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Choosing the Right Law School / OSU v. UIUC v. Fordham
« on: December 20, 2010, 04:29:34 PM »
It's still early in my application cycle, and I know financial aid packages could change things, but I'm curious to get your opinions on what I should do.

Education: BA with an individualized major; AAS in Fashion Merchandising

Work Experience: 1 year as a legal secretary at a V50 in NY; 1 year as a secretary (who sometimes did analyst work) for the M&A group of a major bank in NY; 2 years in a research role at the same V50 in NY; 6 months+ (currently employed) as an analyst for a Fortune 500 retailer in the Midwest

Immediate goal post-law school: return to V50's Chicago office as an associate in corporate transactional (or possibly restructuring or IP transactional)
Long-term thoughts: Move into a recruiting or client development role at the firm; go in-house somewhere; lateral to a specialized firm;  lateral to an entertainment firm (I know that's extremely difficult); or partner-track

*My husband's job is here (he's a 1st year resident)
*Even if no aid is offered, in-state tuition is super cheap
*I enjoyed the class I sat in on
*Hang On Sloopy is a really catchy tune
*I don't want to stay in Ohio long-term
*There is only one firm whose Chicago office was represented at OCI this year (and it's not my old firm)

*Strong brand
*Places well in Chicago
*Scholarship $ makes up for OOS tuition
*Less than 2 hours from my hometown
*COL in UC is really low
*My old firm wasn't represented at OCI
*Not sure about living in a college town

*Is the only school to which I've been accepted so far where my old firm participated in OCI this year.
*I have a really strong support system in NYC
*I love NY
*Decent brand despite its ranking
*Expensive... really expensive
*They didn't allow me to sit in on a class when I visited as a perspective student
*It's neither NYU nor CLS

Sorry for the novel; thanks for your thoughts!

Law School Admissions / Should I write a Diversity Statement for [T25]?
« on: October 13, 2010, 03:24:23 AM »
(I may delete this later...)

I'm middle class and white... the most recent immigrants in my lineage are my great-grandparents from Germany who came over a century ago.  I have never faced serious adversity and have honestly lived a rather charmed life, so I haven't written any diversity statements.
However, I noticed the following on the website  for a particular T25 school (bolding mine):
You may be regarded as potentially contributing to student diversity if your background or experience would not ordinarily be well-represented in the student body or the legal profession. Examples include (but are not limited to) students who:

    * have struggled against prejudice, economic disadvantage, family or personal adversity, or other social hardships (perhaps as a result of disability, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation or religious affiliation)
    * lived in a foreign country or spoke a language other than English at home
    * have unusual career goals, employment history (perhaps military or law enforcement experience), or educational background (including graduate study)
    * demonstrate unusual extracurricular achievement (including school or community service)
I have two undergraduate degrees, one I designed myself in entertainment business from a good school, the other in Fashion Merchandising from an academically light but well respected fashion school.  I'm currently at a Fortune 500 retailer, have worked in support roles in BigLaw and investment banking, and have independently produced an Off-Broadway play.
I don't think any one thing I've done is particularly unique (except maybe the play), but I think I will bring an interesting perspective due to the breadth of my experience in niche industries.
Still, all of this is already somewhere in my application (between my app, resume and PS), so an additional statement would be redundant.  I just don't want to receive a ding for not writing an "optional" statement when the parameters are so broad.

Any thoughts?  This is a school LSAC puts me at a 42%-52% likelihood of acceptance based on my numbers, so this is a case where softs could make a difference.


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