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Does a traumtic brain injury and overcoming its effects warrant a diversity statement?
No it's a great personal statement.
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Does a traumtic brain injury and overcoming its effects warrant a diversity statement?
Hello everyone! I have one LOR already from someone in my current city. For him, I just printed off the completed LOR form and handed it to him. Then he wrote it and sent it and it was received by LSAC. Pretty standard. These are the instructions from the LSAC website:
"Print a completed LOR form by clicking on the letter description link under My LORs and Recommenders, and give it to each recommender."
However, I am about to ask two former UG professors for a LOR. They are both out of state. In this case, do I print the LOR form, sign it, and fax it to the recommenders? I could mail it I guess, but that would take too long. Any suggestions be very appreciated. Good luck to everyone! We can all do this!
Law is THE fastest way to working for yourself, if you plan it before you even get there and play your cards right. There is no other graduate degree that you can get done in 3 years and be eligible to go out on your own the second you meet licensing requirements. PharmD is 7 years including undergrad and you can't get a bachelor's in one thing and go back and get the PharmD, and you certainly can't go open your own pharmacy the way you can go open your own law practice. Even if you work for someone else two years, four years, and then go on your own, if you made sure to get the fundamental business administration skills such as accounting, marketing, basic finance, and keep up with the trends in your field and develop some mentors and resources before you set up shop...it's a concrete plan. Opening one's own business is very risky when you don't know exactly what you plan to do. Technically one should be able to open one's own business with a business degree...but in what if you have no specific qualification and don't want to do something involving products to make or create? My talent is inside my skull, I can't bottle it, sew it, or jar it and sell it. An MBA is VERY EASILY a bull generic degree because it does not tell you exactly what you can do, and being able to become ANYthing is not such a blessing, that's like looking for one piece of information on Google using a general search phrase: the possibilities are too endless and the right answer for you personally could be so far down the list of options that you don't get to it in time to make use of it.
Some say the problem is getting clients to pay...that is easily an issue in any entrepreneurial endeavour unless you run a retail store where the payment has to be made right then and there. Look at all the real estate investors who got screwed when the market tanked and houses couldn't close. I see plenty of so-called poor immigrants, construction worker day laborer types, who FIND the hundreds or thousands they need for their immigration case to pay the lawyer. And then people who don't have those kinds of obstacles who try to stiff their lawyer because they are sneaky bastards. It's not always those who look like they don't have money that are going to be a problem client. Sometimes they are the ones that don't have time to b.s. around because they are trying to get ahead in life versus people who feel they have already arrived and can treat people however.
I think there are plenty people out there who need a lawyer and can't afford one. Plenty out there who should not be obligated to pay whatever is enough to cover one's student loan bill but instead a reasonable rate based on their income or a flat fee or such. This of course means since going to a high priced law school forces you to need biglaw type of pay, if you really want to keep the option open to go solo out of law school, you have to be committed to go somewhere that pays for your schooling and strategizing ahead of time to graduate as close to zero additional debt as possible. That would actually skew in favor of going to the cheapest school you can find in an area in which you want to live and work (since you need to develop contacts in the legal world if you hope to have resources and contacts and your name already out there for that solo).
It takes research and planning but I think it can be done. And if you position yourself right you give yourself the option of both the midlaw/smalllaw jobs AND to go solo straight out if you wish to or find the need to. If you don't plan a strategy to make certain options open up for you and really plan it before you get to law school, as part of deciding what law schools to even apply to...you are going to have to follow the default path and try to outclimb everyone to the Biglaw exit. Since biglaw is where all the blood and carnage is coming from, why aim for it if you are not in the very top schools?
Too many cooks trying to stir the biglaw pot.
Entrepreneurs can exist in law too. If you going to be broke and unemployed and on food stamps you can use that time to get your practice off the ground and actually have a way out of the brokeness, unemployment, and welfare dependence.
And yes I'm an 0L. I fully intend to ask BEFORE I start law school what I need to do to make sure the option of solo the day I pass the par is a viable and realistic option for me. Of existing solos out there now. Nobody is going to be able to fire me forever. If anything I would even try and keep some of my financial aid aside towards investing in things such as malpractice insurance and access to westlaw/lexis-nexis and such...or to sublease access to an existing practice's law library of these materials.
I think people cannot think of these things when they are in the middle of the crisis and their student loans are upon them. So clearly the time to think about all your options on the other end and how best one should get TO them is now, before one starts the journey. How will you get where you are going if you don't know what it takes to arrive at any of the possible destinations?
yea goood point. i am getting one from a manager at my workplase that ive been in contact with for 3 years. its a restaurant though, not really anything law related.. my father is a lawyer, and has lawyer friends, none of whom i know now, but i could meet them i suppose; doesnt really sound like a great chance there though. i hear that it is really important to get at least one if not two from teachers though, maybe one work related, and two from teachers total. especially if your not a major with a lot of writing reqs like i am (studio art)
It is law school discussion I am not spending hours on my punctuation. I have a job for summer paying me pretty well, which is what I wanted after my first year of law school and I did it going to a T-4. All half the people do on here is criticize lower ranked schools when they go to what the 83rd best school in U.S. news instead of the 114th really get over yourselves. Law school will work out if you put in the work and don't waste your time on law school discussion trashing other schools. I am not trying to argue that I will have the same opportunities as a Harvard Grad, but T-4's are not cesspools there are smart people there and the professors went to Harvard or Yale and no matter what school you go to the rules and law are the same. A tort is a tort whether you go to Harvard or Cooley. Waste your time criticizing the punctuation of my two second rant if you want.
I am just writing on this board to let people know the horrible things they hear about T-4's are not true. I almost made the worst mistake of my life by believing that people on this board said about T-4's being cesspools and going to a higher ranked school in a place that I had no desire to live. Had I done that it would have screwed up my family and relationship. Instead I went to a T-4 and my family, relationship, and educational career are going fine. THE END
You make some good points.
But statistically, if you are going to go to school outside the top 14 or 20 or whatever, your best chance for flexibility (or landing a job at all) is to go to the most well respected law school in the geographical area you want to work in.
Half of the students at T4s graduate in the bottom half of their class (groundbreaking idea right?)
If you don't have a full scholarship or a job lined up, then it would be better to avoid law school altogether than graduate in the bottom half of a T4.
Love it! Just recently some idiot on this forum tried telling me that asians weren't URM's.Frequently Asked Questions
About Racial and Ethnic Status
Don’t be afraid to dream about going to school—whether it be college or law school. You have as much right to be there as anyone else.
Why am I considered a minority applicant?
Law schools consider your ethnic or racial status to be whatever you indicate on your LSAT registration forms. This factor alone is not a guarantee of admission, but it helps admission committees form a more complete picture of who you are. They are interested in how your individual history has affected your life, including whatever disadvantages you may have overcome.
Is the LSAT biased against minorities?
The passages and questions on the LSAT go through a rigorous screening and pretesting process to make sure that the individual test items are not biased. The primary reason that minority test takers perform less well on the LSAT is lack of preparation. In addition, research indicates that minority group members, particularly African Americans, are more vulnerable to test anxiety than other test takers. The best way to avoid test anxiety is to prepare thoroughly for the LSAT by familiarizing yourself with the types of questions on the test and by taking disclosed (previously administered) tests. Take the entire test—not just a few sections at a time—under actual timed conditions.
more at http://lsac.org/SpecialInterests/minorities-in-legal-education-faq.asp
Those wondering what's considered a URM for law school purposes...I would guess it's the minorities they track, as shown here:
Also: it is likely that there are several non-profits in the area of your school/home that will let you volunteer there as a 0L, or a 1L. Getting experience on your resume as soon as possible really helps.