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I really don't have any softs to put on my application.  I have some work experience, but only fast food, grocery story and working for my parent's PI office...
Sounds like you have something to put down to me. If you've done some club work, put it down. If you had to work for money to pay for school, many law school applications will accept a socioeconomic statement stating you had to work through school.

Bottom line is, make your resume professional with your part time jobs and list a few activities and you shouldn't get any raised eyebrows. Not everyone can be student body president, nor is that necessarily what law schools are looking for in everyone.

Law schools only look at your college grades. Your best bet is to go somewhere where will you succeed in your own goals for undergrad, not what you think will help for law school. For what it's worth, going to a lower-ranked school where you can achieve a 4.0 might work out better than going to a tougher school, unless the tougher school has a higher grading curve, as is the case with Ivy league and other schools.

Law School Applications / Re: Taking Paralegal courses before applying?
« on: January 08, 2013, 01:59:56 AM »
A foreign bachelor's degree GPA won't be standardized by CAS and included in your GPA. Neither will any post-BA work, such as paralegal courses now.

Other than making you look like you're interested in the law and providing you a valuable backup option, paralegal courses won't help that much with law school.

Non-Traditional Students / Re: Looking for some advice....
« on: January 06, 2013, 03:49:55 AM »
Generally speaking, you'll need more than just a community college degree to apply to law school, but starting there is fine. Hopefully there is a reasonably priced 4-year institution nearby. Obviously law schools understand that not everyone who is potentially successful can afford to immediately attend a 4-year university.

As for your major, it doesn't really matter, but majors that focus on analysis, reading, and writing are generally best. A lot of people that apply to law school are criminal justice majors but you shouldn't pick a major based on its value to law school because there is none and the degree should be valuable in it of itself. For what it's worth, anecdotal and statistical evidence suggests criminal justice is not great preparation for law school. It's usually geared towards those who want to become police officers, and though it gives you a superficial understanding of some aspects of the law, it doesn't particularly help with law school.

I don't think you are ever too old to go back to school unless you have obligations that are preventing you. However, as the above poster said, debt at your age could be more of a serious concern, because the potential return on your investment in higher education is less.

Law School Applications / Re: Am i on the right track?
« on: January 06, 2013, 03:44:12 AM »
The most important thing is to keep your grades up. If you truly work 30 hours plus every week during undergrad, you should definitely write an economic/diversity statement to that effect. Include anything relevant about your upbringing and parents, culture, etc. Make sure the volunteer stuff is on your resume.

That being said, it couldn't hurt to have at least one serious student club or activity involvement, something with regular meetings where you can become an officer. It's better to focus on one or two things than join a dozen clubs and never do anything or spread yourself too thin.

I don't think it will raise a red flag so much as not be looked at vs. someone who has a high LSAT. The fact is that both a reasonably high GPA and LSAT are necessary, but not sufficient conditions to gain admission to top law schools. Certainly someone with a 4.0 from a top school will be more competitive than someone with a 4.0 from an online school if they have the same LSAT, but this would probably only matter in a borderline situation as long as the online school is accredited by the appropriate regional institution.

In any event, if this Liberty online is affiliated with the brick and mortar institution, there is a possibility there will be enough people who applied to law school from Liberty that their grading trends and LSAT scores will be reported in the CAS report. That will tell you the institution's average LSAT and approximately what percentile an applicant's GPA is.

It's probably fine if the LORs are from recent professors from your 2nd BA.

I don't think there's any real difference in your law school application when it comes to finishing your 2nd bachelors, but here is my opinion in general: You don't know where life will take you and what possibilities an additional degree will offer you. I can't say the same for an almost completed degree. In the end, I think it's worthwhile to finish things you start, but it depends on your financial situation, among other things.

Politely ask the LOR writer to make note of how he/she knows you, and ask that while doing so, they mention that although you have the same last name, you are not related.

As there's little penalty for re-taking the LSAT, he definitely should, and give it 3-6 months of serious study time.

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