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Law School Admissions / Re: your interpretation of this, please
« on: February 04, 2008, 06:42:05 PM »
To me, it seems that "complete," "processed," and "matched to your file" are all being used interchangeably here.

so I should technically wait 6 weeks for my application to go complete? That seems like an awfully long time.

The steps, from what I've seen, are "received", "processing," and then "complete" aka "eligible for review." I applied late December/early Jan..and all of my apps have gone complete in the past two weeks except Stetson. It doesn't hurt to call, but if their website makes a point of saying "allow _ weeks for processing" then don't bother them or they're going to get annoyed. I hadn't received any news from Stetson so I called them at week 4 and they said they were behind, so thats a possibility for other schools as well...

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Law School Admissions / Re: USC starts handing out scholarships
« on: February 04, 2008, 06:32:31 PM »
Sorry if I'm slightly hijacking your thread, but why do people defer admission to go do other things (like Teach for America)?  Why didn't you just wait and apply to schools later?  I'm sure there's a very simple explanation, but I have been wondering that.

Teach for America does most of its recruiting the first semester of students' senior year, when they're also applying to law schools. Even after you apply, go through the interview process, and are accepted, you still don't know concrete details of where you're placed until later, and that might influence your decision to go to law school/do Teach for America. Also there are certain schools that offer incentives for deferring and participating in Teach for America (i.e. scholarships). Plus it's a big decision. I'm applying to both and not sure which route I'll follow yet...I think some people like to weigh their options...see where they get in, with how much money, etc...and thats why they are applying to both at the same time.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Favorite Beers...
« on: January 12, 2008, 08:04:28 PM »
cold, crispy Stella Artois. I don't know what law school that translates to, but I probably wouldn't get into it.  :-\

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If I get into one of my reach schools, and my home target school, I will be in the exact same boat as you.  :-\ but because you ultimately want to work in Houston, I'd say go with Houston. I think the only thing thats pulling you towards Tulane is that reputation, but practically its not worth it since it is a lot more money and not a huge advantange job-wise (for your situation), and mentally it seems like you have a lot of ties to Houston that you are a little wary of leaving. The only exception I might see is if Tulane has a special program that you are interested in that Houston doesn't, or if you are not sure you want to work in Houston and want more freedom with placement.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: 157/3.8 any new suggestions
« on: January 11, 2008, 12:32:01 AM »
It's not so much about preferred location...as I want to a. not be in too much debt and b. have some flexibility with where i can take the degree when i get out.and i do want to get into a good law school....but  if i get in to UF or FSU I think I would go there just because I will get zero scholarship money most likely at my reach schools.

I think I'm going to apply to GM,  it does look like a good school, and close to DC and other big cities. Plus its not horribly expensive (at least not in the 30s) and I may have a chance of getting some money, who knows. Going to look over all the details I can find about it tomorrow, when its not so late (330 am here!!) thanks:)

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Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Dinged at Tulane
« on: January 10, 2008, 11:44:48 PM »
I expected it, but couldn't it have taken them less than 4 months to tell me, "you suck?" Damn.

If you don't mind me asking, what was your LSAT/GPA? I applied to Tulane as a reach  school, and am just curious.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: 157/3.8 any new suggestions
« on: January 10, 2008, 11:35:54 PM »
Well. I don't  know where  I want to end up, so I really don't WANT to go to one of my fallback schools since who knows where all I could go with degrees from Stetson and SC(Esp. after reading some posts on here about how you basically are stuck in SC with a degree from USC). I applied thinking I may get $$ from them, and in case I  don't get into UF or FSU.

I'm open to schools up north...I'm just hesitant because as of now I've only lived in FL and all my family is here, so I will probably end up down here but who knows at 22? lol. UF or FSU would be ideal for me because of in-state tuition and good reputation, but in case...I feel like I may need to apply to other schools. Thanks for the George Mason recc. though, I'm checking it out now. What do you know/think about those 2 Chicago schools? Are they well known enough to go outside of Illinois after I  graduate? Do you think they are only giving money out to the high LSAT applicants? I have ZERO diversity- blonde-haired, blue-eyed, upper-middle class, mainstream applicant, blah!

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Choosing the Right Law School / 157/3.8 any new suggestions
« on: January 10, 2008, 11:08:09 PM »
i took a bunch of practice lsats and the highest I ever got was 159, so I decided to apply this year with my 157 Dec LSAT and a 3.8. I have a concentrated background in publishing (leadership positions, 2 internships) and a fairly strong personal statement (in my opinion :) so far, I've applied to...

Reaches
UNC
Emory
Tulane

Target
UF (FL=home)
FSU

Fallbacks
Stetson
University of South Carolina

I've considered Chicago-Kent and DePaul, but I kinda would like to stay in the south and I'm worried about money. I don't know how much money I can get from the schools that I'm applying to even if I get in. Any input about other schools I should consider? I thought about Denver but I'm interested in Intellectual Property (not the engineering, IT side, the creative/arts side) or health, or family law...and they don't have any special certificate programs in those areas...plus I hear its fairly expensive for being a lower-ranked school. Well any advice is appreciated.

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