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Law School Admissions / Is this a Fordham deferral ?
« on: January 26, 2005, 05:13:41 PM »
I've been checking the Fordham status checker religiously and for the past few weeks its been:
Application Received: 11/02/04
Current Status: Complete

Then today when I recently it said:

Application Received: 11/02/04
Current Status: Complete (application is under review)
Decision: Pended (application has been reviewed and a final decision has not yet been made)

Any thoughts on this? They haven't officially sent anything to me yet, however is this a deferral or what?

Law School Admissions / Can I still apply to Duke?
« on: January 24, 2005, 09:55:19 PM »
I just realized that Duke has a JD MA Psychology program that I would be really interested in if i was accepted.

However the website says:
We recommend you submit your application and supporting material no later than January 1, 2005.

Do you think this is a strict deadline even though it isn't phrased as such?


Law School Admissions / Fordham Application Checker
« on: January 24, 2005, 05:56:21 PM »
I've been checking the Fordham status checker relgiously and for the past few weeks its been:
Application Received: 11/02/04
Current Status: Complete

Then today when I checked it said:

Application Received: 11/02/04
Current Status: Complete  (application is under review)
Decision: Pended  (application has been reviewed and a final decision has not yet been made)

Any thoughts on what this could mean (besides the obvious)?

Choosing the Right Law School / Merit-Based Scholarship Central
« on: January 24, 2005, 12:59:02 AM »
I wanted to start a thread that would prompt a discussion about Merit Based Scholarships. I have a few questions about them.

1) Which schools of the top 100 give them?
2) In what amounts?
3) Has anyone gotten any offers yet?

I hope this post can become a central place where people post their merit scholarship offers for the 2004-2005 application cycle.

I just got a full tuition scholarship from Hofstra which caught me by suprise. I wasn't even aware law schools gave full free rides. I wonder primarily how common this is, and also what other schools do it that anyone knows of.


I was just wait-listed today at Cardozo. This doesnít leave me confidant about my prospects at other schools. The scary thing was that Chiasu gave me a 65% chance and LSAC a 60-80% chance on my stats alone. I thought my PS, recs, and extracurriculars would definitely push me over the top. However, either my package wasn't as strong as I thought, Cardozo got more competitive or some combination of both. Maybe the fact Iím Roman Catholic didn't score me points with the Yeshiva University.

Law School Admissions / High LSAT Score Qualifies for Mensa
« on: December 30, 2004, 10:01:08 PM »
FYI: Anyone with an LSAT score of 163 (or higher) after September 91 qualifies for MENSA US. You have to cough up a $30 application fee, and $62 bucks a year to be a member but hey, it's MENSA.

I got this off their website:

Qualifying Test Scores
American Mensa accepts scores from approximately 200 different standardized intelligence tests. Often potential members have taken acceptable tests at other times in their lives and may not realize that they already qualify for membership. While not a complete listing, applicants frequently ask about the following tests...

prior to 1982 662
1982 through 5/91 39
effective 6/91 163

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Fordham Question
« on: December 30, 2004, 09:53:14 AM »
When I originally submitted my application to Fordham, I included a letter asking for the admissions committee to please not act on my application until my December LSAT scores arrived.

I got a rejection letter before the December scores even came out.

I recieved a 166 on my December LSAT which i think makes me substantially more competitive at Fordham.

Do I have an options to be reconsidered?

Thanks for any help.

Law School Admissions / Columbia Certification Question
« on: December 28, 2004, 12:30:43 PM »
I was reading that if you submit electronically to Columbia you do not need the Deans Certification/Appraisal form. Can anyone verify this? Does that mean for Columbia once the only portion is complete and transmitted (and paid for of course) that the application is complete?


Law School Admissions / I call bull on multiple LSAT policies.
« on: December 28, 2004, 11:36:28 AM »
Why are multiple LSAT policies so hard to come by? You would think admissions committees would have no problem stating frankly what their multiple LSAT policy is (they all must have one) nearly all seem to give a cryptic response where sometimes the higher score is considered and sometimes it isn't.

I feel aside from the schools that either strictly average or strictly take the higher score there is simply an incentive to lie. Unfortunately, Iím to ethical to exploit this (and its a shame Iím competing with others where this isn't the case) but seriously who couldn't make up a convincing story for the admissions committees that average scores (unless a convincing addendum is provided) to consider the higher score instead. My pet from childhood died and I was distraught, I had food poisoning during the exam, I misbubbled, I had the flu but stuck it out ... etc. etc. I've never once heard of an admissions committee asking for verifiable proof of any of the addendum claims. I think a request to attach a doctorís note etc. would be perfectly in line, and should be the only situation in which substantial weight is actually placed on a higher score for those Universities that invite excuses.

I truly feel, in the end if someone is capable of scoring a 170 even if they scored a 162 in the past then that person has what it takes to sit down and perform at the 170 level who cares what the reason was for the 162. Those who say it could have been a fluke I feel are misguided, how could a 170 ever be a fluke? Schools should say "if you take the LSAT twice we will take the higher score" this will discourage frivolously taking the LSAT a dozen times just to get a higher score but also accounts for normal variation, anxiety, assignment of experimental section, etc. which may affect everyone differently. What really gets me now, is the fact that someone willing to lie can substantially influence their admissions chances against someone who isn't, even with the same scores.


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