Oops! (or how not to get into law school) comic relief

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Oops! (or how not to get into law school) comic relief

Postby juliegirl » Thu Feb 02, 2006 11:50 pm

So I'm sure you've been advised to carefully review your applications for all kinds of mistakes that law school admissions coucils laugh at (grammar, spelling, etc). But today I must share with you the colossal law school admissions mistake ever!

First a little background. I live in the middle of nowhere. The only internet available for MILES is very very slow dialup. I must fight with the LSAC website on this poopy dialup. Now LSAC is not very cooperative with me--I can hardly ever download the PDF documents because my computer is so slow. It frequently times out, locks up my computer, and does all kinds of wacky things simply because my internet is TOO SLOW.

So I waited till the last minute to apply to a couple of schools, Harvard and U. Georgia. I applied online because my app wouldn't get there in time if I didn't apply online that day. So I am fighting with LSAC form to get it to upload my personal statements. I finally got it to upload. I checked the original word documents, and everything looked good.

SO, my application is complete. It asks you to view the PDF files of your document to make sure everything is correct, but my computer won't load them so I just press "OK" and move on.

Well today, after my applications were submitted, I was on my campus on broadband, and I decided to check my application. I almost pooped my pants when I saw what happened. I had my essay edited professionally, and when they do that, in Word you can use the "Track Changes" button to see the notes the editor made to you and what mistakes were changed. I did not see this on my computer because I had track changes turned off. However....it showed up on the file submitted to the schools. ALL OF THE COMMENTS the editor made to me, all of the corrections that changed, her name, her advice to me...it all showed up!

All I could do was laugh. But I really wanted to cry. So I called the school and groveled and told them that I sent the wrong personal statement (didn't tell them it was a really embarrasing one!), and UG said if I emailed a new one they'd throw that one out, and Harvard...kinda laughed at me and said they couldn't throw away the first one.

SO.....the moral of the story is: LSAC is a pain in the butt, NEVER use the track changes button on law school applications unless you will be printing them ONLY, and ALWAYS ALWAYS check the dang pdf files before you submit an application!

Now that you're laughing at me...anyone else have any embarrassing stories to tell?

Burger in a can
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Re: Oops! (or how not to get into law school) comic relief

Postby Burger in a can » Tue Aug 03, 2010 5:38 pm

juliegirl wrote:anyone else have any embarrassing stories to tell?


I guess not! Cool story though.

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Re: Oops! (or how not to get into law school) comic relief

Postby HyeMart » Tue Aug 03, 2010 5:41 pm

what are track changes, and does word do them automatically?

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Re: Oops! (or how not to get into law school) comic relief

Postby acrossthelake » Tue Aug 03, 2010 5:42 pm

HyeMart wrote:what are track changes, and does word do them automatically?


No. It's a feature that, well, marks any changes that are made to the document. So if you select something and delete it, instead of deleting, it gets crossed out with the text turned to red. Anything new is red and in underline. Additionally, there are comment bubbles on the side that whoever is editing your paper can insert into spaces to give you longer feedback. It's like...the digital version of marking a paper up with a red pen.

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Re: Oops! (or how not to get into law school) comic relief

Postby 270910 » Tue Aug 03, 2010 5:46 pm

As your attorney, I recommend you seek compensation from your editor for not warning you to not do that.

Back of the envelope:

Duty = to do no harm to customers, undivided fiduciary duty of loyalty. Let's call her an agent. Breach = fucked it all up; reasonable person would warn you. Cause = assume dinged from harvard. Damage = no harvard JD, est. $1,000,00 in damages. Offer to settle for 20 grand.

BOOM. LAWYERED.

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Re: Oops! (or how not to get into law school) comic relief

Postby jks289 » Tue Aug 03, 2010 5:48 pm

Burger in a can wrote:
juliegirl wrote:anyone else have any embarrassing stories to tell?


I guess not! Cool story though.


I can't find the thread, but there was a guy swearing to not be a flame who wrote "Check Card" after the VISA question for non-citizens.

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Re: Oops! (or how not to get into law school) comic relief

Postby Burger in a can » Tue Aug 03, 2010 5:50 pm

jks289 wrote:
Burger in a can wrote:
juliegirl wrote:anyone else have any embarrassing stories to tell?


I guess not! Cool story though.


I can't find the thread, but there was a guy swearing to not be a flame who wrote "Check Card" after the VISA question for non-citizens.


I remember that- it was called something like "I am such a moron" or something.

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Re: Oops! (or how not to get into law school) comic relief

Postby danidancer » Tue Aug 03, 2010 5:53 pm

acrossthelake wrote:
HyeMart wrote:what are track changes, and does word do them automatically?


No. It's a feature that, well, marks any changes that are made to the document. So if you select something and delete it, instead of deleting, it gets crossed out with the text turned to red. Anything new is red and in underline. Additionally, there are comment bubbles on the side that whoever is editing your paper can insert into spaces to give you longer feedback. It's like...the digital version of marking a paper up with a red pen.


I seriously hate track changes. They're a great idea in theory, but in practice... Well, stuff like what happened to the OP happens far more often than it should.

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Re: Oops! (or how not to get into law school) comic relief

Postby holborn » Tue Aug 03, 2010 5:56 pm

Burger in a can wrote:
juliegirl wrote:anyone else have any embarrassing stories to tell?


I guess not! Cool story though.



wait, did you really just bump a thread that was 4 years old? how did you even find this?

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Re: Oops! (or how not to get into law school) comic relief

Postby Burger in a can » Tue Aug 03, 2010 6:38 pm

holborn wrote:
Burger in a can wrote:
juliegirl wrote:anyone else have any embarrassing stories to tell?


I guess not! Cool story though.



wait, did you really just bump a thread that was 4 years old? how did you even find this?


I thought it was worth bumping. It has generated more responses in the last hour than in the four previous years, so I guess I was right. :)

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Re: Oops! (or how not to get into law school) comic relief

Postby 20160810 » Tue Aug 03, 2010 7:09 pm

Burger in a can wrote:
juliegirl wrote:anyone else have any embarrassing stories to tell?


I guess not! Cool story though.

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