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Law School Applications / $o, how much $$$ have you $pent ?
« on: January 20, 2006, 10:41:44 AM »
LSAT study material: $300
LSAT/LSDAS registration: $200
LSAC reports: $240
App. fees: $0 (fee waivers)
Elation of receiving an acceptance: priceless  ;D

So $740 in total (give or take a few dollars) How much have you guys spent ?

Law School Applications / Is it safe to do this on LSD ??
« on: January 10, 2006, 04:39:47 PM »
Is it dangerous to share your Yale 250 ? I know, the answer is obvious but I'm bored enough to ask. Any horror stories ?

Recommendations / Recommenders you'd like to slap in the head
« on: January 05, 2006, 09:53:26 AM »
When I asked my professor for a recommendation (he was actually my advisor for my undergrad thesis so I knew him relatively well) he said I should write a draft which he'll use. That was great-I wrote 2 pages detailing my academic prowess and so on-a wonderfully written recommendation that would make your eyes pop. Well he sent it and yesterday during a conversation he says "you can take a looksy at the letter I wrote if you'd like." Ofcourse I said "sure".

When I look at the letter I'm shocked: he cut my two pages down to TWO PARAGRAPHS!! and he replaced all my "does excellent work" and "best student I've ever seen" with "sufficiently good work" and "relatively excellent student". and that's two effing paragraphs! I practically got up and throttled his throat.

So here's my delimma: I have 2 other recommendations from professors I know very well-they'll say wonderful stuff about me I'm sure-but I haven't seen their letters. Should I just ditch this guys letter and stick with the other two ? Or should I just send all three since his does make mention of my thesis ?

Law School Applications / to all those who wrote the why michigan essay
« on: January 04, 2006, 09:30:06 PM »
How did you structure your essay ? Did you make it a personal statement style where you show how a certain experience made you choose Michigan or was it straight out "I want to go to Michigan because..." thanks !

Law School Applications / Diversity statement versus Personal statement
« on: January 02, 2006, 11:04:35 AM »
I'm looking over my applications and I just noticed my diversity statement is as good (maybe a tad bit better than my personal statement). I had a quick question about this. How important are diversity statements ? Can they be as important as the personal statement in some instances ?

Law School Applications / Am I the only one who's getting nervous ?
« on: December 29, 2005, 11:37:13 AM »
As acceptance letters pour in and announced on LSN and LSD, I'm beginning to get this creeping feeling that as the days tick by my chances of getting into my top choices are slowly but surely taking a nose dive. Right now, I'm hoping the unusually large percentage of EA applicants is only unique to the LSD and not to the larger population of applicants.

Here's a toast to all the regular decision applicants out there :P

I need some one to take a look at my PS. It's fascinating and gives you an interesting peak into the human psyche (well, at least it tries).

Ofcourse circumstances might change, but I have a pretty good idea of what I want to study in law school. In my application (personal statement, other essays, etc) would it hurt me to highlight my focus in this area ? I have a strong background in the area and unique experiences that explain my interest. Would I come off as having tunnel vision ? UofMichigan, Chicago, and Columbia are really the three universities that have the best programs in the area so I suppose I can tie it into why I want to go to their school. But for other schools, who may have classes in the area but no core curriculum, will my focus have a negative impact ? By the way, the area I'm interested in is immigration/international law.

Law School Applications / Include/not include work samples ?
« on: November 26, 2005, 10:28:53 AM »
I began this international rights magazine-would it make sense to include a copy along with  my admissions material ? Or would this be equivalent to sending an undergrad thesis-which I hear is a big no no.

Law School Applications / How realistic are "average salary" figures ?
« on: November 06, 2005, 07:30:17 PM »
The magic number that keeps popping up is $125,000. When a school states that the average salary for graduating students is 125 K or something to that affect, should I take it for face value ? Are these numbers skewed or are they in fact realistic ?

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