How to count full-time employment experience?

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iamgoingtolawschool
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Re: How to count full-time employment experience?

Postby iamgoingtolawschool » Tue Sep 20, 2011 9:35 pm

chem wrote:
iamgoingtolawschool wrote:Is there a limit of employers you can put down? I'm trying to add my 11th but LSAC keeps saying there's a server error. It is driving me nuts.


God I hope youre old if your putting down more then 11 employers. Christ


Hahahah no, actually I just graduated college. So I guess I should cut down on some of my employers...I just had a ton of random jobs in college.

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SA1928
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Re: How to count full-time employment experience?

Postby SA1928 » Wed Sep 21, 2011 1:29 pm

Does working full-time while also being a full-time college student count? For example, working full-time at a retail store/restaurant/hotel or something along those lines, do you count that as full-time employment? Or do they mean post-grad jobs as in jobs with benefits, salary not hourly wages, etc?

(Sorry didn't mean to steal the thread away from the OP)

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Re: How to count full-time employment experience?

Postby bdubs » Wed Sep 21, 2011 2:30 pm

SA1928 wrote:Does working full-time while also being a full-time college student count? For example, working full-time at a retail store/restaurant/hotel or something along those lines, do you count that as full-time employment? Or do they mean post-grad jobs as in jobs with benefits, salary not hourly wages, etc?

(Sorry didn't mean to steal the thread away from the OP)


Were you a part time student? Working evenings and weekends doesn't count, but if you worked a permanent job and took classes only at night I would say that counts as full-time experience.

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Re: How to count full-time employment experience?

Postby splbagel » Wed Sep 21, 2011 2:49 pm

No worries re: hijacking - I was intending to start a broader discussion about what constitutes full-time work experience, so I'm happy to see I'm not the only one who was unsure of how to answer this question.

Like nucky thompson, I'm skeptical that law schools expect us to understand "full time employment" as narrowly as bdubs does, without saying so explicitly. I would think it's fair to count any month that I worked 40 hours per week as a month of full-time employment experience, regardless of whether the employment is temporary, a combination of part-time jobs, or concurrent with school. I think I'll leave off unpaid internships, though.

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Re: How to count full-time employment experience?

Postby WAREAGLE31 » Wed Sep 21, 2011 3:02 pm

Throwing out this profile...Interested if anyone would tell me what they think of my chances at law school. Also, if someone could also recommend a strong counseling advisor for the law school application process. I am interested in applying to the following schools in order:
1) UVA
2) GWU
3) William and Mary
4) UNC
5) UGA
6) Alabama
7) Cumberland School of Law
8) Dickinson School of Law

I attended the Naval Academy and graduated with a 2.91 GPA and a 3.4 GPA in my major (the GPA is a direct result of Chemisty, Thermodynamics, and Weapons Engineering Classes). I have a BS in History. I have heard that Law Schools take a look at individual performance and course load in particular. Wanted to know if somone can validate that. I scored a 169 on the LSAT. I do not plan on taking the test again at this time. I have completed multiple combat tours and will have strong recommendations.

My weakness is my GPA. Anybody got advice? Need to take the LSAT again? Veteran friendly Law Schools? Any advice about how to approach the low GPA---does it deserve an explanation as to the curriculum. My expectation is that the school will be aware of that and it doesn't deserve explanation.

splbagel
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Re: How to count full-time employment experience?

Postby splbagel » Thu Sep 22, 2011 9:02 am

Wareagle31, there's a whole forum for "chances" posts. You're likely to get a more helpful response posting your own thread there than on an unrelated thread here.

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Re: How to count full-time employment experience?

Postby acrossthelake » Thu Sep 22, 2011 12:06 pm

splbagel wrote:Wareagle31, there's a whole forum for "chances" posts. You're likely to get a more helpful response posting your own thread there than on an unrelated thread here.

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Re: How to count full-time employment experience?

Postby Bobeo » Fri Sep 23, 2011 8:24 am

bdubs wrote:
Bobeo wrote:Does seasonal, yet full time during the season count as full time work experience?


For something like tax accounting or school teachers, the answer is yes. If you are talking about your summer as a lifeguard, then no.


Hmmm bartending at a country club seems to straddle the line. Oh well, it should only make a big difference at NU.

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Re: How to count full-time employment experience?

Postby SA1928 » Fri Sep 23, 2011 9:07 am

bdubs wrote:
SA1928 wrote:Does working full-time while also being a full-time college student count? For example, working full-time at a retail store/restaurant/hotel or something along those lines, do you count that as full-time employment? Or do they mean post-grad jobs as in jobs with benefits, salary not hourly wages, etc?

(Sorry didn't mean to steal the thread away from the OP)


Were you a part time student? Working evenings and weekends doesn't count, but if you worked a permanent job and took classes only at night I would say that counts as full-time experience.

I was a full-time student who also worked at least 40 hours a week (usually between 40-64 hours a week). I had the same job the first 3 years, where I was a manager, so I figured that should count, but I wasn't sure if they were really just trying to get at how many years of post college work experience we have...i might just email a few admission offices and ask them




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