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A few things:

First, I hope you are being YP'ed, and that your experience doesn't mean that Chicago is considering turning down people with your numbers. That would be bad news for me... ;D

Second, if you REALLY don't want to go to Chicago, withdraw your app so they can find someone with similar stats (again, me  ;D) to let in. They're my first realistic choice (i.e. outside HYS).

From a Florida boy to a California boy, you can take the cold if you have to.

From a Georgetown grad, I urge you to think carefully about GULC before making it your top choice. You can PM me for more info if you like, but my opinion boils down to a feeling that you, if you have anything like a stereotypical California temperament, will not like GULC very much. If you do want to work in DC, UVA might be the best option for you. It's a better school, places better in DC and other cities, and is MUCH more laid-back and collegial. Of course, this depends on you getting in there. Also, DC political life is NOT laid-back and collegial, so it might make since to get involved early on.

(my experience comes not directly, but from close Georgetown undergrad friends at GULC and UVA, so realize that this is third-hand when it gets to you).

Best of luck.

Law School Admissions / Re: GPA Addendum
« on: January 24, 2005, 08:44:28 PM »
Glad you're no longer having problems with cum damage.



Law School Admissions / Re: Over/under on admits?
« on: January 24, 2005, 06:05:02 PM »
Lord, this thread has gone completely batty.

Law School Admissions / Re: Over/under on admits?
« on: January 24, 2005, 12:20:05 PM »
Agreed, Pookie. Not much help at xoxo on this one.

I don't see how it helps you.

Law School Admissions / Re: chances for 3.38/174
« on: January 24, 2005, 09:20:45 AM »
This is an interesting question, actually. My personal opinion is that success on the games depends at least equally on verbal skills as on math. It seems to me like the hard part about the game is parsing the rules in the game and in the question prompts, which is really a specialized type of reading comp. Of course, once you parse the rules, you do have to do a lot of if/then/not logic, but at least for me, this was the easy part. Most of the mistakes I made were due to misreading a rule or taking too much time working out what it meant, rather than going through the logic.

I did reasonably well on games - but I'm a little crazy in that I like doing them. I used to read books of Martin Gardner's logic games before I was even considering the LSAT. Even with that experience, I ended up not finishing the logic games section on my exam (I guessed on the last question), so I can see how it would be frustrating.

Back to your question, my scores were also a little lopsided (90 point gap, verbal higher), but what's odd is that my GRE scores showed an 80 point gap in the other direction. Ther percentiles were about the same as the SAT, though, since (apparently), lots of foreign students with good math skills take the exam, and do less well on the (english) verbal section.

Law School Admissions / Re: What Would You Do?
« on: January 24, 2005, 05:47:50 AM »
More seriously, how about:

Reach: UVA, Duke (good luck, but possible)
Targets: Vandy, UNC, UC Davis, Florida, Arizona

Law School Admissions / Re: What Would You Do?
« on: January 24, 2005, 05:45:11 AM »
Can't help it:

What would you do?
If you were asked to
give up your dreams
for freedom? What
would you do? If
asked to make the
ultimate sacrifice?

Would you think about
all them people, who
gave up everything
THEY had? Would you
think about all them
war vets, and would
you start to feel

Freedom isn't free.
It costs folks like
you and me and if we
don't all chip in,
we'll never pay that
bill. Freedom isn't
free. No, there's a
hefty f@#king fee.
And if you don't
throw in your buck o'
five, who will?

What would you do if
someone told you to
fight for freedom?
Would you answer the
call or run away like
a little p@#$y? Cause
the only reason that
you're here is folks
died for you in the
past. So may now it's
your turn to die
kickin' some a$$.


If you don't throw in
your buck o five...
Who will? Ho, buck
o' five.

Law School Admissions / Re: do you HAVE to do NeedAccess?
« on: January 24, 2005, 05:26:59 AM »
If you want aid, you have to do it. You might still be able to get Federal loans without it, but there is some possibility that  the Financial aid office might not consider your file complete, and then not do your application even for federal aid. I'd have your parents estimate their info and then do it.

If you REALLY don't think its relevant, just wait, and if you are accepted to one of those schools, your parents should have their tax info by then and you can do the form. That's very risky, though.

Law School Admissions / Re: Over/under on admits?
« on: January 23, 2005, 07:55:23 PM »
It refers specifically, I think, to background checks done when you try to pass the bar - you have to meet certain standards of "character and fitness" to practice law. Law schools do a similar, but much less involved check when you apply (usually limited to asking some basic questions on the application), since they want you to be able to pass the bar later.

Questions are usually about whether you've ever been convicted of anything, disciplined at college, etc. If you answer yes to one of the questions, you're asked to explain it. If the school doesn't like your explanation, or thinks the offense is too serious, they may deny you.

In other words, a qualified candidate might get dinged for "character and fitness" reasons. It's a possible explanation for cases like the one I mentioned above where it seems like someone should have been admitted, and we don't know why they were not.

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