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Law School Admissions / Question about LSDAS reports for LOR's
« on: January 05, 2006, 06:19:52 PM »
Do they send LOR's automatically?  I thought I read that you had to order another report (which would be another $12 that I don't want to spend).

Also, I have 1 LOR from a family member that is a lawyer, I figured it couldn't hurt, but I don't have my 2 teacher's LOR's yet, although I should have it by end of next week hopefully.  Should I apply now with that one crappy LOR or wait?  Most of the schools only require 1 and that would make my app complete without the teacher's LOR's.

Law School Admissions / Wanted opinions on a couple of questions I had
« on: January 03, 2006, 11:02:16 PM »
Background: A certain law school wants an employee verification form (basically a letter made by whoever, they don't care, signed by my previous employer) that I worked 30+hrs./week.

here are my questions:

#1. I realized that one employer did not put the company name, should I insert it there myself, send a seperate page stating the company, or what would you suggest?

#2. I want all the schools to know I worked full-time, I even have an addendum regarding it, so I was wondering if I should send it to the other schools as well (the employee verification forms).

I figured at first that it couldn't hurt, but I have 4 employers through college, and I'm worried that they may just be overwhelmed with too much extra crap that they didn't ask for.

Any opinions would be appreciated  :)

So it seems that most PS's are supposed to be about the same.  But one school, as opposed to the others, said that the PS should say why you want to go to law school, why you choose their school, and the diverstiy/ethnicity crap we all hear about.

If I skip the why I want to go to law school (specifically because I feel like I have the same reasons as everyone else-like debate and have always been facinate by the law) because I feel like it's too generic and mainstream and causing the admission officer to read the same crap over again, will it hurt my PS??
I did answer the other 2 parts of the prompt, and it doesn't really specify that you must, it just says it shoud answer those.

Law School Admissions / Supplemental Essays-how many schools want them?
« on: January 02, 2006, 10:27:11 PM »
I'm applying to about 6-8 schools, of all of them, only one wanted a supplemental essay (besides the PS), and that was Pepperdine.

If anyone has this one, or any other one similar to it (it's an answer to their mission statement, pretty much about upholding their Christian morals and values), how long did you make it?  I'm thinking I'll try to attempt a page, but it may be a bit longer, it's a tough decision without them telling you a legnth, and because they have so little time, and this just takes away from the total time that they will spend looking over the whole application.

I have a feeling that some people may try and either skip this, or add it in their PS (I almost did because it would have been easy), but they make it fairly clear that it should be a seperate paper.

I am sort of lost on how to format and write my resume.  I have a generic one done on Word, but I don't really think it's too good at all.  I think the info is ok most probably, but it could use to be formatted better.

If anyone is willing to help, let me know.


Law School Admissions / Should I put this on my resume or not?
« on: January 01, 2006, 06:35:22 PM »
Well I don't have a whole lot of extracurricular stuff on my resume, but I do have a lot of work experience.

That being said, of my few organizations I belong to, one is the NRA (and a couple more related ones like it).  I was going to put the NRA, and maybe Gun Owners of America as well because I am an avid shooter, no competitions yet but I do it for fun at the range, and I am also a strong 2nd amendment advocate, and I'm very well-read and strongly opinionated about it.

This all being said, I have had a couple of comments advising me that it may be looked at as being negative and that I should not list it on my resume.  I thought it may be something unique and it could be looked at as favorably, and I do think it's a positive thing that I have been very knoweldgeable about the subject politically; however, I don't know if the NRA necessarily causes them to think that.

Would you list it or not?

Law School Admissions / LSAT/GPA split, which one really matters more?
« on: January 01, 2006, 01:03:46 PM »
Well I see that it seems like when I compared my LSAT/GPA to other people, even though I have a 160/3.0, someone with a 155/3.5 or so, has the same chances of getting into some schools.

So does my higher LSAT not make up that much for my horrible GPA?  Before taking the LSAT I thought that it mattered a lot more than my GPA and that it would help make up for it, but now when looking at those calculators etc. it seems like my chances are still pretty low for the schools that have a higher median GPA.

(Of course I have worked full-time through UG and I have an addendum explaining the troubles I've had and asking the Adcomms to look at my more recent GPA to see that I have been able to improve and attain a higher GPA)

Law School Admissions / Book recommendations?
« on: December 29, 2005, 07:52:19 PM »
Any book recommendations on attending law school?

I am finally now going to go out and buy the Ivey Guide to Law School Admissions, but it's becoming difficult to find, I wanted to see what other books I can look for at the same time though.

Law School Admissions / Anyone good at Resumes? Especially for law school.
« on: December 29, 2005, 03:28:07 PM »
So I haven't made a resume in years, and I know the ones for law school are a bit different because you don't want to include useless info, but I don't really know how to cut mine down, or even make it look a little better, if anyone can look mine over and give me any advice I would really appreciate it  :)

Law School Admissions / Sending Dean's list notification
« on: December 28, 2005, 04:41:00 PM »
I read up a bunch of times about people sending out this, or something like it.  I got Dean's list one semester, but it shows on my transcripts something about honors, so they should know this.  Other than the one semester, I never received Dean's list, except maybe this last semester (I'm just not sure if it's 3.5 and above, or above 3.5).

So do I have to send the actual Dean's list official award, or can I just write that I received it on my application?

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