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Current Law Students / Re: Applying to the Bar, Am I F'd? A poll...
« on: September 08, 2009, 02:07:28 PM »
I am sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but even if you did get into law school, you will never be able to pass Character and Fitness of your state's bar exam.  Dishonesty is the death can have a DUI on your record if you honestly report it, but if you lied to get into college and then didn't pay the loans, you will never be admitted to practice law in any state.

First of all, you can lose your law license for defaulting on student loans, and since you already have done that, they won't even consider your application to the bar.

And here is the other thing, once you apply to law school, your application has to square perfectly with what you ultimately report to the bar.  If you omit a school on your application, get into law school, and then three years later when they run a background check on you for Character and Fitness, the bar admissions committee will see the discrepancy and you're toast.

Current Law Students / Re: mac or pc?
« on: September 08, 2009, 01:59:54 PM »
I have a mac and have had no trouble the past two years.  I have Boot Camp so I can take my exams, and I plan to use it to take the bar in July, too.

Current Law Students / Re: Barbri vs. Kaplan for bar prep?
« on: September 08, 2009, 01:57:54 PM »
I didn't take Kaplan for LSAT, but I have a lot of friends who did both Kaplan and BarBri for last July's bar exam.  The verdict, at least in IL, is that BarBri didn't prepare people adequately for the state-specific portion, which is pretty ridiculous seeing as the state portion has always been BarBri's bread and butter.

I heard that Kaplan is doing full service in some places now, and from what I heard, it sounds okay.  For one thing, it's cheaper to do it online than to go to lectures, and BarBri makes you pay more to listen to lectures on an old iPod that you have to give back.  BarBri also makes you pay extra for more graded essays, and I heard that Kaplan has unlimited grading.  I think Kaplan has a money back guarantee, too.

I took the MPRE over the summer (just found out I passed!) and I did both the free Kaplan course and the BarBri course that you had to have paid $250 to take, and I liked Kaplan better because it had a lot of practice questions.  BarBri gives you a book and a "computer option" which is really all the same questions from the book, but on the computer.  I thought that was pretty lame.

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