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Law School Admissions / Re: My 7th grade gym class: a parable
« on: March 31, 2005, 01:55:24 PM »
So all admissions are rolling decision? If that's the case then I'd say your story makes a lot of sense.

Law School Admissions / Re: How accurate is this of admissions?
« on: March 29, 2005, 02:24:52 PM »
Well of course logically more kids would get into the T3 law schools from top undergrads because there is a bigger pool of students who are hardworking and bright. BTW Deuces what year are you?

Law School Admissions / Re: How accurate is this of admissions?
« on: March 28, 2005, 09:12:20 PM »
Well its not MY list, I dont want to take credit for it nor criticism of any kind. I got it off some site about admissions. I'm guessing that diversity was not included in their list because each school has different ways of factoring race.

Just out of curiosity sake, how common is it for someone from community college or a tier 3 or 4 undergrad to make it into tier 1 law schools and even into the top 5?

Law School Admissions / Re: How accurate is this of admissions?
« on: March 28, 2005, 07:45:03 PM »
Well ranking them would help me focus on what I need. I thought that the SATs was the most important factor in undergrad admissions with GPA second and I got screwed because I had very limited extraccuricular activities.

Law School Admissions / Re: On diversity
« on: March 28, 2005, 07:42:12 PM »
Diversity is defined by the Supreme Court. I'm sure that if a law school were to redefine the term on their own they would be met with lawsuits from those who feel that they were robbed of admission.

Law School Admissions / How accurate is this of admissions?
« on: March 28, 2005, 07:35:46 PM »
Ok lets see:

So the law school starts off by giving you an index number based mainly on the GPA and the LSATs and then forms three piles:

1) The Automatic Accept Pile: Applicants in this pile are virtually assured of being admitted to the school. While the committee will look at the rest of the applicants' files, only unusual circumstances will cause an applicant to be rejected (i.e., conviction of murder, cheating on the LSAT, etc.)

2) The Automatic Reject Pile: Applicants in this pile are immediately rejected from the school. Unfortunately, the committee will not even look at the rest of the file.

3) The Middle Pile: Applicants in this pile can be either accepted to or rejected from the school, based on their indices plus everything else in the file. The academic index for each applicant is high enough to qualify the applicant for admission, but not high enough to guarantee acceptance. Thus, the admissions committee looks at everything else in the applicants' files. As to other criteria, a 1990 survey of law school admissions officers (DeLoggio, Loretta. 1992. DeLoggio Achievement Program) asked that they rank various criteria (other than LSAT and GPA) on a scale of 1-7. The criteria are discussed below in order of importance, based on the averaged answers to the 1990 survey. Remember, these are ranked based on the average response, so law schools will differ in their respective ranking of the criteria.

How accurate is this ranking of importance for admission?

1. Law School Admissions Test (LSAT)
2. Grade Point Average (GPA)
3. Personal Statement
4. Letters of Recommendation
5. Undergraduate Institution
6. Grade Trends
7. Major and Difficulty of Courses
8. Work Experience and/or Graduate Degrees
9. Writing Skill (from personal statement and Lsat writing sample)
10. Extracurricular Activities

Another question, do the top law schools care about extracurriculars? I feel that there would be so many people with high GPA and Lsats applying to these top schools that something such as leadership qualities could be the X factor. Please correct any of my misconceptions. Thanks.  

Studying for the LSAT / Re: When to start studying for Lsats
« on: March 27, 2005, 05:27:51 PM »
Thanks, does anyone anything I could work on gradually. For example, on the SATs I just memorized words and took practice tests but people who did better than me on verbal said they were avid readers. I understand that for the Lsats critical reading and analysis is very important, how can I work/tone these skills?

Studying for the LSAT / When to start studying for Lsats
« on: March 27, 2005, 03:11:58 PM »
So when should I start studying for the Lsats. The logical answer would be as soon as possible, but I dont want to spend a ton of money on a prep program 2 years before I actually take the test. How should the regiment be? Any suggestions, any tips, any programs I should use? I heard from an old SAT tutor that the big named prep courses are not as good as the smaller prep places.

Law School Admissions / Re: Will numbers do it alone?
« on: March 26, 2005, 06:58:39 PM »
ohhh thanks a lot bro for clearing up the clouds of confusion.  :D

Law School Admissions / Re: Will numbers do it alone?
« on: March 26, 2005, 06:41:31 PM »
Sorry if i sound stupid but how do you get higher than a 4.0 GPA? Thanks.

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