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Personal Statement / Help with my PS, please.
« on: January 21, 2013, 12:14:18 AM »
I'm having a lot of trouble writing this so any help or feedback would be greatly appreciated it. 


Ever since I was young I've enjoyed controversy.  Not for its own sake, but rather because I've always liked looking at things from a different point of view and finding the shades of grey in issues.
   One of the earliest examples of this was when I was a junior in high school attending a private religious academy.  In my Bible class my teacher held open discussion days every Friday where he would choose a topic for us all to discuss and one day he choose the topic of abortion.  A few minutes into the discussion I noticed that everyone in the class was arguing against abortion so when it came my turn to speak I decided to go in the opposite direction.  I argued that abortion should remain legal because the Supreme Court had ruled that women have a right to choose and that the issue of when life begins was still a matter of debate amongst doctors.  I did not argue this way because I believed it, but rather because I wanted to understand both sides of the issue.
   During college my favorite courses were often the ones that required you not only to find the correct answer, if indeed there even was one correct answer, but to defend that answer.  One of my favorite courses was an ethics class where the professor would assign us various ethical dilemmas and  have us resolve them. 
   One of the dilemmas dealt with whether or not a journalist should reveal the names of rape victims in local newspapers.  I looked at the issue from two different viewpoints.  The first was a purely consequentialist approach. I looked at the harm it might cause the victims and their families in comparison to the potential good it might do to society as a whole.  Looking at it from that viewpoint I eventually decided that the harm it would do the victims and their families outweighed the potential good it could do simply because I felt that it would almost certainly cause the victims harm, but the chances of it benefiting society were less than certain. 
   The other approach I took was one concerned strictly with the journalist's duty to inform the public of events as accurately as possible. I didn't concern myself with the question of costs versus benefits, but only with the question of whether or not the journalist had a duty to report the name of the victims.  Looking at it purely from this duty oriented perspective I concluded that the journalist had an ethical responsibility to report the names of the victims because his duty was to inform the public as accurately as possible. 

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I really don't have any softs to put on my application.  I have some work experience, but only fast food, grocery story and working for my parent's PI office which does work investigation for defense attorneys in my area.  Other than that I really don't have anything.  I'm never been big on joining clubs simply because I'm not the most social person.  The SGA at my school is pretty much a fraternity thing and I have neither the money nor the desire to be part of that.  The only club I've really been a part of is a campus activist club.  We basically would work with the campus union, go to their meetings and if they were having a rally or demonstration we would support them, but I'm not sure if law schools would look fondly on that or not.  So, I'm just kind of worried my lack of decent softs could hurt me

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Law School Applications / GPA padding.
« on: December 15, 2012, 02:55:50 PM »
I've played around with a LSAC GPA calculator and found that my GPA in Fall of 2013 would be 3.33.  My dream school is NYU which has the their 25th percentile in the 3.5 range.  I was thinking of waiting to apply till 2014 and spend the year in between working and take easy online courses to get my GPA up into the 3.5 range.  I'm just wondering is this a feasible plan or do law schools not like when people pad their GPA?  My goal is the top 14, but NYU is my dream since I want to work and live in NYC one day.

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Law School Applications / Is it better to apply early with a lower GPA?
« on: December 09, 2012, 12:21:01 AM »
I have this coming spring semester, summer, and the following fall semester to go and will be able to graduate at the end of the Fall 2013 semester.. Assuming everything goes well my GPA at the start of next fall will be a 3.22, at the end of the next fall semester it will be a 3.33. I know this is a hypothetical and depends on me getting all A's, but I'm really more interested in opinions on applying late or early due to rolling admissions. I'll take the LSAT in June and if I do good enough I was planning on sending out early applications to schools in September due to rolling admissions. Would the extra GPA points be worth applying late or is it too small of a difference to matter?

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This is a bit hard for me to post, but I am kind of worried so I thought I would go ahead and ask for answers.  When I was 16 or 17, honestly I can't remember, I went through a stage of severe depression and tried to commit suicide. The head psychiatrist at the hospital released me the next day saying that due to the fact that due to the circumstances such as the fact that I quickly realized my mistake and called for help I was okay to go home as long as someone stayed with me.  For awhile I was on medication for it, but I no longer need it.  I still see the doctor once a year, but even he admits I don't need to see him.  The only reason I do is for my parent's peace of mind.  By the time I graduate from law school it will have been a decade without any problems.  I'm just a bit worried the Bar or admissions will hold it against me. 

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Law School Applications / How does LSAC deal with withdrawals?
« on: November 20, 2012, 07:00:16 PM »
Hey, everyone. I have a question about withdrawals and LSAC. I have two withdrawals, but neither of them are marked as failing or anything like that.  They are simply Ws. It's essentially as if you did not take the class.  I've heard as long as your school doesn't mark you as  failing withdrawal or anything like that LSAC just treats it as a neutral score. It won't hurt or help your GPA.  At least that's what it seems like from what I've read on LSAC's website.  I was just curious if anyone who had any direct experience with anything like that could shed some light on the situation. 

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I've always been a supporter of labor unions and I'm thinking I might like to go into labor law representing unions and workers and I was just wondering if anyone knew of any schools that had strong programs geared toward that?

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Studying for the LSAT / A question about how the LSAT is scored.
« on: October 30, 2012, 01:17:29 PM »
I've done a google search on this, but haven't found a clear answer.  This may be because I'm not sure how to word my question to fit into a google search so I'll try asking here.   How is the LSAT graded?  I know in law schools your  grade depends on how everyone else does on the test since you are graded against the rest of the class and not a grading key like in undergrad.  Is the LSAT graded like law school exams where only a certain portion of people could score 180s or is it theoretically possible for everyone taking the test to score a 180?

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Studying for the LSAT / LSAT prep course?
« on: October 29, 2012, 03:41:27 PM »
I'm thinking of taking an LSAT prep course.  One of the lawyers my dad works with recommended Kaplan, but he admitted he never took one and was just suggesting it because they were the oldest company.  Everything I've read about them makes me kind of wary, though.  Testmasters has a full course in the Spring near me, and Powerscore has a weekend course.  Out of those three which do you all think would be best? The Testmaster course ends less than a week before the June 10th LSAT which is one reason I'm leaning towards them and I've heard better things about them than Kaplan.  I was just wondering what you all thought. 

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Job Search / Constitutional law jobs?
« on: October 23, 2012, 12:18:20 AM »
I've only taken a couple of undergrad course in Constitutional Law, but I've really enjoyed it. I was wondering what are the career aspects like for someone specializing in this area? I know since there aren't a lot of cases that raise Constitutional issues a lot of firms won't have Constitutional departments so I thought I would ask if anyone here know what the job numbers were like? 

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