SMU 2010!

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mikeloef97
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Re: SMU 2010!

Postby mikeloef97 » Tue Oct 27, 2009 1:40 pm

Have been trolling these pre-law blogs that I may as well join in the neurosis.

Will be applying to the SMU PT program as well.

Best of luck to all of you.

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Bustang
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Re: SMU 2010!

Postby Bustang » Tue Oct 27, 2009 1:47 pm

Applied to the FT program last night. Numbers are a smidgen below the medians so we'll see if my softs/other crap help out. I've heard things including SMU is "bush league" but I also have a friend who got accepted with a 155 to the FT program (white female). Let's hope for the best!

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Re: SMU 2010!

Postby isaiah6v8 » Tue Oct 27, 2009 1:53 pm

I applied to SMU, I like the school, and I currently live in Dallas, I have lived here for about 7 years now, and my wife is a nurse at one of the local hospitals. Since she is a nurse we are okay going elsewhere or staying here because it is faily easy to find a job as a nurse. Anyway, best of luck to y'all!

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Re: SMU 2010!

Postby isaiah6v8 » Tue Oct 27, 2009 1:55 pm

Bustang wrote:Applied to the FT program last night. Numbers are a smidgen below the medians so we'll see if my softs/other crap help out. I've heard things including SMU is "bush league" but I also have a friend who got accepted with a 155 to the FT program (white female). Let's hope for the best!


Wouldn't being accepted to the full time program with a 155 indicate that the school was more "bush league"? My definition of "bush league" is below standard, not above.

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Bustang
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Re: SMU 2010!

Postby Bustang » Tue Oct 27, 2009 1:56 pm

isaiah6v8 wrote:
Bustang wrote:Applied to the FT program last night. Numbers are a smidgen below the medians so we'll see if my softs/other crap help out. I've heard things including SMU is "bush league" but I also have a friend who got accepted with a 155 to the FT program (white female). Let's hope for the best!


Wouldn't being accepted to the full time program with a 155 indicate that the school was more "bush league"? My definition of "bush league" is below standard, not above.


I guess our definitions differ :D I've always known "bush league" to mean tough/stubborn, but I could be incorrect. In any case: I've seen/heard mixed things about SMU admission cycles.

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Re: SMU 2010!

Postby keg411 » Tue Oct 27, 2009 2:21 pm

I'll be applying to the PT program as well. I've gone to school in the evening before, so it shouldn't be too hard to add that part to my PS (kind of annoying that SMU does that but I can kind of see why).

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Re: SMU 2010!

Postby kalvano » Tue Oct 27, 2009 2:24 pm

I'll be visiting SMU and speaking with admissions on the 10th.

Any questions people want answered?

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Re: SMU 2010!

Postby isaiah6v8 » Tue Oct 27, 2009 2:24 pm

Bustang wrote:
isaiah6v8 wrote:
Bustang wrote:Applied to the FT program last night. Numbers are a smidgen below the medians so we'll see if my softs/other crap help out. I've heard things including SMU is "bush league" but I also have a friend who got accepted with a 155 to the FT program (white female). Let's hope for the best!


Wouldn't being accepted to the full time program with a 155 indicate that the school was more "bush league"? My definition of "bush league" is below standard, not above.


I guess our definitions differ :D I've always known "bush league" to mean tough/stubborn, but I could be incorrect. In any case: I've seen/heard mixed things about SMU admission cycles.


Interesting, i had never heard it that way, what region of the country are you from? I wonder if that has something to do with it. I think of the scene in Anchorman, when Will Ferrell tells his make up lady that her work is "bush league".

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Re: SMU 2010!

Postby csteele12 » Tue Oct 27, 2009 4:38 pm

Applied last week, got status checker e-mail today. Mine just says "received," although I don't seem to be missing anything.

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Re: SMU 2010!

Postby riburn3 » Tue Oct 27, 2009 6:47 pm

csteele12 wrote:Applied last week, got status checker e-mail today. Mine just says "received," although I don't seem to be missing anything.


It took them a week or so to give me the status checker e-mail and then another 2-3 days before I went "complete".

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Re: SMU 2010!

Postby The Sound Of Truth » Wed Oct 28, 2009 1:07 am

riburn3 wrote:
csteele12 wrote:Applied last week, got status checker e-mail today. Mine just says "received," although I don't seem to be missing anything.


It took them a week or so to give me the status checker e-mail and then another 2-3 days before I went "complete".



I submitted my application yesterday and got the status checker email today :D

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Re: SMU 2010!

Postby Stephanie13 » Wed Oct 28, 2009 1:19 am

SMU wants a "why law" personal statement, how many people wrote a completely new personal statement, tweaked their personal statement, or did not change their personal statement at all?

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Re: SMU 2010!

Postby riburn3 » Wed Oct 28, 2009 1:49 am

Stephanie13 wrote:SMU wants a "why law" personal statement, how many people wrote a completely new personal statement, tweaked their personal statement, or did not change their personal statement at all?



I think most personal statements usually are "why law?" essays to some extent. Most people talk about an experience or topic of interest and somehow try and tie it into why they want to go to law school or be a lawyer. I personally didn't change a thing.

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Re: SMU 2010!

Postby kalvano » Wed Oct 28, 2009 1:53 am

SMU wants both a personal statement AND a "Why law" or "Why SMU" essay.

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Re: SMU 2010!

Postby riburn3 » Wed Oct 28, 2009 2:07 am

kalvano wrote:SMU wants both a personal statement AND a "Why law" or "Why SMU" essay.


Oh yeah, after looking I see that. I totally did the "Why SMU" since I feel like my PS answered "Why law".

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Re: SMU 2010!

Postby Stephanie13 » Wed Oct 28, 2009 2:35 am

Yea I did the Why SMU but yea then there is a personal statement plus an "optional" essay for scholarship money which I took to be kind of like a diversity statement. Anyway, I guess i just asked about the personal statement because it looked like SMU wanted more of a direct, I want to study law because of A,B,C, and not like a statement relating a personal story.

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Re: SMU 2010!

Postby Bustang » Wed Oct 28, 2009 12:08 pm

How long were yall's why SMU "essays"?

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Re: SMU 2010!

Postby csteele12 » Wed Oct 28, 2009 11:33 pm

Bustang wrote:How long were yall's why SMU "essays"?

2 page PS and the paragraph they ask for. Also did 1.5 pages on optional Q15.

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Re: SMU 2010!

Postby riburn3 » Thu Oct 29, 2009 12:22 am

csteele12 wrote:
Bustang wrote:How long were yall's why SMU "essays"?

2 page PS and the paragraph they ask for. Also did 1.5 pages on optional Q15.



This is pretty much the length of my essays as well.

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Maillot Jaune
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Re: SMU 2010!

Postby Maillot Jaune » Thu Oct 29, 2009 12:28 am

SMU is looking like a great school. I am not from Texas but have been to Dallas before and was impressed.
Does anyone know if they have a preference for TX residents? I know they are private, but you never know.

Best of luck to everyone, FT and PT.

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Re: SMU 2010!

Postby Stephanie13 » Thu Oct 29, 2009 12:38 am

well since SMU is private, they're not held to any cap on non-residents like UT is. but I can't speak to whether they personally prefer texas residents over non-residents, although I bet if you write a compelling Why SMU essay, it won't matter either way.

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Maillot Jaune
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Re: SMU 2010!

Postby Maillot Jaune » Thu Oct 29, 2009 12:42 am

Stephanie13 wrote:well since SMU is private, they're not held to any cap on non-residents like UT is. but I can't speak to whether they personally prefer texas residents over non-residents, although I bet if you write a compelling Why SMU essay, it won't matter either way.



I concur.

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Re: SMU 2010!

Postby riburn3 » Thu Oct 29, 2009 12:45 am

Stephanie13 wrote:well since SMU is private, they're not held to any cap on non-residents like UT is. but I can't speak to whether they personally prefer texas residents over non-residents, although I bet if you write a compelling Why SMU essay, it won't matter either way.



I think this is right. Since they are private I don't think they care where their students come from as long as the student is what they are looking for.

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Re: SMU 2010!

Postby utcris410 » Thu Oct 29, 2009 5:32 pm

I'm applying FT this weekend.

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Bustang
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Re: SMU 2010!

Postby Bustang » Sun Nov 01, 2009 5:39 pm

I applied last week and I still haven't gone complete :(




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