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Law School Admissions / Re: Fee waiver e-mail overisght
« on: October 28, 2004, 11:33:29 AM »
All my waivers have come by snail mail, and some came by both snail mail and email. I assume there's a good chance even if you missed a couple by email, some will show up in your house/apt mailbox.

Law School Admissions / Public interest?
« on: October 28, 2004, 11:30:47 AM »
Just wondering how many people here want to practice public interest law and have so on their apps.

For some reason, I couldn't modify my last post, so I wanted to clarify some things:

1) The personal statement is not a good place to make excuses for your GPA, but the soccer story sounds so interesting that if you write it in a positive and thoughtful way, they can probably make the inference on why your GPA was lower.

2) From what I've heard from most admissions officers at forums, they really don't want lengthy addendums and really don't want anything that sounds like whining. Taking that into account, you have to make a decision on what you want to do.

Law School Admissions / Re: would this be a good addendum?
« on: October 28, 2004, 10:38:23 AM »
I think the soccer story can go into a personal statement or diversity statement if possible, but if you have other great stories for those essays, then I think the addendum would be okay.

Most schools already look at your GPA trends. Unless you know a particular school has a cut-off point, I would think of not writing a separate addendum. Of course, if you are already writing one about your soccer story, then it doesn't hurt to dedicate one sentence to your GPA.

Law School Admissions / Re: any point to forums?
« on: October 28, 2004, 10:33:46 AM »
Admissions officers are generally the ones who attend these forums. They are infinitely better at answering your questions than those who just work in the admissions office.

Law School Admissions / Re: Would this look "weird" on my application?
« on: October 28, 2004, 10:02:39 AM »
Since you're so far ahead of the game, the best people to consult will be those admissions officers of the schools you're interested in--those will be the people deciding your fate. They're touring right now, so you should try to catch them.

But be sure you're talking to an admissions officer and not just someone who works in the admissions office.

Law School Admissions / Acceptance Letters
« on: October 28, 2004, 09:53:30 AM »
When I applied to undergraduate programs, acceptance letters were in big envelopes with additional information on attending the school. The rejection letters were just in normal envelopes.

Is this true of law schools, too?

I don't think there is anything wrong with your topic, but many law schools also offer an opportunity to clarify hardships in an addendum or an optional essay. In those cases, I would take advantage of that and use my personal statement for something else.

However, some schools don't like lengthy addendums, so you should call each school or ask them in person at a forum about that.

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