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I had been a stay-at-home mom for 6 years when I applied for law school.  I did not list it in my resume, but I did note it in my personal statement.  I was accepted to almost all of the schools I applied to, and my not getting accepted into the others was due, I'm pretty sure, to my LSAT score (These were the schools that I didn't think I could get into in the first place but tried for anyway.).  Don't worry about the gap in your education.  I had little work experience out of college and was dealing mostly with babies for several years.  Many of the people on admissions councils have children.  They know how much work and dedication goes into caring for them.  If you are a little older and have had real-world experience (including raising a family), schools are likely to be very much interested in you.  You are not the average applicant.  They might see you as bringing diversity to the class, seeing things from a different point of view than the average student. 

P.S.  I started out full time, but I switched to part-time after the first semester.  I have two young children and wanted to spend more time with them.  However, I know another mother of young children in my class who has found that the full time course is best for her family situation. I'm sure you can find a way that is best for you and yours. Good luck in your endeavor!

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They posted it yesterday.  In case anybody is trying to decide between a couple of schools, the updated rankings list might help you.  http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/grad/law/search

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I said Julie Fern was mean b/c she said her score arrived at 5:45 A.M.  Scores have never come that early.  She tricked you into waking up in the wee hours.  I thought it was kind of cruel since I am quite fond of sleep myself.  BTW, I said I got my score around 7:00 p.m., but I think you just mistyped a.m. :)

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Julie Fern, that was mean. >:(  Poor Pigeon was up checking his score at 5:45 a.m.  Pigeon, I took the December test and my score came out around 7:00 pm. eastern time and I've read that scores usually come out anywhere between 12:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.--never before dawn.  If you have time, Pigeon, go back to bed--hope you get some more sleep.  I have to be up at this time for my job; but if I didn't, I wouldn't be.

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BigDrew09,

I received this advice from a law school admissions staff member:

"I will make one suggestion.  Applicants generally learn the results of their LSAT some 10-14 days before the LSDAS report arrives here.  You may want to contact us when you know your score so that we can expedite matters by downloading your report directly from LSAC's website, and getting yourapplication in the queue at that point.?"

I don't know how soon decisions will come out, though.  It probably varies from school to school.

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I don't know about last year, but in 2005 and 2006, it was released on a Friday.

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Don't expect for all of the scores to be released at once.  They will come out during a period of about 4 hours.  It took almost 3 hours after I started reading that people had received their scores before mine arrived at 6:30 p.m. CDT.

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Baylor's average LSAT score is not too high, about 154-156, but they have an incredibly high average GPA for their #53 ranking; it's a 3.88.  That's higher than Georgetown's 3.83, and NYU's average GPA is only 1/100 of a point higher at 3.89.  Unlike most other schools,I think Baylor values GPA at least equally, if not more than, the LSAT score.  This is where I got the data I listed: http://www.ilrg.com/rankings/law/ I'm sure you will get into a good school.  You still have time to apply to the ones that don't have deadlines until March, April, or May.  Check out the ones that are good in rankings but have a lower GPA average.  (I didn't look at the other schools you had listed so you might have already done what I mentioned above; when I saw "Baylor" in your message, a light went off in my head b/c I knew that they had an above-average GPA for their rank.)

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Should I cancel?
« on: February 14, 2008, 05:50:28 PM »
Understood.  I'm in the same boat--29, definitely not fresh out of college.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Should I cancel?
« on: February 12, 2008, 08:26:55 PM »
I hope things will go better for you in June!

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