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You're sure about that?

Ya, I'm pretty obsessed about Boalt (it's my #1 choice) so I've been going over their website and application and I've never come across anything about a statement of purpose.  They are infamous for their 4 page PS though.  If someone can supply a link about a statement of purpose that would be great. 

Yeah, that was my mistake. You're right.  Sorry about that - I wasn't looking at the right section.

Duke allows a Diversity Statement.  In addition to the required P.S., there's an optional essay which can focus on Diversity or an Academic element.

Berkeley asks for a Statement of Purpose.

Law School Admissions / Re: Grade Inflation
« on: July 14, 2006, 11:47:31 AM »
I'm told on the academic report that the GPA and average score is INSF.  Great.


(Sorry if this is very obvious, and I'm just not seeing it)

On another note, and I posted this somewhere else, I think it's a really good idea to ask your profs now, before school starts and their time will be very precious. They are probably not doing much during the summer other than catching up on reading, writing, and attending seminars. Make their job easier by asking early, then you won't have to pester them later when your application is still incomplete come November.

I agree, it would be ideal, but since the recommenders need to fill out the LSAC forms, and I wanted to give them envelopes/postage, I feel like it would be better to drop that off in person rather than mail it all. 

Would it work to e-mail the profs soon, sort of as a heads up?  To ask them if they would be willing to write one, tell them when I need it, and tell them that I need to drop extra materials off to them when school begins?  That way, I could notify them sooner, but still have a meeting with them before the letter is actually sent out.

Law School Admissions / Re: College Classes in HS--Transcripts?
« on: July 13, 2006, 07:52:34 AM »
Yes, you have to send them.  Any class which you received college credit for you have to report.  I'm in the same boat - took college classes in HS and basically forgot about them until now.

You also will have to add them on LSDAS, even if you've already registered.  According to a FAQ list, LSAC says:

"How can I add a school that I forgot to list on my LSDAS registration?

You cannot add a school or additional coursework online. Send an e-mail to with a request to add the information or fax your request to 215.968.1119. Include your name, LSAC account number or Social Security number, the name of the school, the level (undergraduate or graduate), and the dates attended."

Under Online Services, in the LOR section, LSAC states:

"LSAC will send your general letters to law schools in the order in which they are received (up to the number required or preferred by the law school)."

Here's my issue:  I'm going to ask my current employer for a LOR fairly soon.  But I won't see my profs until mid to late August.  If my employer's letter gets there first, does that mean it will go out with every application?  But what about schools that require academic letters and accept others?  Can I ask LSAC to change this?

Law School Admissions / Law School Forum?
« on: July 11, 2006, 01:03:00 PM »
I just registered for this weekend's law school forum in DC (after reading about it on another thread - thanks  :)).  I've never been to one or even heard about one until ten minutes ago. Is it professional or casual dress?  Are the workshops worth going to? Any advice on how to make the most out of it? 

Here's a little of my background - I'm from a rural area, family is technically lower class, with a complex family structure.  I was going to write my diversity statement (for the schools that need it) about growing up in that environment.  But I was also considering talking about those elements in my personal statement.  Should I leave those topics to the DS?  Could I focus on the socioeconomic status that I grew up with in my PS but still address other personal issues in my diversity statement?  Any help is greatly appreciated!  Thank you!

Law School Admissions / Early Action
« on: July 07, 2006, 06:48:41 AM »
This may seem like it's been addressed a lot, but bear with me.

I know that everyone says that applying early helps you.  So, would you recommend applying early just in general or specifically applying Early Action if the option is available?

Although I believe that applying early in general helps, can EA ever hurt you?  For example, Duke's website states that, "Early action applicants are judged on a higher than normal standard since we must make decisions before the size and quality of the rest of the pool of applications is known."  So, if my stats are already average (for Duke), will EA help or not?  Are there other schools which have similar policies?

Law School Admissions / PT Work Experience - list all?
« on: June 30, 2006, 11:12:49 AM »
Hey everyone,

On applications they ask for any work experience, including PT.  I've had a variety of jobs since I was 16, but most of it isn't very relevant - food service, retail, etc.  Should I list these jobs on my app/resume?  Do they care WHERE I was working, or just if I was in general?

Also - how far back should I go?  I had a job at the Red Cross (summer: FT, school year: PT) which was incredible for over a year in high school.  But is that too far back? 


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