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Law School Applications / Re: Help help help!!!
« on: June 27, 2009, 07:30:49 AM »
I've been told that some schools average the score together, but at least mine and I think a lot of other schools too will let you keep whichever was highest. That is why I am retaking mine in sept even though I am already accepted. They said it cant hurt if I accidently do worse, and will increase my scholarships if I do better. Which school(s) are you applying to?

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: 120 on the LSAT
« on: June 27, 2009, 07:16:46 AM »
So basicly you can have the pills and a doctors note but unless it's one of their doctors your out of luck.

I can't blame them for wanting to make sure though to avoid people abusing the system. I hope that they dont do that to guys in wheel chairs by stealing the chair and seeing if they can really walk or not.  :P

Then again, when a buddy of mine went on workers comp(and really was in need of it) he had to go through a ton of bull with their "specialists" to get it. He got it in the end though, so it worked out. I think they were just trying to grill out the phonies who just want some time off and free cash(its sad but they are out there).  :-\

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Owch! How can this person even pay their student loan payments and rent? Do a lot of lawyers have to start out at that level of work? Its better than burgerking though I guess.


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nt 3
Stats: ~3.7 / 168
Law School: UTex
Law school grades: "median"
1L summer: Legal aid nonprofit
2L summer: 1/2 Small firm for "like $12 an hour", 1/2 at different legal aid nonprofit
Future plans: Wants market, will be mass mailing again soon

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LSAT horror stories / giving birth during the LSAT exam.
« on: June 27, 2009, 06:40:15 AM »
I think this might count as an LSAT horor story for this section,

   On the night before the LSAT my wife started having what we assumed were false labor pains since she had them several times before. We still took her to the hospital and I stayed up all night with her(tried to sleep in the chair in the room but didnt do much good other than to rest my legs) the doc told me that it was looking like false labor again and that it was safe to go downstate for my exam at CMU e hours drive away from the hospital. So I went and of course have to turn off the cellphone.

I am still exusted taking the test since I worked a 12 hour shift the day before the test too before going to the hospital :P but somehow pulled a passing score(barely). As I left the building I turned on the cellphone which take a few minutes to load up all the way. Then I hear that buzz sound that means that I have voicemail. Literally a dozen voicemails from the wife, various family members telling me to hurry up and that she started to go into labor about 2 minutes after I had turned off my phone origionally to enter the LSAT testing area. :o (remember how many hours the test takes) I freak out and call back as I drive with everyone telling me that its too late and that I will miss it. I pass a cop doing 99/70. He pulls me over(obviously) and sees what must have been a look that he reconised in my eyes. He didnt even question my story and cut me some slack, still got a ticket but not the "reckless" ticket due to the high amount over the limit that I could have gotten.

I end up getting up north in time with about 20 minutes to spare before the little princess came out. You know how im movies they have to spank a kid to make them cry? Did you know that a baby can open its eyes and start screaming at the top of its lungs to get out when only the head is out, not even shoulders? I didnt think that was medically possible but I saw it with my own eyes. Little stinker couldn't wait even an extra minute to start trouble.  :-*   My wife had a few pain killers in her and actually assumed the kid was all the way out when she heard the screaming. She got mad when we tried telling her that only the head was out, when she didnt believe we all started laughing and she thought we were pulling a joke on her. The doctor finally had to explain it to her and she went back to pushing when told.

Needless to say quite the experience that day. Good thing that I was a truck driver at that point(and didnt loose my license due to the ticket) so that I was used to sleep loss and drama. To this day every time she gets a chance, my wife brings up how I almost missed it(in a loving kidding type of way) she understood that the phone had to be off, her mom and grandparents didnt even know that I was taking the test though and were in my grill about it for awhile. When I said "law school admission test" they assumed that I might as well have been blaming a UFO abduction.  ::)

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Well I sure hope so since I am in an almost identical scenario. I start in January which will be one month after my daughters second birthday. My wife is in training right now to be a phlebotomist so she will be working too but I am hoping that she will be able to get scheduled around my school shift so that we can take turns watching my daughter. Does your husband work? If so does he have a fixed shift, if so you may be able to schedule your classes around it or vice versa if his job is flexible on shifts.

Have you taken the LSAT yet or completed undergrad? I ask since it is all part of the process. Of course the first and most vital step is choosing to be interested. Every step after the first one couldnt happend without the latter.  ;)
Welcome to the board. Keep us up to date on your decisions and if you need any more advice.



Can I be a great mom to a 3 year old and be a successful Law student? Anyone have this experience? I am married and will have my husband to help as well.

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This may be true, but if it is kind of hilarious to go on birth certificate alone. I'll give a real life example. My wifes uncle has "white" on his birth certicate. His mom in native american and his dad white. He is darker than his mom, almost looks half black and half indian really (not pointing fingers just stating a point) so if he is forced to apply as white due to the birth certificate and he is dark as coal almost, how is that fare? He has no ambition to go to college, but its an example of a what if type scenario if he did.

As for tests for race as one of other poster mentioned, the native american tribes do have one. Its an actual DNA test that way even if both of your parents were half native, they can find a way to legally rip you off of your share if your DNA comes back as having both white halfs even though your granparents on both sides were native. Messed up but true.



Real answer: your race is self-declared.  Other than Native American (which is tribal membership, not race), you are whatever race you claim to be.  Just pick one for all of your documents.  So, as long as they have been claiming it for everything, anyone who checks the box is honest.

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U of California - Berkeley / UC-B online
« on: June 27, 2009, 12:31:56 AM »
I noticed that your college has online courses now at least for undergrad. Thats cool.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: deferring enrollment
« on: June 27, 2009, 12:22:48 AM »
You have to do what is best for you emotionally and otherwise. Its your call.

I do have a question though, you mentioned "saving up money" if you have a scholarship why the need to save up? Wouldn't you be putting yourself deeping in the hole by working and loosing the scholarship(if you are in fact at risk of that)?

As for deferment, dosnt that year still end up counting against the number of years that you are allowed to complete your degree in?

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General Board / Re: How hard is law school?
« on: June 27, 2009, 12:14:39 AM »
I take it that you thought that law school was easier in the last semesters than the first? Makes sense to me. I only got a C in english1 but an A in english2 in undergrad. Same principal I guess.


I have a (rising 3L) friend at Emory that goes to classes and spends about 1h/night 7d/w on school (but he does go to 2/3 of the classes, and is productive in the time he does work).  He has like a 2.6 or so.  Failing out at a top-50 school is seriously hard to do if you are as smart as the other students.

I would recommend against picking a school based on the curve as a big factor.

Iíll say that by the time you reach 3L or 4L for me, you can get away with less than 2 hours a day most classes and still do really well. You really have mastered  the basics, and figuring out any subject does not take you very long anymore and you know what is important adn what is flulf by then. But going from the minimal effort I put in the last two semesters (that included getting like 30+ days of skiing in) to studying 12-14 hours day for the bar was/is a real adjustment.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: question
« on: June 27, 2009, 12:10:57 AM »
Thats not an unreasonable goal. Just keep studying and trying for it. I'd still apply for the part time this semester if it were me. Some might wait to go fulltime, but most schools let you transfer latter if you raise your GPA too. Its up to you. Let us know what you decide.


I want to get to the 157-160 range, is that even possible. 

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