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Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Does race really matter?
« on: December 12, 2005, 10:10:32 PM »
Can anyone show me some information proving some of the things people say on here about race/AA?  I read that some schools will give an LSAT boost based on race for URMs.  Is that true?  Do URMs really get into schools with lower numbers than non-URMs who were rejected?  I read all the "we aim for diversity" statements as saying that they don't discriminate on the basis of race/religion/sexual orientation.  Am I incredibly naive? 

Law School Admissions / Re: Does everyone get so much mail?
« on: December 06, 2005, 07:01:19 PM »
I figured there would be some reason like that, tralala.  All this stuff is waaay too complicated.

Law School Admissions / Re: Are any of us really unique?
« on: December 06, 2005, 11:53:07 AM »
I don't *feel* unique, but here are the things that make me a little different than (what I picture as) your average law school applicant:

I'm 26
I've been out of school for 5 years
I've spent my time since graduation travelling (Japan for 3.5 years, Iowa for a while, now back in Illinois) and raising my kids (3 and 2 years old)
And...  that's it.  I'm boring.

Law School Admissions / Re: Does everyone get so much mail?
« on: December 06, 2005, 11:49:37 AM »
It sure is a mystery.  I've received exactly one fee waiver from Illinois (where I'm living now), and none from Oklahoma (I went to OU), but a bunch from all over the East coast. 

I have two friends who both went to better UG schools than mine, and both scored significantly better than I did on the LSAT (168 and 172), and they said they got 3 or 4 fee waivers each. 

I guess I'll just sit back and keep enjoying the flood of mail.  It makes me feel popular.  ;)

As a thought, would being kinda older (I'm 26, graduated in December of 2000) make me more likely to get fee waivers?  Do they even know that from the information they get from CRS? 

Law School Admissions / Does everyone get so much mail?
« on: December 06, 2005, 11:30:00 AM »
I understand the fee waivers from lower ranked schools, but some of the places that sent me fee waivers are unattainable, given my numbers (i.e. Columbia -- I'm 3.29/164).  It was the standard "you should consider applying to our school, blah blah, your impressive credentials" letter.  That kind of thing makes sense to me coming from, say, Western New England, but from Columbia?  They can't be that hard up for applicants. 

Does anyone know how schools determine who gets fee waivers?

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