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Choosing the Right Law School / Harvard adopts Pass/Fail grading system
« on: September 28, 2008, 07:10:00 PM »

Harvard Law School will be moving to a pass-fail grading system in the fall of 2009, joining peer institutions such as Yale and Stanford, Dean Elena Kagan announced in an e-mail to students this afternoon.

The move, which in lieu of the traditional system of letter grades will allow four levels of assessment—honors pass, pass, low pass, and fail—is intended, according to Kagan's e-mail, to "promote pedagogical excellence and innovation and further strengthen the intellectual community."

Law School Admissions / LSAT Addendum
« on: September 27, 2008, 06:36:00 AM »
Hey yall - so my UG had a big law school forum this past Thursday and I spoke to a bunch of admissions reps about whether I should send in an LSAT addendum if I don't really have a good (ie. being sick, death in the family, crazy testing site) reason for having a lower score.

Much to my relief, EVERY rep I spoke to completely brushed it off and said that it was no big deal and that they really dislike reading addendums that sound forced and artificial anyway. (I spoke to CLS, NYU, Chicago, Michigan, Georgetown. Harvard and Yale were not at the fair)

This is something I was wicked concerned about and I'm very happy that I don't have to worry about it. I know a couple of you guys have or will have multiple scores when applying, so I'm just posting in case it helps you. (P.S. I did not tell them what my scores were, so there wasn't really a numbers bias here.)

Law School Admissions / Yale application
« on: September 22, 2008, 08:46:50 AM »
For questions 4-10, how detailed are answers supposed to be? The question prompt calls for "lists," but a lot of people I've spoken to say that they are writing descriptions, especially for the activities/jobs question.

Any clue?

Law School Admissions / Yale 250
« on: September 10, 2008, 08:52:11 AM »
Any ideas on how to approach this? I'm not sure whether to make it an extended personal statement, a persuasive piece, something academic, something self-reflective...The word limit is not really a problem, I'm just struggling to come up with something captivating.

EDIT: Somehow I miraculously birthed a 250 about an hour after posting. If anyone wants to trade, I'd really appreciate it. :)

Law School Admissions / Applying with multiple LSAT scores
« on: July 07, 2008, 11:23:56 AM »
I've gone through LSN looking at how multiple scorers have fared, especially with the Top 10 or so schools. The results seem pretty mixed and it's hard to draw a conclusion, so I have a couple of questions as to what I should look out for when applying with multiple scores. (I have a 168 and 176, with a 3.95 GPA).

- Should I write an addendum? I really don't have a medical or situational reason for doing better the second time. There were no clanging garbage cans or marching bands at my first testing site. I didn't have the flu or any other vicious ailments. I got a good score; I just felt I could do better. I don't think this requires an addendum, but other people have told me that I should write one so that schools don't consider the higher score a fluke.

- For those of you who have gone through a cycle with multiple scores, what was your experience? Did your cycle seem as if schools were considering your highest score or an average?

The main reason I am asking is because of applications...just trying to figure out if I should throw in another safety or two. So far, my list is pretty dependent on schools mainly focusing on my highest score:


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