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Personal Statements, Resumes, and Letters of Recommendation / What to Do?
« on: September 30, 2006, 10:24:33 AM »

Everywhere I go, I read that it's rude to ask for a recommendation over email. But is it really that bad if the professor is no longer at the school (for the summer) and you have no other way to contact them? I want to get letters as soon as possible, but I don't want to be rude about it.

Writing a personal statement has been extremely hard for me. I was hoping to get some feedback and to see if you guys think I'm going in the right direction. This will eventually be about how my visits to impoverished countries when I was younger raised my awareness about the poverty that exists and is overlooked here in America. Basically, it's going to end up saying that I want to go to law school because I want to be an instrument of change and to have a part in making and changing the laws that affect me and my community. So, let me know what you think please:

I was fifteen years old the first time I left the United States without my parents. I was scared to death but more excited than I had ever been. I had signed the next twelve days of my life over to strangers and would be living thousands of miles from home and way outside of my comfort zone. I didnít know exactly what I was getting into when I left. I thought I was going to help people who didn't have the power to help themselves.  I definitey wasn't expecting for the the trip to change me and the way I viewed the world, but I havenít been the same since.

Law School Admissions / DREAD
« on: December 23, 2005, 04:55:11 PM »
(stats removed), plus I'm applying pretty late in the cycle. Should I even bother applying to Fordham? Columbia?

Studying for the LSAT / LSAT score fluctuation
« on: December 02, 2005, 11:00:13 AM »
Has anyone seen a major difference in their practice scores and their actual test? I've been scoring in the high 150's and am hoping I can do better than that TOMORROW. However, I'm realistic and if anything, I'm hoping that my score won't decrease. Does that happen a lot?

Black Law Students / Studying=180??
« on: August 29, 2005, 09:15:42 AM »
From reading the various posts on the general board, I'm a little confused. Is the LSAT a test that is completely learnable or are there some people who just CANNOT score above a certain mark? I've heard some say your score can jump 30-40 points, while others say that kind of jump is impossible. How much can studying really help you improve and how much is based on nature intelligence?

Studying for the LSAT / Studying=180??
« on: August 29, 2005, 07:52:58 AM »
From reading various posts on this board, I'm a little confused. Is the LSAT a test that is completely learnable or are there some people who just CANNOT score above a certain mark? I've heard some say your score can jump 30-40 points with diligence and others say that's impossible. How much can studying really get you and how much is based on natural intelligence?

Law School Admissions / The Hamilton Scholarship
« on: August 22, 2005, 06:18:36 PM »
Anybody know what it takes to become a recipient of Columbia's Hamilton Scholarhsip? I know a majority of those who apply there have excellent numbers, EC's, LOR's and everything else, but not many are offered a full scholarship, so what separates the worthy from the unworthy?

Studying for the LSAT / Impossible?
« on: July 30, 2005, 08:12:26 PM »
Anyone have any experience getting their score up from high 140's/low 150's on diagnositics to the high 160s/low 170s on the actual exam? If so, how did you do it?

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Thesis Topic
« on: June 29, 2005, 10:42:22 AM »
I need to get started on my senior thesis but I am having a really hard time coming up with a topic. A very intelligent person gave me some good ideas on here and I was wondering if I could get any other suggestions. I would like to do something on poverty- maybe the gov't's role and responsibility in fighting in, why have they failed. Also, I was thinking about doing something about Affirmative Action, there are lots of sub-categories withing that topic, but it's a little cliche. Any suggestions? I would greatly appreciate it!

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