Do law schools care about what languages you speak?

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Do law schools care about what languages you speak?

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Do law schools care about what languages you speak?

Postby jdhopeful11 » Wed Feb 17, 2010 8:03 pm

?

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Re: Do law schools care about what languages you speak?

Postby jdhopeful11 » Wed Feb 17, 2010 8:03 pm

if so, to what extent? just a 'soft' ?

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Re: Do law schools care about what languages you speak?

Postby bceagles182 » Wed Feb 17, 2010 8:04 pm

I feel like they would since knowing multiple languages makes you much more employable after law school and they care about their placement figures.

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Re: Do law schools care about what languages you speak?

Postby jdhopeful11 » Wed Feb 17, 2010 8:05 pm

bceagles182 wrote:I feel like they would since knowing multiple languages makes you much more employable after law school and they care about their placement figures.


wow so being fluent in arabic and syriac must be a huge plus then

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Re: Do law schools care about what languages you speak?

Postby bceagles182 » Wed Feb 17, 2010 8:05 pm

Granted knowing multiple languages will probably get you relegated to heavy document review of foreign language material once you are employed.

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Re: Do law schools care about what languages you speak?

Postby MF248 » Wed Feb 17, 2010 8:07 pm

Yes. I suspect law schools care very much if you don't know English.

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Re: Do law schools care about what languages you speak?

Postby jdhopeful11 » Wed Feb 17, 2010 8:08 pm

bceagles182 wrote:Granted knowing multiple languages will probably get you relegated to heavy document review of foreign language material once you are employed.

:lol:

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Re: Do law schools care about what languages you speak?

Postby jdhopeful11 » Wed Feb 17, 2010 8:09 pm

MF248 wrote:Yes. I suspect law schools care very much if you don't know English.


I was waiting for a wise guy to pick up on that

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Re: Do law schools care about what languages you speak?

Postby MF248 » Wed Feb 17, 2010 8:11 pm

andyman wrote:
MF248 wrote:Yes. I suspect law schools care very much if you don't know English.


I was waiting for a wise guy to pick up on that


You're welcome.

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Re: Do law schools care about what languages you speak?

Postby dancinginseptember » Wed Feb 17, 2010 8:15 pm

i don't speak spanish, japanese, or french...

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Re: Do law schools care about what languages you speak?

Postby holydonkey » Wed Feb 17, 2010 8:16 pm

Not sure the Arabic will do you any good, but Syriac is your golden ticket! If only you spoke Aramaic, then you could get big law.

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Re: Do law schools care about what languages you speak?

Postby jdhopeful11 » Wed Feb 17, 2010 8:17 pm

holydonkey wrote:Not sure the Arabic will do you any good, but Syriac is your golden ticket! If only you spoke Aramaic, then you could get big law.


I am Aramaic tho lol

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Re: Do law schools care about what languages you speak?

Postby Mr. Matlock » Wed Feb 17, 2010 8:19 pm

Two or more languages, plus a waiver away from a SAG card = The Law School T14 Golden Ticket

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Re: Do law schools care about what languages you speak?

Postby jdhopeful11 » Wed Feb 17, 2010 8:20 pm

Mr. Matlock wrote:Two or more languages, plus a waiver away from a SAG card = The Law School T14 Golden Ticket


Thank you sir

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Re: Do law schools care about what languages you speak?

Postby EdmundBurke23 » Wed Feb 17, 2010 8:24 pm

bceagles182 wrote:Granted knowing multiple languages will probably get you relegated to heavy document review of foreign language material once you are employed.


I'm actually very interested in this point. I noticed that a lot of foreign language doc review projects are being handed out to temps, but does anyone know of any cases, or at least the possibility of, full-time associates handling foreign language doc reviews?

At this point, I have virtually no reason to believe that being fluent in an Asian language that's not Chinese (Korean) is of any use for my legal career.

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Re: Do law schools care about what languages you speak?

Postby orphanarium » Wed Feb 17, 2010 8:28 pm

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Re: Do law schools care about what languages you speak?

Postby jdhopeful11 » Wed Feb 17, 2010 8:30 pm

orphanarium wrote:*My answer to this question is based on the assumption that you're asking this to see if listing that you're bilingual will help your application in any way.

i think it will strengthen your law school app if its contextualized the right way.

if you spend a lot of time talking about identifying with a certain ethnic/cultural background in your apps, then mentioning that you also speak a different language helps to validate that claim.

Also, if you talk about wanting to serve a underserved community who face language barriers or being very interested in international law or immigration, then again, mentioning that you speak another language somewhere in your apps may help.

Or even if you talk about a study abroad trip in your PS as being especially important or if you talk about how your particular LSAT score doesn't reflect your academic ability because of cultural/language differences.

I mean, there are a lot of situations where I could imagine being bilingual to be at least a minor soft factor in your app.

And realistically, mentioning that you're bilingual isn't ever going to hurt you.


In that case, I guess the least meaningful way to express your 4-language abilities is to mention it in your resume. Dang.

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Re: Do law schools care about what languages you speak?

Postby kittenmittons » Wed Feb 17, 2010 8:31 pm

Nein ist TCR

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Re: Do law schools care about what languages you speak?

Postby jdhopeful11 » Wed Feb 17, 2010 8:33 pm

i wonder how many of the voters who voted 'no' voted 'no' only because they only speak English.

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Re: Do law schools care about what languages you speak?

Postby 342848386278 » Wed Feb 17, 2010 8:34 pm

Simply listing languages isn't necessarily going to distance an applicant, but I think that applying those other languages can make for a good soft. I could be wrong on this, but I've gotten the impression that international work/travel stands out to adcoms. At least, I'm hoping that's the case...

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Re: Do law schools care about what languages you speak?

Postby kittenmittons » Wed Feb 17, 2010 8:34 pm

andyman wrote:i wonder how many of the voters who voted 'no' voted 'no' only because they only speak English.


There is a lot of autofellatio in your threads bro

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Re: Do law schools care about what languages you speak?

Postby jdhopeful11 » Wed Feb 17, 2010 8:35 pm

342848386278 wrote:Simply listing languages isn't necessarily going to distance an applicant, but I think that applying those other languages can make for a good soft. I could be wrong on this, but I've gotten the impression that international work/travel stands out to adcoms. At least, I'm hoping that's the case...


well i mentioned the fact that I used to own an online Middle Eastern business when I was 17, so I GUESS that can be considered applying my language abilities somewhere else in my app

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Re: Do law schools care about what languages you speak?

Postby Mr. Matlock » Wed Feb 17, 2010 8:37 pm

kittenmittons wrote:
andyman wrote:i wonder how many of the voters who voted 'no' voted 'no' only because they only speak English.


There is a lot of autofellatio in your threads bro

Well, I suppose he takes what he can get.

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Re: Do law schools care about what languages you speak?

Postby jdhopeful11 » Wed Feb 17, 2010 8:37 pm

kittenmittons wrote:
andyman wrote:i wonder how many of the voters who voted 'no' voted 'no' only because they only speak English.


There is a lot of autofellatio in your threads bro



haha sorry this is my first day legitimately using the board, so im a bit antsy.............no homo

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Re: Do law schools care about what languages you speak?

Postby bceagles182 » Wed Feb 17, 2010 8:39 pm

EdmundBurke23 wrote:
bceagles182 wrote:Granted knowing multiple languages will probably get you relegated to heavy document review of foreign language material once you are employed.


I'm actually very interested in this point. I noticed that a lot of foreign language doc review projects are being handed out to temps, but does anyone know of any cases, or at least the possibility of, full-time associates handling foreign language doc reviews?

At this point, I have virtually no reason to believe that being fluent in an Asian language that's not Chinese (Korean) is of any use for my legal career.


I do, on one of my cases @ a V10. We have a single associate on the case who has been hit with virtually all of the Spanish documents since he joined the firm. We had previously sent Spanish to outside vendors for translation but one time the tab for three boxes of translations came out to be almost 200k and the partner wasn't pleased.




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