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Law School Applications / need some opinions, please.
« on: January 06, 2011, 10:12:03 PM »
Hi,

1. Should I still apply to law schools this cycle?
2. Should I apply to law schools at all?

I have a 3.8 from a Top 10 university, graduated 2008. Did some creative work after graduating and was hoping for a 170+, but ended up with a 163 on the December test.
I am an international student, not necessarily interested in big law firm work, so might be saddled with loans. Because I'm an international, it is imperative that I go to a T14 law school (I have been told ad nauseam).

Given that I have a 163 LSAT, and given that it is already January, should I forget about applying for Fall 2011 cycle? I understand my numbers will not be enough to get me in to any of the T14.

Thank you.

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Wait List / NYU waitlist
« on: May 15, 2009, 01:08:01 AM »
Hi,

I am on the NYU waitlist and already sent in an essay of my liking--totally fun piece that I at least think makes me an appealing person. Others think it is frivolous. In any case, is there anything else I can do at this point? I really want to get in, but have no desire to listen to the advice of my pre-law dean (that's another topic in another board).

So, what more can I/should I do??

Thanks!

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Law School Applications / my stats, my chances!
« on: October 22, 2008, 11:01:37 PM »
So this is the scenario: 173, 3.3 GPA, Ivy league school. With these numbers alone, what are one's chances at:

Columbia
NYU
UPenn
UVA
Georgetown
Harvard

Thanks all

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Law School Applications / Harvard phone interview, what to say?
« on: October 29, 2007, 12:02:19 AM »
Hi, I'm posting for a friend of mine.

He had a 164 back in September 2003 as a college senior, but this was from not studying and not even wanting to apply to law school necessarily. He has been in the Korean military since, and got a 177 on the December 2006 test. He studied very hard to get this score because he was convinced he wanted to go to law school for himself and not for his parents.

He has a great GPA from a top Ivy, and a good resume. He was contacted for a Harvard phone interview, but does not know how to best approach the question that will surely come up: "Explain the 13 point gap in your LSAT score over three years."

Is it best to say that he studied the second time bc he was not serious about law school the first time, attributing his great score to studying hard? as in, does it hurt to emphasize the studying he did because it sounds like he "beat the test"? Because the 177 reflects his abilities, supposedly.

Thanks all.

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Personal Statement / Firebreathing, shot down by my pre-law advisor
« on: October 10, 2007, 02:11:29 AM »
Hi,

I love my ps I wrote on firebreathing. In my opinion, it is perfect and I am ready to submit it to law schools.

I met with my pre-law advisor, however, who says my ps is crap. Yes, he is the head of all law schools in the south, head of a bunch of other law school-related leagues in the nation and claims to know every law school admissions officer on a first name basis, but something tells me his opinion might not be the only one out there.

He wants me to steer away from this particular topic/ps and go for a more "i studied this ... grew up here ... been exposed to ... worked for ... therefore law school" type ps. But coming straight out of undergrad, I think this kind of narrative is not so convincing.

Also, this dean vehemently insists that Anna Ivey is crap. Is this true?! I wrote my firebreathing essay after reading Ivey's book.

I am this close to calling up law schools and asking point blank what they make of the firebreathing essay.

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Hi, guys,

So ... from the perspective of law school admissions, is having a double-major preferred? Both are humanities (history, linguistics). Or is having a major in one and a minor in the other good enough? I also have a minor in something else.

(I am shooting for top 5)

Thanks.

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Hey, guys,

3.3 GPA in Poli Sci, 176 LSAT, coming straight out of undergrad (Top 10) ... What exactly are my chances, and how do I play my strengths and weaknesses? (bad grades in chem and math freshmen year, weed-out classes ... I can explain in an addendum?) My priority is actually being in NYC if I can help it (for the person I love). So--will Columbia and NYU even look at me??


Thanks

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I figured I'd see how folks at other undergraduate institutions feel about their pre-law dean...

I met with mine, and what can I say, the man has hundreds of other seniors he's going to be working with come fall semester, he's been doing this for decades and is quite stubborn and arrogant. I will go to him when I apply because he is the dean and all, but I won't be expecting much from him...


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Law School Applications / Summer before senior year--LSAT or ?
« on: January 03, 2007, 06:04:48 AM »
I have tons of stuff I want to do and experiment with in Summer 07, but I keep hearing from friends who have gone through stuff already that they wish they had spent more time studying for the LSAT in the summer before their senior year (to take the September LSAT).

So--if it's between a 170-180 score and internships/fellowships this summer, what is the smart thing to do for applying to law schools?

I'd much rather spend the summer doing things that interest me...


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Studying for the LSAT / Best month to take LSAT?
« on: December 25, 2006, 05:44:59 AM »
Hi, guys,

My impression is that generally one should avoid taking the September test. Am I completely wrong about that?

I realize all four tests are just as hard as the other, but anything I should know perhaps about the trends (?) in each month?

thanks

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