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I would be getting a LOR from one of my math instructor. She is from Brazil and honestly she isn't so fluent in English (her blog entries often contain some obvious grammatical errors). I did very well in her class (got an A+, TAed for 1 1/2 years) and am quite close to her, but I'm worried if her writing style would harm my chances for law school admission. If possible, I will ask her to get revisions before she hand in the letter to LSAC, but do you think I should instead ask someone else? Would there be a good way to handle this issue?

Law School Admissions / Re: Does volunteer work matter a lot?
« on: July 27, 2010, 12:40:44 AM »

Thanks all! ;D

Law School Admissions / Does volunteer work matter a lot?
« on: July 22, 2010, 09:43:30 PM »

I was wondering if lacking a volunteer experience during college matter a lot in law school application. I have a good internship + research experience, but I feel many of my friends who're applying to top 15 law schools have quite a bit of volunteering experience, whether they went Guatemala to help the poor during the summer or went to teach elementary students on a weekly basis. I have done volunteering throughout my highschool / post-highschool years, but not necessary in college. Would it matter a lot? Would the admissions committee see me as a heartless person?

Thanks! :D

Law School Admissions / Re: Asian, not a native in English
« on: July 12, 2010, 06:00:03 PM »
Thanks! :D


I am a rising senior who will be graduating this December (unlike most other college kids), so basically next semester would be the last semester I can legitimately "bookbag" undergraduate courses.

Last semester, I took a yearlong research class, and I will likely get a LOR from its advisor if I continue to take it this fall. I will have to write a thesis. But since I will also be taking the October LSAT the workload for the next semester will be quite a bit. But if I instead take some easy A classes I will better focus on the LSAT and prepare for the application. For the latter case, I will just get a mediocre LOR from my junior year class (not that I guarantee my thesis advisor's LOR will be stellar. I can't be sure about that but I guess it will at least be slight better than those of other lecture-style courses).  What do you guys think I should do?

Except for EDs or EAs, is my senior fall semester GPA a huge factor or no? Does it matter at all?

Thanks :D

Law School Admissions / Asian, not a native in English
« on: July 11, 2010, 11:04:51 PM »
Hey all, I am a newbie attending a top 10 undergrad. I will be applying to law schools this fall :D

I would like to give a shot for a law school, but being a non-native speaker makes me wonder what are my real chances in pursuing a successful career in law (including Biglaw). I also heard about the Asian women discount factor in the job market which makes me even worry more.

I haven't taken the LSAT yet, but my mock test score and GPA indicates that I will likely make it to one of top 15 law schools. Assuming I attend one of the t1 schools, what are my chances in securing a job in big cities like NY or LA? Is it relatively easier in LA and other places with high Asian population?

Also, does speaking one or two additional language other than English help at all in getting positions? If so, what would be the necessary level (at least approximately) of fluency, for example French, German, Chinese, etc?


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