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Yet another PS topic thread

Yet another PS topic thread
« on: September 10, 2004, 07:17:35 PM »
I just found this board, and it looks pretty active and friendly, so I'd like to ask your advice about writing my PS. I have some idea what to write about, but nothing too in-depth though. Anyway, here are the topics I'm thinking about:

1. I've been volunteering as a court-appointed special advocate with kids in foster care for nearly 2 yrs. This involves issues like placement, services, possible reunification with parents, appearing in court for each hearing, and a few other things. It's what's really solidified my decision to go to LS, even though I'd been considering it for a few yrs.

2. I've been working at a major wireless communications company as an electrical engineer for nearly 3 yrs now, since graduating from college. We have a decent-sized legal dept, especially patent lawyers, and although I've never invented anything myself, I've worked with people who have, and know enough about it to seriously consider going into patent law.

3. I'm a first-generation immigrant, having moved originally to Canada when I was 15 and then to the US. I didn't really struggle much, because I adapt well to most situations, so I don't know what I can do with this topic. However, if I've to write about obstacles I've faced, this is pretty much the only thing.

4. Maybe I can combine #1 and #3, and say that having worked with these kids, I saw first-hand what some families go through, and then talk about my own family and the struggles we faced as a family (although not I personally), and what I learnt from this -- although I don't know how to tie this in with LS.

So, any help would be most appreciated. Due to visa issues, I was originally planning to go to LS in Fall '06, but now that most of those issues are resolved, I've decided very recently to apply for next year. As a result, I'm hardly prepared for the Oct LSAT, and can only take it in Dec. Also, I've seen a lot of you posting your LSDAS GPA here. Where did you get that from? Did you already send your transcripts to LSAC and they calculated it?


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Re: Yet another PS topic thread
« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2004, 10:38:46 PM »
I am not sure on the PS, I would say to focus on number 1 with perhapse a refrence to 3 in terms of how it insipred you to help others ect. As for LSDAS, after you register for there service you send them transcripts from every school you attended and they compute a GPA based on it. It can be diffrent from the one you got from your school. If you search for it on this board there is a great deal of info on how it works.


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Re: Yet another PS topic thread
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2004, 06:16:12 AM »
I agree, I would focus on number one and mention number 3 in your statement somewhere. Since you did not really overcome because you adapted well, there is not much to say about number 3.


Re: Yet another PS topic thread
« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2004, 06:26:41 AM »

although it is absolutely doable, i would perhaps take time out and really think whether applying for the fall of 05 is the right decision for you, especially given the fact that you were prepared to wait until next year.  it appears that you have a lot of great experience in many different areas.  starting right now, from scratch, is a bit late, and, for a number of reasons you can find on this board and in other places, you might be putting yourself at a slight disadvantage.

i am just a stranger though, don't let me necessarily influence you one way or another.  i just thought i would tell you, if you didn't already know.

as for the p.s., i think all of those topics are fine.  i am a special education teacher, and mine focouses around my experience working with children, too.  i even tied mine in a bit with my travel experience.  i like your idea of combining one and three.

good luck, either way.