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jjj1234
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Work Experience

Postby jjj1234 » Thu Oct 06, 2011 1:35 pm

Hey Everyone,

I'm sure this has been brought up many times over, but I was unsuccessful at finding the exact information through forum search. My question is: When accounting for work experience, do law schools calculate the time you have been working at the point of applying, or at the point of when you would begin classes? I have been working for about 4 months now, but that number would jump to about 14 months by the time I would start classes, so I was curious to see how this would be viewed?

Any insight is appreciated. Thanks a lot!

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Re: Work Experience

Postby 03121202698008 » Thu Oct 06, 2011 1:43 pm

jjj1234 wrote:Hey Everyone,

I'm sure this has been brought up many times over, but I was unsuccessful at finding the exact information through forum search. My question is: When accounting for work experience, do law schools calculate the time you have been working at the point of applying, or at the point of when you would begin classes? I have been working for about 4 months now, but that number would jump to about 14 months by the time I would start classes, so I was curious to see how this would be viewed?

Any insight is appreciated. Thanks a lot!


It doesn't really matter. It will be little to no boost anyhow unless it's some really special work experience. My guess is they'd look at the 4 months if they were going to give some kind of credit.

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Re: Work Experience

Postby jjj1234 » Thu Oct 06, 2011 1:47 pm

blowhard wrote:
jjj1234 wrote:Hey Everyone,

I'm sure this has been brought up many times over, but I was unsuccessful at finding the exact information through forum search. My question is: When accounting for work experience, do law schools calculate the time you have been working at the point of applying, or at the point of when you would begin classes? I have been working for about 4 months now, but that number would jump to about 14 months by the time I would start classes, so I was curious to see how this would be viewed?

Any insight is appreciated. Thanks a lot!


It doesn't really matter. It will be little to no boost anyhow unless it's some really special work experience. My guess is they'd look at the 4 months if they were going to give some kind of credit.


Ok, thanks for the feedback. The only reason I was really asking is because I just recently took a job overseas, so I wanted to know if that would be taking into account. Technically, when my application is processed I will have been working there for less than a month vs. almost a year by the time I would be starting classes. Not sure if any of this matters as its not like the most special work experience ever, just thought it could separate me a little from the pack. Thanks again!

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Re: Work Experience

Postby rinkrat19 » Thu Oct 06, 2011 1:48 pm

Pretty sure Northwestern has said that they count how long you will have been working by the time you matriculate. That said, you're really applying with only 4 months under your belt and it won't look the same as a whole year or more.




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