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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Creighton university vs. UALR
« on: February 10, 2011, 08:19:32 PM »
I visited Creighton last november.  Rather than ramble on, ask some specific questions about the college and Omaha and I'll fill you in.

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Non-Traditional Students / Re: Military
« on: January 25, 2011, 02:53:11 PM »
I am way late on responding to this, but no worries.  Yes, I am hoping that is the case.  College selection is going to be fairly important though.  Not all yellow ribbon programs are created equal.  Some schoolsare are a free ride and at others the GI Bill/Yellow Ribbon is only a 20% discount at best.

So Chief, I take it that you plan to collect a pension before enrolling? If so that should help make it so that you don't need to take out any loans to cover expenses not covered by GIBill.

Not all of us are officers making big bank.  I am enlisted and making a lot closer to typical PD pay.  With my retirement I should be fairly comfortable.

As I have gotten older 2 or 3 years doesn't seem as long as it used to and it means I won't have any regrets about my GPA.  I will have everything ready, without the risk that a kid right out of college is going to have to take.  Honestly, I think most law students would do well to start preparing that soon.

I'd like to add that not all officers are making big bank.  Contrast these positions with their civilian counterparts and you'll soon realize the disparity.  You know that military service has never been about the money anyway.

I agree that age puts things more into perspective.  I will not enter LS until the 2016 cycle at the age of 41.  When I consider that I will spend at least three of the next five years deployed, returning from deployment, and training to deploy, that time does not seem all that far off.  Besides perspective, you have to keep a long term goal in mind to make it through the difficult times.  LSD provides a great forum for keeping these goals in focus.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: so discouraged and need some advice
« on: January 23, 2011, 05:44:58 PM »
i was preparing to take the february lsat after 7 months of studying (literally 3-4 hours a day, and i spent 6-9 hours a day during christmas break - not much of a vacation i know) im in a kaplan prep course and i scored a 156 on my 5th practice test tonight (my first score was a 148) and this was the best score i've gotten yet. i know i should probably postpone until june for taking the test but after all of the hard work ive done i almost feel like ill never get the score i want (a 163 or 164 is my ultimate goal) does anyone have any advice? am i being paranoid or am i at all correct in my fears of just never improving my score enough to get to my goal? i may have even been studying TOO hard (didn't know there was such a thing..) and studying along with 18 credits for my college classes has been difficult, to say the least. has anyone else had this same kind of discouragement? i'd appreciate any advice anyone may have (minus the every test gone be hardest ever remarks of course - not that those arent absolutely hilarious)

thanks so much for even reading my post!

Rachel

Not sure if anyone asked this already since I just skimmed the last 4 pages.  What exactly are you studying for so much time if you have only taken 5 practice tests in 7 months?  I would highly recommend ordering a couple of test booklets to practice on the real thing and also get a bunch of the PDF copies from Cambridge.

Take each test under realistic conditions including diagraming on the test sheets (save the actual booklets for near the end).  Go back untimed and review your decisions.  Score the test and see how you did both timed and untimed.  If you got it correct on the timed test great.  Anything you got correct on the untimed, you need to do more of to improve your speed.  Anything you got wrong in both cases, review the theory and figure out why the correct answer was right.

Finally, there are something like 60 actual tests and most of them are available.  Take as many as possible.  5 practices isn't nearly enough.*

*My humble opinion and my intended method of studying for the June test.  I have only taken 2 practices so far and plan to devote next semester to full time LSAT prep (nights and weekend around work that is.)

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Non-Traditional Students / Re: Military
« on: December 21, 2010, 07:24:24 AM »
Not all of us are officers making big bank.  I am enlisted and making a lot closer to typical PD pay.  With my retirement I should be fairly comfortable.

As I have gotten older 2 or 3 years doesn't seem as long as it used to and it means I won't have any regrets about my GPA.  I will have everything ready, without the risk that a kid right out of college is going to have to take.  Honestly, I think most law students would do well to start preparing that soon. 

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Financial Aid / Re: Full Scholarships to Law School
« on: December 06, 2010, 08:34:58 PM »
Do you have GI Bill benefits?

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Non-Traditional Students / Re: Military
« on: November 28, 2010, 10:06:09 AM »
I'm late on this one too, but US Navy.  still working on my bachelors hoping to apply for the entering class in 2013 to Harvard, Cornell and as for the rest i'm still making my list.  If you can get into Harvard or Cornell, it is a great opportunity with the yellow ribbon program.  You could walk away with virtually no debt if you used TA while on active duty.  There are others too but i'm still researching.

UCLA has pretty good coverage if you want west coast.

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Law School Applications / Re: want to drop out and reapply, want advice
« on: November 01, 2010, 08:57:51 AM »
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1. should I do it? (worth it?)

The simple answer is NO.  This is  a bad idea.

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2. should I still take the final for this semester? or just begin to prepare for the LSAT and take the Dec. or Feb. test?
 

If you want to be a lawyer, stick it out.  If you don't think you can cut it based on your performance walk away.

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4. will my drop out record adversely affect (how much) my reapplying?

Reapplying would probably affect your chances about as much as a felony conviction.  Admissions officers looking at your application at look at your record will reject it for three reasons.  First, your record doesn't support a transfer.  Second, you are trying to beat the system by going outside the normal process.  Third, they want people that can successfully complete the program.  If you drop out, there is concrete evidence that you aren't a good risk.

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5. should I suspend instead of dropping out from my current school?

30k or so of debt (based on your post) isn't so much that you couldn't walk away now.  You can't change the past by trying to start over.

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6. do I need to send my first year transcript to LSAC for reapplying?

Call and find out if they will even allow you to try.  A better idea would be to call your target schools and find out about transferring for the last year.  It may not change your degree name, but it would give you access to a different market and a different school's career services for the final year.

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Personal Statement / Re: Finished First Draft of PS...Please Critique
« on: October 26, 2010, 02:40:36 PM »
Honestly, take out the entire last paragraph.  Ending it with the statement that your background made you one in a million rather than one of a million sums up the focus of your statement far more effectively and is a much more fitting close.

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General Board / Re: Thinking about going to law school....
« on: October 12, 2010, 03:14:46 PM »
Don't feed the trolls.  :-p
You see that?  Where was I trolling?  I was simply telling her the truth.

There is an art to explaining to someone that the path they are choosing isn't wise.  For a board like this one, full of aspiring professionals, one would expect at least an attempt at professionalism.  Telling a women that she is better off as a stripper is rude and insulting.  Treating anyone with such disrespect demonstrates a lack of fitness for the vocation we aspire to.

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General Board / Re: Thinking about going to law school....
« on: October 09, 2010, 04:26:49 PM »
If you want to help people, psych is probably going to be better.  Going 150k in debt at a tier 4 school, when you can't leave the local area sounds positively disasterous. 

I have 2 kids and a wife and am in a similar situation.  I have about 3 years to go to finish my degree, but I will be moving to go to school and then find work.  My wife is going to school as well, but her degree plan and career choice are a little more flexible for moving.

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