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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Boston College 1L taking questions...
« on: December 17, 2008, 10:32:58 PM »
Hey there board.  Another BC 1L here.  Figured I'd chime in on the last two posts as I'm a nontrad myself - certainly over 30!  I'm engaged, no kids.  I really haven't felt out of place at all.  Mostly it's just due to the fact that everyone is pretty friendly.  There's a whole student group for students with kids and that group tends to bond pretty well.  For As far as fitting in, I really wouldn't be too concerned about it.  It's really what you make of it.  I've actually found being older to be a huge advantage - I know myself better now than I did at 22, don't feel any pressure to hang out with the right crowd, etc. so I can just enjoy the experience for what it is. 

As far as Boston big firm prospects go, I honestly have no idea.  The school is certainly well respected in the area, but landing a major firm job is anything but guaranteed. From what little anecdotal evidence I have from 2 and 3Ls, historically the top 1/3 of the class has done really well, but this economy is a female dog so people are having a harder time now than in the recent past (but that's going to be true everywhere). 

Whew that was long.  In closing, I'll leave you with the one thing I have absolutely learned regarding law school career prospects...unless you're at a T14, go to school where you want to work...and preferably that area is one where you have geographic ties.  Not only will the brand name of the school be stronger in that area, the alumni network will be stronger and firms will know that you aren't going to get sick of this lovely New England weather and bolt back to Florida after a year!

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Personal Statement / Re: Should I use my experience in Iraq in my PS?
« on: June 17, 2008, 03:16:20 PM »
My PS focused entirely on my experiences over there.  From a plot perspective, I included a combat scene to open the statement (the other posters are absolutely correct about sanitizing what you write), and then described how my particular position as a "fiscal ambassador" of sorts for SOCCENT and how that allowed a young officer to witness events from a strategic as opposed to tactical point of view. I was over there from Dec'02 through Nov '03, so thematically I focused on how witnessing the buildup, invasion and occupation piqued my curiosity in the law.

I think being a veteran has helped, not because of any inherent "veterans preference" but because it is a rather uncommon experience among law school applicants. I believe it's really a numbers game - the only evidence I can offer to the contrary is that I wasn't rejected from any school I applied to (some obscene reaches), but then again, I haven't been let in off of any waitlists either!   

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Personal Statement / Re: Should I use my experience in Iraq in my PS?
« on: June 14, 2008, 02:52:18 PM »
It's tough to say on that one.  Personally, I would stick with one or the other in order to keep it concise.  You only get a page, certainly no more than two, for your PS and you don't want to muddle your message.  I do think the part about supporting your family would make for a great diversity statement!!

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Personal Statement / Re: Should I use my experience in Iraq in my PS?
« on: June 14, 2008, 11:00:55 AM »
Absolutely.  I went this route and it panned out great for me.  This type of experience is uncommon to say the least among law school applicants and will help you stand out.  In this type of situation it's ok to present how it affected your ideals and why that leads to you wanting to defend the public.  You just need to impart the profundity of the experience to the reader - law school people do not understand the military or the pressures of combat situations.  Also avoid using too many acronyms and don't assume the reader will know the chain of command, etc.

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Law School Applications / Re: Older prospective student -- advice!
« on: June 04, 2008, 08:46:12 PM »
I agree with most of the above posters - you will be constrained to a certain extent by your GPA.  I had 8 years of work experience and was a low GPA/high LSAT splitter at my targets and low gpa/mid lsat splitter at my reaches.  i think where the work experience came into play was that i didn't get rejected from anywhere - including alot of T-14s that my GPA should have automatically disqualified me from.  that said, i haven't gotten off any of their waitlists either!  Flyaway is right on - don't be afraid to go for the reaches!  good luck!

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Law School Applications / Re: How do I get into BC?
« on: May 14, 2008, 10:33:10 AM »
Hi there,

Undergrad school doesn't really matter.  I'm from a Tier III public school with decent but not exceptional grades and that worked fine.  As with any other school LSAT is key, but BC does look at soft factors alot.  Do whatever ECs you want to do, and enjoy them - don't do something just to get into Law School because you think it'll look good.  As long as you can talk to why you did something, how it affected you and what you learned from it, no one is going to care.  Always remember, there are going to be 6000+ kids applying there at the same time as you and the adcom is going to spend maybe 5 minutes on your app if you're lucky - the more different (ie diverse) your experiences the better shape you'll be in. 

The biggest thing with BC is letting them know that you want to attend them specifically.  Write a "why BC" essay even though the app doesn't ask for it.  They're very big on their "Disneyland" rep...

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Boston U / The "Updated" Tell me about BU Thread
« on: January 26, 2008, 02:32:46 PM »
I'm seriously considering BU this fall and would like some info regarding employment prospects from current students...there's some info available in other threads but alot of it is significantly dated.  Any info is helpful...thanks!!!

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: BU Law taking questions
« on: January 28, 2008, 03:21:31 PM »
Hi there and thanks for taking the time to answer questions.  With regards to employment prospects for the bottom half (don't plan on ending up there, but I've been around long enough to know $#!t happens), what sort of positions do they generally end up with?  I'm sure there's a whole gamut of them from biglaw to unemployed, but I was hoping you could elaborate a bit further.  Basically I guess I want to know if a bottom half BU degree is still respected in the New England area, or is it about as worthless as a degree from NESL? 

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3.4, 166 went to decision yesterday.  there's 25 of us total on the lsn search and we're all a 3.3 index...no one with a 3.3 or higher has been rejected yet and the waitlist on LSN is incorrect for the timeframe (last updated 7 mos ago) so either it's good news for us or we're the harbingers of bad news for all the other 3.3s out there!

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