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Non-Traditional Students / Re: soft factors for non traditional students?
« on: January 27, 2009, 10:11:50 PM »
Besides admissions officers, I don't know if anyone can truly know why a particular application was accepted or not.  As you say, statistically it seems that the numbers really are the true determining factor, and that the other stuff may just help someone who is "on the line."  I certainly played up as much of my non-traditional background in my personal statement as I could, especially as my 10+ year-old GPA wasn't that stellar.  I put in all kinds of stuff about my successful career and my kids; I figured it was no less dumb than any of the other standard criteria law schools seem to care about that have nothing to do with how well you'd actually do in law school, e.g. ethnicity, growing up poor, charity work, or unusual hobbies.  Did it work?  I have been accepted almost everywhere I've applied, but of course I have no idea if it helped.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Tips for the LR section
« on: January 27, 2009, 09:39:33 PM »
My two cents:
It's better to work on a single section (there are four of them) till it's complete, as your brain will start to make intuitive associations that will help with later problems.  You might get to reuse a conclusion you reach for one question on another one.
To maximize time, work a section at a time, starting with the largest one.  Don't skip around.
The first question in a section is almost always a straightforward application of the rules.  You should eliminate each answer on that question.  On subsequent questions, it's usually better to find the one correct answer rather than eliminating all the others, but there are plenty of exceptions.
I would take a moment on each question to see if there's an intuitive shortcut that will make solving it easy.  It's almost always a bad idea to try and eliminate all the possibilities one by one, as it just takes too darn long.  Every question is worth the same amount, whether it's hard or easy.
I would work on trying to get the easy or medium ones done quickly, and not worry about the hard ones as much.  Again, the issue is time.

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Law School Rankings / Re: What schools are underrated by US News?
« on: January 21, 2009, 11:04:07 PM »
If it hasn't been listed already in the 43+ earlier pages of posts, I would nominate Campbell University.  The last few years the school has had a bar passage rate in North Carolina of darn-close to 100%; the statistics I have list it higher than Duke.  It's hard to argue with a statistic like that; that's why you go to law school.

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I'm going to provide a little "healthy skepticism" to all the plans suggested here.
First, yes, a killer LSAT would be a real boost, but I doubt it's realistic.  Statistically, 90% or so of the people who take the LSAT can't break 160.  Given that you scored below the 50th percentile last time, I think 160 is a huge stretch, even with preparation.  It's not a knowledge-based test; I would expect you to be able to pull your score up a few points, but unless there was a specific circumstances beyond your control last time (like filling in the circles in the wrong spots), I doubt you can make it up.
I think the idea of a second undergrad or masters just for the sake of getting into law school is equally dubious.  What if, after all those years of taking other classes, you still don't get in?  And if you do, what if you end up making $50,000 a year for several years?  You'll have spent eleven years of school to make a mediocre salary.  And what if, after all those years, you really do get sick of school?
If I may make some other suggestions:
1) Try to convince your old law school to let you back in, without retaking anything.  It won't cost you years of school or lots of money.
2) Trying the rarely-used path of a lawyer apprenticeship, if your state allows it.  Instead of law school, you work with a lawyer firsthand.
3) Since you don't mind more school, why not get a second degree in something else you know you'll enjoy?
I apologize if I am "crushing dreams" or anything similar.

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