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SJU recently changed their scholarship retention rules. Previously, they only required top 1/2 to maintain the scholarship. Now they've implemented a gradated retention policy...

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If a studentís class rank, after each academic
year, places him or her in the upper 40% of the studentís
class, the student will retain 100% of the scholarship. If the
class rank places the student in the upper 55% of his or her
class, the student will retain 75% of the scholarship. If the
class rank places the student in the upper 65% of the class,
the student will retain 55% of the scholarship.

St. Johnís School of Law
Student Handbook 2011-12
Page 33
http://www.stjohns.edu/academics/graduate/law/current/handbook

The BLS site doesn't have the information as readily available. With all other factors being equal, the BLS route sounds like the safer money bet. Having visited both schools before applying, I can assure you that all factors are NOT equal between the two. If you have a preference for SJU over BLS, then I'd strongly suggest you bring your offer to their attention and see if they'll match it...

Good luck either way...
Rob

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Law School Admissions / Re: When Taking a Year Off is NOT Beneficial
« on: September 26, 2009, 05:12:29 PM »
A year off spent raising your LSAT score so that you go from Tier 2 to T-14, or gain significant scholly offers, is absolutely worth taking. A year spent playing WoW probably isn't. Just make sure that if you take the time, you use it wisely... and if that means you rethink your decision to pursue law school and ultimately recommit to it or reconsider that path and decide it isn't what you want, either one would be time well spent.
Good luck.

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Current Law Students / Re: Civil Procedure
« on: September 23, 2009, 10:00:14 PM »
If you've put a deposit down for BarBri, then check out their online lecture for Civ Pro. It's about 6 hours long, iirc, and I made a pretty detailed 30+ page outline from it. Earned one of my only two A's in that class and I credit it in part to that BarBri lecture.
Good luck!

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: I had to do it...chances?
« on: September 03, 2009, 08:11:52 PM »
Well now, I do apologize for offering my unsolicited advice in response to your request "I appreciate any insight any of you can give...on any if it". I'm certain that you will have a successful law school admission cycle with your B- GPA and your 63rd %tile LSAT score. As for not needing to go to a great school to get a good job, you're absolutely correct there as well.. and your proven academic success bodes well for your placement options.
Good luck there, champ.

I did not mention the word advice, did I? What do you know about anything, Rob. I have plenty of $ and don't need to go to a great school to get a good job. Thanks for the "advice" though, four-star sr. citizen. Why don't YOU go back and re-take the LSAT, because I am sure whatever score you got could be improved. I mean why not take it a third time to better your odds of getting into a better school with better scholly offers and still a long shot at a spot in the copy room?

Advice? Prep and retake the LSAT in December... a higher score will only increase your options, both at better schools and with better scholly offers.
Good luck...


Ok, well here it is guys. I am hoping to get some input on my chances at the schools I am applying to for next fall. I appreciate any insight any of you can give...on any if it :)
Here is me:
- LSAT: 154
- GPA: 2.82
- Softs: Student body gov., numerous university committees, business chair for largest student-run fair in US,  lots of volunteer work, internship during UG, etc.
- LOR's : three very strong letters; from a professor, an employer of 4 years, and the director of a non-prof. legal aid group I volunteer with.
- Three misdemeanors from highschool days, all over 5 years in the past with not even a trafic ticket since.

The Schools:
- Arizona State U. (PT)
- U. of Denver (PT)
- Thomas Jefferson
- John Marshall (Atl. & Chicago)
- Cleveland State
- Roger Williams
- U. of Toledo
- Creighton
- U. of Akron
- N. Illinois U.
- S. Illinois U.
- Widener
- St. Mary's U.
- South Texas
- Texas Wesleyan


Any school suggestions would be helpful too. Thanks to everybody who chimes in!





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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: I had to do it...chances?
« on: September 02, 2009, 05:54:20 PM »
Advice? Prep and retake the LSAT in December... a higher score will only increase your options, both at better schools and with better scholly offers.
Good luck...


Ok, well here it is guys. I am hoping to get some input on my chances at the schools I am applying to for next fall. I appreciate any insight any of you can give...on any if it :)
Here is me:
- LSAT: 154
- GPA: 2.82
- Softs: Student body gov., numerous university committees, business chair for largest student-run fair in US,  lots of volunteer work, internship during UG, etc.
- LOR's : three very strong letters; from a professor, an employer of 4 years, and the director of a non-prof. legal aid group I volunteer with.
- Three misdemeanors from highschool days, all over 5 years in the past with not even a trafic ticket since.

The Schools:
- Arizona State U. (PT)
- U. of Denver (PT)
- Thomas Jefferson
- John Marshall (Atl. & Chicago)
- Cleveland State
- Roger Williams
- U. of Toledo
- Creighton
- U. of Akron
- N. Illinois U.
- S. Illinois U.
- Widener
- St. Mary's U.
- South Texas
- Texas Wesleyan


Any school suggestions would be helpful too. Thanks to everybody who chimes in!





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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Deciding --
« on: September 02, 2009, 05:52:59 PM »
I think that you should go ahead with your plan to not study or prep for the LSAT and simply rely on the natural talents, abilities and work ethic that has served you well for so much of your academic career. I'm sure that you will recieve the LSAT results (and resulting scholarship offers)that you would reasonably expect to get.
Good luck there...  :)

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Current Law Students / Re: What is the best evidence supplement?
« on: September 02, 2009, 05:30:23 PM »
Here's all you need to ace any Evidence class... know it, love it, live it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEu2O3FGH1E

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Current Law Students / Re: Pass on day 3?
« on: August 31, 2009, 07:16:39 PM »
Don't be so harsh... in fact, you should be thankful for that person. It's not that often that somebody so readily steps up and says "I'll take the low grade that the mandatory curve requires the teacher give to someone." Hell, you should probably buy the person a beer and encourage them to keep up the good work. ;-)

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Current Law Students / Re: How do I set myself apart?
« on: August 29, 2009, 09:56:26 PM »
While I agree with EarlCat about using the syllabus to give you guidance in forming your outline, I'll buck the grain here and admit that I do all my outlining at the end of the semester... starting about 2 weeks before classes end. I use that time to assemble all the material and form a comprehensive picture of the material covered. The process of building the outline reinforces it all for me in a way that I don't think I'd get if I assembled it going along. It's the act of assembling the outline that really ties all the material together for me.
But that's only what works for me, and many of law students (ranked both higher and lower) preach the 'outline-as-you-go' gospel...
Good luck.

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Current Law Students / Re: How do I set myself apart?
« on: August 29, 2009, 02:25:38 PM »
Want to distinguish yourself? Keep at it for the whole semester. Everyone is hot out of the gate when the race starts, but it's the ones that can keep the pace for the longest that come out on top. You'll see people fade off as the time goes on...
Good luck.

PS: What school gives 30-40% A- grades? That's really extreme grade inflation and demonstrates why class rank is the only really important measure.

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