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It does seem like they throw darts. Only until I go talk to them about the exam. Then they show me all the places I screwed up, and I wonder what the hell I was thinking when I took the test. There criticisms always make total sense.

I definitely agree with this statement. After seeing the sample answers and the memo on what we should have written, I feel like my grades were well-earned!


Current Law Students / Re: Study Abroad
« on: November 13, 2005, 07:53:15 PM »
i'm studying abroad this summer, but i haven't yet decided where.

anyone know if employers will look at study abroad as the "something legal" you're supposed to do your first summer? or would it be a good idea to get an internship when i came home, for the rest of the summer?

I just went to a firm event and spoke to one of their hiring partners and she jokingly said that "we all know what kind of classes they teach there" referring to studying abroad and I think she was inferring that studying abroad (if that is ALL you did) is not meaningful legal experience over the summer. So I recommend you get some kind of work when you get back.

Okay this is an old thread but I feel like I have to chime in. Yes, there were some CLR professors who did group work and the one con law professor who chose group work, but I didn't experience any of that in any of my classes. The most collaboration I've done is with a partner for moot court, and well, that's moot court and you have to have a partner. So I really didn't feel like group work was a big part of my 1L Northwestern experience. I also don't feel like it was a part of the academic culture (though that really sucks burgh that you had that, I definitely feel for you!) so I don't know if you can judge NU either way, it's the luck of the draw.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: USC Wait list
« on: July 07, 2005, 09:17:24 AM »
Snuvy - I felt exactly the same way when I saw that letter! I was like, it has stuff in it, it can't be a rejection! LOL.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Where Can I get in
« on: July 05, 2005, 11:00:44 AM »
Hey my ears were burning :) Or should I say my eyes! Yes, I remember hearing in the beginning of the cycle that though Northwestern takes higher LSAT, they love GPA and I was wary of that.

Lucky for me they are looking for higher LSAT's near the end of this cycle. I didn't get in right away (waitlisted) but much persistence seemed to have helped. I applied to a bunch of schools and though I got a lot of criticism for doing so, it was all worth it because I got into NU.

Splits like us are hard to predict. Certain schools you are a shoe-in and some you get an auto-reject. And when it comes to waitlists, it is all about whether the school needs high gpa's (you're outta luck!) or high lsat's (tell them you'll definitely go if it's true!).

One piece of advice is maybe re-take the LSAT a third time since you are doing so high anyway, and there is an extremely low chance you'll get a 154 or lower again without knowing it (cancel if when you retake it you feel like you did horribly). Prove to the schools that the 154 was not a reflection of your ability whatsoever and also offer them a higher average for their statistics. A 162 average is tough for Northwestern even though they do look at higher LSAT.

One thing I learned from this cycle is that if you can afford it, blanket all the schools you are even remotely willing to go to even if they are a super reach. You never know who will bite. It may piss some people off because some think it is a waste of money, but it is SO much easier to get into a top school now rather than fighting off others to get into it later. Your LSAT (as unfair as it seems) is your advantage over others so use it for all its worth because it won't count very much later on.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Northwestern Waitlist
« on: June 24, 2005, 01:14:03 PM »
I just got an e-mail and I got in! I am like shaking right now, I can not believe it. No matter what anyone says, writing in does help! OMG, I was stressing so much about going to NY and wondering whether I could get a job in California, but this is like a dream come true. Thank you, law school admission gods! :)


Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Fordham finally updated
« on: April 29, 2005, 01:09:57 PM »
Status checker updated again. I was waitlisted! No surprise!

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Housing In D.C.
« on: April 28, 2005, 10:07:46 AM »
Wow that's good to know. I took a cab in Arlington when I visited GMU and it was like 6 dollars for like less than 2 miles, but worth it to not stand in the rain, but I wouldn't do it often.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Housing In D.C.
« on: April 28, 2005, 09:38:16 AM »
Tousled - Do you drive a lot or usually take the bus/metro?

Incoming 1Ls / Re: GMU '08
« on: April 27, 2005, 10:01:35 PM »
Definitely visit D.C. and try the metro system. I liked the convenience of that. Make sure you have an appointment to visit the law school. I recommend the night class with the female professor if you can get it. She's pretty funny. What other schools are you considering?

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