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LSAC and LSDAS / Re: Failed College Class: Doomed for LS?
« on: June 17, 2008, 05:35:11 PM »
I agree that you're overall GPA might hurt you a little but you certainl;y could write an adendum about it. Just explain that you were mal-adjusted your freshman year and have no excuses for the F. You've since learned your lesson (as evidenced by your senior GPA)and are ready for law school. Other than that, kick butt on the LSAT! That really is the most important thing.

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Law School Applications / Re: Question about Credits per Semester....
« on: June 17, 2008, 05:30:14 PM »
sacrificing GPA to graduate sooner is NOT a good idea. If you look throuout this thread you'll see that GPA and LSAT are pretty much all that matter. In fact, many people here press to take tame off b/t UG and LS. Law schools do not care how long it takes you to graduate (I'm saying this as a soon to be young applicant myself).
I,m not really sure about the 12 cr question but it I'd be bored if I only did that much. If you feel you should do it though, find something to fill the extra time other than partying. Job, voluteering, campaigning etc.

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Law School Applications / Re: pre-law... but not *Pre-Law*
« on: June 14, 2008, 12:38:53 AM »
 Honestly the Ad cons will probably prefer a candidate who didn't join a pre-law program. From what I can gather, they actually prefer people who explored many options before ls, hence the advise many have here of taking a year off before ls.

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Personal Statement / Re: Should I use my experience in Iraq in my PS?
« on: June 14, 2008, 12:29:48 AM »
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, 10:09:12 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 Applications / Re: ADVICE to the next cycle of applicants
« on: June 07, 2008, 11:06:40 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 Applications / Re: ADVICE to the next cycle of applicants
« on: June 07, 2008, 09:46:38 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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