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Title: Former gang member...What are my chances?
Post by: chris.rod84 on April 28, 2009, 11:52:11 PM
2010 Graduate Poli Sci

URM - mom from sierra leone, west africa/ dad jamaican with portugese descent (never met father)
will be first college grad in family. 

3.0-3.1 GPA at graduation if I maintain current pace of straight A's. (Upward Trend-two straight years of all A's. 0.73 GPA after freshman year)

167 LSAT - Shooting for 171-172 on retake

Compelling Personal Statement and LOR's.  Former gang member/been stabbed in torsow/ scars to prove it. Not proud of it, just stating the facts.  Left gang and decided to attend college at 22 yrs. old after best friend was sentenced to 18 years in prison (fed time-no parole).  REALLY turned my life around

Started a youth mentorship program here in Atlanta....My Brother's Keeper which links underprivileged black males with black male college students.

I'm shooting for T-14. HYS and other top of the heap schools etc.

What are my chances?
Title: Re: Former gang member...What are my chances?
Post by: LawDog3 on April 30, 2009, 09:59:34 AM
Any school you want...esp. the Ivy League...they love to admit people like you. check the record, it's true. There are many stories of former gang members or convicts getting their "second chances at life" through Harvard, Yale or Cornell Law.

Even schools like Michigan love to admit someone like that every year, especially if they are Black or other URM. It keeps up their image of promoting a pluralistic society...and they get their free pub through Ebony Magazine, 20/20, etc. 
Title: Re: Former gang member...What are my chances?
Post by: LawDog3 on April 30, 2009, 11:41:08 AM
2010 Graduate Poli Sci

URM - mom from sierra leone, west africa/ dad jamaican with portugese descent (never met father)
will be first college grad in family. 

3.0-3.1 GPA at graduation if I maintain current pace of straight A's. (Upward Trend-two straight years of all A's. 0.73 GPA after freshman year)

167 LSAT - Shooting for 171-172 on retake

Compelling Personal Statement and LOR's.  Former gang member/been stabbed in torsow/ scars to prove it. Not proud of it, just stating the facts.  Left gang and decided to attend college at 22 yrs. old after best friend was sentenced to 18 years in prison (fed time-no parole).  REALLY turned my life around

Started a youth mentorship program here in Atlanta....My Brother's Keeper which links underprivileged black males with black male college students.

I'm shooting for T-14. HYS and other top of the heap schools etc.

What are my chances?


There's a lot of shooting in this thread.

lol.
Title: Re: Former gang member...What are my chances?
Post by: AgreeToDisagree on April 30, 2009, 02:43:00 PM
2010 Graduate Poli Sci

URM - mom from sierra leone, west africa/ dad jamaican with portugese descent (never met father)
will be first college grad in family. 

3.0-3.1 GPA at graduation if I maintain current pace of straight A's. (Upward Trend-two straight years of all A's. 0.73 GPA after freshman year)

167 LSAT - Shooting for 171-172 on retake

Compelling Personal Statement and LOR's.  Former gang member/been stabbed in torsow/ scars to prove it. Not proud of it, just stating the facts.  Left gang and decided to attend college at 22 yrs. old after best friend was sentenced to 18 years in prison (fed time-no parole).  REALLY turned my life around

Started a youth mentorship program here in Atlanta....My Brother's Keeper which links underprivileged black males with black male college students.

I'm shooting for T-14. HYS and other top of the heap schools etc.

What are my chances?


There's a lot of shooting in this thread.

lol.

It speaks volumes of you clowns' character in regard to denigrating the OP. This brotha' is shooting to do somthing positive for his community in lieu of the previous polar choice. The whole act of concieving an idea in your mind is akin to shooting for a thing, at one point we have all shot for a thing, and will continue to shoot. Talk about unconscionable. And law dog you should know better considering the fact that you're a black man; you of all people should know much kudos the OP deserves for turning his life around. I apologize for you (LawDog) on behalf of all black people.
Title: Re: Former gang member...What are my chances?
Post by: Denny Shore on April 30, 2009, 04:13:58 PM
2010 Graduate Poli Sci

URM - mom from sierra leone, west africa/ dad jamaican with portugese descent (never met father)
will be first college grad in family. 

3.0-3.1 GPA at graduation if I maintain current pace of straight A's. (Upward Trend-two straight years of all A's. 0.73 GPA after freshman year)

167 LSAT - Shooting for 171-172 on retake

Compelling Personal Statement and LOR's.  Former gang member/been stabbed in torsow/ scars to prove it. Not proud of it, just stating the facts.  Left gang and decided to attend college at 22 yrs. old after best friend was sentenced to 18 years in prison (fed time-no parole).  REALLY turned my life around

Started a youth mentorship program here in Atlanta....My Brother's Keeper which links underprivileged black males with black male college students.

I'm shooting for T-14. HYS and other top of the heap schools etc.

What are my chances?


If you have any convictions/run ins with the law, be upfront about them.  Law Schools tend to favor URM's and if you can write a compelling essay and back it up with the numbers (which look pretty decent), you will get into law school.  Take a shot - there is no harm in applying to HYS etc.
Good luck.  It's nice to see it when someone turns their challenging life into something positive!
Title: Re: Former gang member...What are my chances?
Post by: LawDog3 on April 30, 2009, 05:13:14 PM
2010 Graduate Poli Sci

URM - mom from sierra leone, west africa/ dad jamaican with portugese descent (never met father)
will be first college grad in family. 

3.0-3.1 GPA at graduation if I maintain current pace of straight A's. (Upward Trend-two straight years of all A's. 0.73 GPA after freshman year)

167 LSAT - Shooting for 171-172 on retake

Compelling Personal Statement and LOR's.  Former gang member/been stabbed in torsow/ scars to prove it. Not proud of it, just stating the facts.  Left gang and decided to attend college at 22 yrs. old after best friend was sentenced to 18 years in prison (fed time-no parole).  REALLY turned my life around

Started a youth mentorship program here in Atlanta....My Brother's Keeper which links underprivileged black males with black male college students.

I'm shooting for T-14. HYS and other top of the heap schools etc.

What are my chances?


If you have any convictions/run ins with the law, be upfront about them.  Law Schools tend to favor URM's and if you can write a compelling essay and back it up with the numbers (which look pretty decent), you will get into law school.  Take a shot - there is no harm in applying to HYS etc.
Good luck.  It's nice to see it when someone turns their challenging life into something positive!

Correction...law schools tend to "seek out QUALIFIED URM's", especially those with good stories. Being a URM in itself guarantees nothing.
Title: Re: Former gang member...What are my chances?
Post by: LawDog3 on April 30, 2009, 05:15:44 PM
2010 Graduate Poli Sci

URM - mom from sierra leone, west africa/ dad jamaican with portugese descent (never met father)
will be first college grad in family. 

3.0-3.1 GPA at graduation if I maintain current pace of straight A's. (Upward Trend-two straight years of all A's. 0.73 GPA after freshman year)

167 LSAT - Shooting for 171-172 on retake

Compelling Personal Statement and LOR's.  Former gang member/been stabbed in torsow/ scars to prove it. Not proud of it, just stating the facts.  Left gang and decided to attend college at 22 yrs. old after best friend was sentenced to 18 years in prison (fed time-no parole).  REALLY turned my life around

Started a youth mentorship program here in Atlanta....My Brother's Keeper which links underprivileged black males with black male college students.

I'm shooting for T-14. HYS and other top of the heap schools etc.

What are my chances?


There's a lot of shooting in this thread.

lol.

It speaks volumes of you clowns' character in regard to denigrating the OP. This brotha' is shooting to do somthing positive for his community in lieu of the previous polar choice. The whole act of concieving an idea in your mind is akin to shooting for a thing, at one point we have all shot for a thing, and will continue to shoot. Talk about unconscionable. And law dog you should know better considering the fact that you're a black man; you of all people should know much kudos the OP deserves for turning his life around. I apologize for you (LawDog) on behalf of all black people.

I appreciate you supporting the OP, but don't you think you are being a bit too sensitive? Come on man, you know good and well I am down. You aren't counting me in that group, are you? I advised him to push forward. If I was a hater, I wouldn't have done that. And if I did not say it before, I am extremely proud of him for turning his life around. My bad for not saying that up front...I thought it was redundant b/c of my advice.

It was just a joke, and if Steve Harvey, Jamie Fox and Chris Rock can joke about aspects of gang bangin', it should not be that big of a deal. But I'll say this, everyone does need to give OP his due respect.I wish my cousins would have realized that they, too, could have been lawyers.
Title: Re: Former gang member...What are my chances?
Post by: Obama2 on April 30, 2009, 05:49:56 PM
I think you have pretty good chances especially if you get that retake score. Much respect for turning your life around and trying to pass the knowlegde to others.
Title: Re: Former gang member...What are my chances?
Post by: TruOne on April 30, 2009, 07:25:31 PM
2010 Graduate Poli Sci

URM - mom from sierra leone, west africa/ dad jamaican with portugese descent (never met father)
will be first college grad in family. 

3.0-3.1 GPA at graduation if I maintain current pace of straight A's. (Upward Trend-two straight years of all A's. 0.73 GPA after freshman year)

167 LSAT - Shooting for 171-172 on retake

Compelling Personal Statement and LOR's.  Former gang member/been stabbed in torsow/ scars to prove it. Not proud of it, just stating the facts.  Left gang and decided to attend college at 22 yrs. old after best friend was sentenced to 18 years in prison (fed time-no parole).  REALLY turned my life around

Started a youth mentorship program here in Atlanta....My Brother's Keeper which links underprivileged black males with black male college students.

I'm shooting for T-14. HYS and other top of the heap schools etc.

What are my chances?


There's a lot of shooting in this thread.

A TRUE Gunner
Title: Re: Former gang member...What are my chances?
Post by: AgreeToDisagree on April 30, 2009, 08:10:09 PM
You should be fine; I know an individual who scored a 156 and was admitted into HLS. Keep your head up, nobody in LSD is on any admissions commitee.
Title: Re: Former gang member...What are my chances?
Post by: A. on April 30, 2009, 08:15:59 PM
2010 Graduate Poli Sci

URM - mom from sierra leone, west africa/ dad jamaican with portugese descent (never met father)
will be first college grad in family. 

3.0-3.1 GPA at graduation if I maintain current pace of straight A's. (Upward Trend-two straight years of all A's. 0.73 GPA after freshman year)

167 LSAT - Shooting for 171-172 on retake

Compelling Personal Statement and LOR's.  Former gang member/been stabbed in torsow/ scars to prove it. Not proud of it, just stating the facts.  Left gang and decided to attend college at 22 yrs. old after best friend was sentenced to 18 years in prison (fed time-no parole).  REALLY turned my life around

Started a youth mentorship program here in Atlanta....My Brother's Keeper which links underprivileged black males with black male college students.

I'm shooting for T-14. HYS and other top of the heap schools etc.

What are my chances?


There's a lot of shooting in this thread.

A TRUE Gunner

 :D

OP, I think your chances at a t6 are very good.
Title: Re: Former gang member...What are my chances?
Post by: LawDog3 on May 01, 2009, 12:38:22 AM
You should be fine; I know an individual who scored a 156 and was admitted into HLS. Keep your head up, nobody in LSD is on any admissions commitee.

That's true. I know that has happened quite a few times. But man, I am still trippin' about how you read me my rights earlier. But it's all good. You are a stand up G, I can respect that.  ;)
Title: Re: Former gang member...What are my chances?
Post by: AgreeToDisagree on May 01, 2009, 02:36:57 PM
You should be fine; I know an individual who scored a 156 and was admitted into HLS. Keep your head up, nobody in LSD is on any admissions commitee.

That's true. I know that has happened quite a few times. But man, I am still trippin' about how you read me my rights earlier. But it's all good. You are a stand up G, I can respect that.  ;)

Stand up G? Really?
Title: Re: Former gang member...What are my chances?
Post by: LawDog3 on May 01, 2009, 02:56:58 PM
You should be fine; I know an individual who scored a 156 and was admitted into HLS. Keep your head up, nobody in LSD is on any admissions commitee.

That's true. I know that has happened quite a few times. But man, I am still trippin' about how you read me my rights earlier. But it's all good. You are a stand up G, I can respect that.  ;)

Stand up G? Really?

No joke...gi'me sum...(we pound fists)
Title: Re: Former gang member...What are my chances?
Post by: AgreeToDisagree on May 01, 2009, 10:00:21 PM
You should be fine; I know an individual who scored a 156 and was admitted into HLS. Keep your head up, nobody in LSD is on any admissions commitee.

That's true. I know that has happened quite a few times. But man, I am still trippin' about how you read me my rights earlier. But it's all good. You are a stand up G, I can respect that.  ;)

Stand up G? Really?

No joke...gi'me sum...(we pound fists)

hahaahahah....you're a clown...(hope you're not secretly trying to hit on me.)


Disclaimer: I have nothing against gay people; different strokes for different folks.
Title: Re: Former gang member...What are my chances?
Post by: I hate 20 dollar bills, I like 100's!!! on May 04, 2009, 12:56:52 PM
I think you wil be admitted into numerous schools, especially if you get your targeted score. It's a story America will love to hear..Schools will eat this up! Good luck!!!
Title: Re: Former gang member...What are my chances?
Post by: Denny Shore on May 06, 2009, 12:39:31 PM
2010 Graduate Poli Sci

URM - mom from sierra leone, west africa/ dad jamaican with portugese descent (never met father)
will be first college grad in family. 

3.0-3.1 GPA at graduation if I maintain current pace of straight A's. (Upward Trend-two straight years of all A's. 0.73 GPA after freshman year)

167 LSAT - Shooting for 171-172 on retake

Compelling Personal Statement and LOR's.  Former gang member/been stabbed in torsow/ scars to prove it. Not proud of it, just stating the facts.  Left gang and decided to attend college at 22 yrs. old after best friend was sentenced to 18 years in prison (fed time-no parole).  REALLY turned my life around

Started a youth mentorship program here in Atlanta....My Brother's Keeper which links underprivileged black males with black male college students.

I'm shooting for T-14. HYS and other top of the heap schools etc.

What are my chances?


If you have any convictions/run ins with the law, be upfront about them.  Law Schools tend to favor URM's and if you can write a compelling essay and back it up with the numbers (which look pretty decent), you will get into law school.  Take a shot - there is no harm in applying to HYS etc.
Good luck.  It's nice to see it when someone turns their challenging life into something positive!

Correction...law schools tend to "seek out QUALIFIED URM's", especially those with good stories. Being a URM in itself guarantees nothing.

I hate to nitpick, but I never so much as implied any such guarantee.
However, you must realize that URM's get preferential treatment when it comes to qualifications.  Without inciting a racial epithet, a white guy with a 3.0 and a 172 doesn't have much of a shot at HLS.  According to ABA data, the 25% GPA of Harvard admits is 3.75 and the 25% LSAT is 170.  An URM gets an edge due to diversity goals, and therefore has decreased requirements to fulfill the 'qualified' status.

Personally, I say go for it.  I wouldn't give a crap how I got into HLS, as long as I got in.

Good luck to the OP.
Title: Re: Former gang member...What are my chances?
Post by: BerkeleyNoctambulist on July 01, 2009, 05:06:46 PM
Much Respect to you brother! You and I have a similar background... I'd love to see you make it to either HYS!

Again I commend you on gettin' out!
Title: Re: Former gang member...What are my chances?
Post by: nde78 on May 28, 2010, 03:34:17 AM
Hi

As a former investigator with the FL Board of Bar Examiners, i can tell you that your challenge won't come from bar school admission, but in obtaining admission to practice law. Do you have any felony convictions?  If so, you want to make sure your civil rights have been restored.  I don't know what state you're in or plan to practice law, but FL has a reputation for having one of the toughest background investigation processes.  My advice is to keep up the good work and do as much volunteer work as you possibley can.
Title: Re: Former gang member...What are my chances?
Post by: cooleylawstudent on May 28, 2010, 05:51:50 AM
dosnt FL turn down all felons?

Hi

As a former investigator with the FL Board of Bar Examiners, i can tell you that your challenge won't come from bar school admission, but in obtaining admission to practice law. Do you have any felony convictions?  If so, you want to make sure your civil rights have been restored.  I don't know what state you're in or plan to practice law, but FL has a reputation for having one of the toughest background investigation processes.  My advice is to keep up the good work and do as much volunteer work as you possibley can.
Title: Re: Former gang member...What are my chances?
Post by: nde78 on May 28, 2010, 09:51:50 AM
FL does not turn down all felons.  If your civil rights have not been restored, you are not eligible for admission to the FL Bar.  I personally investigated convicted felons who were admitted to the Bar in FL.  The Board considers several things including the nature of the offense, age during the commission of the crime, and what the person has been doing since the conviction.  The Board considers the total person.  Not all felonies are violent.  If you are convicted of driving with a suspended license habitual in FL, that is a felony.
Title: Re: Former gang member...What are my chances?
Post by: cooleylawstudent on May 28, 2010, 01:54:45 PM
So if someone was convicted in a state that never restores full civil rights, then they could never get licensed in FL?
Example, michigan restores voting and foodstamps right upon release but keep the jury to jury duty permenantly removed so that you cant apply for restoration of gun rights due to the lack of "full" restoration of civil rights.

FL does not turn down all felons.  If your civil rights have not been restored, you are not eligible for admission to the FL Bar.  I personally investigated convicted felons who were admitted to the Bar in FL.  The Board considers several things including the nature of the offense, age during the commission of the crime, and what the person has been doing since the conviction.  The Board considers the total person.  Not all felonies are violent.  If you are convicted of driving with a suspended license habitual in FL, that is a felony.
Title: Re: Former gang member...What are my chances?
Post by: nde78 on May 31, 2010, 01:18:12 AM
You know, I'm now a parole examiner here in FL and one of my duties is to conduct investigations for restoration of civil rights.  If you reside in Fl and were convicted of a felony in another state, military, or federal court, you must apply to have your rights restored in FL.  FL is one of maybe 5 states in which civil rights are not automatically restored upon the completion of the sentence.  This does not  include the right to possess a firearm, which is a different application.  There is a huge backlog of pending applications for the restoration of civil rights in FL. My advice to anyone who plans to get admitted to the FL Bar and has a felony conviction is to apply to have your rights restored ASAP.
Title: Re: Former gang member...What are my chances?
Post by: wayne3alford on July 31, 2010, 12:25:25 AM
You have a great chance ahead.....Bright one!!
Title: Re: Former gang member...What are my chances?
Post by: trudawg on August 08, 2010, 03:56:25 PM
yes congrats to you for you story and your ambition. I too had a troubled and checkered past. I was up front, honest and provided every piece of paperwork the court could muster up, and I too am attending law school as a young black male that once was on the wrong track.
It can be done!
Title: Re: Former gang member...What are my chances?
Post by: nde78 on August 11, 2010, 12:57:47 AM
Have you applied to have your rights restored in FL?  I can't stress how urgent your need to apply is.  There is a backlog of over 700,000 cases for restoration of civil rights and depending on the nature of your conviction, you could be waiting for years for your case to be processed. 
Title: Re: Former gang member...What are my chances?
Post by: nde78 on August 11, 2010, 05:19:58 PM
Correction, there is a backlog of over 80,000 cases for restoration of civil rights in FL. You can read the July 2010 report found the on teh FL Parole Commission website. 
Title: Re: Former gang member...What are my chances?
Post by: Done Did It Already on August 16, 2010, 03:24:22 AM
I would advise you to giving serious thought about your chances to be found morally fit to practice law. I can tell you that if you are thinking about Georgia, the Bar Examiners love to exclude those with a history of violence. I had a classmate that had a record and wasn't allowed to sit for the bar in Georgia.

Title: Re: Former gang member...What are my chances?
Post by: REALITY on August 18, 2010, 09:02:05 AM
So? F the state then. ABA lets you sit ANY district and territory. Just apply to all untill one takes you.
Better to be a lawyer in Guam than a janitor in BFE Georgia.

I would advise you to giving serious thought about your chances to be found morally fit to practice law. I can tell you that if you are thinking about Georgia, the Bar Examiners love to exclude those with a history of violence. I had a classmate that had a record and wasn't allowed to sit for the bar in Georgia.
Title: Re: Former gang member...What are my chances?
Post by: sonofapickle on August 23, 2010, 01:14:58 PM
Everyone has heard this story already, I don't think they should provide any leniency to minorities for being minorities. It is stupid and is more self-defeating (ideally) than actual improvement on the system. You being a former gang member is your own problem, don't make it seem like something else. Who cares about the choices you made? You weren't born into gang life, you chose it out of your volition, and your friend being sentenced to jail with no parole was his problem. No one cares about your life story. What, are you going to say you will help other kids with problems? Give me a break.
Title: Re: Former gang member...What are my chances?
Post by: smartandunique on August 23, 2010, 02:54:50 PM
Good luck to u wherever u go. u've already shown that u can beat the odds.
Title: Re: Former gang member...What are my chances?
Post by: Denny Shore on August 24, 2010, 01:18:38 PM
pickle isn't a law student.
He hasn't been accepted to any law school.
Therefore, his opinion counts as much as the opinion of the pigeon who crapped on my car this morning.
He believes that if he displays arrogance and a misplaced sense of superiority, people will care what a guy with an undergrad degree (pending) thinks about law school.  No one should or does.  Ignore this moron.  He knows nothing and is a typical troll.
Title: Re: Former gang member...What are my chances?
Post by: REALITY on August 27, 2010, 04:17:34 PM
He already confessed to it on a different thread. Just another GED dropout with nothing better to do. The part of mooching off his parents is most likely true though, but I bet he's 40 and doing it.

pickle isn't a law student.
He hasn't been accepted to any law school.
Therefore, his opinion counts as much as the opinion of the pigeon who crapped on my car this morning.
He believes that if he displays arrogance and a misplaced sense of superiority, people will care what a guy with an undergrad degree (pending) thinks about law school.  No one should or does.  Ignore this moron.  He knows nothing and is a typical troll.
Title: Re: Former gang member...What are my chances?
Post by: Leviathan on July 08, 2011, 09:09:41 AM
2010 Graduate Poli Sci

URM - mom from sierra leone, west africa/ dad jamaican with portugese descent (never met father)
will be first college grad in family. 

3.0-3.1 GPA at graduation if I maintain current pace of straight A's. (Upward Trend-two straight years of all A's. 0.73 GPA after freshman year)

167 LSAT - Shooting for 171-172 on retake

Compelling Personal Statement and LOR's.  Former gang member/been stabbed in torsow/ scars to prove it. Not proud of it, just stating the facts.  Left gang and decided to attend college at 22 yrs. old after best friend was sentenced to 18 years in prison (fed time-no parole).  REALLY turned my life around

Started a youth mentorship program here in Atlanta....My Brother's Keeper which links underprivileged black males with black male college students.

I'm shooting for T-14. HYS and other top of the heap schools etc.

What are my chances?

Though this topic is old, I think that it might be relevant to a number of BALS (Black Aspiring Law Students).

First, I'd say it is really great that you turned your life around. Turning your life around and getting out of the gang life probably saved your life or kept you out of prison.

Second, I think that your admission to the top law schools will depend on the execution of your application. I think a pretty impressive personal statement would be comparing your story to your friend who is behind bars for 18 years. You have to write it a certain way to let the adcomms know that you've grown from that gang life and that it is behind you.

Now I think you'll get into a great law school, but being realistic, know that there are others in similar situations or worse. For example, I went to a HYS and met some former gang members. I also met some kids who spent time in prison doing time. They changed their lives around too...

but they were able to go to college at get 3.8 GPAs + 165+ LSATs. I know two particular people with this sort of profile. And let's be real, HYS is only going to accept maybe 1 or 2 people with such a profile every other admission cycle so the competition is FIERCE even with your story.

So you have to execute your application. Have to have perfect essays, GREAT recommendations, your LSAT is a little low, but shouldn't be too big a deal, and have an addendum discussing the challenges of adjusting to academic life from the street life and then talk about your grade trend.  You might also want to consider penning a statement of purpose so ADCOMMS know why you want to go to law school. Saying you one day want to be a federal prosecutor might be particularly powerful given you're Black and led a street life at one point.

Good luck.
Title: Re: Former gang member...What are my chances?
Post by: MY2CENTS7 on August 15, 2011, 02:43:44 AM
2010 Graduate Poli Sci

URM - mom from sierra leone, west africa/ dad jamaican with portugese descent (never met father)
will be first college grad in family. 

3.0-3.1 GPA at graduation if I maintain current pace of straight A's. (Upward Trend-two straight years of all A's. 0.73 GPA after freshman year)

167 LSAT - Shooting for 171-172 on retake

Compelling Personal Statement and LOR's.  Former gang member/been stabbed in torsow/ scars to prove it. Not proud of it, just stating the facts.  Left gang and decided to attend college at 22 yrs. old after best friend was sentenced to 18 years in prison (fed time-no parole).  REALLY turned my life around

Started a youth mentorship program here in Atlanta....My Brother's Keeper which links underprivileged black males with black male college students.

I'm shooting for T-14. HYS and other top of the heap schools etc.

What are my chances?

The school IS NOT the problem, the State Bar that you will be applying to will have you do a MORAL CHARACTER fitness application. If you have Felonies some states will let you practice if you can show rehabilitation, with letters of support. MY BEST ADVICE is to do you Moral Character Application in Advance of Spending Any Money. You can then find out IF you will have a problem in THAT STATE.

Hope this helps, mentioning getting stabbed in the torso WILL NOT help you get accepted in school or in any state. Less Information is better on the applications as long as you answer TRUTHFULLY the question asked. You may raise questions about your own fitness if your answers are as expansive.

If a certain state bar committee says NO!, then you can APPEAL (usually) or keep trying to you find a state that accepts you and that you can see yourself living in. Personally I like Wisconsin's policy of admitting any lawyer trained in that state without a Bar Exam, but they still have Moral Character requirements

Best Regards!
Title: Re: Former gang member...What are my chances?
Post by: trudawg on September 27, 2011, 11:57:22 AM
Any updates?

I'm in my 2nd year of law school and I absolutely love it! It's tough, but do-able when you have the dedication and drive from having doors shut in your face all your life.

Good Luck to all!
Title: Re: Former gang member...What are my chances?
Post by: justanothersucker on September 28, 2011, 11:43:29 AM
Don't you just hate it when "BAL"s be all up in your face? .......bals.......face....... .... ::)

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Though this topic is old, I think that it might be relevant to a number of BALS (Black Aspiring Law Students).

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Title: Re: Former gang member...What are my chances?
Post by: ipscientific on February 13, 2012, 08:38:38 PM
2010 Graduate Poli Sci

URM - mom from sierra leone, west africa/ dad jamaican with portugese descent (never met father)
will be first college grad in family. 

3.0-3.1 GPA at graduation if I maintain current pace of straight A's. (Upward Trend-two straight years of all A's. 0.73 GPA after freshman year)

167 LSAT - Shooting for 171-172 on retake

Compelling Personal Statement and LOR's.  Former gang member/been stabbed in torsow/ scars to prove it. Not proud of it, just stating the facts.  Left gang and decided to attend college at 22 yrs. old after best friend was sentenced to 18 years in prison (fed time-no parole).  REALLY turned my life around

Started a youth mentorship program here in Atlanta....My Brother's Keeper which links underprivileged black males with black male college students.

I'm shooting for T-14. HYS and other top of the heap schools etc.

What are my chances?


Go for it. You have good experience. Street smarts are very valuable in life. Now you also have an academic education. Go for it. You will be a millionaire and be an inspiration for others. Don't ever let anyone tell you, you can't do something.