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Law School Applications / Re: OPINIONS PLEASE?
« on: December 25, 2010, 06:30:23 PM »
After reading your posts, I've come to the point in which I do consider studying for the LSAT's might be a better route to entering law school. Since I'm looking forward to practice in the States, a JD is a much better option than LLM. I will start preparing to test next year. After all, I don't graduate completely until June 2011.

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Law School Applications / Re: OPINIONS PLEASE?
« on: December 22, 2010, 07:21:19 PM »
1. Lack of work experience is my problem. I did work for about 7 months for the most prestigious government agency in the country, it was an internship not law related. The thing is, we work on quarter system so we really don't have any time off from school. In order to get a job (such as my internship) I had to switch to classes at night. I did however help out an older friend, who is a lawyer, and that was kind of like a job. I've also been a tutor to highschool kids (all subjects).
2. My university is a catholic university, fully accredited and respected abroad. It has several international agreements with universities from the US and Europe (and some other regional schools).
3. In the country I'm living you go to college right out of high school and are able to major in law (LLB degree), is this what you mean? In order to register as an attorney (no bar exams are needed) all I need is to complete the four years of the LLB degree and take a course in ethics provided by the national bar association.
4. We use a 3.0 scale (instead of 4.0 in the States). My GPA is currently 2.88 (I'll be missing the final grade for my thesis, but this is pretty much it) It is quite high, I'd be graduating with Magna Cum Laude honors. I'm hoping to make Summa Cum Laude (which is done with a 2.90 GPA, but with very few grades left it's not for sure.) I've also recieved honors yearly, as I made Dean's List every year. My university doesn't like rankings, so we don't actually have an official ranking. I know for sure no one has a 3.0 GPA, and better GPA's than mine--probably 10 people or less. I am the only student in my class to have had consistent grades throughout law school without dropping any classes ever -hence the Dean's List. I know this not to be considered average in my law school, but not completely the top I guess.

I do know I could get great recs, for I'm highly regarded amongst my professors. And like I mentioned I've got few but good EC's and volunteer work. And although not part of the student government.. I do participate in university comitees (as I mentioned I'm part of the Academic Evaluation and Accreditation Comitee, we make sure the academic curriculum is structured according to international standards and so on).

My family is american, and english is one of my native languages (I have two). We speak both at home. I did elementary and middle school in DODs schools. So I think my english is quite good. I'm not against attending special legal english classes though, or improving my writting skills. But on a whole, I have good proficiency in English.

Most of my classmates did work through all law school as interns, but I wasn't that interested in night classes. Professors at night aren't the same, and they don't teach the same way (usually tired or in a hurry). So usually LLM programs accept graduates from my school right out of college since we work alongside classes.

Is this information good enough? I tried to address your questions as best as possible.

Thank you!

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Law School Applications / Re: OPINIONS PLEASE?
« on: December 21, 2010, 01:59:40 PM »
I studied abroad for personal reasons, related to my family. I did, however, want to study in the states. But untill now I've been able to settle things in a way that will allow me to leave home.

I do know many people that have been studying in the states their LLM's. But they don't really share much of their aces that got them in. That's the main reason I'm wondering if my cv is good enough to apply to a top 25 or better law school. My main handicap is no work experience.


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Law School Applications / OPINIONS PLEASE?
« on: December 18, 2010, 02:03:01 PM »
Hello, I've already started a forum elsewhere asking about some law school's admissions. I'm trying to apply for a LLM degree in a good university. I'm a US citizen living abroad and about to graduate from my LLB degree. I'm thinking about apply for a LLM program at a good (top-ish) Law School.

My college doesn't provide rankings, but I have a 2.88/3.0 GPA, have been Dean's List every year, very involved in community service (working on a project to educate poor women in their rights- trying to fight violence against women), involved in few EC's (internationally recognized, part of the board of directors), member of a college council aiming to evaluate the academic program/teachers/faculty/structure (I work with my dean and other authorities)..participated in a fair share of forums from international organizations, was awarded a scholarship for a certificate program offered by the national university and an international organization, etc. Have little work experience (like a year), but in non-law related jobs. I'm currently working on my senior thesis. Could have great rec's from teachers and college authorities. My college is very recognized and quite prestigious, so I hope that helps.
I do know people with similar stats attending great schools, but since everyone is different I'd like to know where my chances are? Also, what could I do to improve my chances?

Any opinions on schools I could have a shot at?

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L.L.M. Board / WHICH UNIVERSITIES FOR LLM?
« on: December 18, 2010, 01:40:33 PM »
Hello! I'm new to this forum. I'm currently studying a LLB degree, but would like to earn a JD in order to practice in the US (I'm a US citizen living abroad). There are some programs that allow you apply first to a LLM and then apply for a JD, and at the end of the 3 years.. receive both degrees. This is what I would like to do. I would like help:

    * University of California, Boalt Hall School of Law, in Berkeley, CA.
    * University of Chicago Law School, University of Chicago, in Chicago, IL.
    * Columbia Law School, Columbia University, in New York, NY.
    * Cornell Law School, Cornell University, in Ithaca, NY.
    * Duke University School of Law, Duke University, in Durham, NC.
    * Georgetown University Law Center, Georgetown University, in Washington, DC.
    * Harvard Law School, Harvard University, in Cambridge, MA.
    * University of Michigan Law School, University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, MI.
    * New York University School of Law, New York University, in New York, NY.
    * Northwestern University School of Law, Northwestern University, in Chicago, IL.
    * University of Pennsylvania Law School, University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, PA.
    * Stanford Law School, Stanford University, in Palo Alto, CA.
    * University of Virginia School of Law, University of Virginia, in Charlottesville, VA.
    * Yale Law School, Yale University, in New Haven, CT.

I would like to know information on admissions to these universities: which favor more grades and numbers/have a more holistic approach/value projects you've participated in..etc.

Thank you!

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