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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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Law School Applications / .
« on: June 24, 2008, 01:12:53 PM »
. (with thanks to irrx)

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Law School Applications / USNews GPA Question
« on: June 17, 2008, 10:37:58 AM »
Do the GPA scores that are reported to USNews reflect the GPA that's on your application, or the GPA you actually graduate with before you enroll at the law school?

If it's the latter, then wouldn't an upward GPA trend actually be a pretty hefty soft factor?

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Law School Applications / A "Magic Line" at 3.0?
« on: May 14, 2008, 08:55:38 PM »
A couple questions:

I've been fighting for the past couple semesters to get my GPA above a 3.0 (really, really dumb decisions my first three semesters).  Out of curiosity, does anyone have any insight as to whether a 3.0 constitutes some sort of significant threshold?  Is a 3.0 vs a 2.9 viewed much differently than a 3.4 vs a 3.3?

Also, I'm planning on taking a couple online courses this summer to help make it over the hurdle.  Any advice/warnings as to this plan?

Thanks as always.

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Where should I go next fall? / Transferring from PT to FT
« on: April 07, 2008, 09:26:24 PM »
Hello Everyone,

Just a quick question about transferring from a school's PT program to their FT program.  At GULC, for example, I hear you can transfer after your first year if you take summer classes.  Wouldn't this bring with it some significant disadvantages, such as not being able to snag a SA position (or any other substantial work) for what's essentially the summer after 1L year?  If you do miss out on substantial work your first summer, how much of a blow is that to future job prospects (especially prosecutorial/public interest/government work)?

Thanks!

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LSAC and LSDAS / Online Summer Courses
« on: April 02, 2008, 08:12:14 PM »
Hello Everyone.

If anyone can help me out with this, that'd be great.

I'm considering taking a couple online courses this summer from either a local community college or a larger university.  My current university won't accept these credits; that's fine with me, I don't need the credits, I'm just interested in some of the material.  My question is this:

Will these classes factor into my LSDAS GPA?  I'll end up taking the classes either way, but it'd sure be a nice bonus if I could bump up my LSDAS GPA at the same time.

Thanks for any help.

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Law School Rankings / Good News for IU-B?
« on: December 25, 2007, 09:51:45 PM »
Cash!  Cash is good, right?  Especially if cash = better faculty, no?  They say it is, at least:

http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071212/LOCAL/312120010

What say you?

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / 'Ivy Briefs' by Martha Kimes?
« on: December 25, 2007, 08:35:59 PM »
Has anyone read this book?  My adviser is requiring everyone with a legal internship to read it (note: my adviser's a moron).  It's marketed as 'One L' for a new generation.  Jeremy Blachman gives it high marks, but beyond that I haven't really heard anything good or bad about it.  Just curious what people think.

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Where should I go next fall? / PT v FT
« on: November 28, 2007, 09:31:33 PM »
Quick question:

What are some of the major disadvantages of going PT rather than FT?  I know that you have to start paying your UG loans, but with a part-time job (and a fiance's full-time job) I don't think that would be too much to handle.  Other than that, I'm having trouble seeing why FT is so much more desirable than PT, seeing as admissions criteria for the latter are much more lax.

Are merit scholarships harder to come by as a PT applicant?
Are activities like Moot Court and Law Review more difficult to participate in?
Do employers look less favorably on PTers?

Thanks for any insight.

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