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Minority Topics / what to write about in my diversity statement
« on: January 01, 2009, 03:11:31 AM »
Hi I am new to all this, so please bare with me, need lots of answers.

My life has been very diverse, and I have lots to write about. I have a year to write something to help me get in to my target school, which is UPenn. I am working very hard to do well on the LSAT and keep my GPA high, but I have no clue which of my diversities to write about so I would love some feedback from everyone. I feel maybe not all of them would help my application, but I could be wrong, I just have no idea. Any replies are appreciated greatly.

About me/things I could write about
32 male
Asian (chinese)
Naturalized Citizen
had childhood illness was not expected to survive
Arrived in US to attend highschool, got screwed by my relative/guardian and had to live/support myself since 16
dropped out of HS (see above) and later obtained GED
Was homeless for some time after dropping out, backpacked across the country with no money no support
worked form chinese restaurants all the way up the ladder to be a software developer - all self-taught
Attended community college part time with 3.8 GPA, but had to drop out to work full time to support myself
worked out reach, with inner city children
worked with education sector - developed nationally published/recognized software system
ran my own business
Had nearly fatal accident while professionally racing. came back strong after and won national race.
back to pursue undergrad while working fulltime still after 8 years out of cc
Married African American and have mixed kids, and are still working full time to support family
Supporting parents still in China (retired)

Goal schools: Penn and Temple (have to stay in philly, my house is here)
major: computer science
GPA hope to stay 3.8
LSAT: practice test 161-168, working on getting to 170

I feel truly blessed to be who i am. but I dont want my statement to be too overwhelming, over reaching, over the top, or too much of a sob story. I know it is my life and what happened but I dont want to turn someone off by appearing to try too hard. suggestions?

thank you all in advance, I look forward to hearing some feedback, suggestions and advice





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Non-Traditional Students / new with questions
« on: December 30, 2008, 05:29:09 PM »
Hi everyone, I am new, glad I found this forum, seem like a great place for answers that I have.

I would like to know if it would be easy finding part time law related work while in law school full time. I know and read that there are summer jobs but it would seem like 1L would be the toughest on the wallet.

a little about me
male
32
soon to be married and 2 children
in undergrad (took 10+ years off to work)

I first started to want to get in to law working with the FBI to prosecute someone who hacked my servers. seem like the world need more IP laws and people who understand the new technologies and able to apply the IP laws. I am accomplished in my field, but I finally just decided to go back to school to finish the ug degree so I can get into law school. I took a few prep tests for LSAT and find myself enjoying the tests very much and upon further reading I found out I would suit the field of law pretty well.

But it is going to be tough figuring out what to do to keep my family living well while attending school full time. I don't want to do PT programs because I already missed so much time with school. I also have kids, a mortgage and other things to pay for.

I looked on LSN and thing I can probably qualify for some scholarships at the middle level schools, but I would still need a decent amount to upkeep the home. My soon to be wife would stay home, take care of the kids and work part-time.

My question would be

Would 1L be able to find part time work in law related field? I would have to quit what I am doing now, and the part-time jobs I can get do not pay very well.

What are the chances of getting top schools with my situation? My current GPA is about 3.7, I plan to get it to 3.8 by graduation (most classes I am taking I should be qualified to teach, thats 1 good thing about working in the industry so long :) ). I hope to get 170 on LSAT, I am getting 165 or so with the prep tests but I have not done a prep course yet (took the tests cold).

I live in Philadelphia, and have some credentials with some good organizations in the area, and I want to get into Penn. I will apply to Penn and Temple, from LSN maybe I can get money from Temple if I get to my grade/LSAT target, but really want to get into Penn... If I can get in and afford it!

I am Asian but I guess thats not going to help me lol

thanks all!

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