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I intend to use the same LORs for all of the schools I apply to. So under the letter description should I just put "personal statement"?

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Perspective Law Student at 32 years old
« on: May 04, 2009, 08:15:25 PM »

So do you think a JD would open up more job opportunities as opposed to a MSW?

Here's my situation: I recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Administration of Justice. My cumulative gpa was 3.75. Unfortunately, I don't have a squeaky clean background (nothing too serious) and many jobs within law enforcement are not an option for me. So I figure grad school or law school are my only logical options.

I think the more important question is what kind of job you want, rather than which will give you more opportunities, for two reasons:

1. Both law and social work are fields that most people need to be at least somewhat interested in to be happy. Social workers in particular have incredibly high rates of burnout.

2. The degrees will, for the most part, give you really different opportunities. This is especially true if you're considering law generally rather than public interest law specifically.

I'm still having a really hard time making this decision. I just received an acceptance letter from grad school to pursue my MSW but I'm still a little indecisive. I wasn't expecting to get accepted. I was anticipating getting a rejection letter and then shifting my efforts to pursue law and prepare for the LSAT.
 
I was really excited yesterday but I had an interview at a law office this afternoon that left me indecisive once again. It was rather awkward in that the majority of the interview was spent discussing the pros and cons of law school versus grad school. The gentleman that interviewed me (a laywer) felt very strongly that social work was not a good field to pursue. His opinion was that it is a highly competitive field and the income is not very good. He seemed willing to hire me and said that it was a good job for somebody who is pursuing a law degree.

So I'm kind of conflicted again about what to do. I'm afraid to pass up the opportunity to go to grad school but I'm also afraid of passing up the opportunity to pursue law school. I've gotten the opinions of many people about this. Some have said law is the way to go and that you can do anything with a law degree. Others have said lawyers are miserable, unhappy people that are overworked with little time to spend with their families. The people that have spoken well about social work generally feel that it is good field, that it's growing, and that the income is very good if you go into private practice.

So given the two vastly different fields, do you feel that law would be the better choice of the two? You don't have to go into detail or anything I'd just like to get some more opinions before I make my final decision.



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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Perspective Law Student at 32 years old
« on: April 10, 2009, 11:11:54 AM »


i'm assuming you've already confimed it's nothing too serious as to give you issues with character and fitness?  It'd suck to go through law school to find out you can't legally practice.
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Well I had an undergrad professor that was a lawyer. He said I wouldn't have any problems.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Perspective Law Student at 32 years old
« on: April 09, 2009, 07:51:56 PM »
Well I definitely want to work with and help people. I am certain about that. Law appeals to me but I'm getting older (just turned 31) and I have a 3 year old daughter. I'm just afraid that law will give me very little time with my family. Also, the earliest I could get in would be the fall of 2010. But I already submitted my grad school application and if I get accepted, I could get in this year. Either way, it's gonna be a tough decision.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Perspective Law Student at 32 years old
« on: April 09, 2009, 07:24:20 PM »
It could be a good way to develop skills/credentials if you're interested in advocacy/legislative work. Some people might think it's helpful if you want to do direct legal service with populations traditionally served by social workers - I tend to think that the benefit in those cases will probably be marginal and not worth the time/money (especially since most people who are sincerely committed to that kind of work already have a background working or studying in the area) unless you can do an accelerated MSW program (and even then it might not be worth it).
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So do you think a JD would open up more job opportunities as opposed to a MSW?

Here's my situation: I recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Administration of Justice. My cumulative gpa was 3.75. Unfortunately, I don't have a squeaky clean background (nothing too serious) and many jobs within law enforcement are not an option for me. So I figure grad school or law school are my only logical options.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Perspective Law Student at 32 years old
« on: April 09, 2009, 07:17:12 PM »
fear of employment.

lol......my fear is unemployment.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Perspective Law Student at 32 years old
« on: April 09, 2009, 03:56:12 PM »
I'm glad I found this thread. I've been having a very difficult time trying to decide whether to pursue an MSW or a JD. My question is: why would one pursue both?

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I second the opinion below. The earlier you begin preparing, the better. And if you are feeling really good come June...take the June exam!  

Ok thank you. But even if I am feeling really good come June.......wouldn't it be too late to register for the test in June?

Register now...see how you're feeling...wait until the latest possible date. You  get only $45 back if you register and then cancel your registration. But, you can also just change the test date to October for a $33 fee.

http://lsac.org/LSAT/lsat-and-lsdas-fees.asp

http://lsac.org/LSAT/test-date-change-refund.asp#refund

You have until May-15th to register for the June exam, but you'll pay $127 + $64. But, by May-15th you should know whether you will be ready.

It doesn't sound like you will be, but you have options. 

The only thing taking the June LSAT does is give you an opportunity to spend more time on your essays, screw up June and still take the October exam, apply ED at a school, and get things out of the way sooner. A June score means being done doing applications by mid-October...a big advantage.

My advice? Take the October test. You can still apply ED to a school with an October score and be done with all of your applications by late November. Don't rush. I only advocate taking June's exam if you think you can really be ready. That means hitting your target score repeatedly (take at least 20 practice exams). You sound like you need to get things in order. Take your time.

Thanks for the detailed response. I really appreciate that. Yes, I definitely need to get things in order. I'm pretty much starting from scratch. All I've done so far is take a practice LSAT at Kaplan which was a disaster.

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I second the opinion below. The earlier you begin preparing, the better. And if you are feeling really good come June...take the June exam!  

Ok thank you. But even if I am feeling really good come June.......wouldn't it be too late to register for the test in June?

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Taking a course slated for the June exam while planning to take the exam in September (October?) is a great idea, imho.  By making that choice, you leave all options on the table:

Option 1:  You do much better in the course than you anticipated and actually feel ready for the June exam
   - Then you could opt to take the test earlier and get it out of the way


Option 2: You do much worse in the course that you anticipated and are nowhere near ready in June
   - Then you might decide to study on your own for the additional time OR you may even decide to retake your prep   course (which a lot of people actually do)

If you wait to take the course until later, you run the risk of finding yourself not ready.  Often times, people then have to push out their test date; sometimes, they even have to defer the admissions process for a year.

Good luck!

Thanks for the reply. I appreciate it. I can't defer the admissions process for another year though. It's now or never for me. I guess I better take the prep course now  ;D

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