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Law School Applications / Re: Any info?
« on: July 02, 2004, 04:06:23 PM »
use the urm card, say the first semester gpa was because you were working full time to help support the immigration of your politically persecuted relatives from uruguay... and send me a card after you enjoy your first year at stanford, yale, or harvard!

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Law School Applications / Re: What do Law Schools Think of Ph.D.'s
« on: July 02, 2004, 03:59:35 PM »
they'll think you're a professional student who's afraid of entering society. you're going to have to make an effort to explain why you need both a phd and jd. i don't think it's going to help you. but i'm curious as to what others' opinions are.

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a lot of schools have those summer start programs....typically they're used to justify admission of less qualified urms. in which case, certain students are required to take the summer classes and unconditional admittance is predicated on the summer grades. 

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Personal Statement / Re: Personal Statement Books
« on: July 01, 2004, 09:16:40 PM »
the only one i've seen is how to get into top law schools. to be honest all the sample statements they gave were so over the top they made me nauseous....i'm a guatemalan refugee that had to support my family for 15 years while going to harvard full time.... i can't remember them all, but i think you'd be better off buying a copy of aesop's fables.

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Personal Statement / Re: title your PS?
« on: July 01, 2004, 09:10:20 PM »
i wouldn't title it...just seems like one less line you have to use in an already short story....besides, if the person reading it doesnt find it as witty as you thought...they might just scrap the statement without reading it.

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Law School Applications / Re: chances of admission to law school
« on: July 01, 2004, 08:43:02 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.   

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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.

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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.   

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Wait List / Re: When are deposits due?
« on: June 25, 2004, 10:50:06 AM »
LSU's first deposit was april 1st, and the second one was may 1st.

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Law School Applications / Re: Significant others
« on: June 25, 2004, 10:30:45 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.

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