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Law School Admissions / Re: How "safe" should my safeties be?
« on: July 04, 2008, 04:49:35 PM »
Hi Moisy, congrats on the great LSAT score!  Based on my own research and personal experience during my recent cycle, I would think that everything from BU on down would be a safe bet for admission.  BC seems like a lock (I snuck in there with a 3.1 and a 167 LSAT), as do Fordham and BU (two other schools I seriously looked at).

It appears that with all the hard work you put in during college and on the LSAT, you'll have a wealth of options, and based on that list, it seems like you're willing to go anywhere in the country for a top-notch legal education.  Given that you'll probably have lots of offers to sift through, you might want to begin researching each school more in-depth to see if they fit with what you want to do with your career as a lawyer.  If you're interested in international law, for example, you might want to check to see if each school has any distinguished faculty in that field, if they have study abroad opportunities, and if the career services office has had success placing students in international firms, NPO's, NGO's, etc.  I imagine that if you have a strong interest in a particular field, you'll be able to narrow down the list a bit based on whether or not a particular school is suited to your interests.  Cheers and good luck!

wmost, if you write a brief addendum basically explaining it away as a "young and immature, I've learned my lesson, and I've grown from my mistakes" sort of thing, I don't think it will be a problem.  Most law schools and employers know that students are sometimes liable to go a little crazy in undergrad, and I can't imagine that it will automatically exclude you from any law school.  I don't know anyone in this specific situation, but I do have friends that had school disciplinary records that have successfully entered the workforce in the financial sector (JP Morgan and Citi in particular are where two of my buddies with records ended up).  Cheers mate, and good luck.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Bottom Third at BC, BU
« on: July 01, 2008, 12:33:22 PM »
I'd also be interested in hearing what happens to the bottom 1/3 at BC (not that I'm planning on being on the bottom 1/3, but who knows).

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: BC v. Chicago-Kent
« on: June 29, 2008, 01:21:53 PM »
Oh, also mate, check out this thread on (which I just remembered from nukelaw's signature) about why current BC students decided to attend - - Cheers!

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: BC v. Chicago-Kent
« on: June 29, 2008, 12:53:06 PM »
Hi there twitcza!  I was actually in the same situation as you a few weeks ago.  I was accepted from the waitlist at BC and had to decide between going there at full sticker or going to another Boston law school with a substantial scholarship.

I don't think it hurts at all to ask BC for money.  I recently contacted the financial aid office about this myself, and I actually have a few forms to fill out first, but they were very helpful and I can't imagine they would give you a hard time if you asked about extra funds.  However, as we were both accepted off the waitlist, I have to imagine that they have already dispensed most of their financial aid to students that were admitted via early or regular decision.  Also, I also think that if they have extra money, they would offer it first to people who they feel may be deciding between BC and another school so as to further entice them to attend BC.  With us, we know we're lucky just to be there, so I'm not sure that we would be a priority if BC has extra financial aid to dispense.  So, my advise would to be to definitely contact them if you're unhappy with your financial aid package, but don't be too surprised if they can't add any funds to your package.

I've not done any research on Chicago-Kent, but my biased opinion is that BC is awesome, so I would definitely recommend coming to the Heights in the fall.  Also, if you're worried about debt, BC is apparently a great school for future career prospects (their website says that Princeton Review named them one of the top five law schools for career prospects, and a recent article showed that BC sends ~ 1/3 of their class to the "BigLaw" firms that everyone seems to want to work for).

Law School Admissions / Re: ADVICE to the next cycle of applicants
« on: June 08, 2008, 01:09:54 AM »
This might go without saying, but if you or anyone you know has a connection or an "in" to a law school that you're applying to, seek out that person and ask for his or her help.  During my cycle, I sought out professors, family friends, relatives, etc. that had connections to schools I applied to and each person was happy to help, either by writing a recommendation, giving me advice, meeting with me, or a combination of the three.  I was a bit shy at first when I sought these people out, but I realized that generally people are happy to help others try to reach goals they themselves have already achieved.  If you're a bit shy at first like I was, you might want to try to put yourself in the other person's shoes; if someone sought you out asking for help, wouldn't you be happy to do it?  After all, most of you have already spent some of your time helping your fellow LSD'ers with their problems and questions.  Cheers all and good luck!

Law School Admissions / Re: BC's "priority" waitlist
« on: June 05, 2008, 07:33:43 PM »
Yep they called to let me know I was accepted.  They didn't actually extend the offer until I told them that I hadn't finalised my plans and that I was still very much interested in BC, so I can't imagine what might have happened if I answered those questions wrong, haha.  They basically just congratulated me and the chap I spoke to seemed really eager to answer any questions I might have had, but to be honest, I was a bit shocked and rather excited, so I couldn't really come up with any questions.  They said that I had until the 13th (next week) to send a deposit and that my package would be in the mail that day (so yesterday).  Needless to say, as soon as I get the package, that deposit will be sent in ASAP!  :)

If you haven't heard from them yet, I wouldn't worry about it too much.  I think that I may have been called earlier than others for reasons I'd be happy to share with you via PM, but my semi-informed opinion leads me to believe that most people will be called early next week (as the postmarked deposit deadline actually isn't until tomorrow, and I imagine it will take a few days to receive and process all the incoming deposits).

Law School Admissions / Re: Accepted TODAY !!
« on: June 04, 2008, 08:57:35 PM »
Thanks a lot dlo6215!

Thanks a lot for the replies UVAnProud2L, Clayton, and $Bill!  I truly appreciate your help, but I actually got accepted to BC today off the waitlist, so it looks like I'll definitely be heading there instead!

Law School Admissions / Re: BC's "priority" waitlist
« on: June 04, 2008, 08:24:14 PM »
Yep, it definitely seems like they're making another round of decisions with regards to the waitlist; I actually was accepted off the waitlist today!  :)

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