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Law School Admissions / Anyone heard from Penn State?
« on: January 05, 2007, 07:18:59 AM »
From the looks of the LSN profiles it looks like they seriously drag their feet on sending out decisions, and I never even got one of those little cards that other schools sent saying "You're complete."  Anybody heard a peep out of Penn State?

Law School Admissions / Re: Where can I get my criminal record?
« on: December 17, 2006, 07:52:58 PM »
I think that the schools generally word the question in a way that lets you know exactly what they want to hear.  In my case, I had a dismissed infraction (open container citation).  Since there was no conviction, I did not have to put it on any apps that asked "have you ever been convicted of a crime?" but I did put it on apps that asked "have you ever been charged with a crime?"  In one case, I recall the question even being something along the line of "have you ever been formally accused of anything other than a minor traffic violation?"  That one was pretty clear.

My (completely unqualified) advice:  It is unlikely that you will be penalized if you put down something that the school did not intend to hear about.  They will likely read your addendum, say to themselves "that's nice but I could care less about your trespassing citation" and consider the rest of your application appropriately.  If, however, you neglect something that they DID intend to hear about, you could spend an awful lot of time and money to get a law degree that you will never get to use.  Just write an addenudum that lists the violation, the date and location where it happened, and the penalty (a small fine).  Beyond that, you will of course want a seperate addendum about how you have moved past the rest of your former mistakes and why this won't happen again.  Just give them the complete picture and let them figure it out: better to get dinged now by a school than dinged later by the bar. 

Law School Admissions / Re: Temple Beasley Scholar
« on: December 15, 2006, 03:20:34 PM »
I got my acceptance to Temple today but no $$$.  With my numbers I'm happy to just get in :-) (162- 3.08)

Studying for the LSAT / Re: CRY BABY GEEKS
« on: December 13, 2006, 05:56:48 AM »
Barbie, you're giving away all the secrets!  Someone has to be miserable in 80+ hr/week big law jobs while the rest of us are on ski vacations.  Geez, you're going to ruin it for everyone ;D

Law School Admissions / Re: T2--->T4 Status checkers
« on: December 07, 2006, 11:09:51 AM »
U of Baltimore

Law School Admissions / Re: For all non T14-auto admits
« on: December 07, 2006, 10:14:33 AM »
I just have to keep repeating my mantra "these people are not a representative sample" and reminding myself that my 162 really IS a respectable score. Reading these posts, I have to remember that having my fingers/toes/legs crossed waiting for a response from some respectable T2 schools does not relegate me to the status of future ambulance chaser,  and that I can indeed have a promising future even if my top choice is an "I'd rather jab rusty needles in my eyes than go there" choice for most of the posters on this board.  Hopefully Penn State will make my Christmas merry  ;D

Law School Admissions / Re: How to Explain a Underage Drinking Arrest? :)
« on: December 07, 2006, 05:46:13 AM »
I had to write an addendum for an alcohol citation that was dismissed strictly due to the rediculousness of the officer writing the citation in the first place (drinking a beer in Times Square on New Years).  I did exactly as the above posters wrote: if they asked "have you ever been convicted?" I just checked no.  If they asked "have you ever been charged/accused" I checked yes, then wrote an addendum simply stating the date of the citation, the charged offense and the fact that all charges were dismissed.  My approach is to avoid frivolous details/explanations/excuses and just give them the honest information. They are likely only asking these questions to ensure that you could pass the bar, and I don't see the bar turning anyone down for an underage drinking citation. 

Of course, I haven't seen any acceptance letters yet, so take my advice with several grains of salt ;-)

Studying for the LSAT / Re: LSAT Rules Prohibiting Discussion
« on: December 04, 2006, 10:49:38 AM »
I'm thinking that the most likley scenario, if LSAC were to decide to do something about this, would be that they would follow a course similar to that of the RIAA in regard file sharing:  Single out a few people, subpoena their info through their ISP and sue the ever-loving crap out of them to send a message to everyone else and hope to curtail these discussion for fear of being "singled out."  It's not really that much work to nab a few people and it would certainly do a lot to curtail post-mortems if LSAC were to decide that they were indeed a problem.

As for the question of whether they care, I can certainly see one major reason why it would peak their interest.  Every test administration brings more than a few people posting on here something to the effect of "after reading the PM, I have decided to cancel my score."  Enough of this behavior would certainly sway test results and effectively give unfair advantage to those people.   

I think it's unlikely that LSAC would really go to all this trouble, but I know I definitely stayed as far away from September PMs as I could, on the off-chance that I might be one of the first to find myself on the bad end of some new policy.  I would feel pretty stupid if my law school aspirations were ruined because I couldn't wait a few weeks to get my score.

Law School Admissions / Re: Frustration with Admissions Staff
« on: November 21, 2006, 12:26:53 PM »
It seems to me that a rude or inconsiderate admissions staff should serve as a red flag as far as what to expect once you actually attend the school. If their admissions people (basically, the marketing department) don't care enough to give you the time of day, you can bet that their faculty and other administrative staff are not going to be motivated to give much more consideration to you once you are already attending and in the system. 

When I went to the DC forum, I had several reps (from schools that were in no place to act snooty) treat me as if they would be doing me a favor by taking my application fee.  Those brochures went straight in the trash when I got home and I am half tempted to write some letters explaining why I did not apply once I have my acceptances in hand from other schools. 

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: 2.8/163 - any hope?
« on: October 23, 2006, 10:04:51 AM »
The answer is yes.  If you look at the LSAC calculator, there are a number of T2/T3 schools that you would have a great shot at getting into with those numbers.  Despite the prevailing attitudes on this board, a 163 is still a very good LSAT score (better than 89% of takers) and means a lot to law schools.  With a good PS and some work experience, you have a good shot at a good school.

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