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Law School Applications / Submit or Wait?
« on: September 14, 2005, 08:49:14 PM »
I am waiting, somewhat impatiently, to hear back from two of my recommendersabout the status of the letter.  These are both professional/personal recs, and one of them is only going to one school.  They've both agreed to do it, no question about that, but they're just slow.  However, my two academic recs are already in.  Would it be a bad idea to go ahead and submit my apps now, and then the other letters will just get to the schools later?  They won't be actually looking at files for at least a month anyway.  What does everyone think?  I NEED HELP!!   :o

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EDIT:  Also, if a letter has not arrived yet and I do submit, should I add the letters to the schools yet?

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Law School Applications / ND Fee Waiver
« on: September 12, 2005, 11:07:28 AM »
Got an email from Notre Dame today inviting me to apply and reducing the app fee to $20.  Has anyone else gotten this or other reduced fees?  I am thrilled to get a waiver from one of my targets, but it kind of struck me as funny too, like "We really want you to apply, but you're not quite worth the extra $20."   :)

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Law School Applications / Please read my addendum!!
« on: September 06, 2005, 05:39:41 PM »
On the morning of August 23rd, 2001, I was ticketed for following to closely by the Lebanon, Missouri City Police.  The charge was amended to defective operating equipment, a charge to which I pled guilty on September 6th, 2001.  I then paid the fine and court costs of $59.50 in full.

Does this look good?  I can't think of anything else to say and it seems best to keep it simple, just the facts.  Also, is it pled guilty or pleaded guilty?

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Law School Applications / Baylor fee waiver
« on: September 04, 2005, 03:46:10 PM »
Got their CD/fee waiver in the mail the other day.  Looks nice, but I'm not all that interested.  Anyone else get this one?

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Law School Applications / Minor Traffic Violation
« on: August 17, 2005, 12:03:45 PM »
Ok, I may be being anal, but I wanted to get everyone's opinion.  Senior year of high school I was ticketed for following to closely following a minor, non-injury accident, my fault.  It was reduced to defective operating equipment by my lawyer.  Does this fall under the minor traffic violation umbrella?

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EDIT:  And please explain your vote.

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Law School Applications / Official Schools List/Critique my list thread
« on: August 16, 2005, 03:52:20 PM »
This is a chance for people to post their list of schools to which they're applying and for others to critique those lists.  Maybe this will cut back on the "What are my chances/Where should I apply threads"  If not, I'm still somewhat bored and it's something to do.

So, I'll start.

Safety: 
U of Missouri-Columbia (UG autoadmit)

Targets:   
WUSTL
GWU
William & Mary
Wash & Lee
ND
Vandy

Reaches:
Duke
GULC
Chicago
Michigan
UVA

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Recommendations / Targeted Letter ?
« on: August 12, 2005, 12:47:36 PM »
Is it good to use LSDAS for a targeted letter?  Anyone who applied last cycle and did this, please let me know.  I would have them recommender send it directly to the school, but I'm in DC for the summer and he works here, so it works best for him to send it out now.  And I feel like it would be weird if the school received a letter before I'd even applied.

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Recommendations / LOR delay
« on: July 22, 2005, 09:34:04 AM »
Ok, so I identified this professor as a recommender to LSAC after I had given him the generic form.  He says that he sent the letter out on the 14th, and LSAC still hasn't contacted me about it.  It doesn't have a date in the date received field.  Is there some kind of problem here, do you think?

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News Discussion / Eminent Domain Decision
« on: July 05, 2005, 03:31:02 PM »
I am wondering what everyone thinks about the Supreme Court's recent decision in Kelo v. City of New London.  For those not familiar, this allows municipalities to exercise eminent domain and condemn private property for private use, as opposed to the customary use of eminent domain for public use, i.e. parks, highways, etc.  It was a 5-4 decision with O'Connor, Scalia, Thomas, and Rehnquist dissenting, with Ginsburh, Breyer, Stevens, Souter and Kennedy in the majority.

Frankly, I think that it is insane that an American court could hold that my home can be taken for economic development, simply because there may be a utilitarian purpose.  Anyway, what does everyone else think?

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Law School Applications / Chances/Opinions re: My list
« on: June 27, 2005, 06:54:33 PM »
Howdy folks,

Thought I'd add to the frenzy of "what are my chances" type-posts.  First, my stats. 

June '05 LSAT: 163 (still blows me away that I can get 82 right and only get a 163 when it would have been at least a 165 on all my practice tests.) 

UGPA @ U of Missouri 3.67.  Double major in History and English, also will be received Honors College certificate.

LORs - I have lined up what should be two glowing academic references and will probably try to get one from the Senator I am interning with starting in July.

PS - Not written yet, but am confident in my ability to write a doozy.

ECs - President and Webmaster of major student organization, (basically the booster club).  Also member of Phi Alpha Delta pre-law chapter.

Anyway, here is my plan:

Safeties:
Missouri (automatically admitted)
Iowa
Illinois

Targets:
Notre Dame
WUSTL
George Washington
UT
Washington and Lee

Reaches:
Michigan
Duke
Vanderbilt
UVA (big reach)
GULC (big reach)

I know this is a lot of schools, but I figure it's better to overapply than underapply.  Any thoughts or criticism is welcome, with one caveat:  I am aware that my reaches are reaches.  That's why I listed them under reaches.  You don't need to tell me that I don't have a good chance to get in to those schools.  However, I think that applicants can be somewhat myopic and only look at the 25-75 ranges for GPA and LSAT.  I think it's important to remember that they do matriculate 25% with a lower LSAT score than the 25-75 range.


Anyway I guess that's it.  Thanks in advance for your responses and reading this ridiculously long post.

Oh PS  I am a white male.

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