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Its all in the LSAT for the vast majority of schools.  I can't remember the formula they use, but you should be able to look it up and see how each school alters it to emphasize either grades or LSAT.  If you get a decent LSAT score, they probably won't care about your undergrad.  No one really cares about undergrad anymore.

It looks like you are planing to apply to a ton of schools.  You know it averages $80-$100 per application per school, right?  Get you score and then see what schools are in your range.  Don't just apply to all 200+ schools, plan a little. Good luck.

Its accredited and in VA.  It is in the middle of nowhere and has horrible (< 50%) 9 month post graduation employment stats.  The small town it is in started the school as an economic boost to the area rather than any need for lawyers in the area, which is weird  for a 4th tier school.  It may be the only 4th tier school that has no regional base what so ever.  You also can't transfer out because they don't give grades the first year.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Retaking the LSAT
« on: July 02, 2011, 04:06:21 PM »
Ha, I love you Julie.  What about the Dec test?  Hardest ever?

Six years late isn't a little late, it's real late.  Anyways, I agree with you on your situation, but your speaking in terms of values not facts.  Most states "allow" the practice of law with a felony conviction.  Meaning a felony conviction is not a bar to practice, the local bar examiners make a case by case decision.  Two states have an automatic bar with a felony conviction, TX and DE (I think).

That said, it is incredibly difficult to get approved by the examiners in most states.  It is possible, however.  I'm not down with our criminal records system either, it's a way of branding people for their entire lives.  The way that used to be done, was an actual branding into the flesh. The modern way is less messy (which some people seem to think means civilized, it doesn't), but just as crippling.  People who have never been through it are quick to judge, I've noticed the same type of attitudes of vindictive ignorance when rich people criticize poor people. If your working for 8$/hr, you kind of need the 8$; regardless of your actual innocence or guilt.

Some felonies are egregious, but some things you would be amazed are felonies.  If you can't get a public defender, sell everything you own, borrow every single cent you can and hire an attorney.  A felony will ruin your life. 

One other thing, you know that any drug conviction- misdemeanor or felony- bars you from getting federal student loans.  It's messed up, I know.  One simple possession conviction and boom no college, no upward mobility, no decent job, no decent salary and the cycle continues.  So there is another round about way the system will try to bind you.

I used to work in a courthouse where so many of the defendants did not care if they were innocent or guilty, they just wanted to go home as quickly as possible.  The end result of a conviction brands you and makes your chances of succeeding in life exponentially more difficult.  Regardless, good luck.


Someone really should congradulate Cooley; they went from #12 in their own rankings up to #2 beat only by Harvard.

Take that Princton, Yale,etc,etc....... 8)

I've heard about the Cooley list, but honestly thought it was a joke. Wow what were they thinking?  If you read the article they shift from percentages to actual numbers to make Cooley look better to someone not paying attention or a little slow.  They are the Fox News of law school rankings.  Marvelously absurd.  Cheers Cooley.

Law School Admissions / The JD Project
« on: March 25, 2011, 10:04:18 PM »
Has anyone used the JD Project program?  If so, was it helpful or worth the price?

Transferring / Re: What is considered T1?
« on: December 28, 2010, 03:05:51 PM »
Ha.  How do you know so soon?  He posted today.  Cheers.

Transferring / Re: What is considered T1?
« on: December 28, 2010, 02:22:02 PM »
Thane Messinger is making a cogent and concisely stated observation about our legal system via our law schools and how it has been influenced by how things were in the past.  You are oversimplifying his point to talk up or down Cooley (ironically, I can't tell which).  Why you are doing it I can't imagine.  His point is true, obvious, and well stated.

Transferring / Re: What is considered T1?
« on: December 22, 2010, 02:20:27 PM »
Hmmmm.  Makes me wonder- When did the ranking system start?

Transferring / Re: Transferring when starting in the spring
« on: December 15, 2010, 11:29:42 AM »
You can always try to transfer in the spring.  This limits you school choices though and the window to get everything submitted in time is very small.  Look at the poster who is transferring this spring.  Good luck.

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