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Law School Applications / Re: Does time heal a wounded GPA?
« on: September 17, 2007, 12:33:42 AM »
Hey, thanks for your prompt and hope-fostering reply!
"Eric"

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Studying for the LSAT / LSAT in Thailand
« on: September 17, 2007, 12:29:52 AM »
Has anyone taken or heard anything about taking the LSAT here in Thailand? As in is the administration inscrutable and oriented toward Thai test-takers, or is it basically the same as in the US (where i've taken it once before)?
Oh, and in a previous message i said it was administered at Thammasat U in Bangkok, which would make too much sense - LSAC says it is only administered at something called the "Nonthaburi International School" in Bangkok.

Any feedback appreciated,
"Eric"

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Law School Applications / Does time heal a wounded GPA?
« on: September 17, 2007, 12:05:37 AM »
Hello everybody.
I have one main question and two side ones I may repost separately.
the big one:
Does time really heal all wounds? If not, how many?

Me:
*GPA 2.9 (graduated five years ago) /LSAT 166 (2 years ago)
*3.5 years of admin/IT/volunteer coordination and development work for two do-gooding nonprofits
*1 year of teaching English at a legitimate school in Thailand (current), becoming fluent in a pretty useless language, also doing volunteer work with Burmese refugees.
*Soon to move to Korea and take a teaching job at an international school or a university there for another year
*not a URM or anything interesting
*going to apply either next Fall or the following one
* will retake the LSAT

I went through the LS application process 2 years ago, but only ended up applying to one place as my LSAT was significantly lower than I had expected it to be.
Via email, the associate dean of admissions at UNC (where I then would have been in-state) told me that my GPA was an insurmountable problem but that after 8-10 years pass between UG stinkiness and LS application, they "barely consider" UG GPA, compared to the rest of the package. As UNC is known, as a state school, for being fairly GPA-conscious, I was heartened by this, especially after Lewis and Clark also told me something similar (if I were applying today, i wouldn't consider the latter, being less of a hippie and more cost-conscious now).

Basically, can anybody tell me anything about how law schools, in general or in specific (i.e. which ones might be more receptive to my application) might look at me in a year or two? or maybe five years (I enjoy my current life and don't need to rush things)? I realize i could get into a 3rd or 4th tier school now, but would prefer to wait, especially if in can increase my shot at the 1st tier.

Side questions:
1. How forthright should one be, in the personal statement, addenda, or anywhere else, about past personal difficulties that caused inferior performance? I don't want to whine but there are certainly things i could say.
2. Anybody know anything about taking the LSAT at Thammasat U. in Bangkok?

Thanks to anybody who read all this! I spent a lot of time on LSD two years ago and found it very helpful.






 



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Personal Statement / I'll show you mine if you show me yours
« on: January 30, 2006, 01:20:47 PM »
...Um, I mean, I would like to show you mine. And you can show me yours, if you'd like. Personal statements, that is.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: What are you wearing right now?
« on: January 29, 2006, 02:49:36 PM »
A t-shirt that says "You have died of dysentery." W/ a picture of a covered wagon.
Appropriate, I guess, as I'm applying to Lewis & Clark.
And I'm wearing pants.

I WANT THIS SHIRT.  I <3 Oregon Trail.

red sox st. pat's day sweatshirt and american eagle sweatpants

You can get it at http://www.bustedtees.com along w/ many other shirts in various shades of awesome.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: What are you wearing right now?
« on: January 29, 2006, 02:44:20 PM »
A t-shirt that says "You have died of dysentery." W/ a picture of a covered wagon.
Appropriate, I guess, as I'm applying to Lewis & Clark.
And I'm wearing pants.

You need to describe your pants a little better.

And nice to meet you!   :)

Nice to meet you too - I'm in the abominable man-made-fabric bluish fake jeans. Accessorized with dog, cat, and maybe some ferret fur/hair.
Black hoody, black socks and black chucks complete the ensemble.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: What are you wearing right now?
« on: January 29, 2006, 01:36:31 PM »
A t-shirt that says "You have died of dysentery." W/ a picture of a covered wagon.
Appropriate, I guess, as I'm applying to Lewis & Clark.
And I'm wearing pants.

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Personal Statement / Re: Using cuss words in personal statement
« on: January 29, 2006, 12:51:11 PM »
OP - it looks fine to me - I wouldn't expect an old salty dog to have the vocabulary of Tickle-Me Elmo.

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I'm at work. So definitely send it my way.

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Meta Discussion / Re: ACRONYMS on LSD
« on: January 29, 2006, 10:29:07 AM »
I would think it would have to blend forms as well as meanings. Otherwise, "portmanteau" itself would not be a portmanteau.

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