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Law School Admissions / Re: Leaving work for law school?
« on: January 22, 2007, 11:14:32 AM »
Just to add a positive experience to this chronicle, I was actually extremely surprised at how accomodating my supervisors were when I told them my intentions.  My original plan was to quit my job and go full time, but when I discussed this with my boss she was really eager to see if they could work out a half time schedule if I was willing to go to school just part time.  When we discussed it with her boss, he was as excited as I was, offered to write me a letter of rec., and even looked (unsuccessfully) into letting me keep my benefits if I stayed on at a part time schedule.  We have now worked out an arrangement by which I will work part time for a very decent wage, go to LS part time (it'll cost me an extra year but it's well worth it for what I'll save by having a great paying job during LS), and pick up extra hours at full pay whenever class is not in session. If I had hidden my intentions from them, none of this would have happened.  I happen to work in a rather trusting and open culture but I just thought I'd note that there can be real benefits to being upfront with your employer when you can.

Law School Admissions / Re: Anyone heard from Penn State?
« on: January 19, 2007, 01:43:08 PM »
Can't say for sure but based on my reports, it looks like they pull them every other Monday.  LSAC says that my first report went out Mon. 11/20 and my extra LOR went out Mon 12/4.  That doesn't establish much of a pattern but it's something.  Their admissions office does seem to be extra friendly.  You could probably just call and ask.

Law School Admissions / Re: Anyone heard from Penn State?
« on: January 18, 2007, 09:48:55 AM »
Congrats on the acceptance! I got mine last Friday and I'm 93% sure I'll be attending at the Carlisle Campus in the fall  ;D

Law School Admissions / Re: Assorted Letters o' Rec Questions
« on: January 16, 2007, 11:55:55 AM »
Just another quick note to add to what has already been suggested:

When I asked for letters of Rec, I did as the previous poster suggested and made a folder of all the pertinent information that they would need to write the letter.  I also went back and found the best examples of the work I had done for that professor and included copies to refresh their memory as to exactly who I was.  For me, this was just papers, but it could include any exams, labs, or presentation media that they could reflect on as they write the letter.  The more detail about yourself that you can put in their head, the better.

Law School Admissions / Re: Penn State Invitation in Philly anyone?
« on: January 08, 2007, 11:44:47 AM »
I was wondering the same thing.  I applied but I also gave my name and address to the rep at the DC forum last year.  I'm thinking that might be the "select" and "expressed interest" part.  Perhaps this means we're not even close to hearing decisions out of them?

Law School Admissions / Re: Letter from Brooklyn Law school
« on: January 08, 2007, 07:39:16 AM »
While I can't say that it is "innapriopriate" for a LS to do this, it is somewhat rediculous.  Essentially, what they are telling you in that letter is "We think you're smart enough to go to our school and do well, but we can't take you unless you get an arbitrary 2 pt. swing on your LSAT score to keep our averages up in the eyes of USNWR."  If such arbitrary rankings are the main consideration of this school's admissions officials, are you sure that this is where you would really want to study?

Law School Admissions / Anyone heard from Penn State?
« on: January 05, 2007, 08:18:59 AM »
From the looks of the LSN profiles it looks like they seriously drag their feet on sending out decisions, and I never even got one of those little cards that other schools sent saying "You're complete."  Anybody heard a peep out of Penn State?

Law School Admissions / Re: Where can I get my criminal record?
« on: December 17, 2006, 08:52:58 PM »
I think that the schools generally word the question in a way that lets you know exactly what they want to hear.  In my case, I had a dismissed infraction (open container citation).  Since there was no conviction, I did not have to put it on any apps that asked "have you ever been convicted of a crime?" but I did put it on apps that asked "have you ever been charged with a crime?"  In one case, I recall the question even being something along the line of "have you ever been formally accused of anything other than a minor traffic violation?"  That one was pretty clear.

My (completely unqualified) advice:  It is unlikely that you will be penalized if you put down something that the school did not intend to hear about.  They will likely read your addendum, say to themselves "that's nice but I could care less about your trespassing citation" and consider the rest of your application appropriately.  If, however, you neglect something that they DID intend to hear about, you could spend an awful lot of time and money to get a law degree that you will never get to use.  Just write an addenudum that lists the violation, the date and location where it happened, and the penalty (a small fine).  Beyond that, you will of course want a seperate addendum about how you have moved past the rest of your former mistakes and why this won't happen again.  Just give them the complete picture and let them figure it out: better to get dinged now by a school than dinged later by the bar. 

Law School Admissions / Re: Temple Beasley Scholar
« on: December 15, 2006, 04:20:34 PM »
I got my acceptance to Temple today but no $$$.  With my numbers I'm happy to just get in :-) (162- 3.08)

Studying for the LSAT / Re: CRY BABY GEEKS
« on: December 13, 2006, 06:56:48 AM »
Barbie, you're giving away all the secrets!  Someone has to be miserable in 80+ hr/week big law jobs while the rest of us are on ski vacations.  Geez, you're going to ruin it for everyone ;D

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