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Studying for the LSAT / Re: WROTE after "STOP" this bad?
« on: June 14, 2004, 03:53:11 PM »
Hi all,

I'm new and I just took the LSAT today.  Well, on the writing sample I was finishing my sentence after the proctor said stop and so he took it and said he would send a report to LSAC saying that I wrote over time....Is this bad, will my score be invalidated, will law schools care, most of all, AM I IN BIG TROUBLE??? They don't consider this akin to cheating, do they?!!!!!!!! Thanks.

I think you're in trouble.  You clearly violated the rules you agreed to when you signed the honor statement.  At best, I'm guessing you will have to retake the test and there will be a note on your LSAC file.  At worst, you'll be labeled a cheater and you can kiss becoming a lawyer goodbye.

That's why you should always follow the rules when it comes to the LSAT.  It's just not worth it to get caught. 

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: GMU Waitlist.....Part 2
« on: May 25, 2004, 08:22:58 AM »
FYI, I emailed the Dean yesterday and she granted me an extension on the deposit deadline from 5/15 to 6/5.  I know that sucks for some of you but I still haven't made up my mind yet.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Wake v Mason
« on: April 27, 2004, 10:46:20 AM »
I was accepted at both of these schools as well and I've eliminated Wake Forest.  I had the same concerns as you regarding GMU's conservative reputation, and the overall collegiality of the two schools.

I think I would have really enjoyed Wake for all of the reasons you've listed.  I preferred to go to a law school with a beautiful campus and small classes.  I also liked that Wake was somewhere where I could concentrate on studying without too many distractions.  The study carrel thing was a big plus as well. 

But in the end, it came down to job opportunities in the DC area.  GMU provides them and Wake doesn't.  I did some research and I found that most Wake grads stay in Winston-Salem.  I figured that many of them would at least end up in Charlotte and Atlanta but almost all of them were in WS and Greensboro.  My fiance had no desire to live in NC for the rest of her life so we decided to eliminate Wake.

On top of that, GMU is cheaper and it is a school on the rise.  Based on its recent rapid rise in the rankings I think there's a good chance that it will crack the top 30 within the next few years.  Also, GMU is already ranked 26th according to Leiter's EQR Rankings. 

As far as the curriculum goes, I figure having a good grasp of Economics will be helpful when practicing the law and I can live through a couple of Econ classes.  I'm not too worried about their "conservative approach" anymore either.  I know what my principles are and they won't change due to a professor's lecturing. 

IMO, GMU makes the most sense for you.  It's true that Wake might be a more enjoyable three years, but there's a good chance that you'll be beating yourself up over your decision when it comes time to search for a job.  HTH.


Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / FYI: Pitt WL is Moving
« on: April 21, 2004, 10:45:54 AM »
Just got a call from Pitt.  I've been accepted off of the waitlist.  I will almost certainly decline their offer but I just have to run it past the Mrs first.

For those of you who still haven't heard from one of your top choices, you may want to give this a shot:

Last Wednesday I emailed GW asking them when I would receive a decision and they replied that I would find out in the first week of May.  On Friday I sent an email to them detailing why GW was my first choice, listing various reasons including the fact that Washington was my fiance and my "dream" city.  I dropped professors names and basically just begged them to let me in.  Keep in mind, that I am a very borderline applicant, especially considering I applied late in the process.  It may have been risky, but at this point I assumed I was about to be WL'd or worse so I figured I'd give it a shot.

Well, what do you know?  Only two days later I receive an email stating that I've been accepted.  It came as a complete surprise given that only a few days earlier they said I wouldn't find out for another month.  In the end, I think it was my email that took me off the fence.  Those of you who are still waiting on schools might want to think about implementing a similar tactic.  Good luck and I hope this helps. 

I've refrained from posting a lame "I need advice" thread until I knew exactly what my options were. So here goes:

I am in at Case Western with 14k, and Wake Forest and UCONN with no $$ yet. I would eventually like to practice in Los Angeles, and no, I do not have any Cali school options. I am willing to work in the area where I graduate for a couple of years. I am interested in environmental law and UCONN appears to offer the best course selection in this field.

Further complicating things is the fact that I will be bringing my fiance with me. She works in the non-profit sector and would like to go to a school with a "reputable" MPP/MPA program. Wake Forest would afford her with the best opportunities in this regard as Duke and UNC have very strong MPP programs, and there are others in the area like Greensboro and Asheville. If I go to Case she's pretty much stuck at Cleveland St and if I go to UCONN she's stuck at UCONN.

The size of the cities is also an issue since she'll be looking for work. Cleveland is the largest city of the bunch with Winston-Salem and Hartford being significantly smaller towns. If she's stuck working at f-ing Starbucks I think her resentment of me could put a strain on our marriage.

Other tidbits:

Cleveland is close to my family (3 hour drive).

I don't care about weather or DEBT.

I want the best education possible.

I went to a f-ing gigantic bureaucratic monster of a school in Cali for undergrad and would like to actually receive some support from a school this time around.

I'm waitlisted at 58 other schools so one of these schools may not be my final destination. I just need to send in an initial deposit within the next couple of days. Thanks in advance for all of your help and support.


The Gerbil King

Wake, Case, or UCONN?

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