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Job Search / Thomson Reuters
« on: July 07, 2013, 02:13:19 PM »
On my third interview with Thomson Reuters; haven't had a background check yet and I have DUIs from 1998, 2004, and 2007. I won a scholarship for overcoming adversity (read: alcoholism), I got my DL back (which required treatment, AA, and other instances of jumping through hoops), and I haven't been in trouble since (aside from parking tickets). Does anyone know TR's policy on hiring prospective employees with misdemeanors on their records?

Law School Admissions / Re: Upward trend
« on: March 04, 2010, 01:30:20 PM »
Also, thanks for the advice; you're willingness to help is greatly appreciated.

Actually, that's an academic addendum. Wow, that would be the worst personal statement in the history of law school applications...

Any help is appreciated. (This is a first/rough draft; please do not comment on typos and grammar.)

A combination of alcohol abuse and immaturity has left my earlier transcripts horrible. After suffering a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the summer of 1997, I refused to be treated for the resultant depression. While my course work in high school did not falter, I was not prepared for the rigors of undergraduate collegiate studies. I should not have been in college at the time, but my immaturity kept me from getting the help that I needed. My performance at Minnesota State University-Moorhead was extremely poor, but I refused to seek treatment even after academic probations following the Spring 2000 and Spring 2001 terms. My last term at MSUM Spring 2003 also resulted in another academic probation.
   Under the advice of my father, I enrolled in a diploma program for electrical powerline. I had still not received treatment for depression or alcoholism, and as a result I performed poorly but nevertheless passed all the coursework. After working in the industry for ten months, I realized that I could not pursue a career in the electrical industry and I became even more depressed. I was subsequently arrested for a driving under the influence (my third such offense), and it was this mistake that was the catalyst for a change in my life.
   Under court orders, I received treatment for alcoholism. The program I was enrolled in consisted of three-hour classes, four nights a week, for five months. I also made the decision to see a psychiatrist. Not surprisingly, I was diagnosed with depression, most likely the result of the TBI I suffered. I was prescribed medicine, enrolled at Ridgewater College in Willmar, and did well. After completing my Associates of Arts, I transferred to St. Cloud State University where I have accumulated a 3.72 GPA and received a scholarship for overcoming difficulties in life. My academic record prior to the Summer 2007 semester is shameful, but it also a clear demarcation between when I had not received treatment and when I had completed the classes.

Law School Admissions / Re: Upward trend
« on: March 04, 2010, 11:06:06 AM »
The tier threes in Minnesota, mostly. But realistically, anything that isn't in the Cooley/Florida Coastal would be fine.

In regards to the upward trend: the .40 was from 1999-2002, so there's a significant gap there as well. Is there anyway to work this in my favor?

Law School Admissions / Re: Upward trend
« on: March 02, 2010, 12:44:23 PM »
158? How am I looking?

Law School Admissions / Yikes
« on: February 27, 2010, 04:22:39 PM »
Scored a 158 on the Feb. LSAT; LSDAS GPA of 2.68 (3.72 degree-granting GPA). Do I have any chance at tier threes?

Does a traumtic brain injury and overcoming its effects warrant a diversity statement?

Law School Admissions / Upward trend
« on: January 31, 2010, 11:30:50 AM »
My LSDAS GPA is 2.68; if I'm trying to get into a Tier 3, how much will an astronomical upward trend help me. And when I say astronomical, I mean 0.40 for the first four semesters of undergrad and a 3.72 for the last six. (Also corresponds with alcohol treatment and diagnosis of depression)

Personal Statements, Resumes, and Letters of Recommendation / Addendum
« on: January 28, 2010, 12:16:53 PM »
I am a non-traditional student with an sordid and strange history: At the age of 16 I was involved in a car accident which resulted in suffering a traumatic brain injury. From that point on, my motivation lagged and my behavior became erratic. I began drinking and received two minor consumptions and a DUI in high school. At the first university I attended after high school, I was academically suspended twice, received two more minors, was convicted of buying kegs for a party (I was 21), and received another DUI. After my complete failure at this first school (and a 0.40 GPA), I went to a trade school. I was not engaged in the subject at all, but since I felt that my life was heading to dangerous places, I thought that a stable job doing manuel labor was better than nothing. I finished the program at the tech school and began working for a large electrical contractor. After about a year, I know that I had made a mistake and began to question my life once more. I became overwhelmingly depressed and was convicted of ANOTHER DUI. After this third DUI, I finally decided to get professional help. I enrolled in an alcohol treatment center, visited a psychologist (who diagnosed me as depressed-a result of the head injury), and re-enrolled in college. After finishing CC with a 3.47, I moved on to a different university where I have a 3.72. I have received a scholarship for overcoming personal difficulties, studied abroad, volunteered at The Humane Society, served in student government, completed my B.A. requirements for my philosophy degree (3.5 GPA), volunteered as a DJ at a community radio station in N. England, started a PR campaign for said radio station, took notes for a disabled student, volunteered at my current university's radio station, wrote for the school newspaper, and I have been placed on the Dean's List. I have letters of recommendation from an adjunct philosophy professor who has been a lawyer for 30+ years (and who has said I have the best analytical mind of any student he has every had) and my advisor in mass comm., who specializes in media ethics and critical analysis of media. My last transgression was three years ago, I have since turned my life around (including a job in the university's nursing department) with the help of professional help and actually understanding and accepting what the TBI did to me, and am graduating this May with a 3.72 at my degree-granting university (LSDAS GPA is 2.68). I am scheduled to take the LSAT in two Saturdays and have been scoring any from 158 to 165. I was wondering what my addendum should look like; should there be separate addenda for the legal troubles and academic troubles?


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