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Non-Traditional Students / Re: Is it too late!!!
« on: November 13, 2009, 05:16:06 PM »
Well I am sick of putting this off....paid the 198 dollars which included the 66 dollar late fee and found a seat in the college up the street to take the Dec LSAT. My reading skills are suspect, my analytical and logical reasoning arent much better, my writing is horrible and I am 47. Damn the torpedoes......FULL SPEED AHEAD!!!

Law School Applications / Re: 2.6 GPA/157 LSAT..please help!
« on: November 12, 2009, 05:54:20 PM »
I have a 2.6 UGPA and a 157 on the LSAT. I am looking very hard at U Houston. I like the classes and the info they have given me thus far (I realize their facilities are less than stellar.) With a 2.6 UGPA and 154-157 LSAT is there any chance of being admitted to the part-time program at Houston Law?

Thanks for the advice.

I am in the same boat, havent taken the LSAT test yet. I may register tomorrow last second, or wait until the Feb test. As a non traditional student, with a 150 or above, you will get in somewhere. May not be Houston, but trust me, you can get in to a law school. Hopefully I can get into UDC because I dont want to travel out of state. I d have to score a 170 plus to even consider GWU or American. I am realistic too. I figure I will score mid 150;s....good luck

Non-Traditional Students / Re: Is it too late!!!
« on: November 11, 2009, 10:26:57 AM »
Yes, I decided to go to law school just in the last week, long story.  A little background: I'm 51, graduated from med school in '84, practiced until '93 when I decided to stay home with the kids.  Going through a divorce and see this as a great time to get a fresh start on life. Don't want to practice medicine, but rather do advocacy work.  Kaplan starts a course on 11/8, and I still have time for late registration for the Dec LSAT. Since I'm not working, can devote lots of time to study.  Kids will graduate from college may 2010.

thanks for any feedback

Absolutely not! I am 47 and am taking the Feb 2010 test. My undergrad GPA wasnt the best, but I know scoring a 150 or better locks me into law school. At this stage I really dont care what type of school I get into as long as it is in the DC area. I wont get into Gtown or GWU, but perhaps Catholic, GMU, or UDC. I just want to get in, graduate, pass the bar, and take cases. We have NOTHING to lose. If I have to, I will venture out to Appalachian which is in Lundy VA. Bottom line, its never too late and some law schools will accept you based on your age to market the older non trad student for the future! Best of luck.....Kevin

General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Does client have a case?
« on: May 17, 2009, 04:24:07 PM »
The answer is "it depends."  The injured party should consult a lawyer.

At a minimum, the following issues will arise:

1.  Is the injured party an invitee, licensee, or trespasser?  Most likely the guest is an invitee, and thus the hotel owed the injured party a reasonable duty of care.

2.  Is it unreasonable to have a smoking area near a bar with a 20-foot drop and no fence (and presumably no railing)?  It is probably unreasonable to do so. (Also might want to check building codes to see if the resort owner was negligent per se).

3.  Was the injured party comparatively or contributorily negligent?  If so, depending on lex loci, the resort's liability might be limited.

No injured was a unregistered bar patron. He was not staying there....

General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Does client have a case?
« on: May 17, 2009, 02:40:45 PM »
Hope this is ok for this board as I searched for general discussion. I was asked this question and stated I'd put it out for replies...

Gentleman wakes up in the morning and commences drinking (7:00 AM). At 9 AM he calls friend who picks him up and they go out driving and he continues to indulge. They arrive at a resort (to be left nameless, a very plush and well known resort btw) and as an unregistered guest makes his way to the pool bar for guests only. He then drinks for another 30 minutes and goes to the smoking area which is by the ocean on a 20 foot cliff with no fence. Somehow he loses balances and falls bouncing off rocks and into the ocean. He is brought to shore by a surfer and is treated for cuts by a local ambulance but refuses to go to the hospital. He then gets a ride home where he finally calls an ambulance and goes to the hospital and has his injuries treated.No broken bones but monster scrapes and coral scratches. Hospital loads him up with demoral fentanyl and toradol and releases him to a local cab company with a diagnosis of acute alcohol intoxication. Is the hotel liable for the injuries suffered from the fall??

Where should I go next fall? / Re: Florida International University
« on: May 15, 2009, 09:57:49 AM »
I was just admitted here and I have been planning on going to MSU, but seeing how much cheaper FIU will be has me interested.  I still don't know very much about the school and I wondered if anyone had visited or knew anything about the school.  The internet seems to have very mixed reviews and I would just like the opinion of anyone who is attending or visited the school. 

FIU is definitely on the map now athletic wise. It is getting alot of attention because they just hired Isaiah Thomas as their head basketball coach.

Thomas M. Cooley / Re: Tips for incoming 1L Fall08?
« on: May 14, 2009, 05:32:32 PM »
I got one...
Don't go.

In this economy, are you kidding me? Especially in Michigan.
Cooley will get you nothing but comical stares from prospective employers when they review your Resume.
Honestly, DON'T GO THERE.
What a waste of money.

I say congratulations. I may even see the OP next year. Yes, if you want to break the bank and buy a home in Waialae Iki on the other side of Diamond Head with a year round pass at Mid Pac Country Club, Cooley wont get you there right away. But if you want a law degree and can pass the BAR go for it.

District of Columbia / Re: HOW IS LIFE AT UDC??
« on: May 13, 2009, 08:51:58 PM »
I have heard horror stories about UDC but I personally don't know anything about it. I would make a serious effort to find out more, from what I hear at least.

What kind of horror stories UDC is high on my list of schools....Thanks

The kind that you'd expect from a city that usually slugs it out with Detroit and N.O. for the highest murder count in the country each year.

Well heck add Richmond to that category :-)  UDC is actually in a nice neighborhood just up from the National Zoo....

District of Columbia / Re: HOW IS LIFE AT UDC??
« on: May 13, 2009, 05:34:04 PM »
I have heard horror stories about UDC but I personally don't know anything about it. I would make a serious effort to find out more, from what I hear at least.

What kind of horror stories UDC is high on my list of schools....Thanks

I read somewhere that you can apply to too many schools and that some schools look down on this.Is there a rule of thumb for law school applicants that are tier 3 and 4? In reviewing some of the website, I see people applying to a zillion schools and get rejected on a quite a few with numbers that should be able to back door them into an institution. Thanks for comments!

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