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The legacy should boost your lsat by a couple points for all intensive purposes.  It will still be a close call, however.  I would mtake your case as best you can either through a letter or interview (if they'll grant it which I would bet they will considering legacy). Explain your roots and exactly why Villanova is your dream school.  Also, make sure to demonstrate why you'll be an asset as a student and alumni for their institution.


I am speaking from my experience of sending a continuing interest letter stating explicitly why FSU College of Law is my top choice.  I don't think there's anything wrong with sending such a letter and, apparently, it worked for me as I was accepted yesterday. With that said I was told my app had not gone to committee at the time I sent my letter. I don't think you should address the financial aspect; the fact that you're in-state and that FSU is one of the better bargains is abundantly clear. As we'll all have to do once we become attorneys, one needs to plead their case. Don't let others influence your final decision.  Ass far as ass kissing; everyone likes to have their ass kissed so long as the message doesn't come across as contrived.  Producing such a message without coming across as contrived, again, is something we'll most likely have to do as an attorney to settle a disupte, what have you. I'll PM you the letter that I sent.  Go after it, you only have one shot and have to take risks.

Where should I go next fall? / Re: Pushing the envelope?
« on: March 22, 2006, 06:30:02 PM »
Congrats on being accepted to FSU!  If I may ask, when did you apply to FSU?

I went complete end of January.

Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: FSU Law Visit HELP!!!
« on: March 22, 2006, 06:29:03 PM »
In @ FSU

Congrats BigRig!!!  I know how badly you wanted to go there.  That's great news!  Do you have a silly smile on your face?  btw, how did you find out?  It was only a couple hours ago that you called them.

Thanks Cay.  I am definitely excited, and am going to have some tough decisions to make. I will no more after I visit Toledo this weekend and FSU next. On paper I really like FSU (international law, business law, exposure to government, study abroad @ Oxford) and as an Economist know that Florida will be one of the best state economies during our professional years. I know the undergrad has a rep as a party school and less than stellar academic institution, which I don't think is fair, however, is the law school really viewed that way?  Looking at the new ABA numbers on LSAC, median lsat, gpa, acceptance rate, %employed, etc. are nearly identical. FSU's bar passage rate did fall this past winter, which I am not sure how to interpret.  Are FSU law grads really that far behind UF grads? Outside of Miami how do FSU grads compare against Miami Law grads? 

Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: FSU Law Visit HELP!!!
« on: March 22, 2006, 04:12:28 PM »
In @ FSU, will be attending admit day next friday and spending weekend in Tallahassee to assess if it's the right choice. For anyone else who will be attending, do communicate. For those who are still waiting, be patient, but also stay on them.  If you haven't sent a letter detailing why it's your top choice, do so. Also, update with any significant academic/professional accomplishments and/or where you stand with respect to other admits/scholarships/etc.  On paper I really think this is my top choice and it would be much more affordable than Villanova.  Plus I miss the South (for many reasons not the least of which is the weather that allows for motorcycle riding year round).  I also know that if you're in the top your class (law review), it's not difficult to find employment in major markets in the SE (Atlanta in particular -- check out Alston & Bird or Jones Day).

Acceptances / Re: Acceptances 05-06 Cycle
« on: March 22, 2006, 04:05:49 PM »
In @ Florida State, requested decision over the phone after being notified that a decision had been made.

Where should I go next fall? / Re: Pushing the envelope?
« on: March 22, 2006, 04:04:25 PM »
It worked, and I am in. Thank God. FYI, for those who might try something similar.  I very nicely explained that I had heard about their accepted students day next Friday and that, if admitted,, would need to notify work this week.  I was put on hold, transferred to Wendy somebody (asst. dean) and told of my acceptance. 

Where should I go next fall? / Pushing the envelope?
« on: March 22, 2006, 02:53:14 PM »
So, I was told over the phone that a decision has been made today and I should hear in a week by mail (@ FSU, by the way). However, their admit day is next Friday and if I am accepted I would still have time to coordinate the visit at an okay price.  Is it reasonable to try to press for an answer over the phone or via email (admissions director)?  In the event that I am waitlisted I don't want to make a bad impression, but I really would like to attend admit day if accepted. It seems like if I were to be accepted they would've given me enough notice to attend.  Thus, I am expecting a waitlist or ding even though my numbers have lead me to believe otherwise.

Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: FSU Law Visit HELP!!!
« on: March 22, 2006, 02:26:49 PM »
Nah man, I work in West Chester, PA but could get a round trip flight for $340 if they let me know today. Have you checked in on your status?

Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: FSU Law Visit HELP!!!
« on: March 22, 2006, 02:04:56 PM »
I called the admissions office.  I asked if the lady (Shante) could let me know over the phone, she said no.  Do you think I could call back and explain to them if admitted I would really want to attend admit day next Friday, which I would need to arrange this week to be able to do so?

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