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General Board / Re: Poor 2nd semester; ways to improve grades?
« on: July 21, 2007, 04:43:24 AM »
I really recommend using the supplement throughout the year instead of just right before finals. Some of my classmates work off of old outlines from other students and literally type in what the professor adds into the outline, so that it's all right in front of them during class.

Not sure if this contributed to your problem, but i find studying in groups to be counterproductive. We spent so much time trying to arrange a meeting time/place/location that it just took away from actual studying. Now, i prefer to study alone and only consult a group to go over practice exams.

I agree.  I too found study groups counterproductive, preferring to study and learn the law along the way, studying at the end with a few people to work out any kinks.  Plus, it takes time to find out who you're compatible with and who to trust.

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If you read some of the comments from admissions staff, they always say that a bunch of low grades can be mitigated by a couple of higher grades, later by a show of improvement. Spend a semester or two taking classes that interest you (bonus points if they relate to law school) and establish a track record of good grades, and you'll have some concrete proof to show the admissions committees that you're no longer a 2.4 student.

Without a good LSAT score, taking a few classes to show you can do the work will be an extremely minimal boost, at best.  At the end of the day, all that matters in most cases are the undergrad gpa and the lsat score.  Until every law school decides to withdraw from the US News and World Report rankings, the GPA/LSAT index will continue to be highly important.  Unfortunately, this means some very talented people who made some mistakes in undergrad will be shut out of decent schools, even though they make turn out to be great attorneys.

My sentiments exactly.  I had a very low GPA (I haven't read one lower on this board yet), but there were extenuating circumstances that were legitimate reasons for my uncharacteristic failure to perform to best of my abilities.  Yet, I explained these circumstances in my personal statement.  This coupled with a high LSAT score will get you in.  If I were you, I would purchase the PowerScore LR and LG Bibles, every PrepTest that you can get your hands on and just practice.   A low GPA with an accompanying letter explaining extenuating circumstances or other adversity, along with a high LSAT (162+) should boost your chances.

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General Board / Re: Woman passes CA bar after 14th try
« on: July 21, 2007, 04:24:45 AM »
Good for her.  I admire her persistence and hope she thrives as a result.

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Ok, this is my problem. I am interested in getting into Law School, but I have a GPA problem. The truth is, when I did the whole undergraduate thing I didn't really apply myself. I joined a fraternity, drank beer, and chased women. So now I am a high school P.E. teacher, and I hate it. I've had interest in law my entire life, and now that I've reached the mature age of 27, I'd like to make a career change. So, my question, is it possible to gain entrance to law school with my mediocre under-graduate degree and terrible GPA (2.4). If I have no chance of getting into law school with my current situation, would it be possible to get accepted by going back and getting a diffrent B.S. degree? Please reply if you have some mature advice.

Why not contact the law schools that are near you and get their assessment?  I'm sure an admission's director will give you a frank opinion about what you need to do to be competitive.  Talk to the schools you're trying to get into.

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General Board / Re: Poor 2nd semester; ways to improve grades?
« on: July 20, 2007, 02:31:03 AM »
Reading your post, you already sound like you have identified the problem.  You didn't study as hard.  Frankly, noone here can tell you what you need to do to improve because everybody is different in how they learn.  Someone my excel after going through LEEWS.  Others may be hindered by LEEWS.  Pay more attention to yourself and understand what makes you tick.  You will then find what works best for you.  As you just learned, YOU cannot study less and get better grades...so get serious.

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General Board / Re: Possibiility of working with FBI?
« on: July 10, 2007, 07:23:18 PM »

Gwiz is right.

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Transferring / Re: Where Should I Go? T10 choices...
« on: July 09, 2007, 09:34:20 AM »
I recently gained transfer admittance to several schools in the top 10 - NYU, Penn, Michigan.  I also have apps out at Chicago, Columbia, and UVA.  I plan on working for a firm -- at least for a little while -- to pay off loans. 

I can live in NYC for free during my last two years of law school, but I don't want to spend my career in New York.  In fact, I'd probably like to live in the Midwest. 

As for Penn, I also have very good friends in Philadelphia and it's only two hours away from my family in NYC.  As an alternative to the Midwest, I wouldn't mind working in Philadelphia after graduation either. 

Any thoughts?  Thanks!

Congratulations and good luck!

If you already know that you want to spend your career in the Midwest, why not just go to school there? Chicago is an exceptional law school.  This would be my choice.

Being from the Midwest (Chicago) myself, and now living in San Francisco, please explain why you'd prefer to be in the Midwest as opposed to the East coast.  Be specific.

Thanks.

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Why not? What can it hurt?  Just another network that can only be beneficial.

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General Board / Re: Laser printer a good investment?
« on: July 09, 2007, 04:04:19 AM »
Buy your own printer.  It's the wise choice.

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General Board / Re: What's good about being an attorney?
« on: July 09, 2007, 04:03:10 AM »
The idea that I'm becoming one.

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