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Law School Admissions / Re: Vanderbilt Class of 2012
« on: January 27, 2009, 12:24:52 PM »
Understandable. Hermitage probably just leaves a bad taste in my mouth since I have to be here working all day, when I'd give anything to be back in school ;o)

I hope that you both love Nashville, congrats on Vandy no matter what you choose!

Law School Admissions / Re: Vanderbilt Class of 2012
« on: January 27, 2009, 11:22:42 AM »
I've lived in Nashville most of my life. I'm still a pretty far from law school (applying for fall 2010, studying for the LSAT now), but Vandy is one of my all time top choices.

I currently work near the Hermitage area, though I live closer to the Vandy campus. I'm lucky, because I go the opposite direction of rush hour traffic each morning. Coming in from Hermitage could take you awhile at times (about 20-25 minutes in perfect conditions, 45-60 in traffic).

Not saying that Hermitage doesn't have its high points, but there are other equally affordable, more convenient, and less dangerous areas that this. Its no murder capital in that area, but its worse than some. I'd also look into Bellevue (affordable suburbia, lots of starter families, cookie cutter homes/condos, and chain stores), 12th South (trendy, up and coming, close to downtown, but still a little rough), Sylvan Park (don't know a lot about it, except that its popular with Vandy students), etc.

Truly great city to live in though. Fun nightlife, more to do than you'd expect. I wouldn't mind not leaving it for a few more years. Let me know if you need to know anything about the area!

Alright, another question. I'll have been working for about a year by the time I apply to law school (two years by time of entry), in a position that I hope will serve to reiterate my desire to work in the public sector. I will have no problem getting LOR from my former professors, but I did not want to ask for one from my employers. Not because I do not do my job well, but because they do not know that I am applying to law school yet. During this difficult economic time (when lay offs are definitely possible), I do not want to risk losing the job that I need in order to save $$ for law school in favor of someone on the long career path.

Is it terribly vital to find a superior to write a letter about my performance (which I don't doubt would be positive if I could find a way to ask without jeopardzing my standing) when I'm only a year out of college? Or are the academic recs enough?

Law School Admissions / Re: how much weight will my alma mater hold?
« on: January 26, 2009, 01:42:40 PM »
Not trying to sound harsh, but law school admissions committees couldn't care less that your 3.8 was "harder" than a 3.8 from anywhere else. Frankly, everyone thinks their undergrad was better than everywhere else.

That said, if you get what you think you will on the LSAT that 3.8 will serve you well (regardless of where its from).

Fair enough. I just tried to subscribe to the advice I kept getting that I was better off getting a lower GPA on a transcript loaded with the hardest, most analytical courses my school offered, as opposed to getting the 4.0 in PR (which was ridiculously easy at my school). I just wanted some way to indicate to schools that I didn't take the path of least resistance, since they wouldn't automatically know that by my school's name...

Its a no brainer that on my personal statement I need to tailor parts of it to each school, so that they do not think that I am submitting the same generic words to every program. But does the same idea apply to letters of recommendation? I am asking busy, respected individuals to send out carefully crafted statements to at least 10 programs. Are they really expected to take even more time to fill out a different recommendation for every program (and hence also risk that they mix up school names)? Or can they print and sign 10 copies of the same document, and focus on just getting them off in time? ;o)

Law School Admissions / how much weight will my alma mater hold?
« on: January 26, 2009, 12:18:21 PM »
I went to a small, private liberal arts school in the south. It is well respected in this region, and has recently earned some national exposure (by making it to the NCAA tournament for the last 3 years, and hosting one of the recent presidential debates), but I doubt that T14 law programs know it well. Within the university, my program was notoriously rigorous (Political Science, though my school required intensive coursework in economics and quantitative methods), making it a real achievement to earn my 3.8 GPA while juggling another major and extra curriculars.

Still, how do I ensure that my prospective law schools appreciate this? With a good LSAT (shooting for 169 and above, on par with my practice tests), a 3.8 GPA, and two years of relevant work experience, will I be competitive at the top programs despite my alma mater?

Law School Admissions / Re: Should I study Law!
« on: January 21, 2009, 02:07:37 PM »
People have time to bother with that? Kidding, sort of, but between a full time job, studying for the LSAT, and learning acronyms/lingo for wedding boards & law school boards, anything beyond necessity is cutting into my couple hours of sleep each night ;o)

Law School Admissions / Re: Should I study Law!
« on: January 21, 2009, 01:57:27 PM »
Ha, got it, thanks. No flaming intended on this post, though I'm gathering that it can be hard to convey tone accurately when giving advice through this medium... Not the place to go for subtle ;o)

Law School Admissions / Re: Should I study Law!
« on: January 21, 2009, 01:25:15 PM »
And troll. What does it mean to be a troll. Thanks!

Law School Admissions / Re: Should I study Law!
« on: January 21, 2009, 01:24:39 PM »
Ok, bear with me, I'm new to this place. I've caught on to most of it, but what does flame mean?

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