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Acceptances / In at Cornell
« on: March 03, 2005, 08:22:03 PM »
Finally, my first real acceptance.  Any other people considering Big Red?

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Law School Applications / Last minute application turnover time
« on: February 25, 2005, 10:01:01 PM »
i'd like to see this issue settled for once and for all.

i couldnt apply EA where i wanted to because the professor who's recommendation was going to be the most detailed and glowing was unable (read: forgot) to complete it until the end of november.  i guess i could've completed my apps immediately afterwards, but at that point, figured i'd be last minute about them (stupid me).

anyways, my question is whether anybody knows if there's a correlation between submission date and turnaround time.  i'm not sure, some people apply feb 1st and get a decision feb 14th.  others apply in october and still don't know.

do admissions officers pull out applications at random out of some texas size sombrero or what?

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Law School Applications / To students addmitted In-State in Texas
« on: February 23, 2005, 09:54:13 AM »
So I got an email today from UT Law Admission stating that my residency status couldn't be determined from my Application, and that I should clarify this with the Residency Officer at the school.  No problem, I figured, until I read the last sentence, which stated:

"In most cases, a final offer of admission will not be made until your residency status is determined."

I immediately got on the phone and had a lengthy discussion with the folks at the Residency Office, telling them that I was an in-state student who graduated in 12/2003, and lived at home (my parents live in a home they own in Sugar Land, TX) until July 2004.  For the past 7 months, I've worked at a software company in the northeast, but I plan on quitting work as soon as I decide which law school I will be attending.  Both my siblings are classified as in-state: a brother who is currently an undergraduate, and a sister who was addmitted for Fall 2005.  I have a TX driver's license, car registration, blah blah blah...

Anyways, the Residency folks immediately told me that based on this information, I will be considered a TX resident AS SOON AS I return to Texas.  Of course, this won't be until AFTER I'm admitted to law school.  In addition, they said that I would essentially receive one of three decisions from the Law School: admitted, denied, or admitted under the condition of establishing TX residency prior to starting classes.

When I called the Law School with this information, the person on the line was unsure whether this would cause a problem in my application.  When I asked if they needed any information about me so that they could locate my file and attach a note to it, I was told that there was nothing for them to note, since residency was completely out of their hands.

Have I done all that I can to make sure this doesn't jeapordize my chances of admission?

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Law School Applications / $$$ Sense
« on: February 20, 2005, 04:04:01 PM »
appolgies for the pun in the subject matter.

So, I wrapped up my applications on Jan. 30th and have started getting decisions (actually, all but one of my apps are pending...i got into my safety - UofH).  I figure now's a good time to think about paying for law school.

I get the impression that schools, when they accept you, will have made a decision on whether or not to offer you money for law school, and if so, how much.  Are there any steps (besides mentioning on your application that you're interested in aid, which almost everybody does) a prospective law student has to take for this to happen?

It's just hard to believe that there's not much you can do as far as scholarships/grants are concerned once you've filed your applications.  It's hard enough sitting around twiddling my thumbs waiting to hear from everyone in the top 14.  Also, anybody have any advice regarding loans?  I don't have a problem borrowing money for law school. 

I'm 22, and have been working as a software engineer for the past few months.  My only personal contribution to law school is going to be a savings of somewhere in the $9-10K range.

Any responses you guys have are appreciated.  Even if they're to diss the horrendous and cliched pun in the subject line of this post.

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LSAC and LSDAS / Specialized forms for some universities
« on: November 13, 2004, 04:16:03 PM »
So I decided to begin my law school applications and start on my personal statement.  I hope to be completely finished by the end of the month.  I went ahead and coughed up the $54 for the online LSACD access, and so far it seems be worth it.  A number of the schools I'm applying to have their own specialized forms for things such as LORs, that have some short answer questions.  I've already had my three LORs delivered to the LSDAS and processed.  I'm also no longer anywhere close to where I went to university.  Are these forms really necessary or will the LSDAS reports containing my LORs suffice?

P.S. - most of the schools that have their "own brand" of form are top tier schools, e.g. Harvard and Stanford.

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Law School Applications / Looking for free admissions advice
« on: July 03, 2004, 04:56:03 AM »
So I got my LSAT Score, and I'll be going to law school in Fall '05.  I know that I have a few more months before the early decision deadlines, but I'd appreciate it if you'd let me know what you think about potential schools for me.

I graduated with a 3.89 GPA from UT-Austin with a BS in Computer Science and a "minor" (those of you that are Longhorns read "foundations") in Business, both with high honors.  Unfortunately I blew off history and government at community college (but it's SUMMER...) and that turns my LSDAS GPA into 3.83.  I got a 167 on my LSAT.

I've always been interested in intellectual property law, e.g. the current SCO vs. IBM suit.

I know that only 20% of people admitted at UT Law School are out of state, and since I'm a resident, I'm pretty sure I'll get in there.  I will be perfectly happy back in Austin since I'm originally from Houston and have friends everywhere in TX.  But I feel that I owe it to myself to give some reach schools in the top 5-10 a shot.  Any suggestions?

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