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That's tough. I guess I'd say to others out there who are planning ahead--set up your LSAC account and get the LOR straightway, since LSAC'll save them for you.

The department must have a way to contact this professor. Like, a super-secret stealth way. Maybe if you are super nice to his assistant or something, she'll spill the beans on his bat-phone?

That's rough, man--I feel for ya--

A recommendation from a TA would not carry as much weight. Of course, get one from your thesis advisor--even if you did not have a class with her. The relationship is what is important.

LOR's...I doubt the adcomms have a hard-and-fast metric for weighting them. Most students get generically good LOR's that will not tip the scales...but one really good, or really poor LOR from a qualified professor can make or break you, I'd imagine.

Here's what you'll need to decide--if you want to send all 3 LOR's up front, or if you want to keep one and use it as a "please take me off the waitlist" LOR should you get placed on a waitlist. That's standard behavior for interested waitlistees--follow up with another glowing LOR and a letter of "continued interest" on your part.

Not that you can predict these things! ;-)

Yes please. PM me!

I love reading diversity statements. I won't be writing one myself, but send any of yours along--I've got some time.

ya, most students just BS that "why law" section, so it loses all meaning unless you have something cool to say there.

Pretty much everyone writes some generic stuff about justice and truth and "the discipline of law" and how they'll be a better citizen and whatnot.

all of those topics have the potential to be "too big" for a PS, since you really don't want to cover too much time. #2 sounds like it could be a diversity essay, which does not have to be such a holistic piece of writing. Basically, you need to choose a topic that will keep the adcomms engaged for 2-3 pages...and make them like you.

the concentration in Ancient Roman History could be interesting...esp if you can really write about it without boring the socks off of everyone.

Personal Statements, Resumes, and Letters of Recommendation / Re: Addendum?
« on: September 21, 2008, 12:08:30 PM »
addendum, absolutely--esp. since there is a significant time gap. Your PS should ideally be about something awesome you've done more recently/are doing right now. You want them to like you--so when they get to your addendum, they're primed to think "hey, no big deal!"

Personal Statements, Resumes, and Letters of Recommendation / Re: 250
« on: September 21, 2008, 11:52:52 AM »
I love 250s! Send it if you like.

Ya...I'd say the best personal statements make the writer seem likable...a dramatic PS can seem like it's fishing for sympathy, or a diary entry.

Re: addiction--man, law school is supposed to be stressful--talking about addiction might open the door to "will the addiction come back." So I dunno about that one. It just creates a pocket of doubt, IMHO.

send any my way--I'm a writing tutor, and I'll help you reduce any whining!

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