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Where should I go next fall? / Re: American vs. George Mason
« on: March 15, 2009, 10:44:17 PM »
They both are pretty similar to me, although they both have different strengths. American has been around longer so therefore it offers deeper alumni base which is a big deal. However, it is too expensive. George Mason is not that old so they have fewer alumni base, but they do have an upward trend in rankings and they are moving up pretty fast. Infact if you look at their acceptance numbers, they seem to be a whore for LSAT scores lol (even more so than other law schools). Plus they are extremly cheap, and even cheaper in your second year when you become an instate student (although I dont know how hard/easy it is to turn into instate student). So based on that I would choose GMU seems to be clearly better choice in my opinion. If finance is not an issue, I think you are basically spliting hair since their placement in DC is not that far apart. Maybe then I would consider it to be a difficult decision.

But again this is advice from an OL who has done some reasearch. Maybe current Law students can shed a better light on this subject than me. Regardless, good luck with your decision.

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AA Male
2.7 GPA
170 LSAT

I've had bouts of depression the past couple of years, which I've began treating just recently.  I've also gotten 4.0 in the past two semesters.  Would this give me a good chance at any schools ranked 20-30?

As long as you put in addendum, you might have some chance I think. Although your GPA is too low the depression aspect and the 4.0 upward trend is heavily in your favor. It just depends how much they give you a leeway based on those soft factors. You might want to apply to whole bunch of them because you never know which admin person is going to give you a chance. Schools forgive a lot for high "lsat" but 2.7 is still very low. Apply to as many as you can, even higher than 20 if yu can afford it, you just never knw!!!

**edit**replaced "gpa" with "lsat"

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Like everyone says it has a lot to do with the person's maturity and commitment level. Living together or separate it is not doubt Law school will be very demanding, you know the whole "law is a jealous mistress" thing. From what I have noticed from my lawstudent friends and what I have read, I think the less ambitious and supportive your SO is the more problem you have. But you said she is in Harvard working on her degree, so sounds like she would be busy as well. I guess you just have to ask yourself

1) Can I handle the stress of law school and not having myspace at home
2) Is there going to be a concrete mutual bounderies and understanding for each others space and time/lack of time.
3) Can both of you live apart and still have the discipline/energy to nurture your relationship as much as you would if yall were to live together.

Okay im done being Dr.Phil, hope it helps lol Good luck!!

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I am in the same boat as you and struggling with making that decision. I am leaning towards taking the scholarship. My advice to you is to consider where you want to practice, then compare the two schools in relative to the region you wish to practice in. The regional chart (someone posted it on here in the previous post) should give you a better indication on comparing those two schools. I do want to note that I am leaning towards the scholarship not just because of the money, the school I am considering is competitive in the region I wish to practice in and I am okay with recieving a degree from the school even if i lose the scholarship. You want to be sure just in case worst case scenerio you end up having to lose your scholarship/or finish on top of your class and not be able to place well in your region.

I know you are sitting there reading everything you can get your hands on, asking advice from everyone you think that can help you decide lol, but dont worry april is just around the corner you soon will make your decision and just go with it. Dont look back and torture yourself with the "what if" thoughts lol

Good luck to you man, I feel your pain lol

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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

LOL.  I aint heard ya'll "be wylin" in  quite some time.   ;) :D

next thing will be "NYC is the realest" or Howard law is the "illest"/ "dopest"  :D 

lemme stop. 

Cui bono, now you WYLIN lol and Howard is the dopest and illest, can u tell im a D.C boy yet? lol

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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.

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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

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Where should I go next fall? / money vs ranking
« on: January 27, 2009, 06:19:59 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.

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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.

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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
158

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

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