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Choosing the Right Law School / Stay local or move on?
« on: June 17, 2015, 03:13:04 PM »
I'm currently enrolled to take the October LSAT and will graduate with my BA in May.  I'm attending law school as a second career (kind of...I've been a paralegal for a number of years) and am married with a family.  I am fortunate to live in an area where there are not 1, not 2, but 3 law schools within commuting distance.  All are affordable, and they range from a 2nd tier with a good local and regional reputation, to a 4th tier with an excellent metro reputation, but not much outside of that.  I took my "raw" test LSAT and came up with a 153.  After a two weeks of studying, I have managed a 160 (thank you Logic Games Bible!).  I expect once I fully master logic games and do some fine tuning on logical reasoning that my final LSAT will be in the high 160's -- low 170's.  The bad?  I'll have a fairly low (2.8 -- 3.0) GPA, mostly due to stupid choices 10 years ago.  I had originally planned on staying local, and attending one of the schools around me, but didn't expect to be doing so well on my practice tests.  Should I plan to apply to a higher ranked school?  If so, any suggestions are welcome.  My concerns (in order of importance) are: cost, making sure my husband is able to find a job to support us (he has a MPA and currently works for the state in corrections), as well as cost of living and schools and all of the other things you consider when uprooting your family.  Thanks!

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Paralegal to Lawyer?
« on: June 17, 2015, 02:58:53 PM »
Thanks for the reply.  I'm nervous about this, as the culture that the attorneys seem to share is pretty different from "the help", but I love the legal field and feel I would do well in law school.  My GPA is relatively low (should be around 3.0 by the time I graduate, although it might be as low as 2.8), but my "raw" practice LSAT was 153 and the one I took last week (after 2 weeks studying) was up to 160.  I'm shooting for an LSAT between 168-170 and only looking to get into local schools (a tier 2,3, and 4 are all within driving distance of my home).

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Incoming 1Ls / Paralegal to Lawyer?
« on: June 17, 2015, 09:30:55 AM »
Hi all:

I've a full time, consistently working paralegal.  I have 8 years of experience under my belt (4 years in complex litigation, 1 in insurance law, 3 in bankruptcy).  I have recently gone back to school to finish my long-neglected BA in sociology.  I plan on graduating next May (2016) and have decided I want to attend law school when I'm done.  My question for the hive mind is this:  How will my prior experience be looked on when I'm applying for law school?  In school itself?  Applying for jobs afterward?  Will it be a case where I need to show off my knowledge or be humble?  Also, when should I tell my bosses?  I would love their assistance in the application process, but I'm concerned they'll write me off (even though I wouldn't leave my job for a year from now).  Thanks for the advice!

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