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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Writing the October 2010 lsat
« on: September 06, 2010, 10:43:15 AM »
october test be hardest ever.

Is global warming having an impact upon the performance of #2 pencils?

Law School Applications / Re: General discharge from Army (misconduct)
« on: September 06, 2010, 10:36:39 AM »

While I do not have experience in law school admissions, but in the government contracts that I have worked on all make a point of looking into military experience as part of the background checks (I am former enlisted USMC). Although my discharge was honorable, I have had more then a few co-workers who have reported having general discharges. It seems that very few people seem to get worked up on background checks until the discharge is specifically dishonorable.

As such I would anticipate that this bump in the road should not become an insurmountable obstacle in getting into a law school or passing scrutiny under Character and Fitness. I suspect that you will be asked about it during the application process, and if you are simply tell them the situation that you are dealing with, it is unlikely that you were actually convicted of anything or your discharge would be dishonorable, and it is so very easy for the military to get convections, so it is seems that whatever the allege against you was not well supported. The key is to avoid coming off as you are attempting to hide this information, if is asked about on an application, provide the requested information. If you are asked a follow up question, respond clearly and succinctly, do what you can to clearly answer questions without going into information that you have not been asked about. In many background type questioning, the big item that they are looking for is something in your past that you are embarrassed / bothered enough about that you would do stupid things in attempt to hide.

Happy Hunting,

LSAC and LSDAS / Re: What would happen if you did this?
« on: September 05, 2010, 01:37:50 AM »
I strongly suspect that little to no benefit for URM status would be granted if the student opts not to select an ethnicity on the application or the LSAC profile.

« on: September 05, 2010, 01:34:05 AM »
Just from what I have read here and at other forums, the vast majority of schools seem to focus on the cumulative grade. Although there may be a few school who take unique approaches.

LSAC and LSDAS / Re: LSDAS Grade Report and Texas Academic Fresh Start
« on: September 05, 2010, 01:32:06 AM »
While LSAC is indeed the central clearing house for your transcripts, each individual school will need to determine how the interpret the data that they receive. I have to admit I am not familiar with the Fresh Start program that you are referring to, but I have seen references on other boards that some law schools (e.g. Colorado School of Law) uses ones degree GPA to determine admissions vice the far more common cumulative GPA. With this in mind I would not find it all that surprising that some schools in Texas may find a way to consider ones GPA in a light other then the summarized cumulative GPA that is calculated by the LSAC.

If UT, or some other school in Texas really does interest you, I think that this would be a question that would be worth raising to their admissions office.

Happy Hunting,

General Board / Re: CA Moral Character
« on: September 04, 2010, 09:49:03 PM »
I have to admit that I have not gone through the process that you are going through, but I have a good deal of experience going through investigation for security clearances. In my experience these types of processes where a large number of people are having their backgrounds reviewed, there are some very specific things that they decide to focus on. The information that they request on their forms is geared toward their focus. As such I strongly encourage you to fully answer any questions that they ask, but do not go out of your way to answer any questions that are not asked.

Should, by some long shoot, some information outside of your application peak their interest, they will broach the subject with you and it can be addressed at that time. It would be unreasonable for an agency to penalize you for not providing information which they have not asked for.

Happy Hunting,

Meta Discussion / Re: How do I use 'Search' ?
« on: September 04, 2010, 11:19:27 AM »
As a workaround you can use google using the 'site:' option, for instance, say I want to look for GMU PT on this site, I can go to goole and enter:


This will return pages with the terms GMU and PT, on them changing the search to:


will return sites with the words in sequence.

I hope that this helps.

Non-Traditional Students / Re: 50! and still thinking of law school!!!
« on: September 03, 2010, 04:15:10 PM »
Law school is a considerable investment in both time and treasure, and it is good that you are considering this element of the decision.

Given that your children are grown and your spouse is supportive are both very good elements to making the process of going back to school manageable. Are you thinking of FT or PT programs? Do you plan on applying to only schools that are geographically near where you live or are you open to the notion of relocating to pursue a law degree?

I suspect that it is not uncommon for people to change their minds during the course of law school in regards to what elements of the law they wish to focus their efforts on when they become a lawyer. Nonetheless I think that for those of us who are a bit older then the normal potential law student crowd (I am 38) to put some thought into how a JD would become integrated into our lives. In my case. I work in InfoSec, and over the years of working on security projects for large companies and government agencies I have come to believe that their is an open niche for a lawyer with a strong background in InfoSec to help organizations come to grip with their legal and contractual obligations in a manner that can actually be implemented. Perhaps I am wrong about this perceived niche, but it is what spurred this interest in looking into my options.

With this in mind I would suggest that you ask yourself, what do you want to do with your law degree. Try to look around for those working in areas that you find interesting. Use what you find to help gauge the potential payback (measuring both in treasure and in satisfaction).

Happy Hunting,

Law School Applications / Re: Juvenile Arrest Question
« on: September 03, 2010, 03:20:01 PM »
I understand that the questions are a set up for the bar questions that you will face later. Although I would be very surprised if any significant amount of people are denied bar membership for something related to an arrest which did not lead to a conviction. While I would not be surprised if there were a small number of outliers, as it is a process that involves people and people simply do strange things at times.

Even with this hurdle in the future, I think that a school is on shaky ground asking about arrests. I could see if the question were to be sapped around involvement with arrest that still had not been yet prosecuted or dismissed. Although I imagine that challenging the legal status of the admissions process is not a way to gain a lot of bonus points with a law school that one actually desires to attend.

Law School Applications / Re: Juvenile Arrest Question
« on: September 03, 2010, 02:09:22 PM »
I think you are on a good path. For the purpose of the applications there is no need to provide answers to questions that they do not ask you. Unless somehow getting a piece of information into their hands will help you.

I seem to recall that employers are prohibited from asking about arrest, but are allowed to ask about convictions. I would be curious to know what the applicable laws/regulations would be towards this matter as it applies to students applying to school.

In my case, I spend a significant amount of time working on projects with/for government agencies and as I understand the federal government has provided themselves wavier against the restrictions on asking about arrests. Fortunately for me, none of my arrest lead to convictions, and the charges range from the mundane to the downright silly. Yet, every time that I move from one agencies project to the next (usually every 6 - 18 months) I get to rehash these fun moments in life. All told, I have found that these matters have not caused me any significant set backs.

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