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LSAC and LSDAS / Re: GPA Question
« on: September 12, 2010, 01:19:03 AM »
I was under the impression that in general, the LSAC gpa was all that mattered.

Is he jobless because he's a druggie or is he a druggie because he's jobless?  ;)

Substance abuse is, incidentally, a big problem among the lawyer population.

With exams, using the fact pattern to identify all issues, and the non-issues as well, is more impoartnat than graamar and some typos?  I find that interesting.  From my understanding, most 1L exmas are closed book, but it opens up typically as you progress to 2L and 3?

The trend at the top schools is for open-book throughout.  All my 1L exams were open book (as far as I can remember).  Keep in mind, however, that due to the time crunch, you rarely look at your materials during the exam.  They're mostly there as a crutch to avoid panic.

General Board / Re: Work Outside of Law School
« on: September 09, 2010, 06:47:34 AM »
Just curious,

How many hours do you think the typical 2L or 3L works during the semester outside of law school (like at a firm or agency)?

I don't know what's typical across all schools, but at my school it was typically zero.  People who worked during the year were the exception.

General Board / Re: credit card debt and entering law school
« on: September 09, 2010, 06:46:34 AM »
You should just rack up tens of thousands in student loans. Most students who go to law school do this and have no financial problems unless you are truly irresponsible.

For the record, this is absolutely horrible advice and probably said in jest.

This is an old thread so I doubt the OP is listening, but just in case anyone comes across it and decides to take it seriously.

Where should I go next fall? / Re: Master of Jurisprudence
« on: September 09, 2010, 06:44:38 AM »
Again we said the same thing.

We just disagree on the number.  I think your 60-70% is high.

So should I just apply and hoping that my CPA will help me a little, or spend more time to study and retake the LSAT?

CPA won't help you in any noticeable way.  Study and retake.

Law School Applications / Re: How much of Law School Admissions is GPA
« on: September 08, 2010, 06:12:47 AM »
A 3.23 with a b.a. in bio and a b.s. in chem or a 3.33 with only a b.a. in bio.

Does getting more than one degree matter? Or is it purely a numbers game?

It matters little enough that it probably makes no difference at all.  Certainly not enough to make up for a .10 difference in gpa.

Where should I go next fall? / Re: Master of Jurisprudence
« on: September 08, 2010, 06:09:27 AM »
I made those numbers out of thin air, but I think they portray an accurate estimate.

That last part is where we disagree.  That's not to say I think it's 0% of tier 4 grads and 100% of top 10 grads, since I know for a fact that that's not true.

Law School Applications / Re: T14 Potential?
« on: September 05, 2010, 10:15:10 AM »
The thing that matters most is your LSAT.  That having been said, if you're in the 170's, you definitely have a shot at one of the top schools.  3.45 is not that bad, especially considering where you started.

I wouldn't speak about the GPA issue directly in the personal statement.  Explain what happened in a separate addendum.

Good luck.  :)

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