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Choosing the Right Law School / Joint JD/MPP
« on: June 28, 2011, 07:54:02 PM »
hi everyone, not sure if this is the right forum to be asking, but i was wondering what everyone thought about pursuing a joint JD/MPP career. here's a rough idea of what i want to do with my life.

graduate JD/MPP program, work as a district attorney, then work as a lobbyist or in political advocacy, move into private sector, get PhD, teach as a professor on tenure .

i always thought that the MPP would be useful for giving me topic-specific academic knowledge and maybe the interdisciplinary background that would make me more competitive for jobs in the future.

is my reasoning flawed? i've researched that a lot of people don't think its worth the time or effort but i'd like to know what everyone else thinks or if anyone has had any experience with other joint degree candidates or graduates.

Law School Admissions / LSATs, rolling admissions, etc.
« on: June 04, 2011, 06:51:52 PM »
hi everybody,

law school admissions are looming for next year and I've begun to study for the LSATs. I am set on maxing out my score as much as possible and my research says you need 4-5 months to sufficiently prepare.

i'm debating between taking the december and october LSAT. if i take the december LSAT, I'll have less time and less of a chance in the admissions process since they're rolling. if i wait till october I'm afraid i won't get a good enough score even though my application would be turned in earlier.

its ambitious but I plan to have my packet done with the LSAT as the last "piece" to complete.

is this unwise? should i buck up and just take the LSAT in october or is it sufficiently worth it to wait?

Law School Admissions / hi everyone! :) request your advice!
« on: March 31, 2011, 09:38:55 AM »
i'd appreciate any and all input anyone here has to offer. :)

as with any starry-eyed pre-law student, i aspire to get into top 5/top 10. i want to work for the aclu as an attorney and then work as a lobbyist. my research interests, however, are a bit troubling to me.

i'm deeply interested in drug policy reform *cue judgment*, but i'm also a bit afraid of how it'll look to ivy leagues. i have pretty strong numbers right now but i'd like to hear what you guys think about how this will affect my chances. here's some things i've done

double major poli sci/history with a minor in sociology

1. teaching a course on the history of drug abuse in america
2. established my school's chapter of SSDP (students for sensible drug policy)
3. researching needle exchange programs with a prominent professor in Texas next semester.
4. attempting to intern/volunteer with aclu jails project over summer
5. also attempting to establish a research project with Berkeley's Drug Policy Alliance on legalizing medical marijuana for PTSD victims

lastly: i got a pretty interesting story as to how i even got involved in the first place (plan to use that for my personal statement)

is there anything i can afford to cut out of my efforts or is there any facet of my application i should add to?

yeah i could do without one of those research projects, but is this what a good law school application would be like? (given my niche interests ha)

i look forward to hearing from everyone :D

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