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Choosing the Right Law School / Joint JD/MPP
« on: June 28, 2011, 07:54:02 PM »
hi everyone, not sure if this is the right forum to be asking, but i was wondering what everyone thought about pursuing a joint JD/MPP career. here's a rough idea of what i want to do with my life.

graduate JD/MPP program, work as a district attorney, then work as a lobbyist or in political advocacy, move into private sector, get PhD, teach as a professor on tenure .

i always thought that the MPP would be useful for giving me topic-specific academic knowledge and maybe the interdisciplinary background that would make me more competitive for jobs in the future.

is my reasoning flawed? i've researched that a lot of people don't think its worth the time or effort but i'd like to know what everyone else thinks or if anyone has had any experience with other joint degree candidates or graduates.

Law School Admissions / Re: LSATs, rolling admissions, etc.
« on: June 06, 2011, 12:07:01 PM »
hey guys, still no reply, so maybe my question was a bit too vague.

how much are your chances affected if you wait till jan to apply versus november? is it significantly less?

another way to put it...

how quickly do ivy leagues fill up available spaces before the application process is over in february?

Law School Admissions / LSATs, rolling admissions, etc.
« on: June 04, 2011, 06:51:52 PM »
hi everybody,

law school admissions are looming for next year and I've begun to study for the LSATs. I am set on maxing out my score as much as possible and my research says you need 4-5 months to sufficiently prepare.

i'm debating between taking the december and october LSAT. if i take the december LSAT, I'll have less time and less of a chance in the admissions process since they're rolling. if i wait till october I'm afraid i won't get a good enough score even though my application would be turned in earlier.

its ambitious but I plan to have my packet done with the LSAT as the last "piece" to complete.

is this unwise? should i buck up and just take the LSAT in october or is it sufficiently worth it to wait?

Law School Admissions / Re: hi everyone! :) request your advice!
« on: April 14, 2011, 11:41:48 AM »
its kind of difficult to tell. though i resigned from the Air Force Academy, they will contend that they kicked me out (they wouldn't sign forms saying i was in good academic standing). however, because my bachelors will be coming from a different school, would that still matter?

when the time comes to re-draft my personal statement (now i think i sound less humble and more mad that i got caught) i'll definitely submit it. i guess i assumed that a complete retelling of my story would make me stand out as an applicant, but i think there are different ways of spinning the same tale.

and hooray for SSDP! despite my school being pretty large, i'm surprised that it hasn't been started yet. 

Law School Admissions / Re: hi everyone! :) request your advice!
« on: April 01, 2011, 11:54:54 AM »
i feel foolish for having someone articulate my own thoughts better than me. that is exactly how i feel. i admit i'm still a bit bitter, but the experience has inspired me and i just hope i learned enough from it to succeed.

Law School Admissions / Re: hi everyone! :) request your advice!
« on: March 31, 2011, 01:46:21 PM »
haha well i guess the warrant was that if there is no comparative advantage to disclosing those details i don't think there's a reason for me to try and solicit empathy from them. i'd rather spend my time working on and and developing my projects :D

and, evinced by the circumstances of my departure, sometimes smart kids are excessively.....dumb. haha

also, i think scholarship is way more important. nothing better than looking at your bills then remembering you were a boss and went to school for free :) besides, which law school we go to matters a whole lot more. yarrrr

Law School Admissions / Re: hi everyone! :) request your advice!
« on: March 31, 2011, 11:59:05 AM »
i absolutely agree. justice, one way or another, was certainly served so i am always hesitant to censure the Air Force too much. lol im always like....WELL....i DID do it. haha

i can definitely see how my actions could be perceived much differently (negatively). i'll definitely keep this in mind when drafting my personal statement.

and believe me, it would be a foolhardy endeavor to ask for advice from people who know more than me and then ignore it. haha

PS. it was seriously a miracle. i was supervised 24/7 between the allegations and the testing. i just drank enormous amounts of water on the airplane and the flight attendant slipped me an extra liter. no idea how they all came back negative. i was ready to believe in God haha

Law School Admissions / Re: hi everyone! :) request your advice!
« on: March 31, 2011, 11:37:11 AM »

that sounds fine to me though, working as a prosecutor can help me understand the system from the vantage point of my future opponents in the courtroom. know your enemy right? :)

again, thank you so much for the feedback. hopefully i keep my numbers intact to make myself as competitive as possible. no one believes the pothead hippie from a bottom-tier (not that bottom tier is bad but i think given the uphill battle of drug reform, i need all the credibility i can get haha)

on the darker side of things, here's my underlying concern about law schools......

perhaps i am providing too much information but i think since we're all interested in law, the details may be relevant/interested to read.

and fyi, too crazy to make up. this *&^% is real. and this *&^% happens to innocent people.

i was a senior at the air force academy until i was forced to resign due to allegations that i smoked marijuana. my right to attorney was waived as i got interrogated (they didn't let me make my phone call until charged were levied and attempted to take testimony before i could speak to a lawyer) after i affirmed, numerous times, to the interrogating officer my right to remain silent, i was drug tested 4 times over a period of 2 weeks.

don't ask how or why, but all 4 piss tests came back negative. JAG drops charges for 1 day.

the allegations then changed to reflect that i also consumed ecstasy and magic mushrooms. the interrogating officer then testified that i confessed to him a clear intention to cheat the tests and bragged that i would easily pass a piss test. (anybody else notice the outlandishness of that claim o_o)

despite this logical inconsistency, JAG believed they had probable cause to order a 1300 dollar hair test. after inspecting the paperwork, i noticed that they didn't present the warrant to the Air Force magistrate to sign off (i'm under the impression the magistrate acts the same way a judge does when approving warrants)

however, the hair tests came back positive before our objection could be processed (it was conveniently delayed since it was stuck in the JAG office) in a frantic scramble, i passed an additional (negative) 4 hair tests of my own to submit.

(sidebar: the accuser was my roommate, who had been making sexual advances on me for a month. after this escalated into a physical confrontation, he reported me for smoking weed. and yeah. i submitted my testimony about that, as did 2 other people who witnessed his aggressive behavior.)

after requesting that i travel off-base to receive surgery for a medical condition during winter break (the investigation was paused for the holidays), i was informed that if i wished to receive treatment, i would have to resign. i realized that i couldn't win and filed my paperwork. adding insult to injury, i was also informed i was the recipient of a grad school scholarship to Princeton (which i obviously lost).

these are not excuses. i knew smoking pot was a risk. i accepted that risk and i take responsibility for my action. however, i'm kind of caught in between owning up to my mistake and also pointing out that because there were allegations of drug-use against me, the bill of rights can easily be...ignored. haha

lessons learned:

dont @#!* with the man. they cheat and you'll lose
don't break the law unless your witnesses are implicated (sort of jk'ing haha)
be a responsible citizen
forgive those who trespass on me
revenge is success


a. is this topic appropriate for a personal statement?
b. i don't think all of these details can fit/admissions won't wanna wade through all that. what should i focus on if i should even talk about this?
c. its gonna show up on my transcript i transferred from the Air Force as a senior to Rice. they'll want to know whats up. how should i frame it?

Law School Admissions / Re: hi everyone! :) request your advice!
« on: March 31, 2011, 09:54:24 AM »
okay. just wanted to do a quick gut-check to make sure i wasn't gonna shoot myself in the foot. as my resume develops and i get to the application process i'll def be posting again. :)

i was, however, considering applying for Teach for America or a fellowship to teach English in Korea for a year. what are your thoughts on not immediately applying to law school? i know northwestern is the only law school that seems to really value work experience, but what about time spent out of school in law school limbo?

Law School Admissions / hi everyone! :) request your advice!
« on: March 31, 2011, 09:38:55 AM »
i'd appreciate any and all input anyone here has to offer. :)

as with any starry-eyed pre-law student, i aspire to get into top 5/top 10. i want to work for the aclu as an attorney and then work as a lobbyist. my research interests, however, are a bit troubling to me.

i'm deeply interested in drug policy reform *cue judgment*, but i'm also a bit afraid of how it'll look to ivy leagues. i have pretty strong numbers right now but i'd like to hear what you guys think about how this will affect my chances. here's some things i've done

double major poli sci/history with a minor in sociology

1. teaching a course on the history of drug abuse in america
2. established my school's chapter of SSDP (students for sensible drug policy)
3. researching needle exchange programs with a prominent professor in Texas next semester.
4. attempting to intern/volunteer with aclu jails project over summer
5. also attempting to establish a research project with Berkeley's Drug Policy Alliance on legalizing medical marijuana for PTSD victims

lastly: i got a pretty interesting story as to how i even got involved in the first place (plan to use that for my personal statement)

is there anything i can afford to cut out of my efforts or is there any facet of my application i should add to?

yeah i could do without one of those research projects, but is this what a good law school application would be like? (given my niche interests ha)

i look forward to hearing from everyone :D

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