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Law School Admissions / .
« on: June 24, 2008, 10:12:53 AM »
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Law School Admissions / USNews GPA Question
« on: June 17, 2008, 07:37:58 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?

Law School Admissions / A "Magic Line" at 3.0?
« on: May 14, 2008, 05:55:38 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.

Choosing the Right Law School / Transferring from PT to FT
« on: April 07, 2008, 06:26:24 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)?


Law School Admissions / Online Summer Courses
« on: April 02, 2008, 05:12:14 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.

Choosing the Right Law School / Good News for IU-B?
« on: December 25, 2007, 06:51:45 PM »
Cash!  Cash is good, right?  Especially if cash = better faculty, no?  They say it is, at least:

What say you?

Incoming 1Ls / 'Ivy Briefs' by Martha Kimes?
« on: December 25, 2007, 05:35:59 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.

Choosing the Right Law School / PT v FT
« on: November 28, 2007, 06:31:33 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.

Choosing the Right Law School / Say It Ain't So... No Really, Please Do
« on: September 09, 2007, 12:11:37 PM »
I've been looking at the GW Early Decision option for some time now, and it seems a more attractive option the more I think about it.  I just heard from a friend of a friend, however, that applying ED to GW will result in you not being offered any scholarships from other schools, even if you're rejected at GW.

I have a hard time believing that this is true, but I thought I'd consult the general wisdom of LSD before telling her she's full of *&^%.

Has anyone heard anything along these lines?

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