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Studying for the LSAT / Re: SEPT 27 LSAT
« on: Today at 05:38:54 PM »
Attending a forum, if you can do so at minimal cost, is an excellent idea even if you ultimately decide to wait until next year. It is almost the only chance you will have as an applicant to meet admissions committee members and school representatives. Make a list of schools at the forum in which you'd be interested, hopefully a mix of reaches, targets, and safetys if you know your LSAT score by then. Approach them and ask thoughtful questions about their school and programs, not general questions about law school or the application process. If there is an opportunity for a chat, you can introduce yourself and tell them a little about yourself. You can also potentially get fee waivers. It may not give you a shot somewhere you weren't being considered, but demonstrated interest in the school and its programs can make a difference on the border/wait list.

It is good that you have taken the LSAT so now you will have the final piece of objective information you need to consider your future for now. But, if you have to wait until next year, it is not the end of the world. Admissions committee members won't hold it against you. Remember, law school will always be there.

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consider military, you can enlist as a paralegal as an officer in JAG even with just undergrad
This is incorrect.  JAG paralegals are enlisted, which means that they are not officers and are outranked by every 21-year-old ROTC graduate fresh out of college. Some eventually have the opportunity to become legal administrators, which is a warrant officer position, but only for those who go career non-commission officer.

Serving in the military has many benefits, but enlisting to become a JAG paralegal in the hopes of helping with law school admissions is a bit extreme and won't necessarily help OP. It might not be fun being treated like a 17-year-old kid who barely finished high school. Also, it'd be at least 4 years before he could apply again to law school.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: A day in the life of a law school student
« on: September 20, 2014, 11:54:39 AM »
Mid-terms in law school?

Also, half of that stuff is not necessary.

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General Board / Re: Applying to an LLM with a Misdemeanor
« on: September 20, 2014, 11:34:42 AM »
What everybody else said: Disclose, disclose, disclose.

Depending on the circumstances, it won't be a big deal. Many people have done dumb things and been admitted to law school and the bar without further issue. Just don't go and execute an endangered bird in Vegas.

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Roger Williams / Re: Anyone recently attended?
« on: September 07, 2014, 07:22:07 PM »
Do you want to practice in Rhode Island? If the answer is yes, there are going to be some advantages to attending law school locally. If you are unsure, but don't have the numbers to attend a top tier, you need to consider seriously where you want to live. Most law schools are local and your connections and internships will be developed in the state you attend school.

Of course, if you have guaranteed family employment or other options, your situation may be different.

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News Discussion / Re: news legally defined as...
« on: September 03, 2014, 05:03:37 PM »
I don't know if there is a legal definition of "news" beyond First Amendment cases, but I did find this about the Code of Federal Regulations:

"The term representative of the news media is defined by 47 CFR 0.466 as 'any person or entity that gathers information of potential interest to a segment of the public, uses its editorial skills to turn the raw materials into a distinct work, and distributes that work to an audience. In this clause, the term news means information that is about current events or that would be of current interest to the public.'"

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Socratic Method / Re: Accidentally Slurred in Class
« on: August 23, 2014, 10:47:45 PM »
Public school, doubt they can do much unless it was directed at someone and somehow constitutes harassment, etc.

Private school...well, if this is a religious affiliated school they might take it more seriously. Otherwise, it seems excessive, but perhaps the school has a thing against swearing in class.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: What would you ask a former LSAT testmaker?
« on: August 18, 2014, 04:27:05 PM »
How would one learn those fields as an undergraduate? And would learning facts about the common law or general principles of criminal law or whatever really evaluate how apt one is at being a lawyer more than logical reasoning? Hmm

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: What would you ask a former LSAT testmaker?
« on: August 17, 2014, 03:54:58 PM »
So, require some sort of MCAT-like test but for law school? Not sure what you'd have to learn...history, political science, philosophy? English? All of those would arguably be on the LCAT. (Just made that up)

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There's always lower scores to weed out, scholarships(?), adds to apparent legitimacy of school through a formalized process that ABA schools use...take your pick.

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