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Royals3535
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University of Chicago ED

Postby Royals3535 » Sun Jul 16, 2017 6:36 pm

Hey everyone,

My dream school is university of Chicago and the plan is to apply there early decision. Also, I am in the fortunate situation of being 100% qualified for the post-9/11 GI bill which means law school will be free for me. Thank you guys for paying your taxes. I can't find much data on LSN concerning early decision applicants at Chicago so I thought I would throw this out there and get some advice from you all.
Numbers: 3.84/169
Current military officer with deployment to Afghanistan in a leadership capacity.
My gut instinct is that my lsat is just a tad too low with my gpa being off median slightly. I was considering retaking in September and that if I could get it up to 170/171, I would have a good shot. However, studying for the lsat would limit time spent on the personal statement so there is a trade off here. All my apps need to be in by October 15, I'll be off the grid for about a month and a half following that.
Additionally, what do you guys think about sending in one letter of recommendation targeted to university of Chicago from a peer of mine who graduated from there this past May? I'll have my two general letters- one from my commanding officer and one from a professor. This friend of mine was on mock trial with me in undergrad and can speak to my abilities there and why I would be a good fit for the school he just graduated from. Or would this fall under the category of not having friends write letters? Thanks for any help!

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Re: University of Chicago ED

Postby Platopus » Sun Jul 16, 2017 6:50 pm

If it's going to be 100% free, it's definitely worth the shot since it's your #1 choice.

However, having a friend write a PS is a big no-go IMO. Law schools don't care what your friend thinks. That said, I think you have an excellent shot if you do ED. Your military experience and a nice Why Chicago will go far.

Royals3535
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Re: University of Chicago ED

Postby Royals3535 » Sun Jul 16, 2017 6:53 pm

Sorry if I was confusing in my writing, but you mean having a friend write a LoR is a bad call, right?

Also, should I gear up to re-take in September or spend the time getting the personal statement, why Chicago essay etc. in line? I'm not saying I can't do both, but something will suffer if I try both simultaneously.

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Re: University of Chicago ED

Postby mcmand » Sun Jul 16, 2017 11:37 pm

Royals3535 wrote:Sorry if I was confusing in my writing, but you mean having a friend write a LoR is a bad call, right?

Also, should I gear up to re-take in September or spend the time getting the personal statement, why Chicago essay etc. in line? I'm not saying I can't do both, but something will suffer if I try both simultaneously.


Faculty or employers are the people who should write letters for you. Hard to think of anyone else that would be appropriate, and friends aren't in that category (absent a highly unusual factor like they sit on the alumni board for the law school you want to attend). Your friend doesn't sound like someone who is highly unusual and helpful in that regard, so he shouldn't write a letter for you.

Higher LSAT will always pay off. You're not concerned about money, but a higher LSAT will always open doors, not close them. A personal statement is meant to make sure you're interesting and can articulate "why law school" and what's unique about you. If your LSAT is high, the personal statement is less relevant. If your LSAT is less than ideal for a given school, the personal statement is valuable but has diminishing marginal returns after a point.




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