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Choosing the Right Law School / Public Interest Fellowship
« on: March 26, 2004, 06:24:56 AM »
Hey all, I just couldn't help but post this with excitement -- just informed yesterday by phone that I was given a full tuition scholarship for public interest work at American!  I can't believe it.  I know some other people were wondering about timelines for scholarships and for American, so here it is.  Now I just have to swallow my pride and say no to those higher ranked schools that would dig my grave in debt... right?  I hope this is the right decision.  It's a gorgeous school with incredibly strong departments in my field, but that old snobbery does keep pulling at me.  Support?  Am I crazy for choosing a lower ranked school, even with full tuition coverage?

Choosing the Right Law School / advice -- where to go?
« on: March 22, 2004, 12:21:34 PM »
okay i'm still waiting on some schools but i think my decision is basically going to come down to cornell, northwestern or ut, which I am already in.  Still waiting but without much hope on berkeley, columbia, nyu, and uva.  Some background: completely committed to public interest work, probably international human rights, transitional democracies, refugee and asylum law, etc.  Also a strong interest in critical legal theory, jurisprudence, and hermeneutics.  Want to keep my options open for academia in the future.  Don't know where I'll practice in the future, maybe east coast or internationally.  Currently a Texas resident, which is the main reason for considering UT (price, convenience, awesome quality of life).  Prefer a relaxed atmosphere with less competition and urban nightmare living.  Suggestions PLEASE?????  Oh, I'm not getting money anywhere. 

Law School Admissions / "personal experience"
« on: February 11, 2004, 08:01:10 AM »
Is anyone else slightly creeped out by the victimology of the personal statement?  I've been a little shocked by some postings here, like oh I got a low score on my LSATS but I'm a childhood rape survivor!!!  will that help me get in?  My personal statement talks about my missing limb! How many gpa points does that make up for?  I've lived through my own personal traumas, but I don't want to exploit myself by selling out my trauma to be a special person who deserves special consideration.  the question is, will I succeed at your law school.  right? i'm not trying to knock people who do use tragedy as a selling point, necessarily, but I do have questions about it. do you think this phenomenon is supported by admission practices?  do you feel it is morally acceptable?  where did this practice originate -- in admission offices, by affirmative action rhetoric, or did we just cook this one up ourselves?  I don't think I have the answers, but it is somewhat troubling to me and I am genuinely interested in your takes on it. 

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