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Law School Applications / Re: My chances
« on: August 16, 2012, 06:03:04 PM »
Good thing I go to UNLV... Where I can take classes like Old World Wines, New World Wines, Beers and Spirits... And it counts as upper division electives. I really do appreciate everyone's insight in this conversation!

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Law School Applications / Re: My chances
« on: August 15, 2012, 05:00:44 PM »
Thank you for the insight. This will help me narrow my search for law schools to New York (where I'm from originally, and wouldn't mind going back to), Las Vegas, California and Arizona.

I will delay my graduation by a little bit, in order to raise my GPA up a couple of points to better my chances. I'm still employed and the money I make, the less loans I need.

The question is: Does law school care about my work experience? Is having managerial experience in a major hotel/resort in Las Vegas going to make any impressions? The real reason I say this is.. I could easily go to Valet, and make 65k+ a year, work less hours and be in a much less stressful position. If, however, work experience is important and looked at, I might as well stay with where I am at.

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Law School Applications / Re: My chances
« on: August 15, 2012, 03:28:52 AM »
Haha, thank you for your insight.

I am looking at New York schools as well, as I grew up in New York and have many friends and family out there. I understand my GPA is going to be my biggest downfall, and I am hoping I can come strong with a good LSAT score, and a strong addendum explaining my situation. Obviously UNLV is my #1 pick. Thankfuly, I built a strong connection with a professor who used to teach at Boyd, and is going to write me a letter of recommendation.

Would picking up another major be beneficial if I know that second major will be able to bounce my GPA up?

I feel positive in my ability with the LSAT. I have been doing very well with take home exams, and I'm hoping with the next year and a half that I'll dedicating to study, I'll be able to top 160. Nova is mostly my fall back, last option. I have a cousin who lives in that general area of Florida. I'll be looking into Arizona, and California schools as well. ASU is an option that comes up regularly, and I know there's a good amount of California schools I can look at.

If anybody as any insight they can toss my way, I would greatly appreciate it.

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Law School Applications / My chances
« on: August 14, 2012, 06:31:11 PM »
I know these boards are flooded with posts like these, but I am in a tight position right now.

Long story short -- I currently have a 2.5 GPA with 2 semesters left (hopefully I can get up to a 2.75+, maybe extend for a 3rd semester to get above the 3.0 hump). The reasoning for my low GPA is that I worked a 40+ hour a week job in a managerial position at a major hotel to help support my family. After 2007 we were severely affected, and I had no other option but to work to pay for my own college. Financially speaking, I am doing well, and in fact, may be able to expense my first year of law school out of pocket (depending on the school of course).

I live in Las Vegas, and ideally would love to practice law in Las Vegas. I am eye balling Boyd School of Law (UNLV), but  I am open to other schools (Syracuse, Nova, Marquette, UC Irvine etc..). I understand that I may have to look at certain t3 or t4 schools but I was wondering what my shots are at Boyd, or any top 100 law schools, by providing my addendum. I have very strong work experience (which is the reason my GPA was affected), and my GPA in classes that are 3/400 level is well over a 3.6+. In addition, is there anything I can or should do to leverage my GPA (take easy classes, pick up another major?)

Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

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