URM 2018/19 Applicants Thread

Admissions strategy and application process for URM applicants.

Where are you in the application process?

Essays drafted/LSAT sorted/Recs locked down. I'm ready.
12
32%
LSAT is done, but my other materials need work
8
22%
I need to retake.
8
22%
I don't have an LSAT score.
7
19%
What is law school?
2
5%
 
Total votes: 37

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Re: URM 2018/19 Applicants Thread

Post by diamondlaw21 » Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:53 am

anybody else get July scores back today?

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Re: URM 2018/19 Applicants Thread

Post by JJMudali » Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:48 pm

diamondlaw21 wrote:
Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:53 am
anybody else get July scores back today?
Yeah..got a 172..re-taking in Sep. fmllll

hope you're happy with your score :)

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Re: URM 2018/19 Applicants Thread

Post by SpicyGrapes » Wed Aug 15, 2018 6:13 am

How early do you guys think is too early to ask for fee waivers? I’m fighting the urge to send an email now.

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Re: URM 2018/19 Applicants Thread

Post by LSNlife » Wed Aug 15, 2018 9:03 am

Probably should wait until apps are available at the earliest but generally speaking late September/early October is the earliest I asked if only because so many hidden waivers pop up and they give them at at law school fairs in the fall as well.

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Re: URM 2018/19 Applicants Thread

Post by diamondlaw21 » Mon Aug 20, 2018 5:45 pm

JJMudali wrote:
Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:48 pm
diamondlaw21 wrote:
Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:53 am
anybody else get July scores back today?
Yeah..got a 172..re-taking in Sep. fmllll

hope you're happy with your score :)
let’s just say I’d be way happier if I had yours😂 I improved from my first take, but I really wish I could’ve hit closer to my PT average. as I consider a third take, would any URMs with 3+ takes be willing to share how their cycles panned out? I know schools mostly consider your highest score, but I worry about my apps possibly being held until November scores are released and thus losing out on the benefits of applying early.

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Re: URM 2018/19 Applicants Thread

Post by PrezRand » Tue Aug 28, 2018 3:32 pm

hopefully this cycle lol

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Re: URM 2018/19 Applicants Thread

Post by KENYADIGG1T » Wed Sep 05, 2018 1:35 pm

Poll ideas, DM them to me!

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Re: URM 2018/19 Applicants Thread

Post by lakers10 » Thu Sep 13, 2018 4:22 pm

Hi Everyone,
I will be re-applying to law school again this fall.
I applied earlier this year with a crappy lsat score right before applications were due. Since I got waitlisted at most schools, I decided to re-apply.

I just took the September LSAT this past Saturday in order to increase my numbers. I anticipate a 4-6 point improvement (that was what I was averaging).

Should I re-write my personal statements? I have read so many different things online that I am not sure what to do. I do believe my lsat was the one thing that hurt me the most (we are talking about a pretty bad score) and hopefully with a higher score, I might increase my chances of admission.

Should I or shouldn't I? I feel like I poured my heart into my personal statements, not sure what else I could write about.

Thank you,

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Re: URM 2018/19 Applicants Thread

Post by JJMudali » Fri Sep 14, 2018 12:24 am

diamondlaw21 wrote:
Mon Aug 20, 2018 5:45 pm
JJMudali wrote:
Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:48 pm
diamondlaw21 wrote:
Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:53 am
anybody else get July scores back today?
Yeah..got a 172..re-taking in Sep. fmllll

hope you're happy with your score :)
let’s just say I’d be way happier if I had yours😂 I improved from my first take, but I really wish I could’ve hit closer to my PT average. as I consider a third take, would any URMs with 3+ takes be willing to share how their cycles panned out? I know schools mostly consider your highest score, but I worry about my apps possibly being held until November scores are released and thus losing out on the benefits of applying early.
So i've given this some thought and it's received wisdom that applying later with a higher score leverages greater rates of acceptance than applying earlier with a lower score. For URM's this guiding principle is further complicated by the lack of predictability with URM-based admissions. Further, it seems GPA's and soft factors engender a more forceful recognition in URM admissions. With that said it really depends on what your gpa/lsat combo are and the schools you are interested in..reverse engineer from there.

I've decided to apply with a 3.7/172 in late September Vs. December with the mere potential of 172+ (PT average is 177+). With that said I hope the AA bump is real lol

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Re: URM 2018/19 Applicants Thread

Post by JJMudali » Fri Sep 14, 2018 12:27 am

lakers10 wrote:
Thu Sep 13, 2018 4:22 pm
Hi Everyone,
I will be re-applying to law school again this fall.
I applied earlier this year with a crappy lsat score right before applications were due. Since I got waitlisted at most schools, I decided to re-apply.

I just took the September LSAT this past Saturday in order to increase my numbers. I anticipate a 4-6 point improvement (that was what I was averaging).

Should I re-write my personal statements? I have read so many different things online that I am not sure what to do. I do believe my lsat was the one thing that hurt me the most (we are talking about a pretty bad score) and hopefully with a higher score, I might increase my chances of admission.

Should I or shouldn't I? I feel like I poured my heart into my personal statements, not sure what else I could write about.

Thank you,
A well-thought out response to you would require me knowing your numbers, target schools and other intervening variables like softs and diversity statement.

Ultimately you need to counterpoise any potential loss in hard-factors with stronger softs. This leveraging is most poignant with URM's..use it.

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Re: URM 2018/19 Applicants Thread

Post by Mikey » Fri Sep 14, 2018 4:12 pm

Hi, y'all!

I applied last cycle, am a hispanic URM and currently go to a T14. I found that when I was applying, TLS/LSL was very helpful and I just want to give back in some way (to ANYONE, really!), but especially to my fellow URMs! :)

If you have any questions about the application process or things about law school feel free to PM me!

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Re: URM 2018/19 Applicants Thread

Post by Mikey » Fri Sep 14, 2018 4:13 pm

PrezRand wrote:
Tue Aug 28, 2018 3:32 pm
hopefully this cycle lol
best of luck, brotha <3

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Re: URM 2018/19 Applicants Thread

Post by KENYADIGG1T » Sat Sep 15, 2018 1:13 pm

I need poll ideas! Thanks in advance y'all

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Re: URM 2018/19 Applicants Thread

Post by triplem » Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:11 pm

JJMudali wrote:
Fri Sep 14, 2018 12:27 am
lakers10 wrote:
Thu Sep 13, 2018 4:22 pm
Hi Everyone,
I will be re-applying to law school again this fall.
I applied earlier this year with a crappy lsat score right before applications were due. Since I got waitlisted at most schools, I decided to re-apply.

I just took the September LSAT this past Saturday in order to increase my numbers. I anticipate a 4-6 point improvement (that was what I was averaging).

Should I re-write my personal statements? I have read so many different things online that I am not sure what to do. I do believe my lsat was the one thing that hurt me the most (we are talking about a pretty bad score) and hopefully with a higher score, I might increase my chances of admission.

Should I or shouldn't I? I feel like I poured my heart into my personal statements, not sure what else I could write about.

Thank you,
A well-thought out response to you would require me knowing your numbers, target schools and other intervening variables like softs and diversity statement.

Ultimately you need to counterpoise any potential loss in hard-factors with stronger softs. This leveraging is most poignant with URM's..use it.
I believe that you have more than a single worthwhile thing in your life that you could write about. Re-write.

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Re: URM 2018/19 Applicants Thread

Post by triplem » Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:15 pm

JJMudali wrote:
Fri Sep 14, 2018 12:24 am
diamondlaw21 wrote:
Mon Aug 20, 2018 5:45 pm
JJMudali wrote:
Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:48 pm
diamondlaw21 wrote:
Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:53 am
anybody else get July scores back today?
Yeah..got a 172..re-taking in Sep. fmllll

hope you're happy with your score :)
let’s just say I’d be way happier if I had yours😂 I improved from my first take, but I really wish I could’ve hit closer to my PT average. as I consider a third take, would any URMs with 3+ takes be willing to share how their cycles panned out? I know schools mostly consider your highest score, but I worry about my apps possibly being held until November scores are released and thus losing out on the benefits of applying early.
So i've given this some thought and it's received wisdom that applying later with a higher score leverages greater rates of acceptance than applying earlier with a lower score. For URM's this guiding principle is further complicated by the lack of predictability with URM-based admissions. Further, it seems GPA's and soft factors engender a more forceful recognition in URM admissions. With that said it really depends on what your gpa/lsat combo are and the schools you are interested in..reverse engineer from there.

I've decided to apply with a 3.7/172 in late September Vs. December with the mere potential of 172+ (PT average is 177+). With that said I hope the AA bump is real lol
I'm not sure how to take your posts. I'm going to take them at face value and hope I'm not being trolled. If you have a 3.7/172 URM app you should absolutely apply as early as possible. The difference between a 172 and 177 will be negligible (you'll be getting big money from high up no matter what). It's hard for me to figure out how to write this next bit without seeming like an asshole but I'll give it a try. You're using a lot of $.10 works when nickel words would do. I'd encourage you to simplify your language when writing your PS. I'd be happy to take a look at it if you'd like.

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Re: URM 2018/19 Applicants Thread

Post by diamondlaw21 » Sun Sep 16, 2018 2:04 pm

i’m noticing this thread is a little quieter than usual :/ would anyone wanna join a URM GroupMe or something similar? if i recall, the SEO folks had one last year. PM me if you’re interested!

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Re: URM 2018/19 Applicants Thread

Post by KENYADIGG1T » Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:20 pm

diamondlaw21 wrote:
Sun Sep 16, 2018 2:04 pm
i’m noticing this thread is a little quieter than usual :/ would anyone wanna join a URM GroupMe or something similar? if i recall, the SEO folks had one last year. PM me if you’re interested!
If that works I'm down

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Re: URM 2018/19 Applicants Thread

Post by Lenoxx » Tue Sep 18, 2018 9:35 am

Checking in. Good luck to everyone

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Re: URM 2018/19 Applicants Thread

Post by chicitymex » Fri Sep 21, 2018 6:40 pm

Checking in. Just had my Northwestern interview on-campus. Went well! Definitely recommend in-person interview. Good luck, everyone!

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Re: URM 2018/19 Applicants Thread

Post by zil020511 » Tue Sep 25, 2018 2:10 pm

chicitymex wrote:
Fri Sep 21, 2018 6:40 pm
Checking in. Just had my Northwestern interview on-campus. Went well! Definitely recommend in-person interview. Good luck, everyone!
Hey, what kind of questions did they ask if you do not mind sharing?

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Re: URM 2018/19 Applicants Thread

Post by chicitymex » Tue Sep 25, 2018 11:10 pm

zil020511 wrote:
Tue Sep 25, 2018 2:10 pm
chicitymex wrote:
Fri Sep 21, 2018 6:40 pm
Checking in. Just had my Northwestern interview on-campus. Went well! Definitely recommend in-person interview. Good luck, everyone!
Hey, what kind of questions did they ask if you do not mind sharing?
Sure! They asked:
- Why Law
- Why NU
- What is something you'd like the admissions committee to know (that isn't on your app)
- Describe a time you had to work in a difficult environment
- Would you approach challenges you've encountered in the past differently?

And then the interviewer left a few minutes open for me to ask questions

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Re: URM 2018/19 Applicants Thread

Post by thrivinNstrivin » Wed Sep 26, 2018 12:52 am

Checking in!

Still building out my application, but hoping to apply by Halloween. boooooooooo.

Where are y'all at in your process?

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Re: URM 2018/19 Applicants Thread

Post by blackgoku » Thu Sep 27, 2018 9:43 am

Checking in! What's up fellow URMs

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Re: URM 2018/19 Applicants Thread

Post by JJMudali » Sat Sep 29, 2018 4:19 pm

Checking in! AA male 172/3.7
Applying HYSCCN

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Re: URM 2018/19 Applicants Thread

Post by chetobeto » Sat Sep 29, 2018 7:24 pm

Checking in! After finally getting a score I felt comfortable with. :)

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