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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: "cutthroat" competition
« on: March 20, 2004, 06:00:26 PM »

My main question is basically, do any of you believe that there is an inherent tradeoff between going to a school with a "cutthroat" student body and a school with low national prestige and ranking?

I think you're making an enormous generalization here. Any law school you attend, regardless of ranking, prestige, etc. is going to be competitive and perhaps, yes, cutthroat. The main reason?  Take a look at some of the want ads for attorneys.  Most look for an individaul graduating in the top 10-20% of their class with sometimes substantial extra-curricular activities, regardless of the school that they graduate from.  Moot court is competitive. Getting onto law review is competitive.  Most students compete to 'book' (award) classes.  And for a number of schools, grades are determined by performance.  Only a certain percentage of students will receive A's regardless of how well all of the students do. It's not like undergrad where 90-100 is an A, 80-90 is a B, etc.  You are working basically against other students for your grade.

At least that has been the experience of the husband that I just put through law school...

Karen W.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: expungement and law school app
« on: March 20, 2004, 05:52:39 PM »
I came to this board looking for advice with my criminal past. I have a misdemeanor drug parapanalia that has been expunged. When applying to law school, I did not disclose this information to schools that did not say "you must disclose expungement". I have been accepted to some of these law schools, but I am now thinking I might fail my character and fitness review during the bar exam if I don't disclose this info. do you know anything about applying to law school with an expungement?

I would definitely contact the school(s) you decide on before you send your deposit. Explain the situation.  Tell them that you were not intentionally attempting to not disclose information - that you were providing them with the information that they requested.  It really depends on how each of the questions was worded as to how much they are going to hold against you. If the applications read something to the effect of "were you ever a defendant in any type of proceeding..." or "have you ever been convicted....." etc.  I would explain that you explain that you were maybe misled by the wording.

Funny thing is, if you're able to go back and look at law school applications for the same school over several years, it's interesting to see how the wording on those character and fitness questions change.  Next year's app may include the phrase "even if the record was expunged"...

Just my $.02.

Karen W.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Think Twice Before Going to Law School
« on: March 20, 2004, 05:45:05 PM »
<applause to Anti>

Enough said.

Karen W.

For anyone who cares, not only are you requested to submit all post secondary schoolwork, you are REQUIRED to submit all secondary school work.  Failure to do so could get you booted from law school if anyone finds out.

Aonghus, I'm a little confused on your post. You're reminding everyone that they must list all high schools they went to? Am I reading that correctly?

Karen W.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: 2004 Stats for Acceptances and Rejections
« on: March 19, 2004, 01:24:34 PM »
This thread is going to get awful long and hard to get through.

I think I'll have to post the same suggestion as marcman:

Go to
The information is much more comprehensive.

Karen W.

Check out the LSAT discussion areas. You'll find information there.

Karen W.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Protocol for Scholarship Reception
« on: March 17, 2004, 01:46:01 PM »
Oh I would assume so. The point of the reception is to celebrate the scholarship, which would I'm sure include the spouse as well.

Call the financial aid office and ask. No need to give a name. I'm sure they'd help you out.

Karen W.

Law School Admissions / Re: Confirmation e-mail
« on: March 12, 2004, 09:57:29 AM »
Perhaps they do notification by e-mail as well as by snail mail?  Which school was this, if I might ask?

Karen W.

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: W/F grades
« on: March 12, 2004, 09:53:23 AM »
No no NO!!! Don't give up. This is where your personal statement is a perfect opportunity to explain away a low GPA. Especially if you have a decent LSAT.

Karen W.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Status check
« on: March 10, 2004, 01:00:26 PM »
Still pending is good! Could've said DENIED. I'll keep the still pending!!

Karen W.

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