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Non-Traditional Students / Re: Police Academy Transcript and LSAC?
« on: March 20, 2004, 10:36:59 AM »
I was recently talking to my parents, who asked me if I included transcripts from the Spanish classes I had taken in high school at the local university (same school where i applied to law school).

I hadn't even thought to include them. Honestly, I considered them part of my high school education. I was only a sophomore in high school at the time. the only reason I took them was that I had been taking several foreign languages and that year, my high school had scheduled two of the ones I needed for the same time slot. I just didn't think of them as college classes.

My question is...will they accept this as on oversight and not hold it against me, considering that I had an A in the class (or classes, I can't even remember if it was one or two). Or will they see it as dishonest.

The worst part of this is if LSDAS counted the As, it would take my GPA from 2.98 to 3.0, I think. which is a small change, but psychologically, 3.0 seems so much better than 2.98.

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Law School Applications / Re: Letters of Acceptance
« on: March 10, 2004, 03:14:20 PM »
Congratulations!

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Law School Applications / Re: Feb. LSAT Takers: Any Word?
« on: March 10, 2004, 10:54:59 AM »
From what I can tell, three weeks from the time the application is complete is the earliest we will hear (except in unusual circumstances). I think I'm just going to wait. I called the admissions office with questions (financial aid, then LSAT score) and received an email half an hour later...that they received my application, that it is a lengthy process, and that phone calls delay the process. asking me to please cooperate with that...

so I'm not going to call anymore.

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Law School Applications / Re: Admissions
« on: March 09, 2004, 11:21:42 AM »
Let me clarify. This isn't how I think it *should* be, this is how I think it probably is in the schools in the bottom of the first tier or lower. I know I said, if I were running the admissions process. A better way to explain would be to say that...putting myself in their shoes, I would imagine this would be my point of view.

Now...having been on the other side of it, if I were to ever be in that position, I would not do it for moral/compassionate reasons. I would, personally, view applicants as individuals.

Top tiers can be picky, they are where they want to be.

it's the ones trying to raises their numbers that I think may do it this way. That instead of looking at applications individually, the admissions process is designed to bring in a class with the averages, etc, that will help them raise their standings.

Does that make any sense?

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Law School Applications / Admissions
« on: March 09, 2004, 09:59:42 AM »
So...I was trying to get an idea of how the admissions process would work at the school to which I applied. And I came to the process I would use if I was running admissions.

Top schools can afford to be very picky. Schools at the bottom of the top fifty, or below the top fifty, can't be as picky, yet have to find ways to raise their standings.

If I were running the process...I'd start each year taking into consideration what our weakness was the year before (median GPA too low, median LSAT too low). That would determine my criteria for starting out. So maybe in the beginning, I'm very LSAT heavy.

I'd take all the students who had both GPA and LSAT over my 75th percentile from the year before.

I'd take all students who had LSAT over the 75th percentile, and GPA between the median and 75th percentile.

I'd reject all students who had both LSAT and GPA under 25th percentile unless they had something really exciting to contribute.

Everyone else, I'd not make a decision on. I'd then evaluate the group of admitted students, consider what the 25th percentile, median and 75th percentile are for that group, and then re-evaluate my criteria. Maybe I put too much emphasis on LSAT and now my GPA numbers are hurting.

So now...I need LSAT scores around the median of the already admitted group, and GPAs above the 75th percentile of the already admitted group. At this stage, someone with a high LSAT and low GPA is probably not going to get accepted unless the median LSAT drops from accepted students deciding on other schools, or high GPA students having less than stellar LSATs.

once I got all stats to where I want them to be, I'd start to only accept students whose scores (both scores) were over the median.

So...what all this would mean is that schools that were LSAT-heavy in the beginning of the process may become GPA-heavy at the end of the process, and vice versa. Which could put those of us with split scores at a great advantage or disadvantae, while giving those with solid but not extraordinary numbers a slightly more than fair shot, but not until the end.

i guess i'm just babbling. does anyone know that I'm wrong?

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Non-Traditional Students / Re: married students
« on: March 08, 2004, 01:13:19 PM »
I think it can be incredibly hard on many levels. What I've seen...the student is aware of their own stress, is focusing on the long-term rewards, and as such, neglects the aspects of their life outside of law school, expecting the spouse/partner to pick up the load. When that happens, and the student is forgetting how much their partner is sacrificing, the partner can become resentful that their needs/wants have taken backseat.

If the student is careful not to let that happen (the other person taking a backseat), contributes as much as possible to household chores (even if it's just half an hour a day of straightening up, doing dishes), and generous with the appreciation, I think it'll be fine.

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Law School Applications / Re: www.lsac.org
« on: March 05, 2004, 09:47:40 AM »
by the way, thank you very much. I appreciate your advice.

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Law School Applications / Re: www.lsac.org
« on: March 05, 2004, 09:46:59 AM »
we must think alike. I just called them and said almost word for word what your post says.

first of all, she recognized my name, and sounded aware of the situation. then she told me that it's not going to make a difference. Which makes me think that they just put my rejection in the mail.

oh well. I hadn't originally planned on applying this year anyway.

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Law School Applications / Re: www.lsac.org
« on: March 05, 2004, 09:25:04 AM »
on my application, I only listed the recent score, because I thought the other wasn't valid anyway. Now will the school think I was being intentionally deceptive?

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Law School Applications / Re: www.lsac.org
« on: March 05, 2004, 09:14:41 AM »
I know I'm annoying with these questions, but now I have another issue.

I took the LSAT for the first time in 1997, still not fully recovered from a head injury. I got a 159.

I INTENTIONALLY put all law school aspirations off until the time had come that the old score would drop off. Yet, the LSAC report kept the old score and averaged them.

I thought scores more than five years old were not supposed to show up/be counted? Is there something I have to do to get rid of that?

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