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Law School Applications / Re: On the cusp
« on: August 27, 2008, 04:09:39 PM »
This is just silly now, and I haven't had coffee this morning, so I'm going to be cranky. Apologies.

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Can you send in your grades later on even if they don't ask for them?

Yes. Why the hell not? You paid the LSDAS over $100 for this very reason, so they can generate new reports as you send in updated transcripts and LORs.

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I suppose you could, but if you can get your GPA up that much higher, it would be better to apply with the best grades possible only about 6 weeks later then try and get in an early application.
 

LOL- First of all, where does anything say anything about a .03..at the minimum he is raising it .05, and it could even be as high as .1, which you admit is a lot and worth the wait.  He said, "above a 3.5", so that could be as high as .1 or even .13....no one said anything about a .03, LOL....


Are you seriously saying that .03 is that much higher? It would be another discussion if we were talking .1 or .2. This is an ABSOLUTELY MINISCULE INCREASE and not at all worth holding your applications up.

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Plus, apply to the schools first that aren't as hard to get into, wait for the harder ones...
Are you just not understanding how rolling admissions works? There are schools (BC, for example) that just will not look at your application until after the New Year. There are other schools, like Georgetown, that begin to admit people in October. However you are distinguishing between schools that "aren't as hard to get into/are harder to get into," it is absolutely irrelevant here, because schools will start reading apps/admitting people whenever the hell they want to, regardless of rank/competitiveness.

More so, schools read applications in the order they go complete. Especially with schools that start this early, like Georgetown, there's no reason to put yourself in the back of that pack when there is no discernible payoff for waiting. Find me a school on LSN that accepts everyone 3.5 and up, and rejects everyone below. There are no strict lines like this.

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Law School Applications / Re: Finishing Undergrad
« on: August 27, 2008, 04:06:22 PM »
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I'm guessing that if you can show the Law School all of the paper work that you're completed, even though you still technically haven't gotten the degree until September, then it should be all good.

Wrong.

Harvard:
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You are eligible to apply if you will have a bachelor's degree by August of the year you intend to enroll at HLS.

Yale:
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You must receive, or expect to receive, by the summer of 2008, a bachelorís degree (or the equivalent) from an approved college. All offers of admission are conditional upon graduation.

Boston College:
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Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university prior to entering law school [NB: Classes start August 25th]

Brooklyn Law School:
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The conferment of a baccalaureate degree from a college or university approved by the New York State Education Department, prior to commencing matriculation at Brooklyn Law School, is required. No student will be permitted to enroll without the award of a baccalaureate degree. [NB: Classes start August 18th]

The lesson? Look up the schools you are interested in applying to and see what their policies are. From just the four examples above, it does not look good.

Good research but I still dont think I'm wrong.  He has the BA.  He is done.  He just doesn't have the piece of paper yet.  I don't think you fax in the piece of paper with your apps.  So I think as long as you're finished, you have the degree, therefore you are good to go.

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Law School Applications / Re: On the cusp
« on: August 27, 2008, 01:25:26 AM »
I would apply to half of the schools you're planning on applying to asap, and wait on the other half until your GPA goes up.  The schools with the higher numbers to get into, wait it out. 

This seems counterintuitive when considering that schools admit on a rolling basis.

If you take it in October and get your applications into the school by mid November, chances are you won't hear from a lot of the schools until after the new year. Simply get your new grades to the schools as soon as you possibly can (email works for most schools, other only care to hear it from LSDAS). I cannot imagine it's worth the risk of applying later for .03 gpa points.

Can you send in your grades later on even if they don't ask for them?  I suppose you could, but if you can get your GPA up that much higher, it would be better to apply with the best grades possible only about 6 weeks later then try and get in an early application.  Plus, apply to the schools first that aren't as hard to get into, wait for the harder ones...

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LSAC and LSDAS / Re: GPA
« on: August 27, 2008, 01:10:02 AM »
Correspondence courses(I'm assuming online classes), are the exact same as regular classes.  Same weight.  W's on a transcript, have no weight whatsoever on your GPA.  Some people say to write an addendum explaining it.  However, if it's only one W, I don't think you should write one. 

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Law School Applications / Re: On the cusp
« on: August 27, 2008, 01:04:09 AM »
I would apply to half of the schools you're planning on applying to asap, and wait on the other half until your GPA goes up.  The schools with the higher numbers to get into, wait it out. 

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I think for everyone involved this is a good move.  Instead of transfering, why not let people do the PT program at the school and then transfer.  Saves a lot of red tape and moving in making the transfer, and the students are already situated in the school.  Smart move.

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Law School Applications / Re: Honors program?
« on: August 27, 2008, 01:00:03 AM »
It will help....how much more work is it?  If you're willing to put in the work I would suggest to do it....but getting an A in a class that is not honors is still great, so just think about that too.

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Law School Applications / Re: Anyone going JD/MBA?
« on: August 27, 2008, 12:50:45 AM »
I'm a big fan of the joint MBA/JD programs being offered.  If that's something you're motivated to do, then I think that will work for you and best of luck!

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Law School Applications / Re: Finishing Undergrad
« on: August 27, 2008, 12:49:01 AM »
I'm guessing that if you can show the Law School all of the paper work that you're completed, even though you still technically haven't gotten the degree until September, then it should be all good.

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Studying for the LSAT / December LSAT- Questions?
« on: August 27, 2008, 12:45:26 AM »
Ok- So I just registered for the December LSAT about an hour ago.  Naturally, I have a few questions and I'm interested to see what everyone has to say here:

1. If you're taking the LSAT coming up in December, how much have you studied so far and plan to study leading up to the test?

2.  I heard this is supposed to be one of the hardest tests ever?  However, I don't know why this would be.  Anyone have any insight on this?

3.  Well there is no number 3 right now, but I just wanted to make it a 1, 2, 3 list.


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