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Law School Admissions / Re: Am i on the right track?
« on: January 11, 2013, 07:42:43 AM »
Put in a little effort with the international students club regularly. It's good to show some depth and breadth in student activities. You don't need to commit to dozens of hours a week but it can show that you are someone who's from a different background and tries to help others. Obviously being a URM is a huge help.

Generally, if you are still in school, law schools are interested in letters of rec from Professors, but it could help to have 1 LOR talking about how hard you've worked during school. The important part is to ask your boss or whoever writes the letter to talk about your capacity for success in law school. Something like "applicant works very hard here at work and in school, has been able to do so while being a good employee and keeping gpa up, has good organizational skills," whatever. After a while letters of rec read the same to adcomm members and they are only a soft factor, but every but helps and could be the difference between wait listed accepted and wait listed rejected at your dream schools.

I guess i can use the lack of interest in the to my advantage by taking it seriously and standing out more. Thanks for the advice.

I think I'm gonna focus on GPA and LSAT and 2-3 long term extra curricula's ( campus newspaper, reading clinic tutor, and the international students club) and not focus so much on internships because it is stressing me out way too much.

Law School Admissions / Re: Am i on the right track?
« on: January 10, 2013, 06:55:35 AM »
I am part of the campus newspaper starting this semester in order to add a solid activity. I am also the PR rep for an international students club but it is very disorganized, and interest is very small, no one takes it seriously so I'm thinking that it is not worth the effort to continue with that club in the future. Also, are recommendation letters from your job acceptable/a good idea to send in? I mean I know that if someone works at a starbucks or mcdonalds for a while and gets a good recommendation from a manager it probably doesn't carry any weight. However, i have worked at the same restaurant/coffee shop for 3 years now and plan on working there for the next two years until i complete my undergrad work. It is a well-known local establishment with tons of business and I've worked there since i was 16, so i feel like my boss has a pretty good grasp on my character and work ethic. Is that acceptable?

Law School Admissions / Am i on the right track?
« on: January 05, 2013, 04:28:14 PM »
I hope it isn't a faux-pas to post this in this section; I'm new to the forum. But I have recently decided that law school is what i want to do after undergrad. However, i come from a single parent home in which education isn't a big deal so i have no real context on what i should be doing. I was a terrible high school student. I graduated with a 2.8 gpa and 24 act from high school. I got into a very small ( around 1200 students) Christian liberal arts university that is tier 2 and not very well known at all.  I got tired of being a mediocre student and decided to really work hard and prove myself during my undergrad years and make the jump to a good law school. I am not obsessed with a T14. I would of course like to go to a top 14 LS but i would be happy going somewhere at least decent. Apart from the T14s I would also like to go to a school like Saint louis University, Chicago-Kent, etc. I am really confused because my academic advisors at school say that law schools want someone active in the community....but everything that i read online says that softs don't really matter. Heres how i stand:

-currrent sophomore
-history major/econ minor 3.75 GPA ( shooting for a 3.8 at least by the time i apply to LS)
-havent taken the LSAT but shooting for AT LEAST  a 160 (of course higher would be preferable)
-I work at a coffee shop/restaurant 30+ hours a week to pay for school.
-I volunteer at a reading clinic for middle schoolers twice a week.
-Im a URM student (i was born in Mexico, and i know that theres a slight boost to chances from that)

Should i be doing more? i feel like the pressure is on to find great internships and do more volunteer work but I'm already working a lot so i don't know how i can fit in a demanding internship or more volunteering. I am considering writing for the campus newspaper, and maybe starting a debate team or participating in intercollegiate legislature. I enjoy all of this things but i don't want to add unnecessary stress to an already full plate. Am I on the right track to getting into a good law school? what else should i be doing?

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