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Law School Admissions / Re: misdemeanor/felony convictions and aquittals
« on: February 17, 2007, 09:30:21 AM »
I also have some issues (four to be exact) that I was unsure whether or not I needed to address.  Instead of just speculating, I went to one of the judges who sits on the Character and Fitness committee of the bar in my state and asked.  He told me that they do a very thorough check into each application and that if facts have been omitted, or if facts in the law school application do not match facts in the bar application red flags begin flying.  He said that dishonesty will get you denied for the bar quicker than any little infraction.  Schools just want to make sure that you have learned from you mistakes and will be able to sit for the bar (e.g. no murder comvictions, etc..).  If you assure them you have learned from your mistakes (which you should have no problem doing), then you will be fine. 

In case you wondered, I ended up disclosing EVERYTHING on my applications.  So far I have received two handwritten notes with my acceptance letters commending me on my honesty and a couple of phone calls.  The only damage I think my disclosure did was get me waitlisted at one school that I'm pretty sure I could have gotten in. That loss, in my opinion, is not even comparable to the possibility of a denial to sit for the bar due to some "lack of honesty".  The best advice I can give you is to disclose everything and don't look back.  Don't let some silly little mistakes turn into something bigger than they are.  If I, someone with relatively serious arrests, can still get into the schools I want, you certainly have nothing to worry about.

Bwilliams, Congrats man!!!!! I know you have been waiting a long time!  I'm glad everything worked out.  Maybe you could call her back and put in a good word for me!

I doubt if they deferred you twice you need to worry much about using them as scholarship bargaining power. Are you planning on waiting it out or withdrawing?

So I went ahead and called GW today and told them if they don't give me a response soon then they can kiss my...........................

No, I'm kidding.  Just wanted to give you guys a rise.  It has been a slow week.  Hopefully, we'll get some more info today!

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Acceptances for Fall 07
« on: February 09, 2007, 09:55:57 AM »
Congrats on Case!!!!  They sure have been moving slow this cycle.

Well at least we can all wait and be miserable together.

Very wrong   :'(

Considering I want to do tax (I have been in public accounting for several years), would it be unwise to consider going to UF due to their strong LLM tax program for my JD rather than a school such as GW (if I get in part-time)?  I know the LLM profs teach a lot of the tax classes on the JD level, but will that really translate into marketability in the tax world or should one choose the school with the better reputation?  Any thoughs?

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: UTK - Tennessee
« on: February 02, 2007, 12:12:39 PM »
I went complete at UT on 01/20/07.  I heard back today by mail. 

I know they have been calling a lot of strong applicants this year with the ole' "meet or beat" any scholarship offer approach, so they may be trying to rise up in the rankings.  If I remember correctly, I beleive they recently got a new dean (maybe that has something to do with it).  If the judge/peer reviews are holding them down so much, I think it will be hard for them to bump themselves up in rankings by throwing out scholarships, but it does indicate they are really trying to improve their standing. 

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