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« on: November 12, 2014, 06:36:15 PM »
Don't take another class; if you think there is an undergrad professor who might remember you or you have some graded work from that class to show him or her perhaps you can get a LOR from them.
Adcomms know that those who have been out of school more than a year or two likely won't have any academic LORs. It will not be much of factor in your admissions decisions.
Professional co-workers and retail supervisors are acceptable sources of LOR. I'd try to get the supervisors, even if the work wasn't particularly special, but you should also try to get a LOR from a professional co-worker who can talk about specific highlights and achievements in your work.
Don't get a LOR from a therapist.
Although there are some truly outstanding LORs, it is more a requirement to make sure that at least someone thinks you'd be a good candidate and to say so decently.
« on: November 11, 2014, 12:20:38 PM »
While everything citylaw has said is true, the administration, professors at schools and to a lesser extent, the students there, all have a vested interest in selling you on the school. Apparently law schools, the ABA, and US News can say whatever they want without much hit to credibility.
Here, for the most part, qualified posters are simply offering their honest opinion and advice. LSD has posters who are every kind of practicing attorney, as well as those who have worked in admissions. They helped me out a good deal when I was applying and now I'm here on the other end as an attorney.
« on: November 10, 2014, 11:55:44 PM »
Well, reasonable minds can differ. It appears to be a somewhat common practice.
« on: November 09, 2014, 01:52:57 AM »
Yep, what I.M.D.Law said.
« on: November 09, 2014, 01:52:14 AM »
Tbh I don't think it's odd. Most of my LS application recommenders asked me for significant input and some asked me to write them myself. I don't think law professors or practicing attorneys are any different.
« on: November 07, 2014, 11:58:32 PM »
Yep, what FL said.
« on: November 07, 2014, 06:31:19 PM »
I can only imagine their briefs are all copy and paste jobs.
Hey, some of us in a production environment make our living that way...no point in reinventing the wheel if I or another attorney has already written part of a brief addressing that exact issue with citations.
« on: October 29, 2014, 06:36:09 PM »
My advice is to be specific as possible. That is why your supervisor wants you to write the letter. You say you elevated the practice of the attorneys. How? You can use typical STAR descriptions to show exemplary work as well.
In addition to the major accomplishments, think of the things you want to highlight that are relevant to whatever type of courts to which you are applying. If there's any overlap at all, highlight that in the letter.
When you have an idea about what things you want to discuss, you can search the internet for sample legal letters of recommendation.
« on: October 26, 2014, 05:40:47 PM »
I agree with the above. All I have to add is that a part-time may program may be the best way to go, as you still have a family to consider. Many law students in full-time programs are straight from undergrad or a year or two out and don't have kids. They will be your competition.
A part-time program, in addition to better suiting a family lifestyle, may understand your situation during undergrad better and allow you to attend a higher-ranked school than if you attend a full-time program. It is well-known that for schools with both full-time and part-time JD programs, the part-time programs have less stringent admissions requirements. Some students that desire to then switch to the full-time program and make up the credits over the summer. I wouldn't recommend this, but if you find that you have extra time as a 1L(!!) then you could consider it.
« on: October 26, 2014, 11:00:18 AM »
I don't think an MPA would be of much use to OP, as he already has a JD. If the sole purpose of the degree is to get student internships and an in somewhere while he applies to general government jobs, then it'd be fine and relevant.
But, IMO, best thing for OP to do would be to pick a more specific skill or field he can study at the Master's level or even Bachelor's that will enhance his overall application. Math, engineering, econ, CS, those fields never go out of style and some would even qualify OP for the patent bar if he decides to practice law.
Also, depends on OP's undergrad.
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