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Law School Applications / This require an addendum or is it silly?
« on: January 06, 2006, 08:48:04 PM »
So our school allows 12 units to be retaken if you fail a class etc., and for one class I tried to switch it out to another, and somehow I think I messed up because they showed me the paper I filled out (it was before the internet etc.) and I messed up on the numbers.
Anyways, I ended up with a U in the class (which is an F) and I didn't think much of it because I retook it the next semester and got that taken off of my GPA.  But now I hear that LSAC uses it in their calculation, so should I write something about how I messed up and didn't drop it right so they don't think I failed the class, or should I just leave it as is?  Hopefully it doesn't show as an F and they realize I didn't just flat out fail a class (especially Humanities 100!)

Personal Statement / Anymore people looking to edit?
« on: January 06, 2006, 02:53:42 AM »
So I feel like my PS is about ready to get sent off (with the exception of an additional paragraph that may be in the works. 
Only thing that got me a little set-back is the fact that someone told me I wasn't direct enough, I still don't see it, and he wasn't very specific, he was a friend of a friend that was an UG adcom at Berkeley though, so I am a little worried.  If anyone is willing to give me an overall opinion, or to look for some major grammatical errors I'd really appreciate it.

Law School Applications / Question about LSDAS reports for LOR's
« on: January 05, 2006, 09:19:52 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 Applications / Wanted opinions on a couple of questions I had
« on: January 04, 2006, 02:02:16 AM »
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  :)

Personal Statement / About answering a specific question on the PS
« on: January 04, 2006, 01:58:49 AM »
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 Applications / Supplemental Essays-how many schools want them?
« on: January 03, 2006, 01:27:11 AM »
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 Applications / Should I put this on my resume or not?
« on: January 01, 2006, 09:35:22 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 Applications / LSAT/GPA split, which one really matters more?
« on: January 01, 2006, 04:03:46 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 Applications / Book recommendations?
« on: December 29, 2005, 10:52:19 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.

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