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Law School Admissions / Re: report sexuality to LSAC?
« on: April 10, 2005, 02:34:03 PM »
Yeah, the schools definitely get the info.  A friend of mine last year checked that he was gay and he wound up getting letters from some oddball schools he had never heard of congratulating him for "coming out" in the law school admissions process.  I don't think it has any real effect on admissions decisions unless you make a bigger deal out of it though, because he wound up at a catholic university with a huge scholarship (Saint Louis U).

GW just seems to be way behind...I was complete there in January and just heard from them a couple of days ago.  As for Northeastern a good friend of mine had the same problem with them last year.  Go ahead and give them a call and see how much info you can get out of them.  Good luck.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Seniorities--Who has it and how bad?
« on: April 10, 2005, 12:36:43 PM »
zDoes it matter if your last semester grades are lower for law school purposes?

Not as long as you a least do well enough to graduate in good standing.  However it will matter if you are trying to get into a school off the waitlist because great last semester grades are one thing you can send them to try to convince them to let you in.

A big part of it, ESPECIALLY if you want to go into BIGLAW is building connections early on.  Lets take your random school in Pennsylvania.  Most people who go to that school will get a job in the area surrounding the school after their 1L year, and then will get another job there for their 2L summer.  If they have good grades they will get a job with a good firm that 2L summer, and then if they do well at work they can either be offered a job for after graduation before the 3L year even starts or they will have solid connections to the people in that office when they are applying later on.  This is the same reason why people who do public interest jobs during their 1/2L summers have a more difficult job finding a non-public service job for after graduation. 

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Seniorities--Who has it and how bad?
« on: April 10, 2005, 11:51:37 AM »
Mine was my political ecology term paper.  It was a 20-25 page paper that we had the entire semester to work on and it was due at 9:30 this morning....I finally started it at 2:00 yesterday afternoon  :-[

How is the 1L summer job hunt going?  Have you found it fairly easy to line something up or has the competition been too much?

Law School Admissions / Re: i need major help (literally)
« on: April 08, 2005, 07:34:59 AM »
Well, I philosophy used to be one of my majors.  Personally I hated it, but that's just my experience.  As to what you can do with it if you decide against law school, here is a link (with some more links) that my former philo advisor directed me to.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Waitlists and Federal Fin Aid
« on: April 07, 2005, 03:06:46 AM »
I realize that being on a waitlist for a school means that if I'm lucky enough to get in it will be without a scholarship.  However, if I were to be admitted off a waitlist in, say, July, would I be able to get my Perkins/Stafford loans at that school?  I'm guessing the answer is yes, since its they are based on gov't standards, but I wanted to check to see if anyone knows for sure.  Thanks!

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Grade Curves
« on: April 07, 2005, 02:56:35 AM »
WUSTL doesn't use letter grades, they just use percentages.  A couple of years ago they made their curve more generous and set it to an 87%, so basically a B+ for their 1Ls.  For 2 and 3Ls it varies depending on the class, but generally it looks to be set somewhere between an 85 and an 87 for most classes.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / WUSTL $ ?
« on: March 29, 2005, 08:43:53 PM »
Hey, I just got my acceptance e-mail from WUSTL on Friday, and I was wondering how long it took others to find out about financial aid after receiving their decision from them....unless I get some sort of dream acceptance from Northwestern or Penn I'm really leaning toward WUSTL, but I'm nervous about the price tag.

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