Well, I would consider this a victory anyways-got a paid (GS 7) gig at Citizenship & Immigration Services this summer. Woo hoo! Paid legal work + getting to stay in DC = victory. Hollah!
I'm not sure this is exactly the best place on the forum for this; but I wanted to see what some upcoming law students thought of my situation. I am a 32-year-old over-the-road truck driver who has an undergraduate degree in history, as well as 24 hours toward a masters (I was trying to work two and sometimes 3 jobs and do grad school, did well in classes but never had time to write my thesis). My undergrad GPA was about 3.9, I graduated magna cum laude from U. of Arkansas. My graduate work was also at UA, and I had a 4.0 in my actual classes; I realize the failure to complete the degree will loom larger however. I have no idea who to ask for references; the professors who loved me as an undergrad are the same ones who saw me fail in grad school. I haven't really started studying for the LSAT (looking to begin LS in fall 2010), but I took a practice test and made a score of 166; there was no scoring of the writing section. Since I was in school, I have had several jobs, but none that are considered "professional"; I worked in a warehouse, was a shift manager at Taco Bell, and for the last two years have been a truck driver.
So, my question is this: How do you think law schools will see this varied and admittedly spotty record that does have some pretty high points? I am more interested in getting a scholarship from a "decent" school than I am in getting in to one of the very top schools. Any comments, suggestions or advice would be appreciated.
Regent University in Virginia! They darkened my mailbox, unsolicited of course, with some of their sectarian fundamentalist trash one day--oh what a joy it was to be invited to join their law school/cult and help them undermine the foundation of secular democratic government...
Alright, question. My overall GPA is a 3.48. However, if you only look at my first semester freshman year, sophomore year, first semester junior year, and my senior year (everything but second semester freshman and second semester junior), I have a 3.75. The reason is this:
Freshman year, after a strong first semester, I got into a serious relationship, caught the freshman year party animal bug, got cocky about school, didn't go to required recitations, and was thus penalized with a C and a B-. I got A's in my two other classes.
The next year and a half went really well, and I decided I needed to challenge myself. I hadn't taken a math since high school, when I got a 5 on Ap Calc. I decided to take the next level of calculus as a Pass/D/Fail course, as I had no need of the class, knew it was statistically the hardest class offered at UNC (meaning most failed, not hardest material), and would be taking 18 hours, including Calc. Unfortunately, despite receiving above average scores on the midterms and homeworks, I was looking at a D going into the final. They do not curve, so, just to clarify, the average grade in the class was a D. I studied my ass off for the comprehensive exam, so much so that I didn't have time to study for my other classes, which I had been doing A work in. I ended up getting a D on the final and a D in calculus, along with many others in the class. My grades in the other classes suffered because I allocated so much time to calculus. I ended up with a D, a B, 3 B+'s, and an A-. I did well last semester and am looking at all A's this semester.
So, my question really is, does this completely screw my upward trend? Will they analyze the numbers and look leniently on me, or am I screwed for getting a D. I was trying to challenge myself and go beyond the required to prove myself. Instead I just proved that I'm a moron. Should I write a letter with applications? Just let it go? A 3.48 doesn't look that bad, but I really don't think I'm a 3.48 student. 6/8 semesters I've been a 3.7 student, and it would have been 7/8 if I'd not been a moron and taken calculus and 8/8 if I hadn't turned into a worthless scumbag my second semester freshman year. Advice?
Dannng...my B. Got some intensity there bot bot?
Too much bold?