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I chose Group 1 cuz' I didn't want to sit thru the class and then the panel.  I thought I would need a bit of a break and the walking tour would provide that.  That's just me tho'.  ;D

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Good idea! Count me in!

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Thanks! This is an AWESOME thing to play with and see what result it spits out. 

Mad Props to Props!

YAY!

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I think you answered your own question.  You should go to GULC since you mentioned in your post that you really like them and didn't say anything about the other two.  Go where it is the best fit for you 'cuz if you don't, you may be in for three v. long and miserable years.

Also, congrats on some GREAT choices!

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This worries me. The median LSAT at the my university's law school is 147 and the GPA 3.50. Sure there's a language barrier and everything but I have no clue how adcomms are going to interpret the whole deal.

I wouldn't worry about it too much.  I can't recall my school's exact numbers (and to lazy to login to LSAC) but my university had stats similar to yours (I think the LSAT was like 149 and G.P.A like 3.4-something).  It hasn't seemed to hurt me too much  ;) .

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Acceptances / Re: In at Wisconsin!
« on: March 07, 2006, 01:10:05 PM »
just an update for all of you - I attended the open house this past weekend and Mike Hall mentioned that no schollarship offers have been sent yet (is that true?)

Also, seems like only 30% or so will be offered any money.

I really liked Wisc and Madison - The clinical programs especially are exciting.  I'd be happy to comment further if anyone PMs me.

However, I also attended UIUC this weekend and it's got some pretty special things such as an amaxing administration which have me pretty convinced that I'd take it over UWMadison, especially if UW wouldn't match my UIUC scholarship, which it sounds like they don't do.

Yeah, what is the deal with their scholarships anyhow? Do they plan on getting them out anytime soon?

Yeah, I heard that too.  He also indicated that they were going to be deciding on scholarships starting this week (so perhaps by the end of next week we'll hear some good news  ;) ).

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: My review of Wisconsin
« on: March 06, 2006, 09:13:09 PM »
Wisconsin! What can I say?  I got home from the admitted studentís day a little while ago and I have to say that I am just amazed.  Its been awhile since I last visited Madison and it is such a gorgeous location.  I drove in from the north on Washington and the view of the state capitol in front of me was just breath-taking.  I came to the weekend not expecting too much, but I came away with a great vibe from those that go there.  I have gone to other campus preview day things and always gotten the vibe that the students, staff, and faculty was really trying to sell the school.  Here, their enthusiasm for the school and town seemed genuine.  I was really impressed by Micheleís presentation about clinicals.  If I do end up at UW in the fall it would be due in large part to her zest for the school and the amazing opportunities that are to be found.  M. Hall was charming in a goofy kind of way.   Prof Schwartz(sp?) seems like an awesome professor to have in class.  The love for this law school showed through throughout todayís event.  My tour guide was very knowledgeable and was able to answer the questions that I have.  UW is just a great law school and prob. be a good place to spend 3 years.

Wow, you would really consider turning down a T14 for Wisconsin? If that isn't a resounding review for Wisconsin, I don't know what is. Hmm, I am thinking I really should try and get out to the next Admitted student's weekend at Wisconsin even if it is way far away from me, it sounds like it is worth it.

There is no question that Wisconsin is a great law school so it shouldn't be too shocking that someone would turn down higher-ranked schools to attend.  I do have to admit, though, that the v. low-in-state tuition is a huge PLUS for Madison over other schools that I have been accepted (that cost like 3x as much).  I have not heard back on scholarships/finacial aid yet so this issue could change.  Having said that, I encourage you to visit.  It is def. a place you have to visit.  Like another person said, you either love it or hate it.

In my previous post, I mainly talked about the people and great ops avail. and the atmosphere (which was great if ya couldn't tell) cuz' that what matters more to me than the outer-shell of the facility.  The building itself did leave much to be desired but there was nothing that indicated that you would not receive a top-notch legal education here.  As I said, I was not expecting much so when I walked up the hill, I was less than thrilled by the glass exterior of the building (which starkly contrated to the surronding buildings btw).  Inside, it was very industrious (the best I can describe it).  When you walk in you encounter a zigzag metal stairs contraption that was not pleasing to the eyes.  As someone mentioned before, the stairs on one side skip level 4.  this is because it the building is located on a hill so one side has 4 levels (1-5, missing #4) and the other has 5 (1-5).  A little confusing, but if we are all smart enough to get into law school we should be able to figure it out  ;).  It was originally two seperate buildings so you can still see the exterior walls of the old buildings from the atrium (kinda unique and adds character IMHO)  Some of the classrooms did seem a bit old, but not THAT run-down.  The Library seemed pretty standard.  I liked the second reading room that our guide showed us with the 'controversial' mural on the wall and where no laptops are allowed (very old-school) so can get away from the tapitytap of a keyboard. If you are looking for a beautiful building, you may not find it here, but if you are looking for a school where students actually enjoy being there, profs are engaging, and will give you many practical experiances and assist you in finding ops. in your area of interest you will find at UW.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: My review of Wisconsin
« on: March 04, 2006, 08:13:13 PM »
Wisconsin! What can I say?  I got home from the admitted studentís day a little while ago and I have to say that I am just amazed.  Its been awhile since I last visited Madison and it is such a gorgeous location.  I drove in from the north on Washington and the view of the state capitol in front of me was just breath-taking.  I came to the weekend not expecting too much, but I came away with a great vibe from those that go there.  I have gone to other campus preview day things and always gotten the vibe that the students, staff, and faculty was really trying to sell the school.  Here, their enthusiasm for the school and town seemed genuine.  I was really impressed by Micheleís presentation about clinicals.  If I do end up at UW in the fall it would be due in large part to her zest for the school and the amazing opportunities that are to be found.  M. Hall was charming in a goofy kind of way.   Prof Schwartz(sp?) seems like an awesome professor to have in class.  The love for this law school showed through throughout todayís event.  My tour guide was very knowledgeable and was able to answer the questions that I have.  UW is just a great law school and prob. be a good place to spend 3 years.

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Acceptances / Re: In at UPenn
« on: March 02, 2006, 11:19:56 PM »
Bump... just got the e-mail. It's good to know I can at least make a choice now  :)

EDIT: Also just got an e-mail for a Penn Law Reception/ Dinner in Chicago. Sweet!

Congrats! you can't go wrong with that choice  ;) .

Good Luck to everyone still waiting. 

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I would have applied to a lot fewer schools!

i also would have studied more for the LSAT, instead of just coasting through my prep course.  oh and i would have tried harder in undergrad, but i'm guessing you're way past that point  :D

i would also get more people to read my personal statement.

and of course, apply EARLY!

I would agree with goodgal.  I applied to way too many school.  I didn't know how schools whould take me graduating from a not-known-at-all ug esp. when looking at student profiles on their website showed a ton of people accepted from elite schools.  I really shouldn't have worried too much about that.

And, if you been lurking on LSD, you should pretty much know the LSAT is KING mentality here.  Well, it certainly seems true to a great extent so you should buckle down and study for the LSAT.  That was a problem for me.  I just kept putting it off.  One of my distractions was lurking on LSD.  Then it was like two weeks before I was to take it and I had all the prep materials but no prep.  Limit your distractions!

AS for applying early, it is good to have everything set to go as soon as possible. With that in mind, go get LORS right now.  My apps were not considered complete for a while cuz' my LORs were MIA.  Even if a prof/employer/whoever says they will send it out by a certain date, doesn't mean that they will.  Get them now so they are with LSDAS when you send out your apps. 

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