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Thank you for the comments.  It does give me some more food for thought.  I did forget to mention that it would be a PT course load.  Criminal Law, Torts, Legal Research & Writing, and the 1L Law Class.  I did think of ways to utilize the time in the car by using CD lectures; and other information related to the classes.  I would want to utilize the time as best as possible.  Any other suggestions, or thoughts would be great.  Thanks again.

On the topic of audio for your commute:

WestlawNext (WLN) has a feature where one can download material, such as cases, treatise chapters, and law review articles, to one's Kindle.  Some models of Kindle have a "read to me" feature.  (Mine is a Kindle Keyboard.)  Last year, I had a subscription to CVN audio cases, but I found that my Kindle made CVN an unnecessary expense.  Another advantage of WLN/Kindle is that CVN only had selected cases.  WLN/Kindle reads virtually anything in the Westlaw database. 

The drawbacks of WLN/Kindle are:  WLN doesn't have the edited cases, so it's less than ideal when one is assigned excerpts from a long cases, and, unlike CVN, WLN/Kindle will read page numbers and internal citations.  In a law review article with hundreds of footnotes, it will read the footnote numbers as if they're part of the text, and that can get annoying.  Kindle has its own way of interpreting abbreviations, so when I was reading content related to ethics opinions, I'd come to Opinion 2012-11 (abbreviated Op.2012-11), and Kindle would say "Opus 2012-11."

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Bar Exam / Re: Do you have to go to law school?
« on: September 15, 2012, 10:52:22 PM »
It depends on where you are. I know Washington state has a program for studying under a practicing lawyer in good standing as a path to taking the bar, but not sure where else.

The jurisdictions are listed in the ABA Guide to Bar Requirements.  They start on PDF pg.20 of the 2011 edition.  The supplemental remarks after the chart are quite interesting.
http://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/migrated/legaled/publications/20110201_Comp_Guide.authcheckdam.pdf

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: What was your undergraduate major?
« on: September 13, 2012, 11:16:09 PM »
French horn performance (music)

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General Board / Re: MPRE in the morning
« on: September 13, 2012, 11:13:22 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

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General Board / Re: Anyone with Westlaw Access?
« on: July 24, 2012, 11:28:50 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:  http://www.pacer.gov/ 

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LSAC and LSDAS / Re: Transcript problem
« on: June 25, 2012, 03:48:36 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.

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Here's a link to their policies related to transcript summarization:  http://www.lsac.org/policies/transcript-summarization.asp

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."

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Hello!   Here's an explanation of how the LSAC summarizes one's grades:  http://www.lsac.org/policies/transcript-summarization.asp.  Hope that helps.  :)

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Sincere Inquiry from a Starter
« on: January 24, 2012, 10:52:21 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.

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Law School Applications / Re: Non traditional student looking for advice
« on: January 23, 2012, 10:56:19 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.

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