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Law School Admissions / Re: My List of Apps... Thoughts?
« on: July 30, 2008, 10:22:54 AM »
Your list looks pretty good. As far as the scholarship you're looking for, Cornell will almost certainly give you at least half tuition (probably more).

It's generally really difficult to predict scholarship results for splitters in the t10, but I would expect that you'll get in pretty much everywhere from NYU down, with a waitlist at Harvard.

If you're interested in LA, I would definitely apply to Loyola -- they have a really good regional reputation, and place surprisingly well in LA firms, but just be aware that your degree won't travel well at all.

Law School Admissions / Re: Semi-Splitter...
« on: July 23, 2008, 02:42:03 PM »
Do you feel like you underperformed on the LSAT? There's no point in retaking the test unless your 165 was significantly below your practice scores.

Law School Admissions / Re: Waiting until January to apply
« on: July 16, 2008, 07:11:28 PM »
I would strongly advise against it -- I applied in January, and I definitely ended up on more waitlists than I would have if I applied earlier in the cycle. My numbers were higher than many people who were accepted to the schools I was waitlisted at, and while I don't know their soft factors, the main difference seemed to be when they applied.

Incoming 1Ls / Recording lectures on a Mac
« on: July 13, 2008, 10:20:42 PM »
I was curious what program people used to record lectures (which I've been told is extremely helpful)...

Garageband? Something else?

I'm fairly new to using Macs, and I've never really played with the audio recording ability before. Thanks for your help!

So do you think UCLA and USC would be my 'safeties'?  I really wouldn't mind going to either.

You would almost definitely get money at USC, and probably at UCLA as well.

If you decide that you really want to go to either of those schools, it might be worth applying to Wash. U. and Vandy (they'll probably waive the fees for you anyway), just because you would get substantial scholarship money at both of those schools which you could use to leverage your way into more money at UCLA/USC, but with your numbers I'm sure you won't have a problem nabbing a t14 of your choice.

Law School Admissions / Re: Undergrad Research
« on: July 02, 2008, 11:06:52 AM »
Yeah, I would. I was an informal research assistant (informal in that I didn't get paid) for a media law professor as a undergrad, and I included that with my extracurricular activities on my resume.

Law School Admissions / Re: Reference check
« on: June 27, 2008, 04:53:21 PM »
I have heard of law schools contacting recommenders to confirm one thing or another, but I think it's really rare. I wouldn't worry about them checking into it if you put it on your resume.

ravon -- It definitely carries weight. You have experience that most law school applicants don't, and showing how you can uniquely bring something to an incoming class always helps.

It might help to explain in your personal statement how your service helped shape your desire/aptitude for the study and practice of law, but that's just a suggestion.

Law School Admissions / Re: UCLA - does Early Decision help at all?
« on: June 17, 2008, 09:25:14 PM »
I don't think it makes much of a difference -- the GPA/LSAT of people accepted on LSN stayed pretty constant throughout the cycle right up until UCLA started taking waitlist people, when the numbers dipped a little bit. This cycle might be anomalous, though, since UCLA got way more applications this year than they typically deal with (8,000-something, rather than 6,000), so even early applicants ended up having to wait a long time to hear back.

Good luck with your applications!

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