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Re: 2011 Applicants FAQ and Questions thread

Postby Deuce » Fri Oct 08, 2010 2:23 pm

CastleRock wrote:
acrossthelake wrote:
cigrainger wrote:Also been 'Completion Pending' for quite some time at Columbia.


I'm complete, but it took a few weeks. It's a little slow.

You guys got a columbia status checker? I sure as hell haven't.


I'm also complete pending... should be complete within a week or so. Seems like they're on a 2 week cycle when it comes to updating statuses, etc.

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Re: 2011 Applicants FAQ and Questions thread

Postby ZombiesAhead » Sun Oct 10, 2010 3:17 am

For the LSAC common info part of the application: Do I really need to include GPA/rank for my high school? I went to an independent school that didn't rank and I don't know what my GPA was either...

Are schools anal about stuff on the common app form or are they just interested in LSAT/GPA and the info that shows on their own app?
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Re: 2011 Applicants FAQ and Questions thread

Postby acrossthelake » Sun Oct 10, 2010 3:36 am

ZombiesAhead wrote:For the LSAC common info part of the application: Do I really need to include GPA/rank for my high school? I went to an independent school that didn't rank and I don't know what my GPA was either...

Also, for employment history: Do they want to see all my random jobs I've held in the past few years? (landscape construction full time, bouncer here and there, sporadic retail gigs) or just the important stuff (kindergarten teacher, private tutor, editor of legal appeals blog)?

Are schools anal about stuff on the common app form or are they just interested in LSAT/GPA and the info that shows on their own app?


They don't see the common form. Most of the actual apps only give you a limited number of slots for jobs. Also, I just put N/A for rank, but you'll need GPA.

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Re: 2011 Applicants FAQ and Questions thread

Postby Entchen » Mon Oct 11, 2010 12:02 pm

Any of y'all want to help me with my resume? Right now I am just using a slightly modified version of the one I used to get my current job, but I feel like it should be more academic. Sadly, I have very few honors and awards to brag about (I graduated with departmental honors, but that just basically means I wrote a not-terrible thesis. That's pretty much it).

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Re: 2011 Applicants FAQ and Questions thread

Postby NYC1010 » Mon Oct 11, 2010 7:35 pm

viewtopic.php?f=2&t=132877

Can anyone reply please?

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Re: 2011 Applicants FAQ and Questions thread

Postby jmb06010 » Tue Oct 12, 2010 11:46 am

Hey guys,

I'm looking for help with my application as well - I took a year off from school and am currently holding 2 internships, one of which is a Senate campaign. But my main question comes with regards to my Personal Statement; I feel like I really need help with it.

I know I hear most people say to draw from one specific experience, but I'm having a lot of difficultly doing so, and finding something riveting that can help me stand out in comparison to other applicants. Can anyone help me here?

Thanks,
Jason

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Re: 2011 Applicants FAQ and Questions thread

Postby kazu » Tue Oct 12, 2010 12:32 pm

jmb06010 wrote:Hey guys,

I'm looking for help with my application as well - I took a year off from school and am currently holding 2 internships, one of which is a Senate campaign. But my main question comes with regards to my Personal Statement; I feel like I really need help with it.

I know I hear most people say to draw from one specific experience, but I'm having a lot of difficultly doing so, and finding something riveting that can help me stand out in comparison to other applicants. Can anyone help me here?

Thanks,
Jason


You're going to have to be more specific if you want help. What exactly are you having problems with? I'm a big fan of just putting a day aside solely to work on your PS, and then just writing & seeing what comes up. You can always post your PS here and have people tear it apart as well.

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Re: 2011 Applicants FAQ and Questions thread

Postby jmb06010 » Tue Oct 12, 2010 12:47 pm

My biggest problem at this point is really finding a starting point, or focus to my PS. I can't seem to find that one unique moment or experience to draw upon. I'm looking for help as to where to even start. I'm willing to post parts of my resume if need be. If other people could maybe reflect upon what helped them, that would be great too. I am also more than willing to post my PS when I have it done and let people tear it down.

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Re: 2011 Applicants FAQ and Questions thread

Postby acrossthelake » Tue Oct 12, 2010 12:50 pm

jmb06010 wrote:My biggest problem at this point is really finding a starting point, or focus to my PS. I can't seem to find that one unique moment or experience to draw upon. I'm looking for help as to where to even start. I'm willing to post parts of my resume if need be. If other people could maybe reflect upon what helped them, that would be great too. I am also more than willing to post my PS when I have it done and let people tear it down.


That's the toughest part for everyone and that really kind of just has to come from you.

I wrote about something I was passionate about and how that fit into my general intellectual development as a scholar and my plans for law school.

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Re: 2011 Applicants FAQ and Questions thread

Postby kazu » Tue Oct 12, 2010 12:53 pm

Yeah...

I was where you are too, and then I just took time and wrote whatever I felt like. After a while (like, 20 pages for me) you find out what you can write most persuasively/movingly about. I definitely think it's more about how you develop your topic and not what specifically you decide to write about. Remember it needs to be something personal, not just a point on your resume.

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Re: 2011 Applicants FAQ and Questions thread

Postby jmb06010 » Tue Oct 12, 2010 1:10 pm

Something just came into my head that I can run with for my PS...I will get on it soon and hopefully post a rough draft of my PS for you guys to rip apart. Thanks again!

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Re: 2011 Applicants FAQ and Questions thread

Postby jmb06010 » Tue Oct 12, 2010 1:26 pm

I don't mean to double post, but another question I had was if law schools will judge me based on my current LSAT if I apply BEFORE re-taking the test in December. That's currently my plan, and I'm willing to apply come November, but I don't want to do so if schools will be making decisions without taking into account my pending score that will be released hopefully mid-late December.

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Re: 2011 Applicants FAQ and Questions thread

Postby 2011Cycle » Tue Oct 12, 2010 2:25 pm

Does George Washington have a status checker?

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Re: 2011 Applicants FAQ and Questions thread

Postby Pleasye » Tue Oct 12, 2010 4:04 pm

jmb06010 wrote:I don't mean to double post, but another question I had was if law schools will judge me based on my current LSAT if I apply BEFORE re-taking the test in December. That's currently my plan, and I'm willing to apply come November, but I don't want to do so if schools will be making decisions without taking into account my pending score that will be released hopefully mid-late December.
You can notify schools that you are taking the LSAT in December and ask them to hold off on looking at your app until your score comes in. If you haven't applied yet most schools have a box that you check saying you are taking the LSAT again. If you have already applied you have to email/call schools and let them know.

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Re: 2011 Applicants FAQ and Questions thread

Postby NYC1010 » Tue Oct 12, 2010 4:15 pm

Sorry
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Re: 2011 Applicants FAQ and Questions thread

Postby acrossthelake » Tue Oct 12, 2010 4:19 pm

NYC1010 wrote:Can anyone advise? viewtopic.php?f=2&t=132877


You already have a thread dedicated to your question and already posted a link to it once in this thread. Please don't spam other threads trying to redirect people. It just creates clutter for people to get through when trying to read what might be a question that applies to them.

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Re: 2011 Applicants FAQ and Questions thread

Postby NYC1010 » Tue Oct 12, 2010 4:23 pm

Sorry---just not sure how to create traffic so that i can get some input.

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Re: 2011 Applicants FAQ and Questions thread

Postby bdubs » Tue Oct 12, 2010 4:25 pm

2011Cycle wrote:Does George Washington have a status checker?


They didn't last year, and if you didn't get a link with your app they probably don't have one this year.

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Re: 2011 Applicants FAQ and Questions thread

Postby adammac17 » Tue Oct 12, 2010 4:40 pm

is there a consensus on when to/whether to write optional essays for schools? ive already applied a TON of places without writing any additional essays but from trolling around ive seen Notre Dame pretty much REQUIRES one........any other schools have that same kind of unwritten policy?

my initial feeling was that it was a "if you have anything exceptional that would help us decide that we have no box for"........kinda essay. am i going to be hurt by not writing any?

thx and im glad this got back up and going.......sneaky sneakylike

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Re: 2011 Applicants FAQ and Questions thread

Postby acrossthelake » Tue Oct 12, 2010 4:43 pm

adammac17 wrote:is there a consensus on when to/whether to write optional essays for schools? ive already applied a TON of places without writing any additional essays but from trolling around ive seen Notre Dame pretty much REQUIRES one........any other schools have that same kind of unwritten policy?

my initial feeling was that it was a "if you have anything exceptional that would help us decide that we have no box for"........kinda essay. am i going to be hurt by not writing any?

thx and im glad this got back up and going.......sneaky sneakylike


It's stickied? Lol.

Anyway, in general, if you have something to say, optional essays help. Some schools yield protect without Why X essays. But it's not worth it if you have absolutely nothing to say. I didn't write any optional essays, personally, though I don't recommend that strategy to everyone.

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Re: 2011 Applicants FAQ and Questions thread

Postby rundoxierun » Tue Oct 12, 2010 8:03 pm

adammac17 wrote:is there a consensus on when to/whether to write optional essays for schools? ive already applied a TON of places without writing any additional essays but from trolling around ive seen Notre Dame pretty much REQUIRES one........any other schools have that same kind of unwritten policy?

my initial feeling was that it was a "if you have anything exceptional that would help us decide that we have no box for"........kinda essay. am i going to be hurt by not writing any?

thx and im glad this got back up and going.......sneaky sneakylike


Consensus is that UMich is pretty much required.. also, UVA seems to like Why? essays as well.

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Re: 2011 Applicants FAQ and Questions thread

Postby CGI Fridays » Thu Oct 14, 2010 8:18 pm

Anyone know if crunching more than 1 addendum onto one page is acceptable?

I have 3 addenda, all of which should easily fit on one page. I feel like 3 pages, 2 of which will literally be two or three sentences, is unnecessary at the very least. Also, I wonder if it might make the 3 as a whole less psychologically forceful if they're on one page (yes, they're negative: underage drinking, gpa trend & 1 silly exploratory adventure that landed me on student probation for a spell) :oops: .

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Re: 2011 Applicants FAQ and Questions thread

Postby bdubs » Thu Oct 14, 2010 8:32 pm

CGI Fridays wrote:Anyone know if crunching more than 1 addendum onto one page is acceptable?

I have 3 addenda, all of which should easily fit on one page. I feel like 3 pages, 2 of which will literally be two or three sentences, is unnecessary at the very least. Also, I wonder if it might make the 3 as a whole less psychologically forceful if they're on one page (yes, they're negative: underage drinking, gpa trend & 1 silly exploratory adventure that landed me on student probation for a spell) :oops: .


I would think that addendum #1 and #3 should be together on one page under a conduct explanation label/heading. I would put addendum #2 on a second page, and try to make it less negative and more positive (look at how much better I am now vs look at how stupid I was then).

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Re: 2011 Applicants FAQ and Questions thread

Postby The Gentleman » Tue Oct 19, 2010 6:42 pm

Any thoughts on whether submitting one great LoR to Michigan and GULC (they require only 1) is better than submitting a great LoR and a so-so LoR? I'm going back and forth on this.

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Re: 2011 Applicants FAQ and Questions thread

Postby bdubs » Tue Oct 19, 2010 10:15 pm

The Gentleman wrote:Any thoughts on whether submitting one great LoR to Michigan and GULC (they require only 1) is better than submitting a great LoR and a so-so LoR? I'm going back and forth on this.


Michigan only requires one, but recommends three. I would submit at least two.

GULC doesn't say anything quite so straight forward. "We require one recommendation for the JD application, but you may submit as many as you would like." One might actually be OK.




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