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Choosing the Right Law School / New Orleans or San Antonio?
« on: May 03, 2008, 11:54:11 AM »
Loyola New Orleans (28k scholarship per year)
St. Mary's (24 k Scholarship over 3 years)

I am not concerned about the rank of either of these schools, only their strengths, focuses and their location's relation to my career interest.  I am interested in doing legal work internationally in Latin America, focusing on human rights in immigration law - yes, I know I'm not that focused yet, but I know I want to be mobile beyond the borders of just the U.S.  I am possibly looking at NGOs in foreign countries or even U.S. embassies/State Department work.  I have been practicing my Spanish in my time off between college and law school in preparation.  I have received generous scholarships from both St. Mary's and Loyola New Orleans, both of which have pretty decent emphases on the international human rights, immigration law clinics. 

Louisiana's Civil law code is supposedly very similar to the legal systems of other countries, and so a certificate in Civil Law would prepare one to study not just in Louisiana, but in other countries (supposedly).

St. Mary's has a Terrorism Law center that is working to establish the definition of some of human rights and civil rights issues in the wake of this time of war. 

Both schools have programs that interest me. Although Loyola would actually be cheaper in the long-run, I would pay more for a school that could best help me realize my career goals of working abroad.  Since I have lived here for about 10 years, I know San Antonio pretty well, but I'm not too familiar with the New Orleans job market, location, or connections overseas.  I know the odds are greatly stacked up against me, but I'm going to do what I have to do to make these things happen. 

Can anyone tell me anything about New Orleans?  It doesn't have to be job market related, even crime statistics, cost of living, anything really that anyone knows from experience or something.  Also, if anyone has any insight about San Antonio's legal market, I would greatly appreciate it as well. Thanks.     

Don't get me wrong, I've wanted to be a lawyer since early college from taking classes discussing immigration policy.  But I was arrested last year, a couple months before I took the LSAT for a misdemeanor and am still actually awaiting trial because I'm fighting the charges.  The whole experience has genuinely made me want to focus on civil rights and criminal defense law. 

Since this is a part of what I've been dealing with on a monthly basis since I sent in my application, should I actually talk about this in a LOCI to a school in which I've been waitlisted? 

I've considered talking about how 'being in this situation has given me a unique perspective in which I would be able to empathize with future clients, which is something that would drive me to serve them better.  That is why I find my aspirations in line with your school's Innocence Project/Criminal Defense Clinic/Public Defender's office program (...or something to that effect).' 

Is that a bad idea? Can you see it in any way shape or form as turning a negative experience into something that inspires me to study and focus on a certain area in law/program at a school?

....Or should I focus on something else about what attracts me to the school?  I am open to all suggestions about and/or criticism of this idea, so please fire away.

Choosing the Right Law School / How screwed am I?
« on: February 29, 2008, 06:30:38 PM »
So I took the LSAT in Sept. and got a 155, but then I took it in Feb and got a 152. I was getting 160s a week beforehand and simply bombed the day of I guess. I've already gotten into St. Mary's, but I am trying to get into Seattle U (FT) and Part-Time at U of H, U of New Mexico, and Lewis and Clark this fall, all of which I would prefer over being stuck a T4.  With a 3.5 GPA, can anyone tell me what kind of chance I might have at any of those schools?  This is just a really depressing situation and I could use any advice right now.  Thanks.

Studying for the LSAT / This might be a weird question but...
« on: December 01, 2007, 02:44:15 PM »
I feel as though I have been wronged by a proctor and was wondering if there were a way to complain about it or at least request a refund, because I feel as though I have to cancel my entire score now. 

After the FIRST section, the proctor called time, and I was literally in the middle of bubbling in my last question when he said it.  Nevertheless, he decided to write me up for misconduct.  The incident made me shocked and worried and took away my focus because I didn't agree with it or believe it just happened.  As a result, I honestly feel that the situation upset me to the point of deteriorating the rest of my test, because I couldn't stop thinking about this goddamn blemish that would accompany my LSAT score the entire time. I couldn't even focus on the reading comp (which is usually my strong point) and guessed on damn near 2 passages!

NOW I think I am going to have to cancel my score because I don't think I did as well as my last score.  I was really hoping for U of H, but now I think I'm trapped at St. Mary's or South Texas if I want to start this fall, because of a fascist who was really gung ho about the 'pencils down' rule and decided to make an example out of me for no reason.

Is there anything I can even do at this point?! Is there a way I can complain to LSAC about him due to something I disagree with and how it affected my test?  Or can I request a partial refund?   

Or does this mean that I just have to bite the bullet and cancel my score, thus settling for a shittier TX school, and thus an even more dismal future?

3.5 GPA and got a 155 on the September LSAT.

I am trying to be realistic about the schools to apply to but also am very interested in getting the better price right now.  Despite what lots of people on this board have recommended to others in a similar predicament and as much as I wish I could do otherwise, I would have to choose a T4 at a low cost/free than a full- priced T3 purely due to my financial situation at the moment.

These are the schools I'm looking at (I want to stay in South TX area. If I had to leave TX, I would go to the Northwest):
U of H
St. Mary's
South Texas
Seattle U

With the LSAT score and GPA I currently have, do I have a good shot at getting offered aid from St. Mary's and/or South Texas? (I know I am on the higher end of their GPA and LSAT median, but don't know if that is enough to constitute a reduced price for tuition.)

Also, I think I just missed U of H's minimum LSAT by a point or 2, but is it worth it to apply PT, even though that will be more expensive for me in the long run?

Same question applies for Seattle or Willamette - Do I even have a chance of getting into those schools let alone being offered any sort of scholarship?

As far as focus goes, I am pretty unfocused right now, but very interested in the following areas:

International Human Rights,
Immigration Law
Environmental Law
Intellectual Property/ Entertainment law (mostly because I love music, have been a drummer since I was 13 and know a guy in recording school in Austin to be a sound engineer).

I would sincerely appreciate any help whatsoever with any of this, as it will probably be a deciding factor on whether or not I decide to retake the LSAT in Dec.

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