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Incoming 1Ls / Is this Really the Case?
« on: March 24, 2008, 09:40:08 AM »
By now, I'm sure most of us are becoming more and more versed to what current/past law students claim about the realities of law school teaching and education. We are often warned repeatedly that we shouldn't go into law school banking on any type of class rank or GPA, or even any notion of how well we will do. Many claim that law school grading is purely "random" and getting top grades, ultimately, comes down to "luck."

This makes me wonder. After being in school for so many years, we have become attuned to the fact that people, even those who may not be especially "intelligent," can do well in school if they just put in hard work and dedication. Now that we embark on this voyage of law school, is all of that really out the window? After reading the graduate side board, and talking to some current and recently graduated law students, this sentiment seems to run deep.

By no means am I trying to imply that I think simply working hard (studying for hours and hours upon end) is going to achieve good grades. There must be a balance between working smart and putting in the hours. But for someone who attacks law school intelligently (that is, putting in the hours and studying in a manner that is construed as "smart"), is it really the case that his/her grades (and future) will be determined by pure luck?

What are your thoughts? I have to feel that the majority of the students on these boards understand the warning that is provided, but yet, they, themselves, feel that they'll do well (b/c, frankly, most people here have done well throughout school). To any current or recent graduates, what are your thoughts? Is this a myth used to scare 0Ls like me?

Financial Aid / Quick Question
« on: February 15, 2008, 01:36:18 PM »
As i'm filling out my FAFSA, i just a had quick question about school codes. Every school just one code, right? As in, the law school doesn't have a different one from the undergrad. etc?

I've been searching through, and that's what makes most sense to me. Just wanted to clarify.

Law School Admissions / Possible to Change Scholarship Requirements?
« on: February 06, 2008, 08:03:06 AM »
We've all heard of squeezing schools for more scholarship money, but is it possible to get a school to change their requirement for you? That is, can you get a school who says that they'll renew your scholarship if you remain in the top 1/3 of the class to renew it to if you stay in the top fifty or even "good academic standing"?

If anyone knows anything about this, please respond. I'm not at that stage yet, but I should begin thinking about my options and this would be good to know. I'd assume scholarship standards are uniform across the board for each school, but you never know!

Law School Admissions / SMU - ED.. If not now, bad sign?
« on: February 02, 2008, 09:11:04 AM »
Hello all,

To those who made the SMU ED deadline, they said that a decision letter would be sent out no later than January 31st. If they waited to the last possible second, can that bode well for an applicant?

Who is ED and still hasn't received a decision? Based on my numbers, and judging by LSN, I should have had a good shot, but now I'm second guessing myself.

I would like to get into SMU because it's a good city, good school for the area, and if they gave me any kind of money, it would be a good investment. Anyone have any thoughts on SMU and the craziness that is this cycle?

Hello all,

I was just wondering if anyone else got an email from UC Davis Law School asking for an LSAT addendum. I ask this because I'm trying to figure out if they just request this from everyone who had a certain incremental change in their score or if they were asking my specially.

Law School Admissions / Georgetown Waitlist
« on: December 16, 2007, 10:44:14 PM »
Hello everyone,

I've started this thread to discuss the Georgetown waitlist. It's for those of us who have been waitlisted and are trying to figure out the best way to get off of the waitlist and accepted. Does anyone know how many people get off these? Is there something that they look for when choosing? How much of an advantage is being on the "preferred" waitlist?

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