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Any Eastern Europeans going to law school any time soon?
« on: August 19, 2004, 10:51:55 AM »
I was wondering if they are any other Eastern European fellows like me who will be applying to law school this fall. I am from Bulgaria. Finished college in the USA. My stats are: GPA 4 LSAT 170

I am contemplating on a couple of issues and want to hear what you think about them, too.

First, as a non-native speaker of english, am I considered minority or a foreign student ( i am on visa) in the application process? Or is it possible to be both?

I am also wondering how most Eastern europeans feel at American law schools? do you guys think that it will be easier for us since we are used to the Socratic method, i.e. they use it regularly at our high schools.

what else, let me see, do you talk about your Eastern european background in your personal statement? I certainly do. How about the challenges of learning English and integrating into the new culture?

All right, that seems to be all. Greetings from Black Sea!




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Re: Any Eastern Europeans going to law school any time soon?
« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2004, 11:43:02 PM »
A really good friend of mine is from Bulgaria and she is applying this year as well. She is a foreign realtions major and has a pretty high GPA. She is trying to get into GW but is currently struggling on the LSAT (she is taking it in oct). I know that she is very worried about getting into a law school, especially since her student visa will expire as soon as she graduates. I told her about this site, but she gets really depressed after reading the "I have a 175+ LSAT and a 4.0 from an Ivy League school and my dad is the Senator of the state of XYZ, will I get accepted anywhere?" comments.
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Re: Any Eastern Europeans going to law school any time soon?
« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2004, 12:44:24 AM »
Hi,

I am from Bulgaria and am currently a second-year law student at Santa Clara SOL.  My experience so far has been great, I don't find a big disadvantage as a non-native speaker.

Your GPA and LSAT results are good and you should not have trouble getting in.  I did talk about my Bulgarian heritage in my personal statement.  Let me know if you want to talk more, I'd be happy to share my experiences.

Good luck!

Katia 

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Re: Any Eastern Europeans going to law school any time soon?
« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2004, 12:50:55 AM »
I can teach u all u need to know about integrating...I'm Romanian...don't have any Bulgarian in me but sure could use some
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Re: Any Eastern Europeans going to law school any time soon?
« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2004, 07:54:31 AM »
I was also thinking about applying to GW, but I decided against it. Their financial aid and scholarship options for international students are really limited. If I have to pay full tuition, I would rather study at a better place than GW although I hear that GW has a great international law program and I really like their campus (Georgetown is also not generous at all with their financial aid). Tell your friend that if she needs any help or advice about the LSATs or the application process, I will try to share the info and the experience that I have. My e-mail is: Aristotelus_2000@yahoo.co.uk Also, I am pretty close with some people in Dickinson Penn State law school if she wants to apply there.
There are some people here who have really intimidating numbers but they seem to be the exception rather than the rule. Besides, I think that the people who will try to participate in such forums are folks who are ambitious and try to further gain some insight that may make even more competitive. That may explain the high scores. Plenty of time for your friend to prepare for the October LSAT. My diagnostic was 145. after much practice, I got 170 on the real thing. Let her e-mail me if she wants to!
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A really good friend of mine is from Bulgaria and she is applying this year as well. She is a foreign realtions major and has a pretty high GPA. She is trying to get into GW but is currently struggling on the LSAT (she is taking it in oct). I know that she is very worried about getting into a law school, especially since her student visa will expire as soon as she graduates. I told her about this site, but she gets really depressed after reading the "I have a 175+ LSAT and a 4.0 from an Ivy League school and my dad is the Senator of the state of XYZ, will I get accepted anywhere?" comments.

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« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2004, 11:29:19 AM »
I was also thinking about applying to GW, but I decided against it. Their financial aid and scholarship options for international students are really limited. If I have to pay full tuition, I would rather study at a better place than GW although I hear that GW has a great international law program and I really like their campus (Georgetown is also not generous at all with their financial aid). Tell your friend that if she needs any help or advice about the LSATs or the application process, I will try to share the info and the experience that I have. My e-mail is: Aristotelus_2000@yahoo.co.uk Also, I am pretty close with some people in Dickinson Penn State law school if she wants to apply there.
There are some people here who have really intimidating numbers but they seem to be the exception rather than the rule. Besides, I think that the people who will try to participate in such forums are folks who are ambitious and try to further gain some insight that may make even more competitive. That may explain the high scores. Plenty of time for your friend to prepare for the October LSAT. My diagnostic was 145. after much practice, I got 170 on the real thing. Let her e-mail me if she wants to!
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what a great friend you are to look after your friends:)



 



A really good friend of mine is from Bulgaria and she is applying this year as well. She is a foreign realtions major and has a pretty high GPA. She is trying to get into GW but is currently struggling on the LSAT (she is taking it in oct). I know that she is very worried about getting into a law school, especially since her student visa will expire as soon as she graduates. I told her about this site, but she gets really depressed after reading the "I have a 175+ LSAT and a 4.0 from an Ivy League school and my dad is the Senator of the state of XYZ, will I get accepted anywhere?" comments.

Aristotelus_2000,
Thanks for the info. I will definelty tell her and have her email you. She is really stressing out right now and wants to go to a school with an international reputation. She actually spoke to the dean of admissions in person while she was in DC this summer for an internship. And to address your other question, yeah we both went to the same undergrad and were in the same German class; I was a year older and already graduated. I hope you can convince her that she can still do killer on the LSAT.
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Re: Any Eastern Europeans going to law school any time soon?
« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2004, 08:21:55 PM »
Aristo...,
I'm not eastern European but still intl, how are you finding schools with good aid for intl students? I too had to bum GWU off my list when I saw how little aid they got.

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Re: Any Eastern Europeans going to law school any time soon?
« Reply #7 on: September 08, 2004, 12:52:02 AM »
RuskieGirl's from Russia.   ;D

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Re: Any Eastern Europeans going to law school any time soon?
« Reply #8 on: September 09, 2004, 07:31:02 PM »
I really like the financial aid options of Vanderbilt and Duke.
Surprisingly, the higher the school is in the rankings, the better the fin aid options. The only notable exception is Georgetown. They suck, dude. You would expect that an internationally-oriented university to have some accomodation of int'l students. Instead, they make it impossible for us to apply there. Their loss! do you know if any good fin aid for int'l applicants?


Aristo...,
I'm not eastern European but still intl, how are you finding schools with good aid for intl students? I too had to bum GWU off my list when I saw how little aid they got.

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« Reply #9 on: September 09, 2004, 07:33:37 PM »
Horosho Ruskie,

how do you like Boat?
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