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General Board / "addendum"?
« on: June 15, 2008, 03:53:23 AM »
Hey folks,

Here's the situation:

I go to a good but not a T20 school. 1L I finished in the top 20% percent. 2L summer I worked at a DA office--this is the kind of work I'm most interested in, and in my locality it's very competitive.

Anyway, last summer I started to develop a movement disorder (neurological).I had to drop a summer class and received a W. Unfortunately my situation got worse--my mobility was extremely restricted, I had only limited use of my hands, and the medications were very fogging cognitively. I had to go on medical leave half way through fall 2007. I returned for spring 2008 but was only taking two classes and I didn't that well in them. On top of this, I got pretty depressed due to the situation.

Right now I'm back in a class,  and I'm working for a professor, for a legal organization, and for a judge (all part time). I think I overcompensated this summer and I'm trying not to let it affect my work or my physical condition (which has largely improved after lengthy experimental treatment). I feel like I should get out of the research asst job w/the prof that I signed up for but I made a commitment to the professor and I would feel beyond lousy backing out. At the same time, I'm afraid the exertion I'm subjecting myself to on the heels of my recovery is stifling my continued recovery. Just tough it out and let the cards fall where they may?

Two: Because of my medical leave, I'm going to graduate a year later, unfortunately. Although I did well my first year, my record since then, as evidenced above, is spotty to say the least. Is this something I should address in my applications/interviews? How? I don't want to seem flaky, or seem like someone who would be unreliable, or just revealing too much personal info. Yet, I don't want to seem like I'm hiding a heroin addiction or something, either. What to do, what to do.

Needless to say, this entire experience has been extremely deflating, but I'm trying not to convey that feeling to my supervisors, etc. I feel like I've just screwed up all my career prospects.

Sorry for the long post, I'm really just hoping for some advice.




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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / hours of studying/day
« on: July 11, 2006, 08:55:19 AM »
I'm curious...

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Law School Applications / oh the regret
« on: March 15, 2006, 12:37:21 PM »
I called GW just now because I had never heard anything about being complete and I was starting to worry. The person who answered all too cheerfully informed me that I will be getting a letter in the mail any day now.  :'(

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Where should I go next fall? / .
« on: March 04, 2006, 06:56:06 PM »
...

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General Off-Topic Board / What are you reading?
« on: February 18, 2006, 09:34:07 PM »
Always like suggestions for something good to read. I'll start:

Courtroom 302 by Steve Bogira (a year in the life of a criminal courtroom in Chicago, so far I recommend it highly)

and

The Island at the Center of the World by Russell Shorto (history of the dutch colony in Manhattan)

Anyone?

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Law School Applications / Fordham status: no application found??
« on: February 06, 2006, 05:50:37 PM »
Every time I have compulsively checked the status checker it just says complete - now all of a sudden it says "no application found".  ???  Did anyone else notice this happen to them?

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Acceptances / St. John's
« on: January 27, 2006, 04:49:21 PM »
In at St. John's with 15k renewable (must be in top half of class).

Sent my application around 12/25. Looks like the pace is picking up. Good luck to everyone1

-t
161, 3.39

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Law School Applications / screwed up - please advise
« on: January 10, 2006, 08:41:15 PM »
I just realized that I confused the dates I attended two schools for summer classes one summer. I reversed the time frames for the two schools (neither was my undergrad). This seems unlikely to be picked up by an admissions officer, so I'm thinking it's better not to draw attention to the issue....but what do you think?

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Law School Applications / how's my list looking?
« on: December 29, 2005, 04:09:08 PM »
3.39, 161, interesting WE, grad degree in social work

I know I have quite a few reaches, just hope I have enough safeties...I'm trying to maximize my options without applying to schools I really have no interest in attending. I'd like to stay in the Northeast, with DC being a possibility. Have family out in Seattle so might be willing to move there.

American
Brooklyn
Cardozo PT
U of Connecticut (legacy at law school - does this help at all??)
Fordham PT
GW PT
New York Law School
Northeastern
Seattle Univ.
Suffolk
St. John's

Advice GREATLY appreciated  :)

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Where should I go next fall? / 3.4/161 - I am being realistic? help!
« on: December 25, 2005, 11:18:19 PM »
How does this list look for someone with a 3.4 UGPA and 161 LSAT? I'm a few years out of college and will have a masters in social work in May - I'd like to go into public interest.

New York Law School
St. John's
Brooklyn
Cardozo PT
Fordham PT
Suffolk
Northeastern
American

Do I need more safeties?

Thank you!!!

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