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A guy in my apartment complex has two cars already and just bought a new mercedes. I have no idea if he lives on loans though, or if he has money from working between college and law school. However for him to live like a king, he'll need to be in a nicer apartment complex

Hello all! I'm on my way to dc for an interview! :D

booo you were here and i didnt know it!

yeah I know :( I think I mentioned a while ago that I'd be in town and you responded, but I didn't say when.  I was really only there for one full day, and that was the day of the wedding, so I didn't have time to see you all :(

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Advice?
« on: July 29, 2010, 09:23:41 AM »
I go to a big university with a several pre-law advisers, and they're all pretty much useless compared to the info you can find online. I'd say just do your own research on and to see where you stand.


As far as timing, you want to apply as early in the admissions cycle as possible.  Most school start accepting applications on November 1st, you want to have taken the LSAT, gotten your recommendations, and written your personal statement/diversity statement/any addenda by that time so you can just fill out the application and send it in.  Since you're in your junior year, plan to take the LSAT by next June so study accordingly and register with LSAC when you sign up to take the LSAT.  Focus on getting good grades over the next two years and making connections with your professors for recommendations.

Law School Admissions / Re: 173 LSAT, question with my GPA
« on: July 29, 2010, 09:16:37 AM »
You could never get into H,Y, or S

First of all, she did.  You are the one who doesn't know how the law school admissions systems works and you don't want to believe the truth.  She knows how the system works and what it takes to get into those schools.

The first thing that is wrong is that you picked stats for the toughest admissions season in the last several decades. 

She picked the most recent year, which is not wrong.  Because the economy is still recovering, this admissions cycle will be very similar.

The second thing that is wrong is that you are severely undervaluing OP's three stellar years and one bad year.

You are overestimating the effect of three good years.  Yes, it's better that the OP has three good years to show instead of 4 mediocre years, but in the end it's just a 3.5 that will be submitted to US News and that's what matters to law school admissions, not grade trends. 

Law School Admissions / Re: 173 LSAT, question with my GPA
« on: July 29, 2010, 08:10:58 AM »
Flat out wrong but not as harsh as jamie.  My hypothetical has a great shot at at least one of CCN if not all.

Undergraduate school matters a lot.  A 3.5 GPA from a mediocre state school is vastly different from a 3.5 from Columbia.  CCN may take a small handful of students from mediocre state school while they may take 20-40 students from Columbia College.  Grade trends such as OP's do matter.  One bad year and 3 years of almost 4.0.  not in terms of law school admissions.

why will you not be looking for jobs there?

Also, I've decided I really don't have the strength to give real info on LSD anymore.

I do sometimes.  When I'm feeling really awake and ambitious.

Good note, Jamie.  I think I need to get off the fence of being both PA and So Cal, and need to commit to So Cal.  Definitely understand it's hard to predict without a hard LSAT score, but I've taken enough timed tests by now (twenty or so) and was modest enough in my score that I'd wager very highly I score within a few points of a 167. 

The problem seems to be that in So Cal there are either very easy to get into schools with my scores or others where I'd be anywhere from 25th to 50th percentile.

If you're deciding between two regions, I don't think there's a problem with applying to schools in both of those regions.  Once you hear back, you might be able to make a better decision (maybe you get into better schools in one region and that sways your decision, or maybe you realize the schools you got into in a region would be a bad investment, or whatever may happen). 

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