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Specific Groups => Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students => Topic started by: kaest4 on December 29, 2004, 06:20:05 PM

Title: 36 years old and wanting some advice- My story
Post by: kaest4 on December 29, 2004, 06:20:05 PM
Hello all,

I am a 36 year african-american single female with no children. I am currently in the process of completing my BSBA with a field concentration is Sports Management from Robert Morris University. (Hoping to graduate in May 2006). At the moment my GPA is a 2.35 but am working on bringing it up to at least a 3.0. I am planning on taking the LSAT in June of 2005.  What score should I be aiming for on the LSAT? And will be applying to Law Schools in October 2005.


I am interested in Sports Law and it seems like the 2 law schools that I have found are:

Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI  and Tulane in New Orleans.


I am leaning towards Marquette due to the fact that if offers part-time and finances are going to be an issue ( I plan on working full time).

I was just wanting any advice, it will be greatly welcomed.
Title: Re: 36 years old and wanting some advice- My story
Post by: burghblast on December 29, 2004, 06:24:00 PM
From what I understand, black women are the scarcest URM and as such you have a huge advantage.  If I were you, I wouldn't be worrying about the bare minimum LSAT necessary to get into law school - I would be worried about scoring in the 160s and getting yourself some scholarships.
Title: Re: 36 years old and wanting some advice- My story
Post by: jeflord on December 29, 2004, 06:25:59 PM
Have you taken the LSAT yet?

I personally think Tulane would be awesome.  If finances are a concern, maybe some loans would be an option to help you make a move.

NOLA is pretty fun too!
Title: Re: 36 years old and wanting some advice- My story
Post by: kaest4 on December 29, 2004, 06:35:59 PM
Thanks for the advice :)
Title: Re: 36 years old and wanting some advice- My story
Post by: isodosejustice on December 30, 2004, 07:30:14 AM
I am 45 years old and am applying to the part-time program at Marquette for the fall 2005 semester; thinking about specializing in health law. I went there as an undergraduate and have enjoyed living in Milwaukee. The downtown area is quickly coming back with new apartment developments, restaurants, stores, etc.. The area around Marquette is OK, but crime is still occasionally a problem. (Although, I think itís still safer than New Orleans--been there a few times). You have to get used to the winters here but in the last decade, itís been much warmer and bearable. Marquette law school has a great reputation around the Milwaukee and Chicago region. Hope this little bit of information helps.
Title: Re: 36 years old and wanting some advice- My story
Post by: grannypants on December 30, 2004, 09:55:09 AM
Tulane is one wild place and the law school is really nice (or it was when I started there in 1996 for undergrad). We used to break in and study there b/c Tilton (the crap shack library) had live wires everywhere. I think the law school has been on a huge upswing in recent years and you are no longer doomed to practice law in the South. A word to the wise though, Tulane teaches common and civil law so just make sure you don't want to practice in Louisiana otherwise its the Napoleonic Code for you!
Title: Re: 36 years old and wanting some advice- My story
Post by: grannypants on December 30, 2004, 10:00:11 AM
P.S New Orleans is like Beruit in the 80's so just be careful. You can't leave without being mugged, car jacked or female dog slapped by your own handbag which happened to my best friend while she was skinny dipping in a hot tub. Oh yeah, they stole all their clothes too. I was female dog slapped when some guy jumped out from behind a parked car and made a lunge for my backpack but I screamed bloody murder and the whole neighborhood appeared and the guy ran off. Ahhh, the memories. The food is great down there though.
Title: Re: 36 years old and wanting some advice- My story
Post by: kaest4 on December 30, 2004, 01:09:43 PM
Wow- I cant believe it :)  I thought that New Orleans had become a little safer-lol 

But I have a feeling I am going to end up in Wisc. I can handle the cold- I am from Pittsburgh...

Is it wrong to put all your hopes into  1 school? :-\

Thanks

Karen
Title: Re: 36 years old and wanting some advice- My story
Post by: grannypants on December 30, 2004, 01:20:31 PM
No, New Orleans is still pretty bad. I was so naive and had no idea that it was so bad when I started school there. Talk about culture shock but I am glad I went there b/c I def. learned some much needed street smarts. Anyway, I would suggest applying to a few more schools, just in case. Cold Schmold...have you ever felt Louisiana in August? I have poker straight hair...it actually curled in the humidity. Plus, it rains and the whole place floods including Tulane (not so much the law school) and some rooms stink like mold. I am happy to stay in the midwest for law school. Have you thought about Madison?
Title: Re: 36 years old and wanting some advice- My story
Post by: kaest4 on December 30, 2004, 02:18:02 PM
I am 45 years old and am applying to the part-time program at Marquette for the fall 2005 semester; thinking about specializing in health law. I went there as an undergraduate and have enjoyed living in Milwaukee. The downtown area is quickly coming back with new apartment developments, restaurants, stores, etc.. The area around Marquette is OK, but crime is still occasionally a problem. (Although, I think itís still safer than New Orleans--been there a few times). You have to get used to the winters here but in the last decade, itís been much warmer and bearable. Marquette law school has a great reputation around the Milwaukee and Chicago region. Hope this little bit of information helps.


I think I want to go the Marquette more then anywhere...I have to plan a visit to the city
Title: Re: 36 years old and wanting some advice- My story
Post by: kaest4 on December 30, 2004, 02:20:31 PM
No, New Orleans is still pretty bad. I was so naive and had no idea that it was so bad when I started school there. Talk about culture shock but I am glad I went there b/c I def. learned some much needed street smarts. Anyway, I would suggest applying to a few more schools, just in case. Cold Schmold...have you ever felt Louisiana in August? I have poker straight hair...it actually curled in the humidity. Plus, it rains and the whole place floods including Tulane (not so much the law school) and some rooms stink like mold. I am happy to stay in the midwest for law school. Have you thought about Madison?

I think the problem that i am running into is the law I want to pratice- Sports law?  Do u know of any other school that offer that specific law degree?
Title: Re: 36 years old and wanting some advice- My story
Post by: grannypants on December 30, 2004, 02:25:20 PM
I wish I knew more about law schools that offer sports law but I almost failed gym in high school and really had no idea my undergrad had sports teams!
Title: Re: 36 years old and wanting some advice- My story
Post by: kaest4 on December 30, 2004, 03:17:56 PM
I wish I knew more about law schools that offer sports law but I almost failed gym in high school and really had no idea my undergrad had sports teams!


LOL  thanks for your info and advice (by the way my favorite sport is hockey) ;D go figure 
Title: Re: 36 years old and wanting some advice- My story
Post by: kaest4 on January 01, 2005, 08:59:41 AM
Here is my list so far for schools:

1) Marquette
2) Tulane
3) Michigan State
4) University of GA


Any opinions?
Title: Re: 36 years old and wanting some advice- My story
Post by: burghblast on January 01, 2005, 09:20:51 AM
Here is my list so far for schools:

1) Marquette
2) Tulane
3) Michigan State
4) University of GA


Any opinions?

I think you're underestimating the impact your URM status will have.  If you score in the mid-to-upper 160's on the LSAT I bet many good schools will be willing to completely overlook your GPA.  If you like the schools in your list, definitely apply.  But also go for some more T1 reaches (Like UGA).
Title: Re: 36 years old and wanting some advice- My story
Post by: kaest4 on January 01, 2005, 10:25:11 AM
What other T1 schools should I be looking at? and does my URM status really make that big of  a difference?  Sorry if I sound surprised- I know that minority females are in the low numbers in the law profession but are they really that low?  Think I need to do some more research.  Thanks for the advice
Title: Re: 36 years old and wanting some advice- My story
Post by: kaest4 on January 01, 2005, 06:07:18 PM
U can add GW to the list and have been talking to people- when i take the lsat  I am going to aim for 167 and work on GPA to at least a 3.5- I have the time, at the moment I live in FL and taking classes at a local community college to transfer back to my university in Pittsburgh (a long story of why I am in FL) anyway will return to Pittsburgh in fall of 2005 to finish BSBA in May 2006.
Title: Re: 36 years old and wanting some advice- My story
Post by: burghblast on January 01, 2005, 06:46:21 PM
U can add GW to the list and have been talking to people- when i take the lsat  I am going to aim for 167 and work on GPA to at least a 3.5- I have the time, at the moment I live in FL and taking classes at a local community college to transfer back to my university in Pittsburgh (a long story of why I am in FL) anyway will return to Pittsburgh in fall of 2005 to finish BSBA in May 2006.

If you have a 167 and a 3.5 GPA and you're a black woman, you should apply to every T14 school.  Check out www.lawschoolnumbers.com and look at the admission graph for each school you're considering.  This will show you the LSAT and GPA of everyone on the site who has been accepted and rejected at the school.  Assume that the people at the absolute lowest end of both ranges who got in were all URM's or had some other intangible advantage.  As far as being a woman, everything I've read says that black women, specifically, are the single most underrepresented minority in law school, so most of the schools are desperate to recruit them.
Title: Re: 36 years old and wanting some advice- My story
Post by: UniversityWASH on January 02, 2005, 02:10:05 AM
kaest4, if you are interested is sports law, check out this website/blog:  http://sports-law.blogspot.com/  It is written by a law student at Harvard.  I love it.
Title: Re: 36 years old and wanting some advice- My story
Post by: kaest4 on January 02, 2005, 11:00:31 AM
kaest4, if you are interested is sports law, check out this website/blog:  http://sports-law.blogspot.com/  It is written by a law student at Harvard.  I love it.

Thanks for the info - it was very helpful
 8)
Karen
Title: Re: 36 years old and wanting some advice- My story
Post by: kaest4 on January 04, 2005, 02:32:18 PM
I have choosen my personal statement topic- its entitled  "Conflict with my Culture"