Personal Statements, Resumes, and Letters of Recommendation / Re: How do you emphasize LSAT scores in a PS?« on: August 13, 2004, 10:45:54 AM »
dubris, I'm in the same boat. Not-so-great GPA, great LSAT. I, too, have 5 years WE. So in my PS, I wrote exclusively about my WE and how it shaped my desire to go to law school. I mentioned undergrad in 2 sentences. I talked at length with an admissions officer at Georgetown who told me that law schools generally place high value on substantive work experience, since these applicants tend to be more focused and know exactly what they want out of a legal education. He said that the more distance you have from undergrad (time and experience), the less your GPA will matter in admissions. He suggested to me, as I will to you, to make the PS bring out the personal qualities that were gained/improved by work experience. Show how your experience has focused your ambitions and motivated you specifically for a career in law. If you can demonstrate a trend of increasing responsibilities in your job, even better. Getting this into your resume without laundry-listing your resume will help emphasize the length of time that has passed since your undergrad and lessen the severity of a poor GPA. If you want some ideas and send me your email address, I can send you my PS.