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Law School Admissions / I need some help...is law school still an option?
« on: September 16, 2014, 08:47:55 PM »
This is going to be a long winded, rant like post of my jotting my ideas down as they come to mind, but I need some help. I know better than to bore you with a story about how I screwed up and seek refuge from law admissions. I won't go into great detail, but I didn't try very hard in school and partied too much. I graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychology and am born to two immigrant parents (Palestinian). I was always interested in law and becoming a lawyer, but unfortunately I was more interested in partying into my undergrad. Since graduating in December, I've been thirsty for knowledge and experience and I believe I have matured a lot in the realm of academics and motivation.

I learned from people on other forums that law school is almost entirely a numbers game consisting of GPA and LSAT score. It seems almost everyone online doesn't believe in the strength of extracurriculars or experiences helping at all on an application compared to the former two requirements, but I am still curious. I don't really have any solid work experience or references due to me having to run my family business for personal reasons after I graduated. I am trying to find volunteer or career work and am looking into joining AmeriCorps NCCC and using that time to get some experience, references and study for the LSAT while I'm there when I can. Essentially, I'm looking for some gainful volunteer work that will strengthen me as an applicant (mainly because I can't find a job that would show the same kind of commitment and I'm not necessarily pressed for money right now).

Things I am considering:
Joining AmeriCorps NCCC
CASA (court appointed special advocate)
Volunteer at a district or municipal court (this is surprisingly hard to find)
Work in a law office

I understand and accept that admission is mainly a numbers game, but for someone like me who doesn't have the grades and absolutely no outstanding experience or references, I truly believe that extracurriculars will show my maturity and law admissions have no choice but to acknowledge those. When I return or stop doing volunteer work, I will be hopefully finding part time employment in the legal field and then taking a LSAT prep course, taking a few classes to show a current GPA capability.

I guess I just want some suggestions on ways I could strengthen my application, especially because literally all I have is a poor GPA and hopefully an LSAT score above 170. Am I doing this wrong? What should I do to ensure getting into a T-14 school? T-20? And are my ideas above a good idea?

Also, should I study on my own for the LSAT, take the LSAT, and then depending on my score, take a prep class then take it again? Again, I'm willing to do whatever it takes to have a shot at T-14. I want to take the most effective steps.

THANKS!


ALSO: I want to make PERFECTLY CLEAR that I know that absolutely rocking the LSAT is the single most deciding factor on if and where I go to school. But I am looking to see if there is anything else I can do, whether it is the volunteer options above, going back to school or anything else that will also help make a difference.

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