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Law School Applications / A DC government position
« on: July 28, 2004, 12:49:56 PM »
I know that there is a large number of people on this board that has worked for some kind of government entity in the DC area. I do not think I will be getting off a waitlist and cannot find a job for the life of me (I have a really good GPA and more honors than my resume can hold). I know that 90% of the time, students have a connection that got them the job (believe me, I talked to a couple of white house interns this summer and all of them started with "well my dad knows...."). How do you get a staff position at one of these places. I would prefer the senate, congress, or whitehouse but right now I am not being picky. My biggest obstacle is the fact that I am in Texas, but if i had a good chance at landing a job, I would start moving now. I know that a much of interns are starting to leave for school but wasnt sure if anyone needs a staff person to fill their place. Also, is there another position avaliable besides staff positions for a college graduate? I am looking for a staff position because i need to get paid (or at least a stipend for living expenses). If anyone has any suggestions or know of someone looking, please respond. I did the traditional thing by applying via the Net, but I know I will be a single person among the masses. I know I can get killer LORs and have a strong resume, but I just need that one foot in the door, so to speak. Any suggestions would be appreciated (as well as any other job or activity I can do for one year before I reapply for law school; law schools want "something special," but I am from a small town in the middle of west texas so my options are limited, well accept for the 4H club).

Wait List / No admits but on waitlists, anyone else?
« on: July 13, 2004, 12:33:32 AM »
Well i am currently on two waitlists with no admits to fall back on. I'm wondering if anyone else is in the same situation and what are you doing in the mean time. What I am really curious about is how to handle the financial stuff. I already filled out the fafsa form and all, but i dont know if i should try and pursue a loan and by what amount. I have a general estimate of the costs the first year at school but I dont know if i qualify for something if i get admitted. I will definetly apply again next year if I dont get in this year but it brings up another point....should i register for the Oct LSAT now and what about an LSAT prep class? I still dont know where I will be afterwards if i dont get in this year (especially since my degree cant get me a decent job ANYWHERE! >:(). Ugh, well if someone else wants to vent, be my guest. 

Wait List / Update on GMU
« on: June 27, 2004, 02:51:51 AM »
I met with Dean Richard at GMU and was told the same thing that they have told everyone....just wait. They plan on reevaluating the waitlist after July 1st when the next round of deposits are due. Decisions regarding the waitlist will be sent out after July 8th as stated earlier.

Wait List / Update on SMU
« on: June 27, 2004, 02:49:04 AM »
I met with the admissions people at SMU last week and was told that they will probably not go to the waitlist. The lady told me that they have not taken anyone off the waitlist in 3 years and this year doenst look any different. There is about 200-300 people on the waitlist.

Wait List / Going to meet with the dean....
« on: June 01, 2004, 05:28:20 PM »
Well I decided to fly from texas to DC to meet the dean at a law school i have been waitlisted at. She told me I can schedule a time to meet with her when I get in. I want to talk to her about my chances of getting off the WL and why I should be admitted in, but I really don't know how to approach this. I mean, what am I going to say when I meet her. At a job interview, they ask you the questions and there is planned dialogue, but I dont know what to anticipate since this isnt a interview but rather a meeting. I am also wondering how I should dress. I was planning on dressing nicely but should it be business attire? I dont want to come in unprepared nor do I want to come in looking pompus. Its hard to gauge the proper approach to this non-traditional means of law school entry. I will also make another stop at another school I am WL in Texas on the way to the airport. I will do the tours (if availible) and try to market myself. Any suggestions? Has anyone else met with the law school especially if you live far away from the school itself?

Law School Applications / Best Admissions Strategy
« on: June 01, 2004, 04:53:19 AM »
I know the consensus here regarding admissions is to apply early, I think that applying later on in the process has its advantage. I applied early to many schools and received a lot of dings, but what amazed me was a WL at a school that I thought would have a rejected me flat out. I think its safe to apply to many places at different times. Early admissions is probably the best chance, but i think sometimes applying later may help you out. If a school hasnt hit its numbers, it might admit quite a few who might have been rejected if they applied early. I have just noticed quite a few people who apply in March and get an acceptance a few weeks later with so-so stats. Just a little quirp for some potential applicants.

Wait List / Any updates on LSN?
« on: May 31, 2004, 08:48:28 PM »
Are people still maintaining their profiles on LSN? I've been checking on a few of the schools I am waiting from and there haven't been any updates since April.

Law School Applications / Who hasn't been accepted anywhere?
« on: May 31, 2004, 08:44:54 PM »
Well I am waitlisted at two schools and doubt I'll be hearing from them anytime soon and wanted to know if any of y'all are in the same situation. I really do want to get into law school and will retake the LSAT, but I wanted to know what everyone else will be doing in the interm. I just graduated so I don't have any job to fall back on and got rehired to work at the cinema in the meantime (it sucks having a degree and no money for a frame to hang it in  :(). It seems that all the "good" jobs have been taken and NO ONE is hiring (I'm upset because the economy is going up and the majority of firms have posted profits and growth yet every job I applied to gave me that catchy phrase.....oh what was it again....oh yeah, "HIRING FREEZE." I'd like to punch the guy that coined that excuse.) Anyways, who else got nothing and what are you going to do? I am living my nightmare: graduated from college with honors and living back at home with the rents....except we don't have a basement.

Wait List / Am I setting myself up for disappointment?
« on: May 25, 2004, 09:23:15 PM »
OK I havent been accepted to any schools but I have been waitlisted at 2 schools. I am currently in Texas and have decided to go to DC and visit my number 1 choice, GMU. I was planning on meeting with the law school and get an idea of my surroundings (look for Apts, decide if i should bring my car, etc). I just dont want to waste my money and bring my hopes up too high if I dont get in. The other thing is, I havent applied for FAFSA but I really do need loans if I do get accepted. Most deadlines were for I too late for loans? Should I apply for FAFSA and list my two waitlisted schools just to be safe?

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