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Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / addenda - too many?
« on: January 10, 2008, 06:14:33 PM »
Hi all,

I am getting ready to submit my app to my one and only dream school, and I'm at the 25th for LSAT, so I'm trying to dot every i.  One problem I'm having is that I'm nearly 40 and have lived a sort of non-traditional life, even for a non-trad.  I tried to be a painter for a while (supported by my my ex husband, a lawyer), I took a semester of computer courses after UG, which I totally bombed...I guess I am wondering, how many addenda should I really write for all of this?  Do they expect some blips on the resumes of people my age, and do I really have to explain every year of my life to these folks?  I am happy to provide the information, but I do not want my application to land with a thud.  My P.S. is quite strong at this point, my LORs are great, I have a high-powered part-time job that I've had for 4 years (through 3 babies in 17 months, a kid born with problems, domestic abuse, divorce - oh, my P.S. is quite juicy).  I feel like the general impression I give is of someone who had academic promise but lost their path, had kids - and then got their poo together for the common good. 

So...Do I write an addendum for the semester of computer courses?  The years of trying to paint landscapes?  The couple years of waiting tables to support my law student husband?

Thanks for any help.  I am stressed.

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Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / part-time aid $$?
« on: October 27, 2007, 02:00:11 PM »
Does anyone know what the deal is with part time programs and aid money?  Due to my family situation, I'd really prefer to go part-time at a local school that is lower ranked than the school that I'd ideally go to. 

If LSAC does not kill my GPA, I'd be above the 75th for both GPA and LSAT for the part-time school, but as I understand it, bc part-time students aren't used for rankings, etc., I will probably be offered very little in terms of $$.

Anyone know if that's correct?

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I'm a non-traditional student (single mom, three small children).  The essay I have so far focuses on how one of my twins was born with physical challenges, and how by watching him doggedly struggle to do what other kids take for granted I was inspired to ditch my alcoholic, abusive husband and try to make a better life for my kids. 

My main reasons for choosing Law are not the usual lofty ones of wanting to make the world a better place, get the bad guys, etc. etc.  I feel simply that it is a rewarding career that will help me support my children - and one that will give them a good example to follow when it is time for them to choose careers of their own.

I am worried that this sounds too selfish and mommy-y;-).  At the same time, I really cannot make something up about wanting to protect the universe from evildoers, when it's going to be all about survival for me the next 10 or 15 years.

Neither of the schools I'm applying to have any guidelines for the PS.

Any advice?  I am thinking about putting something in there about how attached I am to our small community, and how I would like to be able to use my degree to enrich...but you see, my B.S. meter goes off on myself.  I can't stand that kind of writing.  Is my honesty going to hurt me here?  lol!

Lisa

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