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Non-Traditional Students / Re: Is anyone NOT in it for the money?
« on: September 10, 2008, 12:36:19 PM »
I am not in it for the money, I want to do animal welfare or environmental law, and speak for those that cannot speak for themselves.  I don't plan on having a husband or children (don't believe in that sort of thing), so I am pretty sure that I will be able to live comfortably as a lawyer not working at some big firm.  I mean, I live below the poverty line now and on food stamps and I am doing great!
As far as loans go, the best investment you can make is in yourself, and unlike a house or a car, they can never repossess your degree, so go for it! 

You "don't believe in" "having a husband or children"?

"I don't believe in" is an unfortunate phrase since it's only truly applicable to things like the tooth fairy when read literally. But people often use it to mean "I don't think that X is a good/proper/acceptable thing (to do, be, etc.)". For example, "I don't believe in the two-party system" doesn't mean you doubt it exists, it means you disbelieve that it is a good thing.

Therefore, since we know you believe husbands and children exist, we arrive at the conclusion that you meant that you disbelieve that "having a husband or children" is a good thing. You wish nobody had children. Are you glad you exist? If you answered yes, then you didn't even intend the common WRONG meaning of the phrase.

I think you meant you "don't believe having a huband or children is right for you". It's a much more clear way of expressing that idea. I'm not a grammar or spelling nazi, but considering where we are, it's a worthwhile distinction.

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Why WOULDN'T you have a chance? Do you think admissions hate old people or something? You had a 3.8 at Yale! Get an LSAT in the high 160's and you're guaranteed somewhere in the t-14.

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Non-Traditional Students / Re: How Important are Soft Factors? 31/URM/3.39
« on: September 10, 2008, 11:57:51 AM »
For the OP: For what it's worth, Powerscore recommends that you postpone until December if you think you can pick up even 3 points. (http://www.powerscore.com/LSAT/help/when.cfm)

I think I can get another 3, so I'm waiting.

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Non-Traditional Students / Re: schools that emphasize lsat over low gpa
« on: September 10, 2008, 11:53:34 AM »
my fault in terms of having a poor gpa. my stats, 2.5 GPA and 162 LSAT.

been out of school for 2 years (i hear the more distance put between a poor undergrad and applying to law school equals better chances), worked at the local bar association for a year doing family law, and currently working at the 2nd largest foreclosure law firm in the state. rec. letters and experience are great.

from the south so would be an out-of-state student in the east coast (new york, DC), looking to stay within tier 1. thanks for any suggestions

Your LSAT of 162 is probably not high enough for your Tier 1 goal. The bottom schools in tier 1 have, at the worst, 75th percentile LSAT's of about 162, and average GPA's over 3.1. A 2.5 is just too hurting.

If you had a 170, it would be different. Also, and this could change things, I think, if your grades improved at the end or you have a really interesting life that may help you. (The things you discussed may make an impact.)

Basically, what I'm saying is that if you really want to do tier 1, you should try to eek out those last 8 points to get to 170. (I know, no *&^% you should try to!) You'd be sitting way prettier for tier 1.

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