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Personal Statement / Re: Rough draft PS - could really use feedback.
« on: October 31, 2009, 12:41:36 AM »
Hey LessThan......if you want just post it and I would be happy to look at it.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: 153 3.4 gpa need advice please
« on: October 30, 2009, 10:12:54 AM »
Hi there.....thank you both for the feedback.  Danny...I actually was thinking that at well. After talking to the wife, i ended up putting Chicago in that category. 
I was wondering if anyone had transfer experience after graduating from law school to another city.  I have read everything that says if you are outside the top 20 then go to law school where u want to live.  If that isn't an option or I have to make it an option can someone please give their experience or second hand experience.

Thanks again and i appreciate it.  :)

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: 153 3.4 gpa need advice please
« on: October 29, 2009, 12:03:37 PM »
Nothing bad to say but I really dont want to practice in OK,TX,AZ,AL,LA.....I am more or a "North" person if there is such a thing.  I am also considering Chicago if that helps......thank you for the boost in confidence....I was getting worried.  Going to take it 1 more time though and have been practicing around 160

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Personal Statement / Re: Please critique my first draft!?
« on: October 29, 2009, 11:56:12 AM »
no problem.....i hope it helps.  I am sure you will be fine writting it.  It seems like you have many things that make you unique to write about.  Good luck on the next draft....i look forward to reading it.

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got trapped in by the discussion and wanted to put my thoughts in.  I graduated 4 years ago from undergrad and have been in "the real world" (only for 4 years).  In my opinion, if you want to get anywhere in life and make a good living you have to be willing to work and work hard. I think a lot of people do have a misconception about a college degree.....I graduated and now the world owes me something.  That is not the way it works.  I come from a blue collar family and hard work was instilled in me at a young age.  I had to pay for any movies I wanted to got to and so on.  I was landscaping during the summers since I was 11 and learned the value of the dollar (used to be better but that is a topic for another discussion) and how hard that type of work really is.

I think people have lost sight of what a work ethic really is.  If you work hard success will typically follow.  I see many people these days and they complain and expect to be handed everything in life.  Guess what, the world and other people don't owe you anything.

I am going to law school because I really enjoy the law and find it challenging.  This is one reason why I think the rankings on law schools don't necessarily reflect the apptitude a person has.  There are many other factors that cannot be tested such as work ethic, personality and drive ect.....  if you have an "I deserve" attitude rather than "I am willing to work for" attitude you will be very disappointed in any field you are in.

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Personal Statement / Re: please critique opening paragraphs
« on: October 28, 2009, 02:37:01 PM »
Hey buddy,

Cool....I appreciate it.  I think you are right and am now changing.  Let me know if you want me to look yours over when it is finished.  From what I heard, they are giving those things (Nobel) away like candy these days...thought I was a front runner for the next one...LOL. :D

Thanks again and i look forward to seeing your PS....and good luck!

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Where should I go next fall? / 153 3.4 gpa need advice please
« on: October 28, 2009, 02:31:14 PM »
Hi all,
Could you please give me some advice on admissions to some of these schools.  I graduated from University of Denver and have been working for 4 years now.  Saint Louis University is top choice but applying to Denver, Whittier, Western State, California Western, and some others.  Would like to live in St. Louis, Denver or SO Cal.

SLU's 25 percentile is 154 and 25 percentile GPA is around 3.2......any thoughts on what my chances are.  I am pretty set for western, whittier and cal western.....also, if there are anyother decent shools you recommend please let me know.  Also, does the work experience help at all?

Just an FYI i signed up for december LSAT......but want to apply early as well.

I sopke with admissions and they say that if I do better they will consider the new score (if better) and it can be reevaluated either for admissions or for scholarships.

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Personal Statement / Re: Please critique my first draft!?
« on: October 28, 2009, 02:09:05 PM »
Hey Lekowitz.  I like it but it doesn't really make you stand out.  I think most people attending law school, me anyway, have a thrist for knowledge.  Also, by saying attending law school will satisfy your passion, it sounds like that could be the end (just sounds like and i am pretty sure that is not what you mean), but we know knowledge is ongoing an aquired throughout life. 
The intro is really catchy and I think that will set you apart.  I think you should focus on something unique within your family or those circumstances that sets you apart from most other applicants.  this will be a big advantage for you becasue I don't think most people have experienced these things.....especially young people, that grew up in America applying to law school with those numbers you posted in the other thread
Also, I wouldn't bring up anything negative with regards to school (dropping out) in the statement unless it drastically changed something in your life.  I honestly think that there must be something to write about that is more in line with the first paragraph and that experience that will be more "life altering" and set you apart much better.  Or use the statement your mother said to you and show how that changed your attitude and wanted to prove something to yourself and family......just some ideas off the top of my head.

That is just my 2 cents and I hope it helps......not trying to hurt any feelings...... but if you wouldnt mind reading my statement and "butcher" it for me I would appreciate it.  I have gone through about 20 drafts or so and you can see from the origional one I posted to now how it has really changed content and context.  It is under my thread name....mlacroix.

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Personal Statement / Re: please critique opening paragraphs
« on: October 28, 2009, 01:36:28 PM »
Hi brocklanders12.  Thank you for the feedback.  Are you specifically talking about the second sentence of that paragraph?  I agree with what you are saying and sounds like I am being too arrogant....is that right?  Thanks again and if you don't mind, what do you think about the rest?

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Personal Statement / Re: Opening Paragraph....Is it OK??
« on: October 27, 2009, 01:24:01 PM »
Definitely will grab the attention of readers.......Watch how long you make the story.  Just my 2 cents, I ran way over 2 pages because my story was too long.  I also did many drafts though to shorten it.  Overall, good start and try not to be to verbose but dont loose context either.

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