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Choosing the Right Law School / Still no decision: How to intepret?
« on: April 02, 2008, 06:19:43 AM »
While I applied kind of late in the cycle (beginning/middle of February) I have yet to receive decisions from 5 schools (Duke, Cornell, Notre Dame, USC, and Colorado). For at least one of these 5 schools (Cornell), the ASD was already held.

While I gather this isn't an uncommon situation, I'm just wondering what it usually means? My default interpretation is that I'm either on the borderline of being accepted/waitlisted or waitlisted/rejected. Is this a fair assumption, or could it just be that they haven't reviewed my application yet?

Also, are chances of scholarship greatly reduced with a pending status this late in the day?

Any thoughts or insights would be appreciated.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: OSU or Temple ($$$$)?
« on: March 31, 2008, 02:44:13 PM »
Thanks for the posts. BTW, stewie, our numbers are almost identical. My LSN is at:

Choosing the Right Law School / OSU or Temple ($$$$)?
« on: March 31, 2008, 02:11:11 PM »
Ok, so I'm strongly leaning towards Temple, but I figured I'd tempt fate by seeing if anyone could convince me to the contrary.

OSU with no scholarship & out-of-state tuition, or Temple with a full-tuition scholarship?

My interest is in public interest law, and definitely not big law. With that in mind, and with the state of the economy looking pretty bad, I'm trying to keep my debt-load to a minimum. Also, I visited Temple this weekend for ASD and was very impressed with just about everything (faculty, clinical programs, the trial advocacy program, etc).

But, then again, I realize that OSU has a better national reputation (at least according to USN). But is the difference in USN ranking (~32 vs ~60, or something like that) worth an extra $32,000 a year (an extra 96K overall - yikes!)

Ok, as I write this, Temple is starting to look like the better choice (by far), but I guess I don't want to leave any stone unturned in considering my options. Any thoughts or advice?

I just got waitlisted at U of Mich, and since it's probably unlikely that I will get in, I'm wondering if it would be better (for a future cycle) if I withdrew my candidacy. In other words, if I applied again to U of Mich, would it look better on my application if they knew that I withdrew my WL rather than being ultimately rejected?

FWIW, the U of Michigan waitlist letter is the most flattering of the WLs I've received (I've also received WLs from Vanderbilt and American).

I just set up a page in Law School Numbers and am wondering what the Index stat means? Does anyone know?

I would think it's some kind of calculation based on LSAT and GPA, however, the range is so huge (from 3.4 to 800+). Do schools have some kind of dramatically different way of calculating this?


Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Is this obnoxious? Scholarship Q.
« on: March 25, 2008, 08:53:25 AM »
Thanks! This is just the kind of advice I was looking for

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Is this obnoxious? Scholarship Q.
« on: March 25, 2008, 06:08:00 AM »
I'm also looking to negotiate. Does anyone have any tips for how best to do it? (e.g. who's the best person to call/email, etc?)

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: American Waitlist Thread
« on: March 24, 2008, 08:44:08 AM »
I just got my WL letter as well (3.81/166) - and I'm going to drop as well. Of the 3 schools that I haven't gotten into yet (Michigan, Vandy, American), I have been waitlisted everytime. This makes me wonder how large the wait-list pools are for each school. Does anyone have a sense of that? (A person I spoke with at Vanderbilt said the wait-list pool was a few hundred, or roughly the size of the entering class.)

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: BAYLOR vs TEMPLE (+ other offers)
« on: March 23, 2008, 01:23:38 PM »
Thanks. I'm from the northeast, so I definitely don't have any connection to Texas or Arizona. But, then again, I'm open to living in new places (although Waco would be pushing it a bit). After graduation, though, I probably would want to move back to the northeast. Is it a bad idea to go to school in an area that you don't necessarily plan to live/work?

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: BAYLOR vs TEMPLE (+ other offers)
« on: March 23, 2008, 01:07:26 PM »
I should probably add that I have no geographic preference right now about where to work after law-school, although my inclination would be D.C. (Unfortunately, I got Wait-listed for American though).

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