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Incoming 1Ls / Re: What was your undergraduate major?
« on: September 13, 2012, 09:16:09 PM »
French horn performance (music)

Current Law Students / Re: MPRE in the morning
« on: September 13, 2012, 09:13:22 PM »
It wasn't too bad.  Last spring, during my 1L year, I touched base with the Professional Responsibility prof.  He recommended a MPRE prep course in addition to his class.  This summer, before taking my PR class, I took the BarBri course and supplemented it with CALI.  I passed by a very comfortable margin  I'm glad I did things in that order.  I would have felt like I'd wasted time if the only thing I'd gotten out of the prep course was a passing MPRE score.  As it is, the time I spent this summer learning the Model Rules saves me time when doing my PR class prep.  ;D

Current Law Students / Re: Anyone with Westlaw Access?
« on: July 24, 2012, 09:28:50 PM »
In case you haven't gotten what you need, I'd suggest trying PACER, "an electronic public access service that allows users to obtain case and docket information from federal appellate, district and bankruptcy courts."  They charge 10 cents a page, but they waive the fees if one's quarterly usage is less than $15.  Here's the URL: 

Law School Admissions / Re: Transcript problem
« on: June 25, 2012, 01:48:36 PM »
My initial reaction is that you should call LSAC and ask them the question in the same way you asked us.   As a non-traditional student who attended both "for-credit" and "sponsored-by" workshops and classes at several colleges (and kept lousy records because I wasn't doing it for the credit), I spent considerable time on the phone with LSAC trying to straighten out issues like this one.  LSAC was very helpful.

Here's a link to their policies related to transcript summarization:

To answer your specific question:  Pass/Fail classes aren't included in your UGPA unless you fail.  If you fail, they're averaged in as "F."

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Sincere Inquiry from a Starter
« on: January 24, 2012, 08:52:21 AM »
I know it is definitely too early for me to do legitimate LSAT prep, but I want to know what type of course I should choose to benefit my college education in preparation for law school and the LSAT test? Or, anyone has good advice for starters?? Thanks!!
Classes in logic would be helpful, and some undergrad institutions allow students to take them to fulfill a math requirement.  I liked math, so I took the math classes.  My LSAT prep books were my introduction to formal logic.

Law School Admissions / Re: Non traditional student looking for advice
« on: January 23, 2012, 08:56:19 PM »
With my background I am very interested in patent law...I don't think I could get myself to do medical/dental malpractice.

You do know there's more to health law than malpractice, right?  There are attorneys who specialize in health care regulation, attorneys who litigate bioethics issues, attorneys who negotiate contracts for hospitals and drug companies, and so forth.  It might be worth your while to talk with the health law faculty at the schools you're considering.

Law School Admissions / Re: LSAC GPA Q
« on: January 23, 2012, 08:29:13 PM »
No, they won't discard the community college grades.  Here's a link to more information on how they calculate UGPA:

Law School Admissions / Re: Q about my Degree GPA (2.99 vs. 3.00)
« on: January 23, 2012, 07:58:47 PM »
As far as I know, they look at the LSAC cumulative and not the degree GPA.  Even if they do, its not that big a diff.  I wouldn't worry about it.

I agree with Fortook.  If you look at the online Official Guide to ABA Approved Law Schools, you'll notice that one can search by LSAT and UGPA and  not by degree GPA.

Law School Admissions / Re: Pass/No Pass Question.
« on: October 09, 2011, 07:02:49 PM »
The thing with P/NP is that it can only hurt you.  "P" grades aren't included when UGPA is calculated.

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