NonTradHealthLaw wrote:Maybe it's my own non-trad status coming out, but I encourage you to make yourself known to the admissions office at your desired schools. Go in for a tour and meet with the director this summer so when your app comes in it has the chance to "jump off the page" with an associated face. It can't hurt to let hem know your intentions and desires, and based on your dynamism through these posts, I'm sure you'll come across as a diamond. Kick some ass on the LSAT, but also remember, your softs are almost "hards." while schools aren't required to give veterans' preference like the government, it speaks volumes to your leadership, work ethic, perspective, experience...etc. Let's just say I'd love to be reading your emails in January when the admissions accolades start coming in droves!
Thank you for your kind words! You have no idea how much it means to me - Honestly. This is such a crazy, stressful time (Even moreso, I think, than getting on the bird for my first time in the desert) that it is just amazing that a place like TLS exists with people like those that have taken their time to help me and write replies like yours.
Your advice about meeting with / otherwise getting to know admissions people is awesome. I am kind of concerned that, since law schools don't hold summer classes, there won't be anyone there! However, since I am applying in October (After the Oct LSAT, of course), and classes begin in August, I was planning to sit in on a couple of classes that I found interesting while browsing schools' curricula. That would give me the opportunity to discuss them in the final draft of my personal statement, right? That's how I see it, anyway.
Specifically about the admissions office, would you recommend shooting e-mails to Berkeley and Stanford via their email@example.com in order to schedule a time? I have spoken via e-mail with a professor of law from both Stanford and Berkeley but it certainly could not hurt to, as you said, connect a face to the name to the application! Do you personally have any experience with e-mailing admissions folks? At this risk of sounding really redundant, I do worry that summer, being as it is, I will be mostly out of luck until August.
Thanks again and I am looking forward to your reply!