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Law School Admissions / Re: Waitlisted at Davis
« on: March 13, 2008, 01:55:37 PM »
I'm in the same situation.  My numbers aren't quite as good as yours, but I'm at their medians, I applied last year (got waitlisted with a 5 point lower LSAT), and have gotten into higher ranked schools.  I really thought I would get in here and was pretty shocked when I saw the waitlist letter on status checker yesterday.  What's going on with them this year!?

I'm planning on staying for the weekend.  I think it would be fun to get together.  It's always nice to have someone who knows the area show you around!

Are those of you who are going living in the Baltimore area?  Are you staying for the whole weekend?

Thanks, that is really helpful!  I'm so glad they will let us know so soon.  I was a little worried since the interview is so close to deposit deadlines.  Do you have any clue how many of the people get scholarships?  Do you know if the interview to decide who gets them, or how much we each get?

I don't know anything about the scholarship itself.  Every time I ask something, they just direct me to someone else or tell me information is coming.  I would really like to know what type of things they ask during a scholarship interview.  All I can think to compare it to is a job interview, and I can't imagine it will be the same at all.  I do think they said that during the day there is a mock class, a alumni or student panel (I can't remember which), and a reception, so I don't think they are going to be asking us questions all day long!

OnTheRoad- I got the scholarship invite at the same time as my acceptance.  It was in a separate envelope, but came either the same day or within a day or 2.

Anyone else going?  Has anyone gone that wants to let us know what to expect?

I took the LSAT in London a year ago, and sent my applications in from Belgium.  If you are worried about addresses, you can put your US address as your permanent address, and London as your current address.  Schools will send things to you in London, but it takes a lot longer to get them.  If you want to hear from schools sooner, I'd suggest putting your US address, or you can just ask that they send all info to your permanent address.

Good luck with everything.  I know applying abroad makes everything a lot more difficult.  PM me if you have any more questions, and I'll try to help you out!

Law School Admissions / Re: Realistically weighing my options...
« on: February 08, 2008, 10:51:21 AM »
I had this exact same problem last year.  I got into some schools, but I didn't think they were worth the money.  I knew I could do better on the LSAT due to the time I had to prepare the first time I took it, so I decided to retake and apply again.  After a 5 point increase I am in a waaaay better situation this year, and I don't regret my decision to wait in the least.

My advice to you would be to wait and retake IF you know you could do better.  The debt is a big deal, and getting into a better school or getting scholarships could be worth the year of waiting.  I definitely thought about the fact that my earning potential in the year while I was waiting to go to law school would probably be less than the year after law school.  Therefore, in the same 4 year period I would have made more money getting the law degree right away, but I figured the difference probably would not make up for the fact that I could get scholarships, or go in state (which could save me about $60,000 over 3 years).  You would also be getting work and real life experience in that year, which could be beneficial to your application.

Good luck in whatever you decide!

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: BC Law - admitted student visit/housing
« on: February 05, 2008, 11:38:19 AM »
I thought I'd jump in and say hi since I am really interested in going to BC.  Does anyone know if there are any other ASWs?  I have to be at the University of Maryland the weekend of April 4th.  I'm bummed I'm going to miss it!  Anyone going out there a different weekend?

To the person who was asking about a car, my friends who have lived in Boston have told me absolutely do not bring a car.  There is no need for one, and if you do have one, you'll get about 5 parking tickets a month. 

I was out of the country last year when I applied.  I had some mail sent to my parents house, but some schools also sent my mail directly to me in Europe.  It took a little longer, but it wasn't a problem.  The biggest worry I had was with waitlists over the summer.  I emailed schools and asked them to contact me by email instead of by mail so I could get back to them more quickly, and none of them had a problem with that. 

Usually deposits aren't due until April, so you will have plenty of time to answer acceptance letters.  Answering an acceptance letter usually involves signing a form they send you saying you want to attend, and mailing them a deposit check (or sometimes you can pay your deposits online).  If you get an acceptance really close to a deadline, just email the school and explain your circumstance.  I'm sure they will work something out for you. 

Most schools don't interview, so that shouldn't be too much of a problem.  If they do, just ask for a phone interview instead.  I'm sure in your situation they could work something out.

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