sublime wrote:Honestly, and I am sorry to say this, but it sounds like you just couldn't cut it.
Yeah, read some articles about me and how I couldn't cut it. What I couldn't cut was self-interested psychopaths trying to bring me down 24/7, and no, life is not usually like that. I'm a self-starter who DOES things and LOVES people. Law students cheat off each other (I saw it and was asked to participate, which I didn't. Our student speaker at our graduation can't take the BAR because he was caught cheating during law school. Yes, he's their hero. The cheater.) Lawyers do nothing but cheat off each other and copy each other's briefs and then charge their clients for 20 hours when their secretary spent 1 hour on it.
You are right, I don't fit in with those types. Thank god. My name is Donna Larsen, so you can pick me out of the articles/videos done about me. Here are two:http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/ ... en16m.html
I was in court more before law school then most people are after.
Part of my law school essay with more accomplishments:
My desire to make a difference in the world led me to a volunteer opportunity in 2001. I came across an opening with the Lane County District Attorney’s office to be a crime victim advocate. (Lane County, Oregon has one of the most progressive crime victim advocate offices in the country.) Because I have always been interested in the legal system, I applied and went through their training. For two years I worked between eight and sixteen hours a week as a volunteer crime victim advocate. I felt a great deal of satisfaction helping crime victims navigate the legal system. I worked in every department, including protection order court, where I helped people fill out their paperwork and went in front of the judge with them. I helped victims of every sort of crime fill out crime victim compensation forms. I went to court with the victims or, if they could not attend, in their place. I informed victims of the whereabouts of the perpetrator of their crime if he or she had been released from jail. When a file was assigned to me, I became the liaison between the victim and the attorney, leaving the attorney free to focus on the case. I progressed from handling shoplifting to domestic violence to burglary and rape cases during the two years that I volunteered there.
I told my husband how happy I was working as a crime victim advocate and said that I might want to do it professionally. I especially enjoyed going to court and trials. He suggested that I go to law school and become an attorney. I told him I felt I was too old to begin working towards something that big because I did not even have a bachelor’s degree at the time. He replied that I was not too old. I mentioned this idea to a few friends, and they all encouraged me to work towards law school. I was reminded of something my father told me when I was young: “To be blessed with a talent and not share that talent with the world is the greatest sin,” and I was also reminded of the man who dove into the Potomac to save the drowning woman and recommitted myself to improving society. Because I have a talent and a love for helping people navigate through the legal system, I believe that becoming an attorney would be the best use of my life.
To further familiarize myself with the legal system (and about a year into earning my bachelor’s degree), I decided to start a website called trialdiary.com where I would blog about trials I attended, so the public could read about how the legal system worked. A friend of mine, Hilary Mohr, was also interested in the project so we created the website together. To start, we decided to attend the triple-murder trial of Sebastian Burns and Atif Rafay. We attended the trial almost daily, from the opening statements through the conviction and sentencing. The trial lasted six months, and trialdiary.com garnered a lot of media attention during that time. The Seattle Times published an article about us, which was picked up by the Associated Press and reported nationally and internationally. We appeared on KOMO 4 News, the Q13 Fox Morning News, and Catherine Crier Live on Court TV to talk about the website and the trial itself.
The experience confirmed my belief that I want to become an attorney. Not surprisingly, Hilary is currently in her third year at the Seattle University School of Law.
I received an Associate of Arts degree from Bellevue Community College (BCC) with a concentration in philosophy. My GPA at BCC earned me membership in Phi Theta Kappa, the International Honor Society for two-year colleges. Of my courses at BCC, I enjoyed logic the most. I found it stimulating to turn an argument into a math problem in order to solve it. I hoped that logic would be a powerful tool I could use to solve complex social problems when I became an attorney. My philosophy professors did not share my enthusiasm for logic. Even while teaching it, they insisted it had no intrinsic value and seemed to treat the subject more like a parlor trick than a science. However, with their encouragement, I became the president of the Philosophy Club and took other philosophy classes, which gave me an expanded introduction to the history of law and order, the theories that inspired the creation of modern government, and the ethics that are valued in a democratic society. I am particularly interested in John Rawls’ Original Position and the implications it has for protecting those who are most vulnerable in society.
I am working toward a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences with a concentration in political economy, which I will finish in the spring of 2007; I am currently on the Dean’s List due to my GPA. I stumbled into this concentration by accident but have been consistently fascinated by the classes I have taken. These classes have taught me both the economic theory and the political reality that help explain major world events, the acquisition of power, and the most complex social issues we face today. My education in philosophy has taught me how the world should be, but political economy has taught me how the world really is. The knowledge I have acquired from the two different disciplines has influenced me to make the world more the way it should be because my goal is to make the world a better place than I found it.
I chose to apply to the Seattle University School of Law because I feel that your program offers the professional skills and knowledge I need to reach out and help those in society who need it the most; the professional atmosphere and emphasis on a quality education at your institution appeals to me. In addition, I have researched your law classes and am pleased to find that you have the best legal writing course in the country. In conclusion, I believe that attending the Seattle University School of Law will help me help others.