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Recommendations / Recommendations - convo to have with profs
« on: July 02, 2011, 11:02:57 PM »
Hi all,

I will be applying for Fall 2012 admission and am planning to speak with a couple professors about recommendation letters. I've already had convos with them in the past and have kept in touch since graduating, and they are willing to write rec letters. I also think they can write good ones, since I have taken a lecture and a seminar, and written papers for, both of them. My question is, what can I do to make the most of the conversations I have with these two professors when I catch up with them and provide them with what they need for rec letters? I'll be giving them transcripts, the needed LSAC documents, a resume, and will probably email them a paper or multiple papers I wrote for their classes. I'll probably also want to walk them through what I've been up to in the last couple years. Is there anything else I should say or ask in order to help them write very good rec letters?

Thanks!

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General Board / Law degree for career in politics?
« on: June 02, 2009, 04:39:15 AM »
Hey,

I just graduated from college and wanted to get some valuable wisdom from you guys. I am interested in a career in government, and am currently trying to figure out how to balance an interest in public policy and politics. I'd like to know if I should pursue a law degree. I think it could be useful either way - it seems like many politicians have the credential, and the degree would be helpful if I decide to focus on international law or even economic policy, among other areas. Based on your experiences, would you recommend I pursue this path? I have a genuine interest in legal issues - I am a huge dork for Oyez.org and am currently reading Jeff Toobin's The Nine, and it gets me fired up about law. Still, three years is a huge commitment of time and money, especially if I am less interested in being a practicing lawyer than in working in government and politics.

One possibility is trying to get work on the Hill eventually, while taking night classes at a DC law school. Still, I would love a top 5-10 school, and I might miss out on the upside of a full-time law school experience, e.g. law review, moot court, etc.

(By the way, speaking of Oyez - I was listening to the Bush v. Gore oral argument and was stunned when one advocate called Stevens "Justice Brennan" and then went on to address Souter as "Justice Breyer." Unbelievable! OK, just had to get that off my chest.)

Thanks for the help!

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Hey, are there any drawbacks to (a) not taking the June LSAT that I'm registered for; and (b) cancelling my score if I do take it? I do not feel ready to take this test and I won't count my score. I want to be in the 170s and am not there yet though I feel I can make it with more time (I'm still trying to improve my speed, which is feasible and will help me, obviously). So, the question really is, is it in any way a bad idea to take the test and cancel my score, just so that I get some experience with taking the LSAT under the real circumstances? I've taken practice tests in a group, of course, but this is the real deal. Do schools get notified that I canceled a score in the past, and does that raise alarms?

Thanks so much!

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