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Law School Applications / How would you abbreviate law firms?
« on: November 15, 2005, 10:51:59 PM »
I want to include some law firm stuff on my work history, but the name of the firm won't fit in the common information form or on the actual electronic applications.

Can someone give me the standard abbreviation for firms with long names?

I worked for Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati in Palo Alto...People usually call it "Wilson" or "Wilson Sonsini," but how would you make it look official on an app?

Thanks all -

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Law School Applications / Sample Addendum
« on: November 01, 2005, 08:02:33 PM »
I just typed an addendum to clear up for stuff from my transcripts. Care to give some feedback? Is it too long? Should I put quotation marks after grades, such as "A" instead of just A?

Thanks to all -


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Here's the text from the Addendum:

"Dear Admissions Committee Members,

There are a few areas on my academic transcripts that I would like to clarify. My undergraduate studies were interrupted by the death of my grandfather in April of 2001. My family and I traveled to Mexico, and I withdrew from two classes, Earth and Planetary Sciences 80 and English 125C, late in the Spring semester. Since I had already fulfilled the hour service requirements for my Field Studies that semester, I still received a Pass for Education 197. While I did not repeat the two courses that I dropped that semester, I did go on to complete two equivalent courses in later study, receiving a Pass in Letters and Science: Renaissance Engineers and an A in English 143N: Prose Nonfiction.
   Additionally, a quick glance at my cumulative credits reveals that I chose to enroll in a substantial amount of Pass/Not Pass courses, totaling 30 units of undergraduate work. The reason for this is my commitment to community service. Early in my undergraduate career I learned that one could earn academic credit by doing community work in public school mentoring programs and after-school projects. In order to strike a balance between my community interests and academic coursework, I chose to take advantage of this opportunity throughout my years at (SCHOOL X).
   My graduate transcript shows a Withdrawal from English 700 in the Fall semester of 2003. While I dropped the course in the first week of class, an administrative error in the registrarís office caused the course to appear on my transcript. I have attached some correspondence from administrators at (SCHOOL Y) attempting to correct the mistake. In the following semester, I enrolled in English 700 and received a B+ for my efforts."

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Recommendations / 3 or 4 Recs?
« on: October 24, 2005, 04:20:09 PM »
Here is my list. Please give some feedback on how many I should send and which you would pick yourself.

1) SCHOOL - Vice-Chancellor of UC Berkeley
2) SCHOOL - Famous novelist, UG prof.
3) SCHOOL - Graduate prof., thesis advisor
4) WORK   - Current supervisor at my school (I'm a teacher)
5) WORK   - Old supervisor at non-profit from UG

I can honestly say that all five of the letters are pretty awesome. I wrote the initial drafts myself and in a couple of cases, they went on to add stuff that I didn't expect, like "You could picture him in congress one day" and some other craziness.

Oh, one more thing, the top two are general letters and the bottom three target my top 20 choices specifically...lemme know what you all would pick and how many you would send!

GRACIAS...


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Law School Applications / Double Dutch: Dec. Retake Apps
« on: October 23, 2005, 12:54:39 PM »
So I bombed Oct...retaking Dec. My apps are ready to send. Everythiing except for my LSAT looks pretty good.

Now I feel like I am getting ready to jump into a game of double dutch...I have to time it just right so that I don't get tied up in the ropes.

When should I pull the trigger and send the apps through LSAC? I want to make sure that the schools average my two scores, but I don't want to be too late with my applications...Any timing advice?

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Where should I go next fall? / Damn! Now what?
« on: October 21, 2005, 09:48:27 PM »
I was scoring in the low 170s and I pulled a 157 on the real thing! This sucks...

I am wondering if I should just retake or if I still have a chance at sneaking into a decent school.

GPA - 3.6
LSAT - 157
URM- Mexican
Advanced degree - Masters in Education

Awesome PS, LOR, awards, community service, teacher work exp., publc service positions.

I was expecting T14 with a 170, but now I am completely lost...please help!

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Law School Applications / How early is "early"
« on: October 16, 2005, 08:18:13 PM »
Oops...posted this on the wrong board earlier. Here ya go:

I'm definitely one of the people getting stressed out by all of the "completes" that I keep hearing about, but I just want to know what people consider to be "early" in the admissions process. I mean, when is the biggest influx of applications coming in that you are trying to beat?

I am hoping to send mine out by next weekend, after seeing my Oct. score...is that a lame date or is that still considered good timing?

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General Off-Topic Board / How early is "early"
« on: October 16, 2005, 06:22:06 PM »
I'm definitely one of the people getting stressed out by all of the "completes" that I keep hearing about, but I just want to know what people consider to be "early" in the admissions process. I mean, when is the biggest influx of applications coming in that you are trying to beat?

I am hoping to send mine out by next weekend, after seeing my Oct. score...is that a lame date or is that still considered good timing?

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Law School Applications / Retail Experience?
« on: October 14, 2005, 12:19:29 PM »
So I worked at Macy's (watch salesman) and Bank of America (teller) my freshman year of college in order to pay for school, before I got some more lucrative and professional work experience...would you all include that in the "common information form" or just stick to stuff with more responsibility?

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Recommendations / Uh-oh....
« on: October 10, 2005, 08:05:02 PM »
I just got a reply email from an old prof that I was cool with, saying that he had received all the materials that I sent him and that he would be happy to use the draft I sent him to write the rec. Awesome.

Only problem is, he referred to me by my MIDDLE name in the body of the email! I usually go with my full name - first, middle, last - and he just wrote to me only using my middle name...This is kind of strange.
I am a couple of years out of school and he is kind of a big shot Vice Chancellor at my school, so I am afraid that maybe he kind of forgot me a little bit and will refer to me by middle name in the letter...what should I do?

I just got the email from him so I def. have time to reach him before he sends it out, but I am wondering how best to construct a reply. What should I say, "Hey fool, throw my full name in there!" or what?!?!

---officially spazzing out---

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