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Law School Applications / Re: Can't Get In!!!!
« on: March 04, 2004, 10:06:54 PM »
Yeah, I was also wondering what other schools you applied to. I also agree that many of the schools you applied to are out of your league, so I do understand about half of those decisions (particularly UVA, UTA and Baylor...). I'm kind of surprised Georgetown waitlisted you, not rejected you...hmmm, but it looks to me, from lawschoolnumbers.com like GTown might be going on a "waitlist" spree this year. So the fact that they waitlisted you IS kind of good, maybe.

I think you might want to consider re-taking the LSAT/re-applying in the fall, as well. But what you might want to do, just to make sure you don't get in anywhere this year (if these are the only schools you applied to), is to stay in touch with Georgetown and ride them, letting them know you really want to attend! Maybe even visit and be sure to let the admissions officers know you did. That way, when they start taking people off the waitlist and accepting some, they will remember you and think of you as possibly one of the first people to contact! Don't sit back and wait. If Georgetown still doesn't accept you and that was your only chance, then you will know to re-take/re-apply. If they accept you, that won't be necessary!  ;)

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Law School Applications / Re: Best books for choosing law schools?
« on: March 03, 2004, 08:28:28 PM »
I'm not sure there are any books that go into that much detail about schools. Ummm...I think Princeton Review used to publish a book that gave student accounts, and it might still publish it...you might want to check review.com and see if they do. USNews just publishes some specialties and, like, the top 10 schools in those programs.

I'd suggest, for details on types of law and the schools that are good/bunk for certain specialties, do research on the internet using search engines. I found the top schools in entertainment law by typing in "entertainment law rankings."

For getting student accounts of schools, check epinions.com...and maybe also just go to each school's website and e-mail different students. For e-mailing students, you might want to go about that by checking out organizations/activities pages. Some schools also have students represent them during law school fairs--there might be a page that links to those students who would probably be happy to answer questions (though, of course, they will be biased).

Also, for information from students about schools...message boards are a great source. Just about any message board pertaining to law schools has students in law school on them. Just post a message that you want to talk to current students at X school about it on various message boards, and someone will likely answer back on, at least, one of them! Every time I've asked students about their law school, no matter what method I used, they've been very helpful and informative.

You really don't need any books--you've got everything you need on the internet. All you need to do is use it.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Feb LSAT Scores on LSAC NOW
« on: March 03, 2004, 06:20:27 PM »
I got a better idea...how about some of you guys let us know how you prepped--with what materials and how long--since there's not much else going on in this particular thread?  ;)

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LOL...do you all not look at the dates messages are posted?

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Lawschoolnumbers.com
« on: March 03, 2004, 01:21:05 PM »
Yeah, I kind of wish lawschoolnumbers.com had a discussion forum, as well...I'm saying that here without hesitation because I doubt it would take away from people coming to this board (a lot of people here are also on every other discussion board regarding the LSAT/law school out there).

But I always recommend looking at lawschoolnumbers.com because it actually SHOWS you how people with your numbers do at particular schools...it's not like the lsac calculator or the admissions spreadsheet. It personalizes it more, especially when the people put in more than their numbers (like what school they went to, how much work experience they have/how long they've been out of school, etc), which I definitely recommend everyone do when they sign up.

So I'm glad you brought this up, Brie!  ;)

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Honestly, you WOULD have been better off if you could have gone to NYU or Columbia (and not just because of their rankings, either, but because both are tops in NY and in general for sports/entertainment law and tops period for international law, plus would almost guarantee you that $100,000 a year)...umm...but some of us realize that not everyone can nor wants to go to those schools.

So...in light of that...and to actually have someone answer your question...I don't know anything about St. John's except it's ranked higher than the other schools. But I'm thinking that, to have the best shot at $100,000 after law school, especially to practice entertainment/sports law, you need to go to the best law school you get into and make the best grades you can. I've been told numerous times that employers care about law school rankings and class rank...and I've been told numerous times that this is even more true for entertainment law (and I know because I'm planning to go into that field).

Hofstra is the only one of those schools, that I know of, that has an Entertainment/Sports Law Society, if that makes any difference...

Either way, you've got some competition coming from those from NYU and Columbia who plan to go into those fields.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: 2.44 GPA, 151 LSAT My chances?
« on: March 02, 2004, 03:56:34 PM »
Hmmm...well, Loyola is definitely the long shot.

As with the other schools...I'm sure you realize that your main problem is your GPA...though your LSAT score is also low for all those schools, except Whittier.

The fact that you've been out 7 years will lessen their focus on your GPA...unfortunately, the focus will shift more to LSAT score.

You might want to try to re-take the LSAT (after studying a lot or even taking a prep course, though)...and/or you might want to enroll in some classes in one program in order to show that you can now make good grades. I definitely do think you should re-take the LSAT, though. If you've already applied and you happen to get into one of these schools, that'd be great. But, if not, prep hard and re-take.

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Law School Applications / Re: One more UG year?
« on: March 01, 2004, 10:35:01 PM »
Yeah, but I think that some law schools will feel/see that Communications is bs at your school (or, really, just a bs major in general)...in which case, staying another year might not help.

For example, a quote from Duke's Dean for Admissions and Financial aid, Dennis Shields, from Montauk's "How to Get into the Top Law Schools":

"There's a rebuttable presumption that certain majors are suspect: criminal justice, communications, which is a very popular major for people who don't want to work hard, even though it can be rigorous at some places."

In relation to his comment that it can be rigorous at some places...I would think law schools would be familiar with which schools it's a harder course of study. I also think many law schools would be able to see right through what you're trying to do.

Instead, many admissions officers (from Yale, Michigan, Boalt, Columbia, NYU, Penn, Georgetown, Stanford, GW, etc) recommend that, to overcome a weak undergrad record, you... 1) score high on the LSAT  2) get some good work experience (which is how you might rather spend an extra year or so)  and/or 3) go to grad school/get into an extended academic program of some sort and make good grades (which you might also rather consider). Yale and Columbia also add that letters of recommendation become more important in this case. 

Also, my comments about your GPA are that it doesn't help at all that you got it from UC Davis and in a field like Political Science with a Communications minor. Honestly, I think you'd be better off getting into the best graduate program you can swing, as many of these law schools said doing well in a GOOD graduate school's program makes a difference. Also, work some, at least part-time. Then apply in a couple years with a short addendum about your undergraduate record.

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Law School Applications / Re: Should I retake the LSAT?
« on: February 29, 2004, 01:31:07 AM »
Nah...check lawschoolnumbers.com, penn...you're absolutely right...that 166 will be kind of a hindrance with those schools, it looks like.

If I were you, I wouldn't retake unless I really felt that I could improve. So...you might want to spend some time prepping again and seeing if you can get that 166 up to, at least, a 170 (personally, I think your average of those two scores if you retake needs to come out 170 because, particularly, Columbia and NYU seem to be favoring students who score in the 170s this year, regardless of GPA and undergrad). If you really want to go to those schools, I'd try everything I could...though Penn might give you the benefit of the doubt as you come from the undergrad school...but you can't bank on that.

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LSAT horror stories / Re: LSAT TAKERS! DO NOT USE KAPLAN
« on: February 28, 2004, 10:16:39 PM »
Kaplan used to use fake questions, but now all the prep courses use real ones.

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