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Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: Law School Mama!
« on: February 07, 2008, 02:21:01 PM »
OP,

First, any college courses you took before graduating will likely be calculated into your LSAC GPA.  Bummer, but there you go. 

I am currently waiting to see if a good "I'm a strong mommy" PS can mitigate borderline numbers (I'm divorced, so I only have a choice of two schools).  If I get in to the better one it will likely be due to my diversity factor as a single mom of three kids under four years of age.  I should hear in a month or so and will post here to let you know.  My GPA is at their median, but my LSAT is at their 25th.  I took it twice and got the same score, which really made me mad.  I just didn't have time to prep the way I needed to.  If I were you I would take a course.  For people trying break the 160 barrier they seem to be a good investment.
 
Don't ask me how I'm going to swing 1L; I have no freaking idea;-).  I'm twice your age, and would kill for the flexibility in timing that you have - though I respect your logic as far as having more children, etc.

S

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Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: LSAC Transcript Question
« on: February 03, 2008, 03:15:47 PM »
What do they look like on the transcript?  I had a whole slew of 0.0 (no work submitted) grades that I feared would be factored as Fs, but they were not.  If yours show up as Ws or Is, LSAC may  count them as Fs, though.  When I was going through this I called them they basically told me that there was no way they could tell me until the transcript was processed.  If the school did not consider them punitive, though, I think that is a good sign.  Good luck!  I lost a lot of sleep over this issue and it turned out well for me!

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Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: addenda - too many?
« on: February 02, 2008, 08:35:06 PM »
Thanks, Matt.

I stuck to one addendum for something that really needed addend-ing;-).  I didn't alter my PS too much - -  just mentioned that my life had taken a few turns here and there.  Unfortunately, I found a comma splice in that part after I sent it, but what's done is done. 

Thanks for taking the time to answer!  The next month of waiting is going to kill me...

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Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: addenda - too many?
« on: January 11, 2008, 09:53:13 PM »
Discord,

I grew up in Chapel Hill in the eighties, so I am familiar with that record cover;-)  Thanks for the advice - Hoping to get some time away from the kids this weekend, bc if I don't send this app in soon I will surely need to be confined to an attic.

Thanks everyone for the advice.  I was hanging out on boards with younger applicants, and there was a problem with scale.  They were worried bc they got a B+ on a paper once, and missed a frat charity breakfast or something, and I'm missing entire YEARS, lol. 

S

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Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: addenda - too many?
« on: January 11, 2008, 09:14:58 AM »
Well, I say BS, but I focused on what I am most proud of, keeping my high-stress job as the managing editor of a start up scientific journal (which is flourishing) while having 3 kids (one who was born with a disability) - while also having a husband who slid into substance/domestic abuse, divorcing, etc.  I will probably delete this in a few days, as that's TMI, but I'm having problems finessing this and could use advice...I have been told by people with some knowledge of my school's preferences that my unusual family situation would probably give me an edge, so I am sort of loathe to mess with that stuff at this point.

I have about 200 words left, where I could perhaps talk a little about my circuitous path, or I could put that stuff in an addendum or diversity statement.  Any thoughts?

Thanks so much for the help so far.  Still freaking out.  My ex has lost his job, so getting into  school means so much more - health insurance and diapers, for instance;-)

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Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: addenda - too many?
« on: January 10, 2008, 07:33:26 PM »
Yeah, but my PS is already full of BS;-)  I think you're right, though, if I want to address the spotty work history, that's where I'll need to do it.  Still don't know about the computer classes, though.  It obviously didn't affect my LSAC GPA, but it makes me look even flakier than I really am:(  I'm not a natural-born spinner, so this stuff is killing me.  Thanks for the help!

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Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / addenda - too many?
« on: January 10, 2008, 06:14:33 PM »
Hi all,

I am getting ready to submit my app to my one and only dream school, and I'm at the 25th for LSAT, so I'm trying to dot every i.  One problem I'm having is that I'm nearly 40 and have lived a sort of non-traditional life, even for a non-trad.  I tried to be a painter for a while (supported by my my ex husband, a lawyer), I took a semester of computer courses after UG, which I totally bombed...I guess I am wondering, how many addenda should I really write for all of this?  Do they expect some blips on the resumes of people my age, and do I really have to explain every year of my life to these folks?  I am happy to provide the information, but I do not want my application to land with a thud.  My P.S. is quite strong at this point, my LORs are great, I have a high-powered part-time job that I've had for 4 years (through 3 babies in 17 months, a kid born with problems, domestic abuse, divorce - oh, my P.S. is quite juicy).  I feel like the general impression I give is of someone who had academic promise but lost their path, had kids - and then got their poo together for the common good. 

So...Do I write an addendum for the semester of computer courses?  The years of trying to paint landscapes?  The couple years of waiting tables to support my law student husband?

Thanks for any help.  I am stressed.

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Hi,

If you can take the LSAT while you're there, that and your GPA will give you an idea about the schools you will have a good shot at getting into.  Until you have that information, or at least an idea of how you're likely to score on the test, picking a school or area is a little premature.  Obviously, the US is big, and there are many communities with law schools in which you and your daughter would thrive.  Good luck!


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Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: taking LSAT while pregnant
« on: November 12, 2007, 02:43:45 PM »
I took it with two infants.  I honestly can't say which would be worse - although my score was not terrible, considering how little prep I did, and how little sleep I was getting at the time (and the fact I was going through a divorce - eek!).  I know some people with blood sugar issues get to bring snacks, so it perhaps you could get a special dispensation to have something on hand to eat?  It really goes by so fast - - but maybe not if you're dying of hunger and have a 6 pound baby tap dancing on your bladder;-).

Dotlyn, I don't want to hijack the thread, but I share your mixed feelings about giving up the SAHM thing.  I will find out this week if LSAC is going to leave my GPA in good shape for UC-Davis, and if it does - I'll be frantically trying to figure out if I can afford good options for the twins (not to mention if I'll be able to handle going cold-turkey on the all-day mom thing!).  Good luck! 

S

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Dotlyn,

I'm sure you'll get in.  I know someone who got in here at Davis with a similar GPA and a 167 (Davis is pretty competitive - top 30, and my pipe dream if the LSAC doesn't mess up my grades and/or I score higher in December).  167 is awesome (jealous).

Saradsun,

Oh, geez, I thought you had three little ones and two big.  Didn't mean to be patting my own back up there, lol.  I have friends with teenagers, and no matter how much they help out, I'm sure you still deserve some medals draped over your shoulders for getting all your apps in.  I'm still vacillating about whether to try for UC-Davis, and using that to justify putting off going another round with my PS.

My sister is doing a PhD at Berkeley, and her ex graduated from Boalt a couple years ago.  It's a very friendly school, I think.  My sister (a scientist) was always grumbling about all the free time her friend had - and she went on to get a job at a big firm in NYC, so she wasn't slacking off or anything;-).

S


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