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Law School Admissions / Mailed in my transcript
« on: July 12, 2009, 01:33:40 PM »
Okay, I have a logistics question:

Most people apply in Fall of their 4th year, can hear back by Xmas, and thus never send in their final Spring grades, correct?

I am currently completing my BA in the next month with some final language credits that will probably destroy me. So I went ahead and had my transcripts mailed to the LSAC with those classes as "in progress". I plan to apply to schools ASAP, and I think Loyola is the earliest around Sept 15th (where else can I find the first days they accept them?). Will schools ask for an updated transcript even though the one I mailed is only 1 month old, and only 2-3 classes out of 40+ had not been graded yet?

I will be gone from Aug 11-Sept 2nd anyway which is another reason why I took care of it now.
Thanks for your help, curious how this will work out.

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Hello all,
Sorry for another one of these threads. I know LSN and LSAC calculator have told me everything that you can, but I have a unique situation.
While my UGPA is 2.9-3.0, it is not very indicative. My first 2 years were mid 2.0s, and my last 2 years were mid 3.0s. I know I can address this in an addendum, but how do you think they will look at my numbers?
I am obviously capable of 3.5 work, but did not earn it for all 4 years. (I was at the same school the whole time)
Most Adcomm's have replied to this inquiry with "we look at all 4 years but the last 2 are most important and any improvement is seen positively..." Thanks, I think?
How do you think they will see my GPA? There is no real pattern or hard courses, even subjects like Econ were in the C's and now in the A's...

I scored a 164 on my LSAT the first time which was disappointing since my practice tests were 166-170. But I don't think I will re-write it. I missed 8 on the very first section, hahaha... and that section (games) is usually my best. Damn.

I am not a URM, but I have good LORs (1 lawyer, 1 former employer, 1 professor) and a solid personal statement I believe. [would you guys change the LORs at all?] I also have the usual campus involvement - orientation leader, intramural and other event volunteers, etc etc, even though these softs don't matter much. But I was a delegate from my school to 2 Harvard University conferences hosted in Kuala Lumpur and Seoul.

Finally, I am from the US and completed HS in Seattle, WA. But I completed my UG at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Do you think they will look at this any differently?

Schools I am interested in:
10-30% chance -
Fordham
UC-Hastings
UC-Davis
UC-Irvine

50% or greater chance -
Loyola Law School
Pepperdine
Santa Clara Univ
Univ of San Diego

....
Are there other schools you think I should try my luck at?
I am obviously most interested in LA or SF, with Fordham as the exception. But if there is a good school that weighs my strengths (not that I have any, really) a little more, I will consider.
Of those above, likely down to Loyola and Santa Clara (assuming I do not get into a 20% chance school), which has the stronger reputation within their community? I think they both suck nationally but are quite respected in their cities.

Thanks so much,
W

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Law School Admissions / Which schools give interviews? All? None?
« on: February 12, 2009, 12:03:30 PM »
Hi all,
Hoping to apply next year to a few schools and I was wondering what the protocol is on interviews?
I know it's 50/50 for undergrad, fairly common for Dental, etc...  But I have not heard about interviews for LS.
I assume they'd be reserved for students "on the edge", which is where I am. I bet everyone says this, but I don't look so hot on the paper, and would do well at an interview.

Anyway, just wondering if this is a school-by-school case, or if there's general rule floating around. Thanks!

W

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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Thinking Ahead: Considering Schools
« on: February 09, 2009, 11:50:40 AM »
Hi everyone,
Long time lurker here but finally registered. Some great insight, so I thank you all for that.

I am currently in my final year of undergrad at UBC in Vancouver, Canada. I hope to take the next year off and live/work in China. Then I'll return to the US for Law School.

I am considering these 3 schools:
University of San Diego
Loyola Marymount University
University of Santa Clara
(As you can see, I would like to be in CA - too bad I don't have the grades for USC/UCLA/UC-Hastings, UC-B, etc. I might consider Pepperdine, but probably not.)

Anybody on here attend these? How do you like the campus - profs, fellow students, curriculum, overall environment?

My GPA in first 2 years was not so hot, it is better now but as you all know it is very hard to bring up an average. So my final question is this: How do you find out how each school weighs your GPA? Both in terms of GPA/year (all equal vs 3rd and 4th year weighed more), and compared to the LSAT (ie, 50% GPA/50% LSAT, or 60/40)?

Thanks a lot, looking to participate more on this board as I get closer to crunch time.
One last thing, might as well ask if there are any other members on here from UBC/Vancouver? Looking to take the TestMasters LSAT prep course this summer.

Cheers,
Wyatt

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Incoming 1Ls / Thinking Ahead: Considering Schools
« on: February 09, 2009, 02:43:50 AM »
Hi everyone,
Long time lurker here but finally registered. Some great insight, so I thank you all for that.

I am currently in my final year of undergrad at UBC in Vancouver, Canada. I hope to take the next year off and live/work in China. Then I'll return to the US for Law School.

I am considering these 3 schools:
University of San Diego
Loyola Marymount University
University of Santa Clara
(As you can see, I would like to be in CA - too bad I don't have the grades for USC/UCLA/UC-Hastings, UC-B, etc. I might consider Pepperdine, but probably not.)

Anybody on here attend these? How do you like the campus - profs, fellow students, curriculum, overall environment?

My GPA in first 2 years was not so hot, it is better now but as you all know it is very hard to bring up an average. So my final question is this: How do you find out how each school weighs your GPA? Both in terms of GPA/year (all equal vs 3rd and 4th year weighed more), and compared to the LSAT (ie, 50% GPA/50% LSAT, or 60/40)?

Thanks a lot, looking to participate more on this board as I get closer to crunch time.
One last thing, might as well ask if there are any other members on here from UBC/Vancouver? Looking to take the TestMasters LSAT prep course this summer.

Cheers,
Wyatt

*I think this is in the wrong sub-forum. :(

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