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Personal Statement / Seeking some honest feedback
« on: June 06, 2013, 09:29:08 AM »
Hello all,

Reapplying after a disappointing cycle. In the process of rewriting my personal statement. Attempting to build off my final product, but know there is always room for improvement. I would really appreciate any feedback or suggestions on this draft. Any feedback is greatly appreciated! 

Thank you all in advance!

P.S. - I would be more than happy to read/comment on anyone's ps as well.

Where should I go next fall? / Re: NYLS or Retake??
« on: June 04, 2013, 02:37:51 PM »
Thank you all for your thoughts!

I tend to agree with LivingLegend and Shoreman2 in that USNWR and employment stats are not the best indicators when considering a law school. Outside the top tier, no one really cares, but for an individual, like myself, who wants to practice in northern NJ, a school like Rutgers or Seton Hall has obvious tactical advantages. Granted, nothing is guaranteed no matter where you go.

That being said, for me it is more a matter of fit. As you note if one is not comfortable, they are not putting themselves in a position to succeed. I've heard it a million times, do not go to a law school expecting to transfer. In my particular case, I know I want to work in this field and see the merit in
the "get a year under your belt" argument. I just cannot get over the feeling that I would be settling and going just to go.

Thanks again!

Where should I go next fall? / NYLS or Retake??
« on: May 30, 2013, 03:26:04 PM »
Hi all,

I graduated from from a Big East undergrad in 2012 with a 3.68 GPA (BA in political science/minor in history). Along with some decent softs, I have good work and internship experiences. Most recently I have been working as a legal intern for my county's prosecutor's office and have developed a true passion for the work. 

After taking some time off after graduation, I took the LSAT last December and scored a disappointing 149 . I did take a prep class, but admittedly was not as dedicated to the course as I could have been. Still applied and was accepted with some $ to NYLS and WNEC. While I am happy I have some options, I canít help but wonder what could have been if I scored higher on the LSAT.

Right now I am weighing sitting out another cycle and prepping with a tutor or accepting the NYLS offer ($15k top 50% stipulation). Many have encouraged me to avoid sitting out another year and to move ahead with my education. The prospect of transferring after my first year has also been mentioned, but I realize there are no guarantees when attempting to move up from TTT to a school like Rutgers for example. On the other hand, friends and others have told me to stay away from NYLS no matter what and retake.

I have vacillated so many times in my own mind and honestly do not know what to do, so I am turning to you guys/gals for some help.

I appreciate any thoughts you may have. Thank you in advance.

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