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I'm visiting Northwestern and Chicago next month and have been looking at the schedule to see which professors to try to sit in on. I'm trying to decide which days of the week to go, so it makes sense to look at this now.

Anyway, I've already figured out when Posner is teaching. Are there any other professors you would recommend seeing?

Law School Admissions / Re: Where should I send my last report?
« on: January 21, 2005, 08:29:03 AM »
No problem. Northwestern was a great suggestion, but whatever you do, aim high. Even if you get insta-dinged, you'll always be glad you did.

You can even frame your Yale rejection and use it as motivation.

Law School Admissions / Re: Where should I send my last report?
« on: January 21, 2005, 07:40:42 AM »
Well, according to chiashu, you have a better chance of getting in to HYS than I do, so I'd go for one of those (or all three).

Weirdly, that relationship switches for the next 5-6 schools in ranking. I'll never understand chiashu.

Sorry, no clue on employment.

Law School Admissions / Re: Dec. Test Takers. Any decisions?
« on: January 20, 2005, 11:19:17 AM »
Not yet, not even complete anywhere. Of course, I've sent out the applications in bunches over the past week, so no surprises there. One of my LORs has yet to arrive from Germany as well. I will say that schools seem to be really on the ball about requesting my reports - no waiting weeks or months like it sounds like some people had to do in the fall. I expect to go complete at most of my schools next week.

Law School Admissions / Re: Filling out FAFSA before W2?
« on: January 20, 2005, 11:14:35 AM »
I'm sure its OK to estimate. You can always correct later.

Since I work as a contractor, I get no tax taken out of my check. The IRS requires me to estimate tax throughout the year and pay them, so I just used my most recent estimate (4th quarter 04) as the basis for my FAFSA. If my estimates are off when I get my W-2 (not actually a W-2, but some other form # that has the same info), I'll actually file a return and either get a small refund or pay a small amount, depending on which direction my estimate was off.

I'm sure it's OK to do this if you get traditional W-2s as well.

Law School Admissions / Re: Why do schools ask where you were born?
« on: January 19, 2005, 09:41:54 PM »
So if I put "My Daddy's nuts" in that field, I missed the point and should submit an addendum?

Law School Admissions / Re: What's an Admissions index
« on: January 19, 2005, 09:39:03 PM »
go to
go to
view schools
'admissions index'
scroll down until you get to the 3.0-2.8 range.
from what i can tell, you're hit or miss with your numbers; on the other hand, i'm no expert.
regardless, best of luck!

Exactly. This is how I figured out that Stanford will ding me. Anyone want to make a hedge bet?

Law School Admissions / Re: W&L email
« on: January 19, 2005, 06:16:34 PM »
Did you all apply to W&L, then get an email, or is this some kind of promo?

If its a promo, I'm pissed that I didn't get it - they send me a fee waiver, but no coo-ool preview email?


Erm, something to watch out for:

You (or your statement) can't be "very unique" - you either are unique or you are not.

In fact, every PS is unique - there is no other like it.

Now, you may have some unique experiences you talk about in your PS, but none of them are more or less unique.

Sorry, pet peeve - it might help your statement, though.

EDIT - looks like another poster caught this as well.

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