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Law School Admissions / Diversity
« on: January 02, 2005, 09:55:27 PM »
Would it be worth it to send diversity optional statements to schools once I already submitted my app online?  As I'm waiting for my "lost" recommendations to find themselves at LSAC, I feel like I need to do something for my app.  I am in the middle of writing one, but would it be wierd just to send them a one page essay out of the blue?

Law School Admissions / Hating on LSAC, again
« on: January 02, 2005, 09:45:21 PM »
They've lost two - count 'em - two of my letters of recommendation.  I had three sent, only one has been processed.  I called and complained - they gave me a fabulous fax number.  Problem is, recommender #2 is out of town for another week, recommender #3 is out of town until the THIRD week of January.  And then it will take them another two weeks on top of that.  All that work to get my apps out by Thanksgiving and I'm only complete at like 5 schools with my lone rec.  :(  I want to give up and reapply next year, but I already spent way too much money on app fees.
:( :(

Law School Admissions / english as a second language
« on: December 27, 2004, 06:07:05 PM »
If English is my second language -- would that qualify as diversity statement-able?  Because I'm finding it difficult to write 1-2 pages about learning english and how it would make me a better law student.

Law School Admissions / Kent Honors Program
« on: December 06, 2004, 09:24:10 PM »
So, this talk of free tuition and a 10,000 stipend is making me excited.  Is it worth going to Kent (if I want to stay in the Chicago area) Honors Program (assuming I get in) or should I go for a higher-ranked school and suck up the tuition?
I'm 167/3.48

Law School Admissions / Ooops---Three-page resume
« on: November 29, 2004, 12:47:45 PM »
I updated my resume recently (added an additional line describing one of my work experiences).  It stayed at 2 pages, but for some reason, when I uploaded it to LSAC-CD(Web) it became three pages (two lines on the third page).  Clearly, a mistake and I fixed the margins and fixed it on the rest of my apps before I transmitted them. 
But since I already sent it out to two schools, should I send them (through regular mail?) and updated resume?  It hasn't changed substance, but it just isn't an awkward three pages long.
Any advice?

Law School Admissions / "Diversity" Essays
« on: November 29, 2004, 12:45:26 PM »
So, as a middle-class white female, I don't so much add to the diversity to a law school class in the common sense.  The little bit of diversity that I do have (foreign-born) is mentioned in my personal statement.  Is it necessary to write the optional "how do you add to the diversity of a law school" essay, or will my personal statement suffice?
If I don't write it, will law schools look at it like I don't care enough to apply to their school or will they be glad that I didn't bore them with another page of meaningless writing?
Thanks much

Law School Admissions / Letters of Rec
« on: November 24, 2004, 08:18:30 PM »
I have three letters of rec being sent to LSAC.  One has already been processed, one is "in the mail" and the other is (still) being written.  The one which has already been processed and the one that is still being written are from profs, and those are the ones which I think are the strongest.  However, I am sure that LSAC will process the other one (from an internship) first.  There are some schools that I am applying to that will only consider two recommendations.  How do I communicate to these schools which letters I want them to look at?  Or will they just look at the first two they get? The internship letter will be pretty strong, just not as strong as the other professorial rec.

Law School Admissions / GPA Discrepancy
« on: November 24, 2004, 08:15:58 PM »
My cumulative GPA is 3.48.  However, my first semester freshman year I contracted mono and was only able to pull a 2.2.  Since then, I have a cumulative GPA of 3.7.  I have an addendum explaining this.  Since there is such a big difference, I have no clue at which schools I'm competitive.  Should I consider myself a 3.7 applicant or a woeful 3.48 applicant?  I got a 167 on the LSAT this October--I'm applying to these schools (mainly based on my "new" GPA, not the 3.48).  Should I even waste my time/money?  I have solid extracurriculars (four organizations with high-ranking leadership positions) and my recommendations, I think, are solid (two of my professors offered to write me recs without me even asking them, another rec from my internship I wrote, so I know it's solid). Here is my list.  Any advice would be hugely appreciated: (a super-long list.  Mainly because I am so unsure)
WashU St Louis
George Washington
Boston College
Boston University
Notre Dame
William & Mary

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