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Law School Admissions / Re: Teach for America?
« on: August 08, 2008, 09:32:46 PM »
If its expunged, wouldn't you not have to report it at all? In any case, I would suggest that you discuss it with your Teach for America recruitment contact at your university. They are there to help you get in and will be able to give you some advice. By the way, I just finished my first year of Teach for America so if you have any questions about the program and the experience, send me a message on here.

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Law School Admissions / Re: Engineering GPA?
« on: July 18, 2008, 12:59:12 PM »
I have a friend at Columbia Law who went to Berkeley with me. He had a GPA just shy of a 3.5 in Chemistry and a 176 LSAT. His admission cycle was all over the place, but he got into Columbia and Chicago if that helps any.

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Law School Admissions / Re: Ask AdmissionsConsultants
« on: July 12, 2008, 11:26:06 AM »
Hi Amy,

This thread is awesome! Thanks for doing this. I posted this question on another thread and I thought that I would ask you as well:

In a nutshell, I'm wondering how good of a soft factor being a Teach for America corp member is. When I apply to law school I will be finishing my second year as a TFA Corp member teaching elementary school in Harlem. It seems that law schools look favorably on TFA since half of the T14 give automatic fee waivers if you are corp member and some offer scholarships.

I graduated from UC Berkeley with a double major in Poli Sci and History. My GPA was only a 3.3 but it had a steady upward trend (bad choices freshman year, the usual and I had a 3.7 in both majors). I took a diagnostic LSAT and scored 163 with all of my mistakes (save two) in the logic games section. I've been working the games pretty hard with the powerscore bible and recent tests have been significantly better. With Teach for America plus, lets say something between 170 and 175 on the LSAT (which I think I can do) what are my chances at a T14? How do Michigan, Northwestern, or Virginia look? Will teaching in an inner city school and all of the work that that shows help overshadow a rough first undergrad year that happened six years ago? Thanks!

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Law School Admissions / Re: Teach for America as a soft factor
« on: July 11, 2008, 09:22:01 AM »
I'm certainly going to apply to a few schools outside of the T14 (Notre Dame, UC Hastings, UCLA, and GWU). On LSN I noticed that some people with my numbers get into T14 and some don't, though nearly everyone got into one of the T14. I figured that this must have something to do with the soft factors. As far as TFA goes, about half of the T14 give an automatic fee waiver to TFA alum and many have TFA scholarships set aside, so it seems that Teach for America must mean something to them. I was wondering if anyone knew how much of a plus it can be for me, ie if the experience of teaching in an inner city school and all that goes with it can over rule the rough start I had as a freshman undergrad nearly six years ago.

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Law School Admissions / Teach for America as a soft factor
« on: July 10, 2008, 03:11:31 PM »
In a nutshell, I'm wondering how good of a soft factor being a Teach for America corp member is. When I apply to law school I will be finishing my second year as a TFA Corp member teaching elementary school in Harlem. I graduated from UC Berkeley with a double major in Poli Sci and History. My GPA was only a 3.3 but it had a steady upward trend (bad choices freshman year, the usual and I had a 3.7 in both majors). I took a diagnostic LSAT and scored 163 with all of my mistakes (save two) in the logic games section. I've been working the games pretty hard and recent tests have been significantly better. With Teach for America plus, lets say something between 170 and 175 on the LSAT (which I think I can do) what are my chances at a T14? How do Michigan, Northwestern, or Virginia look?


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Law School Admissions / Re: Pass/No Pass Grading Option
« on: July 09, 2008, 09:28:00 PM »
Thanks Roslin (love the handle, btw). I think I only have four P/NP classes that could have been taken for a letter grade (I have a couple of such classes that were P/NP but were like PE or something and basically everyone took as P/NP). Out of lots of other letter graded classes it hopefully won't be a problem.

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Law School Admissions / Pass/No Pass Grading Option
« on: July 09, 2008, 12:23:27 PM »
I took a number of classes at my undergrad university (UC Berkeley) with the Pass/No Pass option. I passed all of them and the classes that I took that way were always ones outside of my major that I took basically for personal enrichment (ie Latin, Deductive Logic, etc) and didn't want to worry about scoring an A in. How do law schools view those grades?

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