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Messages - Gretchen W.

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Law School Admissions / Re: I'm screwed!
« on: January 11, 2007, 06:28:06 PM »
Well, what would you suggest, Mr. KnowItAll?

Why is everyone around here so mean?

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Law School Admissions / Re: I'm screwed!
« on: January 11, 2007, 06:08:15 PM »
Why are you applying for this cycle?

I know people think this is said too often on LSD, but seriously. Take the time to figure this all out, write really good explanations for everything you listed, and go for next cycle.

As to how to explain your LSAT absence, be honest. You didn't realize/forgot to cancel and didn't think it would show up. Shouldn't be the biggest deal.

This seems like very reasonable advice.

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Law School Admissions / Re: I'm screwed!
« on: January 11, 2007, 05:56:23 PM »
What's Cooley?

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What kind of job responsibility did you have? Did you have to work long hours as a summer associate?

are you asking about my firm or legal aid experience? they were quite different.

Wow, well I'd really like to hear about both, though I think I personally would be more likely to go into a firm job.

legal aid gave me a surprising amount of responsibility, given my status as a relatively unsavvy 1L. i was responsible for the complete case management of about 6-10 cases over the course of the summer. this means that i basically did all the client contact, all the legal research, was responsible for all the filings, memos, briefs, etc. my biggest project was writing appellate brief in support of an asylum application, but i also filed petitions under the violence against women act, attended court, collected evidence, conducted intake interviews and attended immigration interviews. the hours expected were 9-5, 5 days a week, but i often stayed late, not because i felt obligated but because i got attached to my clients and wanted to spend more time beefing up their cases.

the firm gig was pretty different.

firm 1: i did about 6 memos there. mostly boring stuff, tons of legal research. one 10 state survey on whether the sale of securities in an entity whose sole asset is real estate constitutes the sale of real estate and requires a real estate broker's license. there were social events every day after work. happy hours, dinners, outings, etc. you basically had to attend to get to know the lawyers in the groups you liked to that they  would "pull" for you. this got daunting sometimes. generally, if you did your work and didn't blow off deadlines, you were fine.

firm 2: got to do some slighly more interesting work there. well, at least not just memos. i got to do survey review, write client letters, review leases, stuff like that. also got a couple of pro bono immigration cases, which were lots of fun. less social stuff there, because the firm was less wealthy, but i kinda liked that because i could actually have time to myself and my friends in the afternoons.

firm hours were generally 9-5, but there was much more face time than at legal aid. and, of course, i expected that i would be working much more once i started there, which was not true of legal aid, where everyone left at 5 on the dot.

Wow, thanks for the info.

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Maybe you could write a diversity statement about how hard it is to be beautiful? I think it would compliment your PS nicely.

Hmm, I did think of that, but I'm very modest and not sure that I'm quite beautiful enough. I've done some pageants, but I'm always runner up.

next time try accessorizing with a fox draped over your shoulder

you could be my pageant coach.

when it's time for the talent portion,
you could do a logic game or two

that would be pretty entertaining for the audience.

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Maybe you could write a diversity statement about how hard it is to be beautiful? I think it would compliment your PS nicely.

Hmm, I did think of that, but I'm very modest and not sure that I'm quite beautiful enough. I've done some pageants, but I'm always runner up.

next time try accessorizing with a fox draped over your shoulder

you could be my pageant coach.

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Maybe you could write a diversity statement about how hard it is to be beautiful? I think it would compliment your PS nicely.

Hmm, I did think of that, but I'm very modest and not sure that I'm quite beautiful enough. I've done some pageants, but I'm always runner up.

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Wow, I didn't read this thread but I could tell how helpful it would be from the title. Here's the first paragraph of my ps:

I was born in a rundown shack in a bad part of town. My mom was a poor single woman who ended up abandoning me at the nearest fire station. It tore me up for a long time deep down inside to think of the squalid and difficult life I would have had if my birth mother hadn't given me up. Yet, I know the decision was probably difficult for her as she would likely have been eligible for additional federal programs had she kept me. My goal in becoming a lawyer is to change the way our federal aid is dispursed, so that no young mother should ever have difficulty making a choice to give her baby up to better, richer parents. In my federal aid program young mothers will be given 10k for doing the right thing and sending their beautiful but poor babies on to better, happier and more prestigious lives. 

Honestly, it is tough to improve on that.

Wow, thanks, I did get an A in my freshman writing composition class.

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What kind of job responsibility did you have? Did you have to work long hours as a summer associate?

are you asking about my firm or legal aid experience? they were quite different.

Wow, well I'd really like to hear about both, though I think I personally would be more likely to go into a firm job.

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