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Current Law Students / Surviving Cold Calls in Law School
« on: October 14, 2014, 04:35:41 PM »
Seems like yesterday I was fretting over being called on in class. I shared some helpful resources on surviving cold calls in LS along with other helpful info

Black Law Students / Helpful Lawschool resources
« on: October 14, 2014, 04:32:55 PM »
Hey guys, I started on these boards over six years ago when I decided to go back to school an eventually go to law school . After completing undergrad, taking the LSAT, applying and getting accepted to LS, graduating and successfully sitting for the bar I just wanted to share whatever helpful hints I could. Below are all the helpful resources that helped me in LS.

Law School Admissions / LOR's, walk me through the process
« on: January 13, 2010, 07:43:23 AM »
Can someone give me a quick overview on how the LOR process works. If I understand correctly my LOR writers should write a letter, and mail in a hard copy along with my LOR Form L1? Is this correct?

Also How does LSAC compute over-all GPA if I haven't graduated yet?

Studying for the LSAT / I took the LSAT December 5th!
« on: December 07, 2009, 06:37:20 AM »
...........and honestly it was not as bad as I thought! Logic games were my weakest section where arguments and reasoning were my strongest. And low and behold my 5th experimental section was reasoning.
I took the Princeton Review accelerated prep that was a month long, and before that I had NEVER even touched an LSAT book, or done one single question.
For those who are doing self study with the bible I will say this: I had a study group with a few students who were in my review class and some who were self study, and I must say the self study logic-bible folks seemed equally equipped as those of us who spent $1200 on the course.
I am sooo glad this ordeal is behind me. It was very stressful, and time consuming having to work two jobs, continue a full course load, and prepare for this test.

Black Law Students / Low LSAT, T4 schools......lets talk!
« on: December 01, 2009, 09:24:16 AM »
I'm a non-traditional student, 33 years old black male and have made a career in the IT field for the past 10 years and actually make a pretty good living doing it. However I want to do something that has a little more meaning and has the ability to make a visible difference in the lives of others. That along with my passion for the law has put me on the path to law school. I'm currently finishing undergrad after a 10 year hiatus on track to graduate with a 3.75 however I'm struggling with my LSAT. I took an accelerated LSAT prep course through Princeton Review (actually my last class is tonight) before my scheduled December 5th testing date. I'm scoring low, but it is improving and I do feel as though I have a firm grasp of the LSAT structure. Realistically I'm hoping to get a 150. Top schools simply aren't important to me. In fact my school of choice is Phoenix School of Law here in AZ that offers a part-time program where I know my 150 will safely land me into their program. As a result of my low practice test scores I have added more schools to my application list that generally admit students with lower scores, but have a high bar passage rate. Honestly I just want to "GET IN" law school and will do anything to make that happen.
My question is what are the true drawbacks to going to a lower tier school, if working for big $$ firm isn't on your radar? I honestly see myself practicing law on my own and eventually running for public office.
Is anyone else in a similar situation as I am?

Black Law Students / Criminal record and Law School application?
« on: November 23, 2009, 01:21:36 PM »
I have a criminal record (no felonies) 3 or 4 misdemeanors ranging from disorderly conduct to use of Marijuana from 10-15 years ago. I am 33 now and obviously a non-trad student. Where/how do I disclose this information? And do I give detailed reports of the events surrounding each incident? Its really hard to remember dates, agencies etc.
Any advice for me? :-[

Okay, I have dropped the ball, but I'm really good at picking it back up and running with it. I did NOT realize that I needed to take the LSAT this year in order to attend LS in the fall of next year! I work full time about 50 hours a week, and am taking a full course load (online). Fortunately I can get most of my school work done during work hours so that frees up a lot of my time at home and weekends to devote to LSAT prep. I have yet to take ANY practice test, and have no idea where I'm at on the LSAT scale.
I really do NOT want to take a year off between graduating undergrad and going to LS, it will kill my momentum. Top schools aren't important to me. Actually I'm hoping to attend Phoenix School of Law here in AZ that has a part-time program.
What is the best course of action to get prepared for this test, and do well? I don't want my GPA to be affected as I'm trying to maintain my 3.75. I know I can DO this, just need a practical approach. Any input?

LSAC states:.............
Law schools consider many factors in the admission process other than UGPA and LSAT score, including letters of recommendation, work experience, personal statements, extracurricular and civic activities, diversity of classes, and many others.

How much of a role do the other factors play in getting in? Granted I'm not done with my BA yet (have two semesters to go), I sometimes worry about maintaing my 3.5, and LSATS worry me.
However I have State senators, current attorney's, city councilman that would all be willing to give me reccomendations. I volunteer alot, am active in politics , am a theurapuetic foster parent, proud dad, and have worked for the past 10 years in the IT field.
I know I'm probably worrying for nothing (pertaining to GPA and LSAT), but I'm still interested to know how important those other factors may be?

I searched but didn't come up with an definite answer, but are online schools such as UofP looked down upon by law school admission boards? Also I have about 48 credit hours to complete to receive my BA. UofP has nice curriculum, but the cost is $515 per credit hour. Someone mentioned that it's the convenience that your paying for, but for the extra $150 per credit I don't mind walking into ASU to complete the registration, but then again all the classes needed aren't necessarily offered online.
Any input is greatly appreciated

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Is my story/path uniuqe?
« on: July 28, 2008, 08:23:24 AM »
First off, I'd like to say hello to all as a long time reader, first time poster. I have learned a great deal from these forums.

I'm 32 now, and was involved in the criminal justice system early in my youth doing stupid things. Although I have no felonies, I have a few misdemeanor convictions from traffic violations, disorderly conduct, and loitering. With the last one being about 7 years ago, and if or when I'm eligible to take the bar exam would be 9 years in the past. Should I be discouraged?
Furthermore I currently do not have a bachelors degree. I have a Associates in general studies with a good deal of psychology credits from a community college with a GPA of about 3.75. I went back to a University a couple years ago amassed a few more credits w/ the hopes of completing a BA in Business Computer Information Systems.
So I have a total of about 80 credits, and plan on returning to school to get my bachelors so that I may apply for Law School. I currently make a good living in the Computer/telecommunications field so having a technical degree isn't really as much of an advantage to me at this point as just obtaining a bachelors degree. It would be easier to major in Psychology, and probably less expensive as well. Would anyone recommend this, or should try to major in criminal justice, or some sort of law orientated course load? Also I'm not really that interested in getting into a top school, as I have a family and would like to stay put. I'm not really interested in working for a major firm, or anything high-profile. Ultimately I see myself as a public defender, or a general practice lawyer. Someone that can help young males like myself  (in the past) avoid the criminal justice system, or help them navigate their way out of it at an early age.

Any thoughts or recommendations about my path or goals would be greatly appreciated.

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