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Personal Statement / Re: which topic??
« on: October 12, 2005, 11:45:12 PM »
I need some advice...anyone? If I were to discuss my background as the potential topic of my PS, how would I go about discussing it? I know this topic would have to inclue how it's changed me in some way, or why it's important to me. My problem is how does it relate to law school? Would it be a diversity statement then? arghh...


personal identity and how it has been shaped by your adoption, your family etc would be fine. One's essay does NOT have to spell out in uncertain terms i want to go to law school because of XYZ... The best essays speak to a persons motivation, chracter, strengths etc and therefore imply that he/she is interested in law and will be a successful student. 

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legacies, college athletes with killer volunteer ops out the wazoo, legacies, old money, URM, foreign student of elite family.  But you know all this. take the money, pretend to apply and keep it your little secret?

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Law School Applications / Re: question about depression
« on: October 12, 2005, 11:25:11 PM »
i'd agree in the OP case, that it probably will not mean a damn thing or hurt his/her chances.  But for others, i think it could be a real detriment if brought up in the application process. But then i am more conservative i think on taking certain chances within the application process.

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Law School Applications / Re: Northwestern Interview Cancelation
« on: October 12, 2005, 11:20:34 PM »
I still think Pancho and I are correct.  A cancelled interview may be a sign of poor decision making skills.  If anything, I think it will cause the adcomms to more closely scrutinize your application.  You had 4.0 gpa from UG but only a 3.2 from LSAc, did you have multiple withdrawals or retake options or a poor semester or two?  Something they may have overlooked may now become an indication of patterns... cancelling the interview is not a wise decision.


They'll think you're lying, or at least that will be in the back of their mind.

precisely.  I think it's the wrong move.  You should never cancel something like this unless it could be documented or is someone close to you for whom you are willing to jeopardize a future at NU

Something like this?  Did I bag a meeting with the dean of admissions the day of?  The worst thing the file says is:  "Rescheduled interview with less than 72 hours notice."  Then the interviewer asks me, "Why did you have to reschedule on short notice?".  The best thing it says is "....." (nothing).  This isn't high school.  People don't ask for doctors' notes. 

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Law School Applications / Re: question about depression
« on: October 12, 2005, 11:13:48 PM »
depression from food allergies is akin to disability.  although i think it bs to say that someone who has a history of depression is unfit to be a lawyer, this case is not one of normal depression.  food intolerance can throw a person's body completely out of whack, hurting them both physiologically and psychologically.  i can't imagine this ps being a real career barrier in the future.

then why do most bars even bother asking the question(s) consider depression, psychiatric illness and/or hospitalization?

i agree people need to realize it's an illness and not a flaw, but I still question if any documented mention of such in an application will have a negative outcome later.

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I don't think one could really substitute NU or UM as the numbers of their admitted students are higher than Iowa's.  So sticking with Iowa and SD.  I think if you'd be comfortable living in SD for the first 10 years out of law school, then by all means go there graduate debt free.  You'll have opportunities.  I personally think that if someone doesn't want a big law career then it's wiser to choose the regional school where they are like 8 points above the lsat average.  Scholarships, liklihood of academic success etc.  Plus, the strong regional schools have good political ties and the name will carry in that state.  So as long as you are happy with SD, then go.  Now if you got money from both SD and Iowa, go to Iowa. 


A similar discussion was held on a different board, but I thought I'd post it here as this section receives more traffic...

With respect to applying to and attending schools that are well regarded in your region what are some opinions on the following scenario...

After graduation from law school I would like to live in Iowa or South Dakota, I am happy with either location.  If I am competitive enough to be accepted at a strong regional school, say University of Iowa, yet also also receive a full scholarship to the University of South Dakota, which school would ultimately provide the most job opportunities for me following graduation? 

Now this a few assumptions on my part, but play along with me...Obviously if I am receiving a full ride to USD and am accepted at U of Iowa, I am a pretty good student.  If I chose to attend USD I will most likely graduate near the top of my class, make law review and possibly obtain a competitive clerkship.  However, attending U of Iowa, there will be a pool of stronger students and as a result, graduating at the top of my class will prove to be more difficult as will law review, clerkships, etc.  Based on what I just mentioned what are your thoughts?  Will I have more career opportunities graduating from USD with a stellar list of accomplishments, or from U of Iowa, graduating middle of the pack, etc.?  If you think Iowa is a bad example then substitute Northwestern on another top school in the Midwest region.

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Law School Applications / Re: Vandy and Indiana fee waivers
« on: October 12, 2005, 09:18:02 PM »
does anyone else think that vandy is giving out more waivers than last year?  Perhaps they are hoping to look more selective? 

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Law School Applications / Re: Northwestern Interview Cancelation
« on: October 12, 2005, 09:15:42 PM »
They'll think you're lying, or at least that will be in the back of their mind.

precisely.  I think it's the wrong move.  You should never cancel something like this unless it could be documented or is someone close to you for whom you are willing to jeopardize a future at NU

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Law School Applications / Re: question about depression
« on: October 12, 2005, 09:09:33 PM »
can depression come back and bite one in the ass when it comes to character and fitness?  especially if someone has been hospitalized?  i've just wondered about this when i read about people thinking of writing PS on such topics.

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states like florida, ky, tenn and georgia offer residency after a year if the student gets a state drivers license, voters registration etc, establish a residency and if applicable have paid state taxes..  in other words becomes a resident for 9 months-year.   

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