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General Board / tax returns and character & fitness
« on: April 14, 2010, 11:54:15 AM »
I'm about to submit my tax returns and, already scared to death about the character & fitness exam, and double checking everything to make sure I have receipts, etc., to back up all my info.  Does anybody know how closely, if at all, tax returns are scrutinized on the character & fitness exam? 

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Studying and Exam Taking / Re: podcasts
« on: November 25, 2009, 10:04:36 AM »
if your school gives you a cali account they have a website called classcaster where you can download some podcasts. they seem to be very class specific though (as in just for Prof. X's class at school Y). Or you could transfer law school legends or sum and substance CDs to your ipod.

My school has both.  I checked out the sum & substance CDs and definitely like those best.  I think they provide a decent review.  Thanks for the tip!

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Studying and Exam Taking / podcasts
« on: November 23, 2009, 08:47:15 PM »
Does anyone know of good study aids on podcast?  Driving several hours for Thanksgiving break and don't want to time to go to waste. 

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General Board / Re: Swiss Gear backpacks- max weight?
« on: August 25, 2009, 12:06:44 PM »
I got a Swiss Gear rolling bag (off ebay for $20, retails for $100).  It fits my 17" laptop and a couple casebooks.  And saves my back.  I'm a little worried about how it's going to hold up in rain and snow, but it seems pretty sturdy. 

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I plan to have my app completed and in by November 09.

Don't wait this long.  You're taking the September tests, which means your score should be in by mid October.  Take one day off after the test to relax, then IMMEDIATELY start filling out your applications on LSDAS so that you can send them as soon as the LSAT score comes out.  (You can actually send them earlier, but your file won't go "complete" until the score comes out).  Do NOT wait until November to send your stuff.  There is no upside to that.

I concur.  I waited way too long to get my applications in and got waitlisted at the schools I really wanted.  Then, since applications were apparently way up last year (probably because of the economy), I was passed on.  I got into my safety school, but I'm planning on working my butt off this first year and transferring up to a better school. 

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I've been considering law school for sometime but never thought ti was very feasible until I made the decision to apply for Fall 2010.  That gives me one year to prepare.  I started preparing for the LSAT August 2 and I am planning to take it September 26.  From what I am reading, this seems like a small amount of time to prepare but I just want to take it tomorrow if I could.  I don't take anticipation well on life changing events.

And once I have that taken, I don't know if I can take the anticipation for admission decisions.

I plan to have my app completed and in by November 09.  Do schools usually wait to make decisions until after the admission deadline or do they make them on a rolling schedule?

You don't want to just wake up and go take the LSAT.  It will be a big factor in determining where you get in, so take the time to prepare.  Are you taking a class?  That can be important if you're not otherwise likely to put in a decent amount of prep time on your own.  Definitely go through a study guide as much as you possibly can, do all the problems, and take as many practice exams as you can.  Waiting out 1 month is nothing compared to what you'll be facing if you bomb the LSAT.  Try to learn to live with anticipation.  The Application process and final exams (once your in) are way more difficult than this.

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Law School Applications / Re: 3.9GPA, 166 LSAT, target schools?
« on: August 20, 2009, 12:50:29 PM »
Schools that will pick at you are Cornell, Duke, Michigan, G-town, maybe Berkeley.  PJC is right, Chicago and Penn are sticklers for LSAT.  Columbia is too.

I think Northwestern loves that high lsat...  But I'm not expert with that.  I think UVa could be a WL with a chance of acceptance.  Maybe a WL at NYU with a good story. 

A friend of mine, who is also a foreigner, got into Northwestern with a fairly unspectacular LSAT score and just respectable GPA.  The diversity element always helps.

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My understanding of loan certification is that this is when the school verifies you are attending and certifies what the cost of attendance is, as you cannot borrow more than the cost of attendance, which includes tuition, books, living expenses, etc.

That's my understanding, too.  My loans only went into certification after they'd been approved.  But you could probably find out by calling the lender and just asking them what that means.

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I went part time and here are a few things my friends did to get some experience. Some worked out deals with their employers to work less hours in the summer so they could intern PT. Others took clinics.  Other found solo lawyers that needed help that had work they could do from home and in the evenings. A few save up money so they could quit their job 4L and spend that whole year clerking or interning. Others saved up money and quit their jobs at graduation then interned or clerked from May till October when bar results came out. A few save money so they could intern for a whole year if needed after school. So there are options. One of the things you can do now is get active in the local bar association and name contacts. Who you know is key, so you can get to know people through the bar over the next 3 years other than clerking. There are options. Keeping you debt low gives you more options, so my advice is stick to your present plan and adapt the PT thing to work for you.

Thank you! That is really helpful - and helps alleviate some anxiety.

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John Marshall / Re: John Marshall Law Application - Traffic Violations
« on: August 13, 2009, 01:45:39 PM »
I asked about this recently since I just got all the orientation materials, including the ones about amending an application if you omitted anything at all from your original application.  I realized I forgot to list a traffic ticket (talking on a cell phone while driving), so I emailed the dean to ask about it.  He said to make a "good faith effort" on listing each one and the dates.  However, I just decided to get a driving record from the DMV.  It only costs $12, and it ensures that you list absolutely everything.  Better safe than sorry.

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