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General Off-Topic Board / Debate or Mock Trial Teams
« on: November 07, 2008, 10:37:00 AM »
I am a part-time undergrad student currently in my sophmore year.  I started out as a paralegal student, decided to pursue my bachelors so went for it, majoring in political science, minoring in women's studies.  I am disapointed that my undergrad does not offer a debate club/team or mock trial court/team.  Is this not common in undergrad?  I am thinking about starting one up b/c I think its something I could really get into, and of course, maybe it would be a good soft for my L.S. app.  Can someone give me some advice or insight on what a debate team is all about or how to get others involved?  Please either post here or PM me, I'd be forever greatful!

Thanks!

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Law School Applications / High School Record; Ever Come into Play?
« on: October 31, 2008, 08:37:55 AM »
I was a very unsuccesful high school student, had to switch schools in the middle of my junior year and finished with a D average.  I waited 5 years after high school to pursue my undergrad, so I was admitted, but only on probationary basis, which as far as I can tell, does not show up in my transcript and I currently have a 3.7 gpa. 

Will this ever come into play during any part of the law school application process?

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Law School Applications / Character and Fitness Question
« on: October 28, 2008, 01:48:38 PM »
My "ahem" FRIEND, has had 6 speeding tickets, all of which were before she turned 18 (so we are talking 6 years ago) and she had to take defensive driving. 

Her ass hole husband and her separated, her name was NOT on the mortgage papers, but her name was on deed (hubby bought house then quit claimed his interest to both of them as husband and wife).

She moved out, hubby stopped paying mortgage.  Her name was still on title and bank is foreclosing.  They named her as a defendant rather than a non-party.  She called the bank's counsel and asked why she was named, to which they told her "for your own protection since you have an interest in the house, but you are NOT financially responsible." 

So my question is . . . is this a character and fitness issue?  Technically she is named as a defendant in a mortgage foreclosure action, which looks like she is not a financially responsible person, which our Indiana state bar requirements list as being of importance.

Her attorney boss prepared a disclaimer of interest and she took her name off the title, but she is still involved in the action.

What can I tell her?

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Law School Applications / Part Time v. Full Time
« on: October 23, 2008, 09:03:52 AM »
I've heard that alot of schools accept more students or have more relaxed admissions standards for students who apply to a school's part-time program.  But when you apply, is there a box or something to check both part-time or full-time.  I would prefer full-time but if my LSAT isn't strong (and my current GPA is a 3.58) I realize I may have better chances getting in under a part-time program.  Any ideas?

Also, and maybe I should be posting this elsewhere, how much does FAFSA cover for law school?  What is the max amount one can borrow under a federal loan?  I am a sophmore in my undergrad and am saving like crazy.

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Studying for the LSAT / Terrified of the LSAT
« on: September 24, 2008, 02:13:40 PM »
Hi everyone, I am new to this board and hope someone can give me some reassurance.  I am currently in my sophmore year of my undergraduate studies.  I have a paralegal certificate and have worked for a law firm for 4 years, in fact the law firm I am employed with has paid 80% of my paralegal certificate, however I am paying for my bachelors myself.  My major is political sciences and my minor is women's studies.  I have a 3.7gpa.  I am a very bad testaker and get hot flashes everytime I look at an LSAT practice question.  My critical thinking needs improvement, and I hope that once I fulfill my general education critical thinking requirment for my b.a., that will improve.  So my question is, how do I prepare, and is it too soon to prepare as I am only a sophmore? 

Also, and I hope to gain some reassurance here, how low can my LSAT score be and still be accepted to a decent state school? 

Thanks for your help!

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