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I'm not sure you can specifically apply for them.  Pre-enrollment anyway.

Another question about scholarships. Columbia seems to have VERY many different prizes: in recognition of the best students, the almost-best students, the best student in a particular course, the best essay on a particular topic, etc. Are these prizes there for resume purposes, or do they entail some sort of scholarship also?

Law School Admissions / Re: Chances
« on: May 16, 2007, 12:45:30 PM »
Cosmo, your spelling doesn't look so bad, but saying

P.S. I know my spelling is lackluster, I just don't really care.

is worse than not being able to spell. I have patience for people whose talent lies in things other than spelling, but saying you don't care -- and when asking for help or advice at that! -- is a sign of disrespect for your readers. Any time invested by you to clean your text of errors and typos is saved by those who read your text.

To reply to your questions, if you do get a 170, it wouldn't hurt to apply to higher-ranked schools. Assuming the rest of your application is OK, a 3.72/170 will give you a good chance at many schools in the top 10.

Your first question is unanswerable, I think. If you consistently scored in the high 160s, a 170 is not impossible, but I don't think we can say it is a "realistic goal" based on this information. If you feel that you are still improving from one test to the next, you might be able to win a few more points through additional studying, but if the high 160s is what you score all the time, you'd have to be lucky to score higher than you're used to precisely on test day. Of course it's not impossible, but don't count on it.

Law School Admissions / Re: All quiet on the Harvard Front
« on: May 16, 2007, 09:40:17 AM »
Any news, anyone?

Congratulations, Ersatz!

Law School Admissions / Re: All quiet on the Harvard Front
« on: May 14, 2007, 02:16:44 PM »
I don't know whether to laugh or to cry about this guy's story:

Do you think it's real?

Law School Admissions / Re: Screwed up semester--Addendum?
« on: May 14, 2007, 09:50:17 AM »
No, don't give less detail in the addendum. I think what you wrote is just right. It made clear that you were there for your friend, which no doubt took a lot of time and energy.

You're right: if ever there was a reason for an addendum this is it: it explains a weak semester, for reasons that are unlikely to happen again.

Good luck to you and your friend. What a horrible thing to happen.

Law School Admissions / Re: Am I doing a cheating?
« on: May 13, 2007, 01:24:17 PM »
That's true (and I'm worried about the exact same thing).

Law School Admissions / Re: Am I doing a cheating?
« on: May 13, 2007, 01:08:05 PM »
True enough, though considering law in the US is almost universally practiced in English, not being able to speak the language well is just bad news for anyone wanting to attend law school and become a lawyer.

That's true of course, but we don't know what Nin wants to do with his/her law degree. Maybe s/he wants to use it to work for international companies in, say, Bolivia?

Law School Admissions / Re: Am I doing a cheating?
« on: May 13, 2007, 09:50:26 AM »
Oh, come on. Not everyone's first language is English.

I'm sorry, I don't know the answer to your question, OP. Other people on this board have reported LSAC calculations taking into account both the first grade and the grade of the retake. I suppose it depends on the way they show up on your transcript, as Professor Plum says.

Law School Admissions / Re: How poorly is a fourth LSAT looked at?
« on: May 13, 2007, 07:06:54 AM »
Mine have all been relatively very recent (thanks to an exception from the LSAC)

I missed this the first time around. I suppose you must indeed have a good reason then. (Still curious what it is though.)

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