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Personal Statement / Referencing current case law to make my point...
« on: October 10, 2007, 07:43:35 AM »
...I'm a non-traditional coming from an IT background.  I'd like to argue for the utility of someone with my skill set in the legal community by pointing out recent cases that were lost due to poor technical knowledge of the attorney/team.  That to properly represent individuals in these cases requires both skill in the law and the technology behind it, and as we become increasingly a digital society this will become increasingly in demand.

Is this a wise approach?

Oh.. and that I hope to milk mega-national corporations as I sift through each and every e-mail sent in the past 5 years to ascertain their applicability to a case while in the discovery phase for untold number of hours at $300 per.


Law School Applications / Re: What to take to Forums??
« on: October 10, 2007, 07:31:30 AM »
$50 to go hit one of the bars.

I was disappointed in the forums.  I sat through the admissions presentation and nothing was said that was any bit informative that common sense couldn't deduce.  There was very little that I learned from walking around that I couldn't have learned in a 10 minute phone call to the university or from their website. 

Plus, so so many people walking around in suits on a Saturday afternoon.  Am I to believe that someone showing up in a suit like the other 1/2 will leave some sort of lasting impression that'll make you stand out when they read your application?

Non-Traditional Students / Re: PS for Non-trads
« on: October 10, 2007, 07:16:56 AM »
I haven't written my PS yet, but yes I plan on addressing this. 

I'm not necessarily looking to escape my current career, which is in IT, altogether.  However I'd like to focus on areas of law that relate to IT topics, such as online speech/defamation, security/privacy, software licensing, etc.  From people I've spoken to and some recent cases, lawyers with a background and knowledge here are particularly useful right now. 

I've thought of referencing specific  cases that I've read about, and the incompetency of the legal team regarding technical issues that led to a defeat, and why someone with my background is needed in the legal community as a whole. 

I'm wondering if I should state my true personal goal... "I hope to milk large corporations as I read each and every internal e-mail for the past 10 years for applicability towards a pending case in the the discovery phase for an ungodly amount of hours at $300/per.  Cha-Ching baby!"

I would have to guess that it is for 'security', which would assume cursive is more reliable for ascertaining the authenticity of the author.  Personally I'd think printing would work just as well, there's got to be enough various idiosyncrasies that you could use to confirm authorship.  I also think a good artist would be able to train them self in someones handwriting and be able to forge the certifying statement, so this is hardly a reliable practice to begin with.  Hell even the thumb print can be forged (a web search will bring up an article of how to make a fake finger print you can make that you can put on your finger).

Anyhow, I managed to suffer through writing it out.  It took me a while since I did each word quite slowly and meticulously as I had to consciously think how to write out each word. 

I'm probably going to include a letter stating my objection to the practice.  As an older student who hasn't been forced to use cursive in over 20 years, this seems to be discriminatory and that they should have indicated a need for cursive writing prior to my taking the test so that I could have practiced it.  The results added an additional level of stress throughout the taking of the exam as I worried that I had printed the certifying statement, and all of my work would end up for naught.  Even if this caused me a slight distraction causing me to get a few questions incorrect, that could have a huge impact on my score and what school I get in, and my earning potential for the rest of my life.  In fact, I think I have a multi-million dollar lawsuit.

Studying for the LSAT / Certifying Statement - Whats with the cursive?
« on: October 09, 2007, 06:45:45 PM »
What is up with the certifying statement, and why must it be in cursive rather than printed?

I easily have not used cursive for anything more than my sloppy signature for well over 20 years.  On the day of the test, I wasn't even able get through the word 'certify' and I just decided to print it.  I received a letter that they insist on my handwriting the declaration. 

Cursive writing is dead.  Period.  This is a bull requirement. 

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