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Law School Admissions / Financial Aid Question
« on: January 04, 2005, 01:59:32 PM »
Pace says that their FASFA deadline is February 1st (maybe it's just priority, but still).  However, the federal government isn't the fastest at releasing tax information.  Therefore, what if you don't receive the necessary information to complete FASFA by that deadline?

Also, if I do not include my parent's information, even though they still claim me, will that affect my eligiblity for thei insurance?

Choosing the Right Law School / Brooklyn..
« on: January 03, 2005, 01:33:16 PM »
How bad is it that my number one choice is a school I probably very little chance of getting in to? I really, really want to go to Brooklyn, but my numbers are 3.47/155. I've also applied to NYLS, since it's in NYC also, but Brooklyn is where I want to be.  I haven't actually sent in the applicatioin to Brooklyn yet .. should I really waste the money with my numbers? Are there other schools in the area that I have a shot at? I doubt St. John's is feasible, either, and I really need a school that might, just might, give me money .. this whole process stinks.

Personal Statements, Resumes, and Letters of Recommendation / The Intro ..
« on: November 01, 2004, 04:56:36 PM »
I need help!  I've actually alredy written a "personal statement" of sorts that I'm really only going to be able to use as the optional essay for many schools because it explains a hardship overcome, while many of the schools I'm applying to want to know why I want to be a lawyer.  My problem isn't necessarily the stating WHY I want to be a lawyer, but it's the introductory paragraph of the statement.  I refuse to use anything along the lines of "I've want to be a lawyer since I was..", obviously, but I can't really come up with anything that will likely get the attention of the reader without sounding cliche and boring.  I really need help with the intro .. please!!!

Choosing the Right Law School / One more school ?
« on: October 31, 2004, 05:57:17 PM »
So I have finally started trying to narrow down my list of schools to apply to, but I need a little help.  My GPA is a 3.39 (if all goes as planned it will be a 3.42 in December, but that's not a big enough difference to matter) and my LSAT is a measley 155 (unfortunately 6-7 points lower than my practice scores, but I'm afraid to retake for fear it will go down!).  I am thinking of applying to the following schools, but I really would like to find at least one more that I will for sure get accepted to, because most of these I probably won't.  Any suggestions?

UConn - fat chance
Rutgers (Newark) - maybe?
Brooklyn - not on my life, but I'd love it
Syracuse - possible
Buffalo - possible
St. John's - probably not
New York Law School - maybe
Vermont - maybe
Seton Hall - ehh not sure
Suffolk - maybe?
Hoftsra - possible
Cumberland (only because it is in-state for me and I feel like I should)

(as you can tell, I'm not very confident about this whole thing..)

I live in Alabama now and I'm really looking to go to school in the Northeast/New England area.  Any suggestions are certainly appreciated!

Choosing the Right Law School / LSAC Law School Forums
« on: October 27, 2004, 10:49:23 AM »
Have any of you ever been to the LSAC hosted Law School Forums?  There is one in Atlanta this weekend that I registered for, and I was curious as to whether or not it will be worth the drive and time spent (when I could be working on my PS! haha).

Is anyone else going?

I'm having THE HARDEST TIME coming up with a conclusion to my personal statement.  The beginning of it is very personal and it's difficult tying it all together, and almost impossible to conclude.  Is anyone willing to read what I have so far (it is NOT complete) and offer suggestions? I need a really kickass personal statement because of my gpa/lsat ..

Choosing the Right Law School / Criminal Law
« on: October 12, 2004, 05:29:15 PM »
I'm really interested in Criminal Law, Prosecution and Defense, but I cannot find a list of schools that are particularly strong in these aeas (I do know that most schools have courses, obviously, but I would really like to know of schools that really have this specialty).  Does anyone know where I might find such a list? Thank you!

I am at a complete loss.  Since taking the LSAT Oct 2nd I have been in such a haze that I cannot even begin my personal statement.  I've had writer's block for the past month and a half (pretty extreme, I know) but I am at the point where I know I have to write this thing.  Unfortunately, I'm feeling pretty down about it all, and I cannot find anything that seems to stick out in my mind to write about.  I've checked several websites with ideas but none of them seem to click.  I really feel like I have led a pretty boring life, even though I'm sure that's not true.  My statement is going to have to be a strong one with my 3.4 GPA and God-knows-what LSAT score.  Anyone have any ideas (other than the conventional "make a list of your qualtities")?  I would really appreciate it!


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