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Re: December 2013 LSAT waiting thread

Postby mellow » Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:02 pm

Bajam wrote:Apps are like all done with the exception of "why x" essays.

Do people have real great reasons for wanting to go to a certain school (asking related to "why x" essays)? I'm not asking for you to list them if anyone thinks I am trying to steal their ideas lol, just wondering.

I feel semi disingenuous writing them, but it's not like I don't want to go "x" school if accepted. FWIW I'm not lying like "THIS IS MY #1" and other stuff, but do people just find programs that they like and write about it?

Why X essays are the bane of my existence for this reason. I write about generic programs and whatnot, but I also try to find at least one unique thing I might be able to include to make it sound more ingenuous. A tip: try asking a current student at the school (maybe even in the "Ask a Law Student" subforum).

muzzy wrote:For peeps who finished apps already, how many hours did you log start to finish?

Many, many more hours than I expected. I was naive and thought I only had to work on my PS/DS/resume. didn't realize how many "optional" essays there were to do.

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Re: December 2013 LSAT waiting thread

Postby bombaysippin » Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:04 pm

melodygreenleaf wrote:
Bajam wrote:Apps are like all done with the exception of "why x" essays.

Do people have real great reasons for wanting to go to a certain school (asking related to "why x" essays)? I'm not asking for you to list them if anyone thinks I am trying to steal their ideas lol, just wondering.

I feel semi disingenuous writing them, but it's not like I don't want to go "x" school if accepted. FWIW I'm not lying like "THIS IS MY #1" and other stuff, but do people just find programs that they like and write about it?

Why X essays are the bane of my existence for this reason. I write about generic programs and whatnot, but I also try to find at least one unique thing I might be able to include to make it sound more ingenuous. A tip: try asking a current student at the school (maybe even in the "Ask a Law Student" subforum).

muzzy wrote:For peeps who finished apps already, how many hours did you log start to finish?

Many, many more hours than I expected. I was naive and thought I only had to work on my PS/DS/resume. didn't realize how many "optional" essays there were to do.


Thanks for the advice and LOL at the bolded part. EXACT SAME sentiment hahaha

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Re: December 2013 LSAT waiting thread

Postby angels2fly » Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:04 pm

If anyone is interested in GW they threw a merit waiver my way before I had an lsat score... i was asking for need-based too haha

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Re: December 2013 LSAT waiting thread

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Re: December 2013 LSAT waiting thread

Postby mellow » Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:13 pm

Bajam wrote:Thanks for the advice and LOL at the bolded part. EXACT SAME sentiment hahaha

oh and try to connect it to something else in your app. saying "I'm interested in x program because I want to continue my work with (something you talked about in your PS)" is better than just listing a random one.

the worst is when schools include it in the app. like I know "Why X" is recommended for UVA, but I didn't see it in the app so I decided to play dumb and not write one. but cornell doesn't give me that option. >>

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Re: December 2013 LSAT waiting thread

Postby bombaysippin » Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:14 pm

Muzzy: If you really want a solution to it then I would suggest printing the finished app pdf out and really meticulously going through it once and then again later. After you're sure theres nothing there just put a huge DON'T CHECK FOR SPELLING/GRAMMAR AGAIN.

But honestly, what kinda sucks is that thinking you're all done, but then you realize you have to add one more thing or change one more thing ESPECIALLY on one of those common parts of the app that a lot of apps share, which then doesn't update every other application (UNLESS IT DOES AND IT JUST DIDN'T DO IT FOR ME IN WHICH CASE I WOULD BE SO MAD...) so you gotta go through every other app to make the changes. This then reverts back to the cycle of omg did I mess something up on the changes that I have to check over it again? :oops:

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Re: December 2013 LSAT waiting thread

Postby mellow » Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:16 pm

muzzy wrote:
melodygreenleaf wrote:Many, many more hours than I expected. I was naive and thought I only had to work on my PS/DS/resume. didn't realize how many "optional" essays there were to do.
For T14 schools, are optional essays pretty standard? Obviously haven't gotten December score but even with my October one I think I could hack a few of the lower ones so I'm trying to limit the amount of application work I do.

Depends on your numbers. If you're an obvious admit with your stats, then you probably don't need to worry about the optional essays (except Why X essays to avoid YP). but if you're a splitter, a reverse splitter, or close to median, I'd probably do the optional essays for schools that "welcome" them.

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Re: December 2013 LSAT waiting thread

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Re: December 2013 LSAT waiting thread

Postby ftbchamp231 » Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:20 pm

What would you say the cutoff is to be a splitter is? Is there a general rule of thumb? or is it you know it when you see it?

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Re: December 2013 LSAT waiting thread

Postby barrelofmonkeys » Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:23 pm

dosto wrote:
PourMeTea wrote:
dosto wrote:Speaking of BoM, I spy trees lurkin


she's been paged


scared trees off.


god damn

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Re: December 2013 LSAT waiting thread

Postby snagglepuss » Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:23 pm

ftbchamp231 wrote:What would you say the cutoff is to be a splitter is? Is there a general rule of thumb? or is it you know it when you see it?

The definition of splitter is falling below a 25th percentile and exceeding a median (e.g. 3.5/171 or for reverse 3.95/164). Super splitters are (really) sub-25th and supra-75th (e.g. 3.0/177)

E: Super reverse-splitters are just OPs of the annoying chances thread du jour where everyone replies "don't waste that precious GPA!"

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Re: December 2013 LSAT waiting thread

Postby Hotguy » Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:27 pm

How long does it take for lsac to review transcripts?
And who is PWing?

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Re: December 2013 LSAT waiting thread

Postby ftbchamp231 » Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:27 pm

snagglepuss wrote:
ftbchamp231 wrote:What would you say the cutoff is to be a splitter is? Is there a general rule of thumb? or is it you know it when you see it?

The definition of splitter is falling below a 25th percentile and exceeding a median (e.g. 3.5/171 or for reverse 3.95/164). Super splitters are (really) sub-25th and supra-75th (e.g. 3.0/177)

Well that is obvious now that you say it haha. So I guess my 3.72 puts me in that category for the upper t-14 schools. I still can't believe they are counting my high school credits I dropped from my degree transcript... I begged the registrar to change the grade to an AU but I haven't gotten a response. Maybe I'll go in and turn on the water works, nobody wants to see a grown man cry.

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Re: December 2013 LSAT waiting thread

Postby dosto » Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:30 pm

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Re: December 2013 LSAT waiting thread

Postby snagglepuss » Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:32 pm

ftbchamp231 wrote:
snagglepuss wrote:
ftbchamp231 wrote:What would you say the cutoff is to be a splitter is? Is there a general rule of thumb? or is it you know it when you see it?

The definition of splitter is falling below a 25th percentile and exceeding a median (e.g. 3.5/171 or for reverse 3.95/164). Super splitters are (really) sub-25th and supra-75th (e.g. 3.0/177)

Well that is obvious now that you say it haha. So I guess my 3.72 puts me in that category for the upper t-14 schools. I still can't believe they are counting my high school credits I dropped from my degree transcript... I begged the registrar to change the grade to an AU but I haven't gotten a response. Maybe I'll go in and turn on the water works, nobody wants to see a grown man cry.

Not really at all. No such thing as splitters for HYS[B]. Usually after 3.5/3.6 you start to get derided by "true splitters" with their low 3's or high 2's GPAs.

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Re: December 2013 LSAT waiting thread

Postby Creditisgood » Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:38 pm

So somebody knows how many LSAT test takers on December 7 compared to last year?

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Re: December 2013 LSAT waiting thread

Postby jas1503 » Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:41 pm

Gender neutral discussion, anyone? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAsqBNK6RYg

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Re: December 2013 LSAT waiting thread

Postby ftbchamp231 » Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:41 pm

snagglepuss wrote:
ftbchamp231 wrote:
snagglepuss wrote:
ftbchamp231 wrote:What would you say the cutoff is to be a splitter is? Is there a general rule of thumb? or is it you know it when you see it?

The definition of splitter is falling below a 25th percentile and exceeding a median (e.g. 3.5/171 or for reverse 3.95/164). Super splitters are (really) sub-25th and supra-75th (e.g. 3.0/177)

Well that is obvious now that you say it haha. So I guess my 3.72 puts me in that category for the upper t-14 schools. I still can't believe they are counting my high school credits I dropped from my degree transcript... I begged the registrar to change the grade to an AU but I haven't gotten a response. Maybe I'll go in and turn on the water works, nobody wants to see a grown man cry.

Not really at all. No such thing as splitters for HYS[B]. Usually after 3.5/3.6 you start to get derided by "true splitters" with their low 3's or high 2's GPAs.


That makes me feel better. Thank you.


Creditisgood wrote:So somebody knows how many LSAT test takers on December 7 compared to last year?


I think this came out a few weeks after week took the LSAT. I remember it popping up close to when scores came out in october. I'm sure it won't be pretty for law schools, good for us though. I wish they disclosed how many people were retaking a second or third time to make those numbers mean a little more.

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Re: December 2013 LSAT waiting thread

Postby jas1503 » Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:42 pm

Creditisgood wrote:So somebody knows how many LSAT test takers on December 7 compared to last year?

Might have to wait on that

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Re: December 2013 LSAT waiting thread

Postby bombaysippin » Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:43 pm

jas1503 wrote:Gender neutral discussion, anyone? http://www.youtube.com


Lol at the video haha....

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Re: December 2013 LSAT waiting thread

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Re: December 2013 LSAT waiting thread

Postby savinggrace » Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:47 pm

Quick question if anyone can answer this for me:

Do law schools look favorably upon students who are writing an honors thesis?

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Re: December 2013 LSAT waiting thread

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Re: December 2013 LSAT waiting thread

Postby ftbchamp231 » Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:50 pm

savinggrace wrote:Quick question if anyone can answer this for me:

Do law schools look favorably upon students who are writing an honors thesis?


It can't hurt... are you listing in on your resume? I wasn't sure where to put I was writing one.




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