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I have a success story.  I was originally waitlisted at UCLA and have now finished my first year with a 3.797 GPA, on law review, and externing for a district court judge.  After getting waitlisted I was worried that I wouldn't match up to the other students, but that has definitely not proven to be the case. 


U of California - Los Angeles / Re: Greetings
« on: June 30, 2005, 02:52:13 PM »

Vinod has created a discussion group for entering 1Ls at UCLA:

U of California - Los Angeles / Greetings
« on: June 29, 2005, 02:28:29 PM »
Doesn't look like this board gets a lot of activity, but I want to say hello to anyone out there who's planning on going to UCLA. I have recently chosen UCLA over Northwestern, and I'm very excited about attending UCLA -- although their infrastructure for admits is definitely lacking (NU has a message board system to help incoming students find housing, roommates, and link up with current students to answer questions).

I'd like to hear from my future classmates if you're out there -- I'll start off -- I graduated from Stanford a number of years ago and worked as a journalist before moving to LA to work as a story editor at a talent agency. That work brought me in touch with a number of intellectual property attorneys, which made me interested in law school. Although I have worked in entertainment for a number of years, I am more interested in straight IP law without an entertainment focus.



My school had an OWLS group that disbanded my 1L year.  Frankly, I didn't miss it.  I never felt left out or in need of additional support as an older student.  As well, it was easy enough to meet the older students in my classes.



I took the December LSAT.  It is pretty late to be doing it, and I wouldn't recommend it -- but since you don't have a choice, you definitely should get all your apps done before you take the LSAT, so schools will start reviewing as soon as they get your scores.  Schools will say that everyone who applies before the deadline is given equal opportunity, but they lie.


Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: Age
« on: November 05, 2006, 11:36:27 AM »

33, 2L, engaged.

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / 34 is not old!
« on: October 18, 2006, 05:15:38 PM »


Don't worry about being 34.  I entered law school at age 32, horrified at how old I was and convinced everyone would ostracize me because I was such a geezer.  In fact, I remember reading a post on this board about how older students don't have enough energy to compete with younger students.  That's bull!  I am at one of the top law schools in the country and have done very well.  In fact, my friends range from age 23 to age 40, and I can honestly tell you that no one cares about how old you are.  The schools don't care either -- all they care about is your performance.  I am now in my second year and having a truly wonderful experience with employers.  Just like the schools and the students, employers don't care how old you are!

Don't worry about your age or being "non-traditional."  That term exists only on this discussion board; it does not enter the minds of employers or admissions committees.  If you are interested in law school, go for it!


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