Well, humm, my thoughts ...You guys are leagues ahead of me. My letters will have to be from people who don't know me in my professional life, since professionally I've largely been bright and under-employed and therefore have professional contacts who would be motivated to undermine me. If ONLY I had "fit in" with the idiots ... but of course, then I'd have other problems on the resume, wouldn't I?I'm fudging and fidgeting my way around this issue as best I can. I can of course get old old old profs to write something about me, but it's been years since I've been in touch and the letters will probably display that fact through vagaries and noncommittal generalizations.I have a decent GPA, am working on killer LSAT but can't guarantee it, know that my letters will be weak or just ho-hum, and know that I am a good writer for the personal statement. It's just facts, ma'am. I would like to attend a top or second tier school, and I don't really think I'd "be happy" at a roughly thrid tier school just because of what I know about the caliber of the students. I met some law students, off and on here in New Orleans, from a variety of our schools, and none of them really impressed me as people I'd like to spend time with. Not that they probably aren't nice or friendly or whatever, but I've had a habitual problem throughout my life of not being able to "connect" with anyone who is below a certain level of intelligence (see work experience, above!). So I'm kind of entrapped in enforced intellectual snobbery. I don't MEAN to be like that but it just comes out that way.I'd hope I can attend a school that might enable a wide range of geography in my employment options. I want to globetrot, or at least nationtrot, for my work. I wonder how much that might happen in specific fields of law and what I might need to do to get that going. Perhaps a lower-tier school that is nevertheless known for broad-traveling graduates, or for international law, or something like that, should be part of my targeting.Ah, the letters are something we have only marginal control over anyway. Someone else writes them for us, to lesser or greater extent. I guess if something's going to be a disaster in my file it might as well be the stuff that's second-hand rather than first-hand ...
QuoteI've had a habitual problem throughout my life of not being able to "connect" with anyone who is below a certain level of intelligence (see work experience, above!). So I'm kind of entrapped in enforced intellectual snobbery. I don't MEAN to be like that but it just comes out that way.That cracked me up. Sorry. Just did. I am so the reverse of that, finding it easier to connect with those people for whom intellectual pursuits are secondary at best. Happy hour anyone?
I've had a habitual problem throughout my life of not being able to "connect" with anyone who is below a certain level of intelligence (see work experience, above!). So I'm kind of entrapped in enforced intellectual snobbery. I don't MEAN to be like that but it just comes out that way.
This is a really good point: Remember that professor from 20 years ago I was trying to track down? The current chair of the department found him, let him know I was looking for him, and I got an email from him last week - he's thrilled to write me a LOR! Plus, it was really good to catch up with him (he made a tremendous impression on me, more so than just about anyone in my academic career (tied with my other academic LOR and high school Latin teacher.))
Congratulations, you've proved something that doesn't matter.
Here's what I'm thinking I might do for my law school applications:1) Write a personal statement about how everyone in my professional life has been an idiot, especially my bosses2) Write a diversity statement saying I had no real career because all my coworkers were black and didn't like me3) Write my own LOR since all other letters would be "second-hand," and thus pointless4) As a theme, sprinkle my entire application with vocabulary that was pedantic and poorly usedSound like a good plan?
I'm glad to hear it's not so bad I am early on here but would like to know how long you studied for the LSAT? Anything in particular helpful to you? And about the Honors program you did, was ithard to get ito? I am already at one college but want to transfer to the Honors program at another. Does anyone know if this is possible, I want to do the Honors to make it look better for law school. I will be 38yrs old when I apply for law school. The highest may GPA will probably be is like a 3.5, I totally messed up early on in life and didn't take it seriously-live and learn.UUUGGG