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I applied in mid December and haven't heard anything.  I should be an auto reject, so I'm not sure what the hold up is.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: How Part-Time is Part-Time?
« on: March 19, 2005, 05:44:46 PM »
Most students in part-time programs carry 12 credits, which is only one less class than full-time students.  I'm speaking about schools in the DC/VA/MD area.  Others may be different.


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My only option is Univ. of Baltimore PT.  I went to the open house yesterday and liked it.  I left work at 3pm, which is the time I would be leaving if I went there and it took me 50 minutes to get from Tysons (where I work) to the school.  Not so bad.  Sometimes it can take me that long to get to DC from Tysons and it is only 10 or 15 miles.

I'm trying to check on financial aid now and get everything worked out.  I'm about 90% sure I'm going to go. 

Congrats on GW!  That's awesome. I'm sure you will be very happy there.

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I got dinged for the PT program also.  No surprise since my numbers are wayyyyy below their medians. 

By the way, GMU gives absolutely no preference to Virginia residents.  In fact, they admit more out of state applicants than in state.  It's funny, when I visited the school and sat in on a class I was not impressed with their student body.  I found the students at American and Catholic far more engaging.


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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: University of Baltimore
« on: March 15, 2005, 07:39:30 AM »
It seems like admissions in the DC area is becoming next to impossible without a 90%LSAT score.  I think my legal work experience helped me get in and the part-time program is less competitive.

If you do get in, you should check out the school.  I liked it and, although it is a T4, it is well respected in Maryland.  In fact, one of the attorney's for which I work went there and she said she thinks their program is better than Maryland's.  She liked the school and is now working as a litigator at one of the top firms in DC.


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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: University of Baltimore
« on: March 14, 2005, 05:06:02 PM »
I don't know your numbers but I got into the part-time program with a 150 LSAT and a very old 2.94 GPA.

I'm going to the open house on Wednesday.

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FloridaLaw:

I didn't say you didn't have any REAL world experience, I asked if you had BIGLAW experience, which is what I was talking about.

I actually got into a tier two school, so I don't feel any need to justify where I should or should not be based on a ten year old GPA and the LSAT, which is ONE test on ONE given day.

I'm not willing to leave the DC area, so I'd rather go to a tier 4 than move to a different state and go to a tier 2.  I think you should trust those people who have ACTUALLY worked in law firms, rather than your misconstured perceptions of what life is like in them.

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FloridaLaw:

Have you ever worked in a law firm? If you did, you'd understand that what I said is completely true.  I work for a top tier BIGLAW firm and we have attorney's who have graduated from all tiers.

I'm sick of people who think they know everything but have no experience in the legal field.  You can buy into the hype if you wish.  You can think that going to a higher ranked school will make a huge difference in the grand scheme of your career. Then, once you get a REAL job in the REAL world, you'll realize that busting your ass is what gets you ahead in your career, NOT the name of the school from which you graduated.

HTH.

SMarie


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I don't know anything about Loyola's program.  I've been accepted to Univ. of Baltimore's part-time program and will probably attend.  I have visited the school and really liked it.  In addition, I know an attorney who recently graduated from there and really liked the school and thought her training was great.  In her words, Univ. of Balt. teaches "very practical skills" that will really help you when you actually practice law. 

As far as tiers go, I don't buy into the whole concept.  Every law student learns the same thing.  Granted, there may be more challenging, tenured professors at the higher ranked schools but your success depends on you.  Univ. of Balitmore is a 4th tier school and the attorney about whom I was speaking now works at one of the top firms in DC.

Doors will not open as easily for you going to a lower ranked school.  However, once you have been practicing for a few years, no one gives a damn where you went to school.  Once again, your success is largely dependent on how hard you are willing to work.

Good luck with your decision.  Are you going to Univ. of Baltimore's open house next week?

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I am a paralegal at a big firm in DC and I would highly recommend it if you get with the right group.  I work in IP and my attorney's have been awesome and have given me a lot of substanative work to do.  I understand some paralegals do mundane work but that is not always the case.

I also got a paralegal certificate and I loved the classes I took to get it.  Those classes, along with my work experience, led me to the decision to apply to law school. We had to research case law, write memorandums and briefs and lots of other cool stuff.

As an undergrad, I would've never thought I would be applying to law school ten years later.  If you get with the right firm, it can be the best decision of your life.

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