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Acceptances / Widener Harrisburg
« on: May 05, 2011, 06:33:04 PM »
Oh boy, be careful what you wish for.

I applied to Widener Harrisburg on a whim, mainly because my wife's family farm is less than 40 minutes away, and I figured I'd apply to see what happened...what was I out except the $16 report fee, right?

Then I got accepted. With a full ride offered. And 14 days to confirm or withdraw.

So now I have to decide...wait or accept? I'm hoping for NKU, but they still have me in their committee review, and if I pass up on this scholarship deal and then don't get an acceptance...

Crap.

Well, time to do some thinking.

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Recommendations / Nepotism...the wave of the future
« on: April 22, 2011, 02:19:43 PM »
Alright.  Here's where I stand:

I have two recommendation letters from people that know me by work ethic and ability alone:

A manager from my Fortune 100 company that I worked closely with in an area of contract interpretation and ALJ hearings; AND
Well known in house counsel for a large insurer (actually practicing and trying cases before the Bar, not doing "doc review")

I've requested a couple others, but they most likely aren't going to be submitted anytime soon.  However, a large amount of my legal work in the past has been done in my father's practice acting as his assistant and in-court support (basically clerking for him).  My father,as a member of the Bar, is offering to write a letter speaking solely to my responsibilities and performance in his office .  He's more than capable of doing this (my father makes no bones about loving his children, but being completely candid as to their abilities, especially where his profession is concerned), and I know that most admissions departments will look at it as a "supplement" and not a letter of recommendation, which is fine by me. 

Still, I was wondering if anyone has an opinion.  I spent a good portion of my adult life (since 18) working for him before working full time as his assistant/clerk.  Knowing my father, he'll acknowledge I'm his son, then state he's making his statement based off of my actual work product in his office.  I still have letters from other recommenders submitted...I don't see a downside, but then again I'm not in admissions.

Thoughts?

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Law School Applications / And we'll have fun fun fun
« on: April 19, 2011, 01:15:05 PM »
Here's the deal.
UGPA 2.78 (LSAC standardized), 162 LSAT on the first try, no studying, taken while I have the flu (Luck is my best friend.  Seriously.  I was just taking it to get a benchmark on how I would do with no studying whatsoever to determine what prep courses, etc I'd need to get a decent score).

I'm definitely in that "non-traditional" group of students.  I jerked around my first two years of undergrad, dropped out, worked a couple of maritime jobs, went back seriously, managed to get a decent GPA (3.3-3.5) my last two years of Undergrad while getting married and instantly becoming a dad (stepchildren...), and took a job with a huge company instead of taking a year to take th eLSAT and apply when I found out another couple were on the way.  3 years afterwards, I'm sitting at my desk and realize that I still wanted to be a lawyer, so I take the LSAT, do reasonably well, and start applying.

Now, I have that legal background...grew up in my Dad's office, worked as his assistant (not the BS "lawyer kid" stuff either...this man had me prepping Sixth Circuit briefs at 21 for him and threatened to fire me at least once every other month) for a good chunk of time, got leased out to other attorneys in the area when his case load was low.  My desire is pretty much concrete in that whole "grew up in it and truly love the exhausting practice of it" without the ideological "change the world" perspective.

Personal statement?  Solid.  Criminal history?  A couple bumps (an old DUI and a violation for "loitering" that I'm candid about in the addendum and have a strong enough history of good moral standing  to overcome).  Sights?  Set firmly on T3 or T4 (A job with the county is almost a lock down here, given my father's connections...what?  I said I'm being candid.  Or, otherwise, there's always the family's practice).  So, here's my questions:

I'm limited by my UGPA.  I'm debating whether to retake the LSAT with some actual prep time and see if I can bump that score up a few points to make up the difference.

I've applied/am applying to Salmon P. Chase (NKU...3 hour roundtrip drive, but evening classes would allow me to keep my current job and therefore not destroy myself financially...plus, Resident status!), Widener (it's close to my wife's parents so provides some cost benefits for me in the living expenses area), Cooley (God help me, but everyone needs a safety...), Brandeis (This is how we shoot for the stars.  The heck with Harvard.), Dayton (See Cooley), and Appalachian (See Cooley, and realize I really, really need to get a JD).

I have no illusions about Big Firm jobs or massive salaries.  My goal is to get a JD, pass the Bar, and work in the practice my father's spent 30+ years building.  It's Sh*t Law, but law.  I'm certain we can live alright, if not comfortably, afterwards. 

So....what're my odds?  Any suggestions here?  C'mon folks, lay into me!

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