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Law School Admissions / Re: GPA Question
« on: January 04, 2007, 07:38:31 AM »
On the Law School's application, should I submit my degree (which is higher) or just suck it up and sumbit my cum.?

I put my GPA as given by my school, not LSAC.  (I have no idea which one they really want, but I really dislike how my LSAC GPA looks, so since there seems to be the leeway to choose, I'll go with my school one.)

I would put the LSAC GPA since Law schools will see that number and use it to factor in your admission chances.  Putting anything else will look like grade inflation.  Coming from a school that doesn't use the +/- system, I have to support the LSAC method.  After all, You and I could both make 88's during our undergrads, but because you come from a school that uses +/-'s and I don't, you will have a much higher school GPA than I even though we really made the same numerical grades.

However, don't get me wrong.  I completely support the +/- system since it favors those who achieve.  Without it, you aren't going to work harder to turn an 80 into an 88 since you know you will receive the same letter grade for the course.  Trust me, I know from experience. 

Apparently the mail system is slow right now or LSAC isn't picking up their mail that often because two of my U.G. Schools mailed my transcripts out on Dec. 22nd and just today (Jan. 4th), LSAC is finally showing that they received one of them.  I've got the added bonus of waiting on two more transcripts from schools where I was a transient- both of which didn't mail out my transcripts till yesterday due to the holidays.

I guess I was a bit lucky with my LORs cause my recommenders mailed them out over a weekend and within a week, LSAC received them.  For some reason, LSAC emailed me to say they received my LORs, but they didn't when they received one of my transcripts.

"When are these deadlines?
I guess the first thing to do is call your UG registrar ... make sure they sent out the transcripts, that is a long time but they have been off of work for a week or so.  If they have been sent I wouldn't worry.  I know LSAC is a little slow this time of year but if the stuff is on its way I wouldn't worry.  LORs are usually a larger worry ... do you have those in?  If you do it should only be a few days between LSAC getting your transcripts and sending out your file.
But really, do you know of schools with deadlines in January?  Just yesterday another poster and I were marveling that a random low-numbered dude got into UMich after applying on 2/12 last year.  Late doesn't always mean bad."

From my memory, I believe Florida is Jan. 15th, but they emailed me today stating that I had till March 1st to complete my file.  I think a few other school's are Feb. 1st, but I can't name them off-hand.  Also, my concern is certain scholarships and other financial aid require applicants to complete their files sometimes weeks before the general deadline.  So a delay at this point can be costly. 

I do have my recommendations already in my file thank goodness, but unfortunately nothing is being sent by LSAC till my transcripts come in.   

I've got all my apps and LSAT score submitted to each law school before their application deadlines.  Unfortunately, my file is not complete since LSAC is still waiting on my transcripts.  I submitted my transcript requests to my U.G. schools on Dec. 18th, but LSAC still has not received them-, now that its Jan. 3rd, should I be concerned?  Anyway, I'm sure it will be past the application deadline for some schools before LSAC receives my transcripts, processess them, and submits my completed report to the Law schools.  Since my completed report will not be available till after their "application deadlines," do you think some schools will not consider me for admission or will my chances for admission be hindered?

Law School Admissions / Re: So what's a good timeline?
« on: December 29, 2006, 12:37:01 PM »
Thanks for the info.  Here's another probably dumb question.  Except for schools that do rolling admissions, do most Law schools wait till after the admissions deadlines before making admission decisions? 

Law School Admissions / So what's a good timeline?
« on: December 29, 2006, 08:31:55 AM »
OK, this may be an ignorant question (I'm a rookie at this), but I honestly have no clue what is the answer.  I want to know the month(s) I should expect to hear back from the schools I applied to (based on the dates I applied and mailed the required forms).   
I've got my LSAT score already, sent in my transcript requests to my undergrad schools on Dec. 18th (LSAC hasn't received them yet).  I applied to Florida, Florida State, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia via LSAC from Dec. 24th-28th, mailed my certification and application fee payments on Dec. 27-28th
I applied to Iowa and Washington and Lee on Dec. 28th and paid apps fees via credit card online on Dec. 28th.   

Assuming everything I mailed makes it to the receipient, what month can I expect to hear back from these schools- Late Jan?Feb? or sometime after their application deadlines?  Also does LSAC and the schools usually notify me when my file is complete or when something is missing that prevents them from processing my app?


Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Univerisity of Iowa
« on: December 28, 2006, 07:43:14 AM »
With a 3.3 GPA and a 165 LSAT, I have about a 25% shot at a top 25 Law school (that is also public- a must) according to the LSAC calculator.  One notable exception is the University of Iowa (#22) where I have a 65% chance.  I was surprised its ranked so high and, when compared to others, that my chances are so great.  Are my chances based on these scores that good for Iowa?  I looked at its objective numbers (LSAT/GPA/acceptance rate/etc.) and nothing stood out that placed them over the 30's and 40's schools.  So what makes it a great law school?  What's Iowa City like?  The only images in my head are the stereotypical ones of Iowa (flat land and corn).  Growing up in small-town rural Georgia, this is a plus not a minus (I like a Norman Rockwell life over the big city lights).  Any info is appreciated?


I've got a 3 page Personal statement discussing my background and 2 or 3 of my greatest achievents- with a few comments on the importance of each.  I was wondering if this was the best approach or should I try to pack every single achievement, even down to the minor ones, in the essay.  With apps that accept a resume, I plan to include the other accomplishments in the resume, but what should I do about the apps that don't take a resume? 

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