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Personal Statement / Please review my PS!
« on: November 21, 2009, 12:58:50 PM »
Please read my PS! I still think it's too long and can be more precise, but have no idea where to start.. I can also give my opinion on your PS if you want! shoot me yours! Thank you!!!!

I was six years old when my father took me to his office for the first time. As a child, I expected to see rows desks, people working around the office, stacks of paper, pens, and other typical office equipments. To my surprise however, I found forklifts, trucks, cargo ships, and people with hard hats everywhere. I was too young to understand the dynamics of trade at the time, but I was astonished by the dynamic harbor. My six-year-old mind was filled with questions. What was on all those ships? Where were they coming from? Where are they headed? Why? Raised in ( ), an industrialized city whose economy relies mostly on export, my interest in trade naturally evolved and grew. This experience, along with years of observing the dynamics of international trade first-hand, helped define the path I chose for myself.
   Finally, after more than 20 years, the same wide-eyed six-year-old from a small city in ( )came to Washington DC, still pursuing my passion in international trade. This time however, I was no longer a spectator. Rather, I came as an integral member of the (international organization )involved in different aspects of international trade.
   My path to Washington DC was by no means straight or quick. In pursuit of my passion in international trade, I studied Business Administration and Economics in college. To further my knowledge, I went half way across the world to Geneva, Switzerland to study international trade. However, it wasn’t until I interned for the United Nations that my passion and my goal became more clearly defined.

My six-month internship at the (UN org) in Geneva had a profound impact on my interest in international trade. As I was researching bilateral agreements that existed between developing and developed countries, and as I followed the conflict between the Thai government and multinational pharmaceutical firms, I witnessed firsthand that a multinational company is able to use their money and influence to potentially disastrous results to underserved populations of developing countries. Moreover, their governments sometimes face situations in which they have to give up rights for their people in order to not lose the economic gain from building relationship with developed countries. Understanding this reality, I decided to take on another, more specific, personal mission: I want dedicate myself to working in a public international trade sector.
However, although I found the process of legal research to be surprisingly interesting, as a non-native in English and non-lawyer, I faced difficulties and challenges. My supervisor, who was an American lawyer himself and had been a very helpful career advisor, suggested that I should study law in a more systematic education and become a certified lawyer to better pursue my goal. Around the time that I completed my internship, I naturally began to picture myself a lawyer to work in public international trade law field.

I am currently working at the ( )in a different capacity from previous jobs which mainly required approaching issues at a policy level. Here at the Bank, I manage several programs on the ground for the Caribbean region. The region, a popular vacation destination to foreigners, is one of the poorest and least developed areas in the world. There is obvious need to develop a manufacturing side to the Caribbean economy, helping earn more foreign currency through exporting goods. One of my programs, in line with the Aid-for Trade initiative of the World Trade Organization (WTO), focuses on providing customized technical assistance to companies, allowing them to take advantage of enhanced market access through capacity building. The program is also meant to build up public opinion of export and international trade, hopefully leading the government to create more trade-friendly policies
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   ( ) has an incredible reputation for international trade law, and I believe the opportunity to attend ( )would be a huge benefit to me, giving me the solid knowledge base that I need in addition to my experience. In fact, I would consider it to be an opportunity of a lifetime to have the opportunity to be taught under professors such as Professor ( ). I further believe that attending law school will improve my ability to run programs which are better customized to companies’ needs. In the long run, attending law school will also prepare me to return to the UN to help member governments shape current policy debates on trade, and work on integrating developing countries into the world economy. My experiences in Geneva helped me see my true calling, and law school is an essential piece of the puzzle I must put together in order to reach my goal.

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163 LSAT 3.9 GPA 4 years working at the United Nations.
I'm still working and can't quit my job. Any suggesion for evening program I could get admitted in DC metro area or in New York? What are the chances for Georgetown law? One of my recommendation letters will be from a former visiting prof of the school. how about George Washington?

Thanks!!

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Personal Statement / Please give your opinion on beginning paragraphs!
« on: October 22, 2009, 01:17:29 PM »
Hi all, this is how I'd like to open my statement. (I'm not a native English native speaker so I need it to be review for grammar by someone else) I will continue with showing how this little girl from a small city in other parts of the globe ends up studying and working in the US and how those experieces led her to decide to go to law school. What do you think? Thank you so much!


A six-year-old girl was astonished by the dynamic harbor when her father took her to his workplace for the first time: busy forklift trucks carrying different kinds of coils, cargo ships, which might be the biggest thing ever to the six-year-old, waiting to be loaded and steel beams organized in order in one corner-side of freight depot. Several docks and the big harbor that the girl saw on the day belonged to the company called XXX, which grew up to be one of the biggest steel companies in the world. The six-year-old girl from a small city in XXX grew up to be a career woman working for an international organization in XX and travelling around the world. More than 20 years have passed but the image of busy harbor still remains vividly.

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Law School Applications / additional LOR?
« on: October 20, 2009, 05:30:58 PM »
Hi guys! I need an advice!

The school I want to get in requires only one recommendation letter but they say they also accept additional letter if they are noticed in advance. the school is famous for international trade law and I've already asked one professor who supervised my master thesis and he used to teach at that school. So definately him. And I know another professor who is not an American but has good reputation in the field and he's a dean of the International Studies division of a decent university in S.Korea. He never taught me but he has been like my mento and personally knows me well.

Getting one additional LOR from the second prof will help a lot? Any thought will be appreciated a lot!!!!! Thanks :)

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Law School Applications / additional LOR?
« on: October 20, 2009, 05:28:57 PM »
Hi guys! I need an advice!

The school I want to get in requires only one recommendation letter but they say they also accept additional letter if they are noticed in advance. the school is famous for international trade law and I've already asked one professor who supervised my master thesis and he used to teach at that school. So definately him. And I know another professor who is not an American but has good reputation in the field and he's a dean of the International Studies division of a decent university in S.Korea. He never taught me but he has been like my mento and personally knows me well.

Getting one additional LOR from the second prof will help a lot? Any thought will be appreciated a lot!!!!! Thanks :)

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Law School Applications / LSAT addendum?
« on: October 19, 2009, 12:45:36 PM »
Hi guys, I need your advice on providing LSAT addendum.

I work full time and my job requires a lot of travels: I was travelling Central America one week before the LSAT in Sep. So, I'm wondering explaining that I was not able to invest much of my time in LSAT could be helpful or they don't care?

Thank you in advance!

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Law School Applications / TOEFL (for international students)
« on: October 16, 2009, 10:54:09 PM »
Hi all, hope all of you guys are happy with your scores!

I've got a question.

I'm not a US citizen and went to school in Switzerland, so English is not my mother tongue. (But I went to bi-lingual Graduate School)
I assumed that I had to submit my TOEFL score as MBA or other Graduate programs require. So I went to application requirement section of Gerotetown/George Washington and they didn't mention anything about TOEFL.

Any of you guys know about it? International students can get into law school in the US without TOEFL score?

Thanks in advance!!

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Studying for the LSAT / Question
« on: August 28, 2009, 01:21:06 PM »
Hi, I have a question AGAIN! I'm taking September test. Is it normal that I still have questions? Shouldn't I be perfectly prepared by this time? I'm getting worried..

No senator spoke at the convention unless he or she was a Democrat. No Democrat both spoke at the convention and was a senator.

Which one of the following conculsions can be correctly drawn from the statements above?

a) No one but senators spoke at the convention
b) No democrats spoke at the convention
c) Only democrats spoke at the convention
d) no senator spoke at the convention
e) Some democrat senators spoke at the convention

The answer is d. B was my guess and I still don't know why d should be an answer...

Help me!!!

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Studying for the LSAT / Question (44th TEST IV)
« on: August 26, 2009, 03:47:23 PM »
I hope someone can help me to understand the logic behind this question and answer!

In what sense, (a) can make the maing argument weak? Thank you!!!

11. It is easy to see that the board of directors of the construction company is full of corruption and should be replaced. There are many instances of bribery by various persons on the staff of board member Wagton that are a matter of public record. These bribes perniciously influenced the awarding of government contracts.

The argument’s reasoning is most vulnerable to criticism on the grounds that

a)   the argument fails to show that corruption is not limited to Wagston’s staff

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Studying for the LSAT / experimental RC
« on: December 05, 2007, 07:39:24 AM »
I took the test last Saturday in Paris.

I got RC LR LG LR RC.
Actually I don't remember what passages I had in my two RCs.
For my 2nd RC, I had something like super-conduct and also Japanese cultural heritage in Japanese-American .. something like that...

Is it true this time again that experimental would be the 1st RC?
I really hope so cuz I messed up with the 1st RC..
Please give you thoughts cuz I need to fax them asap!!!

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