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I'm a little nervous about posting it online but message/post me and ill send it to you.  It's an economic adversity/diversity statement.

So, I'm probably going to write and see where the two topics I have in mind take me tonight.  I've been thinking of my topic for the past two weeks and I'm having a hard time coming up with something original and interesting.

I think I can do a pretty decent job with the following topics:

1. For the past three years, I've been living in one of the roughest neighborhoods in NYC trying to do community organizing at the local level during my free time from work.  This will be dramatic - gunshots and drug dealers. 

2. I am a first generation college graduate and so I wanted to talk about my frustration when I graduated from a okay public school with only a 3.0 and no internships.  This is really what changed me - for the better, I hope.  I learned a lot from this experience - working two jobs, being humiliated in front of my parents, both of them refugees with barely any education.  My mother didn't go to school and my father has the equivalent of an elementary education but I was working and making the same amount of money as they were only I had a college degree with 50,000 in debt.

I'm not sure about the originality of the two topics.

What does everyone think?

Studying for the LSAT / Should I retake LSAT?
« on: October 20, 2009, 09:24:13 AM »
I'd like to apply to the following schools:

Hail Mary: Michigan, UT - Austin, Cornell, UCLA
Good chance: U Conn, Brooklyn Law School
Safety: St. Johns

I have a 3.08 GPA and a 164 LSAT.  I've been out of school for 5 years, three of which I have been working at a big NYC law firm.

Do you think it would make sense to retake the LSAT?  Can I apply then update them with my score?  I've only taken it once.

I know that everthing from Yale down to Georgetown have pretty much a national reputation and i'm not really too sure about USC but Texas - Austin and UCLA seem to have pretty decent reputations nationally.  But is that it?  Are the rest of the law schools pretty much regional in scope?  Is there any out there with a quasi-national reputation?

A little bit about me: I am 26 yrs old,  I've been out of school since 2005 and I work at a top NYC law firm as a legal assistant doing mainly financial and corporate transactions.  On the subject line you will find my numbers.  I'm trying to figure out which schools to reach at.  According to LSAC, I have about a 5% shot at UT - Austin, Northwestern, and Michigan but I feel that's too high.  So, my question is this: What would be your reach schools?

Just so you know, I'm thinking of taking a year to go to China and teach English and then come back and join the Marines PLC-Law program before school.

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