poptart-riot (2018-2019)

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Application Information

F - Fee Waiver, A - Attending, W - Withdrawn, D - Deferred
# Law School Status Type $$$ Sent Received Complete Decision Updated
1 CUNY Queens College graph Accepted A 05/01/18 05/02/18 05/02/18 05/24/18 1 year

Applicant Information

suny new paltz
journalism (pr track)
N/A out of N/A

Demographic Information

new york
New York
5-9 Years

Extra Curricular Information

Most of my paid, post-undergraduate work experience was not in a traditional professional industry. However, between winter 2016 and spring 2017, I was fortunate to have the schedule flexibility and connections to obtain part-time internships at a legal non-profit and defenders service.

I also started volunteering as an arraignment court observer a few months before submitting my application.

Before and after my internships, I held several volunteer positions that demonstrated long-term interest in social justice activism and community organizing. Some of these volunteer positions evolved into leadership roles.


Public interest or bust!! Specifically, criminal defense with a radical bent. Prison reform, decriminalize all the things, etc.

In light of my undergraduate GPA, I completed a continuing education certificate program in 'Principles of Finance.' This helped me demonstrate my ability to make grades in the A- - A range. I also put off applying until I got a competitive LSAT score.

I had to write a character and fitness addendum because I was on 'Academic Warning' during my first semester of my junior year. This was due to my grades from second semester of sophomore year.

I avoided telling a "sob story" to explain the circumstances that led to those grades. Instead, I explained the actions I took after that semester to work on my organizational and study skills, and pointed out that I sustained improved grades for the rest of my undergraduate career. I also explained that I changed my major from a creative/arts focused program to a research and writing-focused program in the semester following the one that resulted in my academic warning status.

Hope this helps anyone who feels discouraged because they came to the decision to become a lawyer late, had a tough time in undergrad, or because financial circumstances didn't allow them to jump straight into a low-wage entry level job in the traditional workforce right out of college!

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