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Choosing the Right Law School / Be the first to say I love you?
« on: December 30, 2007, 06:12:27 PM »
So the Univ. of Iowa COL is my first choice of the schools I am applying to. How do I/ is it advisable to let them know they are my first choice and if I get accepted I will go there? My numbers put me in the range. Their self reported medians are 3.62 and 161. I am 4.0 and 160. I really want to maximize my chance of acceptance and my application should be sent out by next week. 

Choosing the Right Law School / Disclose charge anyway?
« on: December 29, 2007, 10:38:17 PM »
I was charged and agreed to a judicial diversion to destruction of property at age 15. My record has been expunged and I have not had so much as a parking ticket since. On some of my applications I will have to disclose this and in some of my reaches I am using it as an important life changing experience topic for my PS. Others specifically state that I do not need to write an addendum if I was a juvenile or if my record is expunged. Should I write one anyway? Will LSAC inform these schools that I have checked yes to the question on other apps?

Thank you.

Law School Admissions / Do I have to wait for LORs?
« on: December 27, 2007, 10:51:02 PM »
I am almost finished with all my applications but one of my two LORs have not been processed yet. Can I go ahead and pay the fee and apply to the schools? Will LSAC send the LOR to all the schools as soon as it is processed?

Choosing the Right Law School / Becoming a prosecutor?
« on: December 27, 2007, 07:40:42 PM »
What is the best route for becoming a prosecutor? How do they deal with the much lower salary? Does being a prosecutor qualify you for the loan remission that so many schools offer? How difficult are these jobs to land?

I am attracted to this because I think job satisfaction would be higher than most firm jobs.

Choosing the Right Law School / Advice on Final List(160/4.0)
« on: December 23, 2007, 03:21:15 PM »
So I am going to apply this year, retake in June, and decide what to do after that. Here is some more information about my application

Gpa: 4.0(Tenn. Tech. Univ.)
LSAT: 160(will write addendum to reach schools)

Had a conviction for destruction of property at 15, record expunged, I will divulge this if necessary(school by school basis). Plan to write and addendum about the significant impact this had on me.

I come from a lower class family in rural Tennessee(i.e. I grew up in a trailer, first person to graduate college)

Several extracurricular: college radio, fraternity, helped found human rights org.

Drum roll............

My final list(in order of preference):

William & Mary
North Carolina
Boston College
Wake Forest
George Mason

Please give your opinion on my chances at these schools. I cannot afford to waste any money on an application that has no chance of acceptance.

Choosing the Right Law School / I need help deciding where to apply
« on: December 21, 2007, 08:27:10 PM »
I scored a 160 on the dec lsat. This was a huge shock to me b/c I was averaging 169 on PTs and I followed time constraints and everything. I guess the stress of the real think messed me up. I may retake in June and take a year off but I want to apply now incase I do not do any better. I cannot take the feb lsat b/c I am getting married a week prior to it and I do not think that would help me improve my score any.
So could you please critique my list. I have a 4.0 gpa in political science from Tennessee Tech Univ.

Super Reach:
Cal(FW for $$ reasons)

William & Mary
Boston College
Washington & Lee
Wake Forest

George Mason


I am not going to apply to any safties b/c if I do not get into any of these I will wait it out a year.

Thank you.

Studying for the LSAT / Way to calm yourself
« on: December 20, 2007, 03:05:23 PM »
Hey, I am losing my mind here and I just remembered a good way to calm down. When I am stressed I read The Bible, especially the New Testament. It makes me calm down because i know that everything is in his hands and law school matters much less than what happens after you die. Hope it helps.  :)

Law School Admissions / reverse splitter?
« on: December 10, 2007, 03:55:34 PM »
I am wondering what the application options are for someone who has a LSAT score lower than their GPA would warrant. I will graduate in less than a week and it should be with a 4.0. I took the 12/1 LSAT and while I was scoring around 169 on PTs I feel that I might score in the mid 160s b/c I had to guess on a reading passage. Also my GPA is not from any particularly prestigious college.

So should I use my LSAT as a guide for applying or will my GPA increase my chances? If I score a 166 do I have a good shot at a school with a 25% 166? Or should my targets be schools with 166 medians?

Thanks to anyone with insight.

Now that the LSAT is over with I want to begin working on my law school applications but I am having trouble starting my personal statement. I visited about a dozen websites but I need more specific advice. Here is my first attempt at a PS:

I looked at the test grade list posted outside of my professorís classroom; next to my identification number was a 76.  I felt a strong sense of disappointment to have received a C on my first test in college. The grade was not terrible and I knew that my parents would not be disappointed in me for achieving to this degree but I knew that this was not representative of my capabilities. I had been given a great opportunity to attend college and at that moment I decided I would not allow myself to be satisfied with simply obtaining a degree. I needed to exhaust every resource available and obtain the best education I could while I was in school. This mindset has forced me adopt a strong sense of determination and sound study skills that will be valuable while I study and practice law.
   It was not always certain that I would have the opportunity to attend college.  I come from a working class in a rural area of Tennessee and our financial situation declined when the factory where my mother worked shut down in 1994.  Since then, she has been unable to obtain stable employment leading to my parentís filing bankruptcy in 2005.

I did not like where it was going at all and I decided to scrap it and try to start again. I thought the first paragraph was too melodramatic and the second has too many unnecessary details.

Someone please help me start this thing. Here are some things I think help describe me and I might put in my PS:

working class family from a rural area(family lives in a trailer)

first person in family to graduate college

strong determination and study skills(w/o mentioning 4.0)

Moved to Tennessee from Michigan at age six(shows ability to adapt to new culture???)

Internship in congressional district office

writing a senior research paper(Political Science) that is not required(shows desire to archive beyond requirements???)

Leadership skills:
VP of fraternity(in charge of communication w/ alumni, website and media relations)
Coordinator for the Students for Human Rights
News Coordinator for college radio station(it is a member of executive board)

community service:
feed homeless every year for thanksgiving w/ fraternity
setting up project w/ church for feb. 08 to help women in 3rd world

destruction of property charges at age 15-will write about how it affected me in addendum.(should this be in PS? It truly changed the path I was on)

How should I approach the fraternity thing? I was able to pay for it by working part time and excess aid? Do I need to mention this? Do I need to cut out fraternity all together? I think this also shows my ability to adapt out of my comfort zone.

I know this is long and I am sorry but if anyone can set me on the right path I would be very appreciative.

Studying for the LSAT / Ginkgo on test day
« on: November 25, 2007, 08:09:11 PM »
Is it possible that Ginkgo could help me make a better score on the LSAT? I looked it up and found that there are side effects that include nausea which obviously could affect my score negatively. Should I buy some and take a practice run to see if it makes me sick. If it does not make me sick does anyone have any reason not to take it on test day or not at all?

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