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Non-Traditional Students / Putting it off again...
« on: October 24, 2006, 03:42:41 PM »
I think I've decided I'm putting off the whole law school thing again until next year, much as I hate to do it.

Between my job being crazy and wedding planning.. I just haven't gotten my stuff done, so I can't see being ready with everything before Thanksgiving, and I'd wanted it all in before the end of this month. Bah! Guess I'll sit it out in corporate land another year and try to pick up a class in the spring to prove I can actually do academics. And besides that, I don't think it's working for me financially -- trying to save for a honeymoon, pay on wedding, find money for apps and a seat deposit just isn't working too well for me.

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Where should I go next fall? / My turn for a list of schools
« on: August 14, 2006, 10:20:44 AM »
I'm pretty sure of my list, but I figured I'd run it by everyone else again just to be sure. It's been a long time since I last asked this :)

Nontrad with 10 years work experience, last 6 in IT at the same company with some upward growth in positions. BA in 1995, political science. Really bad stint in a PhD program immediately after UG. On the other hand, I had some nice internships and ECs in college, and some volunteer work since then.

GPA (UG) 2.68. No idea about the grad gpa, but not pretty.
LSAT: 171

PS is probably going to focus on the issue of self-determination, and the necessary explanation as to 'Why law school' since it's relatively appropriate for a nontrad making a career change. Going to write a GPA addendum -- essentially admitting there's no good reason for it, except I generally didn't focus too much and feel a lot more mature and care a lot more about working hard now. Grad school mention in terms of it was the wrong choice and I went because I didn't know what else to do, and that's why I've waited so long to apply to law school.

Texas resident, and want to practice in Texas. My fiance (husband by the time I start LS) is a teacher, and it's easier to find a job in metro areas, hence mostly schools in/near big cities.

Super-reaches:
Northwestern
Texas

More realistic:
Houston
Southern Methodist
WUSTL
Emory
Tulane (maybe)
Wake Forest

Safeties
:
Texas Tech
South Texas College of Law

Make sense? It's really hard for me to determine what's safe and what's not with my split, and the nontrad besides.

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Studying for the LSAT / Stupid scheduling woes
« on: October 20, 2005, 12:36:15 PM »
Gah. This is really more a rant than anything else.  >:(

So, I rescheduled my October lsat for December, since I didn't feel ready. Not a problem, I'm not applying until next year anyway.

However... I realized that I have a family obligation on that Saturday, at 4 pm... in Austin. I live in Houston. It's a good three-hour drive, plus time to grab clothes (it's a wedding), the dog, etc.

So now I get to decide. Change my test location to Austin, spend Friday night at my parents an hour outside Austin and then go find the exam location that morning, or reschedule AGAIN for February. So frustrating. I wanted to get it over with, but the stress of having to drive to Austin for the lsat then back in time to get ready is a factor, too. 

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