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Law School Applications / Re: 2010-2011 Application Cycle
« on: November 08, 2010, 01:11:52 PM »
In the mail today I received what looked like an invitation from the envelope from GULC.  Upon opening it, I realized, it was my first acceptance!!!!  My application for Georgetown was received on 10/4.  So they had a quick turn.  The Dean wrote a nice little hand wrtitten letter complimenting my personal statement.  I was unsure of how it would be received by schools, but I feel this vindicates my choice.  I mailed a thank you card to the dean and mailed it today.

I feel so much better and less stressed.  Everything is falling into place.

I plan on visting the school some, sometime before this semester is over.

Congratulations!!! 

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Before you go to law school...
« on: October 20, 2010, 07:35:59 PM »
I really don't think med school is anymore of a guarantee. I was at a friends wedding these weekend and there were a lot of med students and they were saying oh it must be so nice to know you are going to make a ton of money as a lawyer. I thought ok well you don't know what you are talking about. I assumed med students would make a ton of money, but there situation is almost worse.
It depends on which specialty they go into.  A GP doesn't make shitloads.  An anaesthesiologist makes shitloads no matter what.  I forget what the other three golden specialties are, but any med student should be able to tell you.

Of course Obamacare may change all that.  In other countries, doctors make squat, which explains why their medical care is so crappy.
Nearly all doctors will still make $100k+ annually after residency; primary care, the lowest paid, typically start at $120k.  They may feel like that's not much as most have lots of student loan debt (medical schools give very little aid outside of loans) but mostly I think they don't realize how little most lawyers make.  Or, maybe they're just concerned about their future because of the new healthcare reforms.

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Law School Applications / Re: What are my realistic options?
« on: October 20, 2010, 07:21:30 PM »
http://lawschoolnumbers.com/cstoffan

The above individual has a 2.8 (which is what I beleive you meant with the smiley face thanks to an 8 plus ) in addition to a 168 LSAT.  He was waitlisted or rejected by all top 20 schools he applied to.

http://lawschoolnumbers.com/taw856

The individual above with a 2.77 and a 170 was accepted to Northwester in the T14 and a couple of schools inside the top 20.
Northwestern is splitter friendly as they prefer applicants with work experience.  If you've worked at least 2 years, your GPA will be less of of an issue.  However, if you've been collecting degrees, you'll need a higher LSAT to make up for your GPA.
Good luck! :)

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LSAC forces you to preview your application in .pdf format before you send it.  you can print it out then
There is also a print option for the application (sans attachments) when you're in the primary application part.

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Thanks for reading all. I am just curious if anyone knows someone who has gotten into Thomas Cooley with a very low LSAT and GPA score. I know websites show this law school's lowest acceptable LSAT and GPA score  is LSAT Low 145, GPA LOW 2.75, but I read the school actually accepts lower than that.  I've read the 'good' and the 'bad' about Thomas M. Cooley through articles and various forums, so I'm not here to discuss that (I know how topics can branch out to other topics). I'm just curious if anyone knows, even if someone personally, has gotten into Thomas Cooley Law School with scores lower than this. Just out of curiosity am I asking this question, so thanks ahead of time!
Personally?  No.  I don't know anyone who has even considered Cooley.  However, this woman (if real) got in with a 144 / 2.5:
http://lawschoolnumbers.com/glb15943/jd

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Law School Applications / Re: 2010-2011 Application Cycle
« on: October 15, 2010, 01:02:16 PM »
So today is my last anything for my applications.  All my applications are done, but I have an interview for Vanderbilt at 3pm.  While doing my research, I began to grow extremely interested in the school.  Their summer program in Venice, their Law and Business program, and Nashville was nice from what I have read and seen.
Good luck! :) 

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Recommendations / Re: Requesting LOR from Professors Several Years Later
« on: October 13, 2010, 08:36:30 PM »
Yes, academic LORs are preferred, but not if they're likely to be lukewarm . . . as a years-old contact is likely to be.  Unless there are extraordinary circumstances, it's better to have two execellent non-academic references than even one so-so academic one.

A good reference is Joyce Curll's book, Best Law School Admissions Secrets.  It's excellent.  (No, I don't get a kickback.  = :   )

Thane.
This is reassuring.  I requested one from my favorite professor from undergrad (who moved to a school out of state the year after I graduated).  Even though we had kept in touch here and there, I felt awkward asking.  She never ended up sending it in, and I haven't followed up.  I have two strong (very specific, personal and well-written) letters from my former bosses.  I guess we'll see how my cycle goes!

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Megan,

I'd say it can't hurt from what I was told at the LSAV forum.  I am white, middle class.  I wrote about how addiction has kept my my parents in the throes of chaos for years with my brothers.  I spoke about while never falling to my genetic disposition to be a chemical addict, I have focused the energy on fitness, writing  novel, earning an income, and finally academic pursuits. 

One thing I will say, is only submit it if they ask.  Some of the applications did not have the option for one.  IMO, if I can't follow directions on an applicationm why would I once in school
Thanks!  This specific one has a check box for it and is known for their diversity.  My story is not nearly as compelling as yours, but I think adding a statement (while recognizing I'm not claiming a hard knock life) won't hurt.

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Law School Applications / Should I write a Diversity Statement for [T25]?
« on: October 13, 2010, 06:24:23 AM »
(I may delete this later...)

I'm middle class and white... the most recent immigrants in my lineage are my great-grandparents from Germany who came over a century ago.  I have never faced serious adversity and have honestly lived a rather charmed life, so I haven't written any diversity statements.
However, I noticed the following on the website  for a particular T25 school (bolding mine):
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You may be regarded as potentially contributing to student diversity if your background or experience would not ordinarily be well-represented in the student body or the legal profession. Examples include (but are not limited to) students who:

    * have struggled against prejudice, economic disadvantage, family or personal adversity, or other social hardships (perhaps as a result of disability, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation or religious affiliation)
    * lived in a foreign country or spoke a language other than English at home
    * have unusual career goals, employment history (perhaps military or law enforcement experience), or educational background (including graduate study)
    * demonstrate unusual extracurricular achievement (including school or community service)
I have two undergraduate degrees, one I designed myself in entertainment business from a good school, the other in Fashion Merchandising from an academically light but well respected fashion school.  I'm currently at a Fortune 500 retailer, have worked in support roles in BigLaw and investment banking, and have independently produced an Off-Broadway play.
I don't think any one thing I've done is particularly unique (except maybe the play), but I think I will bring an interesting perspective due to the breadth of my experience in niche industries.
Still, all of this is already somewhere in my application (between my app, resume and PS), so an additional statement would be redundant.  I just don't want to receive a ding for not writing an "optional" statement when the parameters are so broad.

Any thoughts?  This is a school LSAC puts me at a 42%-52% likelihood of acceptance based on my numbers, so this is a case where softs could make a difference.

Thanks!

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Where should I go?
« on: October 12, 2010, 08:50:54 AM »
Thank you for the response, but I should have better clarified my question.  I'm curious which law schools are best suited to my interests.  I intend to use my JD to inform a career in public service, specifically in the realm of financial regulation and the enforcement thereof.  Big Law is out of the question.  I'd like a school that affords me the opportunity to study graduate-level economics courses while I pursue my JD.  Columbia and GLUC are at the top of my list, but I'm curious to know if these or other law schools in either DC or New York have reputable programs that fit my goals.
NYU Law has a strong emphasis on public service plus a top-rate B-school.  You will probably need a 170+ LSAT score unless they find your story particularly compelling.  You should also look into their scholarship programs (http://www.law.nyu.edu/admissions/jdadmissions/scholarships/index.htm)

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