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Law School Applications / Re: 2010-2011 Application Cycle
« on: October 14, 2010, 06:50:05 AM »
I got a few fee waivers in the e-mails prior to the forum, and I got a lot saying if you just stop by our booth then we will give you a fee waiver. University of Oregon said if you come to our table and say GO DUCKS. You will get one and I did and I got one. 

I think a big reason I got a lot of the waivers is I went up to the table of every school I would even slightly consider and wrote my LSAC number down. Then a week or so later I got a fee waiver from a lot of schools saying thank you for stopping by our table etc. Some came months later I was really PISSED ABOUT CHAPMAN. I was waiting to get a waiver from them I waited a month then I spent the 80 bucks to apply and the next day of course I get an e-mail saying thanks for stopping by your booth here is a fee waiver.  >:. I asked if I could get the money back answer No. BASTARDS! If you go to the forum you will get some and if you just talk to them they will give it you. I got nothing from Franklin Pierce in the e-mails or anything, but I talked to the lady for a five minutes and then bam fee waiver. A lot of schools were like that you can never get to many fee waivers so just go up to them.
Thanks for clearing that up. In fact, I did once wonder whether they give you a refund for an application fee that has been paid before they issued a fee waiver. Too bad they don't. Still a little surprised that NONE of the emails I received had fee waivers, but I guess I shouldn't complain about that. 

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Law School Applications / Re: 2010-2011 Application Cycle
« on: October 13, 2010, 10:08:05 PM »
Sign up for the LSAC forums to man just register for all of them and you will get a TON! of fee waivers a few days before when the forum is. I got probably 60 fee waivers some from schools I had no business applying to with my numbers, so I imagine you would get significantly more with your 173. You have nothing to lose my applying as many schools as possible and registering for those forums well make it very cheap to do.

Is it true?? I registered for the Boston Forum scheduled for Oct.16 and got tons of e-mails from participating schools, but none of them had fee waivers! And my numbers aren't bad........That's weird....

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Law School Applications / Reapplicant LOR
« on: October 13, 2010, 09:15:26 PM »
This is my second time application, and I got one new letter of recommendation from my current employer. My two previous letters were from my professors. I applied to several law schools with the three LORs, but UPenn "strongly" suggests that reapplicants submit two "new" letters of recommendation.
Do you think this could be critical? Frankly, I cannot find anyone else who knows me well enough to write me an LOR..

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Personal Statement / Reapplicant LOR
« on: October 13, 2010, 09:14:28 PM »
This is my second time application, and I got one new letter of recommendation from my current employer. My two previous letters were from my professors. I applied to several law schools with the three LORs, but UPenn "strongly" suggests that reapplicants submit two "new" letters of recommendation.
Do you think this could be critical? Frankly, I cannot find anyone else who knows me well enough to write me an LOR..

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Law School Applications / Re: 2010-2011 Application Cycle
« on: September 10, 2010, 12:37:23 AM »
I see... Maybe it's something they offer only to early applicants. Congrats on the waitlist, anyway. I think you have a very good chance of getting off the waitlist.

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Law School Applications / Re: 2010-2011 Application Cycle
« on: September 09, 2010, 11:04:57 AM »
Thanks for sharing! I am also preparing to apply to T14 schools. Good luck to us all!!
I have a question for you. What is prioprity track? Is that different from the binding early decision? Can't seem to find it anywhere in LSAC website...

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Law School Applications / Re: Question about application dates...
« on: August 05, 2010, 10:41:15 PM »
I don't think it matters at all. I don't even think that information about your application history is made available to the schools you are applying for. Also, you could always apply through the Early Decision process, which is binding. That would be enough to let the school know that they're your definite first choice.

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Law School Applications / Fee waiver for 2nd time applicants
« on: August 05, 2010, 05:56:24 AM »
Hi everyone,
I am applying to law school this year, this is my second time, and I've never heard of any case like mine, so I hope some of you can help me out.
I took my first LSAT in 2009 and applied with the score, which was way below my usual scores on prep tests. I received offers and got waitlisted by some of the schools, but I couldn't settle for them.
So I retook the LSAT in February this year and scored higher, so I withdrew all admissions and decided to reapply to higher ranking law schools.
Since this is the second time I am applying, I am hoping to get fee waivers. So, here are my questions.

1. Will the law schools consider me as a candidate even though I have a record of applying last year?
2. I scored 163 the first time and 174 the second time. Do you think I have a shot at receiving a fee waiver from T14 schools?
3. When do law schools begin sending fee waivers? I figured it must depend on the school, since I received one from U of Minnesota in April, but I am planning to apply as soon as they begin receiving applications and I wouldn't like to get a fee waiver after applying, if that's even possible.

 

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Law School Applications / Multiple LSAT scores: Average or Highest?
« on: March 22, 2010, 09:31:14 PM »
 This topic has probably appeared on this board several times already, but I couldn't find it among recent posts, so here it is. The following is a list I got, but I also saw other lists where Columbia was said to take the highest, an article about NYU shifting to highest, etc. If anyone has an accurate, reliable, not outdated list of schools considering average or highest, please share.

Schools that claim to consider the highest score:
Yale
Chicago
Northwestern
Cornell
UCLA
Pepperdine
Southwestern

Schools that claim to average:
NYU
UC-Berkeley
Duke
Virginia
Georgetown
Loyola-L.A.

Schools that won’t commit either way:
Harvard
Stanford
Columbia
Pennsylvania
Michigan
Texas
USC


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Law School Applications / Re: Physician with 3.98 161 LSAT
« on: March 19, 2010, 11:21:04 PM »
May I ask which law school you go to which is so MD friendly?

Yes, I am considering studying for the LSAT again. The problem I have is science and medicine have taught me to be a meticulous reader. And this habit slows me down tremendously on the exam. I have gotten over this obstacle for the logical reasoning and am missing 2-4 on each LR section. But the reading comprehension has been a challenge for me, because tackling science passages is a different beast than LSAT passages. My "strategy" was to take my time on 3 passages with the most questions (and usually that gave me great accuracy on those passages) and I would then do a couple questions from the fourth passage that were not global and usually get those right and guess on the rest. On the real exam however, I did not get to the fourth passage at all and completely guessed on 6 questions. The second time around, I know I have to finish all the passages if I want to raise my score. It's just very hard to get out of my habit. In medicine, if I dont understand a sentence, I reread it, and reread it, then look it up, or ask for help, until I get it. LOL. This is the Kiss of Doom for the LSAT. I know. I need a new approach. I will also consider taking a prep course the second time around which may help.

 I am not an MD, but I had the same problem with reading. I always used to score perfect on games, get 2-3 wrong in LR and the final score really depended on RC.
 So for about 4 months, I took the habit of reading uninteresting, professional articles on Scientific American and Newsweek or journals because many articles from these sources actually appeared on previous LSATs. I made sure to choose articles that are longer in length than LSAT passages and to read them to the end as fast as I could.
 At first I couldn't retain many of the information in the article, because I focused mainly on finishing it on time. But once I became accustomed to reading fast, I began to pay more attention to the content, understand the flow, the main points, and other important points that are used to support the main points.
 This habit made my prep scores jump from 168-171 to 175-178 just before taking the actual LSAT. And everyone thought 171 was my limit. This is how I studied, and this may or may not work for you. I hope this helps!

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