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Ok, I have no extracurricular activity whatsoever.
What kind of explanation for something like this will make me ok?
It's embarrasing to say for myself, but my numbers are otherwise pretty darn good.
And there's one course that I did very poorly.
All straight A's and just that course I got B on. Is an explanation like "the course was very different from other courses that I took and it was not what I explected" ok?

Surely this is a flame.  First of all, would anyone *seriously* consider an addendum for ONE B?  Secondly, I would think that someone who would be freaking out over one B would have better grammar -- such as knowing how to spell "expected."

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I only have three....?? Is it ok to only list three or should I list something I only did for a semester? Also, I don't reallly have any academic honors. I am a B student....is it ok to leave this blank?

Personally, I would list the activity you did for only one semester -- but honestly, I don't think either way would really make a huge difference.  You know what your contribution to that organization was (and if it was something that sounds good like an honors group as opposed to a basketweaving club) and if you are comfortable listing it.  For academic honors, perhaps you could list some scholarships you were awarded (unless that is another question).

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Law School Applications / Re: ABA vs. NON-ABA
« on: December 29, 2007, 09:37:50 PM »
Well, maybe a very low tier one, but I guess that would be the same as going to a NON-ABA school.

That's true, except the exact opposite.

TITCR.  OP, why don't you just work on studying for the LSAT right now instead of worrying about which non-ABA schools you'll get into?  Do well on the test and you won't have that problem.

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I used the same basic PS, but I did include a short paragraph in it for each school as to why I was interested in them.  It didn't take much extra time, and I think it was a pretty nice touch -- especially when I was able to relate their school's specialities to activities I have done previously, showing what a good fit I'd be for their school.  If you don't want to take the time to do this for each school, I'd at least do it for the few that are your top choices.  It's a lot easier to just include a paragraph or two in the PS than writing a whole Why X.

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Law School Applications / Re: ABA vs. NON-ABA
« on: December 28, 2007, 01:54:38 PM »
Is December the only time you've taken the test? If so, you definitely need to retake. I suggest using prep course since they allow you to take practice tests under actual timed conditions.

I don't think you should attend an online law school. I can't imagine the job prospects are anything but dismal. When I looked up the Taft School of Law, I saw that they only have a 30% first-time bar passage rate. Not at all a good investment.

Well, they do have on guy that just recently graduated from there that now works for the DA'S office in L.A. County. Anyways, thanks for the opine.

It seems like all you WANT to hear is that going to a non-ABA school is fine and you will have the same job prospects as an ABA grad.  In reality, that is not the case.  You may know "many" (which apparently is two??) people who went to non-ABA schools, and perhaps ONE guy from this online school found a job -- but do you really want to go somewhere with a 30% bar pass rate?  Just how bad did you do on the LSAT?  Surely you can at least get in somewhere that's ABA approved.

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Law School Applications / Re: Lurkers / Non-Lurkers
« on: December 27, 2007, 10:14:51 PM »
I mostly lurk.  I will post sometimes if someone else hasn't already said what I am thinking, but most of the time I'm reading pretty late at night and someone else has already beat me to saying it.

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Law School Applications / Re: Boosting UGPA for LSAC...possible???
« on: December 27, 2007, 10:13:32 PM »
ok i'm double posting, if thats frowned upon, you can delete this post, but i feel like the other thread isn't getting enough publicity and i really need advice....

ok so currently i have a 2.88 ugpa calculated through this:

http://www.lawpad.com/gpa_calculator/

i would have a 3.13 but i had some personal issues this quarter and got a D and an F in two of my classes...really ruined my GPA... on that note i was going to go talk to my professors and ask if it was possible to get an Incomplete for now and then retake the course to get credit, since LSAC does count D/Fs into ugpa, while my school (UCLA) replaces the grades in calculating the GPA... hoping that this would boost my ugpa a bit...anyone ever able to convince a teacher to change a grade to incomplete??

BOOST #2!!!

Since the lsac counts all grades taken at every college into your ugpa, do you think it would be smart to go to my local jc, enroll in random courses that I am sure I would receive an A in (pre-calc etc), not report these grades to UCLA (no need) but merely report them when applying to law school to lsac, so it is counted into my ugpa and help me boost my gpa? smart? possible? opinions... (im sure some of you will condemn me for "cheating" or something, just want to know if its do-able) THANKS AGAIN!!

I don't think that LSAC will count community college classes after you've earned your undergraduate degree, but while you are still in undergrad, the classes should still be counted.  I agree with Ilovecheese, take some interesting courses that are still at least a little higher than pre-algebra or sewing.  Sociology was one of the easiest classes I've ever taken, but it was also really interesting (just a suggestion).  You might want to check up on that LSAC GPA calculator to see how much of a bump community college classes would give you, though -- it's not worth the time/money for like a .1 increase, IMO.  It depends on how many classes you plan to take, etc.  Also, you might consider some online courses -- the community colleges near me do these and I've taken a couple and they're pretty easy, but there's no notation on your transcript that they were online or anything.  Good luck!

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Law School Applications / Re: Accepted TODAY !!
« on: December 18, 2007, 09:16:55 PM »
I wasn't expecting any acceptances over break, since I am away from my "current" address -- but I got one through e-mail from Iowa today! :)

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Law School Applications / Re: After sending out 7 applications last night
« on: December 13, 2007, 12:30:04 AM »
so... you graduated in May 06 and started work in Aug 06?

Sounds normal.

Thanks for the reply.
No. I graduated in Feb 06 and started this job in Aug 06...
Is this still normal?

It is probably still okay, but you could send an updated resume to each of the schools just to be sure.  It's only 7, so it won't take very long -- plus you just submitted last night, so it's not like they've reviewed your file already or anything.  If sending an update will make you feel better, I would certainly do it.

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Law School Applications / Re: Withdrawing from CRS (TTT spam)
« on: December 13, 2007, 12:23:23 AM »
I agree with lala. Once they have that info, they are going to keep spamming and mailing. Ever try to "unsubscribe" from a TTT e-mailing list? It doesn't work. They don't get the hint.

Attempting to unsubscribe only alerts them to the fact that you are actually opening their e-mails, and it probably gets you put on a special "e-mail this person 25 times a day" list.

The worst part is that I have a Sidekick, so all of my e-mail gets sent immediately to my phone -- so I get all excited thinking it's an acceptance, only to find out I'm been invited to yet ANOTHER chat at Ave Maria.

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