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General Board / Re: Applying to an LLM with a Misdemeanor
« on: September 20, 2014, 11:34:42 AM »
What everybody else said: Disclose, disclose, disclose.

Depending on the circumstances, it won't be a big deal. Many people have done dumb things and been admitted to law school and the bar without further issue. Just don't go and execute an endangered bird in Vegas.

Roger Williams / Re: Anyone recently attended?
« on: September 07, 2014, 07:22:07 PM »
Do you want to practice in Rhode Island? If the answer is yes, there are going to be some advantages to attending law school locally. If you are unsure, but don't have the numbers to attend a top tier, you need to consider seriously where you want to live. Most law schools are local and your connections and internships will be developed in the state you attend school.

Of course, if you have guaranteed family employment or other options, your situation may be different.

News Discussion / Re: news legally defined as...
« on: September 03, 2014, 05:03:37 PM »
I don't know if there is a legal definition of "news" beyond First Amendment cases, but I did find this about the Code of Federal Regulations:

"The term representative of the news media is defined by 47 CFR 0.466 as 'any person or entity that gathers information of potential interest to a segment of the public, uses its editorial skills to turn the raw materials into a distinct work, and distributes that work to an audience. In this clause, the term news means information that is about current events or that would be of current interest to the public.'"

Socratic Method / Re: Accidentally Slurred in Class
« on: August 23, 2014, 10:47:45 PM »
Public school, doubt they can do much unless it was directed at someone and somehow constitutes harassment, etc.

Private school...well, if this is a religious affiliated school they might take it more seriously. Otherwise, it seems excessive, but perhaps the school has a thing against swearing in class.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: What would you ask a former LSAT testmaker?
« on: August 18, 2014, 04:27:05 PM »
How would one learn those fields as an undergraduate? And would learning facts about the common law or general principles of criminal law or whatever really evaluate how apt one is at being a lawyer more than logical reasoning? Hmm

Studying for the LSAT / Re: What would you ask a former LSAT testmaker?
« on: August 17, 2014, 03:54:58 PM »
So, require some sort of MCAT-like test but for law school? Not sure what you'd have to learn...history, political science, philosophy? English? All of those would arguably be on the LCAT. (Just made that up)

There's always lower scores to weed out, scholarships(?), adds to apparent legitimacy of school through a formalized process that ABA schools use...take your pick.

Online, I imagine, mostly; other non-ABA schools.

I think the toughest part is not just your GPA but your lack of courses for credit. Whether unfair or not, the credit by exam does not reflect academic learning and there can be a certain lack of rigor associated with credit/no credit courses.

As others have said, you are a splitter, but this is complicated by the fact that so few courses for credit doesn't really tell much of a story in terms of academic history.

Provided you meet the requirements, you will likely be admitted to an ABA program with that LSAT score, but I'd definitely focus on discussing your businesses in your application. From an admissions perspective, other than your LSAT, that is the strongest component of your application. As you noted, you are a little older than some, so this would fit in well with that profile.

Good luck!

Julie isn't a troll. She's an institution.

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