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tlee

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LGBT question...thoughts/information
« on: November 06, 2009, 08:00:43 AM »
Hi,

I'm applying for 2010 in the NJ region(Rutgers my #1).  I've attended culinary school, awesome internships and such in terms of my career path (food policy-ie. organic farms, M&M Mars, Nat'l School lunch program), and I'm currently an AmeriCorps volunteer for a nonprofit in Paterson, NJ (a 1 yr assignment focusing on education, youth, and community development).  I've had incredible experiences and I highlight them well in my prsnl st.

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I went to 2 schools...1st was 3.57 gpa, 2nd was 3.7 (while working almost full time throughout)
LSAT: 150 (Sept)  taking it again in Dec

MY QUESTION: Is it worth it to submit an additional essay about being a gay guy??...It's not my deciding factor for pursuing law, but I could never say it has no influence and I could certainly explain it with relevancy.  I know some schools encourage such pieces ( I guess the have the man power to read a lot or really need diversity), but is it worth it for all schools?  Thanks for your help because, as usual, I'm confused about where my sexual orientation comes into play.

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Re: LGBT question...thoughts/information
« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2009, 10:31:46 AM »
Some schools actually ask on their applications if you are gay (but doesn't have to be answered). I talked about it in my personal statement since it is a large part of who I am and how I've become the person that I am. For others, it isn't such a big deal. You could write a short diversity statement about it.

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Re: LGBT question...thoughts/information
« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2009, 01:15:34 PM »
Where does being heterosexual come into play during the application process?
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Re: LGBT question...thoughts/information
« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2009, 05:39:36 PM »
Scentless Apprentice,

It comes into play where your right to marriage is denied by ballot measures and people kill heterosexuals simply because of that fact.  You have absolutely no idea; I beg of you - walk a day in MY shoes.

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Re: LGBT question...thoughts/information
« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2009, 05:53:32 PM »
I gotcha, it's an insensitive comment.

I'm just confused as to why choosing to have sex with the same gender should give a person any consideration in a law school application.

Please don't use the word diversity. I'm just wondering how your sexual decisions matter for academic considerations.
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Re: LGBT question...thoughts/information
« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2009, 07:39:26 PM »
Yes. Definitely write a statement. There is a value to having a diversity of perspectives and experiences, especially in the legal classroom, and schools worth going to recognize this.

Hi,

I'm applying for 2010 in the NJ region(Rutgers my #1).  I've attended culinary school, awesome internships and such in terms of my career path (food policy-ie. organic farms, M&M Mars, Nat'l School lunch program), and I'm currently an AmeriCorps volunteer for a nonprofit in Paterson, NJ (a 1 yr assignment focusing on education, youth, and community development).  I've had incredible experiences and I highlight them well in my prsnl st.

Stats:
I went to 2 schools...1st was 3.57 gpa, 2nd was 3.7 (while working almost full time throughout)
LSAT: 150 (Sept)  taking it again in Dec

MY QUESTION: Is it worth it to submit an additional essay about being a gay guy??...It's not my deciding factor for pursuing law, but I could never say it has no influence and I could certainly explain it with relevancy.  I know some schools encourage such pieces ( I guess the have the man power to read a lot or really need diversity), but is it worth it for all schools?  Thanks for your help because, as usual, I'm confused about where my sexual orientation comes into play.
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Re: LGBT question...thoughts/information
« Reply #6 on: November 09, 2009, 12:24:34 AM »
Yes. Definitely write a statement. There is a value to having a diversity of perspectives and experiences, especially in the legal classroom, and schools worth going to recognize this.

Maybe if I tell the schools about all of my freaky sex fantasies, I'll have better admissions chances too!

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Re: LGBT question...thoughts/information
« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2009, 10:13:44 PM »
Yes. Definitely write a statement. There is a value to having a diversity of perspectives and experiences, especially in the legal classroom, and schools worth going to recognize this.

Maybe if I tell the schools about all of my freaky sex fantasies, I'll have better admissions chances too!

Yes, you should! It has helped me lots so far! ;)