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Incoming 1Ls / Dell Coupons - up to $750 off!!
« on: June 29, 2005, 11:05:49 AM »
I just purchased a Dell 700m.  I will be attending the University of Baltimore School of Law this fall, and the university (like many others I'm sure) offers a 12% discount on dell computers.  Ignore all such discounts and see the website below FIRST.  I got my 700m (priced at $1,600) for $1,000.  It has CD & DVD Burner, Intel Pentium M 725 processor, Intel ProWireless 802.11 a/b/g, Windows XP Pro, 40GB Hard drive, upgraded 8-cell battery, FREE 64MB UBS Key, FREE shipping and a 1-year warranty with full repair service...a great deal.

This website changes every Thursday so do not make hasty decisions....enjoy!

Law School Admissions / FREE Admissions Advice from a Professional
« on: June 29, 2005, 10:50:22 AM »
I was recently accepted to the University of Baltimore School of Law.  I owe much of my acceptance to one website.  This website, run by a former admissions officer, provides free advice and information about each aspect of the admissions process (choosing a school, LSAT, LSAC, LSDAS, Personal Statements, and more).

I found it absolutely invaluable and I hope you will too...

I hope you find this as useful as I did. Best of Luck!

I have been accepted to law school.  I owe much of my acceptance to a website.  The website is:

This website offers free resources for applicants on a number of different topics including personal statements, applications, LSAT, etc...

Here is an excerpt from the Personal Statement section (for more click the link above):

Your personal statement is your opportunity to give law schools a reason to say "yes" to your file. Don't be afraid to take risks in it. Remember that a mediocre personal statement is wasted paper in your file.

What does a law school look for in a personal statement?
First of all, good writing; anything less than perfection counts as a negative. Secondly, the admissions officer is looking for diversity. Any information you wish to provide about ethnic or socioeconomic background is most likely to appear here. Any personal obstacles you've had to overcome will also be addressed here. To the extent that you're not the "mainstream applicant," this is your chance to show it.

Beyond these two factors, answers varied somewhat from school to school. Many admissions officers stressed that this is your opportunity to address any weaknesses in your file. Some said they look for leadership, others for community involvement, still others for maturity and seriousness in applying to law school. Many look for "what makes you unique," your diversity in more personal terms; it could be an Olympic medal or your skills as a gourmet cook, nature photographer or quilt-maker. Many schools also look for "personal growth and development," a category which frequently overlaps the one above.

The best overall instruction I've seen comes from U. Wisconsin's application:

"Don't be afraid to talk to us about an unusual experience. It is often these experiences, and your recounting of them, that can speak volumes to us about you, your level of self-reflection, your imagination, how you understand and engage the world around you, and what you could bring to the Law School. We also encourage you to write your personal statement in a narrative tone so that more of your personality and who you are comes through in the writing. You should envision the personal statement as your opportunity to have a "conversation" with the Admissions Committee...."

I think this is a great topic for your PS.  You were 5 years old at the time you came to America, so I wouldn't think the AdComm would hold you accountable for those actions, as much as your parents (if anyone).  However, I that you have gained citizenship I think you're in the clear.

This story would be a great way to get across to the committee who you are as a person and where you came from, while at the same time providing a great story.  I would also tell some of it as a narrative, not only using first-person:  "The car began to head for the Mexican border and was almost there, when a man shouted to duck down behind the seats." (For Ex.)

I was in the same situation...white/middle-class, no extraordinary life struggles.

However, I think that you need to find a way in your personal statement to get across who you are as a person.  The admissions committee does not want to read "Why I'd Be a Good Lawyer" or "Why I want to go to law school..."

They want to see what kind of a person you are, how you write, and read an interesting story. I would say to focus on something interesting that happened in your life. If you don't want to discuss your sexuality (which might be an interesting topic), there MUST be some event in your life that was interesting or that you learned something from...

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