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Job Search / Callback 5 hours after the interview? Whats this mean?
« on: September 09, 2008, 08:00:31 PM »
I got a callback literally 5 hours after the interview, although we did have a reception the night before where I spoke with a few partners and had a good time. 

What does this mean as far as my chances for getting an offer out of the callback?  This is a V50 firm.

Incoming 1Ls / What are all of you doing right now?
« on: August 09, 2007, 09:26:20 AM »
Posts have slowed down on the board greatly, so I assume you're all busily doing something.  What is it?

I've been:
  • Waiting for my property prof to specify a book so I can go buy it and officially check off that I've got all my books.
  • Casually reading hornbooks at night since it's either that or world of warcraft and I figure now is a good time to phase out warcraft.
  • Working on the intent to study law form, for non-trads this is non-trivial and looks to be a real pain in the ass.
  • Setting up my OneNote with various tabs and sections for each class, questions, misc notes, etc.  Yes I'm bored.  Shutup.
  • Thinking about getting my casebooks unbound and separated into sections so they aren't 10lb monstrosities.

What about all of you?

Financial Aid / Okay so I just did my FAFSA..whats it mean?
« on: May 24, 2007, 08:43:17 AM »
I'm a nontrad, significant income up to here, it says my EFC is like 37000.  Does that mean I won't get any subsidized loans?  Thats more than the tuition costs.

I was hoping to just borrow whatever I could thats subsidized and then lump pay it back right when I graduate, since I wouldn't be paying interest.

Okay so since search is completely hosed and the google search returns garbage, I'm going to go ahead and post this even though I know it's probably been answered 247 times.

I calculated the index range for 25%, median, and 75% based on the numbers in the ABA data sheet for the school I'm applying to.  These numbers are 2.6, 2.9, and 3.1.  I'm ignoring the actual LSAT/GPA values for now because my GPA is absurdly low and my LSAT is well above their 75%. 

If the 25% index is 2.6, and my index is 2.8, thats.. good, right? 

The conventional wisdom I've read is that 25% means auto-reject; however that can't be right, SOMEONE is at the 25%, right?  The only wildcard would be URM's, which can skew the #'s to mean that a white male like myself would need more than the 'official' numbers would suggest. 

Whats the true wisdom on this?  I know, PS, LOR's, Why X essay, work experience, blah blah - just trying to figure out whats up because the official data *TOTALLY* does not jive with what I see on LSN.  Which either makes me happy or scared.  I can't figure out which.  And I think the waiting is making me psychotic.

If you only apply to one school, and that school knows you're only applying to one school, how does that affect your admission/rejection and why?  Is it considered bad form to tell that school that they are the only school you're applying to?

So I've seen multiple acceptances into the PT at SMU (I applied FT/PT both) with the same index as me ( 2.8 ) and several with an index at 2.9.  I know index isn't everything, but if these folks were accepted (some of them have subsequently withdrawn) then my numbers must not be too far out of range.  They're less of a split than me, but I think that could be said of just about everyone.

When you start seeing acceptances at around the same index as you have, and your LOR's/PS are good in the opinion of those who have read them - are the chances good?  I really want to keep my hopes up but it's April 3rd and I went complete in December.  SMU is slow, blah blah blah - I know.  Just trying to keep a handle on my expectations so I don't hang myself if I get rejected after getting my hopes up really high.

Any thoughts/experiences appreciated!

Law School Admissions / Still deferred at this point? SMU
« on: March 18, 2007, 10:15:55 PM »
So I got my app in for EA and got deferred at that time (1/31/07), and haven't heard anything since;  I've been watching LSN and seen some PT people get accepted with the same index as I have.

Anybody have a crystal ball they'd like to look into and tell me what I should expect at this point?  I know the possible outcomes, just wondering which I should favor.  numbers are 2.3/167, nontrad with 10 years W/E.

Law School Admissions / SMU Early Acceptances?
« on: January 02, 2007, 10:46:45 AM »
I know they had one batch of acceptances go out (by phone, I believe) on Dec. 20th, has anybody gotten anything since then?

I did some searches and looked at for previous years and it seems pretty unusual for them to do this early acceptance.  Also it says in the email telling me my app was complete that they would contact us by mail, that no acceptances would go out by phone or email - yet everyone says they got a phone call.

Any other info about what SMU is doing this year would be appreciated.  I'm sweating this.  :)

Law School Admissions / Might be the largest split you've seen..
« on: October 01, 2006, 03:54:18 PM »
I'll just go ahead and throw it out here.

I'm a non-traditional (30 year old, 10 years work experience) with a 172 LSAT and 2.1 LSDAS GPA in Computer Science & Engineering.  I'm only applying to SMU as it's the only one that I can really attend as I can't leave Dallas and Wesleyan isn't an option.

I worked through school and didn't really care about it;  at the time I just wanted my peice of paper and my grades reflected that. 

To my question, as I have never found anyone on LSN or via search with this type of split.. what kind of chance do I have getting into SMU either PT or FT?  I can read the calculators and look at the median GPA's/LSAT's as easily as you can.. my LSAT is way over and my GPA is way under.  Difficult to say.

Thanks for any thoughts.

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