roguey wrote:letsdoit1982 wrote:charlesjd wrote:letsdoit1982 wrote:I think the economy has just screwed all of us over. Schools are getting so many damn applicants, which has made this cycle ridiculously competitive.
I have heard numerous times that law schools are obvious aware of this, and want applicants who really want to study law, another reason why people with what might be stellar numbers and WE are being WL or rejected. Adcoms are smart enough to tell when someone is applying because they lost their job or for the hell of it. However for those right out of undergrad, a few years out, with an obvious resume geared towards a career in law, you have a better chance at admission in SOME instances.
I disagree. In general, I think law schools do not know if you're legitimately interested in law. Even if they could, I don't think they would even really care - All they care about is boosting the prestige of their school. This is why law school is such a numbers game. If they actually cared about what the applicant's character and motives were, you would see people getting in to law school with numbers way below the school's medians. As it stands, you don't see this. Someone with low grades, a stellar LSAT, and who is clearly just trying to avoid the economy is going to get admitted over someone who has worked really hard the past 4 years and has shown serious interest in the law but has a mediocre LSAT.
I dunno. I tend to agree with the idea about those who have an interest in law being the ones admitted vs those going back to school because of the economy. I am saying this from the experience I've had thus far. I always wanted to go to law school but got into an abusive marriage where I wasn't allowed to. Once I ran away, I found a job at a law office and realized just how much I wanted to study law. I'm fully employed as a paralegal, and I make more than I did as a high school teacher. I think the difference between me and some of the other people on here with considerable work experience is I decided to change careers after I'd already changed careers, and I'm still employed with LORs from my former principals and my current boss. Then my PS talked about how I've wanted to go to law school since I was a geeky 10 year old. Adcoms can probably tell based upon resumes, LORs, and PSes whether a person is going to law school to hide from the recession or if it is a genuine career change motivated by an event other than possibly losing one's job. I could be wrong. I'm kinda tired.
Interesting, now that I remember, I heard that a buddy of mine had an interview with IU and the interviewers said to him something along the lines of: "looking at your resume, it looks like you have wanted to pursue a legal career for some time now."