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Law School Admissions / At work...
« on: September 15, 2004, 11:35:07 AM »
I just had a serious Office Space moment at work where I just wanted steal the printer that keeps paper jamming when there is no paper jam and take a baseball bat to it. 

Anyone else ever have this happen?

Studying for the LSAT / Score bands
« on: September 15, 2004, 10:00:01 AM »
What do you all think of score bands?  I think they are worthless.  When I took the test I scored a 158 which in my opinion was the worst I was going to do.  But they report a band of 155-161.  Leading adcomms to believe I could potentially score lower than I did.  But in my head my band really should be 158-164.  Do you think Adcomms decisions are seriously affected by these bands?

Law School Admissions / Ordering Reports
« on: September 07, 2004, 10:53:07 AM »
Does anyone know how school receive these reports?  Do we just order them and the school automatically request them?  Or do we have to notify the schools that these reports are awaiting them on the website?  If anyone has some insight to these questions, their answers will be much appreciated.

Choosing the Right Law School / Application Distribution
« on: September 03, 2004, 10:46:32 AM »
I am curious how everyone is distributing their apps between reaches to safeties. 

Here is how I plan on doing it:

2 Longshots (~5%)

4 Reaches (~25%)

3 Possibilities (~40%)

4 Safety (~80%)

1 Super Safety (~95%)

What do you all think?

Law School Admissions / Criminal History Addendum
« on: August 13, 2004, 08:01:36 AM »
I wrote an addendum to address my criminal history.  I stated that I believe I was not guilty, but did not have enough money to hire an attorney to clear my name.  So I took the safest plea and went with it.  The charges were dismissed after due time. 

Do you think I covered all my bases?  I revealed the crimes, but never truly admitted any wrongdoing.

I am in the predicament where my grade gradually declined over my final two years at school.  This was primarily due to a couple classes where I believe I truly got dicked over which, in turn, led to a less than 100% effort in many other classes.  My motivation to do well was pretty much destroyed in these other classes.  These excuses are not what the adcoms probably want to hear.  So should I just let it be or attempt a tactful approach at addressing the downward trend?  Any suggestions?  I would prefer to put in an addendum because I have a PS which is turning out to be, in my opinion, a quality essay. Any input would be appreciated.

I grew up with a medical condition which really caused me no real hardship other than taking a pill everyday.  Sometimes I felt slightly uncomfortable, but really and effects of this were minor.  But of course, if presented properly, I could play it off as a troubling experience I had to overcome.  Do you think this would be a solid topic to help a white, middle-class applicant have some sort of diversity?

Does anyone have an idea how long it took for their LOR to appear in the LSAC system?  I sent mine in a week ago and still haven't seen it.  I figure I may have missed the last mail run last Friday, so it may not have gone out until Monday.  But my impatience is curious.  Let me know if anyone could give a rough estimate.

Personal Statements, Resumes, and Letters of Recommendation / Topics
« on: June 11, 2004, 10:51:16 AM »
I have been preliminarily thinking about possible topics.  For my safety schools I will plan to write a conservative, ordinary personal statement.  But for my reach schools, I am thinking of ways to grab their attention.  I have an Alcohol Related arrest which has since been expunged.  But an explanation at some point will probably be necessary in the application, so I have thought of playing the recovering alcoholic card.  I believe I can justify things such as criminal history and meteocre grades while presenting an intriguing story.  Furthermore, I will be able to touch on my weaknesses without highlighting them.  So even though I may be an alcoholic, I am in no means recovering.  Admissions doesn't need to know this.  But nevertheless, it can make for an eye-catching PS.  But the question I have is, will admission look down upon alcoholism?  Or will they accept recovery and see it as a positive attribute to my character?  I would appreciate any input.

Studying for the LSAT / Something to worry about?
« on: June 11, 2004, 08:26:52 AM »
Last night I took Prep Test 42 and completely bombed it.  The games section killed me.  I usually miss 0-2, but I missed 9.  I missed 7 of the 9 due to a misread of the rules.  I tell myself it was because I was tired, but it could happen on the test, too.  Just getting these correct would have shot my score into a more acceptable range.  I believe I should have done a normal range if not for a few very stupid mistakes.  Is this something I should worry about on the real deal? 

I hate this test and can't wait for it to be over.  I need a drink, but not untill Tuesday.

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