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Law School Admissions / Re: Should I wait before law school?
« on: October 20, 2004, 08:16:13 AM »
Wait.  Double major in something difficult or business or something, or go abroad for a year.  I started college at 16, and while I was ready for that, law school is a little different than college.  Law schools want emotional maturity.  The law profession requires it.  And trust me, it sucks to graduate from college and not be able to drink.  If you want to go ahead and graduate in two or three years, that's fine, but try and work for a while first.  If you can work for a judge or as a legal secretary for a big firm, that will look even better on law school apps.  I speak from experience.  I graduated in May, turned 21 in September, and I'm taking a year off, working for the state Court of Appeals.  I think it's better for me personally (I'm also getting married in December, so I do have some emotional maturity) and professionally (I'm meeting judges I can clerk with during the summers and bulking up my resume).  Regardless, wait until your at least 20 or 21 to apply, and take advantage of the opportunities you have as an undergrad (it'll be your last chance to really goof off without having to study too hard).

Law School Admissions / Re: Phi Beta Kappa
« on: October 20, 2004, 08:04:21 AM »
Call your school.  If the school has an honors college, they'll probably know who runs Phi Beta Kappa, and information services might, too.  They should have a list.

not nearly as interesting as it sounds...but the work was on the unvirgining of virgins

I doubt anyone reading these essays would assume YOU'RE mentally ill just because someone in your family was.  That would be like assuming the guy who wrote about raising his brother's kids was a drug addict because his brother was.

What do you think they would do if you were mentally ill, but could still do well in law school? Do you think there is a stigma still attached to diseases such as severe depression/anxiety or the like. I think I could write a great personal statement on what it is like to grow up "sick" but the last thing I need are anymore red flags, especially since the ps is suppose to be positves. But what if mental illness caused you to be a better person?

I honestly don't know.  My guess is that as of yet, the majority of the population, including Average Joe Adcomm, is not educated enough about mental illness to understand how these things can be regulated.  Of course, I think some things are worse than others--talking about an overcome LD may not be as bad as talking about overcoming schizophrenia.  If it's been a major influence in your life, I might put it in an addenda, but I don't think I'd make it my PS.

Ok, one of my old profs just forwarded me the LOR he wrote.  I've worked for this guy for three years and he wrote about a page for my letter.  The letter's not bad, it's just that he wrote two paragraphs on results of a study I did for him (pretty technical results on my senior thesis, which just happens to be about sex, and I was trying to avoid mentioning that in the application).  What should I do?  Anybody else had a similar experience?

Thanks for the advice.  I think I may just put this in the separate essays that ask if there's anything that affected my schooling.  I mean, it's important, but I dont' want to focus on it.

ok, wierdness...i keep hearing section 2 was experimental, but my layout was RC, AR, LR, AR, LR.  So, any guesses on to what was experimental?  did anyone else have this layout?

Seriously though, is it a good idea to put "bad" stuff in your personal statement?  I mean, I'm kinda worried about sounding a little too negative.  Both my parents are a little nutty, and my dad has been in and out of hospitals for clinical depression most of his life.  Sure, his trying to kill himself a couple of times has had on impact on who I am, and because of his craziness I've had to put myself through school, but I'm afraid I'll come off as the psychopath.  Thoughts?

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