URM 2016-2017 Cycle Thread

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Re: URM 2016-2017 Cycle Thread

Postby beantheshadow » Sat Aug 27, 2016 9:07 pm

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beantheshadow wrote:So I received several unsolicited fee waivers for last cycle, my intention was always to apply early this cycle. Are those fee waivers still good? Or should I shoot the schools an email?


I've seen in some of the other threads that some of them had to email again, because they expired. Shooting them an email never hurts. Most of them respond within 24 hours and are really cool about it.



Thanks! Omg omg, today the ideas have been flowing out of me for my PS. It's my third revision of my second PS lol but I still feel like I have so much I need to cut and word better. But It feels good finally having something coherent on paper that I actually like.

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Re: URM 2016-2017 Cycle Thread

Postby dietcoke1 » Tue Aug 30, 2016 11:21 pm

Any one planning on applying to SEO? Any tips that anyone has heard about?

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Re: URM 2016-2017 Cycle Thread

Postby Barack O'Drama » Tue Aug 30, 2016 11:32 pm

dietcoke1 wrote:Any one planning on applying to SEO? Any tips that anyone has heard about?



I'm planning on it for next cycle.

There was a great thread that had some tips I think around here. Let me see if I can find it, and I'll post it.
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Re: URM 2016-2017 Cycle Thread

Postby USayinBoalt » Tue Aug 30, 2016 11:45 pm

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dietcoke1 wrote:Any one planning on applying to SEO? Any tips that anyone has heard about?



I'm planning on it for next cycle.

There was a great thread that had some tips I think around here. Let me see if I can find it, and I'll post it.


Also planning on applying next cycle

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Re: URM 2016-2017 Cycle Thread

Postby dietcoke1 » Tue Aug 30, 2016 11:51 pm

I'll be sure to share my experiences this cycle if you two are interested then. The whole thing seems unpredictable. I'm worried that I've shown little interest in corporate law to merit an acceptance into the program.

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Re: URM 2016-2017 Cycle Thread

Postby Barack O'Drama » Tue Aug 30, 2016 11:54 pm

dietcoke1 wrote:I'll be sure to share my experiences this cycle if you two are interested then. The whole thing seems unpredictable. I'm worried that I've shown little interest in corporate law to merit an acceptance into the program.



I'd be really grateful and excited to hear about your experiences. I've heard it seems quite unpredictable and I worry myself about the same issue. (Not having shown much interest in corporate law)

Thank you for sharing - Good luck !
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Re: URM 2016-2017 Cycle Thread

Postby USayinBoalt » Wed Aug 31, 2016 12:00 am

dietcoke1 wrote:I'll be sure to share my experiences this cycle if you two are interested then. The whole thing seems unpredictable. I'm worried that I've shown little interest in corporate law to merit an acceptance into the program.


Yes, please do! Yeah based on what I've read on here it seems like it is more unpredictable than admissions. There are some great resources on here to help prepare for the interview though so that's a plus

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Re: URM 2016-2017 Cycle Thread

Postby HaveMercy » Thu Sep 01, 2016 11:33 am

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Re: URM 2016-2017 Cycle Thread

Postby Barack O'Drama » Thu Sep 01, 2016 1:26 pm

HaveMercy wrote:What are you all doing with Why X essays? Should I bother writing them or just apply as early as possible without them?



I'm writing them for every school that I actually want to go to (HYS, Columbia, NYU, and Cornell for Yield protection) and then for the schools I'm applying to for scholarship negotiations I'm not going to bother because I suspect they will sense the bs.


I think they are worth writing as they don't take that long and can only help if you find meaningful reasons why you want to attend. For me, there is just no reason I can make up and write about in a believable way why I want to go to GT. So I'm probably going to forgo writing one.

Get them done and still apply early man. Most of mine are going to be a page.
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Re: URM 2016-2017 Cycle Thread

Postby beantheshadow » Thu Sep 01, 2016 5:21 pm

When I am asking schools for fee waivers should I put my stats in the email? Seems pretty douchey. Lol

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Re: URM 2016-2017 Cycle Thread

Postby caitlinrw » Thu Sep 01, 2016 6:03 pm

beantheshadow wrote:When I am asking schools for fee waivers should I put my stats in the email? Seems pretty douchey. Lol


Definitely put your stats, it's not douchey at all lol. That's how I usually frame the section where I put my credentials:

LSDAS GPA:

LSAT Score:

LSAC Number:

Since I attend a HBCU, they probably assume I'm a URM. Aside from that, most places are really cool about giving them out because you took the time to ask, or your credentials are what they are looking for. So always put your stats! But that's just my opinion of course lol.

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Postby HaveMercy » Fri Sep 02, 2016 12:54 pm

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Re: URM 2016-2017 Cycle Thread

Postby PoopNpants » Wed Sep 07, 2016 8:02 pm

Who ready for the LSAT in 2 weeks?

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Re: URM 2016-2017 Cycle Thread

Postby brinicolec » Thu Sep 08, 2016 3:02 am

PoopNpants wrote:Who ready for the LSAT in 2 weeks?


Felt more ready when I first started studying again :? I'm so fed up with myself lol

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Re: URM 2016-2017 Cycle Thread

Postby PrezRand » Thu Sep 08, 2016 1:00 pm

PoopNpants wrote:Who ready for the LSAT in 2 weeks?

glad i delayed mine lol

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Re: URM 2016-2017 Cycle Thread

Postby Barack O'Drama » Thu Sep 08, 2016 1:05 pm

PrezRand wrote:
PoopNpants wrote:Who ready for the LSAT in 2 weeks?

glad i delayed mine lol
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Re: URM 2016-2017 Cycle Thread

Postby beantheshadow » Mon Sep 12, 2016 12:10 am

Is 11 sized font pretty standard for a personal statement? With it I am about a page and three quarters and am really satisfied with my PS. If I put it to 12 then it goes into the second page. Trying to keep it under two pages.

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Re: URM 2016-2017 Cycle Thread

Postby USayinBoalt » Mon Sep 12, 2016 12:30 am

beantheshadow wrote:Is 11 sized font pretty standard for a personal statement? With it I am about a page and three quarters and am really satisfied with my PS. If I put it to 12 then it goes into the second page. Trying to keep it under two pages.


According to Dean Meeker over in the MS9 thread, these are the standards: "1 inch margins, double-spaced, 11-point Times New Roman (or similar) font. Do create a header with your name and LSAC number and generic title (i.e., Personal Statement)."

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Re: URM 2016-2017 Cycle Thread

Postby PrezRand » Wed Sep 14, 2016 8:19 am

What is the upside in applying to law schools that you more than likely will not attend? Example: Planning on working in Texas and applying to schools like UCLA, Berkeley, Cornell, and etc.

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Re: URM 2016-2017 Cycle Thread

Postby caitlinrw » Wed Sep 14, 2016 8:24 am

PrezRand wrote:What is the upside in applying to law schools that you more than likely will not attend? Example: Planning on working in Texas and applying to schools like UCLA, Berkeley, Cornell, and etc.


People swear by scholarship negotiations, but I think it truly depends. I'm no expert, but I would not waste a ton on application fees to schools you really have no interest in, it makes things more stressful. Have you researched how well those schools would place in TX? Or are you actually interested in those schools?

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Re: URM 2016-2017 Cycle Thread

Postby PrezRand » Wed Sep 14, 2016 3:44 pm

caitlinrw wrote:
PrezRand wrote:What is the upside in applying to law schools that you more than likely will not attend? Example: Planning on working in Texas and applying to schools like UCLA, Berkeley, Cornell, and etc.


People swear by scholarship negotiations, but I think it truly depends. I'm no expert, but I would not waste a ton on application fees to schools you really have no interest in, it makes things more stressful. Have you researched how well those schools would place in TX? Or are you actually interested in those schools?

I was interested in UCLA, Berkeley, and a few other schools, but it seems like most students who attend these schools do not want to work in Texas. The TLS consensus is that any T14 school will do well with placement back in Texas. However, I am just skeptical about attending any elite school if less than 10 students and in some cases 5 would come back to Texas

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Re: URM 2016-2017 Cycle Thread

Postby poptart123 » Wed Sep 14, 2016 4:00 pm

dietcoke1 wrote:Any one planning on applying to SEO? Any tips that anyone has heard about?


What is SEO? I've seen this post a few times and wondered, but I can bare not knowing any longer.

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Re: URM 2016-2017 Cycle Thread

Postby USayinBoalt » Wed Sep 14, 2016 4:03 pm

poptart123 wrote:What is SEO? I've seen this post a few times and wondered, but I can bare not knowing any longer.


It's a 0L big law internship during the summer before you enroll in law school. Pretty cool

http://www.seocareer.org/law/about/

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Re: URM 2016-2017 Cycle Thread

Postby dietcoke1 » Wed Sep 14, 2016 4:06 pm

poptart123 wrote:
dietcoke1 wrote:Any one planning on applying to SEO? Any tips that anyone has heard about?


What is SEO? I've seen this post a few times and wondered, but I can bare not knowing any longer.


URMs who are entering their first year intern/work at a top law firm, usually in either NYC, DC, LA, SF, (Chicago I think). Its generally considered the best thing a URM can do. Many SEO internships lead to summer associateships and then job offers and provide connections with the URM community.



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