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Black Law Students / Re: The Howard Law/HBCU Law Schools Thread
« on: February 12, 2009, 03:41:05 PM »
Yep... That really put me in check. My GPA is a measley 2.63. I took the LSAT, very little prep and received a 147. Major'd in Paralegal Studies Minor in Real Estate. I work as a paralegal at a Law Firm. Really interested in getting into law school this fall, but Im thinking maybe I should wait until June and re-take the LSAT and re-apply. What do you think? My LSDAS info is up and ready to go --- should I apply now, hope & pray for the best --- if I dont make it - try again after a better law score. Or just run from the anxiety -- take the test in June, do better & wait another year?

yep I will def retake the lsat, especially if I only prepared very little before my previous test date. You should def prepare intenstively and retake the lsat..even tutuor/prep course if u can afford it. Anyways good luck with your decisions and wish you well.

Black Law Students / Re: The Howard Law/HBCU Law Schools Thread
« on: February 04, 2009, 12:00:09 AM »
I finally finished reading this thread, it was my goal to finish reading this thread from beginning to end since I am considering Howard as well..whewwwwwwwwww..yall be wylin in here but very informative lol

Choosing the Right Law School / money vs ranking
« on: January 27, 2009, 03:19:59 PM »
If you plan on practicing in the North Eastern region (mainly D.C), which school would you pick?
Univ Maryland (with no scholarship) or Howard Univ (with tution paid off for the next three years). I am URM.

For those not familiar with the schools,
Scholarship at a lower school (Howard) or no money at a higher ranked (UMD ranked 42)? please help, im going crazy trying to decide lol.

Black Law Students / Re: The Howard Law/HBCU Law Schools Thread
« on: January 27, 2009, 03:12:00 PM »
This is my first post...I am beginning my senior year.  I have a 2.8 and I am a finance major at Howard.

I have not taken the LSAT.  What are my chances of getting into law school?

What is the best study material for the LSAT?

Your GPA is horrible...

Your GPA is low however you still can get accepted to good law schools. How you may ask? LSAT. The LSAT is your best friend right now. I used to think GPA is crucial but now  I have navigated through the admission process for law schools, believe me law schools are "whores" when it comes to LSAT scores. Get a high score and they will forgive a lot lol. With that being said you should get your gpa as high as you can, study hard and get it up if ou can. This will let them know you are capable.

P.S oh yeah your personal statement is your other best friend from looking at your gpa. so you should spend a considerable amount of time on it.

That's a real tactless way to put it.

"Whores for the scores"...LMAO!  ;D

I had to say it because it was so true lol, not that I am complaining.

I have a serious problem with my resume, I hope you guys can give me some advice on this.

I got layed off in May 08 from a very good finance job I had,...decided to take a couple of months off since I had decent money stashed away and I wanted to study for the LSAT (took it in oct). Anyway, I've been holding out for a decent job in this crappy economy for 6 months (mistake). I was doing volunteer work all along but no full time employment. Anyway I finally got something this month. Question is, how do I explain the gaping hole in my resume? How much will this hurt? Should I add an addendum explaining?

I plan on applying early for this fall. I'd appreciate any advice you guys can give.

AA male
3.1 GPA

You should be fine! Write an Addendum if you feel want to feel better about it. Nothing long, just a short statment saying you got laid off and you was unemployed. While looking for work, You used your free time to do volunteer work.

Its not going to hurt you at all, infact I think it might help. Just turn into a strength. It shows you have the character to bounce back and use your free time to do volunteer work, instead of sitting on your ass moping around. So relax!! You will be fine lol

Black Law Students / Re: AA Male 3.51 UGPA 156 LSAT
« on: January 22, 2009, 03:55:37 PM »
What's up guys just thought i'd get your predictions, i've been reading them for a while.  I've applied to 11 schools most fee waivers, most reaches, but free apps why not right?

UMiami(FW): In (already notified)
Temple:Most likely in
W&M:Most likely in
W&L:most likely in
GW: decent chance
GULC: most likely not
Cornell(FW):most likely not

Other suggestions? Thanks in advance!

I will have added some schools in NY if I had your numbers, and maybe American, UMD to that list as well

Univ of MD, American, Temple, Brooklyn, Howard

Which school would you pick or not pick if you had a choice between those schools, please explain why or why not when giving a response. I do like to practice in the D.C area. I am URM (if you are wondering about Howard lol). Thanks in Advance.

If you are attending law school in august 09? what is the Ideal way to prepare for law school during the 8 months left before August (if you have clear schedule until then)?

Although the Masters might help a little, but from talking to many dean's at different law schools they all seem to be in agreement that going to grad school to make your app look good for law schools IS NOT A GOOD IDEA. Your work experince will help your GPA and an addendum to explain how your divorce affected your grades will take care of that. Lsac calculates all the classes you took as an undergad (up until the day your first degree is conferred), even the original and second grades you got for all classes you retook. So regardless of your school counts that in or not LSAC does that so all the law schools know that has been factored in whey they are looking at your LSAC grades (which they go by)

If you can do well on the LSAT you might have a shot at some decent schools. If you think you are going to do really well in law school, you might be better of to go to the best school you can get it and transfer to a better school than going to grad school.

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: Low ugpa
« on: January 17, 2009, 10:52:47 PM »
although your gpa is very low, I am pretty sure with a good Lsat score, an addendum explaining your past illness and how it affected your grades, and a well written personal statment you can get it in somwhere somehow...worse come to worse you can transfer up from a lower ranked school if you are determined law schoos is where you want to be regardless. Be cautioned though, a lot of people go to law school thinking they transfer up easily. It is a very difficult process, so know what yo getting yourself into. But all in all if you really want to go to "any" law school you have a shot with a decent lsat score

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