I would be most obliged to participate in the 2010 Summer Law Institute. Although it will require a huge commitment of time and energy, it is a valuable opportunity that is in my case, a necessity. I feel that I am the perfect candidate for a number of reasons.
While my undergraduate GPA and LSAT score are up to par with admission standards, my undergraduate course of study did not provide me with the utmost preparation for law school. Majoring in health and human services did not require many extensive writing assignments, nor did it include reading of analytical texts. As a result, my reading speed may not be as fast as others. Such a task was particularly challenging for me during the LSAT, considering reading comprehension was my weakest section. Having a strong work ethic, I worked diligently to increase my reading speed to be able to finish this section. To no avail, I worked harder to master the other sections to compensate.
Another contributing factor is the time I have been out of a classroom setting. I worked for two years at The Department of Veterans Affairs, where I have not had much exposure to any type of analytical reading or writing.
Finally, I will be moving away from home, for the first time to Queens, NY. This is a huge transition for me, and it has been very stressful. Being in the process of finding a suitable roommate and a nearby apartment, I have had extra concerns on my mind.
The SLI will not only provide me with the tools I will need for law school, but will also put me in a position to meet professors, staff, and students. I am hopeful that I will become a better-rounded, confident 1L because of it.