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Personal Statements, Resumes, and Letters of Recommendation / 250
« on: September 18, 2008, 08:18:03 PM »
With my numbers, applying to Yale is like playing the lottery. But then, it seems like it isn't much less of a gamble with great numbers, either.

I don't know that I'm actually going to apply; but I've got something that was originally an idea for a PS, and it turns out it runs 249 wds. I think it may be unusual; but then I don't know what people do for the 250. So I'd be interested to have some people take a look at it, and interested also to hear what others have done.

Personal Statements, Resumes, and Letters of Recommendation / Critic needed
« on: September 17, 2008, 08:50:05 PM »
I've got a new draft of my ps, looking for someone to give me an honest critique. More than willing to trade.

Law School Admissions / UM-nada or Emory full-ride...?
« on: September 17, 2008, 02:27:19 PM »
I've got a hypothetical for you (though I'm kinda hoping it will eventually be an actual question for me....):

LET'S JUST SAY Individual X gets accepted to UM, but is offered no scholarships. This Individual would then, should he/she choose to accept the invitation to attend, be forced to fund the entirety of law school with federal and private loans.

LET'S ALSO SAY that Individual X has been accepted to Emory, and has been offered full tuition plus a small stipend for all three years of law school.

What to do?

UM is clearly the superior choice--certainly when it comes to rankings, and prestige, and portability, and job prospects, and maybe a whole host of other things besides. Emory, though, is still a very good school--but applicant will be significantly limited in terms of geographic location. But let's also say that Ind. X is not interested in BigLaw, and would like the freedom to choose a lower-paying position.

So the question is: better to take on a $120,000 debt and emerge with a degree from a great school (with a loan repayment assistance program), and lots of opportunity? Or better to take the full-ride from a good, but not quite AS good, school, thus emerging relatively debt-free?

What would YOU do?

PS: Is it worth applying ED to UM on a long shot, not knowing what kind of aid you may be awarded?

Law School Admissions / LSAC ED processing?
« on: September 17, 2008, 08:31:00 AM »
I added this question to another thread, but thought it belonged better with the LSAC questions.

Michigan wants ED apps in by 1 Nov, and completion by 15 Nov. But isn't everything sent via LSAC (and so won't it all arrive together)? Or does the app get sent immediately, and then it takes a couple weeks for the rest of the file to arrive..? Or something else altogether?

Another related question--am I right in understanding that ED may or may not give you a boost, depending on the school? G-Town, eg, says it does; others don't say; some specify more stringent expectations for ED. Does anyone have a sense of what schools it may benefit the applicant to apply ED to (presuming of course that school in question really is the first choice), versus schools where it would be irrelevant, or detrimental in the case of weaker numbers?

I'm in PS-process, and am having some trouble deciding on the most appropriate/successful tack to take. The first draft I wrote turned out to be a "what I learned from my mentor" essay, and while I think I managed to write enough about myself, it ended up coming across as pretty idealistic and Big Picture oriented--not grounded enough in what I've actually done.

This new draft is beginning to shape up as a filling-out of my CV--how what I've done demonstrates my talents and training, how all of that will then benefit both me in law school and the community of students I hope to enter, and then of course how all of those activities/abilities have led me to move in this particular direction.

My concern is that while the first was too lofty, the second will seem redundant--after all, they will be getting all of the hard info, including a copy of my CV, and I'm sure they can make their own inferences as to what those things say about me. I have a background in literature and philosophy, so am wary of trying a creative tack, especially because my numbers are only mid-range (3.65/165 average on prep-tests).

Any suggestions?

Hello, everyone:

I am getting ready to apply and am trying to narrow down my choices to a reasonable spread. I have an approx. UGPA of 3.65 (philosophy major), and expect to score a 165 minimum on the LSAT in October. I am coming out of undergrad, but took a few years off, so I'm a good bit older than the average grad (31). To my credit I have (in the last 2 years): served on the Dean's Student Advisory Board; presented at 3 conferences (philosophy, literature, and sustainability); volunteered as an instructor teaching logic/critical analysis at a local prison; and am currently a legal intern at a small public interest firm. My letters of reference will be excellent, 2 from professor-mentors, and one from the Dean of my college. I have a draft of a PS but keep getting hung up on the angle I want to take.

I am almost settled on applying to Duke(probably the JD/MA Phil), Notre Dame, and Michigan, but I have a couple questions: 1) Are there other schools I should be considering/applying to? and 2) I am looking to get into the best school I can, but am also interested in a smaller, more collegial environment. I am interested in ethics and philosophy of law, so am looking for a school that supports additional study in that area. Legal interests are broad as of yet--international, human rights, property, public interest--but a strong desire to explore litigation, at which I believe I could excel.
Is there anything that might help me make a decision (that can't be found on their respective websites, or on the TopLawSchools site)?

Any thoughts/perspectives/information are much appreciated!

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