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Choosing the Right Law School / Stay local or move on?
« on: June 17, 2015, 02:13:04 PM »
I'm currently enrolled to take the October LSAT and will graduate with my BA in May.  I'm attending law school as a second career (kind of...I've been a paralegal for a number of years) and am married with a family.  I am fortunate to live in an area where there are not 1, not 2, but 3 law schools within commuting distance.  All are affordable, and they range from a 2nd tier with a good local and regional reputation, to a 4th tier with an excellent metro reputation, but not much outside of that.  I took my "raw" test LSAT and came up with a 153.  After a two weeks of studying, I have managed a 160 (thank you Logic Games Bible!).  I expect once I fully master logic games and do some fine tuning on logical reasoning that my final LSAT will be in the high 160's -- low 170's.  The bad?  I'll have a fairly low (2.8 -- 3.0) GPA, mostly due to stupid choices 10 years ago.  I had originally planned on staying local, and attending one of the schools around me, but didn't expect to be doing so well on my practice tests.  Should I plan to apply to a higher ranked school?  If so, any suggestions are welcome.  My concerns (in order of importance) are: cost, making sure my husband is able to find a job to support us (he has a MPA and currently works for the state in corrections), as well as cost of living and schools and all of the other things you consider when uprooting your family.  Thanks!

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Paralegal to Lawyer?
« on: June 17, 2015, 01:58:53 PM »
Thanks for the reply.  I'm nervous about this, as the culture that the attorneys seem to share is pretty different from "the help", but I love the legal field and feel I would do well in law school.  My GPA is relatively low (should be around 3.0 by the time I graduate, although it might be as low as 2.8), but my "raw" practice LSAT was 153 and the one I took last week (after 2 weeks studying) was up to 160.  I'm shooting for an LSAT between 168-170 and only looking to get into local schools (a tier 2,3, and 4 are all within driving distance of my home).

Incoming 1Ls / Paralegal to Lawyer?
« on: June 17, 2015, 08:30:55 AM »
Hi all:

I've a full time, consistently working paralegal.  I have 8 years of experience under my belt (4 years in complex litigation, 1 in insurance law, 3 in bankruptcy).  I have recently gone back to school to finish my long-neglected BA in sociology.  I plan on graduating next May (2016) and have decided I want to attend law school when I'm done.  My question for the hive mind is this:  How will my prior experience be looked on when I'm applying for law school?  In school itself?  Applying for jobs afterward?  Will it be a case where I need to show off my knowledge or be humble?  Also, when should I tell my bosses?  I would love their assistance in the application process, but I'm concerned they'll write me off (even though I wouldn't leave my job for a year from now).  Thanks for the advice!

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