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Choosing the Right Law School / Resume Writing
« on: June 24, 2009, 08:46:16 PM »
I've read that if you're going on to law school straight out of undergrad and have limited work experience, start with and emphasize the academic portion of your resume. And if you've been in the work force for a while, stress your employment experience. My situation doesn't really fall into either of these categories...

Basically, started out strong in my undergrad in 03- extracurriculars, volunteer work, good grades... had a situation which resulted in me leaving school for 2 yrs to dedicate time to working and getting settled in a new city... then returned to school and did well but not as well as when i first began- also had less extracurriculars/volunteer work- while still working full time. I actually worked full time throughout my undergrad.

And I'm not sure if I'm presenting things properly. Any input?

If anyone would be willing to look over my resume, I'd love to get some feedback on it- formatting, order, details, etc.

Thanks!

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Choosing the Right Law School / Should I Write a Thesis??
« on: June 23, 2009, 10:46:53 PM »
Finally beginning my senior yr of my undergrad, and I have the option of writing a thesis paper. It's set up as a two semester independent study course in my major dept (Philosophy). I'm just wondering the extent to which doing this will impact my chances with the schools I apply to? My adviser thinks it'll be a good indication that I'm capable of complex thought and independent study. I'm excited about it myself, but also worry that it will be a lot to juggle next year (prepping for the LSAT, putting out apps, working FT, going to school FT, figuring out where I'll be living if I end up going to a school out of the area, etc. etc.)... so I'm just wondering if it's worth it?

Any idea?

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Cigarettes at the LSAT?
« on: June 23, 2009, 10:50:05 AM »
well, i think i'll bring two packs- one in my jacket and another in my clear ziplock bag... hopefully they wont search through both... maybe i should have another pack in my pocket just in case... it's funny, now i'm more concerned over being able to smoke during the lsat than i am about taking the test itself. lol.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Cigarettes at the LSAT?
« on: June 23, 2009, 07:32:53 AM »
That's def a good idea, I doubt they'd check the pockets of my jacket... very smart. Thanks!

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Thanks for the feedback, I'll definitely keep that in mind. Is it a bad idea to include additional info (gpa addendum for example) if the app doesn't explicitly state that you can or should? Or a diversity statement if the app doesn't indicate that they'll accept one? I worry that I might include too much and irritate someone, but also have quite a bit I'd like to get across... and trying to include it all in a 2 pg personal statement has me pulling my hair out!

And I'll send my PS tomorrow from work, probably early evening will be the first chance I get.  Thanks for your willingness to look it over, I def appreciate it!!

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I will be sending all my apps out by thanksgiving,and was wondering if anyone would be willing to read over a draft of my personal statement and give me some feedback. I have a lower GPA (3.47 LSAC from what I've calculated) and have yet to take the LSAT (taking it the end of Sept) but just took my first diagnostic and scored at 161- so I'm hoping to jump 10 points or more in the actual exam after some hardcore studying over the next few months. Will be applying to NYU, Berkley, Hastings, Brooklyn, Hofstra, and Univ. at Buffalo. A couple of reach schools, some that are more realistic and a couple of safety schools. Basically, looking to either stay in NY or possibly head out to Cali for a few years. Decision will be based on a combination of location and scholarships, if any.

Basically I had an interruption in my undergrad of about 2 yrs due to extenuating circumstances, which also impacted my GPA- so in my PS, I'm trying to convey that and hopefully explain away some of my lower grades, while at the same time show how the experience benefited me and actually helped to get me better prepped for success in law school than I would have been under better circumstances. My main difficulty was keeping it short (2 pgs or under double spaced), as that was the req for at least one or two of the schools I was looking at. I have a tendency to be a bit long winded (i.e. this post! lol), so I cut a lot out, but now am not sure if it flows well and says all I need to. Would really appreciate some input on it and any other ways I can trim down/things I should add/if it's too hokey and cliche in some places....

Anyone who's willing to give it a read through please let me know here or PM me and I'll send it over to you tomorrow (saved on my comp at work, so i can't access it to send to you today). Thanks!

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Cigarettes at the LSAT?
« on: June 19, 2009, 10:56:16 PM »
man... well, i guess i'll have to wait and see. worst case scenario, they confiscate my cigs, so i'll just bring a few with me in case they get taken. thanks for the info- i appreciate it!

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sad i didnt see this until now.  :'(

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Studying for the LSAT / Cigarettes at the LSAT?
« on: June 19, 2009, 07:46:55 PM »
Just wondering- I was reading on the LSAC website the list of permitted items you can bring in your clear plastic bag... and although cigarettes and a lighter weren't listed there, they weren't on the list of prohibited items either. I will certainly need a cigarette during the break--- is this going to be a problem? Anyone know from experience?

It may seem like a stupid question... but any smokers will probably be able to sympathize.  :) Thanks!

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Chances at NYU?
« on: June 18, 2009, 11:26:33 PM »
That's what i gathered from lsn as well. I plan on hardcore prepping starting this week, and will be taking the LSAT at the end of Sept--- I know I need to focus on the analytical reasoning- that's my major downfall right now. I think if I can conquer that and focus on a few other small issues, I can boost my score quite a bit.

I've heard that Logic Games Bible is helpful, so I just purchased that. Any other recommendations, outside of taking a $2k course, would be greatly appreciated.

Any other T14s I might have a decent shot at if I can get my GPA up in the 165-170 range??

Also, I currently live in Buffalo, and am thinking of Univ. at Buffalo as a safety school, looking at their JD/PhD program. Any insight on how employable I'd be in NYC or Long Island if I graduated from SUNY Buffalo? I've heard mixed info about it- thanks again!

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