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Law School Applications / academic probation and waiting.
« on: December 22, 2006, 03:07:39 AM »

I was placed on academic probation for an unfortunate turn of circumstances. This makes it onto my discplinary record in my school which will be erased 8 years after matriculation. So that for me would be 2012.

Am I advised to wait until 2012 to apply to law school?

Or, even if the probation is erased off my record, am I obliged to reveal it?

Thank you.

Law School Applications / 'harder' majors and GPA?
« on: October 01, 2006, 11:17:52 PM »
So obviously a 3.9 in Engineering or the hard sciences is much more impressive (at least in my mind, at my school) than a 3.9 in (no offense) say, cultural anthropology. I mean, there are plenty of 3.8 students at my school but they are the humanities or social science majors; i know plenty of sub 3.5 kids in engineering, etc.

Do law schools take into account the 'rigor' of your major at your particular institution?

Also, I found out that my school has an average of 3.3 GPA across the board... so this means the 'grade inflation rate' is a slightly sub average GIR. Harvard has a 3.6? and really low school have an average of 3.1....

But yes, back to the question: do law schools consider a 4.0 in a 'hard major' more valuable than a 4.0 in a 'bull major'?

Law School Applications / 'why law school' for applicants out of ug
« on: September 30, 2006, 03:36:06 PM »
Our school hosted a mock admissions discussion recently with admissions officers from four top ten law schools. we discussed four anonymous real candidates and in the end, most people preferred this one candidate. i tried to figure out why this candidate was so unanimously appealing over the others, and i am convinced that i liked her best (although the other three were also very competitive) because she had almost ten years of work experience after ug. She had a lot to offer because she had done extensive work in a foreign country in the area that drew her, and i could see exactly how a law degree would enhance her career.

Do applicants coming straight out of undergraduate even deserve to mention why they want to go to law school? I think none of us really know, nor have pressing circumstances to show exactly why law school is for them.

Studying for the LSAT / when should i take it?
« on: September 23, 2006, 04:10:06 AM »
hi, guys,
i'm a junior in college and almost decided on going to law school after graduation.
should i take the LSAT in september of my senior fall or before then ?
i just want to avoid the traffic and mad rush to take the lsat and go to law school mode that seniors get into...
on the other hand, i might want to spend next summer preparing?

what do you think?

Personal Statement / as an undergrad...
« on: September 16, 2006, 02:43:22 PM »
Hi, guys. So I'm coming straight out of undergrad, have somewhat non-traditional major but also double-majoring in History... I feel that my PS will not be something out of this world because I will not be taking any time off between school and going to law school. I do have my own beliefs about things and maybe have acted on these beliefs in a number of instances, but i do not have confidence in differentiating myself in my PS. Am I having overly high expectations of myself and this PS?

for instance, i am thinking that my law school PS will have similar themes as my college applications essays had, if it is appropriate to compare...

Personal Statement / Am I Diversity Statement material or not??
« on: September 16, 2006, 02:28:43 AM »
So ethnically, racially, I am not that interesting...
But I am Roman Catholic and spent my childhood living in Italy. Parents are diplomats so I lived in a few different places and dabble in a couple of languages... traveled a lot. But does this really make me diverse? I am inclined to say no. My understanding is that law school Div statements can also serve the purpose of 'affirmative action' is that correct?

Personal Statement / college admissions essay vs. Law school PS
« on: July 31, 2006, 10:38:50 AM »
Hi, everyone,

I have been spending the summer coaching high school kids on writing college application essays. While I am learning a lot myself about writing 'personal statements' by helping these students, I am not sure how to proceed with my own PS for law school. I presume that the basic elements of a college essay would also apply to a law school PS: sincerity, realism, maturity, etc. What, then, could you say are some of the most important distinctions between a college admissions 'essay' and a law school PS? Professionalism? A real focus (as opposed to wanting to do Econ as an undergrad)?



Law School Applications / work/intern vs. community service??
« on: June 24, 2006, 11:10:54 PM »

I am looking into a number of different things for this winter and the next summer. I am not particularly 'pre-professional,' and have come to think of internships as 'bs filler' or worthless for my purposes ('consulting' this summer but i find this a bore) as i am unqualified for any finance or natural sciences internships.

if you had to pick one or the other, do law schools prefer internships or community service??

Law School Applications / good GPA, LSAT... but need more?
« on: May 29, 2006, 10:40:54 AM »

I have a 3.9 GPA from a top 10 undergrad school, and it looks like i will be scoring 175 + on the LSATs. i have some extracurriculars, but mostly school positions (no internships or worldly volunteer experience)... do i need those incredibly fancy ECs to get to Yale or Harvard?

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