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Law School Admissions / Re: chances of admission to law school
« on: July 01, 2004, 06:43:02 PM »
i think you need to expand your options. competition is only getting fiercer. if i remember correctly, bc alone had nearly 7000 applications for the last published year. unless you take the lsat again and get a 170+, those schools are only going to smile while cashing your application fee check. if you're willing to be mobile, you can get into a bunch of good second tier schools with those numbers....maybe even a first tier. 

if you want to stay in new england youre kind of in a bind...uconn's the lowest tier one school and even their medians are a 162 and a 3.5, plus you have to add the preference given to residents. after that you're stuck with northeastern, suffolk, roger williams, maine, or wnec....quite a large drop in prestige.   

i'm sure people will do well on the test regardless. myself on the other hand, didnt do well even after taking a prep course. i've scored in the same percentile on every single standardized test i've ever taken.....some i prepared for, some i didn't, and on the lsat i went all out. yet oddly enough my results were the exact same percentile give or take about 2-3% on psat, sat, gre, afoqt, and lsat. god i'm glad the days of standardized tests are over for me.

You'll be fine!!!! a perfect example is, UC Davis used to publish a matrix of apps/admits and demographics. At the time they admitted URMs with LSATs in the 130s. While those numbers are about two years old, you would still probably be a guaranteed admit with a 160. I'm not sure what the cutoff is now, as they no longer publicly offer those statistics for obvious reasons. But either way, most people on these boards would give their left leg to be a URM with a 160.   

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: When are deposits due?
« on: June 25, 2004, 08:50:06 AM »
LSU's first deposit was april 1st, and the second one was may 1st.

Law School Admissions / Re: Significant others
« on: June 25, 2004, 08:30:45 AM »
my wife is following me...but only because she was lucky enough to get hired at the university. but either way she would have looked to relocate to any university in the area that would hire her. then the deal is when i'm done, i'll support her while she finishes her phd.

Law School Admissions / Re: Graduate GPA, does it matter?
« on: June 25, 2004, 08:17:09 AM »
basically they could care less. i talked to a half dozen schools and most of them said a masters degree is considered as an extra curricular activity....i kid you not. however one of the schools actually uses an average of the 2 gpa's. but realistically that means very little because there are such fewer credits for a masters.

sounds like a terrible idea to me. maryland had 6000 apps last year for 250 seats. not only are you going to waste a year of your life, but you'll also waste a lot of time and energy to move to the state for the sole purpose of hoping for acceptance to u maryland. i'd strongly consider your safety schools. what are your plans if you're rejected next year?

Law School Admissions / Re: Online Apps Question!!
« on: June 13, 2004, 02:32:15 PM »
you can apply to schools whenever their process opens. i applied to ole miss last year in june and lsu in july. however, the schools cannot request lsac reports until august. so basically you can get everything out of the way...but your app isn't going to be complete until at least the first week of september. 

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Marquette... worth the cost??
« on: June 11, 2004, 06:02:43 PM »
I would have concerns about paying marquettes tuition regarding its ranking and it's national reputation. if that's where you want to go, pay it!!....personally i think personal happiness is worth whatever one can afford. but if you just want to go there because it's ranked higher than und, then i'd reconsider. as for sports marquette really that great(i have no idea)? and are you 100% sure sports law is what you're interested in? i'd be concerned about going to a school for a specialty without ever spending any time in a law class. if you spend a year at marquette and realize corporate or some other law interests you're really going to screw your checkbook up. 

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: hastings or BU
« on: June 11, 2004, 03:21:36 PM »
ecbirm.....i never thought of your viewpoint of hastings, but you are definitely correct. the dfference i think is that the only better schools in the bay area are boalt and stanford. hastings is more highly regarded than at least four other local law schools. whereas in boston bu is lower on the totem pole with only more prestige than northeastern and suffolk. at the end of the day, you really can't go wrong with either school.

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