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Personal Statement / Looking to Read PS's
« on: August 13, 2006, 03:07:54 AM »
Hey guys and gals!  I wasn't able to find a place with a good selection of varied personal statement examples, so I figured I could come on here and gather up a few as a service exchange.

Now, I don't know much about LS applications yet or what admission councils look for in personal statements; however, I am a pretty darn good editor and am willing to go through your statements with an eye for structure, grammar, spelling, etc.  Not that I'm placing a guarantee on perfection, but if you're lacking in confidence over your personal statement then it is most certainly better than nothing.  Also, you'll be giving me a helping hand by providing me with useful examples of what people are putting out there.

Please note, however, that if I receive large quantities of statements from this post then I will only be replying to them as I have time.  That could mean one, two, or even none a day.  And should I never get back to you?  Well, in that case, consider it a lost cause ;)

Furthermore, to ensure that I am not still receiving personal statements after graduation, please refrain from sending additional statements after August 20, 2006.

One final note: Please indicate how anal retentive you want me to be when editing your personal statement.  As you can see from my post, my personal style leans towards a casual, conversational pose, which is what I will default towards unless you indicate otherwise.

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Where should I go next fall? / Finding Schools
« on: August 12, 2006, 07:54:48 AM »
Hi there,

Choosing to take the LSAT and go to law school was a relatively recent decision for me, but I am very enthused about it.  However, I feel like I may be out of the loop concerning what schools I should ideally be looking at.  This is compounded by the lack of resources my campus has in relations to law programs.  In other words, I don't know where to look to figure out where I should apply.

Right now I've scored a 168 and 170 respectively on two practice tests I took this week.  My UG gpa is 3.6 overall with a 3.8 major gpa.  I definitely plan to have those scores raised by 2 points by the September test date at the least, and I'm fairly confident that I can do it (or better).

Considering all this, I'm open to advice from you guys and gals on where I should go, or, if you have the resources handy, I'll readily take links to other places that can fill in the gaps in my knowledge about law schools.

Prior to this post, I'd always thought about going to BUSL or University of Chicago.  Really though, that's only because I know those two schools personally through friends and travel.  I've checked out those schools at the least, and they seem realistic choices for application.  But where else?

I'm also afraid that I might be limited by the fact that I attended a large state school instead of a "name" UG program.

If you guys have any input, please feel free to share!

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Studying for the LSAT / Running Out of Tests
« on: August 12, 2006, 03:24:47 AM »
So, what do you do when you run out of practice tests to take?  Just take the oldest ones over again?  I'm afraid I'll remember the answers, and besides I write in my booklets.

Perhaps it would be still productive to take tests pre-2000?

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LSAC and LSDAS / LS Notification?
« on: August 12, 2006, 02:29:24 AM »
Hi all, I was just wondering if it is wasteful to notify a law school before the application process that you are interested in attending their school?

Even something simple, such as requesting a brochure or something similar.

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Where should I go next fall? / How did you pick your interest?
« on: May 01, 2006, 05:22:39 PM »
See the title.  If you had multiple possible interests in the legal field prior to applying, how did you narrow down which interests you would realistically pursue?

Right now, I'm at a crossroads in my decision making process.  Central to my indecision is the fact that I really am interested in law, which may sound strange but allow me to elaborate.  You see, I feel like I'm actually interested in several possible specializations having to do with the legal world.  My UG education has been spent about half on international business law and half on legal policies affecting Native Americans in North America (US & Canada), but even then, I find myself attracted to other fields.

How, then, to decide where to apply?  When you have interests in multiple fields, often not having to do anything with each other, how do you decide which to pursue?

Honestly, I'll probably go with corporate law so I can work with MNCs or something similar.  That's where my academic interest has usually been.  Comparing corporations to Hobbesian models and all that jazz :D

Darn but if it wouldn't be easier if I liked to teach!

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Minority Topics / Korean Adoptee in the American South
« on: March 09, 2006, 12:58:53 AM »
Hi guys,

I've been reading around and it seems that Asian Americans are not considered URM's at top ranked schools.  That being said, I do think that I have reason to include a diversity statement, but I was wondering if it would be OK or even appropriate to mention that I am a Korean adoptee.  Not only that, but I was adopted into a low income household in Arkansas.

Now, Arkansas probably isn't as bad as some places, but there have definitely been some hard times down here.  Honestly, I was the only Asian guy in my entire city, and even though I grew up here people still stare at me every time I walk into a store or a restaurant.  It's more than a little grating.

In any case, I was wondering if this could factor into my admission at all.

Any opinions?

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Hi all,

I recently took a KAPLAN free test at my university.  I'd only found out about it the day before, and I've never studied for the LSAT in my life.  I got the results back, and I made a 160.

My friend told me this was a good score, but I haven't done a lot of research on it yet.  Up till now, I've been content on going to a decent, but probably relatively mediocre-in-name school.  He thinks that I can raise this significantly, giving me a chance at a Top 20 school.

What do you guys think?  I know the KAPLAN test is a real LSAT, but do you think it's feasible to think I could raise my score by 7 to 10 points by June or October?  It seems like a lot of points!

I don't have the actual scores for each section with me, but I made an almost perfect in Reading Comprehension (I only missed maybe 3 questions).  My primary downfall was in Logic Games.

Thanks!  (and can anyone recommend any reading on the LSAT?)

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