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Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: Law School and grades
« on: January 28, 2010, 11:46:51 AM »
It does not really matter if you go to community college before transferring to a four year university. Just keep in mind that LSAC will request all transcripts so your grades will show up from the community college and the university,so make sure you do well.

I plan on going on a tour of DePaul soon. The only other school I have seen so far is Kent, which I was very impressed by.  It might have been the fact that Kent was the first law school I had ever been inside, but the atmosphere was very professional and I was very impressed overall. When I go on a tour of DePaul I'll update this thread and let you guys know what its like.

What is your plan? Just call Loyola and tell them about the scholarship offer from DePaul and hope they match it?

Are you more interested in Loyola than DePaul?

Hey Hoosier

I'm in the same boat as you...almost

I got offered 15K/year at Depaul contingent on a 3.2 GPA

20K/year at JMLS contingent top 20%

and Loyola sent me the same info, basically telling me to wait till March for scholarships

I'm still waiting on Chicago-Kent, but I doubt they will offer me anything similar to Depaul

So, most likely I will be attending Depaul in Fall 2010. Good to know I'm not the only one on these boards in the same situation.

Edit: Update. Loyola just sent me an email after making this post offering me $5000/year scholarship provided I  maintain a 3.0 If I did below a 3.0, the scholarship is cutin half, but if I come back above a 3.0 it is reinstated. Somewhat upset that its only 5K when Depaul offered 15K but thats fine, I didn't really want to go to Loyola anyways.

If other African Americans get URM status why don't North African Arabs (Egyptians, Libyans, Moroccans, etc).  Basically, it seems as if law schools are telling us that our skin is not dark enough to qualify for URM status

Incoming 1Ls / Re: I speak Arabic - what type of law to study
« on: November 28, 2009, 06:04:51 PM »
Do yourself a favor and do a search.

Your proficiency in arabic has potential to differentiate and position you in investment banking, sovereign wealth management and the like. You're more likely to have accomplishments than you would be in the "human rights" sphere and you're less at risk of disgracing yourself than you would be within the national security apparatus.

Thank you for the help.  I do not fully understand how fluency in Arabic would lead me to a career in investment banking or the like? I don't even know how those are related to the practice of law? What type of law would I study in law school to obtain those types of careers.

edit: I also cannot find the search option on this forum lol :(

Incoming 1Ls / Re: I speak Arabic - what type of law to study
« on: November 28, 2009, 01:46:05 PM »
sharia banking. 

This is my unamused face :|

What does instate tuition matter if you are only looking at private schools in Chicago, if you are at an out of state public school you will probably pay less than the Chicago options

If I go to a Chicago private school I can commute from home to save on living expenses.

If I leave Chicago I'd have to pay out of state tuition + travel expenses(flights) + rent for an apartment

Incoming 1Ls / I speak Arabic - what type of law to study
« on: November 27, 2009, 01:32:15 PM »
What type of law would most utilize my Arabic fluency?  Immigration law? Civil law? Corporate?

3.39 GPA

160 LSAT

I live in Chicago and want to stay in Chicago

I was thinking about applying to DePaul, Loyola, and Kent.  I think U of I is out of my range. Anything else?  I don't want to pay out of state tuition unless I can get a decent scholarship that makes up for the increased tuition.

Any ideas on other places I should apply?

What schools (outside illinois) would you guys suggest I apply to considering my GPA and LSAT score? Are there any schools outside of illinois that are better than the ones in illinois that will accept me?
From what I heard the Chicago legal market is pretty bad.  Why stay in Chicago? 

I like Chicago.  I think its a great city and I know alot about it. My family and friends are here. Also, I think paying out of state tuition is kinda ridiculous if I have the opportunity to avoid it.

What do you suggest? I have an open mind

There are plenty of Tier2 and Tier 3 law schools that would allow you to pay in-state tuition after the first year. 

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