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From the state of LA?

Blast from the past part deux.

Law School Applications / Re: Prestige of UG
« on: March 17, 2013, 12:49:53 AM »
It's largely irrelevant where you went to undergrad. What matters is your GPA and the percentile your GPA represents. After that, maybe the name of your school, if well-known, might be considered, but in a very minimal way.

Truth is that the advantage of going to certain elite school is their high GPA curves, but that could be the same at Middle State U, it just depends. Some state schools have high medians, some are low, regardless of US News ranking.

What above poster said about many students at elite law schools attending elite universities is true, but I offer a different explanation: higher quality students at elite universities are likely to earn higher LSATs and other factors that make them more attractive to elite law schools. The average LSAT from elite school undergrads is significantly higher than most.

Law School Applications / Re: School suspension
« on: January 21, 2013, 10:13:38 PM »
There's often two related but different questions: has your schooling been interrupted and have you been suspended, expelled, etc.

If you took a leave of absence or something along those lines that's not suspended even if you "suspended" your studies. If the school suspended you in some process you would answer yes, otherwise no. If there is a question about your studies being continuous or interrupted then you would answer appropriately to that.

Transferring / Re: Transferring v. Reapplying
« on: January 14, 2013, 03:58:37 AM »
I don't disagree that you're likely to find quality Professors at law schools of every rank, but what's different at higher-ranked schools is typically the student body quality and the level of discussion and understanding that potentially creates. There's also economic signaling.

While that Professor who teaches at multiple schools may use similarly difficult exams, that doesn't mean that his teaching style or the in-class experience is the same. Supposedly, higher-ranked schools teach theory more and lower-ranked schools teach the black letter law. At a higher-ranked school, with an objectively higher student quality, it's more likely the Professor doesn't have to go over the basics but can talk about nuances or theory of the law because it's assumed the students can learn it on their own. Students in class at other schools may need more black letter law training, which could help them more with the bar exam.

I guess the point is there's no right or wrong answer to this question because it's whatever you think will serve your needs best. Just my two cents.

Law School Applications / Re: Am i on the right track?
« on: January 14, 2013, 03:49:45 AM »
That sounds fine. Obviously the most important thing is keeping your grades up, but 2-3 solid things to list on resume as an undergrad is fine, especially if they are for more than a year.

Non-Traditional Students / Re: Looking for some advice....
« on: January 14, 2013, 03:46:37 AM »
To be honest, if your only real goal was to get into law school, I would advise you find a decent 4 year college and get the easiest (and cheapest) degree you can find while studying for the LSAT.   A 3.8 GPA and 160 LSAT out of a no-name 4 year college is much better than a 3.4 GPA and 160 LSAT out of a good state school.

got news:  aba not responsible regulating legal profession.
Technically true, but I think we know that OP meant the ABA is the biggest gatekeeper to the legal profession in the sense of being the most commonly accepted accepted accreditation agency and setting the standards for law schools.

General Board / Re: True cost of delaying law school
« on: January 14, 2013, 03:32:54 AM »
Honestly, there's so many variables, including the fact that there's no guarantee in this market that, even after becoming an attorney, you'll make more money, that we'd need to know more about your situation to even begin to analyze it.

The variables would include your age, current salary, expected salary/area of law, how likely that is to get, promotion potential at current job/as lawyer, etc. Sorry I can't be more specific.

One way I've heard to look at is that you're losing your last year of work, which generally is among workers' highest-paid, so each year can make a difference.

Where should I go next fall? / Re: Where should I go?
« on: January 11, 2013, 03:31:27 PM »
3.15 is at or above the medians at many schools outside the top 20. See if you can obtain the grading policies from the schools from which you've received scholarship offers. If the median at a school is at or below the scholarship requirement, that means there's at least a 50% chance you could lose it.

According to the Widener GPA curve is a 2.3 to 2.75, which does not bode well for maintaining a 3.0. Similarly, UBaltmore is a 2.86, which also does not make maintaining a 3.15 easy.

Remember, unlike undergrad, your Professors are virtually required to give Cs, and, depending on the severity of the curve, Ds and even Fs.

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