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BTW, on the bar 65 is passing for the essays. Is that the same for the FYLSE? If so a 60 doesn't seem so bad, certainly capable of being remedied.
Sounds like some jennid knows the law but needs more essay practice. Have someone look at the essays to see what simple things you can do to improve your formatting and style.
JAG, regardless of the branch, is extremely competitive these days, and even if you don't deploy, the attitude that you want to will go far.
Unfortunately, none of the military branches will pay for college and law school ahead of time.
The question is: Are you more dedicated to becoming a military officer or an attorney? Remember, JAG officers are officers first.
If you're more interested in becoming an officer, ROTC during college is a great way to pay for it. If you've got good scores and a law school acceptance in hand you can apply for Educational Delay and go to law school, hoping to snag a JAG spot, but that won't be guaranteed. The other option is working for 2-4 years and then applying for the Funded Legal Education Program(FLEP, varies by branch). There's a small number of active duty officers selected to attend law school with a full ride from the government and continue to be paid while in school. It's a great deal if you can get it but you'd generally need to have a Tier 1 acceptance in hand to even be considered.
The bottom line is, there are many ways to serve and paths to becoming a Judge Advocate. Depending on your interests and branch, you have a few routes. But you absolutely have to be prepared to be an officer and serve in a combat zone.
Law School Applications / Re: Disciplinary probation fresh. year, Underage jun. year. Can I get in law school?« on: December 09, 2012, 12:36:38 AM »
Certainly I have known people who got into Top 14, Top 20, Tier 1, whatever schools having smoked pot and gotten an alcohol citation. It will be a negative soft factor for the OP and every admissions committee will at least have a comment about it.
What may suck for OP is that it's unclear what evidence the police had against him in the underage alcohol incident. Did you receive intoxicated in public (while minor) or whatever your state equivalent is? What led the police to believe that you were intoxicated? Did you make any attempt to fight the charge? I doubt anything could be done now; just curious.
Law School Applications / Re: Will a past history of depression cause me trouble for Character and Fitness?« on: December 09, 2012, 12:33:16 AM »
I don't think most law school applications ask about that. And, at least for CA, the state bar questionnaire asks about fitness to practice law. I'd be extremely surprised if, absent other circumstances, a history of depression alone caused any eyebrow raising at the moral character and fitness committee. A recent DUI, on the other hand...
« on: December 09, 2012, 12:32:07 AM »
Like you said, it's extremely hypothetical.
You don't know what grades you'll get this year—or next Fall.
But let's say, for argument's sake, you do. The trade-off then is (the possibility of) a slightly higher GPA vs. applying early. It's probably a wash. Going complete early gives you more consideration and the most chance at the few spots that are truly competitive in a law school class. A higher GPA always helps in that it can move you from the maybe to yes category, but you're again assuming a lot about your grades.
A middle of the road option would be simply to apply as early as possible and then update schools after your Fall semester grades are in. It's unlikely that any of your target schools will have accepted or denied you before then.
If it were me, I'd apply early and hope for good grades next Fall.
Law School Applications / Re: Disciplinary probation fresh. year, Underage jun. year. Can I get in law school?« on: December 06, 2012, 09:08:31 PM »
It's not clear from your story but what did you get in the second incident? Were you in possession of alcohol or just intoxicated?
Also, from the first story it's not entirely clear if that's a criminal sanction or a student sanction.
Either way, it will be a difficult hurdle to overcome. As you may or may not know, you have to report these incidents to law school and the state bar regardless of whether or not they remain or will remain on your record.
The trouble is that both involve criminal conduct, regardless of whether or not the first incident was criminal or 'merely' student. It shows that you, as a young student, have had trouble with the law due to the use of drugs and alcohol. Yes, they are relatively minor, and people who are convicted murderers and who have DUIs are admitted to law school and the bar, but it will probably cause many schools second thoughts.
Law School Applications / Re: Will a past history of depression cause me trouble for Character and Fitness?« on: December 04, 2012, 09:00:24 PM »
The specifics will depend on your state, but generally, a history of mental illness by itself is not sufficient grounds to deny you a positive moral character determination. The determination is based off of whether or not you have a condition that would prevent you from practicing law.
« on: December 01, 2012, 05:49:54 PM »