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Thanks everyone! This is the type of advice I was looking for :)

Thank you very much for all your advices! I lean much stronger towards going to UF now ;)

I would really appreciate ANY advise and input!!!
I have been admitted to both, Miami offered 5k a year scholarship and Florida $6 first-year grant and residential tuition. I know, it seems like no-brainer at the first sight, UF is higher ranked and less expensive school. But there other factors to consider for me. First,  I'd really like to get a job in a big or medium size law firm in Miami-Ft. Lauderdale-Palm Beach area, and I heard that UM places well in those cities, while many UF grads go to Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville, etc, but I do not consider moving to those parts of the state. Could the UF location be a disadvantage for securing a good job in Miami since it doesn't provide the same networking opportunities as UM, which is right here, in the city?
And second, I'm not sure how well I will fit in Gainesville, small college town with strong football-oriented culture. I am 27, lived in big cities all my life, and don't like football games.
Once again, and advise is welcome!

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: UF 3L - Will Answer Questions
« on: January 11, 2009, 03:32:44 PM »
Dear loki13, thank you for the great post!
Just wondering, do you know anything how UF is compared to University of Miami? I live in Miami and already got admitted to UM, now waiting on the decision from UF. I've heard that UF is a better academically-wise, but UM has better connections for job placement in Miami. Can you give any comments on that?

Law School Admissions / Resume question, someone PLEASE!!!
« on: November 28, 2008, 07:15:56 PM »
I have really hard time choosing what needs to be and what not on my resume, and how the whole thing should look like. And no matter how I change it, I still don't like the result.
Could anyone please take a look at my resume and give me some feedback?
I would REALLY appreciate ANY help, pretty please!

I am 100% agree with idapie18. I am also ESL student, in fact I've started speaking English only about 5 years ago. Still, I managed to graduate US college in top 3% of the class and I am pretty sure I will be able to handle law school as well. And yes, LSAT is three or maybe five times harder to handle for ESL students. And it has NOTHING to do with the knowledge of English grammar, vocabulary, or punctuation. For everyone with ESL it takes more time and attention to comprehend RC passage or long and witty LR question and grasp all those little details and nuances of language which comes naturally to native speakers but ESL speaker had to learn and memorize. Once again, it's not about the level of your English, it's about the EXPERIENCE to handle it very fast and efficiently under the LSAT time pressure.
I know a lot of people who are not native english speakers as and still graduated law schools and became successful lawyers. And it makes sense to try to explain to the admissions of a law school that your LSAT is lower that their average not because you dumber than other applicants, but because it takes you a few more minutes  to read the RC passage than other applicants for understandable reasons.   

Studying for the LSAT / Tutor in Miami
« on: October 28, 2008, 06:50:02 AM »
Can anyone suggest a good tutor in Miami area?

Studying for the LSAT / Does anyone else have similar numbers as me?
« on: October 25, 2008, 07:34:26 AM »
Is there anyone else in my boat? I got 155 on October LSAT, which is lower than my lowest diagnostics, with average being 162. My GPA is 3.95 and I have very strong personal statement and 2 good academic recommendations.
Like most of us here, there is 3 choices for me: 1 Give up law school all together? Well, it was my dream.
2. Keep whatever I got and apply? I feel its gonna shot the door of too many good schools for me.
3. Retake it in December? I know there good chances for me to get better score because I bombed Oct. test from being to nervous and couldn't get my thoughts together until forth section. But even if I do better, It's gonna be late application which decreases my admission chances and practically prevents from receiving any financial aid.
Just want to know if there anyone else in the same position as me with similar numbers. What are going to do guys? I will really appreciate any input!!!

Well, you have just answered your question yourself. If you know that the recommendation is going to be decent but not great and you already have one required LOR which is great, why would you wait for her and jeopardize you admission chances? Unless you are sure that her letter of recommendation is going to be so great that it may positively influence your admission chances, why would you want to wait for it for uncertain period of time??? To me it personally doesn't make sense...

I like the topic about international travel experience, plus I think I read in one of the admission books (don't remember which one) that describing international travel experience and especially what you learned from it may be a good topic for PS. My second choice probably would be topic about the adoption.

Well, I don't want to go with my old PS (about a student of mine), so I am now trying to narrow down to which topic would relay into a good PS. I have these ideas for me:

1. My adoption experience (my child is adopted from Russia)
2. My abusive alcoholic ex-husband, how I left him, how I met my new husband (online)
3. My international travel experiences
4. Why I changed majors 2 semesters from graduating with a BS in nursing
5. Why No Child Left Behind is the biggest mistake in education ever (I am a chemistry teacher)

If anyone has any better ideas for me, please let me know, as I keep changing my mind, and maybe all of the above suck! LOL!

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