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Law School Admissions / Small Law Schools
« on: October 10, 2006, 07:49:30 AM »
Is there any one place that gives the size of the 1L class or the total law school enrollment for the top 50 or so law schools?  Is it in US News?

Law School Admissions / ED Contracts
« on: October 05, 2006, 08:27:48 AM »
I bet this is rare but not impossible, so what happens if you apply ED (binding) to School X who notifies you of your acceptance on December 20th.  But in the meantime school Y, which you also applied to but not ED, notifies you of your acceptance on November 30th.  I figure you are still bound to attend your ED school but does anyone know if this has happened before?

Law School Admissions / Ridiculously Happy because ...
« on: October 03, 2006, 12:46:39 PM »
2 out of 3 LORs arrived at LSAC yesterday!

P.S. play along - what has made you ridiculously happy so far in the process?

Law School Admissions / Pure Speculation - First Acceptances?
« on: October 02, 2006, 11:45:08 AM »
Its way to early for this but I can't help it.  I'd love to hear speculation on when the first non-EA / ED acceptances will be made.  I know there were some early ones last year but was that normal or just a fluke?

Will there be anything before Thanksgiving (only 1 1/2 months away now!)????

So here's my story what does anyone think I should do?

I have a 157, 165 already. 

Retook on Saturday felt really good about games (possibly no wrong) and I never do well in games, felt fine on LR and for that means 4-6 wrong.  I've looked through the PM and what I can remember of my answers I think I got about 5 wrong.  RC was hard.  Normally I get 2 wrong but I think I might have 4/5 wrong this time but I really can't remember what I put as anwers.  I was aiming for a 170 - should I cancel?  I don't feel that bad about the test... just thrown because I found games so easy and RC so hard and normally I feel completely the opposite.

Studying for the LSAT / 100 Questions NOT 101 Questions
« on: September 30, 2006, 02:16:33 PM »
Ok so I'm mildly flipping out about this but I had
LR (25), LG (23), RC (28), LR (25), LG (22)

Everyone seems fairly confident that the alphabet soup, years of graduation / cars LG section was that counted.  It had 22 questions, so if I add up the questions that is 100 questions.  Don't LSATS always start with 101 questions??  What is going on???

Law School Admissions / Why x School Essays
« on: September 12, 2006, 11:45:30 AM »
So I'm writing my why upenn essay and its seems so laudatory of upenn that I think its going to be silly.  Are they supposed to be like this?  I'm basically making three points about why I want to go there and tying them back into how they help my particular interests or why the school would fit me as a person.  That said there are still a lot of sentences that basically say because upenn has such great x I will get a better education or I'll have a better chance / opportunities of doing x that really intersts me.  Help please!

Would anyone be willing to provide constructive criticism only for my LSAT addendum.  Its a sensative topic and I need someone to look at it but its hard for me.  Its about a death in the family.

Having written two drafts which were scrapped mid-process because I could see they weren't going to turn out very well, I've finally decided on a topic.  This was the topic I originally thought of but pushed it aside because I didn't think it would seem interesting enough or it might seem corny.  So anyways I'd love for some people to comment on my proposed topic below.  I think the story in itself is coherent but I'm wondering if I should make the effort to relate it back to skills I use at work / things that will be helpful as a lawyer or if I should just let the story stand on its own and let the adcomms make their own inferences.  And I'll be looking for readers over labor day weekend...

During college I worked at a children's community theater as their stage manager.  I did three production with them, two of which involved a full year of rehearsals and prep work.  The experience taught me a lot about myself in that it pushed me in new non-academic directions. 

In high school I was the sort of person to shy away from things I didn't think I would be the best at or at least very good.  Learning to be a stage manager and working as a stage manager forced me to try lots of things that a) I didn't think I was good and b) was never likely to become that good at such as working with teenagers, dealing with uncertainty and fluidity in situations, accepting that there isn't always going to be a perfect outcome/solution to every situation, overcoming my fear of making mistakes and potentially failing at something. 

Luckily I turned out to be a pretty good stage manager and it only on a few occasions went totally wrong.  As a result of the experience with the theater I'm a lot more willing to try new things (I did before but I tended to be terrified, which I think I hide well).  Since leaving college I've started gymnastics classes and taken some dance classes -- things that I probably wouldn't have considered before because they weren't natural talents of mine and involve a lot of mistakes before I make significant improvements in my abilities (esp. gymnastics).

On another note the experience in itself was tremendously rewarding.  I worked with fantastic people that led very different lives from the mine and those of the people I grew up around.  I followed the progress of a group of high school freshman through their senior year as they acted in differnt products.  I watched some of the older students graduate from high school and come back to work at the theater.  The people I worked with were in effect my family at college (after my roomates) because I spent so much time with them.

Law School Admissions / LSAT Addendum
« on: August 09, 2006, 08:44:04 AM »
By the time the application cycle is over for me I will have taken the lsat 3 times.  Oct 04 -- 157, June 06 -- 165, Sept 06 -- ???  So while this is hardly ideal, I'm happy about how most law schools are reacting to the new ABA policy. 

My big question is should i write an addendum, given that I already have an 8 point score increase and anticipate at least another jump of 5 points for a total of around a 13-point increase. 

My situation is that in the summer before I took the LSAT for the first time it became apparent that my mother had form of dementia similar to alzheimer's.  So between then and now there has never been the "right" time to take the LSAT.  I've taken when I've felt prepared and my mother's condition was as stable as possible.  Part of why I expect to continue to improve my LSAT score is because my mother passed away in late June, which was unexpected, but it has meant that my family and I have been able to move on somewhat. 

Should I tell an adcomm all this? Is there a way to do its that not going to sound like I'm making an excuse?  I think it really does account for my variable performance but at the same time I know that people's lives are complicated and as they say "stuff happens."

Any suggestions would really be appreciated. 

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