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Personal Statement / Scholarship essay?
« on: February 25, 2007, 05:48:56 PM »
Hi all,

Lewis & Clark suggests that one write an additional essay if applying for any of their six categories of scholarships.

(I checked off several of the boxes for what to consider for, and am deciding between aiming my essay towards the Business Law (which has IP as a component) category or Public Interest.)

Anybody have any thoughts about the content of an essay like this?  I have a ton of experience as an IT consultant doing a wide range of work of business process analysis, software implementation, etc.

I'm thinking about doing a write up of a recent project I did - (I'm preparing this for publication anyways) - and submit it, as it highlight my analysis skills, ability to abstract, and in the context of software and business processes.

I think that's probably a good route to go, but I'm a little unsure of how to frame the essay - whether to introduce it by saying exactly the above, or whether to let the reader come to their own conclusion, etc.

Thanks for any feedback!

Personal Statement / Re: addendum help!
« on: February 25, 2007, 05:31:30 PM »
My suggestion:  Keep it succinct, manageable and strong.

You haven't said why you're writing an addendum, but the fact that you are means that there's something in your application that requires clarification, or more explanation.  In other words, a negative that you'd like to turn into a positive.

So personally, I'd say that you shouldn't be giving your readers the burden of a lengthy paper to read - added length may also signal defensiveness.

I suggest filling 2/3 of one page with 1.5-spaced text.  That will guarantee that it'll be to the point, and also will be read.

You're right - W&L doesn't use an index.  Here's an interesting LSAC search result (although it lacks the broader applicability of your system)...

Yes, one difference I see is that you're using absolute values for LSAT and GPA.  For better or for worse, my ranking uses only relative values.  So for example,  Vermont is listed in the "high-LSAT" category.  This does NOT mean that they search for a high LSAT per se, but rather that they weigh the LSAT more highly than the GPA.

Here's what LSAC says:

The Admission Index
Some law schools combine your LSAT score and GPA to produce an index number to assist them in the admission process. An index number is provided on the LSDAS Law School Report for LSDAS-requiring law schools that choose to have one reported. You can calculate what index number will be reported for each LSAT score by using the values listed in the Admission Index Information Sheet. You should be aware that the index number reported to law schools may differ if a school changes their index formula after we have made this report available to you. You should contact each school to which you apply if you have questions about how it uses the index number in the
admission process.

An admission index is produced by (1) multiplying the LSAT score by some constant (A); (2) multiplying the GPA by some constant (B); and (3) adding the sum of these two quantities to a third constant (C). In symbols, Index = [(A) x (LSAT)] + [(B) x (GPA)] + C. The values of the constants A, B, and C, as selected by individual law schools, are listed on the Admission Index Information Sheet. The values of the constants selected by particular law schools may change from time to time at the request of the school. If you have more than one LSAT score and an average LSAT score is reported, an index number will also be reported using the average LSAT score. Not all law schools use these formulas, and those that do use index numbers do not necessarily use them in the same way. An index number calculated by LSAC is not the exclusive means by which a law school may combine data reflected on the law school report and/or other data. The absenceof a law school from the Admission Index Information Sheet does not mean that some calculations are or are not made by the school receiving the law school report.

I really like the concept.  However, what are you using for "XLSAT" and "XGPA"?  Looking at your Emory example, I couldn't really tell.

Also, I think of W&L as being a school that emphasizes LSAT over GPA, but didn't see it on here.

Also, do you have a link to the Admission Index Information Sheet that's backing this up?  I couldn't find it on LSAC and would really like to see it - although I'm not a hard-core math geek, I have a soft spot for statistics :)

Thanks for the feedback.  Here's the original data source:

I'll update my page with it.  It may be that W&L doesn't use the "Index" system. (?)  I'll add some text to make it clear that not all schools do this.

thanks, how did you go about this??  Just plugged in numbers from the LSAT and GPA 25-75 %iles???

Also, I dunno if this was supposed to be a complete list, but there are schools missing

At the bottom of the page, I have a "Methodology" section.  There are some schools missing because they weren't in the original data set.

Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / New law school ranking for SPLITTERS
« on: June 29, 2006, 05:31:54 PM »
Hi all,

I've created a new law school ranking site and blog.  I'd appreciate any feedback on it:

I decided to make my own site because I'm really into math, and I'm also kind of annoyed by a lot of the rankings that are out there - for the usual reasons.  My goals are (1) to create new reports / rankings with useful information, and (2) to be scientific and open about my data sources, metholodgy, etc.

Thanks in advance!

Where should I go next fall? / Re: Michigan vs. Northwestern
« on: June 29, 2006, 02:23:05 PM »
NU is generally considered one of the most laid-back schools in the T14.

Maybe conventional wisdom is wrong. :-) 

Also, I don't think this point of view is inconsistent with what I wrote.

Where should I go next fall? / Re: Michigan vs. Northwestern
« on: June 28, 2006, 07:09:23 PM »
But it's my opinion that one of the side effects of frequent posting/reading on LSD leads to pointless and ultimately meaningless hair-splitting with regard to rankings and placement statistics.

I agree 100%.  Seeing an endless flood of posts with nothing more to add than, "School XXX for sure", based simply on a rating and no personal experience or sources makes me want to cut out my liver and eat it.

I'll try to lead by example:  Personally, I'd choose Michigan over NU.  Here's why:

I have a friend who just graduated from NU.  He thought it was a great education, very competent school and faculty.  But he didn't fit in with the student body.  Found them to be very homogenous; relatively young, conservative and well off.  He started law school in his early thirties, and is a very liberal democrat.  He had worked as a teacher before going back to school.  He felt very out of place.  He'd show up at social events dressed casually, and the other guys would be wearing ties.

So there's my take - for someone else, this description might be a positive. 


denk! where have you been? We missed ya. :)

Hey Dusya - Thanks :) I missed you all too. 

To tell the truth, it was a little freakin' intense for me - waiting for the June results, reading the daily discussion of it.

And then trying to have a real life, of course!  My day job can be nearly as stressful - I own a little music performance space:

How are you holding up?

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