I think it might be a good idea. Once it is finished it could be stickied. Please post if you have any corrections or additions. Here's what I have so far, obviously this is quite incomplete:
-------Where can I find a list of everything I need to do?
Go to the 'What Do You Need To Go Complete?' thread: http://www.lawschooldiscussion.org/prelaw/index.php/topic,67296.0.htmlWith my GPA of X, what LSAT should I plan to get to get into school Y?
You'd be stupid to go for anything other the best score you can get. Worry about school Y when you get your LSAT.Okay, I took the LSAT. Where can I plug in my LSAT and GPA score to find out my chances of getting in?
Here: http://officialguide.lsac.org/UGPASearch/Search3.aspx?SidString=When does School X start accepting apps?
Check the list: http://www.lawschooldiscussion.org/prelaw/index.php/topic,69208.0.html
. If your school isn't there, check their site and reply to the thread with the info you find.What's Early Action and Early Decision? Which one is binding and which one is non binding?
Generally, Early Action refers to a program in which you apply early (by October or November) and receive a decision early (by December). You are not bound to attend if you are accepted and you are not required to make a decision earlier than a normal applicant. You may apply to multiple Early Action programs.
Early Decision usually refers to a program in which you apply early (about the same timetable as Early Action) but are contractually bound to attend the school if you are accepted. If you are accepted, you are expected to withdraw all other applications. You are only allowed to apply Early Decision to one school.
Some schools do not use the traditional early decision/action terminology. Texas, for example, has a Early Decision program that is not binding and resembles the Early Action program described above. Make sure you read all the fine print for any Early Action/Early Decision programs you apply to.How much money do I need for all this?
If you haven't registered or taken the LSAT yet, you will need $116 to register, plus money for any needed preparation materials.
Registration for the LSDAS costs $109 (one time fee). You will need $12 for each LSDAS report you need (one for each school you apply to) in addition to each school's application fee. Most schools charge about $50-$80. Some schools offer application discounts if you submit electronically.Dean's Certificate? WTF?
This link tells you all you need to know: http://www.lawschooldiscussion.org/prelaw/index.php/topic,46044.0.htmlWhat books can I read to find more information on applying to law school
The Ivey Guide to Law School Admissions, Anna Ivey: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0156029790/
How To Get Into The Top Law Schools, Richard Montauk: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0735203768/Fee WaiversHow do I get a fee waiver?
To receive merit based fee waivers, you should sign up for the Candidate Referral Service on the LSAC website. If you have registered for the LSAT or LSDAS you may have already registered for CRS. To check, go to www.lsac.org
--> Online Services --> Profile --> Authorization.
To receive a need based fee waiver, fill out the application on the LSAC website. Go to Online Services --> Fee Waiver. Ahh, I haven't gotten any fee waivers yet and I'm signed up for CRS. Am I screwed?
No, many high scoring LSD posters here have not yet received fee waivers. As of August 23rd, only about a dozen or so schools have sent out merit fee waivers. Many more schools will begin to send out fee waivers later in the application cycle.
For more information about fee waivers and which schools have sent them, go here: http://www.lawschooldiscussion.org/prelaw/index.php/topic,68633.0.htmlLSDASWhat's LSDAS?
The Law School Data Assembly Service. This service analyzes your transcripts and sends reports to each law school you apply to which include your transcript report, your LSAT score, and your letters of recommendation. If you are applying to ABA approved law schools, you need to register for this?How do I get LSAC to analyze my transcript?
You will need to request a transcript sent from all colleges and universities you have attended. You can not send them your own transcript. Go to Online Services --> My Docs --> Forms and scroll down to Transcript Request Form. Click on your college name and print out the form. Have your school send that form along with your transcript to LSAC. How do they calculate my LSDAS GPA?
LSAC converts your grades to a standard 4.0 system. Some class grades are excluded from conversion. Your LSDAS GPA may be different than the GPA on your transcript. For more information on how they process transcripts, see page 27 of http://www.lsac.org/pdfs/2006-2007/informationbk2006.pdfWhat's their GPA rounding policy?
They round up if the thousandths digit of the GPA is 7 or higher. Therefore a 3.576 GPA gets rounded down to 3.57 while a 3.577 gets rounded up to 3.58. See this thread for more details: http://www.lawschooldiscussion.org/prelaw/index.php/topic,68604.0.htmlRecommendations What's the LSAC Letter of Recommendation service (LOR)?
It is a service that allows recommenders to send one LOR to LSAC and have that letter copied and sent to all schools you are applying to. Do I have to use this?
Most schools have a separate LOR form attached to their application that they allow you to use instead of the LOR service.Do any schools not allow the LOR service?
As far as I can tell, all schools allow LORs to be submitted through LSAC. A few schools (most notably Stanford and Columbia) prefer their own form used instead of the LOR service. Check their websites for details. Online ApplicationsHow do I get the online applications to work in Firefox?
The Omniform Internet Filler plugin that you are asked to install automatically list Program Files\Internet Explorer\plugins as its destination folder. During setup you have to change this to point to Firefox. In the window that that gives you three options for installing the plug-in (Netscape, IE, Standalone) click the "Location" button next to the Internet Explorer option and do the following in the window that opens:
1. Click on Program Files
2. Scroll down and click on Mozilla Firefox
3. Scroll down and click on Plugins.
4. Click OK.
5. Make sure install for use with Microsoft Explore is selected and continue with installation
After installation, restart the browser and it should work perfectly. Why is IE giving me a hard time when I try to download this Active X control to use the applications?
You need to add LSAC to your Trusted Sites zone. Go to Tools --> Internet Options --> Security tab. Hit Trusted Sites and click on the Sites button. Add "*.lsac.org" (without the quotes) to the Trusted Sites zone. How do I save my applications?
Hit the submit button on the toolbar near the top. Although it says submit, it will simply save your application (your application won't yet be submitted to schools). How does the Common Information Form work?
Open up the Common Information Form, fill it out with your information. When you start a new application, the information from the Common Info form will transfer onto the new application.
If you edit your Common Information form after you begin an application, the changes will not transfer to each individual application. You will need to make the changes on each application.
Do make sure to thoroughly check the responses to each question filled in by the Common information form - sometimes it does not transfer information properly.If I want to add an addendum explaining my low LSAT score, do I have to mail that in?
No, you can attach it electronically. There is a field on each school's online application page that allows you to attach files to your application. You can use this to attach your addendum as well as your personal statement, resume, etc. You can upload files of the following types: DOC, RTF, TXT, HTML, WP, WPD, WPT and PDFCan I submit my ED contract/Dean's certification/instate tuition form online?
No. Those and any other forms from the 'Supplementary Forms' link must be printed out and mailed to the schools.ResumeCan I attach a resume instead of answering these questions about work and ECs in these tiny spaces on the application?
Many schools request that you answer those questions on the application, even if you are also submitting a resume. It's probably a good idea to answer them unless you're told something to the effect of 'you may attach a resume in lieu of answering these questions'.One page or two?
The debate rages on: http://www.lawschooldiscussion.org/prelaw/index.php/topic,69361.0.html
Thanks to contributors bass, East of Ann Arbor, and BrerAnansi.