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The only reason I'm hesitating is that since I'm currently getting my Masters in Electrical Engineering, the vast majority of my professors have horrible English and writing skills, so I'm thinking that additional LoRs would be sort of 'blah.'

you'd be surprised with some academics....I was worried about one of my Eco professors for the same reason but when I gave him an update of my admits today he pulled up the letter to see what he wrote and it seemed really good...

Engineering professors live in a different world though :) Most of them are foreign too, and most of them have pretty poor English skills. I like the professors and they like me, but I'm worried about their non-technical writing skills.

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All of the schools I'm applying either recommend but don't require recommendations, or only require 1 recommendation (they're also all for the part-time program). Does anyone think that it's really ok to send just one? I'm wondering if it's an unwritten rule to send more (like 'optional' essays). I have one good recommendation already, but I'm wondering if I should ask another professor for one. The only reason I'm hesitating is that since I'm currently getting my Masters in Electrical Engineering, the vast majority of my professors have horrible English and writing skills, so I'm thinking that additional LoRs would be sort of 'blah.'

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Choosing the Right Law School / .
« on: November 24, 2004, 02:14:30 AM »
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I would (a) stop posting the same message into other people's topics, and (b) consider working as a Technical Specialist for a law firm.  A "Tech Spec" is someone (like yourself) who has a science or engineering degree and is interested in becoming a patent lawyer.  Usually, you work at the firm during the day and go to law school at night.  It's a tough schedule, but you can actually earn money while going to law school.

How exactly does one find a 'technical specialist' job? I've looked through some job search engines like hotjobs, ajb, etc. but they turn up nothing. Is there a particular/popular site for legal jobs?

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Law School Admissions / Re: twins applying to law schools
« on: November 21, 2004, 07:36:19 PM »
I think it may even help!

But I do agree with Draino... same undegrad, same degree, same grad... make sure it's the right path for each of you separately (ie law school and the same school, for the third time  ;)

Well we do want to go to different places :) It's just that our top choices are the same for the both of us! We won't both be applying to some schools.

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Law School Admissions / Re: twins applying to law schools
« on: November 21, 2004, 07:34:22 PM »
Anyone else think it's creepy that these twins have spent this much time doing the exact same thing at the exact same place?  I'm wierded out just reading about it...

No idea what your twin-ness will do to your applications, but maybe it'd be a good idea to go to different places this time?

Well, we never really planned to go to the same places. It just happened based on the circumstances. I certainly don't want to limit my options (like splitting up the schools I really want to go to) based on the expectations of others instead of my own expectations & desires.

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Law School Admissions / Re: twins applying to law schools
« on: November 21, 2004, 07:29:04 PM »
What are your numbers? Similar, I'm guessing, because you're applying to the same schools, but would they affect your chances at the same schools?

As an aside, Llama, I've noticed that a lot of twins that I have known over the years have taken very similar education and career paths.  Have you found that to be true (as I'm guessing you know more about twins than I do!)?  I think it's so interesting!

Well, I don't personally know any other twins, but there were some in my undergrad that were doing the same things, too. My brother and I both studied electrical engineering and are both specializing in the solid-state side of EE in our graduate work, so we've certainly followed similar educational paths! We did have different minors as undergrads and took some different courses than each other, and have some different interests, so we're not like exact copies of each other :)

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Law School Admissions / twins applying to law schools
« on: November 21, 2004, 02:20:55 AM »
Anyone know if a set of twins applying to a law school would look strange? I'm a twin and my brother and I both want to apply to law schools, but we're wondering if we should split up the schools we apply to. I'm wondering if it would look strange if we both applied to the same schools, especially since most of our stuff is the same - same undergrad, same degree (just different minors), same graduate school. Anyone know if that's a 'turn-off' for law schools?

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Studying for the LSAT / materials you can bring to the LSAT?
« on: November 18, 2004, 03:47:50 PM »
Anyone know if there's an official list of materials you can bring when you take the LSAT? I looked at lsac.org and it says that you can bring a beepless watch, but I'm wondering if I can bring a highlighter or some pens. Anyone know if this information is available from an official source?

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Choosing the Right Law School / Wondering where I will be applying
« on: October 27, 2004, 05:22:34 PM »
I'm currently studying for the LSAT and planning to take it in December. I'm just casually wondering which schools I should apply to. Can anyone offer any suggestions? My info is:

2.8 or so GPA from top 20 school (Vanderbilt University) in Electrical Engineering, minor in Computer Science
Currently obtaining MS in Electrical Engineering from Boston University (currently 3.3-3.4 GPA, expecting to graduate with 3.5-3.6 or so but I'm guessing they'll see the 3.3-3.4 GPA instead of the final GPA)
Expecting an LSAT score around 165-170 (hopefully!)
Interested in patent law

I'm completely unsure of what schools I should be applying to because of my low undergrad GPA. My undergrad semester GPAs go something like: 3.0, 2.9, 2.4, 2.3, 2.0, and then 3.0 and/or slightly higher for the next 3 and final semesters. So, I have an upward trend in my GPA which continues on with my graduate GPA.

I'm only interested in patent law. I've taken a course in Intellectual Property for Engineers as a grad student that focused mostly on patent law, so I know that I'm interested in it before even going to law school.

I'm thinking about doing a 'shotgun-like' approach to applying, just applying randomly to schools ranked all over the place. I'm currently thinking about:

Georgetown (part-time)
Duke (doubt I would get in, but what the hell!)
George Washington (part-time)
Washinginton Univ. in St. Louis
Boston University
University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign
George Mason
Alabama (my home state / permanent residence)
SMU
Case Western
Univ. of Houston
Santa Clara

It's just a random list I just chose based off of info from US News (mainly chose schools with lower 25th percentile undergrad GPAs).

Anyone have any suggestions, tips, comments, etc?

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