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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Where are you guys headed?
« on: June 01, 2004, 03:29:31 PM »
To a cardboard box.....only waitlisted   :'(

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Going to meet with the dean....
« on: June 01, 2004, 03:28:20 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 Admissions / Best Admissions Strategy
« on: June 01, 2004, 02:53:19 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.

Not sure if this thread is dead, but I finally heard back from SMU......another waitlist. It seems to me that they deferred more than initially rejected or waitlisted....I know a lot of schools gave out too many offers last year but I dont think that they anticipated that so many students would accept their offers last year. Another hurtle to consider, is the fact that they are trying to "beef up" their part-time program and will reduce the number of full-time students they will initally accept. I think there are too many variables for SMU to deal with so their response: DEFFERAL.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: How easy is it to transfer?
« on: May 31, 2004, 11:57:47 PM »
It's going to depend on your eventual ranking at the law school you will transfer from. There are some tier 1 schools who will look at your LSAT score (however, most don't because the LSAT is used as a precursor to predict your success at a particular law school in your FIRST year....there are too many variables to consider using the LSAT to determine your final standing) but the majority will waive that score and look at your 1L performance. Some schools like Cornell and UMich actually enjoy transfering in students and state that they are "enthusastic members of their law school." Other schools, like Baylor, will only accept transfers if it's a dire situtation (ie a dying relative that needs your care and is located in the waco area). You must also consider location; it is easier to transfer from a totally different location (ie easier to transfer from USD to Georgetown than from American to Georgetown). Another component is the type of law or program your interested in. If you go Kent but decided you wanted to practice health care law, it would be easier for you to transfer to U of H rather than from Seton Hall, which has a health care program. You are going to have a lot of variables to consider when deciding to transfer. Decide what you want to study, where you want to practice, and what schools you would like to go to and then do some research. Call the schools and ask about their transfer policies (most schools have that info on their website). If you do go to the school you got accepted at, WORK YOUR BUTT OFF! Basically your rank and grades are the most important component of your transfer application. Another note, there are T1 schools that don't even care about where you came from, just your rank. So, theoretically, you could go to say, Chapman, stay in the top 1% of your class, and transfer into a school like Harvard....given that you have a good PS, LORs from current law profs, and a good reason.   

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Law School Gallery
« on: May 31, 2004, 11:37:48 PM »
For those wondering about Texas schools and its respective "yee haws":
Texas A&M = Gig'em
University of Texas (or TU if your an aggie) = Hook'em
Texas Tech = Shoot'em
Baylor = Sic'em

I'm not so sure about the rest (Rice = Hoot'em???....I doubt they would have a cheer).

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Any updates on LSN?
« on: May 31, 2004, 06:48:28 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 Admissions / Who hasn't been accepted anywhere?
« on: May 31, 2004, 06:44:54 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.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: GMU Waitlist.....Part 2
« on: May 28, 2004, 11:54:36 AM »
Has anyone still waitlisted for GMU recieved any letter recently (admit, denied, WL)? I think they are sending out a lot of WL postcards and I haven't recieved mine. I am afraid they might of sent it to my old college address and it might get here after the time expires.

Law School Admissions / Re: Is this possible?
« on: May 27, 2004, 03:26:06 PM »
Only a few schools will let you do that. If your lucky enough to get admitted to a school that will allow you to deferr admissions for a year, they are going to probably require you to sign a contract saying that you will not apply to any other school. Check the school's deferrment policy and you can go from there.

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