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Law School Applications / WHAT DOES URM STAND FOR??
« on: June 28, 2005, 11:57:22 PM »
Could someone tell me what URM stands for please.
Thanks

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Law School Applications / Will This Hurt My Application
« on: June 25, 2005, 10:36:18 AM »
I'm graduating in December of this year, and have a 3.71 GPA with a 171 on the LSAT.  I have approximately 11 or 12 "Ws" on my transcripts.  The Ws' are non punitive.  They're from classes that I withdrew from.  About 8 out of those 11 or 12 Ws' are a result of me having to leave school for the semester to travel to Nepal (one time to participate in a government bid to lease a commercial aircraft) and the second to assist in opening the first Dental College in Nepal.  The other Ws' that I have are just from taking too many classes, and they were dropped in the early weeks of the semester.  My question is, despite my reasons for these Ws', does anyone think they will keep me out of law school even with my numbers?  Also, where and how should I explain this on the application?  Thanks for the advice.

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Well, I'm glad to know.  There isn't the need to warn me, for, I am just looking for some real advice from someone who has examined applications within a law school admissions office before, thats all.  If you could, would you mind looking at my previous post "Advice desperately needed"  Thanks

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Does anyone know if LS admissions officials take a look at this website, and possibly even reply to messages posted here?

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Law School Applications / ADVICE DESPERATELY NEEDED
« on: June 19, 2005, 08:36:20 PM »
Thanks for taking the time to read this messege.  I'm in desperate need of advice regarding law school applications. 

I'm graduating this December from the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga.  I will graduate with a 3.69 GPA.  My questions are as follows: Will it make a big difference in finishing with a 3.7 vs. a 3.69 GPA (in applying to Harvard, Yale, NYU, and other Tier 1 schools)?  I'm taking the LSAT in October and have scored 170+ thus far on the practice tests.  Will it be a big deal in having a 3.69 vs. a 3.7?  Also, I have about 10 "W" (withdrawals) on my record.  These "Ws" are a result of having to drop all classes in two different semester because I decided to leave school those semesters to finish working on establishing the first Dental College in Nepal.  Will this many Ws' determine whether I am admitted or denied?  The next question is this:  I have 2 GPAs' at this moment.  One is my "cumulative GPA" which is a 3.75 (this is the GPA of my work at my current school since I transferred there in 2004.  My other "overall GPA" is a 3.6 which I guess is from all the work I did at my previous institution.  Which one will the LSDAS use in my summary?  I guess that is all for now, unless there is any other advice that you can give in getting admitted to Harvard or Yale....Oh, and 2 more things.  Right now I'm 27 years old (a little older than other graduates).  This is because I spent about 6 1/2 years working at Delta Airlines.  Will this look favorable in terms of my application?  Also, how will my experience in working in Nepal affect my application?  Thanks so much for your time.  Sorry for all the questions, but the "Ws'" are a prett big concern for me now.  I must note that these ARE NOT punitive Ws' and indicate no failing aspect whatsoever.  These represent classes that I withdrew from before the usual withdrawal deadline.  Thanks again.

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Law School Applications / Re: 1L Prep Courses
« on: March 09, 2005, 07:54:35 PM »
The Princeton Review for Pre-Law or LS type prep classes is a waste of time and money I think.  Most LS teach by Socratic Method, but there are several classes that you can take to prepare for LS I think.  If you're a POlitical Science major, there usually are Constitutional Law classes or Judicial Powere courses.  Also, there are Judicial process courses that you can take.  Some philosophy courses such as Ethics would be helpful.  Some schools have Legal Studies class (Business Law classes that are very valuable.  Other than that, I don't think there is really anything else out there.

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Law School Applications / WORK EXPERIENCE/AGE QUESTION
« on: March 06, 2005, 07:51:05 PM »
Could anyone advise how the admissions committee would value about 7 years of work experience (Major Airline) and an applicant whose just completing undergrad being 27 years old?  Also, if anyone can give any inside knowledge or strategies when applying to Harvard, Yale, NYU, Columbia, and Cornell....and getting in I might add. GPA 3.7 from top public school, and have not taken the LSAT.  Thanks for the information

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Law School Applications / Re: GPA, major, and university= competitive?
« on: March 05, 2005, 01:45:02 AM »
One thing that I can tell you is that Law School admissions people look at the Major itself and compare that with your GPA.  If you have a 3.57 in someting like, well an easier major than Molecular Biology, you would possibly be in trouble.  I think a 3.57 is pretty good, especially for the type of major that you have.  Remember, you can always supplement a lower GPA with impressive LSAT scores....Study like there is no tomorrow!!!

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Law School Applications / LSAC calculation
« on: March 04, 2005, 11:43:46 PM »
It does not surprise me that the method of which the LSAC employs to re-calculate one's undergrad GPA is so complicated.  Can anyone explain to me what they actually do, and is it indeed possible that their calculation would in effect lower your GPA?  If you have a 3.7 undergrad GPA, does this ensure that the LSAC will calculate it as such?  Whats with their calculation and how is it done?  Thanks

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Law School Applications / HARVARD/YALE QUESTION
« on: March 04, 2005, 11:40:00 PM »
Alright, after analyzing figures, stats, and talking with the admission folks at Harvard and Yale, I just have one simple quesstion for anyone with concrete knowlege of getting into these schools.  I have not yet taken the LSAT, but with a 3.7 GPA and say a 170 LSAt score, 7-8 years of work experience, international experience, do my chances look good in anyone's experienced opinion.  Thanks for the advice and input.

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