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Recommendations / Re: LOR Questions
« on: December 29, 2010, 10:00:46 AM »
The only thing I'd add to the good advice you got from the PPs is that when requesting the LORs, make sure you let the recommendation writers know that their LORs will go to multiple schools.  Otherwise, they might mention a specific school.

Perhaps the OP is interested in entertainment law, in which case a music degree would be very relevant.   Or, perhaps, partway through the degree, the OP realized that a performance/history degree is very unlikely to put food on one's table, but since law schools tend to value a high GPA over a particular major, the OP decided to finish the degree.  (That's what I did, but I went into a different career.  Right now, I'm pursuing a law degree because I need an additional graduate degree to advance in my current career and I've always found law interesting.)

To the OP:  Try checking the Official Guide to ABA Approved Law Schools on the LSAC site.  Search by UGPA/LSAT and find schools where your numbers are well above average.  Then, go to Law School Numbers and see what type of financial aid those schools have been offering.

Law School Applications / Re: LAW SCHOOL RESUME'
« on: December 21, 2010, 10:02:27 AM »
I used law school faculty curriculum vitae (vitaes?) as a pattern for mine.  So, in addition to work and education, I included a section with articles and book reviews I'd had published and presentations I'd given at professional conferences.

LSAT horror stories / Re: 140 by just putting C all the way down.
« on: December 14, 2010, 12:49:51 PM »
I'm already in, with a higher score, but I heard that and was wondering if it's true. I wonder since people here and on the street too will tell me how they got as low as a 130(or sometimes below) and it seems to me that you would have to be having a real hard time with the test if you received less than 140 if it were true.

Anyone have enough free time(and the money) to go test it for us?

There's no need to waste the time and money.  Just take one of the tests that has been released, go to the answer key, count the number of times "C" is the correct answer, and put that number into the chart that tells how many correct answers one needs to get to receive a given score.

Recommendations / Re: Does the signature on LOR request form handwritten?
« on: December 07, 2010, 12:56:40 PM »
If I recall correctly, I faxed one of my forms and it went through OK.

LSAC and LSDAS / Re: Wrong Cumulative GPA on LSAC
« on: December 07, 2010, 12:14:29 PM »
MEMEMEME:  PPS have given you some good information.  There are only two things I'd add.

First, I found that even though my college didn't figure "satisfactory/unsatisfactory" grades into my GPA, LSAC counted "unsatisfactory" as if it were an "F."  (I neglected to drop a sight-singing course that I'd stopped attending.)  Though this didn't affect me, if my college had used the "withdrawn - failing" notation, that also would have counted as an "F."

Second, if you log into your LSAC account, go to the "Apply" tab, "Credentials" sub-tab, and select "Transcripts", you'll see the "Academic Summary Report Key."  This document contains a fair amount of information on how they calculate GPA.  (From your remarks, I suspect you may have already seen it.)

Law School Applications / Re: Completely Intimidated to Apply
« on: December 07, 2010, 11:09:07 AM »
I'd suggest you give the admissions office at your local law school a call and talk with them.  Admissions office people tend to be very nice, and many will give you their honest assessment of your chances of admission.

Go to school in the location you want to live in after graduation. Tier 4's are fine I go to one and it has worked out great up to this point.
Excellent point.  I responded as I did because, given the geographical range of schools at which the OP had applied, I didn't get the sense the OP knew where he wanted to live after graduation.

You're considering going to a T4 school rather than a T3 school because the T3 school is located in Cleveland? 

What confuses me about these discussions is that, esp. in student comments on princeton-review like things, everyone says 'Well, it's not like anybody is razoring out pages or something", as if this was the binary trigger for competitiveness. It just seems like a straw man so everyone can seem not extreme, like somewhere there is a law school where none of the books have pages left in them. (The exception might be Liberty U, who probably only bothers with one book, one nobody would ever rip pages out of.)

Law schools don't have arsenic poisonings, shootings, candle-stick clubbing, noosing, or anything else you might encounter in a night's Clue game. But its not like people when asked if their school is competitive say "It's not like we stab law-review competitors in the face or anything." The false implication of that statement is that somewhere there is a Stabface University School of Law where this is a common and accepted practice.

So i'm left wondering: What are the worst contemporary instances of cutthroat behavior that actually happen?

When I was an undergraduate, my on-campus job was filing looseleaf in a law school library.  I heard librarians discussing students who had cut out the portions of class reserve books necessary to complete assignments (maybe twice?) and intentionally mis-shelved books in the library (often).

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