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I applied to Maryland's PT program, but I haven't heard anything yet. I'll keep you updated, though ...

Law School Admissions / Re: Guaranteed admission -- Part-time U of MD
« on: April 21, 2004, 05:59:35 PM »
Thanks, roman. Good luck to you as well.

Yeah, UMD hasn't reponded to my queries either. I think I will give 'em a call if they don't contact me before the end of the week.

Law School Admissions / Re: Guaranteed admission -- Part-time U of MD
« on: April 21, 2004, 07:35:59 AM »
I think that you are probably in a preferred position for GMU, even with the misdemeanor on your record. GMU is the place to be if you are interested in Economics, so I think you have a well prepared plan.

Good job on the LSATs! I really envy anyone who does well on them. I practiced for 8 months until September of 2003 (scoring around 167 on my practice tests) when my younger brother was diagnosed with a severe heart condition. Then I let the whole thing fall by the wayside until December (after his surgery). I'm proud of my mediocre score (158) because I followed through with it, but I was still such an emotional wreck that I could barely fill in the bubbles on the score card!

I'm glad it's over and grateful that I have one acceptance (Catholic) under my belt. It's a huge relief knowing my brother is doing well and I will be going to school in the fall.

Thanks for the vote of confidence.  i actually took the LSAT in Sep of 98 and got a 165.  unfortunately, that puts me just over the 5 year cutoff so i have to retake it.  i do expect to score better then that this time, as i am preparing more, but we all know the LSAT is not an exact science, and there are no guarantess of how you will perform on a given day.

i also have a misdemeanor on my record from 5 years ago.  obviously that will work against me, but im hoping that with numbers that should be above median, a solid resume from 5 years out in the working world, and a considerable amount of volunteer work including big bro/big sis and teaching at an adult program for GMU for 2 years, they will give me the benefit of the doubt.

im going to apply to GMU, GWU, GULC, American, and CUA.  i want to go to GMU primarily because the economics focus really appeals to me and the in-state tuition will make the financial aspects very manageable.

but yeah, i am planning on having my apps in the mail the week they start accepting them.  i already wrote my personal statement, explanation of the misdemeanor and will be getting my LORs together in early summer.  its actually a freak coincidence that i taught for a GMU sponsored community program.  i did it just to get the teaching experience but liked it so much, i just kept doing it.  at the time i didnt even realize it was GMU sponsered nor was i aware that GMU even had a good law school, or even that i would want to go to law school in the first place.  Im figuring that may be the one thing ive done that will shift the scale in my favor against the misdemeanor.

Also in regards to the ppl with higher numbers getting rejected to the PT program, i have this thought.  It makes sense that schools that create part time programs do so primarily to provide a means for students to attend law school who would be unable to attend full time.  I can see them giving more leniance to ppl who are out working full time with bills to pay who obviously could not go full time then to people whos likely motivation for applying part time would be to gain an admissions advantage.  this is just a theory, but could help explain the discrepency between PT/FT numbers at virtually all the schools i have looked at.

Law School Admissions / Re: Guaranteed admission -- Part-time U of MD
« on: April 21, 2004, 07:26:35 AM »
I applied in Dec. I believe my app was complete by the end of Jan. I did not receive any confirmation from them. All I got was a letter from financial service office regarding in-state tuition.

I applied to all schools (except Catholic) in and around DC but have been rejected. Although, this is my last hope for this year I am extremely pessimistic after what happened this year with other schools.

Hmm ... I wonder what is taking UMD so long to get back to you. Have you contacted them and inquired about the status of your application?

I'm really undecided between all of my top choices (UMD, Catholic and American), and will need to know soon so I can make work and living arrangements.

Good luck, roman. Maybe we're the only two applicants for Fall 2004.  ;)

Law School Admissions / Re: Guaranteed admission -- Part-time U of MD
« on: April 21, 2004, 06:56:02 AM »
I applied to the PT program at UMD and haven't heard from them.

There is another one!!! When did you apply? I applied in January, but I took the February LSAT ... so my application wasn't complete for a while.

Law School Admissions / Re: Guaranteed admission -- Part-time U of MD
« on: April 21, 2004, 06:54:01 AM »
Hmm ... that surprises me about GMU. I know of a lot of people who didn't get into the part-time program and had much higher numbers than that. I just worry that people are going to look at what happened this year and then do what makes sense: Apply to part-time programs. However, if there is a big movement to do that, then it will inflate the numbers and anyone applying after December with the "average" numbers are in for a struggle.

But, you have a great GPA and are starting the whole process early. I think you will get into whatever PT program you want even if you get a mediocre score on the LSAT. Just don't apply late in the cycle. I put off applying because of a family emergency, and it has caused a lot of undue stress ...

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Billable Hours
« on: April 21, 2004, 06:43:02 AM »
Those are some long days.

However, I probably make about 1/5 of what an associate does, and I already have to work 10-12 hour days. I guess it wouldn't seem so bad if I had the funds to show for it ...

Are there firms that allow you to take a certain percentage of your billable hours home with you? That article mentions working three Saturdays a month -- that would only be half so bad if I was still in PJs with my family close by ...

Law School Admissions / Re: Guaranteed admission -- Part-time U of MD
« on: April 21, 2004, 06:31:31 AM »
sorry i dont have an exact answer for you.  but ive looked into enough PT programs to say with confidence that they generally have median LSATs about 2 points lower tehn full time programs.  the GPAs are lower also.  i am hoping that this is the edge that will help me cancel out the extreme competition when i apply in the fall.

I do have a distinct impression that this year was much more competitive than previous ones in regards to part-time programs -- at least the ones in D.C.

That's why I am so curious about the Maryland part-time program stats in particular, since I don't really know of anyone else who applied. There's some info on lawschoolnumbers, but not a lot.

(I really can't wait for this whole process to finally be over ...  :-)

Most large firms I've encountered require a minimum of 1800--1900 billable hours from their associates.

Law School Admissions / Re: U of Maryland part-time
« on: April 20, 2004, 07:40:11 PM »
In light of the lack of responses to this thread, is it safe to assume that no one else has applied to the UMD part-time program?

SWEET! Guaranteed admission to a tier one! ;)
Seriously, if any other PT UMD applicants are out there, I would love to hear from you! Please? So lonely ...

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