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Speaking another language...
« on: October 09, 2007, 08:04:59 AM »
How good does it look to law schools to be proficient in more than one language? My first language is English but I also speak Italian and I was just wondering if this is something I should definitely include on my resume or application.

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Re: Speaking another language...
« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2007, 08:06:38 AM »
How good does it look to law schools to be proficient in more than one language? My first language is English but I also speak Italian and I was just wondering if this is something I should definitely include on my resume or application.

Include it in your Personal section.  Like most soft factors, it won't be a big deal, but it will not hurt.

Re: Speaking another language...
« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2007, 08:08:40 AM »
I think foreign language skills definitely have a place on a resume--I have a skills section at the bottom, complete with languages and degrees of proficiency. I don't know if law schools care about this, but it comes up a lot in job interviews.

Re: Speaking another language...
« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2007, 10:23:03 AM »
Speaking many languages is an important prerequisite to success in the increasingly globalized world in which we live. That's why everyone in Africa is rich.

Re: Speaking another language...
« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2007, 10:24:50 AM »
How good does it look to law schools to be proficient in more than one language? My first language is English but I also speak Italian and I was just wondering if this is something I should definitely include on my resume or application.

Include it in your Personal section.  Like most soft factors, it won't be a big deal, but it will not hurt.

What if one is proficient in a really annoying language, like German? Might that hurt?

Re: Speaking another language...
« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2007, 10:32:12 AM »
UCLA actually includes this as a question on its main application, but it's the only school I can think of that does. Might as well put it on your resume in any case - it won't make or break you, but it's one of those amorphous "interesting person" things. :)

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« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2007, 12:22:56 PM »
UCLA actually includes this as a question on its main application, but it's the only school I can think of that does. Might as well put it on your resume in any case - it won't make or break you, but it's one of those amorphous "interesting person" things. :)

UT did last year.

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Re: Speaking another language...
« Reply #7 on: October 09, 2007, 12:23:52 PM »
How good does it look to law schools to be proficient in more than one language? My first language is English but I also speak Italian and I was just wondering if this is something I should definitely include on my resume or application.

Include it in your Personal section.  Like most soft factors, it won't be a big deal, but it will not hurt.

What if one is proficient in a really annoying language, like German? Might that hurt?

I will not be baited, Eveman!

Re: Speaking another language...
« Reply #8 on: October 09, 2007, 01:16:44 PM »
How good does it look to law schools to be proficient in more than one language? My first language is English but I also speak Italian and I was just wondering if this is something I should definitely include on my resume or application.

Include it in your Personal section.  Like most soft factors, it won't be a big deal, but it will not hurt.

What if one is proficient in a really annoying language, like German? Might that hurt?

I will not be baited, Eveman!

Oh, Brito you know I only kid. After all, you're my application mentor and I adore you.

Re: Speaking another language...
« Reply #9 on: October 09, 2007, 01:25:52 PM »
I speak/read/write Hebrew.  Does that help anyone?

Well, I guess if you were planning on practicing law in Israel it would be a plus... although in that case the utility of an American law degree is debatable.