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Law School Admissions / Re: 156-160 Support Group
« on: February 05, 2008, 04:39:38 PM »
I scored 11 points lower than my 6 previous practice tests, scoring a 158. Boooo. I have a good GPA, and am hoping that saves me. Applied to 7 schools, mostly in late October and have heard from no one yet. In decision at Tulane and UF, so maybe soon.

Thanks for the thread. It is easy to forget here that there are anything but 170 scorers in the world.


Some places are really backed up. I just poked Cornell for the second time (by email) for just this reason. They have had all my stuff since the end of October, and the Dean has submitted the cert twice. I am still on "Applied". I see them as such a fantastically long shot that I am not really too eager for their response, just don't want it to be my error.

Hang in there, and I hope you get a status update soon.

Ugliest thread on the site.I am hoping this is all in jest.

Law School Admissions / Re: What to do about a deadbeat recommender?
« on: February 01, 2008, 04:12:38 PM »
Suckage. I'm so sorry this happened to you.

I do think that debt management/ investment return is an important factor which everyone should take into consideration when deciding whether and where to go to law school.

Having said that, I think the conclusion that "Lower ranked school= no BIGLAW= you'll die of starvation" is a little over the top. There are many options out there for people with JD's. There are many individuals who go to lower ranked schools, examine their interests and options, and go on to do work which is meaningful to them and supports them.

I am planning on becoming a public defender. I have no interest in BIGLAW. I don't think there is anything inherently wrong with BIGLAW as a career choice, but it would be wrong for me. I am looking at LRAP programs in every school I am applying to, as well as federal assistance with repayment. I currently live on $17,000 a year (roughly), and I own a house, have a new-ish car, and eat regularly. I am sure that I will be able survive on what I will get paid after graduation.

Of the legal mentors I have been fortunate enough to encounter thus far, about half are T14, and half are not. They all do work they love, and all are just fine financially.

Thank you to the original poster for addressing this issue in a calmer and more   respectful manner than appears elsewhere. I don't agree with you, but it is a very important issue.

::hops off soapbox::


158(ugh, I know)/ 3.9. Non-trad.

Good luck, I hope you hear something positive very soon!

Thank God for this thread. I have been complete since 11/20 most places, and have received absolutely no news. Tulane sent me to committee 1/18, and nothing yet from them.

I have this terrible vision of having to retake the LSAT, and apply again next cycle. Brrr.

Please, anyone, let me in so I can relax!

Thanks for listening guys.

I went to the committee on the 18th. Still waiting, and trying not to check every five seconds. Is it just me? Seems like other folks got through committee lots quicker.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Texas 1L taking questions...
« on: January 30, 2008, 07:34:53 AM »
GoingSouth- Loan Repayment Assistance Program. They are designed to allow graduates who go into public interest jobs to make smaller loan payments. Some programs forgive large portions of law school debt. Not every school has one.

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