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Wow, you're nicer than I am.  I just did one of the schools for OP. :)

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: CRAP. IM BACK TO SQUARE ONE.
« on: December 06, 2007, 04:14:21 PM »
The worst part is just watching the window you have to cancel tick by...

Go have a beer with friends, and when the cancellation window closes, you'll breathe a sigh of relief because the decision will at least have been made already. 

If you score well, you can go ahead and apply to schools.  If you don't, you know the benchmark that you're at and can have the information you need about your performance to set your goals for preparation, scores, and admissions generally.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: CRAP. IM BACK TO SQUARE ONE.
« on: December 06, 2007, 03:17:07 PM »
I disagree, you want to cancel, but you keep asking for advice because you know you shouldn't.  You don't ask for advice if you know what you want to do.

Don't cancel.  You already paid for it, you already took it, see what happened so you can at least know how you did. (and possibly go ahead and apply on track!)

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Law School Applications / Re: fudging the numbers?
« on: December 06, 2007, 03:11:22 PM »
Agree with Matthew.  #2 seems most likely, given the historical complaints from people who claim to have been rejected due to their posts.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: secondary markets and lawyer bios
« on: December 06, 2007, 03:06:28 PM »
Getting a big money secondary market job from a T3/T4 is easiest in states that have one or less T1/T2 school.

A consideration, if you're looking lower down the law school food chain. 

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Law School Applications / Re: Optional essays not optional?
« on: December 06, 2007, 09:29:35 AM »
My philosophy was to highlight completely different dimensions rather than making everything congruent.

And writing is far too important of a legal skill for you to demonstrate to them that you suck at it.

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Law School Applications / Re: Optional essays not optional?
« on: December 06, 2007, 08:38:34 AM »
Agree with the "only write if you have something to say"... But for a "Why Mich" or "Why Penn" essay, if you're smart enough to go there, you're smart enough to figure out something to say. 

If you are a good writer, and you KNOW you are a good writer (not you THINK you are a good writer), then use every opportunity you can to showcase your strong writing ability.  If you are not a very good writer, just get in there and out of there as painlessly as possible.

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This is how the law firms will feel when you spam them with your resume and cover letter this time next year.  Especially when you announce that you really want to do environmental law with Firm X and all they do is tax stuff. :)

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Go to LSAC, then search for information on the law schools.  ("Official Guide to ABA..." --> Alphabetical Search) 

When you select a law school, two links to PDF documents on the right should come up.  Select the second one (LAW SCHOOL DESCRIPTION) and on the bottom of the second page of that report there is usually a grid that lets you know how many students applied with your grades and how many of those students were accepted.

Not every school participates, but I would recommend you check through each school on your list.

For example, I pulled up Boston College for you:
LSAT 160-164/GPA 3.0-3.2
210 Applied, 17 were admitted.  Only 3 were admitted with similar LSAT scores and GPAs below that range.  Only 11 were admitted with lower LSAT, but similar GPA.

Bear in mind that at least some of those people probably had more impressive soft factors, URM status, difficult undergrad major at prestigious school, or a traumatic experience/health reason to mitigate the low GPA.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: What constitutes a secondary market?
« on: December 04, 2007, 12:50:52 PM »
It isn't based on population.  It's basically based on where there are large concentrations of national/international firms. 

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