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i got my waitlist letter on thursday. i'll send back my form, but i'm not holding my breath...

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Georgetown Waitlist
« on: April 12, 2004, 12:10:44 AM »
ooh! pick me! pick me!

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: negotiating scholarships
« on: April 10, 2004, 03:58:29 PM »
Haha, I'm in a similar boat as you. Actually, see the Wash U vs. IU thread I started. It looks like I'm choosing between Wash U with some (but by no means a huge amount) of money, and Indiana with a full ride.

I fully intend to ask Wash U to see if they can make another offer. I think it's totally appropriate to ask for more money if you have a competing offer from another school. The worst they can do is say no, and in general I feel like schools are at least willing to listen.

Just based on the schools I'd MUCH rather go to Wash U. I don't know if I can turn down a full ride though.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Indiana vs. Wash U
« on: April 10, 2004, 03:53:45 PM »
Wash U's my top choice because:
a) i'm still waiting to hear from my "real" top choice, Michigan, and I don't like to just assume that they'll take me :-p
b) i go to wash u undergrad, so the transition would be really easy. i know st. louis. i know where to find nice apartments. it's cheap to live here. i know lots of people here already.
c) st. louis isn't a HUGE city, but it beats bloomington hands down...

i'm still waiting to hear from--but expecting to be accepted to--other comparable schools like GW and Illinois, but I think i still prefer Wash U over them (for purely personal reasons). Also, I'm on the preferred wait list at Georgetown, and I hear that that means I have a good chance of being admitted. But again, I'm trying to plan as if I won't be.

Another thing I'm considering is my placement in the class... I'm much more comfortable being able to jockey for a high class rank at Indiana than I am at some of these other schools.

Public interest is something I would want to enter into later in my career i think. For now I am focusing on private firms. Actually, before that I want to get a clerkship, which makes me nervous because I know it's MUCH harder to secure clerkships from outside the top 10. I don't want to practice in Indiana--I want to practice on the east coast or in large midwestern cities (like Chicago or St. Louis). I'm sure that top of the class IU grads can compete just fine in the midwest, but I'm not so sure about east coast.

I'm paying for law school. It would be awesome to graduate with zero debt. In my mind it's worth the debt for Michigan or Georgetown, if either of those pan out. But I'm having a hard time figuring out if it's worth it for these other schools.

Choosing the Right Law School / Indiana vs. Wash U
« on: April 10, 2004, 12:38:14 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?

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.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Georgetown Waitlist
« on: April 08, 2004, 09:06:04 AM »
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!

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Georgetown Waitlist
« on: April 07, 2004, 11:41:57 PM »
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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