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Law School Admissions / Quit paralegal job (55k) to retake LSAT?
« on: December 05, 2008, 06:00:50 AM »
Hello!  Any opinions would be greatly appreciated!

I graduated from a highly ranked undergrad a few years ago with a decent GPA (3.5+) and have been working as a biglaw paralegal for a few years now (making about $55k).  Sounds ok so far, right?  Enter the LSAT... I scored in the mid-150s.

So, I sent in my apps this November, but lately, I have been wondering if it might make sense to quit my job and spend my time studying to retake the LSAT. 

I worked really hard in my undergrad and busted my butt in biglaw (many 100+ hour workweeks... before the economy tanked), so I almost feel like I am throwing away all of my hard work by applying with a mediocre LSAT.  Here's my thought process - please help!

- To study sufficiently, I would probably have to quit my job (which pays pretty well considering I just have a liberal arts degree). 

- I would be banking on the assumption that I would do significantly better on the LSAT if I studied... but I know I am a slow reader, so maybe not.  Additionally, there is  potential I could do worse.   

- I would probably have to take either the Feb or June LSAT and I don't know if those would be too late for this cycle.

- If my new LSAT score doesn't significantly increase, or if it is too late, then I am out about $32k and will still be going to a lower ranked school.

I have been out of school and working full time as a biglaw paralegal for 3.5 years.  I thought it might be a good idea to audit some community college classes next semester to get back into "school mode".

However, since my work schedule can be incredibly erratic I may not be able to fully focus on schoolwork and might have to skip class some nights.  So, I do not want these classes to be factored into my GPA.

Anyone know if I would need to have transcripts sent to LSDAs for audited classes? 

Choosing the Right Law School / Need advice re Chicago schools
« on: November 30, 2008, 11:51:42 PM »
I'm torn and just looking for opinions...

Quick background:  I am from Chicago, and my family, friends, and boyfriend all live in Chicago.  My 10 year plan is to graduate, gain a few years of experience working in the private sector, and then open my own corporate/real estate solo practice.  I have a decent UGPA from a top 10 public university but a mid-150s score on the LSAT(retaking the LSAT is not a realistic option for me).

So my realistic options are:

1.  Kent/DePaul PT
Pros:  most highly ranked options, location, proximity to job prospects
Cons:  expensive, would need to find a day job in bad economy (as I would be attending PT-evening)

2.  John Marshall FT (Chicago, $30k+ + expensive living for 3 years)
Pros:  can graduate in 3 years, location, proximity to job prospects
Cons:  expensive, lower rank than Kent/DePaul

3.  Northern Illinois (Faaaaaar suburb of Chicago, $12k + cheap living for 3 years)
Pros:  can graduate in 3 years, cheap (would graduate debt-free), maybe better chance of graduating higher in class
Cons:  location, lower rank/possibly weaker reputation in Chicago

Taking into account my longterm career goals and assuming I would graduate in the middle of my class at any of these schools, would my post-graduation career prospects be the same coming out of all of these schools?  Though my heart tells me to stay in Chicago to be near my family and friends (and culture!), my brain and blood pressure like the idea of graduating without debt!

Any opinions?

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Open House
« on: November 11, 2008, 07:29:05 PM »
I was thinking of attending an open house next week, but I had a few questions...

1.  Do you meet adcomms at an open house?  Or does anyone you meet at an open house have any bearing on admission?

2.  What is appropriate dress (for a girl)?

3.  Is it appropriate to bring guests (parent or significant other)?

I guess I am just wondering, generally, what to expect!... any info/advice would be greatly appreciated!!


I wrote drafts of two personal statements, and I need help deciding which (if any) to use.  Also, any feedback on one or both would be extremely helpful and greatly appreciated.

Let me know if you want to trade.


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