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Law School Admissions / How Long are LORs and Other Materials Active?
« on: July 24, 2006, 06:04:19 PM »
If I decide after the application deadline this year that I should have applied to some different schools or if, for some reaosn, I'm unable to attend law school next year... will my letters of recommendation and transcripts stay active in my LSAC account for the following year?  I know there are quite a few folks on here who have done something similar.  Did you have to go back to your recommenders and get more letters?

It seems like this is probably answered somewhere but a search (of this site and the LSAC site) didn't turn it up.  Thanks in advance.

Law School Admissions / LSAC GPA on Resume?
« on: July 06, 2006, 07:04:39 PM »
Anna Ivey says to list the GPA that is on your transcript when listing your GPA on your resume.  However, LSAC computes my GPA as several points higher-- should I list both?  Or is that silly?  Sorry if this has been covered; I couldn't find it in previous posts.

p.s. I get LSAC and LSDAS confused.  Would I call this my LSAC GPA or my LSDAS GPA?

LSAC doesn't list the University of Michigan as one of the schools that accept LORs through LSDAS (unless I'm just missing them somehow but I ran a search on the page for 'Michigan' and only found Michigan State) but on Michigan's LOR Information & Waiver form, it says "This form may be photocopied or you may use the LSDAS waiver form".

Does anyone have any personal experience with submitting LORs for University of Michigan through LSDAS?  I would much rather do that, if I'm allowed.


EDIT: I actually have the same question about USC-- they aren't on the list that accepts LSDAS LORs but they don't seem to have their own LOR form.

Law School Admissions / Waiting for Applications for LORs?
« on: June 30, 2006, 10:23:03 PM »
Although applications won't be out until possibly August or September, it seems ridiculous to wait that long to ask someone to write a letter of recommendation for me.  What do you do about the special recommendation forms that many schools want your recommenders to fill out?  Should I ask my recommenders to submit the letter to LSAC now and I'll just send them a packet of recommendation forms in August and ask them to quickly submit them?  That sounds weird and I'm not sure if recommenders can submit letters separately from those forms.

Any insights?  For those of you who applied in previously cycles, how did you handle this?

I've been out of school for about a year and a half-- it will be three years by the time I begin law school (Fall 2007).  I've had the same job since I graduated and it will be the centerpiece of my application-- it's a fantastic job and I've gained some fairly impressive experience.

Unfortunately, it is against my company's policy for managers to write letters of recommendation without approval from our CEO (which is rarely granted).  Further, I'd really hate to tell my boss that I'm thinking about leaving a full year before I go.

I've been reading Richard Montauk's "How to Get into the Top Law Schools" and he says that it will look suspicious if you've been out of school for awhile and don't have a letter of recommendation from your employer.  How long is 'awhile'?  Worse, he says that some schools (e.g. Columbia) require a letter from your employer if you've been working full-time.  Is that really true?

Should I submit an addendum explaining my situation?

Studying for the LSAT / Item Response Report Blank?
« on: June 29, 2006, 06:02:11 PM »
Is anyone else's Item Response Report blank?  I've been searching the boards and I can't find any other posts about this.  Is there some trick to reading it?  Mine doesn't seem to say anything at all.

p.s. Someone mentioned that there is a thread that lists all of the correct answers but I've been searching for it and can't find it.  Which one is it?

Studying for the LSAT / What Score is your Biggest Fear?
« on: June 28, 2006, 09:04:32 PM »
It's interesting because most of us are really nervous about our scores but we all probably have some general idea of how we did (unless you never took a timed practice test).  You probably have some general range or average in mind from your practice tests and a general sense of how you felt during the test.

Every time I tell someone that I'm worried about the test, they say something like "Oh, don't worry; I'm sure you did fine."  And I'm sure I did fine, too.  My biggest fear isn't that I'll get a 120; it's that I'll get something on the low-to-middle end of my practice test range.

So my biggest fear-- and I know this is totally silly-- is that I'll get a 168.  I'm afraid of it because it's within my range of practice test scores but I'll be disappointed because I know I could have done better.  Worse, it might be just a few questions shy of some T14 schools and big scholarships.

Just because I said that, I'm probably going to end up with a 120.

What about you?

I'm planning to discuss how my work background has informed my interest in a specific area of law and how that relates to my career goals.  Like most law schools applicants, I'm not exactly hard-sold on this area of law and suspect that my interests will grow and shift once I'm in school.  Because of this, I'm not applying only to schools that specialize in my "chosen" area of law.

My questions is this: will writing about my interest in a specific area of law hurt my chances at a school that doesn't specialize in that area?  It would be difficult to write a well-crafted and convincing statement of purpose for every individual law school but I don't want to rub any schools the wrong way.

p.s. Since law schools usually admit fairly small classes, is it common for the school to expect you to focus on the area of law you mentioned in your statement or is it expected that your interests might change during your first year?

Law School Admissions / Diversity in Resume
« on: June 25, 2006, 11:51:02 AM »
Is it appropriate in the "personal" section of my resume to mention that my grandparents immigrated from Latin America  even though I self-identify as white?  My relatives run a successful business that caters specifically to the latino community in my hometown and I grew up around that.  Will this come off as trying to piggy back on someone else's diversity or is it appropriate information to share with law schools?

Law School Admissions / Hold ups?
« on: June 19, 2006, 06:09:16 AM »
What kinds of things held up your file from being "complete"?  I want to apply as early as possible so I want to do everything I can to avoid having one thing missing from my file for three months.

I'm guessing...

(1) Letters of Recommendation (planning to ask for them in July)
(2) Dean's Cert (not sure how to combat this one)
(3) What else?


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