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Recommendations / What Salutation?
« on: July 31, 2006, 12:29:29 PM »
My employer has agreed to write me a letter but wonders how to start the letter -- the salutation.  Would "Dear Admissions Committee" be ok?  Should it be addressed to "To Whom it May Concern", which shoulds so impersonal?

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!  Thanks!

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Law School Applications / Grade Inflation
« on: July 14, 2006, 10:54:17 AM »
I'm trying to get a sense of grade inflation at my school.  I don't think its that bad but I don't want to be decieving myself either.  I figured to judge this by the "GPA College Mean" GPA that is listed on one's LSAC academic summary report (the thing that "analyzes" your transcript) and make a list so people can see what is out there. From what I've heard this is how many adcomms, along with the average LSAT score, judge the quality of you UG school and its student body. These are the ones I know so far. So please add!

College                       GPA College Mean          Average LSAT
Wesleyan Univ. (CT)                     3.33                      160
Harvard Univ. (MA)                      3.42                      166
Univ. of Connecticut                      3.17                      152
Univ. of Michigan                          3.30                      157
Univ. of Chicago                            3.26                       161
Swarthmore                                   3.33                       163
Texas A&M                                 3.10                       154
Univ. of Minnesota                     3.26                       154
Pitzer                                           3.18                       154

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I was just curious what anyone thought of my chances?

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Law School Applications / Overall Strategy Advice 2006-2007
« on: July 06, 2006, 05:19:29 PM »
Hi all ...
I'm starting this thread in the hope that people use it as a place to get advice on which schools to apply to and strategies for each school -- more than just chances --because I'm looking for people to put down what they know certain schools are particularly interested in and their sources of info.

So here goes --
My stats are LSDAS GPA: 3.75 (hopefully going up a smidgen when another transcript is processed)
Multiple LSAT taker: 157, 165 and taking again in September
Interested in International Law and any dual degree opportunities involving UK / France
For a complete list of schools I am considering see my LSN :)

So does anyone have any thoughts on schools I should consider?  Also I'm looking for more safety schools (I only really have AU, in my opinion) any suggestions?

Thanks!

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Personal Statement / the overall package
« on: June 20, 2006, 02:49:21 PM »
I was a lurker, but I'm done lurking and its time to start writing. 

I'm looking for some advice.  I have three things that are important to me to convey to the adcomm -- 1) hopefully (took the June LSAT) explain why there is a 10 point difference between my LSAT scores (my mother is struggling with a terminal illness); 2) tell the adcomm I'm a dual national and have lived oversees for significant chunks of my life; and 3) tell the adcomm why I want to go to law school and what I hope to do with it.

Having been lurking I know full well lots of these topics are supposedly "off-limits" but I'm interested in anyone who has thoughts on how I can tell the adcomm these things in a way that will help and not hurt my application.  Are there certain things I should avoid (not the topics themselves hopefully -- but as I haven't put anything on paper I'm more than willing to hear you out)?  Are their better ways to make my points?  What should go in an addendum versus what can I put in my PS? 

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LSAC and LSDAS / Tricky transcript question
« on: June 20, 2006, 02:22:31 PM »
So I apologize for this being a bit long but here goes...

Between Junior and Senior year of high school I attended Summer School at a college and took two classes for which I earned college credit.  These classes are listed on my college transcript but without the grades.  I recently registered for LSAC and sent in my college transcript.  My GPA went down despite the fact that my school uses the same system exactly as LSAC for grades.  I now want to send my Summer School transcript to LSAC to raise my GPA (hopefully).  My questions are: 1) Is this a good idea -- i.e. will it actualyl raise my GPA?  Will it just look stupid?  2) How do I get one of those transcript cover forms for the Summer School grades -- I've looked everywhere but I can't seem to add another school to my list on LSAC. 

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