I can't answer any of the other questions since I'm an 0L, but I was in the exact same situation as you are now. I applied when I was 20. I graduated in 3 years because of APs. And, I applied EA. I was accepted in December, which is a great relief. I think most people say that the EA doesn't technically boost your chances, but the logic goes that the law schools have more open spots in the beginning of the cycle so they are more willing to accept someone that they might not accept in February when they only have a few spots left. I would absolutely say DO NOT wait. Apply as early as possible. Schools will request your fall grades if they want them.
Also, I'm from San Diego. I totally feel your pain about the cold. I'm dreading the change
But, I would recommend applying to Hughes Hall to help yourself ease into the cold. That's what I'm doing! Hughes is attached to the law school, so you don't have to really face the arctic tundra once it hits!
It feels so good to hear that I'm not in an odd situation. I've always loved Chicago, but won't even apply to Northwestern being 20 and straight out college. So, I'm glad to hear Cornell is friendly about that. I was on their website leafing through so .pdfs and read they have even admitting students who hadn't finished their BA yet, as long as they would by their second year. I found that odd. I'll definitely have my application in by the EA deadline. I'm taking the October LSAT, but plan to have all my application materials in by the end of that month and then the score will follow, so I just hope it is good enough.
kn6542 wrote:The ppl I know who have done it were already fluent in French, and my understanding is that it's a fairly competitive program. That doesn't mean you won't be able to do it, but it's something to consider when deciding.
I looked through the application, and I won't check it off that I want to apply to that program. Yet. They said one can in their first year Spring semester, so if my French skills are to where they need to be, I certainly will. It just sounds like an amazing opportunity, but I definitely want Cornell with or without that possibility. My friend attends AUP in Paris and is fluent, so perhaps over the next year a visit and a lot of French skyping should be in order.
Thanks for the feedback on that.
you would not be the first 20 year-old at cornell; i think there were 3 in our class ('12). I'm guessing that with what you've said so far, if you get a good LSAT you stand a pretty good chance of getting into cornell with some scholarship money.
As for the human rights stuff, you should check out http://www.lawschool.cornell.edu/academ ... ojects.cfm
, they do some pretty cool stuff. Also, the Avon global center for women and justice [url]womenandjustice.org[/url] is here at Cornell; I've been working for the Avon center this summer and they also do pretty cool human rights stuff (pm me if you want more info). Public interest is hard everywhere because sooo many of your peers are trying to get jobs in law firms to make big bucks, but Cornell's LRAP seems pretty good and there are plenty of professors who actively engage in public interest work, so it's definitely here if you want it.
Good, good. I am feeling much more comfortable about my age. I'm going to really push for it with my personal statement, and I wish the "why Cornell?" question was more than three tiny lines long.
About scholarship money: How high would a score need to be for a merit scholarship? I've been going through a bunch of different forums on here, and people have said they try to leverage for money by using acceptance from a higher rated school or a larger amount from a different school. Would it be best to apply to many schools in order to have leverage like that? Or merely applying with satisfactory backups be enough? I'd go to Cornell without money, but I'd certainly love getting some. Have many of you received financial aid? One forum kept mentioning their parents' income was too high. But once one is applying to school beyond the BA level, they don't have to include parents on the FAFSA (or once they are 24/married/parent/military). My father refuses to fill out a FAFSA, which is why I've never gotten financial aid for my in-state Florida school. He wouldn't be helping out with law school anyways.
Definitely interested. Thanks for the links. Up until a few months ago I was planning on teaching and the 30-45k salary for decades doesn't make me wince at not making a huge amount with law. I definitely want to do public interest and Cornell's clinics and projects overlap with my interests. Plus having a good loan forgiveness program makes me feel comfortable and excited. I really hope by the end of December I can say I'll be going to Cornell. I'd be willing to send my seat deposit in that very day, hah.
Also, I just want to say (to all of you) I've been reading through this thread and the Cornell 2013 and 98% of you are so nice. Some people on other threads are rude and dismissive to each other. Competition is healthy, but it is nice to know that kind, polite people are at a school I really want to be at. A comfortable environment is more important to me than a great school you are miserable at because you have too many assholes around you. So thank you three for answering, very helpful.