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frank galvin
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Clerkship Resume: Full Scholarship?

Postby frank galvin » Thu Jun 28, 2012 10:31 pm

So I have about 90% of a full (in my mind, what I pay is rather insignificant). Most of these money was given a merit scholarship, some of the stuff was earned following my 1L year. I have a summer associateship and I am applying for clerkships. My school is ranked low, but I took the money and made it work. Can I get away with saying Full Scholarship? I need a way of publicizing the fact that I made a good economic decision and still got to where I needed to be. I think this is one way to mitigate the pedigree obstacles I face. I know it is a stretch, but I feel like leaving it out is a mistake, and likewise, saying something like "90%" is a ridiculous thing to put.

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Re: Clerkship Resume: Full Scholarship?

Postby Borhas » Thu Jun 28, 2012 10:32 pm

big ass scholarships usually have a name, I dont think it would look too tacky if you put the ______ Scholar on your resume

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Re: Clerkship Resume: Full Scholarship?

Postby Bildungsroman » Thu Jun 28, 2012 10:39 pm

While you're at it, if you're ranked at the 90th percentile jus put "#1 in my class" on your resume.

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Re: Clerkship Resume: Full Scholarship?

Postby lawyerwannabe » Thu Jun 28, 2012 10:43 pm

Borhas wrote:big ass scholarships usually have a name, I dont think it would look too tacky if you put the ______ Scholar on your resume


This.

Bildungsroman wrote:While you're at it, if you're ranked at the 90th percentile jus put "#1 in my class" on your resume.


So you don't do something like this.

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Re: Clerkship Resume: Full Scholarship?

Postby frank galvin » Thu Jun 28, 2012 10:54 pm

The lack of an impressive sounding name is part of the problem. Can I just staple my tuition statement?

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Re: Clerkship Resume: Full Scholarship?

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Jun 28, 2012 11:00 pm

STAPLE YOUR TUITION STATEMENT?

Cannot tell if trolling...

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Re: Clerkship Resume: Full Scholarship?

Postby Borhas » Thu Jun 28, 2012 11:22 pm

frank galvin wrote:The lack of an impressive sounding name is part of the problem. Can I just staple my tuition statement?


Yeah go ahead bro

Judges love documentation

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Re: Clerkship Resume: Full Scholarship?

Postby pballer » Thu Jun 28, 2012 11:29 pm

Your honor, I made an awesome financial decision! See financial documentation attached hereto (Exhibit 'A' to my Resume).

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Re: Clerkship Resume: Full Scholarship?

Postby sunynp » Thu Jun 28, 2012 11:33 pm

frank galvin wrote:So I have about 90% of a full (in my mind, what I pay is rather insignificant). Most of these money was given a merit scholarship, some of the stuff was earned following my 1L year. I have a summer associateship and I am applying for clerkships. My school is ranked low, but I took the money and made it work. Can I get away with saying Full Scholarship? I need a way of publicizing the fact that I made a good economic decision and still got to where I needed to be. I think this is one way to mitigate the pedigree obstacles I face. I know it is a stretch, but I feel like leaving it out is a mistake, and likewise, saying something like "90%" is a ridiculous thing to put.


You are ashamed of your school, so you want to lie about your credentials. Get over it. Use something else to show how well you have done.

Or else just put 90% scholarship in the same line you would have put full scholarship. It isn't that lame and it has the advantage of being true.

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Re: Clerkship Resume: Full Scholarship?

Postby JusticeJackson » Fri Jun 29, 2012 1:55 am

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Re: Clerkship Resume: Full Scholarship?

Postby lawyerwannabe » Fri Jun 29, 2012 2:01 am

JusticeJackson wrote:I don't think this will help you. I had a full scholarship and I wrote "academic scholarship" on my resume (I didn't specify it was full). In the interviews where it came up, no one seemed to give a damn. One guy said "lucky you" and I didn't get an offer, Economic decisions are nice, but so is having a website with a bunch of top ten grads on it.


Let's get over this economic decision thing. OP did not choose an almost full-ride over a T14 . . .

OP: just be honest; I think a judge would be pretty ticked if s/he found out you lied on your resume to look marginally more impressive.

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Re: Clerkship Resume: Full Scholarship?

Postby fatduck » Fri Jun 29, 2012 10:19 am

finances are personal, bro. if you want a little boost in clerkship hiring, why not just say you went to Harvard?

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Re: Clerkship Resume: Full Scholarship?

Postby dixiecupdrinking » Fri Jun 29, 2012 10:25 am

No one cares about your economic decision, but they might care that your low ranked school was not the best one you could have gotten into. That's the benefit of listing scholarships. That said, of course you can't get away with calling your not-full ride a full ride.

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Re: Clerkship Resume: Full Scholarship?

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Jun 29, 2012 10:31 am

Would it be douchey to put "awarded a 105,000 merit scholarship at ________" casually on my resume?

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Re: Clerkship Resume: Full Scholarship?

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Jun 29, 2012 10:39 am

Anonymous User wrote:Would it be douchey to put "awarded a 105,000 merit scholarship at ________" casually on my resume?


Yes.

Didn't mean to be anon: this is rayiner.

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Re: Clerkship Resume: Full Scholarship?

Postby 20130312 » Fri Jun 29, 2012 10:44 am

Anonymous User wrote:Would it be douchey to put "awarded a 105,000 merit scholarship at ________" casually on my resume?


Yes. There's nothing casual about that.

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Re: Clerkship Resume: Full Scholarship?

Postby unlicensedpotato » Fri Jun 29, 2012 11:28 am

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Re: Clerkship Resume: Full Scholarship?

Postby rayiner » Fri Jun 29, 2012 11:54 am

Unless you've got something like the AnBryce at NYU, the only thing a scholarship tells the judge is that your LSAT/GPA was higher than the medians for your school. What does the judge care about that? He already has your GPA showing your performance relative to your peers at the school you did go to.

Maybe I can see it you're in the top few people at your school and you want to suggest to the judge that you got into a higher-ranked school and maybe would have been in the top few people there too, instead of say top 5% or whatever mental discounting the judge does, but even then you're not adding a lot of information. Most judges know that the top few people at any school probably could have been the top few people at a higher-ranked school. What does the judge care whether they got into that higher-ranked school to begin with?

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Re: Clerkship Resume: Full Scholarship?

Postby efleury » Fri Jun 29, 2012 10:48 pm

rayiner wrote:Unless you've got something like the AnBryce at NYU, the only thing a scholarship tells the judge is that your LSAT/GPA was higher than the medians for your school. What does the judge care about that? He already has your GPA showing your performance relative to your peers at the school you did go to.

Maybe I can see it you're in the top few people at your school and you want to suggest to the judge that you got into a higher-ranked school and maybe would have been in the top few people there too, instead of say top 5% or whatever mental discounting the judge does, but even then you're not adding a lot of information. Most judges know that the top few people at any school probably could have been the top few people at a higher-ranked school. What does the judge care whether they got into that higher-ranked school to begin with?


What about when submitting applications on Dec 1st before we have our grades?

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Re: Clerkship Resume: Full Scholarship?

Postby rayiner » Fri Jun 29, 2012 10:58 pm

efleury wrote:
rayiner wrote:Unless you've got something like the AnBryce at NYU, the only thing a scholarship tells the judge is that your LSAT/GPA was higher than the medians for your school. What does the judge care about that? He already has your GPA showing your performance relative to your peers at the school you did go to.

Maybe I can see it you're in the top few people at your school and you want to suggest to the judge that you got into a higher-ranked school and maybe would have been in the top few people there too, instead of say top 5% or whatever mental discounting the judge does, but even then you're not adding a lot of information. Most judges know that the top few people at any school probably could have been the top few people at a higher-ranked school. What does the judge care whether they got into that higher-ranked school to begin with?


What about when submitting applications on Dec 1st before we have our grades?


You mean for 1L summer externships? Yes, I think it's reasonable to include named scholarship information in such circumstances.

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Re: Clerkship Resume: Full Scholarship?

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Jun 30, 2012 11:14 am

one of our full professors, who once worked as biglaw partner, said it's ok to state the exact amount of the scholarship on the resume.

I don't know.... if you do, make sure you do not come across as douchey otherwise.




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