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Be warned....

Although many applicants are not aware of it, many of the top law schools actively monitor the various online admissions boards. Some schools even assign a staff person to regularly read the discussion boards. The impressions that admissions staff form of applicants who use the boards can influence some admissions outcomes.

The schools are not checking the boards because they want to recruit the members with 1,000-plus posts their credit. Rather, they're trying to protect the integrity of their programs by keeping such people out.

Applicants who think that using an online pseudonym can their identity are making a mistake. According to a former dean for a top law school, "It is usually very easy to determine the identity of an applicant based on the information they provide in their posts. In some cases, it's obvious because of a particular communication you had with an applicant, who then shares information from the communication online. In other cases, if someone is being really obnoxious or bad-mouthing your school or one of your staff members, with a little bit of effort and searching of your database, you can usually identify the applicant."

The bottom line on applicants who cultivate off-putting online personas, our contact said, is that "We know who they are."

Applicants don't have to make inflammatory or obnoxious statements to harm their admissions chances. Just coming across as irrational about law school admissions or as overly passive about the application process may be enough to leave schools with an unfavorable impression of a candidate.

An example of being irrational about the admissions process is when someone posts a complaint about a bad experience with a receptionist at Law School X and says they would never accept an admissions offer from that program because of that one experience.

An example of being overly passive is when someone uses an online forum to ask basic questions that could be answered with just a bit of research, or to post a simple question that could be answered more quickly by a phone call.

Law school applicants who have been active on the online boards are well advised to tone down their participation once they actually begin submitting their applications. They can use their time more productively to work on their personal statements and other application components. Those activities are likely to prove much more valuable to their future endeavors than message board participation will be.

Law School Admissions / Anyone complete yet at MARYLAND?
« on: November 18, 2006, 08:32:06 AM »
Maybe im just being impatient, but i was wondering if anyone has been complete at Maryland Law.  Its been a little over 2 weeks for me since my LSDAS report has been requested and i have yet to get a complete notice or anything.

I got a fee waiver from St. Johns with a paper application.  I finished up the LSAC electronic application and when i go to checkout, it doesn't reflect my fee waiver.  It just has the option to pay via CC and an option to pay via check.  Should i just check the "send payment by check" option and send them the paper fee waiver i received?


Is this what a "hidden" fee waiver is?

I was fully expecting to pay another 70 bucks to apply, but to my suprise i foudn out in the certification letter that my application fee was waived...anyone else>?  Is this common with GMU?

I know i posted this twice, but this section gets more hits and im trying to send my app in by tonight.

MD's application doesnt specifically ask for a DS.  Just suggtests addressing topics liek diversity in the PS.  Is it OK to attach a seperate Diversity Statement?  THANKS!!!!

I notice some schools dont ask for a diversity statement.  Is it OK to attach one anyway?

2 of my profs are not labeled as such on the LSAC form.  It just says "John Doe" where as one of my profs i entered as Prof so and so and is displayed as such. 

Theyve already submitted their letetrs so i cant edit it.  Should i just assume that when they sigend the letter, they signed as "Professor so and so"?  I just dont want them to get mixed up with a professional LOR that i also have.

When did people start getting material from schools?  Brochures, fee waivers, etc?

My GPA: 3.29 with a Degree GPA of a 3.45.  My last 2 years had a draumatic upswing.  My LSAT is 159, I will not be retaking.  I have decent extra curriculars, worked through school, great recs and good PS.
My list can be found here:

I would like to stay in the mid-atl or northeast but wouldnt be adverse to going elsewhere if it means better oppurtunities.  Ive started to consider Tulane more seriously if anyoen had any input about that school.

Id love your advise, thanks!

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