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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Is LSAT prep course worth it?
« on: April 04, 2013, 08:07:10 PM »
I'm in my second year at a T2 law school, and I have a different perspective to offer:  If you don't need to spend $800 on a prep course, save your money.  To find out if you need to spend the money, get yourself some good self-study materials (I used PowerScore) and see if you can get the results you want.  If the self-study materials don't get you the results you want, *then* spend the money on the prep course.

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Two things:
First, your correspondence courses will not affect your UGPA.  Once you finish your first undergraduate degree, LSAC calculates any subsequent coursework, including undergraduate coursework, as graduate coursework.  Graduate coursework doesn't go into calculation of UGPA.

Second, if you're already admitted, you probably should check with the academic dean at your law school.  If you fail to disclose something you were supposed to disclose, that can cause headaches when you go to take the bar exam.

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General Board / Re: JD vs. MJ
« on: April 02, 2013, 07:47:26 PM »
I'm aware that a MJ degree won't allow me to practice and/or be licensed, but I was more less wondering what I can do with it in the legal industry.

I'd suggest you look at books designed for people with law degrees who don't want to practice law, such as:
  • The Lawyer's Career Change Handbook: More Than 300 Things You Can Do With a Law Degree (ISBN-13: 978-0380795727)
  • The New What Can You Do With a Law Degree: A Lawyer's Guide to Career Satisfaction Inside, Outside & Around the Law (ISBN-13: 978-0940675711)
(You can probably get these books through your local library.)

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General Board / Re: Preparation Question
« on: April 02, 2013, 07:35:20 PM »
I purchased some audio reviews and listened to them as I had time.  It was like a road map of where the professors would likely be going, and it helped me become familiar with the vocabulary we would be using in class.  When my professor and the recording differed, it usually meant I misunderstood something, and I asked my professor about it.  (On one occasion, my prof and the prof on the recording actually did disagree, so I made a point of remembering the two sides of the issue and which one was my professor's.)

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Law School Applications / Re: Resume
« on: December 12, 2012, 02:43:02 PM »
I patterned my resume after the faculty members' curriculum vitae because I figured, "When in academia, do as the academics do."

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Anyways, for a GPA of 3.36 what LSAT score do you think I would need to be accepted into Stanford, Yale, Harvard, Columbia, and Duke?

Here's my typical answer to the typical "For X GPA what LSAT?" question:
https://officialguide.lsac.org/release/OfficialGuide_Default.aspx

Have fun!

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Law School Applications / Re: 2.69gpa/175lsat chances?
« on: November 21, 2012, 08:58:55 AM »
Due to transferring and personal issues, my gpa has suffered(2.69). The report shows ranges in gpa up to 3.9 depending on semester. I have worked for the past 4 years as a NYC real estate broker putting time between these grades, and scored a 175 last year on the LSAT. Chances/target schools?

Plug your stats into the UGPA/LSAT search at https://officialguide.lsac.org/release/OfficialGuide_Default.aspx and see what you come up with. 

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General Board / Re: How early should you sign up for the Bar Exam?
« on: November 20, 2012, 09:16:54 PM »
Actually, it depends on the jurisdiction.  Your state supreme court's website should have the deadlines.  The administrators at your school should also be able to answer your questions. 

In my state, law students must register as a "Candidate for Admission" by November 15 of their second year.  This involves a very intense background check and an in-person interview with a member of the admissions committee.   Then, 3Ls must register by April 1 if they wish to take July bar exam.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: LSAT prep course?
« on: November 20, 2012, 08:30:55 PM »
I went with PowerScore's self-study materials, and they were enough to get me a 165.  If I'd been applying to a T1 school, I would have taken the PowerScore class.

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Law School Applications / Re: How does LSAC deal with withdrawals?
« on: November 20, 2012, 08:01:08 PM »
I withdrew from a couple classes when I was an undergrad.  Your understanding of how a "W" affects your grade is accurate.   :)

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