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Where should I go next fall? / T3 that bad?
« on: September 14, 2007, 12:57:00 PM »
         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 LSN.com), 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 study...an 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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LSAT horror stories / s
« on: September 13, 2007, 10:15:48 PM »
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Law School Applications / October 15 is still early right
« on: September 13, 2007, 10:27:16 AM »
My prof (whom I contacted last June to give him enough time to prepare my LoR..:() will have my second LoR ready at the end of sept, early oct.  is this still considered early in the cycle?  I really want to get some of these apps in

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Law School Applications / LSDAS GPA...As appears on your LSAC Transcipt?
« on: September 12, 2007, 10:39:07 AM »
Is the LSDAS GPA as it appears on your transcript on the websites academic summary page?  Or do you have to compute it yourself?  This is the bottom of my transcipty.

SUMMARY
 
Undergraduate Summary
Degree (Summary) GPA:    3.37    Cumulative GPA:      3.37    
Degree Semester Hours:    118.0    

Cumulative Semester Hours:
   

  118.0
   

Nonpunitive "NC", "WF", and "Repeated" Course Credit Hours:
   

  0.0

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Where should I go next fall? / Please Critique My List
« on: September 11, 2007, 10:29:51 AM »
My numbers or schools aren't as good as the rest listed, but I need a bit of help:

Caucasian Male, State School with 3.37 GPA (3.85 Major with climbing grade trends ending in straight As my last 3 semesters), 158 LSAT (85th percentile in my graduating class in college), Coached and taught Sunday School for extracurriculars, worked full time through school.  Wish to focus on elder law/estate law/family practice.

Top Pick
St. Johns University

Totally Acceptable
Catholic U.
Mercer
Hofstra
Suffolk
Albany

Safetys
NE School of Law
St. Thomas University
NOVA Southeastern
(might as well safety in the sun :))

Am I shooting too low or too high?  Princeton Review and US News are a bit at odds with numbers, and the school sites are biased.  If you have other suggested schools I'd appreciate it. Thanks guys.

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I was under the impression that the Admission Boards would understand that you wanted to go to law school by your applying to law school, and by the typical "why do you want to go to this school" paragraph.  Therefore your personal statement should be a unique declaration on who you are. However many that I've read deal heavily with why they want to be lawyers, rather then explaining personal growth or personal values.  I dont know whether or not to rewrite a typical "Why I want to go" essay, or use mine which is a down-to-earth essay on personal growth through literature.  Thoughts?

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Personal Statement / I'll read yours if you read mine
« on: September 09, 2007, 09:16:02 PM »
Send me it in an email to billt568@mail.com and I'll send you mine, if youd mark changes or make comments in red font I'd wicked appreciate it.  Thanks!

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Law School Applications / Hofstra Early Decision - Financial Aid?
« on: September 06, 2007, 12:36:31 PM »
I want to apply early decision to Hofstra, as its well within the limits of my LSAT score (158) and undergrad GPA (3.40) and right next door to where my GF goes to med school (great reasons I know, but I just want to get into school).  However, on its website aid FAQ, Hofstra suggests that if financial aid is required, you should not apply early decision, and the Princeton Reviews statistics for it are abysmal

Cost & Aid
Tuition:   $30,824
How much for 3 years?
Tuition Per Credit Hour:   $1,100
Estimated room & board on-campus:   $9,616
Estimated room & board off-campus:   $12,960
 
Financial Aid Information
Financial Aid deadline:   04/15
 
Financial Aid Statistics
Direct Lending School:   No
Average loan received:   $3,161
Average scholarship/grant aid received:   $8,553


From these two sources, am I too assume that if you aren't either financially destitute or are able to pay out of pocket you shouldn't apply for early decision?  Or should it just tell me I should go for it and use private loans and the GradPlus federal loan system.

Note: Im pretty sure that I cannot recieve need based aid as my two siblings have been turned down for it already this year.

Thanks for your help

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