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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: FSU Law Visit HELP!!!
« on: March 22, 2006, 09:07:50 AM »

Avatar is phenomenal. I have a fraternity brother at Cuse Law who's a really good guy; if you want his opinion PM me and I'll give it to you.


That's not true. You have 13 scaled points worth of improvement to do; at 167 you should be imprioving faster, not slower.

That's actually not true. In any standardized test the further one climbs/scores toward its summit, the more difficult incremental improvement becomes regardless of what a person scored to begin with.

Write a letter (find out if they prefer email, direct mail, or fax -- I would email and mail if given the option) stating why each school is your top choice and where you currently stand. Briefly touch upon any significant academic/professional developments that may have occured and will help your candidacy.  Following through is half the battle. A waitlist pool varies significantly from school to school, but generally I'd say 10-15% make it in from the schools listed.  You could find yourself waiting until a week before school keep in mind.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: WL at Pittsburgh
« on: March 22, 2006, 08:08:25 AM »
I was waitlisted as well. Honestly, I have not at all been impressed with their administration.  I have visited and sat in on a class, which was pretty good. I liked the student body too, but at this point I could not see myself going there even if accepted.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: How are you spending your time until 1L starts?
« on: March 21, 2006, 12:16:31 PM »
I have definitely decided to take 2-3 weeks between job and law school and take a motorcycle trip out West. I've been to San Fran once at 17 (nowhere else west of Chicago) and have wanted to take such a trip all of my life.  I have places to stay within a day's drive the whole way and just think it would be the best way to see some of the most beautiful parts of our country.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Syracuse or Case or...?
« on: March 21, 2006, 09:40:57 AM »

Unless being close to family is of utmost importance, with that negligible difference in debt (I understand how previous credit card debt makes one weary -- but that is nothing) I advise you to choose Case. It's programs are far superior, Cleveland actually has a big legal market (your b/f will find job), and Cleveland really is a different city than it was 10 years ago. What are the requirements for keeping scholarship at cuse? I believe Case's are easier. Go where you are most comfortable, but I really think you should go with Case.

Suburban location of school is definitely picturesque; please drive down lancaster ave. a bit. Also, lawnecon, in your position do you believe the Syracuse surroundings are better? I am sure the facilities are, but can't imagine Syracuse is nicer than Philly's mainline. Congrats on scholarship though, that's a tough decision.  I have a fraternity brother at Syracuse who loves it.  If you want his name PM me.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: FSU Law Visit HELP!!!
« on: March 21, 2006, 08:00:18 AM »

You are hysterical, you remind me of my fraternity brothers; I truly hope we both end up at FSU.  From the picture you've painted, I want nothing else.  Other people who visit FSU, please update with your thoughts.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: How valuable is a full ride?
« on: March 20, 2006, 09:14:40 PM »
KC Law,

Great question. You cannot use pre-tax dollars, persay.  All I know is that there are educational savings accounts that you can setup -- the federal government offers tax advantages and there are state tax advantages as well (varies state by state).  I am not sure if these are tax deffered or what, but earnings grow tax-free and withdrawals are free when used for qualified educational expenses. Of course, this would most likely apply if you've saved before attending school. Also, you are able to write-off the interest on your personal income taxes (I do not recall the limit), which helps.

I am yet to hear, but am not optimistic whatsoever as they will average my LSAT. They like Emory grads, which might give me a shot but I doubt it. I went complete late Jan. and it still says I'm with Committee. Congrats on George Mason, awesome school.

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