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Studying for the LSAT / s
« on: September 13, 2007, 07:15:48 PM »

Law School Admissions / October 15 is still early right
« on: September 13, 2007, 07:27:16 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

Law School Admissions / LSDAS GPA...As appears on your LSAC Transcipt?
« on: September 12, 2007, 07:39:07 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.

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

Cumulative Semester Hours:


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


Choosing the Right Law School / Please Critique My List
« on: September 11, 2007, 07:29:51 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.

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.

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?

Send me it in an email to and I'll send you mine, if youd mark changes or make comments in red font I'd wicked appreciate it.  Thanks!

Law School Admissions / Hofstra Early Decision - Financial Aid?
« on: September 06, 2007, 09:36:31 AM »
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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