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Law School Admissions / Re: how did YOU get your georgetown decision?
« on: March 29, 2005, 09:32:26 PM »
I was prompted by this thread to send in my damn regrets to GLUC already . .  people are waiting.  I heard from them via a white envelope with a single letter.


I am still waiting to hear from them, and Chiasu puts me at 83% . . . if that's any help.  I didn't submit until mid-January, though.

With a 3.78 in your Masters, I dont think that you were being overly confindent.  I suppose that with a graduate degree, its a crapshoot which schools will dismiss you based on UG GPA alone and which will give your application proper consideration.  Keep in mind - residency matters a LOT to Those UT folks, so that was probably a big factor.  Congrats on Cornell!

I'm not in the same situation, but my acceptances did allow me to smirk at USC's hold.

It's funny, I had a friend (who majored in English at ND) get chewed out by a judge for using the word irregardless in court.  It is one of his pet peeves.  The moral of the story - it may be a word, but dont use it in court.

I finally get my first - and hopefully last - rejection letter yesterday.  There's a certain dignity to geting rejected by Yale.. maybe I'll frame it and put it next to my HLS diploma.  Right now its still sitting on my dining room table. 

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Any Other Harvard 1Ls?
« on: March 24, 2005, 03:56:49 PM »
I'll be attending HLS in the fall, but I certainly won't be living in the dorms - I didn't bother touring them.  I looked at some local real estate, the Harvard affiliated housing seems o be a very good rate; not only is it cheaper, but it includes utilities. I agree with the impressions of this past weekend - it really doesn't appear to be as competitve as they made it out to be.


Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Bad G.P.A./ Okay LSAT
« on: March 16, 2005, 11:14:49 AM »
For GPAs below a 3.0, I would not go straight from UG.  Unless you have shown a definite upward trend, you might be selling yourself short for the schools that will accept you, but more importantly, being convinced that this time around you will buckle down my just be a dream.

I had a low undergrad GPA, but went to the working world.  I had high test scores, and knew I would do well on the LSATs, but this indicated that the thing bringing my UG grades down was my discipline and work ethic.  I don't think those things magically change overnight.  A few years in the work world gave me time to grow the hell up and let school sound alluring again - and judging by the way I hit the books for the LSATs, I am not the same kid that slept through 8:30 chem.  Not only that, but time made my GPA seem less relevant, and my LSATs seem more indicative of my abilities. 

That being said, I still am left wildly guessing about why i got in where I did.

For caffeine and nicotine - if you have a chance at any T-14, I would think it would be NW.  They seem to be the ones that prize people w/ work experience, or more accurately disdain people coming straight from UG.  I heard they were bragging last year about not accepting a single applicant straight from college without an interview.  If you've been in the working world, your interview skills are probably a lot sharper than a 21 year old student's, as well.

I'm not holding my breath that HLS overtakes Yale, but it would be nice if GLUC schooches up a bit :)  Maybe in another 20 years . . .

Incoming 1Ls / Re: How old will you be when you start law school?
« on: March 12, 2005, 01:27:22 PM »
21. Thankfully I took a year off ... otherwise I wouldn't have been able to go to bar review.  :-[

Yeah, who the hell was that asking "Do you have to be 21 to go to bar review?"  Whomever you are, you made me feel OLD.

When people @ GLUC admit weekend were wondering if they should get their first credit cards, I was pondering how my mortgage would affect my financial aid applications.

I'll be 28 in October.

I have the impression that Georgetown has a very different faculty attitude than the other top schools.  Rather than "publish or perish" being  the *only* motto, GLUC profs profess to be actually concerned about teaching.  If this is true, it would explain why their professors are not ranked as high by other law schools' profs; they care more about what their students think about them.

I think they should be ranked higher as well; their clinical progams are unsurpassed and leaps and bounds over even the second ranked schools. Their access to DC is very important; lawyers frequently stop by GLUC on their way to the SC to refine their arguments. They also offer a wider diversity of classes.  Sometimes I think if I grow balls and start thinking more about education than rankings, I'll go to GLUC, although to be fair to those on the waiting list I should own up the the fact that my balls will remain forever ungrown.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: HLS admit weekend
« on: March 10, 2005, 11:51:49 AM »
Call and ask -  they might let you.  I know GLUC does, but for a limited number of classes.  The one we're sitting in on is probably geared to the fact that we'd be somewhat lost sitting in on a class that has been going on for a few months.  Let me know - I'd be interested in that as well.  I'm assuming you're going to next weekends', too?

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