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Law School Admissions / Re: Vanderbilt
« on: August 24, 2006, 11:50:13 AM »
Personally, I love Nashville.  Being from west Tennessee I've always had two choices of "big cities" to go to for the nightlife and other events: Memphis and Nashville.  Invariably, I've always tended toward Nashville.

Vanderbilt, on the other hand, I'm not so fond of.  I was in town earlier this week and took a tour of the law school.  Beautiful new building, but that was the one good thing about my trip.  The people were nice enough, and maybe it had to do with the fact that classes had just started the day before, but everyone seemed preoccupied with other things, not the prospective student that came to visit.  I didn't like the campus area around the law school much.  Vandy has a great campus in certain places, but this isn't one of them.  All in all, I couldn't see myself spending 3 years at that place, but it was a personal thing. 

If you visit, pay close attention for the signs...they almost seem to be hidden.  I drove around the campus twice before I figured out where the law school was (the building, incidently, is pretty much hidden from view by a large wall and some trees).  Parking in the area seemed like it would be a hassle if I couldn't park in a visitor's spot right near the door. 

I was very interested in the law and business program there, but the tour guide/admissions coordinator only vaguely mentioned it when I told him I was an accounting major.  He said, "I wish I had known that earlier," but he didn't seem to want to backtrack and fill me in on whatever he would have told me 15 minutes prior.  As such, I have no words of wisdom about that other than what the website says.

Hope this helps.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: "Most" vs. "Some" Rules in TM Drills
« on: August 20, 2006, 04:26:16 PM »
Most and some are not the same.  Most is more than half, whereas some is just any amount.

For example:

Most flowers are red, and most flowers are tall.  You know that at least some flowers are both red and tall.

Some flowers are red, and some flowers are tall.  You can make no conclusions.

Some flowers are red, and most flowers are tall.  No conclusions.

Law School Admissions / Re: SMU fee waiver -- snail mail
« on: July 22, 2006, 08:38:19 PM »
I finally got mine on Friday...I felt so left out.  ;)

Law School Admissions / Re: Transcript Report
« on: July 16, 2006, 07:50:20 PM »
I mailed my school-provided transcript request forms to two of my three schools and forgot to include the LSAC form.  LSAC sorted it out fine.  I'd imagine it could have been quicker if they had the form, though.

Law School Admissions / Re: Waivers
« on: July 10, 2006, 10:08:46 AM »
I feel like the cycle only truly began today.

I don't know if that leaves me excited or scared poopless, but now that I've gotten one I'm looking forward to more...heh.

Law School Admissions / Re: When are fee waivers given out????
« on: July 10, 2006, 09:01:06 AM »
I just received a fee waiver via e-mail from William & Mary because of my June score.

I guess the process has officially begun...heh.

Law School Admissions / Re: HIGH LSAT/LOW GPA SPLITTERS UNITE!!!!
« on: July 09, 2006, 05:20:00 PM »
Wow, thanks Nick.  That list is encouraging.

It's nice to know that all hope is not lost.

Law School Admissions / Re: HIGH LSAT/LOW GPA SPLITTERS UNITE!!!!
« on: July 07, 2006, 06:08:04 PM »
Thanks archival.

There are definitely some schools on my list that I won't be worried about applying to early, because I'll probably get in without much thought on their part.  Those Top 20s that I really love just present such a dilemma for me.  After my summer classes finish up I'll have a better idea from LSAC of what my GPA will be for fall apps.  We'll just take it one day at a time...

I swear, I wish I had scored like 8 points lower on my LSAT, because now that I stand a chance at some schools, I'm stressed, whereas if I knew I had fewer options, it'd be an easier decision.  Hopefully it will all be worth it in the end.

Law School Admissions / Re: HIGH LSAT/LOW GPA SPLITTERS UNITE!!!!
« on: July 07, 2006, 05:47:40 PM »
Thanks for the feedback about Fordham, Miss P.

I am starting to fall in love with this board, and especially this thread...hah.

I just have a couple more topics for discussion to throw out there:

1) I keep hearing about WashU being very splitter friendly, and their data seems to back that up.  What about other Tier 1's?  Something tells me this has been addressed elsewhere, so if it has, just tell me to stop being need to flame...haha.

2) This is more of a plea for advice.  My GPA when I apply to schools this fall will be low, probably in the 2.8ish area.  I can wait until December when I graduate and my GPA will be a little higher, probably around 3.0.  Would the advantage of applying early be completely outweighed by the sub-3.0 GPA, or would I still be better off applying early?  My grade trend is very steep (upward) in the past 2 years, and I plan to point that out in an addendum.  Is it unreasonable for me to expect the schools to at least consider that my GPA will be higher than what is being reported to them, or might it work out?  Any thoughts?

Law School Admissions / Re: HIGH LSAT/LOW GPA SPLITTERS UNITE!!!!
« on: July 03, 2006, 01:56:11 PM »
Hey guys, I'm new to the board, but I'm definitely a splitter.... 173/3.0ish with most bad grades coming from a T20 National University in my freshman and sophomore years and most good ones (like a 3.8 average) coming from a less prominent public when I finally found my work ethic and ambition in the past 2 years.

I'm really looking hard at schools like Fordham, ND, and Vandy.  What do you guys think?

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