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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Northwestern JD/PhD v. Harvard JD
« on: March 12, 2009, 01:48:52 PM »
Thanks everyone for the helpful responses!

The PhD is in Sociology. I am really interested doing research/policy related to the criminal justice system, and Northwestern have great faculty who do sociology of law and other urban-related issues. Some of my advisers have said that if I want to do academia or policy then i NEED the PhD, while others seem to think that the PhD is less of a necessity for policy. My ideal job would involve research, policy, and programming, each of these in varying degrees. I am also aware that my interests will evolve over the course of 3-6 years and I could end up wanting to do something wildly different.

At this point I want to keep as many options open as possible, and it seems that Northwestern could do this better than Harvard. That said, part of the deal at Northwestern is that I have to find an academic appointment within 4 years of completing the program or else I have to pay back 2 years of law school tuition. Two years of Northwestern, however, is still cheaper than 3 years of Harvard.

Choosing the Right Law School / Northwestern JD/PhD v. Harvard JD
« on: March 11, 2009, 08:11:00 PM »
Hey everyone,

Decisions are rolling in and I am in the midst of one rather difficult decision. Back in December I was accepted at Harvard and basically made up my mind to go there (that HLS email address is a GREAT recruiting method lol) until I was accepted into Northwestern's JD/PhD last week.

Now I know that Harvard is Harvard (i.e., "golden ticket") but would I really be crazy to go to Northwestern? I get a full ride there, the 6 year coordinated program is pretty great, there are internships at the American Bar Foundation, and the faculty members' interests are closely aligned with my own.

I am going to ASW this weekend at Harvard, but would love to hear any and all thoughts. I am very interested in a career in academia, but with some policy/programmatic work too.


Law School Admissions / Re: ITT: You predict your 2009 cycle!
« on: December 15, 2008, 05:27:48 PM »
wooooops im an idiot!!!  :P

Law School Admissions / Re: ITT: You predict your 2009 cycle!
« on: December 15, 2008, 03:24:24 PM »
4:59 PM- TS2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

One call I'm so glad I missed!

Law School Admissions / Re: Any Dual-Degree Applicants Out There?
« on: December 10, 2008, 06:06:57 PM »
I'm applying for a JD/PhD (I can actually do this concurrently at 3 of the schools I applied to). Let me tell you, prepping all those apps was a lot of fun.  ::)

Anyway, SouthernElle and anyone else who is interested in Columbia MPH, PM me. I have a lot of experience with the school.

Law School Admissions / Re: Toby Stock Call Thread
« on: December 10, 2008, 05:54:31 PM »
hey alwaysrunning, my ts1 today was just shy of 6 minutes, so i wouldn't take it personally. best of luck to you and hope that we both hear some good news soon!

Law School Admissions / Re: Toby Stock Call Thread
« on: December 10, 2008, 12:35:34 PM »
Just had my TS1.. whew. I'm hoping that my hyperactivity and breathlessness came off as passion and not as a panic attack. Even with the email, it still felt like an ambush when I saw the (617) area code on my phone!

I must admit, however, that TS sounded both nicer and younger than I had imagined.

Law School Admissions / Re: Toby Stock Call Thread
« on: December 08, 2008, 06:08:21 PM »
Received the TS1 email Saturday AM. Haven't yet received my "complete" notification (though I'm pretty sure I am).

A question: for those who received the TS1 email, how did you respond, other than saying that x time was fine/not fine? I've been searching to see if anyone has already addressed this, but the thread is a bit unwieldy...

Law School Admissions / Re: Resumes
« on: September 27, 2008, 01:52:18 PM »
HI Augusta, I am in a similar situation. Since my current job is doing research at a university, I have a lot of publications, presentations, service, etc. I decided to go with a modified CV, which I limited to 2 pages (I'm sure you can understand just how difficult this is!!). I list my education with GPA (no coursework) then research experience, teaching experience, and other professional experience (excluding all food-service type jobs and term-time employment since the former is kind of irrelevant and the latter is listed on most of my applications), publications, presentations, and then service/extracurricular. I would strongly advise to try to keep your CV down to two pages, since from what I've seen, some seem to think that anything over a page is excessive. I'm also hoping that adcoms will overlook this since I make it clear that I intend to become a legal scholar lol. Hope this helps!

Thanks everyone for the advice. I think that I've decided to keep bothering him about once a week or every other week and hope that he surfaces.. worst case scenario he can write a late letter that will be added to my record. Like I said, he and I are very good friends, so I have his cell phone number and I've left him 2 messages. I have a feeling that he is in India (his home country) and I don't know if he has his cell phone/is checking his email. I may ask another professor in the department to confirm for me and to see if he left any alternate means of communication.

I definitely agree with pre_JD_2be's advice re: setting up the LSAC account early. Since I'm applying to PhD programs too, I decided to wait and ask for all of the letters at once, rather than feeling like I was nickel-and-diming them every time I needed a letter.

In any case, I am going to have my boss write a letter and I'm going to scrounge up a letter from another prof, just in case. It won't be as strong, but I think that it is better than having only one academic letter.

Finally, how late is too late to send a letter?

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