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« on: March 19, 2009, 01:29:28 PM »
First things first, here's a link that describes the program in full -http://www.law.wlu.edu/thirdyear/
From a broad perspective, the new third year program seems like an innovative and creative idea. As far as typical 3L classes are concerned, they can sometimes be quite mundane, and I believe that the new program has the potential to fill some pretty large gaps. If you're looking for the advantages, take a look at the link; they're all there.
However, as of now, I believe there is one significant shortcoming that has not been entirely addressed. In my experience, the two new practicum courses that I took were not very different than any other law school course I have taken. I think one of the program's shortcomings, that may be addressed as time goes on, is how the courses are actually taught. While this clinical and practical approach may be new to students, it cannot be forgotten that it is also new to the faculty. In my experience, one new third year course that I took was nothing more than a legal writing course with a specific focus (though taught by a leading expert in the field), and the other was a very unstructured survey course taught by a new adjunct with no teaching experience. However, I would urge you to talk to other 2L and 3L students who have taken these new courses; I know that some have had very good experiences.
« on: March 19, 2009, 08:02:06 AM »
I'm open for questions.
« on: March 17, 2009, 08:11:16 PM »
There is more competition than ever for these public sector positions, even volunteer/unpaid positions. The situation may be frustrated even more when there are a number of Biglaw firms trying to secure work for incoming 3Ls/associates that they are temporarily putting on "leave." http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/03/16/lawyer.layoff.public/index.html
« on: March 17, 2009, 12:38:32 PM »
Bar Study Loans are much more difficult to obtain than in recent years. Many lenders (such as access group) are not offering bar study loans and more. The lender that are have, like almost all other lenders, tightened their lending requirements and more or less require co-signers. Of course, the requirements for co-signers has increased as well. Here's a link from the WSJ lawblog from earlier this year: http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2009/02/17/the-credit-crisis-law-school-loans-take-two-financing-bar-prep/
« on: March 17, 2009, 12:13:21 PM »
The 1L job market is traditionally fairly tough as one poster noted; however, the economic conditions have made it even more so. To be honest, I do not have a firm grasp on the 1L job market, but judging from all of the terrible new regarding junior associates, incoming 3Ls, and 2L SAs, the situation cannot be good for 1Ls (especially those seeking BigLaw SAs). ATL has been keeping tabs on this mess since last fall and is updated frequently. http://www.abovethelaw.com
« on: March 14, 2009, 12:12:40 PM »
You can always purchase additional LSDAS reports at a later time. So, there is no need to purchase additional reports now if you do not know whether you will need them later.
« on: March 14, 2009, 12:10:27 PM »
Generally speaking, your LSDAS GPA is the number that law schools will be looking at when considering your numbers. But, like any other aspect of your application, if you have a weak/troublesome area that you feel should be brought to the admissions committee's attention, you may wish to submit an addendum.
A well drafted addendum may help an admissions committee understand a certain aspect of your application; however, like the poster above mentioned, you will need to have some sort of mitigating circumstances for the committee to hang their hat on. No matter how well you draft your addendum, if you do not have reason why you received your "NPs," it is not likely that the committee will disregard the LSDAS GPA in favor of yours. If you do indeed "have fairly good explanations for why [you] didn't pass [those] classes," then it may be worth it to write a letter.
But again, an addendum typically helps an admissions committee understand a certain part of your application. Even a valid reason for the shortcoming is no guarantee that the committee will disregard the problem area.
« on: March 12, 2009, 10:49:57 AM »
« on: March 11, 2009, 04:52:14 PM »
I agree with botbot, writing and LOCI and sending in additional LORs is pretty standard for trying to get off the waitlist.
Since those are the standard techniques of getting off a waitlist, you should try to be a little creative. I'm assuming from your LSN account that you are trying to get off the waitlist as SU. If this is the case, you might want to make sure that your continued communication with SU is tailored especially for them. This means more than the standard "I am still very interested in attending school X."
For example, SU prides itself on the social justice aspect of its law school; accordingly, it may be beneficial for you to highlight any service oriented activities you have participated in since you applied. Also, you may ask your recommender to highlight your aptitude for service to others. (assuming this is all true). Also, if you are in the area, you may wish to schedule a visit. Scheduling a visit at the very least can show a school that you are seriously interested in attending despite the fact that you are on the waitlist. Just make sure that you contact the admissions office to let them know you are coming and that you would like to schedule meetings, if possible, with someone in the admissions office. See this thread for scheduling a visit - http://www.lawschooldiscussion.org/prelaw/index.php/topic,4018539.msg5297264.html#msg5297264
« on: March 10, 2009, 08:34:22 AM »
06boya - I sent you a PM.