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Postby Betharl » Sun Oct 14, 2012 6:46 pm

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Re: App now, or try to get something on my resume and app later

Postby helix23 » Sun Oct 14, 2012 10:39 pm

Not that I've had this experience or anything, but I would think that applying in February with 4 months of volunteering would hurt more than applying now sans the 4 months volunteering would. As we always read: "it's a numbers game bro." If your numbers are good enough, and you have other things on your resume, you could always say you were traveling. You had to be doing something.

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Re: App now, or try to get something on my resume and app later

Postby helix23 » Sun Oct 14, 2012 10:42 pm

I can't imagine the positive impact of four months of volunteer work outweighing the negative of applying that late. Maybe I am wrong. Wouldn't the gap still be there?

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Postby Betharl » Mon Oct 15, 2012 12:00 am

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Re: App now, or try to get something on my resume and app later

Postby bp shinners » Mon Oct 15, 2012 12:49 pm

Betharl wrote:Well, I would still apply as soon as I could. The point is that I don't know when I am going to be able to start volunteering. It depends when these people get back to me. If I started volunteering at both places next week, I would put that on my resume and apply right away. That way it would look like I had at least started doing something resume building instead of just having a gap.


The problem is still that they're going to see you started the job right when applying. My assumption would be that you signed up for those gigs just to have a more-recent entry on your resume, and that casts you in a bad light. You'd really need to stick it out for a few months before I would start to think you were doing it because you wanted to, and it just happened to peripherally help your law school application.

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Re: App now, or try to get something on my resume and app later

Postby Betharl » Mon Oct 15, 2012 2:13 pm

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Re: App now, or try to get something on my resume and app later

Postby bp shinners » Tue Oct 16, 2012 11:11 am

I would, and I would start those activities in the meantime. Then, I would have something for a LOCI/hold or, if the schools are taking awhile to consider my application, send in an updated resume after a few months.

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Re: App now, or try to get something on my resume and app later

Postby WhiskeynCoke » Tue Oct 16, 2012 11:06 pm

Lol at severely hurting your admissions chancing by applying at the end of the cycle, when most spots are full, just to put a couple months of run of the mill volunteering on your resume. To admissions committees, this would seem like an obvious resume fluffing anyway, casting you in a negative light.

There is no positive way to spin this. Don't delay your app for such a misguided reason. Apply well before thanksgiving and write an addendum about the gap if you're concerned.




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