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Studying for the LSAT / Question about the "Waitlist"
« on: February 13, 2008, 08:16:54 PM »
Once someone is put on the waitlist, does that indicate that the school has made as many offers as they have slots and they're just waiting for some of those accepted to decline, after which they'll act on the waitlist?

The reason I ask:  I've seen several applicants on LSN that have recently been waitlisted at my target school and I'm still awaiting word on my application.  After seeing several waitlisted, it got me wondering about the dynamics... 

Law School Admissions / How firm is the deadline...
« on: February 11, 2008, 09:59:06 AM »
..."Deadline for Scholarship Consideration is 02/10.  Deadline for applications is 03/15".

Application sent through LSDAS over the weekend (02/10), email from school saying they got the request and are awaiting the arrival from LSDAS...

Am I basically completely out for scholarship consideration, even if they really like my application?

I know I probably am...just looking for a reason to have a ray of hope.

Also - once I send it in through LSDAS, does it really take a couple of weeks before the school has the complete package?

I know I'm a bit late in the game, but hoping to still have a solid chance at my target school.

Law School Admissions / Want I want out of a Law Career...Reasonable?
« on: February 07, 2008, 06:53:06 AM »
I'm just wrapping up my applications right now (final component is completing my Personal Statement) to be finalized this week.  I've spent the last 6 months or so examining my situation and doing my best to determine what career path would be right for me.  I've read Law School Confidential, I've perused these boards for months, and I've read the viewbooks.  I'm still torn.

My current career is unfulfilling and unchallenging and it never really inspired me.  But as someone who thrives on an intellectual challenge, I know law - in theory - would be a great option for me.  I know, I know - I sound like that doosh who goes to law school just because he's not happy with his current career and only looks at law because it is something different.  But I've examinined this aspect fully and can only say that is NOT the case - I have great confidence that I'd be great at practicing law and that I'd enjoy it.  It is the constraints it would place on the rest of my life that I question.  I've also been pondering grad school for a PhD in my area of interest in the hard sciences.  My quandry is between LS and Grad School.

For some background:  I completed a hard science BS with a relatively low GPA (low 3's), worked for a couple of years, returned for my MS (4.0 GPA, although I know that doesn't count for much), and have now been working again for a few years in a profession connected to my MS.  LSAT = 161.

What I want is a career that stimulates me, motivates me, rewards me well, but that doesn't CONSUME me.  I want to be able to tackle school head-on, but not feel as though it is all I am about.  Ditto on the practice of law.

Is it reasonable to be able to attend a T1 or T2 school (my target is ranked in the 50s-60s) and do well, while not having my entire life consumed by this stuff?  Can I do a roughly 8-5 kind of day M-F and perform well?  Can I still go for a 5-mile run 4-5 days a week?  Can I still cook my own dinner for myself and my wife instead of scrambling to nuke some ramen each night?

Same goes for the career itself.  I am not gunning for BIGLAW or looking to become the next SC justice necessarily...I'm looking to make a healthy career that is invigorating and challenging, but that doesn't kill me.  I am already married and would like to start a family soon - a family that I would like to be a part of, not just the  breadwinner for (although that will be a primary role). 

Is it reasonable to think that I could still make a decent living in law but without spending every waking minute in an office?  What kind of schedule/life CAN I expect from it?  Can I enter this career but still have many evenings and weekends to spend raising a family without stress doing me in?  If so, I know that will be to the detriment of my rise through the ranks, but how much so?

Sorry for rambling on, but any thoughts/input is always welcome.  I'm getting down to crunch time in terms of making a decision, thus the analysis...

Law School Admissions / Addendum, or short mention in Personal Statement?
« on: February 06, 2008, 01:15:42 PM »
My UGPA is under the 25th percentile for my target school, although my GPA is above the median and I later completed a graduate degree with a 4.00.  I have several years of work experience which I believe will be looked upon favorably.

My UGPA is low mainly because of my first couple of years when I was supporting myself through college and not as committed.  Do I mention that briefly - like I just did here - in the PS, or write a separate addendum?

I have just completed my PS and am looking for readers.  For a brief intro:  I'm 30 years old, have completed a graduate degree and have been working in education for three years.  Strong LSAT (around 50-75th percentile for target school) but weak GPA (under 25th percentile).

Studying for the LSAT / LSAT - GRE Correlations: By the numbers
« on: January 19, 2008, 03:48:40 PM »
I've looked around for some information on LSAT vs GRE score correlations but have not been able to find much.  Admittedly, the score correlation is probably not strong, but I was curious and figured some readers here might be too.

I searched for GRE here, but the search tool didn't decipher between the GRE exam and any words with the letters "gre" so I wasn't able to find much...

Now that I've taken both tests and received my scores, I thought I'd add them to the mix here... I'm curious to see what kind of correlation exists between others who have taken both exams.

For some background:  Over the last several months, I have weighed many options for my future, narrowing the options to grad school for my doctorate in my field versus law school.  I spent a great deal of time examining both options.  Since the LSAT administration is significantly more limited (only 4/year), I went ahead and registered for and took the LSAT in December.  Over the last ~2 months, I've leaned much more in the direction of going  back to school for my doctorate instead...and since I last took the GRE in 2001 (prior to my MS) I was forced to take it again by the schmucks at ETS who won't release my old scores via an official report (they've been "destroyed" after 5 years...yeah right).  So this morning, I took the GRE again.

By the numbers:
LSAT:  161 (somewhere around 83rd percentile if I remember right)
GRE:  Verbal: 590,  Quantitative: 760 (both ~80-85th percentile; analytical score not yet received)

Any other members of this board with data to add to the mix?

Studying for the LSAT / The Thumbprint
« on: December 01, 2007, 04:29:48 PM »
I was requested to give a right thumb print in one box at the start of the test (on my way in to the room) and the other box was never printed in...for any of the ~50-60 of us in the testing center.

Was that the way it was supposed to be done?

Studying for the LSAT / Does bad weather ever cancel an LSAT?
« on: November 30, 2007, 12:09:38 PM »
I didn't see anything about inclement weather, but tomorrow is going to be a MESS for testing centers throughout the midwest and plains states - a pretty significant winter storm is going to sock SD, NE, KS, IA, MN, WI, MI and other areas.

Good luck to all of those traveling in these conditions!

I've always looked for a reason to use the scrolling text - like at the bottom of the TV screen:

Sioux Falls Public Schools are cancelled ... Today's LSAT is cancelled ... North Baptist Church saturday school is cancelled ...

Law School Admissions / Question about going complete by 12/20/07
« on: November 20, 2007, 09:59:41 AM »
I'm still getting all the pieces together for my various apps, including the December LSAT ... with the plan of being complete before the new year.

How much of a disadvantage (I know it can't necessarily be quantified, but in qualitative terms...) does it give me to not have completed them sooner?  I read about so many people going complete in September or October around here that it got me wondering...I thought I was in pretty good shape, but now I'm beginning to doubt that a bit.

I've read a few posts that seem to indicate several people have been able to read their letters of recommendation before they attached them to applications...

Was this just out of the good will of the recommenders that they made a copy available to you?  I know that LSDAS doesn't make them available to the applicant.

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