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so my family has got it in their heads that i NEED to apply to harvard. i think they're out of their minds, personally. they're convinced that i have a chance, and have apparently been talking to all these people who have confirmed their delusions (one wonders where my relatives are coming up with these "experts" on harvard law).

anyway, they don't believe me that it's silly for me to apply. i got a 164 on my lsats, my gpa is abotu a 3.6. i am coming from a top liberal arts college with decent soft factors, but nothing spectacular. i'm not a urm or anything either. it's not worth it, right? i'm already applying to columbia essentially expecting a rejection (with the laughter of the admissions office ringing in my ears), so i don't see the point...

so i sent all my applications in mid-december, but i had to wait for my lsat scores and my second letter of recommendation to come through for most of them to be complete(this didn't happen until january 3rd or so).

the schools i know i'm complete at are fordham and columbia, via their online status checkers. i haven't heard from bc (no surprise, they just requested my report january 8th), suffolk, or northeastern. i should have been complete at northeastern about a week ago, but i understand they might be inundated with apps; it's suffolk i'm wondering about. they only require one rec, so i should have been complete there about two weeks ago. i'm wondering if my dean's certification is well...who knows where, really.

how long does it generally take to go complete at places? i would call and check, but i don't want to be that girl who just bugs the *&^% out of the admissions office for no reason. thanks!

Financial Aid / Paying for all this crap
« on: January 09, 2008, 06:55:17 AM »
I pretty much get the whole financial aid thing as far as paying for SCHOOL, but I'm sort of lost on what to do to you know, live. Am I taking loans out for living expenses as well? There's no way I can afford an apartment with the funds I have now. Yeesh. I'm confused.

Incoming 1Ls / Relationships that actually WORKED (or are working) in LS
« on: January 07, 2008, 03:56:15 PM »
this is slightly different from all the other threads around about significant

my boyfriend and i have been seeing each other for about a year now, which, by the time we've entered our respective post-graduate programs, will have been about a year and a half. we're both very ambitious and focused on our own individual goals. i'm obviously applying to law school, and he's applying to phd programs at some really great schools. the problem is, our school choices don't overlap very much. he loves berkeley; i'm interested in the east coast. he does have a good deal of interest in east coast schools too, but he's into princeton more than any other east coast school. i'm a boston girl. he does like harvard, and i think he would give serious thought to going there, especially if things are still working out between us, but neither of us (and rightly so, i think) is willing to sacrafice our educational goals just to be near the other. this is not to say we're unwilling to talk about it and compromise to a degree, but if he just flat out can't get what he wants at harvard, it's not going to happen.

he seems to believe that distance, no matter how extreme, is going to be a factor we can overcome. i disagree. realistically, i can't imagine being comfortable with making our relationship more casual to accomodate for the long stretches of time between seeing each other. nor do i feel i can commit six years to waiting for him to come back from across the freaking country. certain distance might be doable, perhaps boston and new york or maybe jersey, but i'm also nervous (or fairly sure) that our workloads will just make all of this impossibly difficult.

lest i sound too cynical, i am posting about this because i really don't want to lose someone who is this important to me. i don't believe in promising someone forever at this age, but he is absolutely someone who i care about deeply and who i really do love. i guess i'm sort of searching for stories about people who are making their relationships work while in law school, and how that has panned out, because i need some sort of counterpoint to my logical mind, which says that him being far enough away from a certain location is sort of a death sentence for the relationship. thanks.

Choosing the Right Law School / Needing Honest Opinions
« on: January 02, 2008, 07:34:39 PM »
This is obviously not an immediate problem, but I need some people to weigh in with their honest opinions on the law schools to which I'm applying. The hypothetical is that I get into all of these schools (which may or may not be true):


I am ultimately looking to be a criminal prosecutor (this is not up for in, I don't want an influx of posts of people telling me all the reasons why they doubt I want to be a criminal prosecutor). Ideally, I would like to work in Massachusetts after graduation, but I wouldn't mind staying in NYC for a little while. My point is, I suppose, that I would not want to be forced to stay in NYC forever. I have a good chance for money at Cardozo, Northeastern, and Suffolk, but I am wondering how that would weigh against the prestige of Fordham and BC in the job market...I also don't want to eff myself over and come out of law school barreling down the path to financial destitution.

I really need honest opinions on some of these schools, because I'm feeling so confused right now! Also, if there are any other schools you think might be worth considering or applying to, please let me know. Thanks so much.

you know, cardozo, brooklyn law, st john's...i really can't decide. i would like to pick a ny "safety." i'm interested in criminal law, specifically in crimes against women and children. i'm torn! help!

Studying for the LSAT / in trouble, etc
« on: November 23, 2007, 05:09:20 PM »
well i just joined here because i'm very excited about heading (hopefully) to law school next year...

sadly, i'm taking the lsats in a week, and i feel drastically under-prepared. i've spent a couple months casually (and i mean casually...once a week, if that) through my lsat prep book. i had a good score on a practice test about a week ago, which was great, but did terribly on the one i took tonight. i realize that all signs point to screwed, and i should have probably prepared a lot better, but...coulda, woulda, shoulda. any way i can salvage this experience and still pull a decent score?

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