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Law School Admissions / Proving Your Ineptness At Standardized Testing
« on: October 06, 2008, 04:02:27 PM »
I was just wondering what everyone's thoughts were on this. In both Montauk and Ivey's books they suggest that if one has a GPA that is not indicative of any standardized test scores they've received, than it is an option to 'prove' you are not good at standardized testing. For example, if you got a 1000 SAT score (using the old system) and had a 4.33 gpa from a competitive university, obviously your SAT was not indicative of your ability. I was just wondering if anyone had done this, or what the spread has to be on this? I'm considering this as an option assuming my LSAT will be as low as what I got last time (159 for those not in the know) despite the fact that I know I'm capable of better. On my ACT's I got a 30 or 31 (can't remember which) but I have a 4.00 UGPA. Is that enough to merit this argument? It has been quite awhile since I wrote my ACT's so I'm not sure if this factors in? Regardless, I'm just wondering what people's experience is with this.

Studying for the LSAT / Last Minute LR Help
« on: September 19, 2008, 10:37:39 PM »
Okay, it's not quite last minute, but we're getting close. I've just another practice test, and unlike the tests I was doing in mid-late August where I was consistently scoring between a 170 - 172, my raw (and scaled) has now dipped to consistently getting a 166 - 168. The problem seems to be all in LR where I'm getting between 4 - 5 (and on a bad exam, 6) wrong. Obviously, improving on this section would have a two fold effect. My problems don't seem to be concentrated on any particular question type and when I go over them, I find that I do understand why the correct answer is correct (save for the odd question that I post). So what is the best way to go from here? Keep reviewing and do LR sections independently untimed? I did an untimed LR section last week and got -2, but I wasn't sure if that was because of slowing down or simply an easier test. The thing is, when I did them today, I had my fastest sections yet (with 5 and 7 minutes left over) for review, and I did review, but didn't catch my mistakes. Help?!

Studying for the LSAT / PT 39, S2 Q12 (LR)
« on: September 14, 2008, 10:17:36 PM »
I guess I can't quite figure out what the stimulus is saying since all the answer choices (with the exception of E) seem plausible to me. Can anyone help me out and explain why A is the CR over C. or D.?

Law School Admissions / General Softs Questions
« on: July 20, 2008, 08:16:22 PM »
Just two quick questions, maybe one of the books answers these but I'm awaiting my package from Amazon.

Is being a first generation college student a soft? This isn't really valued in Canada at all (though most uni's have programs for these types of students) so I have no idea. If it is - where do I put this info? On my CV or is it usually explicitly asked in the application package?

Honors Thesis. I saw some talk about this on TLS and i understand that is can be a 'soft'. Again - where do I put this? On my CV? I'm doing it as a 4th year course so it won't be completed until May of next year....

Incoming 1Ls / Women: Buying a suit and dressing for your job....
« on: July 10, 2008, 04:34:47 PM »
At the suggestion of vjm, I created a thread for women's suit buying and to make life easier, perhaps anything related to dressing for life in the big leagues. As I said in the Men's thread, I'm not at a law firm so I can't comment how strict or perhaps leniant dressing there will be, but hopefully we can pool advice for those who need it!

To start off - some of the advice I gave in the men's thread that works here. Shoulders! Make sure it fits in the shoulders! I really cannot stress this enough. Anything else you can (and should!) fix, shoulders you can't. I think it's important that people don't forget the ability to tailor. Get your pants hemmed. If need be, get your sleeves hemmed as well or the body taken in a bit. We all have different body shapes and issues, and these clothes are mass produced and you can make a cheap(er) suit look great by getting it fit to your body, and depending where you live, the cost doesn't have to be large. I currently live in a medium sized city in Canada, and I got my sleeves hemmed on a jacket recently and it was about $15-20 per sleeve. This seems about right. Some stores even offer in house tailoring for free - take advantage of this!

I had recommended some brands in the other thread as well that I think are good mid-priced brands for women's suiting basics. These included Theory and Teen Flo. Perhaps Elie Tahari if you're that way inclined. I'll try and think of some others.

I would also add, depending on how conservative the firm you are working at is, do not be afraid to mix it up. Of course, if fashion/style/clothes scare you and just want something to get through the day then perhaps this isn't for you, but it's alright to take a beautiful and appropriate dress and wear it with a blazer and heels. I think there is a lot more flexibility in women's fashion for this sort of thing and women can actually get away with dressing more cheaply and making it look better (than men can). I'm not saying show up on your first day in a bright red dress, a yellow jacket and blue shoes or anything, but it's alright to integrate this sort of thing into your wardrobe when you feel comfortable.

I think a lot of people are scared of the monotony of suits, they seem boring, but if you get comfortable mix up pant lengths (ie proper length and then perhaps a beautiful well tailored ankle length pant with a suit in the summer). Mix up wide leg pants with a leaner pant. Right now in fashion, in my opinion, anything goes. Everything is in style. So even if you work at a conservative firm that likes basic cuts, you can wear a bright shirt, or perhaps an interesting necklace or bracelet. Or a very conservative suit and a beautiful shoe.

Anyway - phew. Sorry I'm so verbose on this subject! If I could figure out how to attach images I would stick some in this thread of inspiration or interesting ideas so if someone knows....tell me! Otherwise I'll upload them on imageshack a little later...

I was just wondering if people found books like Richard Montauk's and Anna Ivey's helpful in the admission process or did it just cloud and confuse things? I've thought of getting them (these two seem to be the most mentioned/preferred) but not sure if they would psyche me out or help. Anyone have any opinions of whether they loved/hated them?

I have contacted several profs who know me well and who I feel could write good LOR's for me, all of whom have agreed. Of course, being accommodating, they ask if there is anything in particular I would like them to highlight. I figure this is an issue that a lot of people have come across - what do you say to prof's when they ask you this? Obviously, I'm not talking about dictating a letter to them, but what should I want them to focus on to make their LOR's as helpful as possible? As per The Main Events recommendation in another thread, I know how I would like one LOR to support my applications, but the other is a prof who's class I did very well in, I interacted a lot with her in class as it was quite small, but not outside of the classroom. I think she could talk about my leadership in the class (as I was one of only 2 or 3 people who talked regularly when she asked a question) or my passion for the subject (which is also my major) - is that good enough? I'm not meaning this thread to be directed solely for my benefit - what do everyone think makes a great LOR and can help separate people from the pack? 

The title pretty much says it all.

I'm taking three summer courses, the first mark I will receive back by the end of the month or early into July and I expect it to be my highest mark of my three summer courses. If I submit my transcript after I get that mark, my ugpa will be at 3.76 or a 3.77 (this is going off the assumption that LSAC uses the OMSAS gpa conversion scale for Canadian university students). I'm a transfer student and my marks were quite low my first year of uni, which I left about 3 years ago. So factoring everything together, submitting my transcript after I receive my first summer course grade I would have a UGPA of 3.76 and a LSAC gpa of 3.23.

Alternatively, if I wait to get my other two grades, and where I estimate they will fall, my UGPA will go down to a 3.74 but my LSAC gpa will rise to a 3.32. Obviously, when schools receive my transcripts they will see the huge discrepancy in gpa's and will look at my transcripts. I will also be attaching an addendum to explain the 10% difference in my average.

Is this discrepancy in ugpa too minute to warrant any concern and I should just wait and send in my transcripts once my LSAC gpa is likely to be raised? Any suggestions would be helpful!

Law School Admissions / What to do with Evening Classes?
« on: June 19, 2008, 08:39:46 PM »
I'm really unsure about what to do in this situation or if I should have posted this in the main forum. Anyway.. I took an evening class in Fashion Journalism and Fashion Buying and Merchandising through Central St. Martins and the London College of Fashion, respectively. These are well known fashion schools based in London. these classes aren't for credit, they can't go towards a degree, they aren't for anything really other than your own personal enjoyment and to build skills in an area where they may be lacking. I took the first class in 2003 in my first year in the UK just for fun and to see how interested I was in fashion. The second class I took about 2 years later when I moved back to London to live and work full time, again to gauge whether that was an area of fashion I wanted to go into. These classes do issue certificates when you are done (basically just saying you completed the course) but I never bothered getting them at the time. I would like to put this on my law school app's because it helps substantiate that I am involved and passionate about fashion. However, last time I tried to get a re-issued certificate from CSM, it was a huge hassle, they archive old things from pre-2007, the person would have to go and fetch it for me, they promised they would, and needless to say it never surfaced. That was a year ago. I imagine it will be more difficult this time. I don't have a problem calling and pleading with them about it if it's necessary. Since these classes aren't for credit, don't go towards a degree, but are done by a university, how do they fit in? Do I just put this information on my CV/resume? Or do I need to somehow gets these certificates to LSAC? This one thing is really stressing me out so any advice would be appreciated!

Disclaimer: I'm not saying I've done it all, I've just done some random things and I'm not quite sure who would best be to ask for a LOR.

I've got a good idea of two prof's I will ask to give 'academic recommendations'. One is from a class last year in my honors specialization that I did really well in and she knows me well since it was a class of 10 people and the other is a class i'm taking this summer and I think I'll ask my prof from that to give me a LOR since he knows who I am, I've interacted with him a decent amount, I estimate a good mark in it, and it's also a course that involves law.

My problem is narrowing down the others. Of course I could just ask all these people and put them all on file as 'targeted' but I wanted some feedback first.

1. Prof I did work study for: I did about 40 - 50 hours of work study for him, but it was all on my own, we were in our own groups and just basically emailed him our finished products. He's really accommodating, I had him as a prof in another class that is directly related to my major, and when we signed up to do work study for him he said he would be happy to write LOR for us. So while I'm pretty sure he'd do it, he doesn't know me really well, so I'm a bit hesitant.

2. Former Employer: I ended my employment with this company about 1.5 years ago, and I worked there for about 1.5 years. When I was 19 I moved to London to live and work abroad for two years, this was the majority of my employment there. It's a small international firm, I did administrative work, they've written me a reference before, they know me really well. Does it matter that I haven't been employed there for over a year?

3. Former owner of a forum I help administer: One of my main EC's, is that I'm a moderator of a well known (in the fashion community) and well respected website/blog/forum called TheFashionSpot. I've been a moderator there for 3 - 4 years, and I am now a Team Leader which means I work in conjunction with the other TL's to help organize the moderators, deal with forum issues, generate ideas, implement ideas, deal on the backend with technical vBulletin issues, etc. etc. I probably spend about 20 hours/week doing this. Our old owner wrote me a wonderful rec last year, but about 3 months ago he sold the company to an up and coming media group. Our old owner was very hand's on, our new owners aren't as much. So our old owner knows me much better and I feel could still write me a strong LOR, but he no longer owns the site. Alternatively, I could probably get one of the other Team Leaders who is now my colleague, but before when I was a moderator was more of an advisor. I can't ask the new owners since I don't know them. What's best to do in a situation like this? I think it would be good to have a LOR from there since they highlight other skills that I have.

Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks!

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