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Black Law Student Discussion Board / Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
« on: February 03, 2009, 04:35:26 PM »
Is anyone interviewing this week?

Also for those of you who have interviewed...anyone hear anything?

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Law School Applications / Re: filling out the common app on LSAC
« on: November 03, 2008, 02:36:38 PM »
Don't put meaningless high school jobs.  A lot of schools only provide like 4-5 lines for work experience, so only your most important 4-5 jobs should be in there, otherwise it will auto-fill your applications with that other BS.  Obviously, this is all edit-able when you actually go into the individual applications, so don't spend too much time worrying about the common application form.  I have applied to most of the T14 schools and not one has asked for HS GPA yet, but it can't hurt to put it in.

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Just apply.  You are about to pay $120,000+ for tuition alone.  Does $100 really matter THAT much?  I'm in the same boat as you, and I would rather receive that rejection than wonder if I could have been one of the (random guess) 30 non-URMs who got in with under a 170 LSAT.

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Law School Applications / Re: Why "X" essays?
« on: November 03, 2008, 02:14:16 PM »
The quality/content don't matter as much because, let's be honest, you will be pulling crap from their websites and obviously pretending to that X school is your top choice when honestly, it most likely is not.  BUT the fact that you take the time to write and submit one will show the school that you actually took the 2 extra hours to write the essay, and that might make a different if they are picking between 2 candidate with similar everything (which is likely the case among top schools where 100 applicants have around a 170 and a 3.8), they're going to pick the person they think will be most likely to enroll, and that is generally the person that took the time to write a "why X" essay.

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Law School Applications / Re: should I wait to start apps
« on: November 03, 2008, 02:04:36 PM »
The applications themselves don't take much time, just get a personal statement outline together and fix up your resume.  All of that won't matter if you don't get your desired LSAT score, so I wouldn't spend more than 10% of your time working on that...the other 90% should be focused on LSAT.  Then, in December, get everything else done the 2-3 weeks it takes for them to get your score back to you...you won't be able to do anything else those weeks anyway.  Plus by then you should have a decent idea of how you did and where you should be applying.

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Law School Applications / Re: How do fee waivers work?
« on: September 10, 2008, 12:41:26 PM »
Yes, I modifiedm my response to the Candidate Referral Service. Since last night when I did this, I have already gotten some e-mails from a few random law schools - I think this is why I originally declined, not knowing that top schools would provide fee waivers and the like as well. Oh well, I guess wait and see...  Is there any way I can reach out to the schools myself?

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Law School Applications / Re: How do fee waivers work?
« on: September 10, 2008, 12:45:55 AM »
So I took the June 08 LSAT and selected to NOT release my info to law schools for fin aid purposes (I'm so dumb) and therefore haven't received any fee waivers.  I got a 168 and my friends have indicated that I probably would have...so I went and unchecked the box in my LSAC profile.  Will schools send me fee waivers now if they would have, or do you think it is too little too late?

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Personal Statement / Re: Diversity Statement samples
« on: September 09, 2008, 10:55:32 PM »
Hi - I just finished a first draft of my diversity statement.  Do you want to compare?  Feel free to PM it over to me and I will shoot mine back to you.

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Law School Applications / Optional Essays
« on: September 09, 2008, 02:53:24 PM »
I noticed the thread about "What Do You Need to Go Complete" is a little outdated and was hoping to get an idea of what has changed since then, especially in the way of Optional Essays.  When people talk about "diversity statements" - I assume these are optional essays?  I have yet to see a regular statement require that the subject be diversity.

From my research, only Penn, Northwestern, and UCLA have optional essays (I have not looked into Yale, Michigan, Cornell, or Duke) - can someone confirm?  I've also noticed that Penn does not clarify whether it is possible to write one or multiple of the options.  Let me cut and paste for you:

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If you wish, you may write an additional essay on any of the following topics. These optional essays allow you an opportunity to provide the admissions committee with additional relevant information that you were not able to include in your personal statement. Please limit optional essays to one page, double spaced. When transmitting electronically, use the electronic attachment option.
1. Why are you interested in pursuing your legal education at Penn Law?
2. Describe how your background or experiences will contribute to or enhance the diversity of the Penn Law community (e.g., based on your culture, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, ideology, age, socioeconomic status, academic background, employment experience, etc.).
3. If you do not think that your academic record or standardized test scores accurately reflect your ability to succeed in law school, please tell us why.
4. Discuss a time when you voiced an unpopular opinion.

Should the writer, if he/she can think of a good experience/story for each write all of these optional essays?  What do you guys interpret this as?

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Law School Applications / Law school resume question...please help!
« on: September 07, 2008, 03:51:09 PM »
I noticed that Berkeley requires a supplemental attachment that can be facilitated through a resume.  The requirement is (quoted):

Please provide the following information on a separate attachment. You may submit a resume to facilitate providing this information.
1. List academic and non-academic honors and awards received, including fellowships, prizes and memberships in honor societies.
2. List your extracurricular activities since entering undergraduate school, the hours per week devoted to such activities, and the dates of the activities.
3. List your positions of employment since high school (either full- or part-time), the number of hours per week devoted to each position, and the dates of employment.
4. List your care of dependents (children and adults) while in undergraduate, graduate or professional school, the number of hours per week devoted to dependent care, and the dates of such care.

A few questions:
- This seems like a comprehensive list. Does this mean I have to add all menial jobs to my resume (e.g. I worked as a waitress at 3 different restaurants)?
- Should I create a separate response to this and include a separate resume of the "most important" items in just one page?

Can anyone shed any light into this?

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