URM 2017-2018 Cycle Thread

(BLS, URM status, non-traditional, GLBT)

What are your short term career goals?

Big Law
28
46%
Big Fed (DOJ Honors)
10
16%
State/Local Gov
3
5%
Public Interest
10
16%
In House
4
7%
Academia
5
8%
Regional Law
1
2%
Small Law
0
No votes
Solo Practice
0
No votes
JD Advantage
0
No votes
 
Total votes: 61

mmart207
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Re: URM 2017-2018 Cycle Thread

Postby mmart207 » Sun Oct 01, 2017 7:31 pm

Anyone else not mention why they're interested in law school in their PS?

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Re: URM 2017-2018 Cycle Thread

Postby principalagent » Sun Oct 01, 2017 7:37 pm

mmart207 wrote:Anyone else not mention why they're interested in law school in their PS?


I like barely mentioned it in the last line. 2 for 2 so far, since I guess it’s not a big deal.

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Re: URM 2017-2018 Cycle Thread

Postby mmart207 » Sun Oct 01, 2017 7:52 pm

principalagent wrote:
mmart207 wrote:Anyone else not mention why they're interested in law school in their PS?


I like barely mentioned it in the last line. 2 for 2 so far, since I guess it’s not a big deal.

I've been debating mentioning it briefly at the end as well, but I feel like it just doesn't tie into what the rest of the statement covers.

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Re: URM 2017-2018 Cycle Thread

Postby Mr_Chukes » Mon Oct 02, 2017 1:22 am

mmart207 wrote:
principalagent wrote:
mmart207 wrote:Anyone else not mention why they're interested in law school in their PS?


I like barely mentioned it in the last line. 2 for 2 so far, since I guess it’s not a big deal.

I've been debating mentioning it briefly at the end as well, but I feel like it just doesn't tie into what the rest of the statement covers.

I feel like it has to be in there. Some how, so people know law school is actually what you want to do.

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Re: URM 2017-2018 Cycle Thread

Postby mmart207 » Mon Oct 02, 2017 1:51 am

Mr_Chukes wrote:
mmart207 wrote:
principalagent wrote:
mmart207 wrote:Anyone else not mention why they're interested in law school in their PS?


I like barely mentioned it in the last line. 2 for 2 so far, since I guess it’s not a big deal.

I've been debating mentioning it briefly at the end as well, but I feel like it just doesn't tie into what the rest of the statement covers.

I feel like it has to be in there. Some how, so people know law school is actually what you want to do.

I feel like it would just disrupt the flow of the personal statement since I was mainly telling a story.

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Re: URM 2017-2018 Cycle Thread

Postby mmart207 » Mon Oct 02, 2017 1:53 am

How long is everyones' PS? Mine is just a bit under 2 pages. A lot of schools say 2-3 pages for their PS, do you think a little under 2 pages would hurt?

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Re: URM 2017-2018 Cycle Thread

Postby Mr_Chukes » Mon Oct 02, 2017 9:09 am

mmart207 wrote:How long is everyones' PS? Mine is just a bit under 2 pages. A lot of schools say 2-3 pages for their PS, do you think a little under 2 pages would hurt?

Keep it a two pages. Most schools only want to. Plus it's better to have it concise and to the point. They read thousands of these.

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Re: URM 2017-2018 Cycle Thread

Postby mmart207 » Mon Oct 02, 2017 10:19 am

Mr_Chukes wrote:
mmart207 wrote:How long is everyones' PS? Mine is just a bit under 2 pages. A lot of schools say 2-3 pages for their PS, do you think a little under 2 pages would hurt?

Keep it a two pages. Most schools only want to. Plus it's better to have it concise and to the point. They read thousands of these.

I'm saying since mine is just a little under 2 pages, should I just keep it at that length? Or add a bit more to make 2 pages?

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Re: URM 2017-2018 Cycle Thread

Postby Mr_Chukes » Mon Oct 02, 2017 10:20 am

mmart207 wrote:
Mr_Chukes wrote:
mmart207 wrote:How long is everyones' PS? Mine is just a bit under 2 pages. A lot of schools say 2-3 pages for their PS, do you think a little under 2 pages would hurt?

Keep it a two pages. Most schools only want to. Plus it's better to have it concise and to the point. They read thousands of these.

I'm saying since mine is just a little under 2 pages, should I just keep it at that length? Or add a bit more to make 2 pages?

Keep it that length unless you find something significant to add. Don't just throw in random fluff. Every sentence needs to be calculated.

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Re: URM 2017-2018 Cycle Thread

Postby mmart207 » Mon Oct 02, 2017 10:23 am

Mr_Chukes wrote:
mmart207 wrote:
Mr_Chukes wrote:
mmart207 wrote:How long is everyones' PS? Mine is just a bit under 2 pages. A lot of schools say 2-3 pages for their PS, do you think a little under 2 pages would hurt?

Keep it a two pages. Most schools only want to. Plus it's better to have it concise and to the point. They read thousands of these.

I'm saying since mine is just a little under 2 pages, should I just keep it at that length? Or add a bit more to make 2 pages?

Keep it that length unless you find something significant to add. Don't just throw in random fluff. Every sentence needs to be calculated.

Thank you! I ask because since most schools ask for 2-3 pages I didn't want them to think I'm incapable of reading instructions since mine would be a bit less lol. How do you like your first year so far?

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Re: URM 2017-2018 Cycle Thread

Postby Mr_Chukes » Mon Oct 02, 2017 1:55 pm

mmart207 wrote:
Mr_Chukes wrote:
mmart207 wrote:
Mr_Chukes wrote:
mmart207 wrote:How long is everyones' PS? Mine is just a bit under 2 pages. A lot of schools say 2-3 pages for their PS, do you think a little under 2 pages would hurt?

Keep it a two pages. Most schools only want to. Plus it's better to have it concise and to the point. They read thousands of these.

I'm saying since mine is just a little under 2 pages, should I just keep it at that length? Or add a bit more to make 2 pages?

Keep it that length unless you find something significant to add. Don't just throw in random fluff. Every sentence needs to be calculated.

Thank you! I ask because since most schools ask for 2-3 pages I didn't want them to think I'm incapable of reading instructions since mine would be a bit less lol. How do you like your first year so far?

So far so good. A lot of work but I have a lot of great friends.

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Re: URM 2017-2018 Cycle Thread

Postby jjdude14 » Mon Oct 02, 2017 3:44 pm

mmart207 wrote:Anyone not planning on writing a diversity statement? I'm still very undecided.


Also not writing a separate Diversity statement, my PS covers a lot of what a DS would say and I think it's more effective for me to have one strong essay rather than two weaker ones.

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Re: URM 2017-2018 Cycle Thread

Postby chewinggum » Mon Oct 02, 2017 3:54 pm

jjdude14 wrote:
mmart207 wrote:Anyone not planning on writing a diversity statement? I'm still very undecided.


Also not writing a separate Diversity statement, my PS covers a lot of what a DS would say and I think it's more effective for me to have one strong essay rather than two weaker ones.

I'm writing one in case I feel the need to submit to schools that I can't write a good why x for. On the fence about submitting both (why x and DS) to target schools.

I'm struggling with my PS, though.

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Re: URM 2017-2018 Cycle Thread

Postby hotdog96 » Mon Oct 02, 2017 4:24 pm

chewinggum wrote:
jjdude14 wrote:
mmart207 wrote:Anyone not planning on writing a diversity statement? I'm still very undecided.


Also not writing a separate Diversity statement, my PS covers a lot of what a DS would say and I think it's more effective for me to have one strong essay rather than two weaker ones.

I'm writing one in case I feel the need to submit to schools that I can't write a good why x for. On the fence about submitting both (why x and DS) to target schools.

I'm struggling with my PS, though.


Is there a stigma against submitting a why x and DS? This was my plan for target/reach schools..

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Re: URM 2017-2018 Cycle Thread

Postby chewinggum » Mon Oct 02, 2017 4:30 pm

hotdog96 wrote:
chewinggum wrote:
jjdude14 wrote:
mmart207 wrote:Anyone not planning on writing a diversity statement? I'm still very undecided.


Also not writing a separate Diversity statement, my PS covers a lot of what a DS would say and I think it's more effective for me to have one strong essay rather than two weaker ones.

I'm writing one in case I feel the need to submit to schools that I can't write a good why x for. On the fence about submitting both (why x and DS) to target schools.

I'm struggling with my PS, though.


Is there a stigma against submitting a why x and DS? This was my plan for target/reach schools..

Well my top choice asks the C&F question in a way that I have to disclose (speeding ticket).

So I'll have: PS, Why X, C&F, and two LOR's (possibly three). So adding ANOTHER essay might not be the best decision for me. But I'm not sure yet.

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Re: URM 2017-2018 Cycle Thread

Postby principalagent » Mon Oct 02, 2017 5:02 pm

I think it depends. I wrote a PS, DS, C&F/Grade Addendum, and Why X for one my top choices that I just got accepted to. If it adds, it adds. But I think it requires being judicious as well, and less generally is more.

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Re: URM 2017-2018 Cycle Thread

Postby mmart207 » Mon Oct 02, 2017 6:47 pm

September scores need to drop :x

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Re: URM 2017-2018 Cycle Thread

Postby Lalalsat96 » Mon Oct 02, 2017 8:44 pm

I really am not like the ps I wrote but im scared of scrapping it :?

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Re: URM 2017-2018 Cycle Thread

Postby lgsb2014 » Mon Oct 02, 2017 10:25 pm

Checking in!
MA female, went to a top 10 public university, 3.4-3.5 GPA. 3 years work experience in the immigration law field.
Got a shitty June 17 LSAT score, hoping to improve that by December LSAT. Not too enthusiastic about applying to law schools in December, but it is what it is. I do not want to wait another year.
It's been a difficult journey, friends. I hope we all get into badass schools.

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Re: URM 2017-2018 Cycle Thread

Postby principalagent » Tue Oct 03, 2017 1:35 am

new poll!

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Re: URM 2017-2018 Cycle Thread

Postby jimmyplayer601 » Tue Oct 03, 2017 2:18 am

For people who wrote the optional essays for Stanford did you choose to write two different topics or just one. I wrote a good one for the topic about 3 songs but I'm unsure if I should write another because I don't think it'll be as good.

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Re: URM 2017-2018 Cycle Thread

Postby principalagent » Tue Oct 03, 2017 2:34 am

jimmyplayer601 wrote:For people who wrote the optional essays for Stanford did you choose to write two different topics or just one. I wrote a good one for the topic about 3 songs but I'm unsure if I should write another because I don't think it'll be as good.


I wrote two. Three songs and three books. I don't think it'll hurt to only submit one. You only want to present your best work.

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Re: URM 2017-2018 Cycle Thread

Postby saffles » Tue Oct 03, 2017 7:00 am

principalagent wrote:new poll!

Where does copyright law fall into?

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Re: URM 2017-2018 Cycle Thread

Postby mmart207 » Tue Oct 03, 2017 12:42 pm

Anyone else get an email from Columbia saying to meet them at the forum? It might just be a generic email but idk :)

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Re: URM 2017-2018 Cycle Thread

Postby principalagent » Tue Oct 03, 2017 1:20 pm

saffles wrote:
principalagent wrote:new poll!

Where does copyright law fall into?

I’d just say think of where you would want to practice it, whether in a big firm or in house, maybe?

But I think you just inadvertently gave me the next poll topic :P




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