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Law School Admissions / Re: THE MAIL CALL THREAD
« on: January 19, 2006, 01:20:45 PM »
Email from Cornell this afternoon.

Im thrilled to be admitted to a T14, because it means theres nothing glaringly WRONG with my application but at the same time, im wishing they moved cornell law to someplace less... remote.

VERY excited though- anyone have any thoughts/opinions on cornell? it hardly gets mentioned on these boards.

thats weird she said that... i sent in all my materials the last week of november, and about three weeks later got a formal snail mail notice about being complete and now under review in their admissions office.

so id say they definitely send out completion notices, just check ur mail, took them a full three weeks for me so youve got some time.

im just wondering how you can tell if its a miracle without the recommendations and other soft factors

im a 167, 3.85
applied to yale, harvard, columbia, nyu. ALLLL would be miracles for me, i think.

but i went to NYU undergrad, and some of recommending professors are involved in the law school. and my dad went to harvard law a million years ago (but hasnt donated a library and it didnt even ask on the application... so i dont think that counts)

my point is just that even with the URM info, i really dont see how we can tell whc is a longshot or not

but onrats to everyone hat got in anywhere that makes them happy. ill definitely be posting back here if i get into a top5 school with my numbers


Law School Admissions / Re: You're killing me, Fordham!!!
« on: January 19, 2006, 12:33:05 PM »
fordham is strange. i got in yesterday, and got the email about admitted studentss today.
but i went "complete" there literally the moment i sent in my application- within 24 hours i was "complete" on their website and this is end of november. took them two months though to make a decision.

so id say its kinda random and you should just wait it out, dont stress.

Law School Admissions / Re: GTown PT/FT, been waiting awhile. . .
« on: January 18, 2006, 07:09:01 PM »
I find them to be a little disorganized.

I sent in everything the day after Thanksgiving, and my recommendations were in a week later. My status was "Applied" on there website- not even complete- for literally about two months. I emailed them saying "uhhhh guys... whats the deal here" and they never got back to me- but my status changed to "complete" online the next day.

and so now i continue to wait. i guess they are just busy as all hell, because absolutely everyone i know with an LSAT score anywhere from 160 to 180 applies there, either as a reach or a safety. its just "that" school, we allll can see ourselves there.

i know i can. come on gtown.


Law School Admissions / Complicated question about senior year transcript
« on: January 18, 2006, 07:03:22 PM »
Ive been lurking here for a bit, reading every once in a while.

You guys seem to know alot be helpful so here goes my dilemma:

I am a 167/3.83 at a big private University. I am in the Scholars program, doing honors in my major, writing a thesis, president of a political club on campus, studied abroad in europe and the middle east,blah blah blah. Very solid personal statement about my experiences with terrorism and religion, one rec from the chair of the politics department, one from the vice president of my university who taught an honors seminar i was in, and one from the executive director of the Hillel Center for Jewish Life, where i was heavily involved on campus. it looks nice as a package, but 167 isnt a 170 and the 3.83 isnt a 4.0, so the Yale/NYU/Penn dream seems shakier than I would like.

this past semester i took four classes- I got an A in three of them, bringing in a third straight semester of a 4.0 GPA. (no i dont have an upward trend that the admissions boards crave... my freshman year was a 3.9, my junior/senior years were 4.0 and my drunken, confused sophomore year was a weird 3.55).

in writing my thesis, i took basically an eight credit thesis seminar- four credits i did  last fall, then i went abroad and did some research over the summer. i came back and did the next four credits. but i didnt finish my thesis- that abroad break slowed me down, so my research was scattered and i didnt finish my thesis this semester. the professor/department were FINE with that- i will just finish it by may graduation.
the PROBLEM is that a) this gives me an INCOMPLETE on my transcript, which doesnt hurt my GPA but still says "I" right on the page and that cant look good
and b) i finished school. i have enough credits to graduate just not enough to graduate with honors, because i have to finish the thesis for that. SOOO im not taking classes, but im not graduated- im on a "leave of absence" which just means im still enrolled but not taking classes, and working on my thesis.

my question is whether i should forward along this past transcripts to the law schools... they know I am graduating in May, because when I applied I thought I would just take some more classes this semester, but to save my parents the extraordinary tuition fees, I am not. So i dont know if it looks really bad to be suddenly incomplete in your thesis seminar, on a leave of absence... i just am not sure how to present this. Obviously, if i sent my new transcript along i would HAVE to include a note explaining the Incomplete and the leave of absence- but how can I practically even do that? Like through what forum on LSAC? An individual note to each admissions office?

i know this is confusing and i included my information up on top just to paint a picture- of where im coming from with all this.

oh and heres where i am going: I got into Cardozo and Fordham so far, and I am waiting to hear from Harvard, Yale, NYU, Columbia, Penn, Georgetown, Michigan, Cornell and GW.

anyyyy comments on absolutely anything would be sweet. good luck to everyone.

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