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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Efficacy of GPA Addendum
« on: July 25, 2005, 07:50:35 PM »
I think it's really difficult, if not impossible, to quantify the effect of a GPA addendum.  A solid, well-written, no bullsh*t addendum will definitely help your application, but it's not like it will just magically turn your GPA into a 3.5 or whatever.  It's really more like a soft factor -- your index # will stay the same, but all things being equal, with a good addendum you'll fare better than an applicant at the same index # with no addendum or a poorly-written or poorly reasoned one.

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Recommendations / Re: LOR Mortification
« on: July 25, 2005, 07:21:35 PM »
Sounds like we are all feeling the same kind of pain right now.  I'm in a position where I've only been at my current job for 2 months so I don't really think anyone there would be in the best place to write a letter (even though I work at a law firm) so I'm probably going to go back to a former colleague -- not a boss, but someone with whom someone I consulted over a period of a year and who saw me handle a challenging project at work.  My only reservation is that this particular individual has done a lot for me already and I hate to keep asking for favors...

Does anyone have any thoughts/opinions/advice on getting an LORs on a work-related colleague instead of a direct boss?  Do you think it would look bad if you are, say, an applicant who has been out of school 2.5 years and none of your LORs come from someone who was your boss (or even someone employed at your office)?  Obviously I think for an employment reference, you're gonna generally need someone who can vouch for your day-to-day performance, but for grad school I'd kinda think that it'd be more important to have someone who can testify to your ability to handle long-term challenges, determination, etc?  Am I right?  Am I crazy?  Am I even making sense?  I'd appreciate any thoughts.  :)

The poster who said it above is right, LORs are no fun.

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Law School Applications / Re: Affording public interest law
« on: July 18, 2005, 09:38:21 PM »
what do you do for a living if you dont mind me asking?

Temping as an administrative assistant while looking for other things.  The trouble is I don't want to lie, and it's hard to get hired when you can only commit to a year, so I think this may be what I'm doing until law school.

Actually, I'm a little worried that that's going to look bad on my applications, but I'm volunteering on a campaign in a lot of my free time, so at least I don't look totally unmotivated.

I'm in a very similar position-- working at a low-pay, clerical job and I know what you mean about it being hard to really find something more meaningful when you know whatever it is you'll only be in it for a year.  On the other hand, I kinda like haivng a job that doesn't consume or define me, and having the time to volunteer and get involved with other stuff, since I know that kind of freedom will be more scarce later on.  Also I think the above poster is right that it can't really hurt you on your applications-- granted, it's not going to add much like 4+ years experience in a skilled profession would, but with your numbers you don't need a whole lof of "extras" to get into great schools!

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Pre-Law in high school / Re: i need major help (literally)
« on: July 09, 2005, 11:33:19 PM »
Seriously, picking a major before you start college is like going out to a restaurant and deciding what to order before you look at the menu.

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Law School Applications / Re: Got My First LS Junkmail
« on: July 06, 2005, 01:31:30 AM »
Man, I thought I was special when I got my Wash U junk mail.   :'(

Thanks for crushing my dreams everyone!  :D

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I can't really see a couple years international work experience helping more than the equivalent of maybe 1 LSAT point in terms of law school admissions-- BUT, I would think the experience-- and especially knowing the language-- would help a great deal when you're interviewing with firms and other employers later on.  And really, isn't that what it's all about anyway?  The end result, the job, as opposed to whether you got there by going to Columbia or "settling" for Michigan or Georgetown? ;-) 

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Law School Applications / Re: LSAT Score - Adcom Perspective
« on: June 29, 2005, 12:18:03 AM »
ok, so it's been established that in real terms, yes, the jump between 170 to 175 is less than the jump between 165 to 170.  but that doesn't answer the OP's question: do adcomms think of it in these terms?  Or do they just wet their pants over any applicant with a 175+, even though such a score may not indicate that much of a greater degree of aptitude than someone with a mere 170.

I'm curious about this too.  Obviously above hypo excludes HYS, Boalt, and other schools known to be uber-picky and/or non-LSAT-impressible.

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Law School Applications / Re: GPA Addendum
« on: June 07, 2005, 12:02:17 AM »
The replies after mine have actually caused me to reconsider my initial response to this situation.  I can see now how an addendum could be useful in your application-- I think the key point, however, is that it should address the particular semester(s) in question, *not* your overall GPA.  From what you've provided about your situation, it doesn't sound to me like the period of time during which you were handling more than the average college student (military service) really caused too much deflation in your overall GPA.  You mentioned getting a string of B's and one D; B's are not bad grades, and even a really low grade in one course doesn't affect much over the course of 120+ credits. 

SO... I could see the addendum working for your application if it basically said "this is why my I got lower grades during this particular time," but *not* if it had the tone of "this is why my GPA is 'only' a 3.55"


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Yeah... I don't see our relationship existent once he starts in the fall.  But nothing I can do about it! :-[


Actually, there is.  You can dump him pre-emptively and enjoy a summer of being single. 

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Law School Applications / Re: GPA Addendum
« on: June 06, 2005, 09:37:03 PM »
Hmm.... I would say definitely not.  A 3.55 is a very solid GPA and writing an addendum that basically explains how it could have been different if x, y, z, had been different might be worse than useless.  Everyone could've had a higher GPA if they had done something differently (well, except for those freaks of nature with 4.0's ;) ), so it would be superfluous.

I think your military service should speak for itself as far as qualities of committment, work ethic, responsibility, etc go, and highlighting it on your application would do more than an addendum.

IMO, take with grain of salt, etc. etc. of couse since this is all, like most everything written on this board, speculation.

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