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I just wanted to pass on some good news that I got today - over 10 years ago I took 3 classes at a school, and withdrew from maybe 8 at the same school. I later found out that this particualr school allowed 5 withdrawals with no penalty, and any more than 5 are counted as 0's in your GPA. From everything I've read on this site, I assumed that LSAC would follow what the school had done and count those as 0's too, and, happily, they did not! Again, these were W's, not WF etc., and they did affect my GPA with the school, but not with LSAC. I am sooo relieved! Maybe this will give some hope to others - what you read is not correct in EVERY circumstance - call LSAC and find out for yourself!  :D

Job Search / A question for people working in Biglaw...
« on: July 25, 2008, 06:20:58 AM »
I'm wondering if any graduates who now make good salaries want to share what they were doing before law? Were any of you living paycheck to paycheck, and now you're financially comfortable? I want to get a job in a big firm, mainly for the financial security. I have a big family, and to be able to save and not worry so much about money would be wonderful. People seem to think money should not be an issue when deciding on a career, but when you're older and you have kids, it has to be an issue.

Studying for the LSAT / October LSAT - can I still do it???
« on: July 24, 2008, 10:47:50 PM »
I wonder if anyone has any good advice or personal experience...I am finishing up my college degree (about 15 years late  ). I have I've been a stay-home mother most of my adult life, and have 5 kids, including an infant. I will have a full courseload right through next summer, and hope to start law school in Fall 09. I planned on taking the LSAT last June, but just couldn't do it - my son was born just a few months before that and I wasn't able to prepare at all. I have signed up for the October test and have done some studying, bought the LR Bible and LG Bible, but have not been able to devote any real time to preparing for this test.

My goals are pretty high - I would like to get a job at a big Boston firm, and barring Harvard my first choice would be BC (I live in the Boston area and need to stay here). But, with no exaggeration, I have no time to study right now. I am busy all day with my kids, and so tired since I haven't had a full night's sleep in YEARS. My baby wakes up usually around 4am - I feed him and go back to sleep until he wakes me up again, and then start the day. I am so desperate that I am contemplating studying at that time, maybe 4:30 until 7:30 everday, but I know I will be exhausted and grumpy. I know that nothing worthwhile is easy, believe me, but my question is, can I achieve the score I want (170+) in two months? Has anyone else done this?

This really is important to me. I am not going into law just for the money, but with 5 kids the salary a Biglaw attorney earns would be welcomed. I know I can do it, but can I do it in 2 months? I could use some encouragement!


Over 10 years ago I took 3 classes at Harvard Extension School. I also withdrew from about 8 classes due to extenuating circumstances. These are listed as W's on my transcript, not WF's. According to the registrar there, you are allowed 5 withdrawals, and any more than that are calculated into your GPA, which it is on my transcript. When I called LSAC to clarify, I was told that they don't count W's as 0's, and they don't count withdrawals from Harvard Ext. as 0's, but because they are calculated on my transcript, I'm worried. Does anyone have withdrawals from this school, and were they counted in your GPA? Needless to say, three 0's would ruin my GPA.

Thank you for any information!

Law School Admissions / Transcript question -
« on: June 20, 2008, 07:26:45 PM »
I've asked this question before, but didn't really get a clear answer. what I need to know is, if I submit my transcripts to LSDAS, but will not be finished with my degree for 2 more semesters, will they calculate my GPA with what I already have, or wait until my degree is complete? The reason I am concerned is because I have several W's from 2 different schools. They are not WF's, so I believe that they won't factor in to my GPA, but if they do it would make a huge difference in my GPA and I think I would be doomed...

Law School Admissions / LSAC transcripts question -
« on: June 11, 2008, 07:24:20 PM »
If I send my transcripts in to LSAC (I still have a few classes to finish), will they calculate my GPA right away, or do I need to register for the LSDAS first? Do I need to have graduated before they will calculate my current GPA? This has me a little worried, as I will be applying to schools this fall but won't get my degree until next summer - how will that work?

Current Law Students / Questions about questionable credit...
« on: June 04, 2008, 09:11:51 AM »
Will bad credit (late payments and charge-offs) be an issue when trying to pass the Bar (in Mass), or when trying to get a job in a big Boston firm? I'm not in law school yet, but the little bit that I've read about Character and Fitness has me worried, and I assume major firms might do background/credit checks? Does anyone have any experience with this? Advice?

Thank you!

Law School Admissions / Economic Diversity?
« on: May 14, 2008, 10:59:46 AM »
I have a friend who is interested in applying to law schools. She grew up pretty poor, inner city, first in her family to go to college (she went as an adult). Would she be considered a URM or would her economic hardship help her in any way when applying to schools? How would she even make schools aware of her situation? Have any of you who have already applied mentioned similar circumstances as part of your application?


Job Search / Non-traditional students hired by biglaw firms?
« on: May 03, 2008, 05:46:42 PM »

Does anyone have any insight as to how likely (or unlikely) it is for a non-traditional aged student to be hired by a biglaw firm, or at least be given the chance as a summer associate? I am contemplating law school, live in the Boston are and will go to school here, but am worried that I won't have the opportunities I would have had 10 years ago.

Thank you!

Current Law Students / Seton Hall Safety at night
« on: April 06, 2005, 07:01:08 AM »
Just accepted to Seton Hall. Wanted some views about the safety at night. Will be driving/taking Penn Station methods.  School has shuttle service to parking garage (which one) and Penn Station.  Is this service reliable?  Do they just drop you off at the entrance to garage? I am about 5' 2" and little over 100# so am concerned about safety.....

Thanks for the input.  Any other input about the school would be appreciated.

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