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Recommendations / academic vs work experience LOR
« on: January 27, 2009, 12:17:19 PM »
Alright, another question. I'll have been working for about a year by the time I apply to law school (two years by time of entry), in a position that I hope will serve to reiterate my desire to work in the public sector. I will have no problem getting LOR from my former professors, but I did not want to ask for one from my employers. Not because I do not do my job well, but because they do not know that I am applying to law school yet. During this difficult economic time (when lay offs are definitely possible), I do not want to risk losing the job that I need in order to save $$ for law school in favor of someone on the long career path.

Is it terribly vital to find a superior to write a letter about my performance (which I don't doubt would be positive if I could find a way to ask without jeopardzing my standing) when I'm only a year out of college? Or are the academic recs enough?

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Recommendations / LOR personalization??
« on: January 26, 2009, 03:52:08 PM »
Its a no brainer that on my personal statement I need to tailor parts of it to each school, so that they do not think that I am submitting the same generic words to every program. But does the same idea apply to letters of recommendation? I am asking busy, respected individuals to send out carefully crafted statements to at least 10 programs. Are they really expected to take even more time to fill out a different recommendation for every program (and hence also risk that they mix up school names)? Or can they print and sign 10 copies of the same document, and focus on just getting them off in time? ;o)

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Law School Applications / how much weight will my alma mater hold?
« on: January 26, 2009, 03:18:21 PM »
I went to a small, private liberal arts school in the south. It is well respected in this region, and has recently earned some national exposure (by making it to the NCAA tournament for the last 3 years, and hosting one of the recent presidential debates), but I doubt that T14 law programs know it well. Within the university, my program was notoriously rigorous (Political Science, though my school required intensive coursework in economics and quantitative methods), making it a real achievement to earn my 3.8 GPA while juggling another major and extra curriculars.

Still, how do I ensure that my prospective law schools appreciate this? With a good LSAT (shooting for 169 and above, on par with my practice tests), a 3.8 GPA, and two years of relevant work experience, will I be competitive at the top programs despite my alma mater?

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Law School Applications / help! family financial issues
« on: January 16, 2009, 02:08:09 PM »
I am beginning the long process of taking the LSAT and applying to law school, but one big issue concerns me before even moving farther.

Cliff notes: I have a very wealthy father, who left my family 5 years ago, and has provided no support or contact in years. My mother does not make much as a nurse, and she is the parent that I use to fill out the FAFSA. I work in the nonprofit sector, for just enough to get by. I should be the poster child for need based aid, however, it is my understanding (as has been confirmed by all of my school choices thus far), that despite my father's absence, I still have to include his exorbitant financial information in my financial aid profile.

Is there anything that I can do about this to avoid putting myself out of the running for and and all need based aid? I don't at all want to "screw the system", but I also don't want to be misrepresented as someone who has means that I most certainly do not have... advice?

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