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Recommendations / LOR - Father-in-law
« on: February 19, 2008, 12:29:13 PM »
I already have three great LORs:

- Undergraduate professor
- Master's program professor/advisor
- Current employer (more than 6 years out of undergrad, successful investment banking career so this letter is crucial)
- I have 2 targeted letters as well (University of Chicago, University of Colorado)

My father-in-law is a long-time partner at White & Case, and really wants to write a LOR for me. I realize this letter would likely only go to schools that accept 4 LORs (unless of course, someone here convinces me that I should replace one of the other letters).

Am I crazy? Should I be prioritizing this LOR? If it weren't my father-in-law, perhaps his LOR would be more attractive to me, but it feels a bit, ummmmm, silly to have a LOR from him. Thanks for the input!

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Where should I go next fall? / Give me a dose of reality
« on: October 13, 2007, 01:45:45 PM »
Do I even have a shot at a decent school? My UPGA is 2.5 (I REALLY wasn't ready to go to university) but with definite upward mobility (Poli Sci major GPA is 3.4, Dean's List 3 of last 5 semesters). Taking the LSAT in December (in London - anyone going to be there?), testing in the upper 160s, lower 170s right now. I have been out of school for over 5 years, working in banking. I moved to Sweden, became fluent in Swedish, got a MA in Development Studies with distinction, and now work as a financial editor/supervisory analyst in equity and macroeconomic research for a top Nordic investment bank. I am a Swedish citizen, so I can apply as such if it will help my chances.

My dream school is Northwestern. Regionally, California, D.C., Chicago, and Seattle are my target areas since that is where my husband can transfer work. I want to work in international law, specifically international banking and transactions in emerging markets.

Should I consider PT? Is the rep really that bad? I make good money ($80,000+) and can transfer work if I choose. I'm not really concerned about the costs, rather the fact that I might have a shot at a better school if I go PT. Any suggestions, both FT and PT? I realize this would be much easier if I already knew my LSAT, but I can't wait until early January to decide. Thanks in advance!

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Non-Traditional Students / International JD applicant?
« on: October 10, 2007, 02:25:03 AM »
New poster here - great board!

Does anyone have any experience or information on the benefits of applying as an international student? I am not sure whether my circumstances will give me the benefit of "diversity" and therefore make my application more attractive to adcoms.

I am a US citizen as well as a Swedish citizen (living in Sweden now). I was raised in the US and went to undergrad there (UGPA is AWFUL, but shows definite upward trend - Dean's list 3 of last 4 semesters), worked in banking, moved to Sweden, now fluent in Swedish. Did a Master's Degree here (with Distinction) and now work in equity and macroeconomic research for the top investment bank in the Nordics. LSAT looks to be high 160s/low 170s. Iím 29 and 5 years out of undergrad.

What do you think? Non-traditional? International application to diversify admissions stats?

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