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Law School Admissions / Re: LDAS Transcript Questions
« on: January 30, 2014, 06:41:25 PM »
I'll contact the state bar in the morning.

I am triple-majoring as I have broad interests. In reality, it's likely that I will double major and do one minor. One major is a hard sciences major--I want to (if possible) practice patent law.


Law School Admissions / Re: LDAS Transcript Questions
« on: January 30, 2014, 05:48:49 PM »
1. Thank you for the responses. In response to what I meant by the definition of the BA degree, I meant if the LSDAS counts up to a certain number of credits for a BA degree--180 quarter credits, e.g. I called LSAC and they said that in fact, they count all credits earned up until the first bachelor's degree.

I asked because I'll be required to do 225 quarter credits to earn my first bachelor's degree (with three majors).

Yes, obviously GPA is paramount--or near paramount.

2. With regards to the suspension, I was suspended in part due to behavioral health issues following psychosis (hallucinations) caused by extreme sleep deprivation, dehydration, and baclofen withdrawal. (Baclofen is a muscle relaxant used for MS, muscular dystrophy, and cerebral palsy. Baclofen withdrawal is similar to alcohol withdrawal in its risk of seizures and risk of death). I was hospitalized for nearly a year to stabilize my physical disabilities and eliminate the risk of future psychosis--at least, to the fullest extent possible.

3. Given the facts surrounding my suspension, is it unlikely that I would pass a state's character and fitness exam, or that I would be denied entry to a reputable law school? Obviously, I really doubt that the problems that caused it, namely psychosis, dealing with abuse issues from my past, and not having my physical condition stable, will ever happen again. Would a letter from various medical professionals saying this help me?


Law School Admissions / LDAS Transcript Questions
« on: January 28, 2014, 09:27:55 PM »
New here--long-time lurker. Bonus points for you if you get the literary allusion in my handle. Although my name actually is Tom!

I left my undergrad institution a few years ago for medical reasons--I was also suspended due to conduct that was in part caused by the medical issues I was going through.

However, my work there is pretty bad--3.0 or just below, I believe.

Happily, I am getting back on the horse first at a community college, as I had zero math/science courses and decided on a BS in chemistry. In addition to my other majors (two), I expect a full 4-5 years to get the BA/BS.


1. As the LSAC is averaged across institutions leading up to the first bachelor's degree, does this mean I essentially have a clean slate? While I'm aware the poor grades will be factored, I'm also balancing it with the reality that I have several years' work ahead of me.

2. Does 'prior to earning the first degree' mean prior to graduating with a bachelor's, or prior to graduating with a full bachelor's degree?

3. As for LSAT prep--this is a ways away, obviously--but for what it's worth, I did do a timed practice test using my cell phone's timer (and yes, I'm aware this is not kosher for the purposes of the actual test) being fairly strict with the 35-minute mark. I got a 160. I do plan on prepping lightly until about a year before ACTUALLY taking the test, and then, I'll prep harder.

I have a feeling I am worrying too much, but please do resist the urge to state the obvious and instead offer constructive advice. In turn, I hope to reciprocate on others' postings.

A final note--yes, I am sure law is for me. I also plan on getting a doctorate, so my end-goal is academia. But I want to practice law for a few years, if anything to pay off debts. My dad is a solo-practice attorney in Ohio. I've seen the stresses, long hours, and pretty much everything negative about law there is to see. I'm not deterred though.

Thanks all! Have a good one.

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