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Law School Applications / Re: Part Time v. Full Time
« on: October 23, 2008, 11:59:15 AM »
It's somewhat true, but to what extent depends on the school. Part-time scores are not incorporated as part of the USNWR rankings, so law schools have a bit more flexibility when it comes to admitting applicants. However, I'm under the impression that they're held to the same range of academic standards as full-time students.

To answer your other question, the maximum amount a graduate student can borrow from a Stafford loan is $8,500 subsidized, $20,500 unsubsidized AND subsidized (this is per year). The lifetime maximum for a graduate student is $138,500.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: When will we recieve our scores???????
« on: October 22, 2008, 06:07:47 PM »
after the June test this year we got them on the thursday before they were promised, any chance of getting them this time on the thursday as well?? or will it be the traditional friday

Having received the June test scores on that particular Thursday, need I add that the following Friday was the Fourth of July. Unless they've invented a new holiday for October 24th, I don't believe our scores will be coming out on Thursday.

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LSAC and LSDAS / Re: Study Abroad Grades
« on: October 22, 2008, 03:55:56 PM »
After clarifying this with LSAC, here it is for the record: study abroad grades aren't included, but a copy is for the admissions committee to refer to.

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In all honesty, I think they match it up to your LSAC account number anyway. I don't know how sophisticated their scanning technology is, but it probably cross-references by LSAC number, with other variables (SSN, DOB/Name) used as a cross reference if it can't find you by that.

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Personal Statement / PS and DS Swap/Critique
« on: October 22, 2008, 11:22:18 AM »
Hi everyone,

I've finally hammered out a personal statement and a diversity statement after numerous revisions, but they are still rough in terms of structure and content. As the DS is a bit unconventional (I will not be using it for all schools, if any), I am still trying to decide whether to submit this one or omit it altogether, so suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I would be happy to e-mail it to anyone interested in taking a look, please e-mail me at my listed e-mail address if you're interested.

Thanks so much.

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LSAC and LSDAS / Should I attach a scale?
« on: October 17, 2008, 12:03:21 PM »
So, LSAC has informed me that it will include a courtesy copy of my foreign transcript, but since I spent less than a year abroad, it will not analyze the grades for consideration. The UK grading system is out of 100, but the scale for a First (A grade) is 70-100 at the particular university that I was at. Should I attach a scale electronically sent by my UK university for our own reference purposes so that they don't misconstrue my grades as Cs and Ds? I know I'm being a little nervous about this, but what are your thoughts?

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LSAC and LSDAS / Re: LSDAS and transcripts
« on: October 17, 2008, 11:58:42 AM »
Tess,

LSDAS will take all of the grades that you have thus far on your transcript, and calculate their own LSDAS GPA for you. LSAC will only penalize you for withdrawals IF you are penalized by your university for withdrawing (usually in the case of WFs or other types of withdrawals late in the semester). If your college treats a W as an F, then LSAC will do likewise; otherwise, you're fine. It takes a couple of days for LSAC (especially now, with things as busy as they are) to analyze your transcript, but the transcript analysis is posted to your LSAC account under Account Status >> Transcript >> Academic Summary Report.

LSAC will send whatever grades you have on file.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: So how did we do?
« on: October 04, 2008, 04:33:13 PM »
Yeah, that was a lovely test. </sarcasm>

Did well on the logic games -- this was good, since LG was the thing I choked on last time (EDIT: June). Maybe the last question on the very last LG, I was a little iffy about, but all in all pretty good.

I felt pressured for time on the LR and the RC... I went through the last four questions or so of the RC in a very hurried manner... same with the LRs, except if you make it the last three or so. I guessed two on one of the LRs, read through two quickly and 1 VERY quickly on the second LR.

Meh. It's done. I went for lunch and a drink afterwards. I have three weeks to toss and turn and make a big fuss about it.

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LSAC and LSDAS / Study Abroad Grades
« on: September 13, 2008, 09:53:52 AM »
Hi folks,

I was wondering if you could help me out a bit here. Through LSD and other sources, I was under the impression that study abroad grades were included in the LSDAS transcript analysis, even if it did not impact your undergraduate record GPA-wise. However, my transcript analysis just came up, and it seems as if the Study Abroad courses were omitted completely, without a hint of recognition of even unconverted credit for the study abroad grades. I did receive credit for the courses but if the grades were applied it would be a significant boost to my overall standing (even if they weren't, it would show a pattern of improvement). I really do not want to go in with just the two years of undergrad that I did and the three semesters of community college while in high school... what do you think I should do? Is there a way I can get the study abroad grades considered?

Thanks for your help.

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Recommendations / Re: Recommender Etiquette?
« on: July 23, 2008, 06:01:58 PM »
I wrote a thank you note on our university's stationery paper. Seemed like the best way to approach it.

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