« on: August 23, 2010, 08:59:19 AM »
Yea, I would not have suggested doing that....
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« on: August 19, 2010, 07:22:31 AM »
1) You need to disclose your academic dishonesty
2) You need to write an addendum to exlpain how you have changed since then and no longer do that sort of stuff, because those things do not look good on an application
3) Just hope your numbers bring you over the top
As for your top 100 question, it is tough, because outside of perhaps top 50, it doesn't really even matter. For example, University of Maine, went from a T4 a few years ago, now is a tier 3, last year was a top 100, all while having little to no change in numbers/teachers/students. USNews is a joke. Their methodology is flawed, and provides little insight to schools outside of the top 50 (and I am being generous with that number, its probably more like top 25).
But to answer the question, as long as they look past the cheating (which they may not), you have a very good shot at top 50 perhaps. Your GPA is a little lower than they would like, but the LSAT will be your saviour.
Yeah, this site is not for anwers, its for BSing You didn't know that?
The site is for both. I would appreciate if you answered serious questions (in the sence that its not a joke question) with a serious answer, rather than flaming with another poster. If you have no intention whatsoever of answering the question, then why post on this specific question?
Also, I am pretty sure the schools all do it at the same time, since the ABA releases that information annually.
The problem you are going to run into is that you NEED to be a college graduate with a degree to go to law school. Until you pay your balance you will not be a college graduate, and they will not send your transcript (official transcript) until your balance is paid.
If you are going to pay off the balance soon, then yes, apply for this cycle, but if you don't think you will be able to pay it off, then your wasting your time applying anyway.
« on: August 18, 2010, 07:29:48 AM »
Make sure you have no chance of needing to move out of state at any point in your career. Most bars will not allow you to sit with that school's JD. It closes literally thousands of opportunities. I am not knocking the school's quality of education, but a JD does you little good if you are confined to one or two states with no jobs.
Just buyer beware, it is cheap for a reason.
« on: August 17, 2010, 01:03:23 PM »
I know this is going to sound tough, but I would say you need to step down. Playing by the rules is very important, especially if you want to be a lawyer. Also, it shows good character and personal fitness. You need to disclose the problem, however, especially if there is a situation surrounding the low grades, perhaps the institution can work with you to overcome this problem. However, hiding it is not a good option.
I am not in law school yet, but I can't imagine people would look at low grades as embarrassing, seeing how hard the subject matter is. I would say disclose the information, and just hope that nothing bad comes of it. If they kick you out of the position, so be it and just keep swimming (I know, I know, but its tough not to quote Finding Nemo in a situation like this) and hope everything turns out for the best.
I am a big believer in everything happens for a reason, it may not seem great now, but who knows, see where it takes you. Perhaps with the honesty they will allow you to stay in the position.
Ummm, depends on the letter, but those tend to be cut and paste "good, hard worker with brains and work ethic blah blah blah..." Without seeing the letter, I would say its not very helpful. While researching law schools and the process, I have come to realize just because a letter is from a powerful individual, doesn't make it a strong letter. If it reads very blah and very scripted, the school will see through it and it won't help that much.
I do believe that a good recomendation can help overcome lower numbers, but only to an extent. I wouldn't rely on that helping you overcome a 2.5, which is going to be hard to overcome, I won't sugar coat it for you. What schools were you looking at and what are you expecting (based on practice tests) for the LSAT?