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« on: April 01, 2005, 11:40:20 PM »
i would stick with the two really good LORs and then save the third LOR just in case my app got held or I got waitlisted and the school invited me to submit additional information.
oh really? i was going to send all three right away... is it better to hold back?
« on: April 01, 2005, 11:34:57 PM »
the rec from the GSI is fine as far as an academic rec goes. in fact it's better to have a glowing rec from a TA, GSI, etc., than a mediocre rec from a full-fledged professor.
however, you may want to consider securing one more rec just in case. having 2 recs tends to be the minimum for the schools you're likely to consider. (submitting the minimum number of recs isn't bad. i only sent two with my apps and things have turned out well enough for me.) having three will be better, so long as the third rec adds something that your other recs don't contribute to your file. perhaps a rec from an employer or supervisor?
well as of now I DO have 3 LORs... 1 from a Prof, 1 from a GSI, and 1 from honors advisor...
I'm thinking about if I need a fourth.. or a third "academic" as honors academic advisor wouldn't count as "academic" as I never had a class taught by her...
for my fourth LOR, I could potentially get a decent LOR from a prof I have right now OR a letter from the director of my mentorship/volunteer program (I have doubts she could write a complete sentence much less an eloquent, detailed account of my wonderfulness) OR a letter from the general manager of the restauarant at which I worked last summer...
in truth, none of the fourth LOR options promise to be that great... I have mixed feelings about my current prof... I like my volunteer supervisor and I think she could give a nice account of my volunteer contributions, but I don't think she can write... and while my general manager always told me how many compliments she got on my work and how good of a job I always did, I also have doubts regarding her writing ability...
WHICH OF THESE OPTIONS, if any, SHOULD I PURSUE?
« on: April 01, 2005, 11:17:30 PM »
^^^ LOL... don't listen to brave in this case... you won't see too many communication majors at top law schools...
HERE IS YOUR PLAN:
1) spend all of freshman year taking a variety of intro courses that seem different, interesting, strange, unfamiliar, and/or challenging. Use these to also fulfill whatever silly requirements your institution of higher learning necessitates. This will allow you to explore a variety of subjects that you may not even know anything about and knock off some pre-reqs / crazy college reqs..
2) spend sophomore year taking some higher-level classes in those subjects that most peaked your interest freshman year... declare your major by the end of the year
3) junior... fulfill your concentration requirements and start to think about law school
4) senior... don't screw up your grades while knocking off final requirements
If you are thinking about impressing adcomms, avoid business degrees or other "vocational" degrees... strong liberal arts concentrations are always good for law school (i.e., history, polisci, philosophy, etc)... while these may not set you apart from the millions of other law school students applying to law school, they are still excellent preparatory backgrounds for law school... do well in them and adcomms will take notice... hard sciences are also good because law-types are impressed with hard sciences, probably because most law types shy away from them...
I would say, if you are sure you want to go to law school... take a hard liberal arts or science path... I would choose the specific path after exploration and on the basis of 1) interest and 2) chance of success... hopefully these two factors will coincide... ultimately, adcomms will be impressed by success in a rigorous program... get a 4.0 in engineering, history, physics, or philosophy at a solid undergrad and you will get a solid check in the box for this portion of your LS app
« on: April 01, 2005, 09:35:42 PM »
I have secured 1 professor, 1 GSI (graduate student instructor), and my honors advisor to write me recommendations... my feeling is that my GSI will write me an EXCELLENT LOR, my prof will write me at least a good LOR, and my advisor should also write me a good LOR...
Is it necessary to secure 2 profs to write LORs or is 1 prof and 1 GSI sufficient to meet the academic LOR quota... I have one other prof in mine who I could ask, but I don't anticipate his LOR being as strong as any of the aformentioned...
Should I get another LOR just to have 2 total from profs OR am I good to go as is?
Thanks in advance!
« on: April 01, 2005, 09:28:31 PM »
well... the only reason why you wouldn't be able to gauge your chances based on LSN would be if the LSN pool was disproportionately strong or weak in "soft factors"... because you can see what actual numbers got accepted, rejected, waitlisted... it doesn't matter if a higher percentage are accepted on LSN than in the general population in terms of numbers alone because you can flatly compare your numbers to others'... where it may get murky is with soft factors since perhaps those on LSN have great soft factors and their admissions success cannot be explained per numbers alone... however so long as each individual fairly discloses their soft factors (which I don't think they do), then the representativeness of LSN is irrelevant... you can compare yourself to each individual and see how you stack up...
« on: April 01, 2005, 04:34:26 PM »
Plus we have a very large asian/east indian population to compete with. Compared to what? Blacks and hispanics? Ya, real tough life there.
Jesus. Talk about your blatant *ssholery.
Agreed on that one. Racist pig.
yea, that's about where I stopped reading this haughty prick
« on: April 01, 2005, 02:51:44 PM »
what? just telling the truth
laughin'... that's all
« on: April 01, 2005, 11:51:03 AM »
Just to clarify, McGeorge wasnt "mid tier 3". They dont rank tier 3's in order. It was in the middle because M is in the middle of the alphabet.
« on: March 31, 2005, 10:31:12 PM »
I think if law school doesn't work out I'm going to do a cultural theory MA/PHD w/a focus on the sexual repression and anxiety of influence that the Tony/Angela dynamic imposed on Jonathan's budding sexuality. in the later of season's on the show.
I like to think that I influenced this decision, as I introduced Tony to this thread... I expect a shout out in the ensuing publication...
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