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The real answer is that diff schools will view them diff. I would apply to more than average bear to compensate.

What about Fordham, Brooklyn, GULC, and GW?

I have no idea. You could call and ask each if these are your top choices, but I think you're better off writing an addendum re: the first two and crossing your fingers.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Adoption law
« on: July 23, 2007, 11:29:03 AM »
I don't know of any school that has a set of courses on adoption law, though I'd think that most schools have at least one course.  Impt to realize that adoption law varies from state to state, so it's really about taking a state-specific class in dependency law matters.

Also, you may certainly work exclusively in adoption law, many of the attorneys I've met this summer (I'm interning at the Child Advocate Unit of a Public Defender) work exclusively in dependency law. You probably want to get an internship  at a place like where I am or with a Juvenile/Orphan's Court judge after your first year.  That's your best bet to get a feel for how adoption law/courts work where you plan to practice.

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The real answer is that diff schools will view them diff. I would apply to more than average bear to compensate.

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I think school will view 3+ LSAT scores as evidence of a real lack of self-acceptance.   ;D

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Take the easiest job you can get for the most money. Read, sleep, watch bad TV, play poker, and spend time with family, friends, and your SO.

Study for the LSAT in between that relaxation and fun.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: The 1L Summer
« on: July 23, 2007, 09:38:05 AM »
i would take the money. if you also want a law-related job, get some bs p/t research asst job that you can spend 5-10 hours a week on. you're supposed to do something law related, but in this case 1) the job will be more impressive, and 2) everyone will understand. you don't really learn anything from the 1L summer job.

If you have no practical legal experience/knowledge by the time you are applying for 2L summer positions youll look like an idiot in comparison to the others.  Something to keep in mind, on top of the fact 1L jobs can garner 2L jobs either at the same firm or via connections.

I disagree.  The vast majority of folks don't get REAL 1L gigs anyway. Most folks are interning for a judge, working in public interest, or researching for a prof.

MOST 2L summer associates get their gigs b/c of grades, law review, and/or connections. Legal experience over that first summer helps, but it's not vital.  Besides, the OP could just work for a prof 10 hrs/wk or volunteer in PI law for a day a week.

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Financial Aid / Re: Important question on the funding schedule.
« on: July 20, 2007, 01:13:59 PM »
I rec'd my disbursement the Friday before the first day (Monday) if school. Most schools do the same.  Contact your school's FA office to confirm.

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Non-Traditional Students / Re: resume question
« on: July 20, 2007, 12:32:15 PM »
I used a 2-pager when I was applying to law school - I had been out for a while, and had a lot of teaching and research experience in my field in additional to the jobs themselves.

Now that I'm applying to firms, I've cut it waaay down.  Back to 1 page, and I even managed a lot of white space.  Education is back on top, all of my jobs are still listed but in significantly less detail.  I figured that the firms don't care about all of the minutae of my past work.  It took a long time to trim it down this much, but I think it's a lot cleaner and stronger now. 

Dunno if that helps...?

This is what I did. I have ten yrs WE, and got it, educ, and two volunteer positions on one page.  Less detail is the key, cuz no law firm cares...

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Law School Applications / Re: Ill Grades on Transcript
« on: July 19, 2007, 07:29:11 PM »
the Ill grade is considered "neutral" and has no effect on gpa. so law school admissions wont look at these grades as a negative thing?

whats a WP? withdraw from a course?

Withdraw Passing

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Yep, the 3.6 gives him some shot at 40 to 50.

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