URM 2012-2013 Cycle... let's go!

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Bankrupt257
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Re: URM 2012-2013 Cycle... let's go!

Postby Bankrupt257 » Sat Aug 11, 2012 5:55 pm

My School List:

Reaches:
Penn
UVA
Cornell
GULC

Moderate Reach:
WM
W&L
Wake
Emory
GW

*Decent Shot:
Howard
URichmond
Syracuse
AU

* Out of this bunch, Id probably choose Howard because of OCI

All of this is dependent upon my LSAT in October. But even if i get a 175 or a 155, these are the only schools im applying to or I am not going.
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lawprospie
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Re: URM 2012-2013 Cycle... let's go!

Postby lawprospie » Sat Aug 11, 2012 6:08 pm

What's up fellow URMs?

Black male checking in here.

I have a 3.61 LSAC GPA, attended a USNWR top ten university, graduated with honors in my major, will have one year of mangement consulting experience at a well-known firm, and recieved student leader awards during undergrad.

I'm taking the LSAT in October. Hopefully, I'll do well.

I intend to apply to all the top 14 law schools; but I really can't finalize a list without a LSAT score. Also, I really want to do the SEO Corporate Law program.

Bankrupt257
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Re: URM 2012-2013 Cycle... let's go!

Postby Bankrupt257 » Sat Aug 11, 2012 7:27 pm

I think SEO program is only for college seniors

lawprospie
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Postby lawprospie » Sat Aug 11, 2012 8:19 pm

^ Really; those of us with work experience can't apply for the program? I don't remember reading that. And when I spoke to a black law student at the university I attended for undergrad, he said about half of the SEO people had work experience.

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Re: URM 2012-2013 Cycle... let's go!

Postby californiauser » Sat Aug 11, 2012 8:50 pm

Is everyone writing diversity statements?

I'm finding this harder than writing my PS.

Bankrupt257
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Re: URM 2012-2013 Cycle... let's go!

Postby Bankrupt257 » Sat Aug 11, 2012 10:45 pm

Diversity Statements?

Whats that? And for what schools? I have never seen that.

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Re: URM 2012-2013 Cycle... let's go!

Postby thelawschoolproject » Sun Aug 12, 2012 12:09 am

Bankrupt257 wrote:Diversity Statements?

Whats that? And for what schools? I have never seen that.


You generally write Diversity Statements (DSs) in order to explain how your diverse perspective can contribute to the legal community at a specific school. Some URM applicants write specifically about their heritage or racial issues that they've faced, however writing about coming from a different socio-economic class than middle-America is also acceptable. Honestly, anything that positions you as being "different" from the norm can be used in a DS. I know that last cycle Northwestern really encouraged all students (even those who didn't think they had any diversity) to try and craft one.

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Re: URM 2012-2013 Cycle... let's go!

Postby Bankrupt257 » Sun Aug 12, 2012 1:25 am

You cant just include that in the personal statement?

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Postby dowu » Sun Aug 12, 2012 1:34 am

Bankrupt257 wrote:You cant just include that in the personal statement?

Nope. There are page limitations. The PS would be too short if you tried including a DS in that same statement.

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Postby thelawschoolproject » Sun Aug 12, 2012 1:12 pm

nmop_apisdn wrote:
Bankrupt257 wrote:You cant just include that in the personal statement?

Nope. There are page limitations. The PS would be too short if you tried including a DS in that same statement.


Plus, it gives you more of an opportunity to introduce who you really are to the adcommm. I submitted a PS, a DS, and a statement of disadvantage. To some schools, I later submitted "Why X" essays, and I would say that I had positive results.

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Re: URM 2012-2013 Cycle... let's go!

Postby Psib337 » Sun Aug 12, 2012 5:39 pm

californiauser wrote:Is everyone writing diversity statements?

I'm finding this harder than writing my PS.


I am but I'm most likely going to do it on socio-economic diversity instead of racial/ethnic diversity just because that's the type of diversity that I think I have more to say about and from my experience it's just as, if not more, important.

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Postby astrodoggy » Mon Aug 13, 2012 9:48 am

applying to nine of the top fourteen and beyond that, focusing on the top Cali feeder schools for the LA market.

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Postby astrodoggy » Mon Aug 13, 2012 9:50 am

californiauser wrote:Is everyone writing diversity statements?

I'm finding this harder than writing my PS.

I actually had fun with my diversity statement. I think I managed to display how my experiences being black and LGBTQ identified has played a role in my development as a person. Don't let it stress you out.

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Postby The Greyest Goose » Mon Aug 13, 2012 4:09 pm

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Postby lawprospie » Tue Aug 14, 2012 12:02 pm

^Thanks; would have sucked to miss out on SEO.

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Re: URM 2012-2013 Cycle... let's go!

Postby sharktankdean » Tue Aug 14, 2012 12:20 pm

Good luck to you all this cycle. Hopefully this thread is more active than my cycle's. Feel free to PM me if you have any questions.

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Re: URM 2012-2013 Cycle... let's go!

Postby TrialLawyer16 » Tue Aug 14, 2012 2:03 pm

sharktankdean wrote:Good luck to you all this cycle. Hopefully this thread is more active than my cycle's. Feel free to PM me if you have any questions.

Thanks! Congrats on Harvard by the way, I think I remember you saying that was your dream school and you were possibly on the wait list at some point(?). Glad to see everything turned out well for you!

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Postby sharktankdean » Tue Aug 14, 2012 2:37 pm

TrialLawyer16 wrote:
sharktankdean wrote:Good luck to you all this cycle. Hopefully this thread is more active than my cycle's. Feel free to PM me if you have any questions.

Thanks! Congrats on Harvard by the way, I think I remember you saying that was your dream school and you were possibly on the wait list at some point(?). Glad to see everything turned out well for you!


Thanks! Hopefully you end up at your top choice!

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Re: URM 2012-2013 Cycle... let's go!

Postby BlaqBella » Tue Aug 14, 2012 6:17 pm

Bankrupt257 wrote:I think SEO program is only for college seniors


Untrue. Applicants with post-grad work experience are welcomed to apply.

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astrodoggy
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Re: URM 2012-2013 Cycle... let's go!

Postby astrodoggy » Wed Aug 15, 2012 8:27 am

Filling out the Cornell app. eeek! it's feeling very real now.

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Re: URM 2012-2013 Cycle... let's go!

Postby EttaJ » Thu Aug 16, 2012 12:03 am

astrodoggy wrote:Filling out the Cornell app. eeek! it's feeling very real now.



After reading this forum for so long, the feeling is quite surreal.

Checking in for this cycle. I am trying to get my essays together so that I can submit an early application. I am so happy to be done with everything LSAT related. Good luck to all the October test takers..you will do great!

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Re: URM 2012-2013 Cycle... let's go!

Postby bromance » Thu Aug 16, 2012 11:53 pm

BlaqBella wrote:
Bankrupt257 wrote:I think SEO program is only for college seniors


Untrue. Applicants with post-grad work experience are welcomed to apply.

This is correct, however last cycle it seemed like many of those with 3+ years work experience didn't fare very well in the end, regardless of what school they ended up depositing at...anyways good luck to everyone, I look forward to reading about your collective successes in the months ahead!

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Re: URM 2012-2013 Cycle... let's go!

Postby jcan91 » Fri Aug 17, 2012 8:12 pm

EttaJ wrote:
astrodoggy wrote:Filling out the Cornell app. eeek! it's feeling very real now.



After reading this forum for so long, the feeling is quite surreal.

Checking in for this cycle. I am trying to get my essays together so that I can submit an early application. I am so happy to be done with everything LSAT related. Good luck to all the October test takers..you will do great!


Man I wish I could say the same. With every practice test I wish more and more that I had just sucked it up and taken the LSAT in June like I planned. Oh well, I know I had no chance back then anyway.

*Game face back on.* Here's to a great cycle guys!

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Re: URM 2012-2013 Cycle... let's go!

Postby lawprospie » Mon Aug 20, 2012 5:26 pm

While at work, I was thinking about this whole PS and DS thing or perhaps I should say....a PS that basically discusses how my background has shaped my thinking and the things I'm invovled in versus a diversity statement. I ran a search and the general thought on this seems to be fragmented. However, I still wanted people's opinion on this. My gut is telling me to be succint and write one really strong, well-crafted statement. Yet, I keep on thinking "Are they expecting a AA male to have a diversity statement."

*Instead of thinking about this, I should really just be studying for the LSAT :(

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Re: URM 2012-2013 Cycle... let's go!

Postby BlaqBella » Tue Aug 21, 2012 9:17 am

bromance wrote:
BlaqBella wrote:
Bankrupt257 wrote:I think SEO program is only for college seniors


Untrue. Applicants with post-grad work experience are welcomed to apply.

This is correct, however last cycle it seemed like many of those with 3+ years work experience didn't fare very well in the end, regardless of what school they ended up depositing at...anyways good luck to everyone, I look forward to reading about your collective successes in the months ahead!


Bromance, care to elaborate on what you mean by "didn't fare very well" ?




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