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Choosing the Right Law School / UIUC ($$) vs. GW ($)
« on: March 26, 2009, 08:40:43 PM »
ITE, I'm having a kind of tough time deciding.  Not taking COL into account, it looks like I'd have to take out $58000 in loans at UIUC, vs. $90000 at GW.  I do think that I prefer GW a bit (and I definitely prefer DC), but if I'm not really looking for BIGLAW, I'm not sure whether the extra $30000 would be worth it.


Law School Admissions / Should I Send an Update to the Update?
« on: February 22, 2009, 03:40:39 PM »
So I sent an update around to several schools 2-3 weeks ago, informing them about my Fall '08 GPA.  I also talked about a paper that I had accepted to a national professional conference, and mentioned that I'd submitted a version of it to a national undergraduate conference.  I just learned that the paper was accepted to the national undergrad conference.  Is it worth it to send another update, or would that be creating extra paperwork for little gain?

Law School Admissions / Read my LOCI and I'll be your LSD BFF
« on: February 06, 2009, 07:58:32 PM »
Any takers?  I might throw in some other perks too, like thinking good thoughts about you later and maybe even saying thank you.

Incoming 1Ls / IU-B Renamed!
« on: December 04, 2008, 10:56:12 AM »

Doesn't quite have the same ring to it.

Any takers?

Willing to trade as well.

Straight from UG
Worked ~25 hrs/week during UG
Strong Upward GPA Trend (3.6-3.7ish last couple semesters)
1 Super Recommendation, 1 "Meh" Recommendation
Decent (not mind-blowing) Softs

Columbia (Fee Waiver)
UVA (Fee Waiver)

Vandy (Fee Waiver)
Northwestern (Fee Waiver)

WUSTL (Fee Waiver)
George Washington (EARLY DECISION)
UCLA (Fee Waiver)

W&L (Fee Waiver)
IU-Bloomington (Fee Waiver)
UIUC (Fee Waiver)(resident)

Do I have enough in each category?  Are my categorizations misplaced, given my numbers?  I'm trying to keep my application costs down, so the fee waivers have been a great help, but should I add anything extra?  I'm also wondering about the UCLA.  It's only 12 bucks, but I really have no intention of going there.  I guess I could use it for scholarship leverage somewhere, maybe.

Oh, and feel free to make predictions, too.  Anybody who comes reasonably close wins a prize*.

Thanks in advance.

*no purchase necessary; void where prohibited

NPE has decided to try for the GW Early Decision, and the accompanying full ride.  GW says that they don't require any recommendations, but that they accept up to two.  NPE's academic adviser will be finished in the next couple of weeks with her letter, which NPE expects to be stellar.  NPE's other recommender is notoriously slow, and while the letter is expected to be good, NPE does not expect it to be nearly as convincing as the adviser's letter.  NPE's numbers, soft factors, etc. are in the LSN link in his sig.

If each of these premises is true, which course of action should NPE take?

A) Submit as early as possible, regardless of whether any letters are ready.  Send them as they come in.
B) Submit when the adviser's letter is ready, but don't wait for the other.
C) Submit when both letters are ready.
D) Don't apply to GW Early Decision at all.
E) Hey, is that Alton Brown?

Politics and Law-Related News / New Report About Corrupt DOJ Hiring
« on: July 29, 2008, 09:02:24 AM »

I would be enraged if I had gone through the process and been rejected, never knowing if it was because of my credentials or my politics.

Let me know.  Maybe we'll do a little "I'll show you mine, you show me yours" type deal if you want.

After pondering this question for weeks, if not months, I've decided to solicit the wise sages of LSD for advice yet again.  I'm trying to decide whether to apply Binding ED to George Washington, which would (if I were accepted) score me a full-tuition scholarship for the three years.  It also comes with a "faculty mentor," whatever fluffy BS that is.

3.08 GPA (upward trend)
175 LSAT
Not crazy about BigLaw, but I'd do it for a few years to pay off loans
Really want to clerk
Really want to do DOJ, AUSA, possibly prosecutor or public defender position (basically trial/appellate courtroom work)
Would also love an ACLU-type gig
Would like to judge someday and teach someday

Something tells me it's the smart thing to do, and that I'd be crazy to not try to go to this great school for free, but I'd hate to get the ED acceptance and then have one of my many Hail Mary apps come through the next day.

sigh... advice?

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