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Law School Applications / Re: Apply ED to Chicago?
« on: October 26, 2008, 09:18:59 PM »
I don't think you need to apply ED.  Even if things get more competitive this year, I can't see the median LSAT moving up more than a point at schools already near the top of the bunch (like Chicago).  So, you're around the median for GPA and a point above it for LSAT...if you apply now or within the next couple weeks, you'll be relatively early and should get in or WL and then eventually in. 

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Law School Applications / Re: Should I apply ED?
« on: October 26, 2008, 09:13:55 PM »
Thanks for the response.  Those that voted yes (or would say yes) can you elaborate?

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Law School Applications / Should I apply ED?
« on: October 26, 2008, 10:06:27 AM »
3.7/174

but there's more behind those numbers...

3.88 - 2 yrs at CC
3.2 - 2 yrs at top LAC
so downward trend

June 08 - 170
Oct 08 - 174

decent leadership/volunteer/tutoring ECs, worked throughout college, first gen college student

Also would apply to:

Harvard
Columbia
Penn
Chicago
Berkeley
Michigan
Virginia
Duke
Cornell
Georgetown
UCLA
UT

but I really, really want to go to NYU.  Only real competitors, if I got in, would be Columbia, Harvard, and Berkeley.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Be Constructive and Help the Retakers!
« on: October 25, 2008, 09:26:11 PM »
So I'm willing to help future retakers!

I took the test in June and got a 170.  I retook in October and got a 174.  Here's what I recommend:

1) Do your schoolwork.  I read my assignments (philosophy) and read political news every morning.  My reading went from -5 in June to -2 in October.

2) Cut down your time-limit for each section.  On the few preptests I did do, I gave myself 30 minutes instead.  I think this paid off for LR in particular.

3) Don't stress.  If you've taken the test once, you have a score (hopefully not too far from what you originally aimed for).  For me at least, the difference in stress between October and June was huge.  I think that really paid off as well.


Finally, on the day of the test I walked out feeling no better than I had in June and figured my score would range from 168-172.  In other words, think hard before cancelling!

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Law School Applications / Re: Just Got LSAT Score, Where to apply?
« on: October 25, 2008, 02:44:01 PM »
Yes, 4.03.  With 4.03/172, you should apply anywhere and expect to get in at all schools with the possible exceptions of Yale and Stanford. 

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Cornell Recommendations Question
« on: October 25, 2008, 02:41:39 PM »
For Cornell though, we do have to print out the Dean's Rec and have it sent, correct?  But we can just do LORs online through LSAC?

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Law School Applications / Re: Chances (with Oct retake)
« on: October 25, 2008, 02:38:06 PM »
yay! ok...i'm just trying to convince myself that I don't need to apply ED to my top choice, NYU.   :P

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Law School Applications / Re: Chances (with Oct retake)
« on: October 25, 2008, 01:47:45 PM »
bump

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Law School Applications / Chances (with Oct retake)
« on: October 25, 2008, 11:18:58 AM »
2 yrs at CC, 2 yrs at top LAC
downward GPA trend  :(

CC GPA: 3.88
College GPA: 3.2
LSAC GPA: 3.7

June LSAT: 170
Oct LSAT: 174

Worked throughout college, first gen student, volunteer tutor throughout, pres. student govt. at CC

Top choice is NYU, but worried still about the potential that they will average my LSATs in combination with my GPA trend.  Will be including addendum basically saying that college GPA would be closer to 3.45-3.5 had I not taken and received the average grades for upper level math courses.

Applying to:

NYU
Columbia
Berkeley
Harvard
Chicago
Penn
Michigan
Virginia
Cornell
Duke
Georgetown
UCLA
UT

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: So how did we do?
« on: October 06, 2008, 10:37:14 AM »
I'd say the RC was comparable to June, but slightly easier.  LG was without a doubt harder.  LR about the same.

June curve was -10.  I'm betting -10/-11 for this one as well, and leaning towards 11.

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