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Acceptances / Re: American U Lap Program
« on: May 10, 2007, 12:55:57 AM »
There is info up on the blog about this. FYI :)

Also, I started a facebook group for WCL 2010 since I couldnt find one.

http://stthom.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2758515530

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Law School Applications / Re: SMU
« on: May 08, 2007, 07:34:49 PM »
Hrmph, waitlisted. I won't be staying on it. *shrug*

i was looking forward to having you at SMU!!!

Aw I was, too.

Aw, you guys are sweet :-*   Sooo... come visit me in Houston this summer! ;D

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LSAC and LSDAS / Re: Study Abroad
« on: May 08, 2007, 07:33:05 PM »
Quote
my university translated them into actual grades

As opposed to French grades, which are... fake grades?

Okay, fair enough. My university translated my french grades into American grades.

French grades are on a 20 point scale, except that 17, 18, 19, or 20 are basically never awarded. I don't know a single french person who has ever gotten more than a 16 in a class. So while a 16 might numerically be the same as an 80, in terms of MEANING it's the same as an A.

At the bottom of this page there's an interesting conversion chart for French, German, Spanish, and American grades. It it, of course, only one system.
http://www.wes.org/gradeconversionguide/articlewindow.htm

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Wait List / Re: Anyone been accepted to South Texas and not going?
« on: May 07, 2007, 05:49:52 PM »
I'm not so much worried as I am ready for a decision.  They've had my application complete for about 3 months now. What is it that they're not so sure about? I applied as my safety. I know they can reject me for any reason they want, including stumbling over this post, but if that's what they want to do they should go ahead and do it already.


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Where should I go next fall? / Re: The plot thickens...
« on: May 07, 2007, 04:18:39 AM »
If you want more people with UT/Tulane knowledge to answer, you might consider changing the subject of your thread to something that incorporates those two names. I am personally more likely to click on a thread with the intent to provide information if I know before I click on it that I have information to provide. As it is, you are probably getting alot of 'curious clickers' and not enough 'good UT trolls,' because they don't know you're looking for them.

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Wait List / Re: Anyone been accepted to South Texas and not going?
« on: May 07, 2007, 04:09:33 AM »
Well I am meant I saw on the SMU thread that you were waitlisted. But I totally feel you on thw money being spent and getting every decision out of the adcomms. I am still waiting on Pepperdine and I dont know what to make out of it. I do have some resume updates. I have been teaching Spanish in the Columbus Inner city schools for the last 4 months now, but my previous resume was already two pages long and so I am not sure how to augment that one or should I just state it somewhere or reduce my previous resume or whatever. I had a LOR sent in after their decision to waitlist me. It was sent in January. Other than that I have no more. I knd of told SMU that I would guarantee my matriculation if admitted, but then they admitted to the part time program so I wont feel as bad if I dont go, but Pepperdine is in there as well, since I would prefer attending a fulltime program and its Cali, plus I would love to transfer to one of the Cali schools, so the in state I would be able to receive after the first year would be great, but it is not that crucial or serious. I just want UHLC to admit already and let me tell my mom to fix my room back up.

I was hearing the same thing when I visited American. Although I think they take a lot more people off of the waitlist. If you are looking to do something in International Law and are looking for the public sector or  things of that nature then American is great. My friend loves it there and I loved my visit. The costs is a huge deterance for me though. Do you think I should email them every other week to indicate how serious I am about my attendance. I am moving back to Houston no later than the middle of June. I am not leaving til Early August at the latest and even then I will drive back down and just have to lose that housing deposit.

As for your resume -- I think you need to reduce the rest so that you can get this new information on there. You should always have a current resume anyway, and you will definitely be needing one once you are in law school, so you may as well get it done (although a resume to get you into law school looks different than one to get you a job, so you'll have to change it up). But wow, it's two pages? Yeah, I say reduce and update and send.

As for Cali -- are you saying that if you got into UHLC and Pepperdine you would choose UH? or Pepperdine?

As for American -- you're right, it's great for international law! I -like- the public side of it, but it's not where the money is. Hopefully I will be able to use American's resources to find a good balance between the two (public and private). Heh, if that's possible.

As for emailing them every couple of weeks -- I dont know. Maybe that's a little much. I guess it depends on the particular school. American told me whenever you email them they print it out and stick it in your file so that when your file goes back into review they can see that you've been showing a continued interest. I would say that at that point, the more 'interest' you've shown, the better. But I wouldnt keep emailing just to say "Hi, Im still interested!" ... maybe say that once. And another time ask them something about a program. Another time send them your resume. Maybe another time tell them you are exploring career options in Houston and see if they have an alumni list to find someone you could talk to. Maybe another time call to see if they can provide you with a list of firms that recruit on-campus. I don't know, maybe that's the wrong approach, but it sure seemed like that was what the lady at American was saying to do!

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Wait List / Re: Anyone been accepted to South Texas and not going?
« on: May 07, 2007, 03:15:32 AM »
Dang Silent, you still havent heard from them! Yea I heard about the SMU decision, I am sorry. I am still trying to get into UHLC. I have a letter that is almost done and I will be sending it in this week. I am still hoping and praying. I NEED to be there this fall.

What do you mean, you 'heard'?  :o 

Not to hijack this thread, but -- as flippant as it sounds (and I don't mean it that way at all), I'm not upset about the SMU WL. Had I been accepted, I would have withdrawn because I really think my best two options are UH and WCL. But, I am determined to stick it out longer than the ad comms and force every school to give me some kind of decision -- I paid alot of money this cycle!!

As for UHLC, send the letter. Do you have any updates at all to make to a resume? Any hopes for getting another LOR? I've said it in other threads about Wait Lists, but I think it merits repeating --

Something that has really surprised me about how the wait list works, is that as it gets later in the summer, they start looking for people on the WL that they are certain will take the seat if they are offered it. In other words, make it abundantly clear that, even if its a few days before class starts, you will still drop everything and leave. One person at American told me they called a guy off the WL last year who was in Italy at the time, because he told them he had family in DC and would literally hop on the next flight home if they offered him a seat. Something opened up just before school started, and they called him not because he was the 'best' applicant, but because he was the one they knew would accept!

I know that's kind of an extreme example, but it shows how important it is to make it clear that you are the one who, if accepted, has a way and a will to get your butt over there.

If you really do want it that bad, that is!  Good luck with UHLC,  I really hope you get in!!

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Whittier.
Where do I find the rankings?
NYC BigLaw



Rankings http://www.cooley.edu/rankings/index.htm

LOL .. awesome.

I should use Cooley's rankings -- American is T14 :D :D

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Wait List / Re: Anyone been accepted to South Texas and not going?
« on: May 07, 2007, 02:38:52 AM »
I still havent heard a PEEP from STCL!! It'd be nice to be able to count my cycle finished, already!

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Wait List / Re: Texas Law Schools?
« on: May 07, 2007, 02:33:24 AM »
Uh, why?

In:  UH ($8000 scholarship) Sent seat deposit, still deciding b/w them and American
Out: UT *sniff*
WL:  SMU ... I withdrew
MIA: Baylor & South Texas

LSAT 163 / GPA 2.69 (3.47 Degree)

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