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So the ppl who havent been accepted to UVA yet probably arent going to be accepted, eh? Great.     :-\

But congrats to all of you who did get in!

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Acceptances / in @ USC
« on: March 28, 2005, 11:06:39 AM »
yay finally got the packet from USC! my app went complete on 2/24 and my letter is dated 3/22. looking forward to getting my scholarship information~!

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Duke vs. GULC
« on: March 25, 2005, 05:20:28 PM »
i can spell alumni, honestly.

heh.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Duke vs. GULC
« on: March 25, 2005, 05:17:58 PM »
As of now, I am also considering Duke and GULC. I will be at the admit days for both next week - and I really hope that will shed some light on which school is best for me.

I want to practice in California or Florida when I am older and grayer. But I figure either school would allow me to get to Cali eventually...

I work with an attorney who went to GULC and absolutely loved it. Hearing her perspective really made me want to go to Georgetown. I still have a few other alumi to talk to - if they offer additional info on top of the usual GULC is competitive, Duke has a lower cost of living, etc. I will post.

I think I would be happier living in Durham... but I think GULC might in the end be a better choice, in part because I have connections to some alumi already. I don't know...

Will you be at either admit days?

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some people have tried to come up with formulae that supposedly predict your LSAT using your SAT and everytime i plug in my numbers they say i shouldve had 171-172 based on my 1440... i wish!  >:(

Oh weird, I got a 1440 on the SAT and a 172 on the LSAT. AAAH, I'm predictable!!



haha. that made me laugh.

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I read about half of it... at first I didnt realize it was your PS... I thought you were introducing your PS to the readers on this board.

My PS was solid. Perhaps not incredibly interesting, but solid. It took me FOREVER to write. I had over 15 versions. It completely changed from beginning to end.

What I suggest is for you to brainstorm. Think about instances in your life that make you feel/realize something and made you think about studying law. Or you could just demonstrate you interest in tying a legal education to... I dunno, something like research (if you've done a lot of research).

Anyhow, I kept trying to think of a few instances in my life that I could describe, and analyze. And then I went from there.

It's cheesy, but I bought a couple of books on how to write a personal statement. One of the most valuable points I applied was to use more verbs, and less adjectives. Verbs are what make any writing interesting - you portray movement, you make your words alive.

Based on what I read of your PS, it is way too chronological. Tell a story. Focus yourself more. If you want to talk about growth, you'll need to strengthen the development of what grew in you (compassion? drive?) and for what (compassion for children? drive for justice?). And then take some life experiences (I just used two) and weave a story.

I certainly am NOT the best writer. But what I think I liked most about my PS was how genuine it was. I also made a point to make it easy to read, but also vary my sentence structure and sentence length.

Good luck. And post again when you've made revisions!


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Acceptances / Re: Cornell--- any new decisions here yet?
« on: March 24, 2005, 12:57:31 PM »
I'm not even complete yet... it's that Dean's Certification.    >:(

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Acceptances / Re: In at Emory!
« on: March 24, 2005, 12:55:11 PM »
Congrats! I went to Emory for undergrad  :)  I got the acceptance in the mail yesterday. I am hoping for Boalt too, Tiny.

Where in Florida were you hoping to practice? I grew up there but never strongly considered going back down to work there after law school...

Congrats again!

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / GULC "Open House"?
« on: March 24, 2005, 09:28:33 AM »
Can anyone tell me what the open house is, exactly? It looks like there are two: 3/31 and 4/1. I dont recall seeing a schedule of events or anything. How does this differ from the receptions they are holding?

Thanks!

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What is your GPA?

Retaking the LSAT and scoring 158 will only give you an average LSAT of 155. Sorry to say only. But I am trying to point out how it sucks to have the scores averaged.

Even if you do work for 1 year, I dont believe it would be for the money. It makes more sense to do it for sooo many other reasons. You will hopefully have fun, save perhaps a bit of money (I work now, and I make cookie crumbs... lol), and make yourself a stronger candidate for the following law school app cycle (be it getting a higher LSAT score, gaining valuable work experience, or having some ususual experience that can influence what you write in your personal statement).

From what I understand about deferring acceptances - I thought you could only do it for 1 school, and you have to attend that school the following year. Someone correct me if I am wrong. Also, deferrals are not granted easily.

Hmmm... I don't think it will hurt you to take a year off. But if you want it to help you, then that means retaking the LSAT and doing substantially better. Honestly if I were in your shoes, I'd wait a year and really try to raise my score. But everyone is different - that is just what I think I would do.

Hopefully others can give you additional feedback. Good luck with whatever you choose!

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