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If you do, how's it going?

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General Off-Topic Board / H4CS come here
« on: August 25, 2006, 11:33:24 PM »
I added you on facebook, I think. Confirm me!

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I am black, but Columbia, Chicago, NYU, Boalt, Harvard, Stanford, Michigan, Virginia? Are you kidding?


No, they are not joking. If you don't apply to those schools, it's your loss. At the very least, you'll probably get into at least one of them. You may even be offerred money. Go over to lawschoolnumbers.com

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1) I will be only the 3rd person in my entire extended family to earn a college degree, and the first to attend graduate school.


If you are the first person in your immediate family to attend college, say that on your resume, you can mention it in a "personal" section at the bottom. Other things that go in the "Personal" section are unusual things about you, hobbies, instruments played, languages spoken, etc.

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2) I was once the victim of police brutality. Nothing too extreme. I didn't have to go to the hospital afterwards or anything, but it was brutality nonetheless.


Wouldn't mention this unless you can artfully, tactfully integrate it into an essay.

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3) My father is a convicted felon, and has been in prison my entire life.


This definitely belongs in a diversity statement about your background and upbringing. You could also mention Katrina in this, if you integrate it well

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4) I've got an extensive history of volunteer work.


Goes on your resume. You will have to mention specifics, hours worked, etc.


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I guess that I'm worried about turning my application into something where I'm begging for admission based on past hardships, instead of proving that I deserve to be there on my own merit. At what point does it become too much? Is there such a point?

Focus your personal statement on a personal accomplishment or something of that nature. Do not write a "sob story". Mention your hardships in an addendum about your background or overcoming adversity.

I would recommend getting the following books:

THE IVEY GUIDE TO LAW SCHOOL ADMISSIONS: Anna Ivey

HOW TO GET INTO THE TOP LAW SCHOOLS: Richard Montauk

Both should help you immensely in preparing your application.

Great advice.

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I am black, but Columbia, Chicago, NYU, Boalt, Harvard, Stanford, Michigan, Virginia? Are you kidding? As far as Katrina, you are probably right. Althought I think its cheesy, I would be a fool not to use it to help get me into a top law school. Not doing so could lead to a lifetime of regret. I'm having a hard time deciding what to include/exclude from my application. Should I choose to include everything, it might be hard for me to incorporate everything into my application cohesively because I think that admissions committees would also be interested in:

1) I will be only the 3rd person in my entire extended family to earn a college degree, and the first to attend graduate school.

2) I was once the victim of police brutality. Nothing too extreme. I didn't have to go to the hospital afterwards or anything, but it was brutality nonetheless.

3) My father is a convicted felon, and has been in prison my entire life.

4) I've got an extensive history of volunteer work.

I guess that I'm worried about turning my application into something where I'm begging for admission based on past hardships, instead of proving that I deserve to be there on my own merit. At what point does it become too much? Is there such a point?

Nos. 3 and 4 could help you. There's a difference between begging for pity and demonstrating a history of adversity. Don't feel guilty about the latter.

Also, with your numbers, you really do have a very good shot at ALL of the T14. Your chances of getting into one of CCN are probably better than 50%. You'll almost certainly get into every one of the schools in your OP.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Tiffany Pendants
« on: July 11, 2006, 02:07:20 AM »
None. Think of something every girl on Earth doesn't have.

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There's some very bad advice being thrown around in this thread. What you should do depends on the balance on each of your credit lines. While having several lines of credit generally lowers your credit score, closing lines of credit if you have substantial balances will also hurt your credit score, since agencies look at your utilization ratio, or the ratio of total debt to available credit. There is a wealth of information about credit scores (and quickly raising them) available on the internet; this is one time when Googling is of enormous utility.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Another Stupid Survey
« on: July 10, 2006, 03:06:17 AM »
Do you watch the Gilmore Girls?
No.

Have you ever enjoyed listening to Jack Johnson?
No.

Have you ever seen or enjoyed watching the O.C.?
No.

Do you have one or more Britney Spears C.D.s
No.

Which radio stations are your favorites?
Um. Sometimes hip-hop.

Are you a Lost fanatic?
YES.

Do you have a song by Ozzy Osbourne in your library?
No.

Queen?
No.

Do you watch Family Guy regularly?
Yes.

The Simpsons?
Oh yes.

King of the Hill?
Only on FX late-night.

Do you read trashy romance novels often?
No.

Do you really work out every day?
Yes (no, not really  :-\ ; more like 4 days a week).

Have you ever eaten an entire pint, or more, ice cream by yourself?
No.

Do you shower every single day?
No.

Do you ever forget to give an Christmas/birthday present & instead keep it for yourself?
No. But sometimes I don't buy them in the first place.

Do you sing obnoxiously in the car when you're driving alone?
Yes. And also a lot of the time when I'm not alone.

Have you ever watched a little kid's show when they were over?
No.

Have you ever looked forward to going to school?
Yes.

Have you ever pretended your crush was with you when they werent really?
No.

Did you draw pictures for your first crush back in elementary school?
No.

Have you ever liked a girl/boy but didnt ask her/him out because you were afraid?
No.

Have you ever written a poem/story about your love life?
Seems likely.

An autobiography?
No.

Have you ever spent over an hour thinking about nothing but your crush?
When it's dark out it doesn't count.

Do you reread meaningless AIM conversations just because theyre with your crush?
Once. Only once. Oh, 7th grade.

Have you ever liked someone solely for their appearance?
All the time. They're never lasting friendships/relationships, but yeah, and I love it.

Do you eat all the servings in the food groups on a daily basis?
Yes.

Are you ever a freak about cleanliness or organization?
Yes.

Have you ever been to South America or Africa?
Shamefully, no.

Have you ever owned a Klutz book or kit?
What?

Do you have a cell phone or iPod with a patterned cover?
Ew.

Have you ever written love song lyrics yourself and put them in your profile?
No!

Do you keep a diary or journal (online or on paper)?
No!

How often do you take a bubble bath?
I did a couple of times in junior high. So.

When you open your closet, what is the dominant color of your closet?
Blue.

Baskin Robbins or Coldstone?
I don't DO ice cream.

America or Canada?
@#!* Marauding; America all the way.

Physics or chemistry?
Physics. I've had enough of chemistry.

Earphones or headphones?
I don't get it.

Chocolate brown or teal?
Teal.

Earrings or a ring?
Neither. I don't cotton to accoutrements.

Commitment or casual dating?
Celibacy. Probably.

Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings?
LOTR. Probably the best trilogy of all time.

Fly or road trip?
I hate flying and driving. Flying, I guess.

Starbucks or Caribou coffee?
I quit coffee.

What is your favorite Disney movie?
I don't watch Disney movies. I suck at this poll.

How much jewelry do you own?
A couple pairs of earrings. A couple bracelets. A couple necklaces. All with sentimental value.

Have you ever bought clothes at Sears?
Hmmmm I'm sure my mom did for me.

Do you own any Care Bears memorabilia?
No.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Another Stupid Survey
« on: July 10, 2006, 02:54:04 AM »
You're back in Marauding form! What's the occasion?

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Is it me, or is "Hard Science" not what it used to be?

In what way?

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That's pretty cool.

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