything from them yet (I applied pretty late everywhere). I think I'll be making my deposit at Wash U though becasue they gave me $$, and if it comes to it, St. Louis is an easy, cheap place to live. But if Georgetown calls I'm on my way!

Wait List / Re: Georgetown Waitlist
« on: April 08, 2004, 02:41:57 AM »
Hi guys,

I just got my preffered waitlist letter in the mail today. And they definitely do keep track of times that you contact the admissions office. I happened to be in DC while my app was still being processed so I stopped by the office to see if I could ask questions. The guy I talked to was very nice, but I didn't think he even remembered my name. I sent him a thank you email. Well... in my letter it said that if I had any questions or concerns I could continue to communicate with my "contact" in the admissions office, and then it listed him by name.

Also, my letter says something like, "...and the committee has identified you as one of the first applicants we will contact in the event of an opening." Do other people's PWL letters say this too?

Anyway, I wrote back and told them they were my first choice (which is true), and I'm having another professor send a new letter of recommendation to add to my file. Until then I think I'll be putting my deposit down at Wash U.

Oh, in case it's interesting, I'm a 3.34/169 from Wash U.

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