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Thank you all very much for your responses.

I'm just as annoyed with myself for resorting to silly speculations as any onlooker would be; most of that elaboration was (perhaps) mapping out my goals for myself. What I mean to say is that I have a history of doing fairly well on standardized tests and general measurements of logic skills (verbal reasoning, speech and general critical thinking are the two areas in which I would like to think above the curve). From what I understand, the LSAT is heavily concentrated in those areas and features no arithmetic (hallelujah). People may argue that mathematics is purely logic, but I'm specifically incapable of conceptualizing numbers. However, that applies strictly to numbers. But again, I'm prone to ranting on pointless things, ignore my speculations.

I believe my goals will formulate more in the next two years (and college will probably do a fine job of revealing my capabilities). I know to people who are experienced lawyers/in law school, it's a bit ridiculous for a 17-year-old to actively seek advice on law school, but from what I understand, it was probably smart of me to do so. Many of the available fellowships I've come across begin their screening processes as early as sophomore year and awareness generally breeds readiness.

I really could not care less about making above the median salary in law. If I could find a job that guaranteed a comfy $60,000 annual salary, I would be more than pleased with my income. I'm mostly interested by taxation policies and human rights, I would think my expectations would be met if I was successful enough in either of those concentrations. Personal success, job security and the opportunity for charitable work mean more to me than elitist titles/accolades.

At this point, it feels nice to be given time by any in the profession on the topic, so I thank you again. If anyone has any specific information they know about summer internships, fellowships and grants for grad school, I would love to hear it.

Black Law Students / Re: A World Without Black People...
« on: March 10, 2014, 03:20:33 PM »
Haha, I'm not sure if this was ever remarked on, so if it wasn't I would like to address a crucial flaw in the post: if there were never any Black people, there would be no people. Don't anthropologists believe that our first ancestor evolved in Kenya? The global Black community has made great contributions given the structural disadvantages forced on them in the past few centuries, but let's not forget that social distinctions by race are scientifically illogical.

Also, it's a little illogical to assume that non-Blacks could have never conceived of inventions made by Black people. I'm certain that society would have progressed similarly if there had never been Whites at all (or if they were marginalized in the way that those of African-decent are today).

Thanks for the information, though. Black history and African-American culture isn't given enough academic representation in schools nowadays. Well, was it ever?

Law School Admissions / High School Student with an Interest in Law
« on: March 10, 2014, 03:06:46 PM »
Judging by the patterns on this website, I doubt I'll receive a reply anytime soon, but that's fine. Any feedback is encouraged and welcomed. I know this is obnoxiously lengthy, sorry. I just don't want to have to clarify things at a later point. The important parts are in bold.

My circumstance is this: I'm a graduating high school senior with an acute interest in studying law. My plight is this: the internet has serious discouraged me from attempting a JD. I am curious if I should ignore the general trend or if I should become intimate with a different field that isn't labeled as "dying." I would hate to be the remorseful person who ruled herself "above" getting duped by a broken system as much as I would hate to be the naive imbecile who plunged herself waist deep into unnecessary debt for a bad job.

As far as demographics are concerned, I am a white female from a low-income background. My performance in high school was certainly not anything to boast about, but I would like to think that I have proven in the past four years that I have a particular aptitude for oral/written communication skills and critical reasoning (both of which have led me to contemplating the pursuit of law).

Though I have not really achieved anything worth mentioning, I'll still attend an Honors College at a Tier-1 state university in the fall and graduate without having to take out any loans (as a commuter, my scholarship and Pell Grant cover my tuition/fees with a decent surplus). Because I live in a huge, yet inexpensive, city with good interning prospects (and all that jazz), I know that I can build a good resume and sustain a considerable amount of volunteer hours on top of engaging in collegiate organizations. My biggest concern is maintaining a solid GPA (as that was my weak point in high school), but surely enough effort can guarantee me a 3.8 in a non-math/science degree.

Clearly no one can estimate their LSAT score, but I've been told that scoring a 700 on the SAT Critical Reasoning usually correlates with a 169-173 on the LSAT (and I scored a 730 in the SAT CR, a 750 in the writing with minimum studying and no classes). So, let's say with enough preparation, I am probably capable of scoring around a 170 or maybe just within the aforementioned range.

I'm currently considering a major in either Political Science or Chinese studies (with language concentrations in Mandarin and Vietnamese). But honestly, I'm not sure if they're really bad course studies or not, so I'm open to switching. I'm in a bad position for undergrad because I can't major in anything useful (like science or math). I think the highest level math class I'm capable of making an 'A' in is College Algebra. Yeah, and though I'm suited for it, I'm averse to majors in Business related fields.

With all that said, does anyone have any recommendations or words of warning? Like, what should I major in as an undergraduate? If law is a bad idea for someone with no familial connections? Would I get good financial aid packages on the basis of need at top schools (esp. considering my family will almost certainly never make over $40,000/year in the next 4 years and that I will be a full-time student working jobs for minimum wage)? What about niches in law? What law schools should I be preparing for?

Again, if you take the time out of your day to advise me, I am very grateful. Thank you.

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