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For a year, I worked for one manager. She and I talked often and she knew a lot about my goals, gave me a very positive performance review along with an on-the-spot bonus for excellent performance. However, two months ago she moved to another office in another city. Is it still OK to get her to write a recommendation rather than my current boss who barely knows me?

Also, I am pretty sure she has never written a recommendation for law school before. What do I need to tell her about it? What does it need to say, what info should I provide her with, etc.?

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General Off-Topic Board / Law & Order
« on: September 29, 2004, 06:58:00 PM »
So, who watches this show? I have no interest at all in being a trial lawyer, let alone a DA, but I love L&O. I get sucked into those stupid marathons on TNT where they run one episode straight into another so you keep watching. Chill out TV time will be one thing I'll miss when I'm in law school.

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Law School Admissions / Financial aid and independence?
« on: September 29, 2004, 01:51:45 PM »
Here's another question. How do schools take into account your financial status if you have been out of school and are financially independent from your parents? When I am applying for financial aid from schools, I will have been out of school and working (and paying my own taxes) for over three years. My parents do not support me at all anymore, so how can schools take their income into account?

On the Georgetown site it says this:
"For full-time J.D. institutional aid applicants who are able to document their financial independence for a minimum specified amount of time from their parent(s) with federal tax records (both student and parent), this loan may be approved to replace the lesser of either the calculated parent contribution, or the annual maximum of $6,000. In addition, applicants must submit a notarized application and statement affirming their claim of independence. "

Does anyone know what that specified amount of time is?

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Law School Admissions / When should I apply? for 2005 or 2006?
« on: September 29, 2004, 10:15:41 AM »
Hi, I'm new around here, but you all seem very helpful, so I'm asking your advice.

I've decided that I want to go to law school for communication/media law (especially international comm law). Right now I am working on a M.A. in Communication (my B.A. is in a romance language, graduated '03). Spring semester '05 will be my last semester of coursework, then I plan to finish my thesis and graduate in December of '05. (I also work full-time during the day, though in an unrelated, non-impressive job).

I really, really want to go to either NYU or Columbia for a number of reasons (not just because they are excellent schools). I think my application is solid, but not a shoo-in for those schools.
So, my question is: do I apply for Fall of 2005, even though I know I would have to defer until Fall 2006? This would give me an extra chance to apply the next year if I don't get in. Or do I just wait and apply Fall of 2006?

Any advice or comments would be appreciated - thanks!

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