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Law School Admissions / Re: Which major to select???
« on: June 18, 2004, 11:59:44 AM »
For the sake of clarification, my dad own's the lawfirm that I work for, so the familial relationship woulbe obvious (My name is Adam X and I am working for W & X Law Offices). However, I do not intend to discuss this work experience much in my essay... I have far more interesting things to dicuss there. My question was aim at discovering if working for my dad's law firm would be construed as a negative by adcoms. I have been offered numerous bartending jobs (where I could make $20+ per hour), but have been hesitant to accept them because I know that I need to have the bes tpossible application ready to go for next year? Would working as a bartender hurt my chances? Would working for my father?

Also, no one responded to the question of whther adcoms consider geographic diversity of applicants. In my case, would it be beneficial to list my college adress in missouri over my home address in new jersey?

Finally, I could use a little more advise on what major to select... I'm heavily considering
-Psychology, Neuroscience, and Philosophy (interdisciplinary major offered at Wash. U)
-Women's Studies
-Arabic Studies
-African American Studies
The question is, which of these would give me the best chances of admission at a top 5 law school give a 3.75+ GPA and 170+ lsat scores.

Thanks again.

adam  :)

Law School Admissions / Re: Which major to select???
« on: June 16, 2004, 10:57:51 AM »
Yes. I would definitely work for someone else. Might even try working outside of law.  I don't think it looks good if you appear to have been gunning for law school since the fifth grade.  Why not spend a summer biking across Europe.  It isn't as though law schools are going to look at that and say "hmmm, this kid might not be as prepared as the guy who spent all his free time working at law firms."

Are you saying that there is not varying degrees of work experience in the eyes of law school admissions committees? Would working as a waiter be equivalent to volunteering for the Kerry campaign for the summer? Are pay jobs better than volunteer ones? vice versa? This is definately a subject I am confused about.

Law School Admissions / Re: Which major to select???
« on: June 16, 2004, 10:49:08 AM »
I could definately use some more feedback on the previous questions.

Another question I have is about work experience. The past few summers I have spent working as a sort of paralegal for my father's law firm. It has given me great experience which I should be able to employ in law school. Nevertheless, I am concerned that law schools might view working for a law firm that has my last name in the title as invalid. Clearly, any applicant can write on an application that they worked for their parent (sometimes lacking validity). Will law school frown down/not take seriously working in my dad's law firm as work experience? Would it be more beneficial to seek out another (less intellectually/monetarily rewarding job) just for the sake of not having my father as the only person I have worked for in the past few years? This is a question I have grappled with for some time now and could use some opinions on this topic as well as the above questions. THANKS AGAIN!!

-adam :)

Law School Admissions / Which major to select???
« on: June 16, 2004, 08:54:30 AM »

I just transfered to Washington University in St. Louis from a small liberal arts college in New Jersey. In the fall, I will be a junior. I decided to transfer primarily to boost my chances of admission to either harvard, columbia, or chicago law school. Even though I am a transfer student, Wash U. is accepting almost all of my credits which grants me some degree of academic flexibility.

What I am wondering is; will certain majors make me a more appealing applicant to one of the nation's top law schools (where admission's competition is obviously quite keen). At my previous college, I was close to finishing my majors in political science and philosophy. However, I suspect that the overwhelming majority of law school applicants have this identical major or something similar. To separate my application from the masses I am contemplating changing the philosophy major to either Women's Studies, Arabic Studies, or african-american studies. I have tremendous interest in each of these majors so I was wondering which would look the best on a law school application and would they be better than the philosophy major.

I should be a competitive applicant because my GPA is above a 3.8 and I expect to earn a 170+ on my lsats. Accordingly, I am trying to figure out ways to give my application that extra "umph". My other question is, would it be advantageous to label Missouri as my home state as opposed to New Jersey? Obviously, the applicant pool in Missouri is much smaller than that applying from the Northeast. Would this help me at all? Or do law schools not consider geographic diversity in the decision making process? Any advice would be GREATLY appreciated. Thank you all in advance.

-Adam :)

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