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Ok i am in almost the same exact situation. I work full time, have been for almost half of my college career and i am taking the lsat in dec. like you, i do not want to take a year off before i attend law school.  I say go for it, mostly because i am too. lol. i took the kaplan prep course last summer and then chickend out and did not take the test. i've been studying off and on for a year now and am accelerating study time as much as i can working fourty hours. pretty tough. im crossing my fingers for the both of us. this question might sound dumb, and i cant believe im asking it but, how do u post on the discussion board?? lol. ive been looking up and down on this website and cannot find out how to do it

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ya, I'm baffled, because you posted hunter :-[

I'm taking the test December 4th. I called the law school(s) of my choice and checked to see if I'd be fine applying for fall 2010 if I took the LSAT in December. I'm taking a Princeton Review accelerated prep course from now till December 1st. It will be tight, but I'm sure everything will work out. I'm so excited to moving to the next phase of my long term plan.

But be cautious.  If you don't feel that you've maxed out your LSAT potential and there's still plenty of room to improve, think about taking a year off.  But if you're feeling great, good luck!
thanks, thats a good point. I'll know more when I start taking these practice test, but I'm pretty sure i'll be able to capitalize on the momentum. I'm pretty dead set against taking a year off, so I'm sure that will be  an incintive for me to do well

I'm taking the test December 4th. I called the law school(s) of my choice and checked to see if I'd be fine applying for fall 2010 if I took the LSAT in December. I'm taking a Princeton Review accelerated prep course from now till December 1st. It will be tight, but I'm sure everything will work out. I'm so excited to moving to the next phase of my long term plan.

Okay, I have dropped the ball, but I'm really good at picking it back up and running with it. I did NOT realize that I needed to take the LSAT this year in order to attend LS in the fall of next year! I work full time about 50 hours a week, and am taking a full course load (online). Fortunately I can get most of my school work done during work hours so that frees up a lot of my time at home and weekends to devote to LSAT prep. I have yet to take ANY practice test, and have no idea where I'm at on the LSAT scale.
I really do NOT want to take a year off between graduating undergrad and going to LS, it will kill my momentum. Top schools aren't important to me. Actually I'm hoping to attend Phoenix School of Law here in AZ that has a part-time program.
What is the best course of action to get prepared for this test, and do well? I don't want my GPA to be affected as I'm trying to maintain my 3.75. I know I can DO this, just need a practical approach. Any input?

I'm in the same boat with regards to taking the test in December. I just dropped the ball and didn't realize that I needed to have taken the test by this year in order to attend LS next fall.(i know...i know) I really don't want to take a year off between the end of undergrad and the begining of LS. How screwed are December test takers??

LSAC states:.............
Law schools consider many factors in the admission process other than UGPA and LSAT score, including letters of recommendation, work experience, personal statements, extracurricular and civic activities, diversity of classes, and many others.

How much of a role do the other factors play in getting in? Granted I'm not done with my BA yet (have two semesters to go), I sometimes worry about maintaing my 3.5, and LSATS worry me.
However I have State senators, current attorney's, city councilman that would all be willing to give me reccomendations. I volunteer alot, am active in politics , am a theurapuetic foster parent, proud dad, and have worked for the past 10 years in the IT field.
I know I'm probably worrying for nothing (pertaining to GPA and LSAT), but I'm still interested to know how important those other factors may be?

So I am considering law school but I was convicted of a drug posession felony 10 years ago, I wasn't selling just simply in posession of a the wrong substance. I did no time for this but served one year probation. Since then I have had to deal with a series of doors being closed in my face because I made a stupid mistake at a party.

From what I understand and according to my state's board of bar examiners the felony conviction does not prohibit me from practicing law but it may prevent it.

When I apply this fall would it be detrimental to bring this to prospective schools attention in my personal statement? All of that is behind me and I have been concentrating on doing good works in the world. Second, if anyone has any firsthand experience about how the bar generally deals these issues it would be appreciated.

The length of time since the conviction is a good thing.  The conviction itself wasn't a breach of trust issue, which is in your favor (relatively speaking, of course)  You should definitely disclose it on any admissions app that asks, as not disclosing it could make the matter worse when the Bar reviews your moral character evaluation.  As far as addressing it in our personal statement, that's a judgment call.

People have done worse and gotten through.

Agree with above, disclose, talk about what you learned and you should be OK. I had two DUIs and a bunch of pbluic intox stuff from 10 years ago, did not affect my getting into school and so far the bar has not called me about my app. I know people with worse who got through fine

Your story is very reasuring and inspirational to someone like myself who got into silly misdeamor troubles as a youth, (disorderly conduct, stealing a bike when I was 15, fighting etc). No felonies though, but this still has had me worried

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: new with questions
« on: January 08, 2009, 07:10:20 AM »
I have classmates who worked fulltime jobs and had kids (one a single mother of three) who did it in 3 years just like FT,
How in the heck did she pull it off in 3 years going Part-time??? Most part-time programs I've looked at said 5 years! Wow my hat goes off to this women, and I'd love to get some pointers, tips, or advice on how she did it!

To the OP. Here is my plan to live a comfortable lifestyle while not working and attending LS full-time:
I recently completed 8 weeks of trainging to become a Professional Foster Parent. Of course it's not for everyone but the state of AZ reimburses 100 per day per child. Now of course i'm not doing it just for the money to attend law school, I really do want to help teenage foster children, but 3 grand a month per child will help as well!

Funny to see this post again as I reflect on where I was when I posted it. I'm sooo glad I didn't go the UofP route. My online ASU program is doing fine. I started off with 6 credit hours for fall semester two classes both 7 weeks, I'm taking one winter semester class 3 credit hours that is only 3 weeks long! It's intense though, but I'll manage, I enjoy a challenge. Spring semester I have 12 credit hours, an summer I'll be taking 12 credits as well. I have to get this over with, and I will have paid $20,000 by the time its done with. Small price to pay to achieve my dream. I'm trying like mad to keep my GPA at 3.5 or higher so along with a high LSAT score and being a URM I may be eligible for scholarships for law school. I'm also taking a 9 month political leadership fellowship with the Center for Progressive Leadership. I'm pushing myself to the limit so that I'll have no choice but to succeed because failure is NOT an option for me.
I wish all of you the best!

I would like to know this as well. I understand the URM aspect but what are specifics?

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