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Recommendations / LOR - Father-in-law
« on: February 19, 2008, 12:29:13 PM »
I already have three great LORs:

- Undergraduate professor
- Master's program professor/advisor
- Current employer (more than 6 years out of undergrad, successful investment banking career so this letter is crucial)
- I have 2 targeted letters as well (University of Chicago, University of Colorado)

My father-in-law is a long-time partner at White & Case, and really wants to write a LOR for me. I realize this letter would likely only go to schools that accept 4 LORs (unless of course, someone here convinces me that I should replace one of the other letters).

Am I crazy? Should I be prioritizing this LOR? If it weren't my father-in-law, perhaps his LOR would be more attractive to me, but it feels a bit, ummmmm, silly to have a LOR from him. Thanks for the input!

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Personal Statement / Re: GPA Addendum looking for readers
« on: October 16, 2007, 03:47:00 AM »
I'll read it.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Give me a dose of reality
« on: October 15, 2007, 10:27:14 AM »
You want to go to law school to reform financial markets?

Yep.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Give me a dose of reality
« on: October 15, 2007, 03:24:26 AM »
I want to be a lawyer, not an investment banker.

Do you mind if I ask why?

Not at all. Business just isn't my thing, although don't get that twisted because I want to remain in banking/finance albeit from the legal side. I currently work in the guts of equity research, and it isn't what I want to do. I love the macroeconomic and emerging market research part of my job, and I will continue with that during law school.

My work experience and education to this point seem disparate, but with the addition of a JD (and specialization in international transactions), I am finally able to pursue what I really want to do - financial reform and establishment of banking systems and credit markets in emerging economies. Fortunately, money isn't the biggest factor for me, otherwise I would stay in investment banking and make gobs of it. Quality of life is about more than money. I appreciate the comments that push me to consider the loss of income and current career mobility, as these are certainly serious issues to be considered.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Give me a dose of reality
« on: October 14, 2007, 05:07:11 AM »
Are you an American citizen or not?  If not, your prospects get a lot better, because then you are an "international student" and they don't have to report your numbers to the ABA (and, therefore, to USNews).

I am a US citizen as well, so in my case, as tempting as it is to apply as just a Swedish citizen, I do not think it is prudent to do so. US immigration and citizenship laws are so intense that I could imagine my failure to report US citizenship could be construed as renouncing my US citizenship, something I obviously don't want to do. Could also cause problems with the bar.

Thanks for all your comments. You're right about the UGPA; I'm not stupid, but I was lazy and immature when I started school. I guess I'll have to rock the LSAT.

Any suggestions for lower T1 schools that I might be able to get into? I'm also starting to think that PT at Georgetown might be the way to go. I understand my current job sounds great, but the fact of the matter is that I want to be a lawyer, not an investment banker.

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Where should I go next fall? / Give me a dose of reality
« on: October 13, 2007, 01:45:45 PM »
Do I even have a shot at a decent school? My UPGA is 2.5 (I REALLY wasn't ready to go to university) but with definite upward mobility (Poli Sci major GPA is 3.4, Dean's List 3 of last 5 semesters). Taking the LSAT in December (in London - anyone going to be there?), testing in the upper 160s, lower 170s right now. I have been out of school for over 5 years, working in banking. I moved to Sweden, became fluent in Swedish, got a MA in Development Studies with distinction, and now work as a financial editor/supervisory analyst in equity and macroeconomic research for a top Nordic investment bank. I am a Swedish citizen, so I can apply as such if it will help my chances.

My dream school is Northwestern. Regionally, California, D.C., Chicago, and Seattle are my target areas since that is where my husband can transfer work. I want to work in international law, specifically international banking and transactions in emerging markets.

Should I consider PT? Is the rep really that bad? I make good money ($80,000+) and can transfer work if I choose. I'm not really concerned about the costs, rather the fact that I might have a shot at a better school if I go PT. Any suggestions, both FT and PT? I realize this would be much easier if I already knew my LSAT, but I can't wait until early January to decide. Thanks in advance!

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Happy to help, PM.

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Non-Traditional Students / International JD applicant?
« on: October 10, 2007, 02:25:03 AM »
New poster here - great board!

Does anyone have any experience or information on the benefits of applying as an international student? I am not sure whether my circumstances will give me the benefit of "diversity" and therefore make my application more attractive to adcoms.

I am a US citizen as well as a Swedish citizen (living in Sweden now). I was raised in the US and went to undergrad there (UGPA is AWFUL, but shows definite upward trend - Dean's list 3 of last 4 semesters), worked in banking, moved to Sweden, now fluent in Swedish. Did a Master's Degree here (with Distinction) and now work in equity and macroeconomic research for the top investment bank in the Nordics. LSAT looks to be high 160s/low 170s. Iím 29 and 5 years out of undergrad.

What do you think? Non-traditional? International application to diversify admissions stats?

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