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Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / My chances?
« on: October 20, 2009, 07:00:08 PM »
Hi all... I'm very new here. 

Ever since I was a kid I always dreamt of being a lawyer.  I never had the confidence to persue it, so I got an undergrad in Structural Engineering.  I know thats strange to say I was scared to pursue law school, but in highschool and college EVERYONE I knew always said how hard law school was.  Even friends/relatives who are lawyers said how hard it was, they just were not very supportive.

Recently I have thought I don't care how hard everyone says it is, I'm going to try.  I'm not stupid, by any means.  I was able to get a 3.1 from Marquette University in Structural Engineering. 

I am wondering how law schools look at an Engineering degree.  Do they forgive a slightly lower GPA if it is in engineering?  My boyfriend is in Med School with an undergrad in Engineering, and they do not forgive a lower GPA  as generally your reading/writing skills are weaker. 

I am required to stay in Chicago, and there are a lot of choices for me.  But if I get a late 160's score would I be competive at lots of Chicago schools? 

I graduated in 2007 and since then I have been working for a Structural Engineering company designing power plants.

I took the "practice test" on the LSAC webpage, and I got an approximate 172.  But I am not expecting to get that good of a score on test day due to nerves and such.

I'm in the process of ordering "the bibles" and more practice tests.  But if I get a high 160's with my GPA would I have a good chance of getting financial aid?  Thanks for the help! 

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