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Anybody know their curve?  I got offered a scholarship, but it is dependent on maintaining a 3.5, which seems hard.

Also, do they honor in-state residence if you sign a lease prior to your first year?  I've heard that Newark will.

Law School Admissions / Re: Speeding Ticket Disclosure
« on: February 27, 2008, 02:05:45 PM »
I'm not sure a ticket counts as a "conviction" because it's not officially a crime.  It's a violation. (I think).

But listen: the point that everyone here is making is that you're better off disclosing, because nothing bad will come of it.  If you don't disclose, and it turns out you should have, it might be an issue.

Just write 2 paragraphs about the tickets: when, where, how much the fine was for. 

It won't affect your chances of admission.  Seriously, you could have written the thing and submitted it to your schools by now and be done worrying about it in less time. 

Hello, Canuck friend!

Here's some advice:  go to

There, you can look up schools and see who has been admitted with scores similar to yours.

Off the top of my head, I think you have a pretty solid chance of getting in to Penn State.

Here are some other ideas in the general area you seem to be interested in:

Temple (in Philadelphia - better school and cheaper than Penn St. I think this would be a slight reach for you, but it's worth a shot)
Brooklyn (I think you'd get in)
Cardozo (in Manhattan - this would also be a reach, but again: worth a shot).

I also recommend you pick up the US News Top Law Schools book that's out.  It will really help you get a feel for what the best schools are and what schools are located in a geographic region that you might want to live in.

Good Luck!

Law School Admissions / Re: Accepted TODAY !!
« on: February 27, 2008, 10:06:35 AM »

Law School Admissions / Re: THE MAIL CALL THREAD
« on: February 27, 2008, 09:16:00 AM »
Ouch!  That'd ruin my evening.

Law School Admissions / Re: Accepted TODAY !!
« on: February 27, 2008, 09:14:46 AM »
email.  Pretty non-descript email, actually.  Just text.

Law School Admissions / Re: Speeding Ticket Disclosure
« on: February 27, 2008, 08:25:46 AM »
I had a minor drug possession charge (dismissed) from years ago and a couple of summonses for minor offenses like littering.

I submitted my list and explaination to every school except one that only asked for convictions.  So far, it hasn't appeared to matter.

Honestly: unless you have committed a serious crime that calls into question your character, like assault, fraud, drug-dealing, or racketeering, I think it actually works to your advantage to come clean and offer a mature, thoughtful evaluation of your misdeeds and say how you learned from them.  Don't BS, but don't be afraid to be introspective.  Use it as an opportunity to hold their attention for another 10 minutes and make them say "Hey, this person's human, he/she made some mistakes, but they've grown up since then."

Now, if you DO have a record of fraud, embezzlement, or assault probably shouldn't bother applying.

Law School Admissions / Re: Accepted TODAY !!
« on: February 27, 2008, 08:21:22 AM »
In at Brooklyn. 

No $ info. 

Probably won't go anyway, but hey.

FWIW, I was just accepted via e-mail to Brooklyn, and there was no $$ mentioned.

Thanks for posting here, because I had the exact worry about scholarship money.  In a way, their methods make sense and should prove less frustrating for many folks in the long run.  For instance, I was accepted to U Denver and I expected a fairly large $ offer (basing my judgement on the stats on LSN).  I got nothing.  I called to see what was up, tactfully.  They said that they ran out of money and I should call back in April.

Now, I understand my application was kind of late in the cycle, but it wasn't THAT late as I was complete in January.  So now I have to hold out until April while other folks with worse numbers than mine mull over their options.  And I don't blame the applicants, obviously, but it makes me want to hit my head against the wall.

So, I prefer this method that takes into account all of their applicants, so you know you're being considered on an even level and not penalized for, say, taking the LSAT in December.

Law School Admissions / Re: Law School Swag List
« on: February 25, 2008, 10:48:25 AM »
I got a T-shirt from Rutgers.  I know, I know, it's just a t-shirt, but I was thrilled that they didn't send just a men's XL.  It actually fits!

I'm on the lookout for the USB drive; mine pulled a hoffa & I could really use one right now. It comes about a month after acceptance?

They sent me a men's XL! They also sent me a hat and a long-sleeve (another men's XL) shirt with the scholarship offer.

I wear a freaking medium. Oh, well, I can always use new gym shirts. I was wearing the long-sleeve one in the sauna the other day just to break it in.

 :D They sent me large, when I wear XL.  I got a long sleeve tee and a hat from Newark, and a short sleeve shirt from Camden.

That's all the schwag so far.

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