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I would have gotten a 180 :)

I would have applied to more safeties (those who know my story are going "DUH" right now).

I would have sent in more LORs. I only sent in the two required, and I have a sneaking suspicion one of them wasn't as strong as I thought it would be.

I would have spent more time tailoring each application to each individual school. I already wrote all the "optional essays" that schools asked for, but perhaps I would have written a different PS for each school, too.

I am desparately looking to buy two tickets to the sold out Decemberists show here in the District on May 6 at the 930 Club. If you have some and weren't planning on selling them, I suggest you read my full plea on Craig's List:

Thanks. Y'all are too kind  ;)

Oh man, you know you gotta give us more info than that :)

What did you do, if anything, after you found out that you were waitlisted?

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: GWU waitlist
« on: April 19, 2005, 08:00:38 AM »
LSN = Law School Numbers

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: GWU waitlist
« on: April 18, 2005, 12:12:08 PM »
Wahoo! Here's hoping.

If only this were a relaxing time...

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: GWU waitlist
« on: April 18, 2005, 08:01:34 AM »
All I can say is: WHO KNOWS!!!

Does anyone know when the first seat deposit deadline is? They said "mid-April" in the wait list letter, but who knows what that means.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: So, exactly how screwed am I?
« on: April 12, 2005, 11:57:08 AM »
Thanks, guys, especially for the encouragement (and unicorngt1983 -- I wish I could have your spots!). And thanks also for the creative suggestions; I'm definitely going to incorporate some of them for my next go-round. I'm curious about this Testmasters suggestion -- Stuvxyz, do you really think it's that different from PR?

I did apply early (mid-November) to Fordham, GW, and others (although American was quite late), so I'm not sure how much that helped my chances, although I'd probably apply even earlier if I do this again. Also, I am currently in my 'year off' after college working as a paralegal for a federal gov't agency, although I suppose another year or two could help especially if I volunteer on some nights and weekends. I've mentioned to GW that I'd be interested in their PT program and I'll ask the other schools as well.

I'm going to hang on until the bitter end this app cycle and, yes, I will definitely apply to schools where I have a more realistic chance of acceptance if I have to do this again!

Choosing the Right Law School / So, exactly how screwed am I?
« on: April 12, 2005, 10:06:11 AM »
Before I say anything else, I just want to say that I don't want to hear what I should have done. I am well aware of that :)

So, it looks like I am one of the lucky few this year who is actually not accepted anywhere (well, I haven't heard from Penn yet, but let's not kid ourselves) with a 3.71/161. I have all kinds of qualifiers for my GPA (it's from a top 10 liberal arts college, there is a marked upward trend in grades, among others), and I could talk about my soft factors all day, but I guess none of that matters. I haven't been arrested or anything, and there are no major flaws in my academic record, so I don't think there is anything holding me back besides my LSAT score.

I am, however, on three waitlists: GW, Fordham, and American. I have already sent GW a letter of continued interest that outlines why I am a good fit for GW law and states that I will definitely enroll if accepted, an additional essay that explains my unique situation growing up and my history of standardized test scores (my SATs were crap for the college I went to, but I still graduated in the top 10% of my class), and I will send them a letter of recommendation from one of my supervisors shortly. I have also sent a letter of interest to Fordham, and contacted the executive director of a nonprofit I interned at two summers ago who is a professor at Fordham who said she would write something to the admissions committee there. I haven't sent anything to AU yet because I just received the letter the other day.

I'm not sure what kind of suggestions anyone can give besides "be patient" and "apply again next year", but I thought I'd give it a shot and see what you guys have to say. I really DON'T want to have to apply again next year, and more than anything I don't want to have to re-take the LSAT. I took it twice: once preparing extensively on my own (I ended up cancelling that one) and once after putting myself into poverty via a Prinecton Review course. I think I have taken all but two of all of the LSATs that have been published to date. I swear I'm not an idiot, it's just something about that damn test.

Anyway, is it realistic of me to expect that I could get in off of one of these waitlists? Can anyone think of anything else I can do this admissions cycle?

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: American Wait List
« on: April 12, 2005, 07:50:33 AM »
I was waitlisted, too... 3.71/161.

MSU -- you mean you have to have submitted your FAFSA before March 1?

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