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This board has been pretty helpful to me, so I'd like to be helpful in return, if I can.

Is there anyone considering schools in the DC area that would like more info about them? I've lived here for most of the past 7 years, and went to undergrad here at Georgetown. If there's anything you'd like to know about where to live, what the campuses are like, what DC life is like, etc., let me know.

I'm not a law student (yet), so I can't offer much info comparing the schools in the area academically, but I can give some second-hand info from the many people I know who have gone to one or the other.

I'm sure many other posters are DC-area residents, so if anyone else has info, I'm sure that would be appreciated (feel free to, of course, contradict me as well).

Hope this is useful for someone.

Law School Admissions / Oops. Small typo - resend PS?
« on: January 17, 2005, 04:32:45 PM »
I don't know how it slipped through 5 passes of editing and 2 other editors, but I found a small error in my PS today. It is minor - a duplicated word ("in" written twice), but, unfortunately, I've sent the PS to one school (UVA) already. Should I correct the error and resend the PS, or do you think resending a whole PS would be more suspicious or negative?

2 other considerations:

1) I need to write the school a letter waiving access to one of my LORs anyway. I couldn't sign the form first since it had to be emailed abroad. Given that I'm already writing them, I probably should just include the PS, maybe even admitting the small error.

2) It is past their deadline, so I could give the impression that I just hit "transmit" to meet the deadline, then cleaned up the mess with a letter. Not true, but there's a danger they'd think that.

Opinions from those with similar experiences apprectiated....

Law School Admissions / Re: Decide for me please.
« on: January 16, 2005, 09:39:33 PM »
I'm no expert, but I'd be more ambitious and throw out some reach apps. If you can write an addendum that will convince a school to take your higher LSAT (not impossible, from what I understand), your stats are ballpark for a whole lot of schools (some in the T14) you aren't applying to. You might get rejected from all of them, but I couldn't live with myself for not trying. There is the money, but since you're applying to a lot of schools, I guess that isn't a problem.

Our stats aren't that different, in my mind. If you can pull a 172 you are a 172-caliber candidate. The key is getting a school to believe that. Don't settle.

My $.02.......

Apply to U Chicago. Your chances might be low, but I can't imagine you'd be out of the ballpark with that LSAT. My numbers are only a little better and I'm looking at about a 45% chance to get in.

Also, if you want to practice in Chicago, other schools - Michigan at the top, U of I and some others further down, send a lot of people there.

Good luck whereever you get in.

Law School Admissions / Re: Competition for Application Cycle Next Year
« on: January 15, 2005, 07:05:04 PM »
I think you guys mistunderstood each other. Unless I'm wrong, the OP was expressing genuine surprise at a "divergent" view rather than sarcasm.

Just trying to increase the peace,  8)

Something you should be aware of is that the georgetown MSFS and Law campuses are separate. There's a free bus between them, about a 15-20 minute ride, but I can see that sucking depending on your class schedule. I don't know how common it is to do MSFS and Law at the same time, so GU may have some means of accomodating you. I doubt it - GU is pretty bad at logistics and management in general. MSFS does rock, though, and GU law is the best in DC.

George Washington is not significantly worse, though, and is better in some ways. Law and grad IR are at the same campus in Foggy Bottom. School and housing are also (slightly) cheaper. I think American has a lot of the same advantages if you have problems getting in to the other two (I have no idea about your chances, sorry).

Do you plan to work in DC for part of the time, or do you just want to live in the area? If the answer is "B," you might want to put out a reach app to programs at UVA. It's not that far - very easy to go up to DC for the weekend.

If you need to know any more let me know. I went to SFS undergrad and still live in DC.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Top Schools for Good Beer?
« on: January 14, 2005, 10:05:16 AM »
Hands down, Philadelphia.

In PA, you've got all of the following as essentially local beers:

Dogfish Head

Almost worth going to Penn on its own. Also available in the DC area - anyone in points south or north of the mid-atlantic seen it? Can you get Dogfish in NYC? Raleigh/Durham?

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Advice request: retake to improve 174?
« on: December 28, 2004, 08:18:57 PM »
Thanks for the advice, especially those of you with stats/experience to back it up. Sounds like my original position was the best, but a little backup from others in similar situations is nice.

Not score-gloating, BTW. Just new to the whole process. Thanks again.

Studying for the LSAT / Advice request: retake to improve 174?
« on: December 27, 2004, 09:51:19 AM »
Question for you LSAT strategy experts out there:

I've got a 174 on the exam from this month's (Dec. 04) administration, and want to know if I should even consider retaking in feb. or Jun. to try for a higher score.

The only reason a higher score is even useful is that my GPA is somewhat low (3.382 from Georgetown), making the chances of me getting in at HYS pretty low. It's mocking me, since I'm almost there. If I had a 180 (which I have hit on practice exams, but not consistently), my chances at Harvard would be roughly tripled.

The fear, of course, is that my score might be lower, hurting me at other schools that average scores. Given where I'm coming out in practice, this shouldn't happen, but you never know.

I think the best course would be to consider myself done with the LSAT, and focus any time I save on writing a killer personal statement (I'll be applying next fall, not now). I have about 5 years' work experience, so I'd hopefully have something to say.

However, I could be convinced otherwise if any of you LSAT junkies have had success with retests in this score range. What do you think?


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