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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: DoJ school choices?
« on: January 28, 2007, 06:52:12 PM »
Thanks for your help vaplaugh. I'll definitely apply for this summer, although it sounds like a long shot.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: DoJ school choices?
« on: January 27, 2007, 10:55:22 AM »
Great information. Does anyone know much about the summer internship program? I'm specifically interested in working with the Antitrust Division in Atlanta. I'm top 20% at a low T1 with an educational background in finance and business. Do any of you know what they would be looking for with interns?

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Fixed-gears or Mormon Mission
« on: October 25, 2006, 02:46:32 PM »
I'm a 1L right now. I found that every school that I applied to either asked for a diversity statement, an optional essay, or anything else that would help the admissions people get a better idea of who you are. I did a personal statement and then added on a totally separate essay about my mission experience and it worked out well. Just make sure that they work well together (i.e., don't write your personal statement about your experience as a porn star and your optional essay about your mission). Another tip I would give for writing about your mission is to make sure you understand your audience. If you are writing to Notre Dame, then don't worry about talking about religious experiences and the like, they may even like that. But if you are writing to a more liberal school like Berkeley, leave that stuff out and focus on the cultural/social/education experiences. I think that this would apply to just about any school that does not have a religious affiliation of some sort. There is a time and a place for everything, and some people don't want a "preachy" application. I opted to talk more about some specific people that I met and how they affected me as well as leadership experience. I went stateside, so I didn't have many cool things to talk about. Another suggestion: if you are applying to BYU or Utah, they don't really care about your experiences as a missionary. Almost everyone that is applying at those schools is a return missionary. And yet another suggestion: some schools absolutely love return missionaries. I know from talking with one of the associate deans at Iowa that he is sent to the law school fairs at BYU and the UofU specifically because he is a mormon and he can recruit missionaries through his church connections. They are the only law school fairs that he goes to. I know it sounds weird, but he told me himself when I met him last year.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Paralegal
« on: May 08, 2006, 06:53:33 PM »
I work as a paralegal for a sole practitioner and I love it. He told me that I'm doing what he doesn't have the time or interest to do himself (drafting interrogatories and motions for summary judgment, meeting with clients, participating in depositions, setting up corporations, etc.). The atmosphere is laid back and I have my own floor with a private bathroom in an office condo. I would recomend working for a sole practitioner to anyone; although I'm sure it depends on the attorney you work for.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Bama vs. Miami
« on: May 08, 2006, 06:34:51 PM »
I have to second what was said about Dean Randall. I emailed him to ask some questions about the International and Comparative Law program; he sent an email back saying he wanted to talk on the phone. Later that night we talked for about 15-20 minutes while he was at the airport. That alone is evidence of what a great dean he is. He was very up front and honest and made me much more excited about the school. He's also doing some great things such as bringing the president of the Israeli Supreme Court to speak this fall and Justice Alito next spring. I don't know much abouut Miami, but Alabama is nothing to sneeze at and they seem to be headed in the right direction.

Choosing the Right Law School / How long to wait before giving up
« on: May 06, 2006, 02:12:09 PM »
I've been waiting to hear from UGA for over five months. Should I just give up since I was a borderline candidate to begin with? Or is it a positive sign that they haven't rejected me yet? An acceptance would completely change everything for me, so it was frustrating to talk to the admissions office and have them basically say "we'll get to it when we get to it." Is anyone else in the same boat with any other schools? Has anyone gone longer than six months without hearing anything?

If you had a letter with your acceptance binder from the dean that said something to the effect of, "Tuition is so low it's as if everyone has a scholarship," then you are in the same boat as I scholarship money. As far as financial aid, you'll have to talk with the school.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Alabama
« on: April 14, 2006, 10:46:24 AM »
I've done a search already, but most conversations have to do with Alabama's reputation in the south, football, and Tuscaloosa. This is all helpful, but does anyone have any specific information about the program (i.e. quality of professors, clinical opportunities, overall strengths or weaknesses, academic atmosphere, etc.)? Thanks for any info.

MyBama said "Decision made" when I checked it. I got an email the next day saying I was in. I checked it on a Sunday, so that may be why I saw it before I got the email.

On another note, Claude put me in touch with a current 3L and I asked him some questions about the school. He said he thought the program in general was very good, and suggested taking legal writing very seriously in the first year as there isn't much experience in it afterwards. This may be good or bad, depending on the person, but its a red flag for me as I really want to improve my writing. He also told me that the people he knew that worked in the clinics enjoyed it, and that everyone is REALLY laid back. Professors are hit-and-miss, but I'm sure that depends on the student and their expectations. And of course, the administration is incredible. That's all I have heard so far. If anyone else has heard anything let us know.

P.S. He was also able to land a job out west from dumping his resume everywhere.

As of right now I'll be attending Alabama, unless I'm taken off of the wait list at a few other schools. Does anyone know much about the quality of Alabama's program. I've searched and found that most people have only talked about their reputation in the south and that Tuscaloosa is a great place; but I would love to learn some specific details about the program itself (strengths, weaknesses, clinical programs, quality of the faculty, etc.). Thanks for any info.

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