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Non-Traditional Students / Re: Is it too late!!!
« on: January 10, 2010, 10:05:30 PM »
I admire you for having the guts to go to law school at 51.

Thanks for the compliment.  I don't really see it as courage, it just seems like the right thing to do.  And really, even though 51 sounds extremely old (at least it does to me), I actually feel younger than I did when I was in my 40's. Yeah, weird.

Good luck to you!

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Non-Traditional Students / Re: Is it too late!!!
« on: January 05, 2010, 05:15:09 PM »
Since you are an M.D., you may want to focus on courses involving health law.  I do not know what states you are interested in attending law school.  University of Houston has a L.L.M. degree, which is earned after a J.D., in Health Law.  I encourage you to attend in a city where you would attend law school, and then find employment after law school, in that same city.  You may need to be in one of the 10 largest cities in the nation.  Investigate which law schools offer a lot of health law courses, in their J.D. program.  If this area of the law interests you, it will build on your experience as a doctor, and may open doors in the medical area.  Houston has the 3rd largest health center in the country.  Whatever state you live in, if you want to stay in that state, consider applying to the law schools in the largest cities of your state.  See which law schools offer "health law" institute programs.  Also, take guardianship and elder law courses, in law school.

Thank you for the suggestion.  For now planning on having an open mind about what field of law to practice, but will look into health law.

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Non-Traditional Students / Re: Is it too late!!!
« on: November 20, 2009, 10:46:38 PM »
Well I am sick of putting this off....paid the 198 dollars which included the 66 dollar late fee and found a seat in the college up the street to take the Dec LSAT. My reading skills are suspect, my analytical and logical reasoning arent much better, my writing is horrible and I am 47. Damn the torpedoes......FULL SPEED AHEAD!!!

So how's the studying?  Who knew there could be so many types of LR Q and As???!!!! It's all going to have to come together soon, not much time left.  Good luck!

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Non-Traditional Students / Re: Is it too late!!!
« on: November 14, 2009, 11:25:59 AM »
Well I am sick of putting this off....paid the 198 dollars which included the 66 dollar late fee and found a seat in the college up the street to take the Dec LSAT. My reading skills are suspect, my analytical and logical reasoning arent much better, my writing is horrible and I am 47. Damn the torpedoes......FULL SPEED AHEAD!!!


Right there with ya!  There's no better time to start then now!  I was pretty confident before I started studying, but now, am starting to have some doubts...however, it is all about POSITIVE thought and right action.  Will be interesting taking the test with all the twenty-somethings, but am sure that all that youth will be energizing. As they say, "nothing ventured, nothing gained", so here's (imagine a toast) to venture!!!!!!

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Non-Traditional Students / Re: Is it too late!!!
« on: November 12, 2009, 06:19:39 PM »
FortheDefense:

Thanks for the encouragement!

Have started studying...it is more interesting than I thought.  Best of all it is more conceptual than memory, very different than I'm used to...which is a good thing.  Totally agree with "nothing to lose", at this point, the cost of the test is negligible, and my time a much more precious commodity (considering if I wait a year, I wouldn't start until I was 53 :o ) Appreciate you putting me in the same category as a 47yo...51 sounds so old, but I feel so much better than I did 10 years ago!

Best of luck to you, too :)

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Non-Traditional Students / Re: Is it too late!!!
« on: November 09, 2009, 10:28:47 PM »
IMHO, you're going to waste too much time searching for which passage might be the most difficult.

Will check it out on the practice tests!

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Non-Traditional Students / Re: Is it too late!!!
« on: November 09, 2009, 10:27:21 PM »
Yes, I decided to go to law school just in the last week, long story.  A little background: I'm 51, graduated from med school in '84, practiced until '93 when I decided to stay home with the kids.  Going through a divorce and see this as a great time to get a fresh start on life. Don't want to practice medicine, but rather do advocacy work.  Kaplan starts a course on 11/8, and I still have time for late registration for the Dec LSAT. Since I'm not working, can devote lots of time to study.  Kids will graduate from college may 2010.

thanks for any feedback

Go for it!  Us non-trads have to stick together.  It is NEVER too late to invest in yourself.  So you may never be a partner.  Who cares?  You may not make $160k the year you graduate - is that why people go to law school?
Do what makes you happy.
Good luck!

Thanks for the vote of confidence.  At this point in my life definitely not looking to make partner or a ton of money. As cliche as it might sound, if I can be of service to someone else using my gifts, then that's where I'm headed.  Too many things are leading me down this path and if I'm misreading it, then it will become evident.

Have a study schedule set and am ready for the challenge.  The possibility of going back into the classroom is getting more exciting everyday!

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Non-Traditional Students / Re: Is it too late!!!
« on: November 09, 2009, 10:17:06 PM »
Reading comprehension is the most difficult section to improve on. Some of us are just not good readers. What worked for me on test day was that I started with the most difficult section (usually the science passage) and moved to the easier sections. I found that I was always slow in understanding the first reading passage, so I might as well take the most time on the most difficult passage. I got 23/27 correct on the June 2009 reading section (which is considered good) by practicing a lot of reading sections and using my method. But reading can be a crapshoot, as well.

Thanks for the suggestion, had not thought of doing it that way.  Will try it out!!! Also thought I would read through the questions first to get an idea of what to hone in on.

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Non-Traditional Students / Re: Is it too late!!!
« on: November 08, 2009, 04:15:54 PM »
Thank you all so much for your input...I am processing it all, so feel free to continue with your comments.

I think with some practice on the games (just to improve my speed, as accuracy was pretty good, thank you suduko) and a lot of studing on the logical reasoning (I have the time, if I can stay focused) I believe I can really pull up my score.  I had done no prep for the practice test, except for the sample questions on the LSAC site, so I am pretty optimistic. If I can't get it from a book, am considering hiring a tutor. Would really like to stay in town for LS, as this is where my kids are and the school's rep locally is good.

Going out to get the LR Bible today.  What is a good suggestion for the RC?  I think a lot of my trouble there was not getting a good feel for the wording of the questions.

Again, thanks, your words of wisdom are so appreciated.

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Non-Traditional Students / Re: Is it too late!!!
« on: November 07, 2009, 05:46:44 PM »
Took timed practice test today, scored 151, biggest problem was the logical reasoning.  Is there a downside to applying to a LS, getting turned down, then applying the next year?

Appreciate the input, just looking at the options.  Not applying to T14 schools.

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