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Personal Statement / Re: Looking for Readers >
« on: February 10, 2008, 05:06:52 PM »
I'm happy to read it. PM it to me!

Fantastic - I just sent it your way via PM.  Thanks again.

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Personal Statement / Re: Looking for Readers >
« on: February 10, 2008, 01:42:53 PM »
One last UP before I make this thing final this afternoon and send it out.

I've incorporated several changes recommended by the readers who have been kind enough to offer their advice already, so I think this thing is fairly polished - just looking for that last review.

If someone has time like to check it out and offer advice this afternoon, post here or PM me and I'll get it to you right away.

Thanks again.

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Thank you so much for the input.

I'm still leaning against the addendum.  I will be including a copy of my CV/resume since my target school offers that as an optional attachment.  Instead of a letter of "excuses", I figured a document showing my improvements over the years should suffice.

I'm above the 75th percentile in LSAT, but about 0.2 points below the 25th percentile in UGPA at my target school.

If others have a take on this, I'm still open to hearing them...

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Personal Statement / Re: Looking for Readers >
« on: February 09, 2008, 09:17:09 PM »
We have somewhat similar soft factors. I'd be glad to read it.

Thanks in advance!  I just sent it your way via PM.

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Personal Statement / Re: Looking for Readers >
« on: February 09, 2008, 09:13:06 PM »
Thank you ^both^ very much - I just sent you each a PM with the statement.  Be brutally honest in your assessment - that's what I'm looking for!

If any other readers would like to take a look, PM me or post here - I'm looking to finalize it by Sunday afternoon.

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Law School Applications / Re: Want I want out of a Law Career...Reasonable?
« on: February 08, 2008, 08:46:00 AM »
Thank you all for such valuable input - it has been very helpful.

If anyone here is willing to review my PS both for content and style, I'd greatly appreciate it.  I posted in the PS forum, but got few takers.  Just PM me or post here - it would mean a lot to get some more input on it.

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Personal Statement / Re: Looking for Readers >
« on: February 07, 2008, 08:43:37 PM »
I'm still seeking more readers...if anyone would be willing, I'd be very grateful.  Just post or PM me and I'll get it to you this evening or in the morning.

Thanks!

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Law School Applications / Re: Want I want out of a Law Career...Reasonable?
« on: February 07, 2008, 11:45:00 AM »
But as someone who thrives on an intellectual challenge, I know law - in theory - would be a great option for me.

this should be your greatest concern. law =/= an intellectually challenging profession.  the lifestyle concerns you can adjust around, the fact that legal practice is generally uninspiring you can't.  if you are outcome-'passionate' about a particular issue, go for it.  if you're not and are counting on the law itself to be your passion, think carefully.

While I acknoweldge it may not be an inspiring career - I am at least somewhat aware of the realities there - I do still hope that it'll be challenging and stimulating.  With such an emphasis on analysis, reasoning, and strong communication skills, the intellectual stimulation/challenge seems likely...but feel free to correct me on that if you think otherwise - that's why I'm writing is to get others' perspectives.

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Law School Applications / Re: Want I want out of a Law Career...Reasonable?
« on: February 07, 2008, 10:49:40 AM »
Thanks for all the great input guys - It is very appreciated.

I do now realize that I should have posted this in one of the other forums - not prelaw...but I'm glad some people here have been able to offer persepctive on my situation and their own.

It seems as though the "Law will CONSUME YOU!" dialogue fills the discussion quite frequently, so just a little reassurance that it doesn't have to be the case is welcome.

While I certainly don't want to be at the bottom of the barrel - either in my law classes or in the career itself, I also don't want to completely lose my own identity soley to finish at the top of the class and with the highest paying job. 

I'll admit that I do want to become financially stable and make a decent income - $160K my first year by working 168 hours/week is certainly not my goal, but at the same time, I want more than to be making $45K scraping the bottom of the barrel.  It is that point in between that I'll be seeking.  Something in the middle like $75 or 85K/year after my first few years in the field and still having some time to myself and for my family is reasonable, is it not?

The 3 years of LS will be challenging but invigorating and I don't doubt that I'll be able to maintain some semblance of a normal life during that time ... it is really the rigors of the career itself that I had questions about.

Thanks again - and additional input is always welcome.

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Law School Applications / Want I want out of a Law Career...Reasonable?
« on: February 07, 2008, 09:53:06 AM »
I'm just wrapping up my applications right now (final component is completing my Personal Statement) to be finalized this week.  I've spent the last 6 months or so examining my situation and doing my best to determine what career path would be right for me.  I've read Law School Confidential, I've perused these boards for months, and I've read the viewbooks.  I'm still torn.

My current career is unfulfilling and unchallenging and it never really inspired me.  But as someone who thrives on an intellectual challenge, I know law - in theory - would be a great option for me.  I know, I know - I sound like that doosh who goes to law school just because he's not happy with his current career and only looks at law because it is something different.  But I've examinined this aspect fully and can only say that is NOT the case - I have great confidence that I'd be great at practicing law and that I'd enjoy it.  It is the constraints it would place on the rest of my life that I question.  I've also been pondering grad school for a PhD in my area of interest in the hard sciences.  My quandry is between LS and Grad School.

For some background:  I completed a hard science BS with a relatively low GPA (low 3's), worked for a couple of years, returned for my MS (4.0 GPA, although I know that doesn't count for much), and have now been working again for a few years in a profession connected to my MS.  LSAT = 161.

What I want is a career that stimulates me, motivates me, rewards me well, but that doesn't CONSUME me.  I want to be able to tackle school head-on, but not feel as though it is all I am about.  Ditto on the practice of law.

Is it reasonable to be able to attend a T1 or T2 school (my target is ranked in the 50s-60s) and do well, while not having my entire life consumed by this stuff?  Can I do a roughly 8-5 kind of day M-F and perform well?  Can I still go for a 5-mile run 4-5 days a week?  Can I still cook my own dinner for myself and my wife instead of scrambling to nuke some ramen each night?

Same goes for the career itself.  I am not gunning for BIGLAW or looking to become the next SC justice necessarily...I'm looking to make a healthy career that is invigorating and challenging, but that doesn't kill me.  I am already married and would like to start a family soon - a family that I would like to be a part of, not just the  breadwinner for (although that will be a primary role). 

Is it reasonable to think that I could still make a decent living in law but without spending every waking minute in an office?  What kind of schedule/life CAN I expect from it?  Can I enter this career but still have many evenings and weekends to spend raising a family without stress doing me in?  If so, I know that will be to the detriment of my rise through the ranks, but how much so?

Sorry for rambling on, but any thoughts/input is always welcome.  I'm getting down to crunch time in terms of making a decision, thus the analysis...

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