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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Deciding amongTier 3/4 Schools
« on: February 19, 2010, 02:58:03 PM »
What kind of agency/government do you work at right now that has lots of lawyers running around?  Do they do legal work or work that can be done by non-attorneys? I'm currently at a state version of EPA. A lot of these lawyers I talk about are in upper management positions relating to compliance and enforcement. Legal Work? Administrative agencies, such as a state epa, enforce administrative law. Every day I determe whether x is violating a law (or rule). We work with AG's office in developing cases. Post degree, I could do more policy work, writing rules, etc.

This might be out-of-place, but have you considered Vermont? 
I did consider Vermont, but there are no opportunities for husband there. I also wasn't too thrilled about the size of the city.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Deciding amongTier 3/4 Schools
« on: February 12, 2010, 10:53:00 AM »
I'm not entirely sure where i'd like to live or i'm not that concerned about it. I'm from the midwest, so the weather aspect doesn't bother me. I'd be happy in CA or Detroit, large city or small.

I do know that i'll have to be in the same city for at least 2 more years post grad b/c my husband will be getting his Ph.D. (we've applied to schools all over the country)

Thanks for your insight, my thoughts are similar to yours.

Would anyone agree that there's not much difference between going to say, Wayne State and Golden Gate? Wayne State is ranked higher, but still not very high and doesn't have some of the env. opportunities i'd get at GG. I have the understanding that once you're in tier 3/4 territory, ranking matters less. I'm factoring in the idea that you should go to the best law school possible, however, my best is not that great (lol), so does that advice still apply to me?

Choosing the Right Law School / Deciding amongTier 3/4 Schools
« on: February 11, 2010, 10:40:00 AM »
Please weigh in, but also consider i'm aware of the issues at the schools (ex: golden gate previously on probation), and the prospects of coming out of a tier 3/4 school. Thanks in advance.

-undergrad science degree
-spent 3 years in gov't env. agency

-interested in public interest law, specifically environmental law
-would like to work for non-profit or gov't
-ok with leaving law school with degree and returning to gov't work similar to prelaw school (there are a lot of lawyers running around here that don't actually practice but have jobs i'd like)

Golden Gate (25,000/yr) in honors lawyering program, environmental law scholars program
Wayne State (0/yr)
Capital Law (10,000/yr)
Thomas Jefferson (14,000/yr)

sure, want to trade? mine's up.

Personal Statements, Resumes, and Letters of Recommendation / Re: Cliche?
« on: November 03, 2009, 04:24:52 PM »
Thanks guys for the feedback! No longer on the fence!

Personal Statements, Resumes, and Letters of Recommendation / Cliche?
« on: November 03, 2009, 07:26:36 AM »
Anyone want to tell me whether they think my text in bold is a bad idea? I'm on the fence.

After gaining invaluable nonprofit experience, I joined the [Gov't Agency] as a pollution control specialist to learn another perspective on environmental protection. Most of my time is spent researching and interpreting the vast number of federal and state air quality regulations and EPA testing methodology. I have since realized that regulations are seldom black and white and are actually varying intensities of gray. Even so, regulated parties require definitive answers and I am charged with creating them. Though this poses a challenge, I enjoy deciphering regulations and even distilling a number of regulations into one cohesive understanding. Through this process, I have developed excellent analytical skills ripe for law school.

Law School Admissions / Re: Please Help Decide My Future
« on: November 02, 2009, 07:32:49 PM »
I'm applying to the following with a 3.3 gpa (LSAC) and 154 LSAT.

Generally, You want a few reach schools and some safe schools. Personally, if I had a ton of money, i'd be applying to more reach schools (likelihood apprx. 25-35%). I think i'm applying to maybe 3-4 reach schools (pretty much money in the trash, but worth it).

2.   California Western School of Law        3.52  - 3.00      155  -  150
16.   Whittier Law School                        3.31  - 2.82      155  -    151
11.   Seattle University School of Law        3.60  - 3.19      160  -    154     
3.   Chapman University School of Law        3.58  - 3.18      159  -  155
4.   Golden Gate University School of Law        3.48  - 2.97      155  -  151
14.   Thomas Jefferson School of Law        3.36  - 2.83      152  -    147

statement updated....complete

If you want to send me you're e-mail I'd be happy to trade. (i'm new to site and don't want to post mine...can you send me your e-mail to my own inbox on this site?)

I would recommend rephrasing "Hard work, a very competitive attitude to be the best and a desire to succeed had been the foundation to my success in adolescence."

You don't want to emphasize too much about pre-college.

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