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Transferring / Re: T4 to T1
« on: July 06, 2010, 10:10:17 PM »
I'm not sure how rare it is for someone to be rejected by schools in the 80s/90s and be accepted by the T20. Honestly, I didn't even apply to anything above T55 because I didn't feel it was worth losing the scholarship and law review at my T-4 unless I could get into a T-1 or a nearly T-1 (also because I was able to choose 3 state schools that fit this description where I could get instate tuition if accepted). The 90+ school may assume it's your last choice and may have chosen a student the admissions committee thinks will actually attend. Otherwise, I don't know why they would be reject you.  The only other things I can think of that could cause problems would be a professor purposely giving you a bad recommendation or that your PS had a bunch of errors, and I doubt these could be true based on your rank.

Don't worry too much. You were top 3%, so you should get an acceptance letter soon from one of the schools.

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Transferring / Re: T4 to T1
« on: July 06, 2010, 09:50:30 PM »
Don't give up hope. There could be many reasons why this happened. It could be that they rejected you assuming one of the higher ranked schools would accept you or that they prefer instate and you are out-of-state. Do either of these things apply to you?: 1. criminal record or serious conduct violation, 2. currently go to a non-ABA approved law school.

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I'm not sure how it works at other schools. My school that I attended for 1L had  scholarship increases after the first year based on rank. Unfortunately, there was no rank that could get a full ride. It was a new scholarship program that they started this past year, and I think before they started it students basically had to go meet with the Dean and threaten to transfer in order to get more money.

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From what I understand, part of why there has been more change recently in the rankings and why schools like Stetson have gone from about 100 to tier 3 is because they now take into account full time and part time students. The ranks for a lot of the schools don't change very much--maybe 5 spots. Schools that have been kicked out of T-2 to T-3 were already at the very edge of the T2. A school isn't going to go from T-3/4 to #50 in 2 years or in the reverse unless there is some major change to it, like they decided to throw out the LSAT all together from their admissions decisions or something. Schools generally creep up and down the rankings slowly and good schools respond to the problems if their rankings get worse.

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There are some colleges where Caucasian students can get minority scholarships, but they are very rare. What I wonder is how long our government will continue with this band-aid system before they finally start tackling the educational disparities across this county at their roots--pre-k/elementary, middle, & high school--and make it so that every student can get a quality education. 

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Law School Applications / Re: 3.9/152
« on: July 04, 2010, 11:16:03 PM »
If you check out Law School Numbers it will show you what scores are getting in (list & graph) and who's getting scholarships (often including what amounts they're awarded).

Here's the link for Loyola NO on LSN
http://loyola-neworleans.lawschoolnumbers.com/

It looks like you have a good chance of getting in with some scholarship money based on this decision cycle.

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General Board / Re: JMLS Academic dismissal: gripes and questions....
« on: July 04, 2010, 06:21:53 PM »
It wasn't an attack on you, just an explanation of why you should get in the habit of using correct spelling and grammar. The more you allow these bad habits to continue on the forum and elsewhere, as I expect these are common mistakes for you in general, the more the bad habits will ingrain themselves and the harder they will be to stop.

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General Board / Re: JMLS Academic dismissal: gripes and questions....
« on: July 04, 2010, 04:22:32 PM »
You keep saying in your posts that spelling and grammar don't matter because those things aren't graded on LS exams or on the bar, but they will matter when you're done with school and are out in the real world. Some judges get very upset by spelling and grammar mistakes. These mistakes can be detrimental to your client's case and hurt your reputation as an attorney (and cost you money in court fees, etc.). It's a good idea to practice good spelling and grammar now, so that it will be automatic when you're out of school.

Some examples of what can happen:
http://www.legalassistanttoday.com/issue_archive/columns/LglWrtng_ma07.htm

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I think that if you really want to be a lawyer, and feel that you can handle the job regardless of the problems you mention, then you should at least have your shot at the LSAT, and then law school if you qualify. I just wonder, if you can't take the regular test due to needing a lot of extra time, how you are going to manage the work load. LS involves a ton of very dense reading. With exams at least, I know we had 1 kid in our class that had vision problems and some other learning disability like ADD, and they gave him a lot of extra time on the finals. So, they should give you extra time on finals.

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Thanks Bigs. I just didn't want to get myself into something I couldn't back out of if I needed to, and it sounds like there is no problem backing out from what you're saying.

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