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Just FYI, MN residents pay less at Wisconsin than they pay for in-state at MN.  The other three TC schools are also good options (who award lots of $$) if you wanted to stay in MN.  I turned Iowa down for the same reason - no way I was going to pay them 30K a year in tuition.  Best bet is apply to a wide range of schools, with a good mix of regional and top 20-40 that you'd actually consider attending, hope for scholarships, and then when acceptances come in, weigh your options and make sure to visit schools to find the best fit.
If you hang on this board too long, you will start to think that if you choose William Mitchell over, say, Indiana, you'll never get a legal job, and that's simply untrue.

Law School Admissions / Re: 166, Addendum?
« on: August 02, 2006, 08:22:35 PM »
Well then seeing as I dropped 5 percentile from my practices and my actual we'll assume I jumped from 46th percentile.

Nice logic there chief.  Now ask me if I care what I look like on a discussion forum.

Yes, more work on reading comp might get you somewhere.
Your practice tests mean jack, man.
In fact, let me write your addendum for you:

Dear Mr. UVA person on the committee,

Hi!  How are you doing?  I am fine.  I just wanted to write this quick note to tell you about my LSAT.  I was looking around on LSN (that's, where people post their LSAT scores and grades for other people - it's really neat), and I noticed that you have rejected almost everyone with my LSAT score who isn't a URM.  First let me say that I really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really want to go to your school.  And all of my practice tests were, like, super higher than the 166 I actually scored.  In fact, I took 20 practice tests and scored 180 on all of them except the first one (I only got 179 but that was because my little brother wouldn't leave me alone).  I really did score that because I am an honest person and you can trust me.  So, in closing, I ask that you not look at the official scores, and instead use the score that I am telling you now in this addendum.  That's a 180 in case you forgot.
See you in Fall!!

Yours truly,

Law School Admissions / Re: 166, Addendum?
« on: August 02, 2006, 08:00:56 PM »
Yeah, what is a 95ish%ile? As someone who worked her ass off to get from the 60% to look like a douchbag for even thinking about it.


I started in the 51st percentile.  Work harder and judge less. 

You need to stop living in the practice test world.  Skee is talking about real tests, and now you do look like a douchbag

Law School Admissions / Re: Anyone want to critque my GPA addendum?
« on: July 30, 2006, 07:43:45 PM »

Law School Admissions / Re: Lots of resume questions
« on: July 30, 2006, 07:42:30 PM »
Many of these little details probably mean nothing to whoever actually looks at the resume (if anyone), but I understand the need to have the best possible resume submitted.  These are personal opinions and things I have gathered from various sources.

1. Say you have held various positions in a club as the years have passed, i.e Treasurer one year, editor next year, eic last year. Do you list them separately, or just say something like "Eic/treasurer" 2004-present? The latter seems like it would appear to be dishonest, but any other way looks unweildy and ugleeeeeee and takes up space.

Use a semicolon.  Treasurer, 2004; Editor, 2005; President, 2006.

2. Anna Ivey says over and over not to go over 1 page. I'm a trad student, but i've got a bunch of WE. I cant list it all, but how far back do I go? Stick to one page?

I'm a firm believer in one page.  Be concise and only list things that are actually important.  High school jobs can probably be left out unless they are pretty exceptional.  If you must go to two pages make sure you use at least half, but then .. do you really expect someone to read all that?

3. I did a bunch of community service in high school, but have barely done any since I came to college because I spent that time working. I know that HS = do not list, but would it make sense to throw that in anyways to show that I'm not an uncaring prick? Do I have to say "500 hrs of service - all in high school," or can I just say "500 hrs of community service" and leave it at that?

Say nothing.  Digging back to HS is a bad thing.  Leaving out the dates of your service is also a bad thing.

4. My school has changed the way it notes deans list. For my first years, it listed it every semester. As of last year, it changed to only listing once a year, in spring.  Therefore, it shows on my transcript fall 04 DL, spring 05 DL, fall 05 nothing, spring 06 DL. Can I just say deans list f04-spring 06 and assume they get it, or do i have to explain the change?

An explanation to the school's dean list policy is not appropriate for your resume.  How you have it is fine.

5. List grad school courses taken, even if only one?


6. List language skills, even if incredibly basic? (Took 5 years in HS and 2 college semesters of Spanish, still blow at it).

Not unless you are fluent.  You wouldn't want someone to start speaking Spanish to you under the notion that you speak it.  Then it looks like you lied.  If anything say "basic" but then why say it at all .. use that space for something else.

7. List Major gpas, even if one is only .11 above cum and the other is exactly the same as cum? Just list the one?

Just list cum

8. List honor societies (not phi beta kappa, but ones for each major)?


9. Mention how many hrs/week worked during school to finance it? What about mentioning hrs worked during summers, to try to show a work ethic?

In your job section, you can say how many hours you worked, usually in the same line as the company name, etc.  i.e.:  Johnson Brothers Industries, Boston, MA, Sep 04 - Nov 05, 40 hrs/wk

10. Mention first in family to apply to grad school?

You can if you have a personal section at the end.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Taking Notes: OneNote v. Word
« on: July 29, 2006, 07:08:05 PM »
For those wanting to see an informative "get to know Onenote" type of tutorial program see this link. Make sure you have some time - it takes awhile to get through.


Great demonstration .. thanks for the link

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: uminn: asians as URM?
« on: May 15, 2006, 07:02:09 PM »
The Twin Cities as a whole have a rather large asian population, especially Hmong.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: what would you do and why?
« on: April 30, 2006, 04:39:07 PM »
I don't want to practice in the south .. so IU-B for me.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: To become a JAG officer...
« on: April 28, 2006, 07:34:58 PM »
First off, thanks to all the previous posters. A lot of great info here (even the random diatribes are amusing).

Three somewhat specific questions (assume Army JAG for your answers):

1. Pay: What is the general take-home? How are expenses when you are an officer?

2. Deployment: Do you have any input as to where you end up? Will forceful pleading keep me in the US?

3. Job Detail: Do you have any input as to what you'll do exactly? For example, if you really want to be involved with court martials or contract law issues, can you get placement in your area of preference? I figure this is a bit less flexible than location.

Thanks in advance and good luck to all of you.

1. The military pay scale can be found at the army website, or you can google "military pay chart 2006"

2. You don't decide if you get deployed or not and there is no one you can plead to to prevent it.  In today's Army, if you plan to make it a career, you will get deployed at some point.

3. You can put in a preference for an assignment, but that is simply for a station, or locale, i.e. Fort Drum.  Once you are at your unit, they say what you will do, but after so long certain positions may arise that you may apply for - but they may not, it really depends on the unit.  So you could end up doing 3 different jobs during one tour (or maybe just one).  As a side note, a JAG gave an ethics brief in an auditorium one day to soldiers who could not have cared less, and said something along the lines of "If you had told me back in law school that I would be doing this, I would have called you crazy."
Just get used to having 0-5% say in your life, and you'll be alright.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: To become a JAG officer...
« on: April 25, 2006, 07:32:32 AM »
Why are you so against stating your status in the service?  I would like to know so I can try to see the point of view you are bringing to the table, yet you are reluctant to state your service affiliation and rank. 

I would be interested to know where you saw an Army JAG leading men into battle.  Also,I would like to know what your reference to "battles" and the Marine Corps are implying.  You weren't exactly clear, and if you are making a snide remark about the Marine Corps that is hilarious considering the Army will take anybody that applies right now on an OCS contract.  In fact, they are actually giving a bonus to officer recruits, which has never happened in any other service.

Now there you go putting down an entire branch of the military, geez.  Personally, I have nothing but good things to say about the Marines - they are the best, most disciplined people you'll ever meet.  If I wanted anything done, I'd give it to a Marine.  It's an entirely different mind set compared to the Army, which is probably why you can't understand me.  Our battles are nothing like yours, and I wouldn't even use the word "battle" for what I've seen, hence the quotes.  To me, a "battle" is something along the lines of, say, WWII, and it would be a remote possibility seeing a JAG command thousands of troops on an all-out "battle" against Berlin - that's not what I am saying, but nonetheless there have been JAGs filling in for a CO ..  Regardless, you get into combat and you may be called upon to do things you might not necessarily think you would be doing when you signed up.

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