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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Should I wait?
« on: December 18, 2006, 05:17:05 PM »
No, don't wait.  Unless you think that something about your application will change substantively between now and next cycle (i.e. if you think you can improve your mid-170s score to like a 180 ???), you're going to get into virtually the same schools.  And honestly, if a school really decides they want you, they will let you in as late as July/Aug., etc.  Schools don't accept borderlines with any higher probability earlier in the cycle compared to later; it's not in their best (read: rankings) interest to do so...

That said, the only thing you might lose out on is some of the scholarship funding, but honestly, as long as you're getting them in by the deadlines, you're probably in the same boat as at least 60% of their applicants anyway and there will be plenty of money available for you to choose from.  Even so, it sounds like your highest priority is getting into the best school, so scholarship money might not be a big concern.

You may very well come to hate yourself if you extend your pre-law school existence as a paralegal by any length of time.  My point is that although you could get a "better" job, lots of places want min 2-year commitments  (i.e. forcing you to take 3 years off instead of 2), and if you can't commit to that, you might end up a paralegal for 2 years instead of 12 mos. 

You can do something cool like travel during this coming summer...i.e. save your OT, buy a ticket to Australia, and then go be a lawyer!  I only say this because of my own experience...even 14 months was too many months for me as a legal assistant; two years might've killed me!  Being a paralegal is not your calling; being a lawyer is...so go do it!  Suck it up and get your apps in.  Are you sure all of them are due Jan 1?  I thought a lot were Feb 1?  I know I submitted mine late Jan last year and got into a few of the schools you listed.


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Law School Applications / Re: Harvard Phone Interview
« on: December 18, 2006, 04:39:32 PM »
hola all you fabulous admits and soon-to-bes!

quick favor...
can someone PM me the details of the admitted students' site (i.e. the URL) and the login info (i vaguely remember it had something to do with @jd10.harvard.edu and your LSAC number or something but can't quite recall).  I think I might've thrown out my acceptance letter! 

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Social life at Harvard - does it suck?
« on: December 11, 2006, 02:02:46 AM »
really?  wow...that's awesome to know.  i'm looking forward to the admitted students' weekend...i just wish it wasn't so far from now!  hate uncertainty.

I actually based part of my choice on the fact that Harvard would be more of an undergrad-type experience for those who want it.  as compared with its similarly-ranked schools (yale, stanford, columbia, nyu), it was the only one that really had that campus feel.  people hang out and go out together all the time.  visit, and you'll see what I mean.  it's a great place to be.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Social life at Harvard - does it suck?
« on: December 10, 2006, 11:05:32 PM »
good to know, demingh, both about your 1L friends at harvard who seem to be partying it up, and also about your own seemingly iron-clad plan to wreak havoc on nyc...my old hometown.  it needs a few more play-hard types.

and thanks to everyone for your really good points...it definitely makes sense that a class of 550 people couldn't possibly be full of 549 anti-socials and me, but hey, sometimes I'm a pessimist.  And funnily enough, UVa is my 2nd choice...I visited the school, fell in love, and I romanticize about it being the college experience I never had.  That's what it's going to boil down to on all of these fronts... C'ville vs. Cambridge, Feb Club vs. um, well, maybe I should just plan to start one at Harvard... ;)

Who knows...putting them side by side almost makes me wish I hadn't gotten into Harvard and didn't have to make this decision...almost.

Out of all my friends who are 1Ls this year, I have yet to see a single away message regarding studying from my friend at HLS. She posts at least one facebook album of drunken pictures a week. We'll see if that changes after finals!  :D

That being said, I am an infamously ridiculous person and if you come to CLS, I can assure you a wealth of embarrassing drunken, fun stories followed by the inevitable "Between all of us can we piece together last night" brunches.

(Pssst LaurenRae - I totally just outed you!)



Stop making me want to go to CLS....

No.  ::)

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Where should I go next fall? / Social life at Harvard - does it suck?
« on: December 09, 2006, 10:40:35 PM »
So I got in. I'm psyched. 

Okay, now all of that's over, and I'm starting to think about the things my decision's hinging on.  There's the whole financial decision, the job-placement-post-graduation decision, and then the social life aspect...

One of my biggest priorities in law school is just enjoying life - I really want to have a great time, make a lot of friends, go out as much as is feasible, and just not be miserable and depressed.  Is it possible to find that at Harvard?  The few people I know who went to HLS actually used the words "depressed" in telling me about their time there and then followed the comment by saying Harvard's reputation made it worth it.  Hearing that, however, made me want to send in my deposit to the first TTT with a good football team.  Honestly, I kind of want law school to be a little like undergrad; even a little high-school-level immaturity probably wouldn't bother me that much.  I'm worried that a good portion of the people who would be my classmates might have much more, um, professional priorities...(read: be boring recluses).

Am I the only one who has this fear?  Can annyone assuage it?


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Law School Applications / Re: Harvard Phone Interview
« on: December 04, 2006, 12:57:53 AM »
awesome. we can be friends again. ;)

Thanks for the reading lesson.  I just don't agree.  : )
I don't think there's any right answer; I would just argue that there's no "right" way to use an addendum, regardless of how they are "usually" used.  Addenda themselves are probably not "usually" used.

Ha, apologies if I was being condescending, I just feel like many schools are fairly strict about wanting you to keep to the application and not submit endless supporting documents, and that generally they want you to submit additional information only in circumstances where you're explaining why there's a (negative) anomaly in your application.  But you're right, addendums are and can be used for all sorts of things.  As a show of solidarity, I'll publically admit that I am also addicted to Diet Coke (tm) and feel your pain.

H.

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Law School Applications / Re: Harvard Phone Interview
« on: December 01, 2006, 01:18:10 AM »
Thanks for the reading lesson.  I just don't agree.  : )
I don't think there's any right answer; I would just argue that there's no "right" way to use an addendum, regardless of how they are "usually" used.  Addenda themselves are probably not "usually" used.

HuH?  I think addenda are for whatever you want them to be.  Otherwise, Harvard would have instructed applicants to "only include additional information if ..." which they didn't do.


Wait, are you really arguing against the idea that addendums are only for explaining away crappy performance or crappy things in general?  Because the point CitySlicker seemed to be making seems pretty incontrovertible to me.  He said:

"Addenda are usually for explaining why you did poorly, not why you did well.  Adcomms may ask why it was you needed that motivation and why you hadn't found it earlier.  I don't think your explanation will hurt your chances, but at the same time adomms might wonder why you wrote it at all."


Is that not right? 

H.





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Law School Applications / Re: Harvard Phone Interview
« on: November 30, 2006, 09:09:18 PM »
HuH?  I think addenda are for whatever you want them to be.  Otherwise, Harvard would have instructed applicants to "only include additional information if ..." which they didn't do.

I don't know if there's that much to explain about how one gets a low GPA...esp. if she turned it around later.  If there hadn't been the sudden upturn (i.e. if someone's grades remained low throughout), no one considers writing a "My GPA is low because this professor was a jerk and that class was really hard and I was really hungover when I took the final for this other one."  Or the opposite: "My grades are high because I always took easy rides..." It's just kind of self-evident, don't you think?  She wasn't applying herself and then she did.  And when she did, she did great (insert Tony the Tiger emphasis there... ;) ).

Bottom line, though, I totally agree--it can't hurt you.  I think that Harvard writes specifically on their applications to include information you feel is important for a reason...they just want to have a complete a picture as possible. 


Addenda are usually for explaining why you did poorly, not why you did well.  Adcomms may ask why it was you needed that motivation and why you hadn't found it earlier.  I don't think your explanation will hurt your chances, but at the same time adomms might wonder why you wrote it at all.

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Law School Applications / Re: Harvard Phone Interview
« on: November 30, 2006, 08:22:47 PM »
I don't know if there's that much to explain about how one gets a low GPA...esp. if she turned it around later.  If there hadn't been the sudden upturn (i.e. if someone's grades remained low throughout), no one considers writing a "My GPA is low because this professor was a jerk and that class was really hard and I was really hungover when I took the final for this other one."  Or the opposite: "My grades are high because I always took easy rides..." It's just kind of self-evident, don't you think?  She wasn't applying herself and then she did.  And when she did, she did great (insert Tony the Tiger emphasis there... ;) ).

Bottom line, though, I totally agree--it can't hurt you.  I think that Harvard writes specifically on their applications to include information you feel is important for a reason...they just want to have a complete a picture as possible. 

I just don't think my reasons were solid enough.  I mentioned that I was waitlisted for business school (you apply soph year), then my grandmother died and these two events kinda gave me a wake up call to turn my 3.0ish gpa for the first two years into 3.7+ for the last two years.  Now I'm wondering if I should have just said nothing...

I don't think that this could hurt you. It is better to have some sort of explanation than none at all, I would guess. It would be better if you explained why your GPA was 3.0ish to begin with, though. But I don't think you should worry about the addendum hurting you, it probably won't be a significant factor.

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Law School Applications / Re: Harvard Phone Interview
« on: November 29, 2006, 06:11:28 PM »
Pls. revisit my earlier comment on my nerves (i.e. I can't really be sure my memory is serving), but I think he said that the int'l and the interp courses would be ready, but the prob solving course hasn't yet been developed and thus that change would take effect in a later year.



Nevermind what I said earlier about the curriculum; this explains it in detail:

http://www.law.harvard.edu/news/2006/10/06_curriculum.php

It actually looks exciting for anyone interested in public interest and international law and how they actually work, vs. standard case reading, brief writing stuff.

Yeah, but did he mention what would be implemented by next year?

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