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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Law Degree for Journalism?
« on: May 10, 2005, 04:07:16 AM »
Wow...thanks for the insight, everyone. Who knew so many journalists had an interest in the law?!? No doubt the standard of living for attorneys is much higher than it is for journalists. But I had no idea how stressful it was to be a writer...I mean I knew they had deadlines, but I always thought they had pretty flexible schedules. That's insane if their workload is comparable to that of a lawyer and they get paid next to nothing!

I think that if I were to ever pursue a full-time career as a journalist I would rather write about current events/politics/international relations ( I was an international studies and political science major) than about the law. But like everyone else here, I'm looking to make a decent living so I plan on becoming a lawyer. I'm trying to keep my options open though because, like I said before, if money wasn't an issue I would choose to be a writer (even if the hours are crazy ;)).

So for you guys who have experience, what do you think is the best way to break into the field? Grumpy old man, you mentioned clips, but would that require me to actually work for a magazine/newspaper, or for instance could I use essays/opinions pieces that I have written over time to make up a sort of portfolio? In the case of a small, community-based newspaper would you suggest sending in a letter of interest along with a writing sample? Sorry if my questions sound completely ignorant, but I have no real journalistic background, and absolutely no notion of the hiring process...so any info would be appreciated! Thanks again!

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Law Degree for Journalism?
« on: May 09, 2005, 12:45:20 AM »
That's interesting, dbgirl...it never occurred to me that those Court TV writers must have law degrees ::). If you don't mind me asking, is there a reason why you want to switch from journalism to law...besides the money, of course? The starting salary really is ridiculous. To make things worse, I was speaking to an LA Times journalist who has been in the business for years and said that your income basically hits the roof at a little over $60,000. So basically, unless I win the lottery or marry a zillionare, I guess I should plan on a law career.

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Incoming 1Ls / Law Degree for Journalism?
« on: May 08, 2005, 06:54:54 PM »
Does anyone know of careers that involve journalism where a law degree could be useful? I love to write and if money was no issue I would have pursued a career in journalism. Unfortunately, money is an issue so as for now I'll be attending law school and will likely pursue a career in the legal field. But my ideal job would be to either work for a mainstream magazine (anything from news/politics to fashion) or to work for a news network. Would pursuing a law degree be completely pointless for such a career? Or is there a job that involves a cross between the two genres? If anyone has any info. I'd LOVE to hear it. Thanks ;)!

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Still Waiting on USC?!?
« on: May 04, 2005, 01:28:20 AM »
Thanks Are we there yet...I'm trying to stay hopeful. kmp783, with your numbers I think you have a really good shot at getting off the waitlist. Good luck!

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Still Waiting on USC?!?
« on: May 03, 2005, 01:57:03 PM »
I'd question teh likelihood of many more acceptances. If you look at LSN, the most recent acceptances there are at the very beginning of April, which are then followed by a bunch of waitlists and a few rejections. They may still have room for a 3.97/179, but other than that I think they're pretty much done. Good luck though! You may be the exception. As an aside, did you interview?

I guess it's just wishful thinking at this point. I didn't interview and realistically I know I don't stand much of a chance. But USC is the only school that hasn't given me a response yet. I was hoping that maybe there would be just a tiny chance that the adcomms have already gone over my app and chose not to reject me automatically. But I wasn't aware that the seat deposit deadline is so late...that could explain why they're lagging sooo much. I guess there always are exceptions though...so best of luck to twelvehundred and anyone else still waiting ;)!

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Choosing the Right Law School / Still Waiting on USC?!?
« on: May 03, 2005, 12:45:55 AM »
Is anyone else still waiting for a decision from USC? I sent my app in mid January and with my numbers (3.55 GPA, 157+164 LSAT, 3.1 index) I was expecting a rejection a long time ago. When I called them today they said that they had still not made a decision. For a school to take so long does it usually mean that the adcomms haven't had a chance to look over all the apps, or do you guys think there's actually a possibility that they've read them but just can't make a decision either way? If anyone has any info/ideas please share! Thanks!

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: 7 point improvement...addendum?
« on: December 27, 2004, 04:43:07 PM »
Thanks for the advice. I think I will write a brief addendum and tell them what happened. I just have one more question for you guys (ok, actually 2 ;))...do you think one paragraph is sufficient, and is it a good idea to let them know that I was averaging much higher (166-172) on my practice exams?

P.S.~Savannah I LOVE your avatar!

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Crashton, I think you have a very good basis for writing an addendum. I heard a Berkeley admissions officer say one time that if we scored poorly on the LSAT and we have a history of doing poorly on standardized tests but doing well in school, then we should definitely let them know.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: 7 point improvement...addendum?
« on: December 26, 2004, 05:03:38 AM »
Franz, you brought up the reasons for why I wanted to write an addendum. It's a difficult choice because I can see how it could work both to my advantage and disadvantage. I think for the most part though, the schools I am applying to average the two scores regardless of the score increase. I copied and pasted this from the UCLA application:

"If applicable, please describe any circumstances that negatively affected the extent to which your academic record or standardized test scores reflects your ability to succeed in law school."
 
Generally, I think I understand what you guys are saying about the explanation vs. excuse thing. So would it be safe to say that it is not a good idea to mention stess, illness, family emergency, etc. but rather explain the score difference by discussing what I did differently to study for the second exam (is that what you meant by a "good reason/explanation")? Because I had thought about doing this, but the problem is I think my first score was a result of basic anxiety, and not lack of preparation. So I was thinking that if I did mention a change in study habits, the ad coms could look down upon that because they would think that I went into the first test unprepared. What do you guys think?

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: 7 point improvement...addendum?
« on: December 25, 2004, 02:06:20 AM »
Thanks for your help guys. RuskieGirl like you said, it's soooo tempting to want to justify every little flaw in your application. The first time I took a practice LSAT I scored a 153. But after some studying I was averaging between 166-172. So I know a 157 is not an accurate measure of my abilities...I just don't know how to prove it to the ad coms. But you basically discussed all my doubts for writing an addendum in your post. It's just that I've heard that it is best to explain a discrepancy in test scores and I don't know if a 7 point improvement is significant enough to warrant an explanation (especially with an excuse they've probably heard a million times by now). BUT...if anyone else has any ideas/suggestions I would REALLY appreciate your input!

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