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Personal Statement / Re: PS Feedback
« on: October 14, 2007, 07:54:47 AM »
I'll read it!

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Personal Statement / Re: Firebreathing, shot down by my pre-law advisor
« on: October 14, 2007, 07:54:21 AM »
I'll read it ...

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Personal Statement / Re: PS Topic scribbled on bar napkin, any readers?
« on: October 14, 2007, 07:53:42 AM »
 ???  I was sure my witty title would draw more people.  Oh well.

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Personal Statement / PS Topic scribbled on bar napkin, any readers?
« on: October 13, 2007, 05:13:37 PM »
Just kidding.  I have a fairly well developed PS that needs some fresh eyes and new perspective. 

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Not admitted, but wanted to know if anyone had meaningful experience with this program?  I know that they over filled once and weren't able to place everyone, but I think they've reduced the size to fix that problem.  Any experience would be great!

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LSAC and LSDAS / Re: Transcript Correction Problems
« on: October 11, 2007, 09:11:17 AM »
When you fill out your applications and the school requests your report, you will be able to see (online) a copy of the actual summary sheet that the school received. So, my suggestion would be to apply to one school, wait and see if the info is correct on the report that is sent to them, and then go from there.

Good info.  Thanks!

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Law School Applications / Re: Chicago-Kent Open House
« on: October 11, 2007, 06:53:34 AM »
It's not that simple as ranking them 1-2-3.

There are a lot of different factors to consider for someone choosing between the three. Probably the most important of which is scholarship money offered because these are expensive schools and one isn't going to offer significant career opportunity advantages over another.

I think this is accurate.  In T2 money/program of interest/region you wish to practice matters more than incremental differences in rank IMHO.   Note: that does not stretch into T3/T4 *for me* but everyone has to make their own decision I guess. (I'm trying not to hate on JMLS, I just know that it isn't the school for me.)  Also, I kind of precluded LUC because they haven't drank the IP cool aid in the way that the others have. 

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LSAC and LSDAS / Transcript Correction Problems
« on: October 10, 2007, 11:27:09 AM »
This might be an original problem. 

I sent a request to a community college I went to during high school to send my transcript to LSAC.  When it gets there to my surprise there is an F for a class I don't recall taking (or paying for!)  So I call the college, get it worked out and they promise to send an updated transcript.  Weeks go by and I see nothing update on LSDAS.  Pissed, I send a pre-stamped, pre-addressed priority mail envelope inside another priority mail envelope to them with another check and another request for my transcript (thinking they didn't get it to LSAC.)  More time passes and nothing.  I decide to call LSAC.

Apparently they did get the update, but it's not showing online.  The guy told me not to worry about it, that my file shows the updated information... but I'm still a little anxious about the fact that I can't see it.  Any one have an experience like this?

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Law School Applications / Re: What to take to Forums??
« on: October 10, 2007, 08:19:38 AM »
IMHO it is possible to have a Anna Ivey stealth interview if you're smart about it.  Figure out a question that demonstrates something unique and memorable about you AND that you can't readily find the answer to.  If you can find the answer on their website or elsewhere without speaking with anyone, it's a bad question.  Every admissions officer I spoke with said "gosh, that's a good/tough/interesting question.  Well..."  I'd share my question but ...

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Law School Applications / Re: Chicago-Kent Open House
« on: October 09, 2007, 07:48:08 PM »
Can someone give a brief recap for those of us who wanted to come but couldn't? I live in Florida, so the trip would've been a little difficult.

Saturday 9am - noon.  For the first 30 minutes there was a continental breakfast and mini-reception with current students and staff roaming about talking to potential students, taking questions, etc.  At about 9:30 we went into an auditorium and had a brief welcome by the dean who predictably talked about the quality of Kent's faculty (I say predictable because it's a selling point) and other tidbits.  Then the dean of admissions gave an overview of the admissions process starting from zero, which was interesting but not as useful for me since I'm farther along in the process.  There was then a student panel in which current CK students talked about their experiences and took questions.  Then there was a "mini-class" which was taught as criminal law and was pretty fun.  The tours of the building.

The virtual tour of CK doesn't do it justice.  If you're seriously considering Chicagoland, you should take a week and visit the city, visit the schools, etc.  Of course, it might make the most sense to apply and then see how things pan out before going to the expense. 

Observations: Kent's 5 semester legal writing program seems to be a selling point.  It really is convenient to get to Kent's campus ... I stayed with a friend in the northwest suburbs and got from there to the Ogilvie street station in <40 minutes on Metra which is pretty damn impressive IMHO.  Chicago's weather really sucks ... very hot for October while I was there and its obviously capable of being super cold. 

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