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Law School Applications / Re: Should I study Law!
« on: January 21, 2009, 02:38:34 PM »
Law as a subject? "Somebody like me"? You'd need to be more specfic on all accounts in order to elicit helpful feedback. Punctuation aside (though attention to detail is crucial in this field to say the least), it sounds like you need to do quite a bit more research about what it means to practice law before such feedback could be worthwhile for you.

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Law School Applications / Re: Is this accurate?
« on: January 21, 2009, 10:29:38 AM »
Can anyone repost the original graphic? Or explain what it depicted? The link no longer works.

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I think that you're thinking too much into this. In the ways that you're trying to stand out, you'll likely just end up par for the course. But you just said that you're a first generation citizen. Surely that's yielded something in the way of a unique worldview that could set you apart from the crowd, much more than a common extracurricular could.

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Also, do not expect your study abroad to yield as much opportunity as you hope that it will. Besides the fact that your numbers hold the greatest weight, unless you come out with a truly awe inspiring story of your courageous service to the poorest village in the developing world, "travel journal" personal statements don't tend to impress. Particularly if your study abroad is in Western Europe, as these trips are a dime a dozen on applications...

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Law School Applications / Re: help! family financial issues
« on: January 16, 2009, 05:19:58 PM »
I don't understand why you would be the poster child for need based aid. Some parents don't consider helping at all (not even mom),it isn't considered a part of "paying for college" for many parents. Other students have parents who would help if they could, but they don't make anything. If your mom is a nurse, she is not doing so bad compared to them. Don't the majority of law students live on loans? Need-based grants, I thought, were reserved for students who have extraordinary circumstances (disability, dependents, parents and/or adult students living below the poverty line).

I apologize, I should have clarified further, but I was going for brevity... my mother is a nurse, but she has severe heart problems that have had her in and out of hospitals/surgeries for years, and is only able to work sporadically. I have supported myself since high school, though just barely (my father having proven on more than one occasion that he was willing to let me go hungry). And I have undergraduate debt as I was on my own for that as well (having not qualified for much need based aid then either). In the end, my mother became the custodial parent legally, which helped with aid in my senior year (where only the FAFSA was needed), but seemingly won't for law school.

So while I'm willing to take on more debt to make the dream come true, I need to also be realistic about my need and try to get aid in any way that I can...

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Law School Applications / Re: help! family financial issues
« on: January 16, 2009, 02:59:08 PM »
That's what I had intially thought too, but at least in the better programs (I've looked at most of the top 25-30), they all seem to go this extra distance in building the financial prodile of an applicant... as I've been very disappointed to discover.

And there does not look to be any opportunity on the forms to explain extenuating circumstances, and no loopholes to avoid disclosing my father's income.

You would just think that there would be, given that I haven't had contact with the man in years.

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Law School Applications / Re: help! family financial issues
« on: January 16, 2009, 02:50:08 PM »
I am beginning the long process of taking the LSAT and applying to law school, but one big issue concerns me before even moving farther.

Cliff notes: I have a very wealthy father, who left my family 5 years ago, and has provided no support or contact in years. My mother does not make much as a nurse, and she is the parent that I use to fill out the FAFSA. I work in the nonprofit sector, for just enough to get by. I should be the poster child for need based aid, however, it is my understanding (as has been confirmed by all of my school choices thus far), that despite my father's absence, I still have to include his exorbitant financial information in my financial aid profile.

Is there anything that I can do about this to avoid putting myself out of the running for and and all need based aid? I don't at all want to "screw the system", but I also don't want to be misrepresented as someone who has means that I most certainly do not have... advice?

Are you not considered independent?

Yes, for the FAFSA/tax sake I am, but law school admissions offices all still make you fill out an independent "profile" (through College Board, or something similar) where you HAVE to list your entire family, even non custodial divorced parents. If you don't list them, the law school considers it fraud.

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Law School Applications / help! family financial issues
« on: January 16, 2009, 02:08:09 PM »
I am beginning the long process of taking the LSAT and applying to law school, but one big issue concerns me before even moving farther.

Cliff notes: I have a very wealthy father, who left my family 5 years ago, and has provided no support or contact in years. My mother does not make much as a nurse, and she is the parent that I use to fill out the FAFSA. I work in the nonprofit sector, for just enough to get by. I should be the poster child for need based aid, however, it is my understanding (as has been confirmed by all of my school choices thus far), that despite my father's absence, I still have to include his exorbitant financial information in my financial aid profile.

Is there anything that I can do about this to avoid putting myself out of the running for and and all need based aid? I don't at all want to "screw the system", but I also don't want to be misrepresented as someone who has means that I most certainly do not have... advice?

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