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Law School Admissions / ALL SCHOOLS
« on: October 16, 2007, 04:53:28 AM »
Ok...this one seems obvious to me, but in their app. U Richmond ask for a Dean's Cert. from "ALL" schools attended (the bold caps underline are theirs, not mine).  Since the App asks you to list your high school, and since some people (like me) were not minors their senior year, should I send to my high school?  It doesn't seem to make sense, as it clearly means transfer students...but not that clearly.

Law School Admissions / LSAC LOR setup
« on: October 15, 2007, 11:13:59 AM »
After you apply, are you supposed to set up your general LOR to be directed in the LSAC LOR section, or are general letters sent out with your transcript etc automatically

Law School Admissions / Hofstra LSDAS Report Request
« on: October 12, 2007, 09:26:17 AM »
Has anyone else had Hofstra process their app?  I talked to one other, and he had applied almost 3 weeks ago, as had I...

Law School Admissions / LSAC Forum Dress
« on: October 03, 2007, 09:18:42 AM »
I'm wearing slacks, shoes, and an untucked collared shirt open in the front with like, a nice unmarked tee underneath or something...

anyways, is it way more formal then Im thinking?  Should I crack out full business casual, or a suit?

Choosing the Right Law School / An unbiased opinion needed
« on: September 27, 2007, 05:39:00 AM »
Just need some unbiased opinions...

I plan on applying to both Hofstra and Suffolk.  I am from the boston area (therefore state school is not an option), and want to practice divorce/family/personal finance law in the area.  I have good numbers for both schools, and should get a bit of money.  However, personally I live in a $450 a month rent situation with my gf who is in med school near hofstra in long island.  therefore I'd probably be getting a bit of money plus have very cheap living expenses.  If I go to suffolk Id be living with my parents, but have to buy a kia or something to get to the commuter rail and pay for the hour commute by train daily.  However, Suffolk has a very good reputation in the Boston area whereas Hofstra has an okish rep in NYC (but has a family/child fellowship and family law clinic available). 

Granted, all of this is null and void if I get into St. Johns or Villanova (lol), but I'm trying to be realistic, and would appreciate an opinion... I know both schools are expensive, but the fiancee is going to be an anesthesiologist (and is a huge gunner :P), and all of my income will be going to paying off our loans, so while money is a concern, the non biglaw thing wont be an unbearable burden.  This is my situation, and I'd appreciate perspective.  Thanks guys.

Law School Admissions / LSDAS Letter of Recommendation Reporting
« on: September 25, 2007, 05:02:23 PM »
After the school receives your app., it requests your LSDAS file, which includes uploaded LoRs as well as transcript and lsat reports, correct?  Or do I have to send them specifically from the lsdas site

Incoming 1Ls / Suggestions for 1L prep
« on: September 18, 2007, 07:32:27 AM »
I'm reading a lot of books for pleasure, and with law school probably starting a year from now, I'd feel amiss if I didnt start prepping now...anyone have any first year prep tools or books that they think are particularly excellent.

Several schools I'm applying to suggest an optional diversity statement.  Problem is I'm Irish Italian living thirty minutes south of Boston... diversity there is something thats taught to classes of white kids. 
Alternately, my town is VERY agrarian blue collar, and noone from my class got above a 1250 on their (old) sats, and we had 0 Ivy League acceptances.  Furthermore I have 52 first cousins, and only about 10 or so have college degrees, while none have professional degrees at all.  Is this diversity, or will they say whining white boy.  Honestly Im also asking this because leaving out sections of my application seems lazy, and I dont want to be smeared as such.

Have a decent final draft and need a discerning eye.  Will naturally reciprocate.

Choosing the Right Law School / T3 that bad?
« on: September 14, 2007, 09:57:00 AM »
         Now, I have no interest in biglaw.  I want to work in private practice, maybe one day open up my own estate planning and investment firm, with a bit of elder law or divorce law thrown in.  Alternately I have a very cheap living situation while the gf goes to medschool on long island...hofstra and st johns are therefore my best choices. 
         If I dont get into St. Johns, as Im white and slightly below the median scores (athough not out of the ball park as is indicated by, is it that much of a career hit to go to hofstra which is a lock for me?  Or should I go to the T80+ schools that require me to move...will it make that much difference when I'm in a small firm?  The debt is a worry of course, but as I said, my fiancee is a doctor, and we plan on using my entire salary to pay off our loans while we live on her 2nd year+ residency money (45-50k a year before the huge curve slides in and it jumps to 120k or so for anesthesiology).  I've noticed this board is rather elitist...with my 75% lsat score i feel like I didnt honest answer please :(.  Realistically is it that bad a plan, even though I can go to better schools?

3.37 LSDAS, 158 LSAT

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