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Re: 2011 Applicants FAQ and Questions thread

Postby justadude55 » Wed Oct 20, 2010 5:00 pm

QUESTION ON CRS $12 FEE:

Just making sure, there is no way to avoid it. Even if you print and mail your app to the school, you get charged. Even if you have a fee waiver from a school, you still have to pay the $12 FEE. No ifs ands or buts right?

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Re: 2011 Applicants FAQ and Questions thread

Postby bk1 » Wed Oct 20, 2010 5:10 pm

justadude55 wrote:QUESTION ON CRS $12 FEE:

Just making sure, there is no way to avoid it. Even if you print and mail your app to the school, you get charged. Even if you have a fee waiver from a school, you still have to pay the $12 FEE. No ifs ands or buts right?


No way that I know of.

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Re: 2011 Applicants FAQ and Questions thread

Postby WestOfTheRest » Wed Oct 20, 2010 5:25 pm

justadude55 wrote:QUESTION ON CRS $12 FEE:

Just making sure, there is no way to avoid it. Even if you print and mail your app to the school, you get charged. Even if you have a fee waiver from a school, you still have to pay the $12 FEE. No ifs ands or buts right?

It's $12, don't bitch.

No way around it.

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Re: 2011 Applicants FAQ and Questions thread

Postby justadude55 » Wed Oct 20, 2010 5:28 pm

CastleRock wrote:
justadude55 wrote:QUESTION ON CRS $12 FEE:

Just making sure, there is no way to avoid it. Even if you print and mail your app to the school, you get charged. Even if you have a fee waiver from a school, you still have to pay the $12 FEE. No ifs ands or buts right?

It's $12, don't bitch.

No way around it.

adds up if u have 20-30 apps.

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Re: 2011 Applicants FAQ and Questions thread

Postby WestOfTheRest » Wed Oct 20, 2010 5:33 pm

justadude55 wrote:
CastleRock wrote:
justadude55 wrote:QUESTION ON CRS $12 FEE:

Just making sure, there is no way to avoid it. Even if you print and mail your app to the school, you get charged. Even if you have a fee waiver from a school, you still have to pay the $12 FEE. No ifs ands or buts right?

It's $12, don't bitch.

No way around it.

adds up if u have 20-30 apps.

Fair enough. 20-30 apps seems a bit overboard, but I guess if you're a splitter. It's still not that much in comparison to the application fees.

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Re: 2011 Applicants FAQ and Questions thread

Postby justadude55 » Wed Oct 20, 2010 5:45 pm

most are fee waivers, but obviously a fee waiver is no longer a good deal unless you have some interest in attending.

i am a bit of a splitter, but i'm more of a unique case for personal achievement and also acting like an idiot. not saying i'm special, because i'm just a dude but my gist on here is that certain schools will look at me just based on their #'s, certain schools will favor me based on the achievements with similarly numbered applicants and certain schools will reject me because of my mistakes.

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Re: 2011 Applicants FAQ and Questions thread

Postby Deuce » Wed Oct 20, 2010 6:05 pm

justadude55 wrote:most are fee waivers, but obviously a fee waiver is no longer a good deal unless you have some interest in attending.

i am a bit of a splitter, but i'm more of a unique case for personal achievement and also acting like an idiot. not saying i'm special, because i'm just a dude but my gist on here is that certain schools will look at me just based on their #'s, certain schools will favor me based on the achievements with similarly numbered applicants and certain schools will reject me because of my mistakes.


Good point, I'm sure you are the only applicant this cycle who has achieved goals while making mistakes on the way.

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Re: 2011 Applicants FAQ and Questions thread

Postby justadude55 » Wed Oct 20, 2010 6:09 pm

Ildeuce wrote:
justadude55 wrote:most are fee waivers, but obviously a fee waiver is no longer a good deal unless you have some interest in attending.

i am a bit of a splitter, but i'm more of a unique case for personal achievement and also acting like an idiot. not saying i'm special, because i'm just a dude but my gist on here is that certain schools will look at me just based on their #'s, certain schools will favor me based on the achievements with similarly numbered applicants and certain schools will reject me because of my mistakes.


Good point, I'm sure you are the only applicant this cycle who has achieved goals while making mistakes on the way.

hahaha fair point. my mistakes were pretty significant, however.

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Re: 2011 Applicants FAQ and Questions thread

Postby KylieMorrison » Thu Oct 21, 2010 12:38 pm

One of the schools I am applying to gives the option of writing an additional essay to be considered for an academic scholarship. The requirements for the essay say to describe any personal accomplishments, experiences, or aspects of your background that you believe will contribute a diverse perspective to the educational environment. While I’m not ethnically diverse, I feel as though my job gives me a unique perspective. Could this essay hurt my application at all? I have written a rough draft and I know it will need a lot of work before it is above average but I would rather be spending that time perfecting my personal statement. So would it be better to submit something that might be average or submit nothing at all? I just wouldn’t want it to hurt me in anyway. Thanks.
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Re: 2011 Applicants FAQ and Questions thread

Postby acrossthelake » Thu Oct 21, 2010 12:40 pm

KylieMorrison wrote:One of the schools I am applying to gives the option of writing an additional essay to be considered for an academic scholarship. The requirements for the essay say to describe any personal accomplishments, experiences, or aspects of your background that you believe will contribute a diverse perspective to the educational environment. While I’m not ethnically diverse, I feel as though my job gives me a unique perspective. Could this essay hurt my application at all? I have written a rough draft and I know it will need a lot of work before it is above average but I would rather be spending that time perfecting my personal statement. So would it be better to submit something that might be average or submit nothing at all? I just wouldn’t want it to hurt me in anyway. Thanks.


I don't think it would hurt you.

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Re: 2011 Applicants FAQ and Questions thread

Postby NCtoDC » Thu Oct 21, 2010 12:52 pm

Ok, I can't post a new topic thread for some reason. So, I'm hoping someone can answer my question here. I have had three traffic tickets. Somehow, one of them has miraculously disappeared. The DMV in the state in which I received the ticket has no record of it and the DMV for the state where I have my license doesn't list it on my record either. I know I got the ticket. I don't really remember the specifics of it other than it was speeding and I paid near $200. Should I just list it anyway, since I know I received it, even though it technically doesn't exist (maybe stating the fact that it is not actually in my DMV records)?

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Re: 2011 Applicants FAQ and Questions thread

Postby bk1 » Thu Oct 21, 2010 1:00 pm

NCtoDC wrote:Ok, I can't post a new topic thread for some reason. So, I'm hoping someone can answer my question here. I have had three traffic tickets. Somehow, one of them has miraculously disappeared. The DMV in the state in which I received the ticket has no record of it and the DMV for the state where I have my license doesn't list it on my record either. I know I got the ticket. I don't really remember the specifics of it other than it was speeding and I paid near $200. Should I just list it anyway, since I know I received it, even though it technically doesn't exist (maybe stating the fact that it is not actually in my DMV records)?


If they ask for traffic violations, yes.

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Re: 2011 Applicants FAQ and Questions thread

Postby Deuce » Thu Oct 21, 2010 1:47 pm

NCtoDC wrote:Ok, I can't post a new topic thread for some reason. So, I'm hoping someone can answer my question here. I have had three traffic tickets. Somehow, one of them has miraculously disappeared. The DMV in the state in which I received the ticket has no record of it and the DMV for the state where I have my license doesn't list it on my record either. I know I got the ticket. I don't really remember the specifics of it other than it was speeding and I paid near $200. Should I just list it anyway, since I know I received it, even though it technically doesn't exist (maybe stating the fact that it is not actually in my DMV records)?


They're traffic tickets, nobody cares about them, don't make a mountain out of an anthill by failing to disclose.

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Re: 2011 Applicants FAQ and Questions thread

Postby CGI Fridays » Thu Oct 21, 2010 2:00 pm

Ildeuce wrote:They're traffic tickets, nobody cares about them, don't make a mountain out of an anthill by failing to disclose.

As bk points out though, not all schools care. Many schools specifically state not to include minor traffick violations & parking tickets.

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Re: 2011 Applicants FAQ and Questions thread

Postby Deuce » Thu Oct 21, 2010 2:01 pm

CGI Fridays wrote:
Ildeuce wrote:They're traffic tickets, nobody cares about them, don't make a mountain out of an anthill by failing to disclose.

As bk points out though, not all schools care. Many schools specifically state not to include minor traffick violations & parking tickets.


True, in my apps. I think I've only had 2 schools ask for them. They're nbd.

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Re: 2011 Applicants FAQ and Questions thread

Postby CGI Fridays » Thu Oct 21, 2010 7:56 pm

I worked as an under-the-table bus boy at a restaurant for a spell during my senior year of UG.
I gather they want to track all your significant jobs since HS, but I'm worried that it'll come up during C&F:
"Why is this not reflected on your tax returns?"
"...'Cause I din't pay no stinkin' taxes!"

I'm assuming I gotta leave it out?

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Re: 2011 Applicants FAQ and Questions thread

Postby justadude55 » Thu Oct 21, 2010 9:06 pm

Don't Think This Has Been Asked:

Which schools are notoriously good with scholarships to get good #'s. Looking at safeties, and i'd prefer if my safeties would come with scholarships. I know that a lot of times the conventional wisdom that a lower ranked school will give more $ isn't always true.

On another topic:

Who is better for firm placement in Miami -- Miami, U of Florida or another southern law school?

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Re: 2011 Applicants FAQ and Questions thread

Postby acrossthelake » Thu Oct 21, 2010 9:18 pm

justadude55 wrote:Don't Think This Has Been Asked:

Which schools are notoriously good with scholarships to get good #'s. Looking at safeties, and i'd prefer if my safeties would come with scholarships. I know that a lot of times the conventional wisdom that a lower ranked school will give more $ isn't always true.

On another topic:

Who is better for firm placement in Miami -- Miami, U of Florida or another southern law school?



There are a lot of schools......you'll need to narrow the range for that. I also have no idea about the answer to the last question.

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Re: 2011 Applicants FAQ and Questions thread

Postby CGI Fridays » Thu Oct 21, 2010 11:33 pm

CGI Fridays wrote:I worked as an under-the-table bus boy at a restaurant for a spell during my senior year of UG.
I gather they want to track all your significant jobs since HS, but I'm worried that it'll come up during C&F:
"Why is this not reflected on your tax returns?"
"...'Cause I din't pay no stinkin' taxes!"

I'm assuming I gotta leave it out?

Sorry to quote myself, but a question posted after this was answered & I'd rather it not get lost.

Next Q:
I worked as a lifeguard freshman year in UG. I have no records except old e-mails which don't include what month I stopped.
If I guess what month I stopped, could that come back to haunt me during C&F if I accidentally exaggerated by a month or two?

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Re: 2011 Applicants FAQ and Questions thread

Postby justadude55 » Fri Oct 22, 2010 12:07 am

CGI Fridays wrote:
CGI Fridays wrote:I worked as an under-the-table bus boy at a restaurant for a spell during my senior year of UG.
I gather they want to track all your significant jobs since HS, but I'm worried that it'll come up during C&F:
"Why is this not reflected on your tax returns?"
"...'Cause I din't pay no stinkin' taxes!"

I'm assuming I gotta leave it out?

Sorry to quote myself, but a question posted after this was answered & I'd rather it not get lost.

Next Q:
I worked as a lifeguard freshman year in UG. I have no records except old e-mails which don't include what month I stopped.
If I guess what month I stopped, could that come back to haunt me during C&F if I accidentally exaggerated by a month or two?

i dont think exaggerating your life guard career by a year or two is what the bar is really trying to weed out.

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Re: 2011 Applicants FAQ and Questions thread

Postby CGI Fridays » Fri Oct 22, 2010 12:16 am

justadude55 wrote:i dont think exaggerating your life guard career by a year or two is what the bar is really trying to weed out.

Thanks, but I'd prefer to wait for an answer from someone who appears to have a grounding for their answer.
I have a feeling that lying about two full years of WE is not a great idea.

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Re: 2011 Applicants FAQ and Questions thread

Postby lshamlet » Fri Oct 22, 2010 4:14 am

AHH!!! I applied to two schools without manually assigning the Letters of Reccomendation! I payed and everything, and then I realized that I hadn't assigned them and quickly did it.

Am I screwed??

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Re: 2011 Applicants FAQ and Questions thread

Postby Pleasye » Fri Oct 22, 2010 4:16 am

CGI Fridays wrote:
justadude55 wrote:i dont think exaggerating your life guard career by a year or two is what the bar is really trying to weed out.

Thanks, but I'd prefer to wait for an answer from someone who appears to have a grounding for their answer.
I have a feeling that lying about two full years of WE is not a great idea.

Lying about two full years is bad. Accidentally guessing the wrong month is fine. They understand that some of the time the months are just estimates. If I'm wrong anyone can feel free to correct me :)

lshamlet wrote:AHH!!! I applied to two schools without manually assigning the Letters of Reccomendation! I payed and everything, and then I realized that I hadn't assigned them and quickly did it.

Am I screwed??

No.

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Re: 2011 Applicants FAQ and Questions thread

Postby pintobeanx1 » Tue Oct 26, 2010 9:36 pm

How do I find my LSDAS GPA?

Is this what I should put in a letter requesting a fee waiver, or is my regular GPA sufficient?

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Re: 2011 Applicants FAQ and Questions thread

Postby 7StringIbanez » Tue Oct 26, 2010 9:37 pm

I have a question about transcript requests, since LSAC's information didn't exactly make this clear. I know that I need to request the transcript from my degree-granting institution, and have done so already. However, I took a summer class through a different institution (local community college) and had the credit successfully transferred to my degree-granting institution. Even though this credit appears on the transcript from my degree-granting institution, do I still need to request a transcript from the community college where I originally took the summer class?




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