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You have to look at the individual application to see the scope of the questions.  Some state bar associations are more demanding than others re: what they want their law schools to ask for.  For some states, they'll want every kind of legal offense including speeding/traffic tickets.  Others will only ask about felonies or certain kinds of misdemeanors.  For some reason, the Midwestern schools I applied to asked for a lot more than the East Coast schools.

Current Law Students / Re: What's the Point of Law School?
« on: April 01, 2009, 03:05:25 PM »
...because most states have made it a requirement to be admitted to the Bar and to practice.  And think of all those poor universities that would lose their cash cow!

Current Law Students / Re: summer job ideas
« on: March 29, 2009, 05:39:42 PM »
Have you checked or for summer internships?  A lot of public interest orgs and "private public interest firms" post there. 

Are you interested in any particular specialties?

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: would you switch?
« on: March 28, 2009, 11:19:57 AM »
You either want to be a lawyer, or you don't.  Simple as that, really.  It doesn't sound like you want it.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: networking
« on: March 27, 2009, 10:10:45 PM »
Don't be afraid to approach attorneys at events, that's simply the biggest hurdle!  Keep tabs on alumni events at your school.  That's the easiest way to meet attorneys, especially those willing to mentor you and help you get a job.  They have a vested interested in seeing that students from their school do well on the job market--it enhances the school's reputation as well as theirs.  Be active in student orgs, though you don't necessarily need to be in a leadership role.  Inviting attorneys to speak at events on campus is a good way to network.

If you go to events like the CLEs beaverfuzz suggested, you can approach the speakers and thank them for their presentation before casually "interviewing" them.  You might research the speakers a bit beforehand so you can ask good questions.  Same with conferences--if you can get an attendance list beforehand, see if anyone's coming from organizations that you're interested in working for and keep an eye out for namebadges.  Of course, don't get stalkerish or get into interrogation mode, LOL

Law School Admissions / Re: D in Calculus...major problem?
« on: March 27, 2009, 09:16:06 PM »
You have a 169 LSAT, right?  You reeeeeeeeeeally don't need to worry about it, your numbers are really strong otherwise.  I failed Stats and did fine with admissions (though granted, I wasn't looking at quite the same echelon of schools as you are).  I don't think you need to bother with writing an addendum about that one class, for the reasons stated by previous posters.

Schools' Career Services or Alumni Relations/Development Offices have that info but they probably won't release that to a non-student/alumnus.  If you have friends from the schools that you're interested in, you might ask them if they can get you the info.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Employment Law
« on: March 23, 2009, 11:16:00 AM »
There's a list of schools with employment law certificates here, see "Specialized Programs" on right-hand side-

Cornell, Illinois, Wisconsin, UPenn, Hofstra, Hamline, St. John's, Northeastern, WVU and Buffalo also have good employment law classes/faculty.

Bar Exam Preparation / Re: Illinois Character and Fitness
« on: March 21, 2009, 09:12:13 AM »
It's going to be fun tracking down the "order of disposition" the bar requires- all I did was pay the ticket and it went away.

Reviving an old thread.  I got two tickets and a short license suspension (for failure to respond to a court summons I never received post-address change, rectified quickly) some years ago.  This was in a different state than where I've got my drivers license now.  The tickets/suspension are so old that they are not on my drivers record (abstract).  I don't have any paperwork now.  What am I supposed to send for "order of disposition"?

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Wisconsin vs. American
« on: March 16, 2009, 02:47:50 PM »
I guess I have a final question, which is whether or not a school's focus area or basically, what they are known for, can negatively impact your ability to get a job later.  For example, I visited Wisconsin and it seems like they are very focused on criminal law... I've heard American is known for international and human rights law.  I don't really want to go into any of those focus areas - will attending Wisconsin or American negatively impact my ability to do so?

I don't think so.  Both schools have strong reputations generally, and the areas that you listed above are pretty generic.  This is the first I've heard that Wisc is crim-focused.  Labor & employment is my specialty, and I know of a lot of grads in that field from both schools.

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