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Incoming 1Ls / SMU Loans
« on: May 16, 2005, 10:08:09 AM »
This thread would probably be better suited for the "financial aid" board, but its school specific and not too many posters frequent that board. Anyways, has anyone really looked into the SMU loan. I don't have the info on me right now, but it was through some North Texas/Denton bank and was called an SMU loan. It looked pretty good with the loan forgiveness, 0% guarantor fees, and the rate looked competitive. I am still waiting on my "bill" so I know what I got from fafsa and what I need to take out in loans. Any other SMU folks still waiting?

Law School Admissions / Friday the 13th
« on: May 13, 2005, 08:03:32 AM »
What a great day to receive mail!  ::)

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Pepperdine
« on: May 10, 2005, 11:11:12 AM »
In case people were still interested, I just sent a letter asking to be taken off the Pepperdine waitlist. Hope that helps someone.

Just got my waitlist letter today for Vanderbilt! All laws of probability should have made the result an automatic reject, so I am happy. When I saw the letter I was thinking "Please be a rejection, please be a rejection, please don't be a waitlist" but now I don't think my W&L waitlist was a complete fluke. Of course now I should schedule a trip to visit the law school in a month or so. Right now, both W&L and Vandy are about equal in my book (of course I seriously DOUBT I would ever have acceptances from both or even one for that matter). Oh well, so much for law school closure before July ::)

Oh and the relevant facts people actually care about, letter was dated 5/3 and I applied in mid-Feburary. Anyone else get a waitlist letter? If you did, check the "I am not interested box" and mail it pronto. I hear it's a terrible school and everyone hates LOL. Dang it, I am not good at lying....guess it's a good thing law school is for three years  ;)

Just a bit of FYI for the inquiring minds that wanted to know. Mine was post marked April 27th. Alas, closure....well almost ;D

Being that this is the 2nd time I will be applying to law school, I consider myself a "law school applicant veteran" (not something to be proud of, but oh well). This year the rejections (aka decision letters) are coming at much later as a whole. Well actually, it seems like a lot of the schools sent out more decisions early on (Dec, Jan, & Feb) this year than last year. Subsequently, the latter decisions have been streaming out much more slowly. I realize schools are being overtly cautious given economy trends, but I think the over applying of many people (myself included  ::)) created a clog in the system. It is starting to feel like a staring contest between the schools and the applicants and so far, not too many are blinking. I am not totally bummed with the slow results, because I did get into one of my top choices, but I would like closure on the reach schools. Yeah, yeah I s*** Cpt. Obvious, but I thought I would throw this thought out there in the midst of the "WTF is my decision [ENTER SCHOOL NAME HERE]?!?!?" threads.

Incoming 1Ls / First Day of Law School Dreams, anyone else?
« on: April 15, 2005, 08:24:57 AM »
Well I just had my first first day of law school dream (feels like I am admitting that I just had a wet dream). Had all my clothes on but I didn't do the reading/assignment and was called on my the professor of course!  ;) Don't remember all the details, but there was a lot of moment in the classroom throughout the dream and there was a stool in the corner with a "dunce" cap on it. I am still not too unnerved about law school, but I was totally freaking out in the dream. I hope this isn't too soon. Anyone else have any extreme law school dreams yet? Share even if you didn't wet yourself ;)

Choosing the Right Law School / Baffling Application Results
« on: April 09, 2005, 10:51:10 AM »
OK maybe not baffling but there are no consistencies in my waitlists and acceptances (my rejections are pretty much given). Not complaining with my results, heck I am going to law school next year which is all I wanted anyways. However, if I listed to conventional wisdom and concentrated on schools within my reach, I might have missed out on some great schools. Now I know Chisau isn't the greatest tool to use for admissions, I think it's great for comparing my results thus far.

Texas (deferral/rejection) 8.3%
GULC-PT (rejected) 1.1%
Vandy (pending) 6.7%
Minnesota (deferral) 7.1%
GWU-PT (rejected) 3.2%
W&L (waitlisted) 2.4%
Illinios (rejected) 12.2%
GMU (rejected) 4.5%
SMU (accepted) 31.3%
Baylor (summer/accepted) 5.2%
Oregon (rejected) 27.9%
Houston (waitlisted) 45.1%
L&C (rejected) 40.3%
Pepperdine (waitlisted) 52%
Willamette (pending) no %

Looking back at these percentages I realize how lucky I actually am, but happy I didn't waste money on a bunch of safety schools. Anyone else with wierd results?

Incoming 1Ls / First Deposit
« on: March 28, 2005, 05:42:04 AM »
My first deposit is due on April 1st and I sent a check a few days ago. I am kinda worried because the only way to know if they actually received it is if they cash in the check (I know I should have had someone sign for it, but I really didn't think about it until now). Plus, the mail in DC really sucks, so I wouldn't be surprised if they lost it. Anyone call the school to make sure they know you want to go there? I could wait for them to cash it in, but it could be weeks and I don't want to lose my spot. Guess I should just suck it up and call them to check.

I'm just wondering if people out there are just waiting for this year's rankings before they actually decide. I know a drop from one tier to another might be major, but my choice is riding the bubble of the first tier so a second tier drop wouldn't really phase me. I guess it all depends on what schools you are looking at. A 2-3 drop within the T14 is probably going to have a greater impact on incoming students than the same drop with a school in the middle of the tiers (ie Berkeley). Just curious and bored.

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