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Sounds like an interesting topic to me. Yes, you do run the risk of sounding too ideal if you make platitudes such as, "my time spent interrogating detainees will make me the best public defender ever." or some such thing. But with a mature tone and reasone analysis i think it could be very good.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: My Dilemma - Whats the Best Plan?
« on: June 12, 2008, 08:09:12 PM »
*Bump*
I'm in the same situation but taking a PS class starting Aug. 11. Read the LGB. Should I get the LRB as well?

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Is living at home out of the question? It's a helluva lot easier to save some cash living at home if it doesn't drive you crazy and if your parents don't mind.

Yeah, it would be a lot cheaper. The problem is that I am currently living with them right now as an undergrad. What I was really hoping to do was to move out on my own for a year before adjusting to life in law school. I'm really not sure I want to live at home for another year just to save some money.

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Hmm... This all good advise. My only concern is actually GETTING an entry level job. I'm going to receive a BA in Classical Humanities so it's not like I'll have a relevant degree to any job to which I may apply (unless I teach) and I'm really concerned about that. Also, I'm right now under my parent's health insurance and that would be lost if I took a year off, another financial worry of mine. What would be a good entry-level job to take? Again, I understand the benefits of it all but I'm not sure I CAN get a good, fairly well-paying job that will allow me this freedom. 

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Yeah, I'm in pretty much the same boat as Madeline. I'm curious though what kind of work experience one would suggest. Would it be possible for one to get a paralegal job? Or is legal work not really be necessary? I hear rumblings about Teach for America. Think that might be good?

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Law School Admissions / Re: ADVICE to the next cycle of applicants
« on: June 07, 2008, 09:06:40 PM »
Alright I'm hearing a lot about asking for LORs extremely early. I had a plan to do just that, and I asked my first prof in April. Well, she seemed to think it was too early for me to be asking and told me to come back next fall. My PL adviser thought that was wise as well. But that's not what I'm hearing here. Should I ask for LORs this week (last week of class for me) or should I go ahead and wait for the fall? I'm applying in October ideally.

Ask for them ASAP.  Chances are that:

1. The professor won't remember you as well in the fall.  Strike while the iron is hot and she's capable of going to bat for you.

2. Your Pre-Law advisor is somewhat incompetent.  In fact, I'm almost sure that this is the case, considering the advice she gave you.

Yes, I would have to agree that my PL adviser is not the most idea person (hasn't even been to LS, so yeah I guess he is pretty bad).

Also, I'm curious about Dean's Certificates. Is it a common practice for Law Schools to require this? I was just making a list of requirement to each school on my short list (about 10) and I could only find one that required it (W&M I believe). I'm worried now that more schools require it and I just missed it. Any thoughts?

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Law School Admissions / Re: ADVICE to the next cycle of applicants
« on: June 07, 2008, 07:46:38 PM »
Alright I'm hearing a lot about asking for LORs extremely early. I had a plan to do just that, and I asked my first prof in April. Well, she seemed to think it was too early for me to be asking and told me to come back next fall. My PL adviser thought that was wise as well. But that's not what I'm hearing here. Should I ask for LORs this week (last week of class for me) or should I go ahead and wait for the fall? I'm applying in October ideally.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Why the focus on the T14?
« on: June 05, 2008, 09:08:45 PM »
Hmm... three replies 3 theories :-[ They all make sense in their own right. But if we can't seem to agree on WHY we talk about the T14, is the arbitrary number worth discussing? Again, I'm just a newbie here, but I have a hard time believing that Vandy could be THAT much worse than G-Town.

Wait now that i think about it SCK's story might make a bit more sense, Vandy appears to be more for those wanting to practice in the south, while G-Town is more portable and they have the keys to the very prestigious DC market. But then again I can't imagine UCLA grads are stuck to the west (or TX for that matter). any thoughts?

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Choosing the Right Law School / Why the focus on the T14?
« on: June 05, 2008, 04:09:14 PM »
Help a newbie, eh? Ignoring the relative accuracy of the US News system, why is the number 14 o important? I mean sure everyone wants to get into a top school but why is 14 so much better than 15? It's not really a round number or anything. Anybody want to weigh in? i would appreciate it. 

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: TestMasters v. Powerscore v. Kaplan
« on: June 04, 2008, 08:59:08 PM »
Ok, so I ended up going to a Kaplan preview thing and i was really impressed by the instructor. However, he said they inter-spliced real questions with made up ones. His argument was that these master brains at Kaplan are so familiar with the test they have the ability to make up their own questions. Is there any validity to this argument? Is it true that Testmasters and Powerscore use ONLY real LSATs? 

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