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Law School Rankings / what's with Washington and Lee?
« on: April 11, 2007, 07:23:01 AM »
so why is it that W&L seems to have been dropping in the rankings consistently in the past few years? is this an alarming sign of times to come?

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Where should I go next fall? / BC or W&L?
« on: August 27, 2005, 02:51:47 AM »
which would you choose? why?


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Wait List / deleted
« on: May 04, 2005, 09:15:28 AM »
silly forum rules ::)

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Acceptances / deferring
« on: May 02, 2005, 01:39:38 AM »
i got my law school to defer my enrollment for 2 years. but now it turns out i might have to defer 3 years.
1) has anyone ever gotten, or heard of people getting, 3 year deferrals?
2) would it be wise at all to defer 3 years? or would i be better off reapplying after 3 years?

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Where should I go next fall? / WUSTL or W&L with money?
« on: April 29, 2005, 03:40:37 PM »
I have the standard 11.5k scholarship from W&L (with their low tuition and low CoL it's a significant difference of $$$). Nothing, so far, from WUSTL. If I want to work in biglaw in the northeast after graduating, or government jobs with an international twist, where do you recommend, especially given location isn't a big factor, i think i'll like both places just fine....

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Wait List / Got off waitlist ---> defer?
« on: April 27, 2005, 09:28:21 PM »
i jus got off the waitlist for a school. but there is a factor that has come up since applying that will cause me to defer.

will the school let me defer despite coming off WL?

i also have a scholarship that's pretty substantial. will they let me keep it????

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Where should I go next fall? / Washington and Lee Salaries
« on: April 26, 2005, 01:55:15 PM »
Ok, so I just got an offer of admission from Washington and Lee with money. And I'd really like to go. But the problem is that I have an obligation I need to first perform for the next two, two and a half years. If W&L will let me defer, it's wonderful, but this is highly unlikely as I was a WL admit.
Under any circumstance, I was looking at W&L's median salaries and..... it's pretty low. First, only 49% of graduates seem to go into private sector, and even then, the median salary is $85,000. And job placement rate at graduation is like, 75%???
What's up with this? Other schools in the neighborhood don't seem to suffer this badly. Is W&L's #22 ranking completely undeserved? I mean I really like the school, I would love being in Lexington, but I definitely want to have a future that I planned on having, especially if I am going to be attending law school and failing to perform my duties and completely disappoint/desert my family. A six figure paycheck would mitigate the situation very much. But that doesn't seem likely at W&L.

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Law School Applications / is it too late to apply now?
« on: January 31, 2005, 07:06:13 AM »
have a 3.15 and a 165 LSAT avg (167 was my higher number) from a pretty good UG school (although the plus factor on that seems to be not too much) dbl majoring in english and government (again, choice of majors, or the fact that i'm a double major, don't seem to help)

anyways, so honestly, i've been real lazy and completely dropped the ball. already applied to a few places, but wanted to apply to more.
but is it really too late to apply to anywhere "in my range" and "above my range"?
given that i also want to go into corporate law (money's one thing, but i really did enjoy whatever bit of it i encountered during my internship/slave labor) or other form of international law, i probably will not be looking to go to a school outside the top 30 (except for fordham maybe) unless i really have no choice. don't seem to be stuck up and elitist (given my GPA, i don't have the luxury to be elitist), but i've heard from people (people being lawyers in the lawfirm) that if i want to do what i want to do, it would be a waste of time and money going to a school outside the top 20, and i'm just pushing the number out to 30 to feel a little better about myself. and i figured schools like BC, BU, fordham would not be a waste of time either.
I've so far applied to Washington U, Case Western (it was free and i wanted to feel good abt myself come april), Washington and Lee, Notre Dame (don't fit my description but i like the school), BC, Fordham, and Duke (waste of $70, i feel).

given that, returning to the gist of my question, is it too late to apply? since my numbers were strugglin anyways, will the lateness even make it worth the time + effort + money?
also, whether for this cycle or next, what other schools do you think i should look at? looking at chiashu numbers, what probability numbers should i be looking for? i was thinking i could have hope in schools that list me between 25-50....

anyways, thanks, always, for the help.

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Personal Statement / which PS to send?
« on: November 14, 2004, 03:17:17 PM »
i have 2 PSes written and i do not know which one to send.
option 1) a rather generic "why law" PS, which does focus on my broad range of interests, etc, but nonetheless generic, since i dun really have a good answer to "why law"

option 2) about my emigration to the US, living without my father who toiled away in korea for the family, etc. definitely more of a "personal" statement, but nonetheless does not at all answer the question of "why law" or anything.

what do you think? in terms of style and such they are both of similar quality

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Recommendations / only one academic LOR?
« on: October 31, 2004, 04:46:38 PM »
I am a current undergrad who has been generally lazy as @#!* and hadn't really gotten to know any profs.
There is one prof with whom I've taken classes and shown academic improvement and hard work and all, and she was more than happy to write my rec.
And there's another prof, with whom i've taken 2 classes and done relatively well in.... but he's a total feminine hygiene product. I really don't know if he'd write me an aite recommendation.
And that's about all the profs I know that would even remember me if I came up to them.
The question is, is just one academic LOR ok? Some schools I know for a fact require 2 academic LORs if you're an undergrad, but others that I am looking at are not. And in place of the second academic LOR, I am having my summer employer write me a letter of rec, since he freakin loved me (took me out drinking, etc)

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