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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Seattle U Class of 2012
« on: March 23, 2009, 05:57:05 AM »
Congrats on your acceptance to SU, are you planning on taking the summer session CrimLaw class?

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Law School Applications / Re: Getting off a waitlist
« on: March 23, 2009, 05:55:46 AM »
the email i got asked me not to call or email about the waitlist, just wait for further instructions in the coming weeks. should i still write a loci and or visit the school? i don't want to annoy them and have them think i didn't read their directions.

I responded to your post in the other thread.  But again, I think that a school's request for you not to call/email regarding the waitlist can be distinguished from applicants sending LOCIs/additional LORs/visiting.  While you should wait to contact the school regarding your waitlist status until your receive further instructions, by all means, secure another LOR, send in a great LOCI, and take this opportunity to visit the school.

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Law School Applications / Re: When do i send the LOCI?
« on: March 23, 2009, 05:51:33 AM »
If a school asks you not to contact them regarding the waitlist, I would respect that request.  If you just want to make sure that the admissions office has received you letter, you can always send it certified mail with a tracking number, or you could include a self-addressed stamped envelope/postcard with your LOCI and a note asking the office to confirm receipt of the letter. 

With that said, I think the circumstances may change later in the cycle.  If you are placed on the waitlist in February, send your LOCI, and you do not hear anything by May, June etc... it may be in your best interested to again follow up with the school to let them know that you are still interested and to see whether they are even admitting anyone from the waitlist.  Again, there are other actions you can take to show your interest.  Just because a school does not want to be bombarded with emails and phone calls regarding the waitlist does not mean that you cannot show your interest by visiting the school, scheduling meetings with adcoms etc...

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General Board / Re: Disclosure Problem with Bar
« on: March 22, 2009, 10:56:13 AM »
Failing to amend your application, which may cause problems down the road, will likely have more of a negative effect than if you were to amend you application. So, it is probably in your best interest to fix the problem.  You may wish to talk to an administrator at your law school to discuss whether they believe it will have a negative effect on your Bar application.  This is likely a problem they have seen before.  Without a doubt, report the incident accurately on your Bar application. 

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General Board / Re: Character & Fitness Woes
« on: March 22, 2009, 07:52:31 AM »
RDJunior, I sent you a PM.

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General Board / Re: Transfer potential: Cal Western School of Law
« on: March 21, 2009, 05:51:00 PM »
cconnoll, I sent you a PM.

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Law School Applications / Re: how to send a loci
« on: March 21, 2009, 03:15:01 PM »
Not a dumb question.  You should take your time to compose a profession letter and mail it in.  I would strongly urge you not to email/fax an LOCI.  Someone just posted a similar question earlier today, and I referred to a couple thoughts on writing an LOCI, here's the link - http://www.lawschoolauthority.com/blog1/

If you would like, you could call the admissions office a couple weeks after you send the letter to make sure it has been added to your file. 

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Law School Applications / Re: When do i send the LOCI?
« on: March 21, 2009, 02:23:39 PM »
Personally, I would go ahead and send the required waitlist form, and I would promptly follow it up with your LOCI and another LOR if possible. 

I recently posted a few thoughts on following up with LOCIs and LORs here - http://www.lawschoolauthority.com/blog1/

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General Board / Re: How to prep for a non biglaw interview?
« on: March 19, 2009, 05:29:13 PM »
ATL recently did a two part story for laid off biglaw attys interview for small firm jobs.  While it does not all apply to your situation, a couple points may be useful. 

part I
http://abovethelaw.com/2009/03/interview_tips_biglaw_to_small.php

and part II

http://abovethelaw.com/2009/03/interview_tips_biglaw_to_small_1.php

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Transferring / Re: T20 in top 10% - what is feasible?
« on: March 19, 2009, 03:42:31 PM »
I'm at a top 20 law school in a city that I def do not want to practice in... I just missed top 5% last semester (so I'm likely around top 6%) which puts me about #16 or so in the class...

I'm considering transferring even though I actually like the school... What are my chances of transferring up? 

I'm from the East coast originally and had 3 years of great work experience before law school... My stats were 167, 3.56

Also, I have a full scholarship at my current school - do any of the schools offer money to transfers?  Given the economy, and that (assuming I do similarly well) I'll make law review here and I've made good friends and established decent relationships with a few professors - should I just not bother??

Based on your first semester grades, you have a good shot of transferring to a T10.  Your lsat/ugpa likely do not carry much weight; schools will look for the most part to your first two semesters grades when making a decision. 

Most, if not all schools, do not offer money to transfer students.  Also, it is not commonplace for transfer students to negotiate scholarships with the school to which a student wishes to transfer.  You may however be able to negotiate with your current school.  Since you're on full scholarship, maybe you could negotiate an additional cost of living scholarship. 

You should check with the schools to which you plan on applying to see if you could write on to the flagship or secondary journals.  Many schools have write on competitions for transfers in the fall.  As far as your personal reasons (friends, contacts, etc...) that's all up to you.  But you'll have two years to establish a network at your new school, and with the potential of being at a T10 or T5, depending on how you do this semester, it may be well worth it. 

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