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Law School Applications / Is being half Palestinian a bonus?
« on: June 16, 2013, 04:44:01 AM »
I have the Middle Eastern last name, since it was my dad who was born and raised in the West Bank. I just don't know if it's worth mentioning (usually apps don't have a specific box for middle easterners, so I have to check "caucasian").

I mentioned it to Pepperdine at the beginning of their "Christian Values" essay, since he was born in the Church of Nativity.

Never in my PS, though (it's about the month I did in juvi and my attorney who influenced me to turn things around and start helping other juvenile delinquents).

Should I slip it into the PS somehow? All opinions appreciated!


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Law School Applications / How many options does a 3.8 open vs a 3.6?
« on: June 14, 2013, 06:21:04 PM »
Instead of explaining my entire situation, I'll just say that my options are either starting USanDiego or Pepperdine this fall, OR waiting for my grades from this (my senior year, UC Davis) abroad to be recorded in September, then reapplying early for 2014/15. Here's the question everything boils down to:

From a law school admissions perspective, how big of a difference is a 3.6 versus a 3.8 ULSAC GPA? (I'm a transfer, that's why the GPA jumps so dramatically in 1 year.) Along with the 3.8 would be two additional deans' list notations (on top of 1) and a cum laude graduation (possibly magna), AND a senior year entirely comprised of 3 A-'s, 6 A+'s, and an A.

I just don't know if I should be satisfied with the University of Sand Diego (and hopefully Pepperdine) letting me in with a last minute application and a 158/3.6 or if a 3.8 and its bells and whistles (and an early application) can do me better.

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