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Law School Applications / Am I sunk?
« on: January 25, 2007, 06:16:04 PM »
Due to some personal circumstances which required me to be out of the country for about a month, I got my applications in late, much later than I would have liked (I will likely go complete at most schools in approx 1 week), although I guess there is no point in kicking myself about it now.  I know the advantage that comes with applying early, and now I'm starting to get awfully paranoid that I have no shot of getting into law school - a completely irrational fear, I know.

LSAT/GPA = 169/3.61, rock solid PS, glowing recs, and some great experience/soft factors to boot.

My reach schools were:
Chicago (when hell freezes over but I had to at least try)
Northwestern
Penn
Duke
Georgetown
Virginia

Targets:
Michigan
UCLA
USC
GWU
BU
BC

Safeties:
Illinois
William & Mary
George Mason

please please please please reassure me that my application later in the cycle hasn't destroyed my future!

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LSAC and LSDAS / Um...$hit please help
« on: January 25, 2007, 01:49:25 AM »
Ok I am reposting this in a sub-forum to see if anyone can give me something to go on...

I seem to have a slight problem here.  It appears as if my University has made a gaffe on my transcript that I did not notice/was not there before, i.e. when I sent my transcript to LSDAS months ago.  The problem on its face does not seem huge - basically I have two 6-hour courses entitled "Government Internship" which represent a full-time internship I did for an entire semester.  The grade however, is listed as "NR" or "Nor Reported". It does not affect my GPA at all, but it does affect the number of institutional hours that it says I have on my university transcript.

My question is this.  I am sure that internship grades are often recorded as Pass/Fail or S/U grading, so law schools will likely not think twice about the NR (I'm guessing, correct me if I'm wrong).  However, will they look at the number of hours that my transcript says I have and say "wait a minute, he won't graduate in May?" and thus negatively affect my admissions prospect?  Or is that not an issue which they take into account (thus leaving it to the student to graduate, and if he doesnt he simply cannot attend).  This is kind of freaking me out.

I hope to go to the professor's office tomorrow in order to sort it out, but I would then have to request another transcript be sent to LSDAS, wait for that to be processed, and have corrected reports sent out to schools (a process which will undoubtedly take forever).  I would like to be secure in knowing that since it wouldn't have affected my GPA anyway, I can leave that as is and just worried about getting it fixed so that I can actually graduate come May.

Thanks for any insight you might have...somebody please help me prevent the looming heart attack...

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Law School Applications / Oh holy hell, not now. Help please!
« on: January 25, 2007, 01:38:43 AM »
Ok so I seem to have a slight problem here.  It appears as if my University has made a gaffe on my transcript that I did not notice/was not there before, i.e. when I sent my transcript to LSDAS months ago.  The problem on its face does not seem huge - basically I have two 6-hour courses entitled "Government Internship" which represent a full-time internship I did for an entire semester.  The grade however, is listed as "NR" or "Nor Reported". It does not affect my GPA at all, but it does affect the number of institutional hours that it says I have on my university transcript. 

My question is this.  I am sure that internship grades are often recorded as Pass/Fail or S/U grading, so law schools will likely not think twice about the NR (I'm guessing, correct me if I'm wrong).  However, will they look at the number of hours that my transcript says I have and say "wait a minute, he won't graduate in May?" and thus negatively affect my admissions prospect?  Or is that not an issue which they take into account (thus leaving it to the student to graduate, and if he doesnt he simply cannot attend).  This is kind of freaking me out.

I hope to go to the professor's office tomorrow in order to sort it out, but I would then have to request another transcript be sent to LSDAS, wait for that to be processed, and have corrected reports sent out to schools (a process which will undoubtedly take forever).  I would like to be secure in knowing that since it wouldn't have affected my GPA anyway, I can leave that as is and just worried about getting it fixed so that I can actually graduate come May.

Thanks for any insight you might have...somebody please help me prevent the looming heart attack...

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Personal Statement / help! ahhhh
« on: October 30, 2006, 08:19:16 PM »
Ok so I have 2 topics floating in my head.

1) I grew up in an orthodox jewish community, where I basically lived in fear for a lot of my life of anyone finding out that I'm gay.  When people did eventually find out, I was thrown out of my home and school.  There is a lot of things that went down with this that I had to overcome, and I am proud to have cleared some of the hurdles that I have.

2)I recently had a full-time 5 month internship with the US Attorneys Office in DC (I moved there for 6 months),where I took initiative and turned it into something much more substantial than usual, i.e. while the other interns (and even some law clerks) were pulling discovery and filing papers, I was doing legal research and responding to motions, preppring trials, and even helping out at the bench during jury selection.

I know that a PS is not a place to rehash the resume, however I believe that I exceeded the norm at that office and got very real and substantial experience from it.  AND IF I were to write my PS on topic #1, I would no longer have anything to write in a diversity statement.

Hence my dilemma: do I write the PS on topic #1 and not submit a diversity statement, or do I write on #1 as a diversity statement and write my PS on #2, at risk of repeating information in my resume.

Thanks in advance for your input

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Law School Applications / 3.65/169
« on: October 24, 2006, 02:39:20 PM »
As much as I like to freak out about my numbers not being good enough, I know they're pretty strong.  The question is, how strong.

Along with the 3.65 (with a strong grade trend of over a 3.8 since 2nd semester of freshman year) and 169, I have good relevant experience, including a 5 month full-time internship with the US Attorney's Office where I basically did legal research and wrote actual briefs that were filed and did some other more advanced things, a job at a private firm, and an internship with a local state's attorney.  I have great recommendations, 3 from professors (1 who taught me legal writing) and 1 from my mentor from the USAO (as he has seen me in very relavent context).  I also have some significant obstacles that I've overcome, and plan to address those most likely in an optional essay/addendum.

I plan on applying to alot of schools and that probably won't change, but I'm wondering what all of your assesment of y list is - are there any miscategorized? any I should add? Subtract?

Reach
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U Chicago (I wish)
Penn
Michigan
Virginia
Duke
Northwestern
Georgetown

Target
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UCLA
USC
GW

Bag 'Em
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BU
BC
Illinois (been told by the admissions director that I will get in with a generous offer)


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Studying for the LSAT / Scores ARE out
« on: October 20, 2006, 05:30:54 PM »
My buddy just called and let me know he got his score, so this is in fact legit, I guarantee

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Studying for the LSAT / LSAT Rosary
« on: October 19, 2006, 07:07:12 PM »
Don't forget to say your prayers tonight...

Credit this one to Para Legal.  I couldn't find the post to bump but I had emailed it to someone who found it equally amusing

*****************************************

Hail LSAT, full of grace,
The Ad-Coms art with thee.
Blessed art thou amongst proctors,
And blest is the fruit of thy scores, Acceptance.
Holy LSAT, Mother of Scholarships,
Pray for us applicants, now and at the hour of our rejection.
Amen.

*********************************************
Our LSAT,
Which art at LSAC
Hallowed be my score.
Thy logic games come, thy rubisco be done
In adcomms as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our highest score,
And forgive us our flames, as we forgive those who flame against us
And lead us to the temptation to check our score
And deliver us from the evil of a 120

For thy 180 is the kingdom, and USNWR holds the power and the glory
Forever and ever,
Amen.
***************************

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Studying for the LSAT / The Fat on Scales
« on: October 07, 2006, 12:19:15 AM »
Might cause it to break...consider an industrial strength one in the future

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Where should I go next fall? / Take my chances, or try again?
« on: June 30, 2006, 10:26:42 AM »
I received my LSAT score yesterday, which is a 166.  My GPA is 3.67.  I'm not thrilled, but not crushed, although my prep tests were all in the 168-173 range.  I just have no idea whether it would be best to retake the LSAT in Septamber - especially considering that I don't know for sure whether schools will ACTUALLY start only considering the higher score.

My soft factors are as follows:
-Great grade trend (after first semester of college, only 2 Bs)
-Semester internship with the US Attorney's Office doing substantial legal work
-Summer BigLaw firm job
-Exec positions on Student Orgs
-Student Government
-Several Dean's List, nominated participant in many forums
-Excellent LORs (including a US Attorney that I worked for, a prof that has sat on adcomms, a prof who taught me legal writing, and one other prof)
-A strong PS, with a somewhat unique upbringing/personal background and overcome adversity (I'm pretty sure its unique anyway, but you can ask for more details on that)

The schools I am looking at are:
Duke
G-Town
Michigan
UVA
USC
UCLA
Illinois
Notre Dame
BU & BC
GWU

I'm pretty confident about Illinois and GWU (and maybe BU/BC), USC and UCLA seems maybe iffy, and the 4 t14s seem out of reach at this point.

What's your take?
(And thanks for reading this obscenely long post)

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Studying for the LSAT / Will the September LSAT hinder
« on: June 30, 2006, 09:48:29 AM »
my aspirations to get my apps in and complete early?  I know a lot of schools have started accepting apps on Sep 1, so will taking the Sep test put me at a disadvantage?

Thanks guys

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