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Choosing the Right Law School / Any ideas on some safeties/backups?
« on: January 28, 2006, 12:24:59 AM »
I don't want completely crappy schools because I think I will get into at least 1 school from my list (check LSN) and I think I'd be pretty happy at any of those schools except maybe one (SW). 

I wanted to look for more schools that I'd still be fairly happy attending, or at least is a decent backup just-in-case (probably bottom Tier 2/top Tier 3).  I would prefer them in Cali but I think I got all the ones that I've got a decent shot for that are also decent schools, I want to look at some more on the West Coast.

If you have any ideas let me know, I'm also interested in fee waivers (broke) and so I am able to get them through most schools by sending my financial aid info, but if they are easy to get fee waivers from I'm def. interested.

Choosing the Right Law School / Anyone apply to Loyola LA already?
« on: January 26, 2006, 06:30:47 PM »
I sent in my app on like 1/13 or so, and all the schools have requested my LSDAS already except for them, I'm wondering if I was supposed to send in a signature, although I didn't see any...

Law School Admissions / FAFSA Question
« on: January 25, 2006, 07:39:24 PM »
1. Did any of you have trouble finding the school code from law schools for specific schools?
I found with a few schools (Pepperdine, USF etc.) that I could find the school itself, but it did not say the Law School in particular, so for those schools I sent it as it is, but I think it may come up with the wrong tuition amounts.

2. If I end up going to a school that isn't in one of the 6 available slots I had, what will happen?  Will I have to refile or will the money, or priority deadline, be wasted?

Law School Admissions / Question about Application Deadlines
« on: January 24, 2006, 09:38:21 PM »
I know that you can apply after the deadlines, but it is much harder to get in.  But I was wondering, it said that you had to get all your materials in by the deadline, and I applied to one school earlier this month, and they still haven't requested my LSDAS report.  So if they wait until after the deadline to request my report, would my app be considered to have been sent in after the deadline?

I did a response to a mission statement, and I was wondering if anyone would give me some advice on it.

I was meeting a friend, and I didn't know the area, got lost on the way there, my friend gave me *&^% because I was born and raised in LA.  I ended up going the wrong direction for like 10 min. realized I was an idiot and I would look like a bigger one, made a U-turn and put the pedal to the metal driving erratically.  Got pulled over 20 seconds later, cop was a male private part.

Told me I was going 80 (I think I was going less).  Anyways I got lucky, he was a K-9 and wanted drugs, he told me I was on alcohol and other drugs even though I wasn't etc.  He did a full cavity search of my car without his dog who was barking in the squad car.  I had some stuff that was a little shady (prescription pills that weren't really shady but I didn't have the prescriptions).  He didn't seem to care, I think he was looking for harder drugs so he let me off without anything at all even a ticket (I don't think he clocked me at 80, I think he just wanted to scare me and get some drugs since he was a K-9 cop).

Anyways, moral of the story is, regardless of what happened and what I went through, doing something stupid like that could have severely severely hurt my apps and it would have been for a stupid reason, so make sure to keep that all in mind while we go through these apps.

So my most likely top accepts seem to be USF and Pacific, and I am wondering if it will hurt me a lot to go there rather than to Southwestern, an LA school, yet more Tier 3 than the other 2.  In addition, I heard that SW drops the bottom 30% of the 1L class and that seems to just breed crazy competition and anxiety that isn't really necessary.

Law School Admissions / I screwed up! Now what do I do?
« on: January 12, 2006, 02:47:42 PM »
I sent 2 Resumes with the wrong dates on them, I believe one app had the wrong dates on the Application, and one had just the wrong dates on the seperate resume I sent, what is the best way to correct this problem?

Do I e-mail the schools a correct resume or what?

Law School Admissions / This require an addendum or is it silly?
« on: January 06, 2006, 05:48:04 PM »
So our school allows 12 units to be retaken if you fail a class etc., and for one class I tried to switch it out to another, and somehow I think I messed up because they showed me the paper I filled out (it was before the internet etc.) and I messed up on the numbers.
Anyways, I ended up with a U in the class (which is an F) and I didn't think much of it because I retook it the next semester and got that taken off of my GPA.  But now I hear that LSAC uses it in their calculation, so should I write something about how I messed up and didn't drop it right so they don't think I failed the class, or should I just leave it as is?  Hopefully it doesn't show as an F and they realize I didn't just flat out fail a class (especially Humanities 100!)

So I feel like my PS is about ready to get sent off (with the exception of an additional paragraph that may be in the works. 
Only thing that got me a little set-back is the fact that someone told me I wasn't direct enough, I still don't see it, and he wasn't very specific, he was a friend of a friend that was an UG adcom at Berkeley though, so I am a little worried.  If anyone is willing to give me an overall opinion, or to look for some major grammatical errors I'd really appreciate it.

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