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A great friend of mine just started her 1L year at HLS, and I just started at YLS - we decided that to keep our friends updated about our lives and to document our experiences for ourselves, we'd keep a blog about our experiences. I thought it might be interesting for prospective students to compare our thoughts on our schools, and to see what life is like for us. If you have specific topics you'd like us to discuss, send me a PM.

You can follow us here:

Writing from beautiful Cambridge, MA:

Here at the ASW today, Toby Stock and the public interest advising office staff announced (after it was discussed at the Celebration of Public Interest during the few days prior) a new program to benefit students interested in going into public interest careers.

While they said details are still being finalized and therefore what I'm writing here might be slightly off (an announcement should come some time later this week, it was suggested), they said that basically you would probably need to do some clinical/course credits to show that you were into PI, do a summer doing PI, and commit to 5 years of PI work post-graduation...and that would entitle you to having FREE tuition for your 3L year. You could wait until you had already been at HLS for a while before needing to decide if you wanted to take advantage of the offer, and there would be no limit on the number of people who choose to do it.

Dean Kagan emphasized that while HLS's LIPP program is, in her opinion, one of the two best in the country currently, many students are still scared by debt (even when LIPP would be sufficient to help them), so they wanted to do something that would help with the *perception* of debt paralysis for those interested in PI work.

The mood at the ASW following the announcement = pretty happy. I saw a lot of faces light up in excitement. :)

Hi there,

I know some of you are probably thinking "Girl, you got into H/Y/S, why are you even sending Columbia a LOCI?!?!?!" (Some might also be asking, "Why did Columbia defer/"hold" you?!?!" - but that's another conversation entirely.) Anyway...I promise there's a good reason I'm still pursuing CLS(not-too-specifically, they have another grad school that I am VERY interested in cross-registering in).

So...if you're willing to read my LOCI, I'd really appreciate it. Thanks!

Law School Admissions / Harvard Rejections Begin
« on: January 18, 2008, 01:58:53 PM »
For those of you who have been predicting when it would happen, someone on TLS reports being rejected by e-mail earlier today:

This is pretty sweet, just posted on TLS. I don't think I've seen it posted here yet:

See here for details/caveats, like that it doesn't take into account URM status and doesn't seem to work too well for splitters (the "chances" might be off, but "record" seems more accurate for splitters):

Law School Admissions / What's your favorite law-related blog?
« on: December 30, 2007, 11:11:11 PM »
I'm heading into a guaranteed-to-be-slow period of work over the next few weeks, and I'm always looking for new blogs to add to my rotation. So I thought, what better place than LSD to ask:

What's your favorite law-related blog?

To get started...personally, I was a big fan of way before I seriously considered going to law school, and now, I'm a faithful reader of, the new blog of one of the barelylegal guys writing about his non-law job (it's hilarious, IMHO).

Also, if you're interested in law blogs, too, you might want to check out the ABA Journal's list of the 100 best: . I'd be interested to see if you agree with their list, but I'm particularly looking for additions that might be diamonds in the rough or just not well trafficked.

Law School Admissions / Anti-climactic? Anyone?
« on: December 14, 2007, 09:46:00 PM »
Now that we're a bit into the process and lots of people have begun to receive one (or a handful of) acceptance(s), are you beginning to feel as though it's all a bit anti-climactic? Probably, it just hasn't sunken in yet, but I haven't really been able to cherish acceptances yet (*not* that I'm not grateful), and I doubt it will be possible until I'm all the way done with all decisions in hand.

On some level, I think the anticipation of waiting for my LSAT score (which, even with the assistance of an extensive post-mortem was a bit up in the air) was WAY greater than the wait for decisions (a few notable exceptions, of course)...having grids, LSN, etc seems to make it a bit easier to stomach the process, which, honestly, is almost just that - a process. Steps. Procedure.

Anybody else feel this way, even if you've been admitted into a decidedly fantastic school or two or ten?

Law School Admissions / LOR rejected by LSAC?
« on: November 25, 2007, 09:26:00 PM »
So I followed the advice of everyone here and had my recommender fax my 3rd LOR in on the 16th, but he also sent a paper copy as well.

I got this in the mail from LSAC:

"The enclosed LOR and form are being returned to you for reason below: need to change type to target on your online file. (dated 11/16)"

I have NO idea why this would be the case - it's not a targeted letter, in fact it's my L1 (just the 3rd one to be turned in). I changed it on LSAC now, but the funny thing is, the letter nor the form were sent back to me (because I didn't send them originally, my recommender did?) you think I need to re-send it? Will the paper copy already sent be enough, as this seems to pertain only to the fax, based on the date it was sent?

REALLY not looking forward to calling LSAC about this...gah.

Law School Admissions / Schools Get a Little Creepy...Explicit Details
« on: November 16, 2007, 12:44:24 PM »
This is creepy, if only because they reference my LSAT, UGPA, city....not to mention I'd never heard of them (though apparently they're accredited -

Dear rabbit9198,

My name is Steve Jones, and I'm the Director of Admissions at Florida Coastal School of Law. I was looking at your LSAC file today and noticed that that your LSAT score of 17x and 3.xx GPA and other academic accomplishments qualify you for admission to our January or August '08 entering class. Fortunately, we still have some scholarship funds available, and your LSAT and GPA qualify you for a merit scholarship in the amount of $15,000 to 20,000 per year.

Would you like to study in Jacksonville, a charming coastal city with wonderful weather? We have a lot of students from [insert my city here] and we'd love for you to join them.

I will be working tomorrow (Saturday) so feel free to reply to this email or give me a call at (xxx)xxx-xxxx so we can talk more about this opportunity.

Thank you,

My favorite part? Their slogan: "Celebrating a Decade of Excellence."

Law School Admissions / Michigan Scholarship Offer
« on: November 05, 2007, 12:41:50 PM »
Just got this email:

Earlier this fall, you should have received a letter, application viewbook, and application fee waiver encouraging you to apply to Michigan Law. The number of people who get such letters from me is quite small when compared to the national applicant pool: about 3%. But the email you're receiving now is being sent to a truly tiny portion of the potential pool--more like one-tenth of a percent.

Granted, I know a limited amount about you as a candidate at this stage, but having carefully considered the available data, I have ample reason to think that you are the kind of applicant we most like to see. Your numerical credentials are unassailable, your academic preparation makes you well-suited for law school, and there are some indications that you might be a good fit here based on the information we can see about your legal interests and your background.

We know that financial aid considerations play a huge role in decisions about where to apply, and because we are a public institution, people sometimes wrongly presume that Michigan Law has little in the way of financial aid resources. We have, therefore, launched a pilot program designed to take some of the uncertainty out of the process for a select portion of our potential applicants; we hope this program will encourage you to apply, and to apply soon. If you submit your application materials to us on or before December 15, 2007, and if we choose to admit you after we have the opportunity to review the considerable additional information we ask for as part of the application process, we will provide you with a scholarship in the amount of at least $22,000 per year if you then enroll, for each of your three years here at Michigan Law. It may well turn out that you are eligible for an even larger scholarship; fifteen or so members of the entering class every year qualify to be Darrow scholars following an exhaustive faculty review, and receive a full-tuition scholarship in addition to a stipend. But in view of your potential demonstrated by the information we see now, we commit that if we admit you, you will be offered at least $66,000 for three years at Michigan Law. A scholarship of this size would mean that your remaining tuition obligation would be covered by federal Stafford loans.

As I am sure you understand (but it bears some emphasis), this offer does not amount to a guarantee of admission. Michigan Law is rather famously interested in what are sometimes called "soft factors"--your non-data-friendly experiences, and the way you present those experiences. So please take enough care with your application that we will be able to ascertain more about you than we know already. That care will make a difference in the admissions outcome, and could well make a difference for potential additional scholarship funds. (For some context, last year, about 90% of the people who applied after getting this email were admitted; 10% of them later received an offer of a Darrow.)

At the outset of this email, I told you that only a handful of people in the country will be receiving an email like this. The vast majority of people we admit to Michigan Law this year, and even the majority of admitted students who receive generous merit aid awards, will not have received this email. I hope you will recognize how very interested we are in you as a candidate, and that you will apply to Michigan Law before December 15. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me or a member of my staff and we will be happy to address them.

All the best --

Sarah C. Zearfoss

I actually just got their packet on Thursday, but I guess that counts as "earlier this fall"...anyone else get this and now seriously considering Michigan moreso than before?

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