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Law School Admissions / Re: All quiet on the Harvard Front
« on: May 12, 2007, 04:18:39 PM »
I appreciate your optimism, queenslifesci, but I doubt that that is the case. What he said was, paraphrased, "We send out most decisions within eight weeks. I see for you that period has just barely passed, so in your case it is going to be a bit longer than the average. But a decision on your file is going to be made very soon." I suppose the same might be the case for you, queens and ouch. I called on Wednesday, so it could be "very soon" meant at the end of last week (and I'm about seven mail days away from the US.) By the way, for those who consider calling, the representative I spoke to did sound a bit irritated.

Granted, they could have rejected us long ago, but on the other side, if they really wanted to admit us, they could have done so already.

Anyhow, good luck to both of you, queenslifesci and ouchitburns.

Arthur: there are several people who went complete on March 8th or March 15th whose applications are still pending:

Law School Admissions / Re: Can you be. . .too good?
« on: May 12, 2007, 04:04:12 AM »
That said, if a school is going to yield protect you, I have to wonder why you're going to that place.

It depends: for example, if you have a family and want to stay where you live, there may happen to be only one law school near enough for you to consider. Of course if that is the case, the school is a T3 and you are 'unlucky' enough to have a 175 LSAT, you have to make very clear in your personal statement or "Why X school?" essay why you are applying.

Law School Admissions / Re: How poorly is a fourth LSAT looked at?
« on: May 12, 2007, 03:57:35 AM »
Older LSAT scores will only get dropped if they are older than five years. It's true that you can take it three times in a two-year period, but that doesn't mean that a maximum of three scores is reported to law schools.

Law School Admissions / Re: All quiet on the Harvard Front
« on: May 12, 2007, 03:56:04 AM »
Hi, I think I may be the poster on the other board katluva was referring to: I went complete on March 8 and called Harvard earlier this week. They said they hadn't made a decision yet, but a decision was expected 'very soon'.

However, as much as I would like to believe ArthurKing, at this point I've lost all hope: they accepted a whole bunch of applicants off the waitlist yesterday, so at this point even a place on the waitlist is practically worthless.

I take it you didn't receive a phone interview? (I didn't.) It's hard to see that as a positive sign. If they were really interested in admitting us, we would have been called for an interview. 

How do you know there's still time? They are already admitting people off the waitlist.

No (still waiting for any decision -- rejection/waitlist), but of course it's a good sign. Good luck!

Law School Admissions / Re: Study Abroad
« on: May 09, 2007, 01:21:14 AM »
French grades are on a 20 point scale, except that 17, 18, 19, or 20 are basically never awarded. I don't know a single french person who has ever gotten more than a 16 in a class. So while a 16 might numerically be the same as an 80, in terms of MEANING it's the same as an A.

I know what you mean. I studied in the Dutch system, where the grades are on a 10-point scale, and 10s and 9s are rare. What you could do, if LSAC does nothing with the foreign grades, is send the school a conversion table. My transcript was evaluated by LSDAS, and while they didn't convert the GPA into a 4-point GPA, they added a table saying 10 = A+, 9 = A, 8 = A-, 7 = B, 6 = C, 1-5 = F. This table was taken from an official study, and was the same as a table supplied by my university as a diploma supplement for people who want to use their diploma abroad. Perhaps the French school could provide you with a similar conversion table?

Law School Admissions / Re: Study Abroad
« on: May 08, 2007, 04:48:59 AM »
my university translated them into actual grades

As opposed to French grades, which are... fake grades?

Yes, I haven't heard from them yet. I was complete March 8th too: two months ago today. I'm considering calling them if I don't hear anything by the end of the week, but I don't know whether that is a good idea, since they did explicitly ask not to call or e-mail them to inquire about decisions. Also, they are not obliged at all to get back to us in two months since our files were complete more than a month after the deadline. (For me it was a foreign transcript that held it up so long.)

They are already reconsidering people on the waitlist -- I don't have much hope left.

Check the last time those folks updated... lots of people aren't necessarily motivated to check off "rejected," esp. not this late in the game.

True, there are people who just abandon LSN. But last year's data are about 24% incomplete (applications still pending or deferred), while for this year it's still about 35%. (Based on a random sampling of T10 schools. Yes, I'm as obsessed as you are.)

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