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Law School Admissions / Question about Spring Transfers...
« on: September 02, 2005, 09:44:35 PM »
I'm starting law school in the spring and know for sure that I will attempt to transfer (pending performance, of course) because that is really my only chance of getting into one of the top schools (top 1-30 vicinity) at this point. I know that transfers must have a full year of law school under their belts in order to transfer. However, if I begin in the spring, will I only be able to transfer to those schools that accept spring transfers? While there are some schools that accept spring transfer (notably GULC, GW, and Columbia), the majority do not. Does anyone know if an entire semester's worth can be made up in the summer before beginning in the fall? Or if they would actually allow a semester off before beginning the second year as a transfer because of the gap in between? I've seen a post somewhere that said some schools will tell you to sit out the Spring semester and begin the second year, first semester in the Fall. I'm not sure if that's true or not though. Anyone know? What would you do for 8 months and would schools actually advise a student to consider leaving such a gap in their education when most schools do not look favorably upon such gaps when first applying? And finally, since fall grades wouldn't come out until spring semester has officially begun, do the schools that accept spring transfer base their decision on just one semester's worth of grades?

Alot of questions and perhaps a bit confusing, I know, but anything anyone knows about this process would be a great help... Thanks.

Law School Admissions / Anyone applying for Spring Admissions 1-L?
« on: August 25, 2005, 05:19:10 PM »
I would guess there would only be a handful, if at all. But I'm one of those few. Anyone else?

Studying for the LSAT / LSAT Prep Courses: TestMasters vs. Test Masters
« on: August 13, 2005, 08:59:00 AM »
Can anyone give any insight on these two LSAT prep courses? One is TestMasters (or otherwise known as TestMasters180) and the other is Test Masters. While TestMasters180 is the more widely recognized of the two, on par with the prep course colossals Princeton Review, Kaplan, and PowerScore, Test Masters also guarantees a 10 point increase. Has anyone taken this course before or know anything about it?

Test Masters:

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Law School Admissions / 1L Spring Admissions
« on: August 13, 2005, 08:43:25 AM »
Is spring admissions easier, harder, or about the same as fall admissions? And does this mean that, in the event a student beginning in the spring considers transferring after the first year, the only schools he or she will be able to transfer into are those offering spring transfers?

Below is a list of law schools that accept spring admissions for first year law students:

California Western
Florida Coastal
Golden Gate
John Marshall
St. Thomas
South Texas
Thomas M. Cooley
Thomas Jefferson
Western State

Does anyone know of any other schools that accept spring admissions for first year students?

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[Source: American Bar Association]

At its meeting on August 4-5, 2005, the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar determined to place Whittier Law School, located in Costa Mesa, California, on probation for a period of two years, effective August 9, 2005.

[Source: Whittier Law School]

American Bar Association Accreditation Status

On August 9, the American Bar Association placed Whittier Law School's accreditation on a probationary status for a period of up to 2 years. The ABA cited the school's first-time bar passage rates as the reason for its decision. While on probation, the law school remains an ABA accredited law school. Under the ABA's rules, all students who enter and/or graduate during this period are considered to have graduated from an ABA accredited law school. During the probationary period, the ABA will be overseeing our efforts to come into compliance with its standards regarding bar passage.

Whittier Law School feels that this decision is unwarranted and unnecessary and has so responded to the ABA. First-time bar passage rates at WLS have gone up 10.5 points between July 2003 and 2004, and 9 points between February 2004 and 2005. Over the years, the ABA has lauded our academic program and current course initiatives and we believe that we are in compliance with the ABA's rules. We intend to continue our aggressive effort to demonstrate our compliance with ABA regulations.

I'm not sure about the past history of ABA Probation, but currently, this is the only law school that is currently on probation by the ABA. It's a huge embarrassment to the school as well as its students, but especially for those ILs who have already committed and are beginning their orientation this week. Announced less than 2 weeks before the official start of classes, I can only imagine what a tremendous 11-th hour blow to their spirits this must be. Should Whittier Law School, a 4th tier law school, now be avoided by prospective law students in the midst of this embarrassment?

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