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Personal Statement / Re: Critique my PS please
« on: February 01, 2010, 09:58:26 PM »
tighten up overall. one example:

(I emerged with) the realization that (I came out of) science with a desire (to use )research in a way (to affect )etc etc

Sort of repetitive phrasing and can be shortened, as in 'My scientific experience endowed me with a desire to conduct meaningful research.'

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Hello all,
I am doing an Americorps job this year and know that I will kill myself quickly if I continue to work this much as an adult rather than just a 1 year youthful energy stint. What positions or whole fields would allow me to work less than 50 hours a week, preferably 40, although I know that is almost impossible? I have got myself into a pretty good school and I hope to be 'going places' but it seems no career path leads to anything but way too much work.
I know I have to make exceptions for trial time, should I do that.

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What does it mean when you apply ED to a school but then they get back to you and say we can't make a decision at this time, obviously we no longer hold you to the terms of ED, and we will consider you with the regular applicants? I don't know if anyone has that happen and is ultimately accepted, or if its a generally bad sign, or what. Any knowledge?

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Law School Applications / Re: Advice re my LSAT
« on: January 05, 2010, 03:13:20 PM »

I don't understand why there are so many people you see posting here who take the LSAT not just once unprepared, but TWICE. It all honesty, NYU seems more than far fetched. It sounds like you need to ground yourself in the reality of law school and law school prep- both studying and picking realistic schools. You're setting yourself up for failure otherwise. Then again, as you say, you have begun to take that to heart. Good luck.

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Being someone you are totally not might sound like a good idea, and it WOULD be if you could get away, but if you're not a 'sun beat down' kind of person, it WONT be a good idea to begin with because they will smell the fake style a mile away.
You need to tell an interesting story, but it can be a story over a number of years and interesting doesnt just mean flowery prose, it means honesty about your goals and experiences. Just say what you mean.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: 145, 148 on lsat.. options
« on: January 05, 2010, 03:01:03 PM »


Not to insult you, we all make mistakes, but what a whopper. You were unprepared, did bad, then decided to poorly prepare and do it again? Law Schools dont like excuses like a job and 24 credits because lots of applicants are busy high achieving people, and THEY took the time to study.. for example, any moment of time you did anything on the internet or watched TV, if you studied for that time, imagine how much time would open up for you.

I would say try again and this time really commit to studying AND doing time tests. Lots of people can get a 160 with unlimited time, you have to time yourself. That score you got is low and it's better to wait another year and do your absolute best than to condemn yourself to the low low end of schools, especially with that GPA.

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3L job search / Re: Anyone interview for the DOJ Honors Program?
« on: January 05, 2010, 02:57:08 PM »
Wow OldCraig, had no idea it was that bad. They definitely wouldn't hire me, but fortunately, I wouldnt even apply to begin with. Some of the best spies didn't hit a joint in college and passed their lie detector tests.. I think their measures of honesty are off. It's often the slickest who are the wickedest.

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Law School Applications / Re: 146 to 159 LSAT addendum
« on: January 05, 2010, 02:41:59 PM »


Every advice book on the market says DONT take the LSAT until you're ready to get it out in one go. So, you made a mistake, as people do. Now that you made the mistake, all you can do is:
1) Explain your error in judgment in taking it early honestly
2) Do so without going on so long that you sound like you're spitting out different excuses- i.e. say I didn't prepare as well as I should have but took steps to rectify the problem, NOT 'i didnt prepare.. and then i got nervous, i have nervous issues...' etc. They will just cut through that and say 'excuses excuses, did not prepare' so just saying the real reason will suffice.

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I am doing it for the right reasons, its just that money does mean something in this world, and when most people in Americorps are recompensed 11,500 and a 4750 stipend, 700 dollars worth of application fees adds up. I didn't mean to put up an unnatural affront, I think it's an issue in the app process.

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Man, I think its so unfair that Im busting my balls just as much and yet have to pay $700 to do this process.

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