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Law School Admissions / To call or not to call?
« on: April 14, 2006, 02:23:31 PM »
My mom's coworker used to work for the UC Davis admissions office. I'm still waiting to hear back from UCD, and she suggested that I call them and tell them that they're my #1, I really want to go to their school, etc etc. She says that a simple phone call like this could help my application b/c it shows i'm interested or whatever. But I'm kinda hesitant because they might think the opposite and just think I'm annoying and impatient and that I should wait like everyone else. Do these phone calls work or is she just BSing? With the volume of applications these days, I would think they would discourage candidates from calling their office. Any thoughts?

I was talking to my boss and he said that McGeorge is known for churning out people who pass the bar exam, not great legal minds/attorneys. How true is this? I did notice that they don't have the usually legal writing and analysis course for the 1L curriculum, just a "legal process" course.

Choosing the Right Law School / what to do?
« on: February 28, 2006, 10:30:59 AM »

According to the UCH handbook, the LEOP statement is "supplemental" to the main personal statement. Does anyone know if the two essays will be read together or should each one stand alone by itself? I'm asking this because I've left out the "why I want to go to law school" stuff in my LEOP statement b/c I've already covered it in the main PS. But I'm not sure if people in the LEOP committee will be able to see my main personal statement, or if it's necessary to repeat stuff within the two statements. Anyone know?

For those of you applying LEOP, what are you planning on writing your statement on? I have a fairly good idea of what I'll be focusing mine on but I'm not quite sure what direction to take it in.

Law School Admissions / Taking a year off
« on: September 13, 2005, 02:58:47 PM »
I just graduated in May and I'm taking a year off to study for the LSAT and apply for law school. I had a summer internship in the Sacramento but since returning back home in late July, I've been struggling to find a job to tide me over until I hear back from law schools.

Will law schools look down on your application if you take a not-so-prestigious job, like an admin position, during your year off, even though you had tons of activities/jobs during college? I want to do SOMETHING to keep me busy (other than the LSAT), but I don't want to stoop too low either. Any advice?

I currently have the following letters on file from the last admissions cycle:

1) letter from my graduate student instructor/TA, who knows me and my academic work very well;


2) letter from a well known/respected professor, whom I've met with once or twice but does not know me as well, but wrote my letter with the help of my graduate student instructor/TA who does know me well.

I had a FT summer internship in the Capitol (Sacramento) and my supervisor is willing to write me a letter of recommendation. Since I'm reapplying this cycle, I'm thinking of swapping one of my current LOR's for this new one. However, I just graduated and I'm not sure if I should stick with my academic LOR's or opt for one from a work supervisor. Any thoughts?

Studying for the LSAT / Logic Games Bible vs. TM games techniques
« on: September 06, 2005, 02:43:28 PM »
Are the techniques in the LGB different enough from the techniques taught in the TM course to justify buying it? I usually get +/- 5 wrong in the games section and I'm not sure if it's worth shelling out an additional $45 if all I need is more practice with the tricks I already know.

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