Work experience question

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lou_dog490
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Work experience question

Postby lou_dog490 » Tue Oct 11, 2011 12:27 am

Looking for some work experience advice as related to law school admissions...

Would it be better to keep my current job (a supervisor position) or move to something more related to law (a position which would probably not be supervisory in nature)?

My current job title is "Residential Habilitation Staff Supervisor" and I work for a Developmental Disability Agency. Basically I manage a staff of 40+ who assist developmentally delayed adults in working toward independence in their homes and the community.

What would look better on a law school app? 1+ years experience as a "Residential Habilitation Staff Supervisor" or 1+ years experience working for a law firm in some capacity?

Thanks...

Void
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Re: Work experience question

Postby Void » Tue Oct 11, 2011 12:44 am

Stay where you are. Any benefit you might get from having a tiny bit of legal experience wi be outweighed by inevitable speculation as to why you abruptly left your supervisor gig. Plus, none of this matters much for LS admission anyway- work experience is a tiny component of your application, except that some schools (NU) emphasize it. Just make as much $ as you can between now and starting school.

senorhosh
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Re: Work experience question

Postby senorhosh » Tue Oct 11, 2011 1:14 am

Schools that want WE (NU) are looking for WE that shows leadership.

"We are ideally looking for professional post-graduate work experience. What does that mean? It could mean a variety of different things in a variety of different fields. What we’re really looking for is skills that come out of work experience. We are looking for project management experience, advocacy experience, responsibility and leadership within their different roles.

It’s not really the first line of the resume that’s important to us. It’s the description of what comes after that first line. I’ve seen a lot of wonderful looking titles, but then when you drill down deeper, there’s really not much there."
http://www.top-law-schools.com/northwes ... chool.html

I'd say your current job does better at that.




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