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Recommendations / LSAC takes 3 weeks to process LOR?
« on: November 18, 2010, 07:54:31 PM »
Here's the time line.

On October 29th, I received a letter from my professor that she sent out a letter to LSAC.
I suppose it wouldn't take more than 3~4 business days for them to get the mail, so let's suppose, the latest, that LSAC gets the mail by November 4th.

On November 10th, I called LSAC to see if they got the letter. They told me to be patient and also to give it 7~10 business days.

On November 16th, I called LSAC again as 10 business days have passed. They said "We don't see any note on your account. It means there's no problem." 
They told me to give it a couple of more days and then if it still doesn't show, contact the professor.

Today is November 18th, it's still not showing up. It's been full three weeks, definitely more than 10 business days.


I'm biting my nails and trying to figure out what to do....
Is it lost in the mail? Has anyone ever had a case in which it took 3 weeks to get LOR posted?
How the hell should I ask the professor to send it again, because I really want to avoid having to print out LOR form AGAIN and having to mail it to her AGAIN, which would add two weeks of time with all thanksgiving brouhaha!!  what a bad timing... Can I just ask the professor to send the letter without the LOR form?


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Personal Statement / What if you found some
« on: November 17, 2010, 07:43:37 AM »
Okay so what happened was...

1) I was fretting as days went by...because I knew that I needed to get most of my apps done by now

2) I submitted a few applications....BC, BU, and GW, namely

3) realized that I submitted a wrong version of the personal statement. Of course I did it thru LSAC, cannot change now.
What was exactly wrong? one of the sentence included "the the field of law..." two "the"s in a row. such a stupid mistake, I know. I sent a corrected version to
other schools, just not the three above. god damn it.

4) As far as I know, I should call the admission office immediately and send the new copy of my PS via mail, right?


If step 4 is wrong, please tell me... And How negatively will this incident affect my admission? I feel terrible for messing it up like this...



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Okay...after reading all the fuss about having to write the optional DS or what not, I decided to exploit the ambiguity melted within the word "diversity" and started to write a brief (300 words or so) statement. Appropriate? Inappropriate? Would it help to submit this at all?? (the topic doesn't overlap with my PS) Please, Please help me here.

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Last February, I finally obtained something I have longed for years, something that many people take for granted in this country yet has not been accessible to me. Though neither visible nor tangible, the absence of it has been more than just a burden to me. The answer to this riddle is the following; a social security number.

Ever since I came to America at the age of 15, I have lived in a dormitory all along. For an international student whose home was 8,000 miles away, even a mailing address was always a luxury to afford, let alone the social security number. Activities that constitute the everyday life of a typical American were stressful challenges for me to argue through explanations and documents. Opening a bank account, obtaining a driver's license or a cell phone, and even retrieving a package from the post office was rarely hassle-free for a non-resident alien without a proper proof of residency or a letter explaining my ineligibility for social security. During the seven years I spent here in the states, I realized that living as a foreigner in this country means a little more than having to line up at a different immigration queue at the entry. Being a foreigner means having to advocate for one's own rights in everyday situation and expect to face crisis in which your rights are threatened because of your unusual status: the very realization that eventually led me to aspire becoming a lawyer.

Once a non-English speaking teenager with nothing but a passport, now I have stood on my own in this country quite successfully, dare I say, now armed with a bachelorís degree, a job, a valid state-issued ID, and a social security number. Based on my experience, I believe that I can provide a distinct perspective in the law school community; I am equipped with a lens through which I can see American legal system from a foreigner's critical eyes while understanding and embracing the fundamental principles of the system like a native, a perspective that can only be obtained by living a significant amount of time both outside and inside of the border.


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