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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Withdrawing...any reason not to?
« on: February 10, 2007, 11:37:20 PM »
No point withdrawing.  With your numbers W&M probably assumed you'd get into a better school and aren't counting on you coming.  At this point in the game, nobody else is going to get admitted just because you withdraw.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Finding scholarships
« on: February 08, 2007, 11:45:04 PM »
are jews still considered a minority, we're probably over represented in law school

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Well I applied to 35 schools (psycho as well) and I have heard back from 12 so far.  The last batch does seem to be taking quite a while.  But the worst was between my first acceptance, in Nov and my next one which was a about a month later.  Still freaking though!

I cannot believe  you spent between $1000 and $4000 on applications (the smaller amount is assuming you had fee waivers some places and just paid LSAC fee).  You couldn't narrow it down a bit? I'm not complaining, it's good the economy to have that much money moving around (or good for the law schools and LSAC), but could you explain your motivation?  Would you really want to attend any of the 35 schools that accepted you?  Or is there a rank order among the 35?  Or did you figure you'd send out applications everywhere and make real decisions after getting acceptances?  Why stop at 35 in that case.  Ok, I'm giving you a hard time, please don't take it personally, I was just shocked with the number.  Good luck!

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Law School Applications / Re: Georgetown Acceptance from Waitlist
« on: February 08, 2007, 11:01:39 PM »
It's the real deal -- I was stunned.  It comes in a much more square, invitation-style envelope and I was about 100% sure it was some kind of notice about an information session (which would have really annoyed me).

I wrote Andy Cornblatt a letter of continued interest in late December, which he quoted nearly verbatim in the hand-written message on the bottom of the two-page acceptance. 

I'm afraid I can't explain why he got back to me so quickly. Good luck to everyone else on the WL.

I've heard Dean Cornblatt makes quick decisions and values the PS strongly.  Your numbers are great, so maybe something about your first PS raised a red flag, but the letter you wrote impressed him so he took you on the spot.  Or maybe one of your professors gave you a bad LOR..  Or maybe he got a great deal on a car that day and was feeling generous.  I have friends who have sat on admissions committees and things can be pretty random sometimes. 

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Law School Applications / Re: Held at Columbia AND Chicago
« on: February 08, 2007, 03:36:48 PM »
I am held at both of these schools. I only applied to Chicago because they sent me a fee waiver so I will be withdrawing and not submitting any extra materials there.

Columbia I am up in the air about... I do want to go there, but only if they offer money... and I am worried that this "hold" pretty much means I can count on not getting any money. So, do I send a letter of continued interest? I am still interested... but, if that makes them admit me and they still don't offer money, I am not going to go. Is it wrong of me to submit the letter then?

You probably won't get merit money, but you still could get need based grants. 

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Law School Applications / Re: Gtown GLS? Anyone? Bueller?
« on: February 07, 2007, 04:22:22 PM »
maybe if there's a group of us who get accepted and really want to do "B", we can get them to make exceptions on this.  I think it's a pity that we're forced to choose one or the other.   

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Law School Applications / Re: Chances of Admission from Late Waitlist?
« on: February 07, 2007, 02:32:30 PM »
My older brother got into his law school off the waitlist.  He heard about it in July.  From what I can tell, waitlist do not have a priority.  Basically, when a slot opens, the committee can grab anyone from anywhere on the waitlist.  You can be pulled off a waitlist at any time over the summer.  The general policy is to send in a deposit to whichever school has already accepted you.  If you get into a better school off the waitlist, then you send that school a new deposit and forego the space at the original school.  Then if a better school grabs you, repeat the process with the new school until 1. you're in the your top choice or 2. no one else wants you. 

If you choose to play the waitlist game you will likely lose hundreds of dollars in seat deposits.  However, when all is said and done, getting into a better school is worth a few hundred anyway.  I'm not sure how many people go on waitlists, I imagine it's a large enough number that the school feels confident they won't have any empty seats for next year, but many waitlisted people will not have the energy to hold out all summer or do not have the resources to make last minute plans.  If you're willing to go the distance for the school you want on very short notice, then you're chances probably get better as the summer goes on and more poeple withdraw from waitlists.  You should also send the schools letters at least every couple of months letting them know you're still interested. 

So my advice to you is to pay the April 2 deposit at the school that has accepted you (assuming no one else accepts you before then) and then play the waitlist game and hope to win. 

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Law School Applications / Re: "Hold" at Chicago
« on: February 07, 2007, 02:19:17 PM »
I think I'll do a book review.

The trans-fat essay is the most preftigious.  Who has one of them at hand?

What does preftigious mean? 

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Law School Applications / Re: Gtown GLS? Anyone? Bueller?
« on: February 07, 2007, 02:18:09 PM »
Is anyone applying to Global Law Scholars also planning on doing Curriculum B? 

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Law School Applications / Re: "Hold" at Chicago
« on: February 06, 2007, 04:41:26 PM »
mine is March 2 as well.  So i guess that means the Hold's get re-reviewed about a month later (not all at once). 

This seems like a deferral more than anything.  I'm taking it as a positive sign.  Something about our applications made them choose not to outright reject us.  I also like that they propose essay topics instead of requesting the generic "diversity statement" or "Why I want to attend Chicago" essay.  It probably helps them sift through those really interested and willing to make the effort of writing an additional essay with those who have generic essays already on hand.  Anyway it's good the know the calibar of people with me in the "Hold" category, good luck to everyone!

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