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Recommendations / Should I wait for these last-minute recommendations?
« on: December 19, 2005, 12:13:01 PM »
I already have 3 professor recs and lsac processed and ready to go once lsat scores come back from december. But then my dad tells me that my godfather's wife is partner in a nationally recognized law firm on the east coast and that she would write a rec. letter for me. Then he also tells me that his very good friends graduated from USC law school and would also write a letter. Should I wait a couple weeks longer for those to be processed so that i could use them as targeted letters, or just go with what i have?

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Personal Statement / beginning of a PS... good enough?
« on: December 17, 2005, 05:40:45 PM »
Ok I started! Took me a long time but I finally have an intro paragraph and a little more. Take a look: 

As I stared into the mirror at the mark on my face I began to cry. It was the day before school pictures in my kindergarten class, and I had a huge bite mark on my check. The bite did not come from any house pet though; it came from my brother. My wonderful, loving, and completely innocent brother. Five minutes after thinking this I stopped crying. It was all right because Lance hadn’t meant to hurt me.

My most important life experience has been, and still is, my relationship with my brother Lance. Lance has autism, mild retardation, and developmental delay. This is an on-going learning experience for my whole family. From a very early age I was needed to help my parents with taking care of Lance. We didn’t know that he was different until he was two years old. In 1987 not much was known about autism or what causes it, and although there has been progress in understanding the condition, the mystery is yet to be solved today.

Having a brother with autism has absolutely shaped my life. Lance is only two years younger than I, yet I watched over him on a daily basis, shared a room with him for years, and tried my best to teach him to say things like, “I love you” and “I want a cookie.” Although my life growing up was heavily impacted by Lance’s disability, it was by no means soured. Lance has brought an immense amount of joy to my life. Where else can you see in somebody no longer a child, the innocence and earnestness which defines the uncorrupted human spirit?


this is just to introduce the topic i guess, then will go into more detail and relate to desire to study law, but let me know if it's good enough to start with. (I am esp. interested to know how the first paragrph sounds since it's the first thing adcoms will see.) Thanks everyone!

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Law School Applications / what does "deffered" mean?
« on: December 17, 2005, 03:15:18 PM »
 I know everyone seems to know this but please answer b/c I really don't know. I understand waitlisted but what is deffered? I saw on lawschool numbers people with my scores deferred at some schools i want.

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Law School Applications / Boston College question
« on: December 16, 2005, 05:45:55 PM »
 BC's application asks for your college entrance test scores (verbal and math) Is this refering to the SATs? If so where can I find this info? I don't remember what I got!

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Recommendations / Recomendation with grammar errors?
« on: December 16, 2005, 02:45:43 PM »
 My advisor in my department wrote a very nice letter for me and gave me a copy. However, there were a few gramatical errors. (like 2 or 3) Once when he listed a few nice words about me there were no commas. Now this letter and another that I was allowed to see were both great, but I have one other prof. letter that I never saw. Do I put the letter with a few errors at #2 on my list or the one that I haven't seen? (Since some schools will only accept 2) The one with errors and the other one that I have seen are both from profs. that know me well, while the one I haven't seen does not. Help!

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Personal Statement / How many PSs did you write?
« on: December 14, 2005, 11:59:55 AM »
Some schools promts are slightly diferent than others. It seems some would like to hear your lame reason why you want to be an attorney, but others did not. So how many different PSs did you all have to write? (I have not started mine by the way.)  :)

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Law School Applications / How important are personal statements?
« on: December 14, 2005, 11:26:46 AM »
 I'm getting a little lazy. I have my last two finals today, had graduation right after the LSAT that saturday. I am so done with academics for like a month at least. But the task remains to write my PSs. I am a decent writer so I'm wondering if it is necessary to spend hours agonizing over exactly what to write about and should i change that one word to something else, or just turn in something decent and worthy of law school. So tell me, just how important are they? (3.9 gpa and predicting 160-164)

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Studying for the LSAT / experimental?
« on: December 03, 2005, 05:09:51 PM »
please tell me it was III!!!

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Studying for the LSAT / URGENT- how long will it take?
« on: December 01, 2005, 11:42:41 PM »
 I just read somewhere that the LSAT can take up to 7 hours! (because of administrative stuff.) So I'm taking it this saturday at 9 so I assumed it ended at 1 and I have Graduation at 2! Is there any chance that I will miss it? I have already invited my whole family!

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Personal Statement / Is this terrible to write about?
« on: November 18, 2005, 12:36:09 PM »
 So it's late november and I'm just starting to think about PS topics... I have heard that "why i want to be a lawyer" is a terrible topic. I was thinking about writing about the process (like how i came to the decision to attend LS) This is becaus I started as a Pre-law major, then got turned off/scared and became business major when i transfered to a diff. school. So i was going to write something about how i always knew it was an option and just recently admited that it was what i really was meant for and wanted to do all along. is this completely lame?
oh, and is there really a diff. b/t this and the "why i want to be a lawyer" topic? I don't want to look stupid when i begin with, "i'm going to explain not why i want to be a lawyer, but how i cam to the decision to attend LS."
p.s. what is the diff. b/t lawyer and atorney? Which word to use in PS?

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