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Job Search / Summer abroad or work/externship?
« on: June 17, 2009, 09:03:46 AM »
If my goal is BigLaw and/or a judicial clerkship, is it a bad idea to do a summer abroad program as opposed to pursuing an externship or a work opportunity? I do plan on working during my 2L summer, but I'd really like to spend my 1L summer abroad for an academic program. I know summers are really important for work experience, so would I be screwing myself over? I've been getting mixed responses about this... what do you guys think?

Transferring / Application info?
« on: June 17, 2009, 08:17:51 AM »
Generally, when do Fall transfer applications come out? When are all the information usually posted on the schools' websites? Thanks!

(Sorry if this has been asked before! I'm having difficulties with the search feature :))

Just wondering if there's still anyone left here willing to read over personal statements. I could really use some feedback on mine. Please respond or PM me... thanks!

Law School Admissions / Worth writing an addendum?
« on: December 28, 2008, 05:57:58 PM »
I've read from various sources about writing an addendum to explain a low LSAT by showing poor standardized test-taking history. Here is my story:

I took the LSAT twice, earning a disappointing 149 the first time, and another disappointing 154 the second time (this was after taking a leading LSAT prep course  :-\). In the same regards, my SAT score was also below 1100, but I have a 3.55 UC GPA (3.6 LSDAS) in the Humanities (earning all A and A+ in writing/reading intensive courses). However, I also went to a community college and transferred to a T1 UC (managed to do so within a year), so I'm not sure how my SAT score says anything about how I perform as a student since I didn't go directly to a UC.

My question is, given my situation, should I even bother writing an addendum and say that while the LSAT is an effective measurement, etc. etc. etc., I do have a history of low scores, but it was not a predictor of how well I performed as a student?

Thanks everyone.

What happens if LORs aren't received by the application deadline (given that the application was submitted 1-3 months before the deadline)? Will schools still accept them if they make it on time for LSAC to send them out?

Also, how long does it take for LSAC to process LORs after they receive them? Thanks!

Law School Admissions / Going "complete" and submission protocol
« on: December 12, 2008, 06:30:50 AM »
Hi all, I'm fairly new to applications and I'm wondering about submissions protocol. I've been seeing posts here about applicants going "complete" and I understand that it refers to their files being complete at the schools they have submitted applications to.

My silly question is, how does this exactly work? Which files do being "complete" refer to - our attachments (personal statements, etc.), our "complete" LSDAS Law School Reports that the schools have officially received, or both?

Do personal statements, etc. even HAVE to be attached when applications are submitted? Or are we allowed to submit electronic applications without attachments and just send them later when we finish? (I realize this is probably a bad idea, and probably an even sillier question, but I'm just asking for clarity's sake)? Or does having an "incomplete" file simply mean the schools haven't received our transcripts, LORs, Dean's Certifications,etc. yet, regardless of whether or not we have attached our personal statements,etc.?

I also saw on the LSDAS section of LSAC (when you are logged in) that law school reports are $12.00 each and that we will be prompted to order them after submitting applications. Does every school require you to order them and is that $12.00 in addition to the application fees? But in the same regard, on the LSDAS section of their FAQ, it says only the schools can request these reports? Uhm... eh?

I apologize for the ten million questions :-\. I'm just very confused about the process. Actually, when I first started this thread I just had my first question in mind, and it eventually led to all these other questions and now I guess I'm even more confused than I thought. Anyhow, if anyone could please take the time to respond to any of my questions that would be great.

Thanks everyone!

Studying for the LSAT / LG Question - June 1992
« on: September 15, 2007, 04:13:17 AM »
A store sells shirts only in small, medium, and large sizes, and only in red, yellow, and blue colors. Casey buys exactly three shirts from the store.

A shirt type consists of both a size and a color.
Casey does not buy two shirts of the same type.
Casey does not buy both a small shirt and a large shirt.
No small red shirts are available.
No large blue shirts are available.

11. If neither large red shirts nor small blue shirts are available, which one of the following must Casey buy?
(A) a red shirt
(B) a medium yellow shirt
(C) either a large shirt or a small shirt
(D) either a medium red shirt or a medium blue shirt
(E) either a large yellow shirt or a medium blue shirt

The correct answer is (D), which makes sense for scenarios MML and MMS, with both L and S only being allowed to buy yellow shirts.

However, if one of the scenarios was,

r y b

then wouldn't she have to buy BOTH a Medium red shirt AND a Medium blue shirt, and not just either of them? I was under the impression that MMM is a possibility -

Rule #1: MMM, ryb
Rule #2: they are different types b/c although they are the same sizes, they have different colors, and according to Rule #1 a "type" consists of a size and a color
Rules #3,4,5 are fulfilled, and no rule or inference that I've drawn says that the shirts purchased MUST include L or S

...or are there? If so, where and how? And from which rule(s) can we infer that MMM is prohibited? 

Sorry if this is confusing. But thanks in advance...

Studying for the LSAT / LR-Strengthen question stem... question.
« on: August 23, 2007, 06:32:37 AM »
PS's LRB states that "Each of the following, if true, supports the claim above EXCEPT:" indicates a Strengthen question. Can someone please explain to me why this is a Strengthen question? Furthermore, according the page preceding that, it says that "support" indicates a Strengthen question. Also, doesn't the "EXCEPT" then tell us that it is either a Weaken question or, in terms of logical opposition, the answer would NOT support the claim, and thus is not a Strengthen question?


Law School Admissions / Things I wish I knew as an undergrad
« on: August 29, 2005, 02:14:58 PM »
Hi everyone! Well, I posted this at a different forum, but luckily I found you guys and I'm hoping to have better results here  ;) Here goes...

I thought it would be great if some of you more experienced law students, grads, lawyers, etc. could share your thoughts with us looking back at your undergrad years. It could be anything from applying to law school, to what you discovered once you actually got there and/or once you actually started practicing law. It would be nice to hear some of your experiences. Thanks everyone!

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