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Where should I go next fall? / Re: How do you view my GPA?
« on: November 17, 2007, 03:08:24 AM »
I heard that foreign GPA won't be included in the calculation of the law school GPA for US news ranking. can anyone confirm this?

I believe that in your case, it will be counted as a "no gpa". after all, even in the case of a 4.0 scale it's unfair to compare systems of different countries. The adcomm might or might not have their own scale to calculate what your 86% means, but they will definitely take into account your "above average" classification. 

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I know quite a bunch of people who did biglaw (or worked at law firm) before taking up teaching. seems like a little difficult for them to go into teaching immediately, no?

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Do Rhodes Scholars Intimidate You?
« on: November 16, 2007, 09:29:34 AM »
actually, I first formed a bad impression for rhodes scholar (this is bad, considering that I have not met that many) when on a messageboard that is supposed to be anonymous I stumbled across various posts by a rhodes scholar, two years my junior, from my undergrad. college. Don't tell me how I found out -- I have forgotten -- but I am sure it was him.

well, that was not long after he had completed his two-year program at oxford, and started a career at a management consulting firm (McK). He was quite a jerk on the anonymous messageboard, belittling almost everyone who is not in his profession (such as labelling all school teachers as incapable .... and all government officers as mediocre as he was earning much more than they do) I was quite shocked -- 'cos my impression of him was quite favourable (even though I did not find him particularly smart).

Frankly speaking, even though I am not particularly humble, I cannot imagining myself belittling all people in certain professions like the way he did. I can only imagine myself making outrageous and outraged comments on certain people who had wronged me in the past. So I really couldn't see why a person, whose life has been easy, making such comments.

his story continued ... for some reason, he was not working with McK 2-3 years later. Now he's working with a large company, which does not pay very well, and his position is not something like the director ....

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Do Rhodes Scholars Intimidate You?
« on: November 16, 2007, 09:13:11 AM »
I agree on the "more drive than you" part.
by the way, I read somewhere that certain critics actually believe that the Rhodes scholar might share some negative characteristics: the winners must come across as very presentable and "smooth" and this sometimes does mean they have to compartmentalize certain facets of their selves (this is quite close to how the critics put it, though I have forgotten the exact wording). But that means the person is less humane and less a human.

I actually have met at least 1-2 rhodes scholars who are not particularly impressive. whether you got it or not, after all, depends on luck.

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another thing: in the statistical chart of some schools, the hispanic/ black categories and the international categories seem to be mutually exclusive. I heard that law schools are concerned with whether the students can be placed in the urm categories in their stat's ..... so being international urm will not help ....

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I am asking on behalf of my aspiring friends, who live in Asia, but are mixed (hispanic and other asian races) ..... ;D

There is a rationale of not counting foreign URM, 'cos the AA policy supposedly apply to and protect US citizens (?!) I am not sure about this.

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no, I heard from someone that international status and URM are mutually exclusive, while others say that foreign URM are considered URM at some schools.

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Law School Applications / which school recognize(s) foreign URM as URM
« on: October 27, 2007, 05:42:27 AM »
which schools recognize foreign URM (i.e. hispanic/ black ... who are not US citizens) as URM?

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Law School Applications / major illness: a good soft factor
« on: October 24, 2007, 02:21:58 PM »
I read from another forum that overcoming a major obstacle, like a major illness, can be a great soft factor. Is it true?
I had a major surgery as an adolescent, and did take quite a long time to fully recover; everybody said I was brave and tough and all that, though I did not feel like I suffered that much 'cos I was taken well care of (now I look back I do find myself tough as I was so young then!) Do you think this should make a great personal story, provided that this is not given as an excuse for bad GPA? (I got a good gpa)

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Law School Applications / Re: Questions from an international student
« on: October 17, 2007, 03:51:22 AM »
I have known quite a no of foreign citizens getting into top law schools for JD. None of them really have background in law. as long as you are good, you will get into a few good ones.

I have sent emails to some schools, and even my advisor told me that law schools look for diversity and internatioanl students. It does not mean that they will just admit anyone, though.

Yes, as long as you can get into good schools, you can find good jobs in the U.S. some people get transferred back to their own countries since their companies have branches.

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