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Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Oklahoma
« on: March 11, 2005, 10:51:13 AM »
That is odd.

I think Alabama is going for 90th percentile LSAT "spliters" this year to bump up their USNEWS rank.  They're throwing all their money/effort at people in the 163 - 165 category, and dinging people with solid numbers but not meeting that cutoff.

I have a 163 and got an embroidered sweatshirt from Alabama, many hand-written notes, letters from current students from Illinois (hand-written) and from professors from Illinois (my home state) telling me about the great aspects of coming to Alabama from the midwest.

Other schools are doing this too.  U of Illinois is looking for 165-166-167 splitters.  They're throwing $10k and full-tuition scholarships at people with 165's and pitiful GPAs, and dinging people like me (as they did) with a 4.00 / 163 who don't make the 165 cutoff.  After UIUC fell out of the top 25 last year they are now scrambling, hardcore, to bump up their LSAT median and 25th/75th to get back to 23 / 25 where they usually are.

It's a pathetic race.

Wow what a joke. Props to schools who actually pay attention to GPA.

Technically I still have a shot at Minnesota (not a good shot); they will notify me by May. I was outright rejected at Alabama though. It seems like such a crapshoot.

How do you know they're all out?

Is anywhere really "as nice as the pics look"?

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Just curioous... Republican or Democrat
« on: March 10, 2005, 03:09:28 PM »

How can anyone on this board be a republican while Bush and his corporate backers declare an all out war on lawyers?

I just got my February LSAT score back and I managed to jump up from a 155 to a 165.
Surely this should improve my chances at the schools I sent my applications into for this Fall.
What do you guys think? Thanks.
Take a look at my law school numbers profile and tell me how you think certain schools will react. I know they all have different policies... Word. Peace.

I think you should take a year off.

Democrats will rise again.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Finally decided on Pitt
« on: March 08, 2005, 12:07:04 PM »
Who else will be going to Pitt this fall?  I have finally made my decision and will be attending.  I am coming from Kentucky and will be going to the open house on April 8th.

What made you decide? I'm in at UK and Pitt as well. At this point it looks like UK (they offered me $9800/yr, out of state). They both have similar rankings, but UK would be cheaper; I would be paying in-state tuition to go there. They seem to have a good career services department as well.

Are you going to do 10 points better? What were you scoring on your practice tests? A 160 is a great score, do you really want to chance not doing as well and having a lower overall average?

That's my question I guess. Does it really matter how I do at the places in which I've already been accepted?

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