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Law School Applications / Re: Best Engineering for Law School
« on: August 20, 2012, 08:06:41 PM »
The common condenses seems to be that GPA matters FAR more than degree for admissions into law school.

As a general rule of thumb, math, science and engineering programs are often thought to be more difficult to maintain a top GPA compared to 'softer' fields. This is not to say that one should not pursue such fields, but you should be aware that failing to maintain a strong GPA could seriously hurt your chances at admission to a top law school.

With this in mind, when choosing a tougher path through undergrad, select a field that you have a passion for. Hopefully this will provide you with the motivation necessary to stay on top of your coursework, helping to keep your GPA in a range that will give you a shot at the schools that you are interested in.

Happy Hunting,

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hi ,i have seen many posts from people like you  down grading any one trying to get ahead through on line education .Have you ever tried it and what schools did you graduate? RON A. BBA-MBA

oceanblue57,

Education is an odd thing, especially when it comes to the professional gains one can make from earning a degree. Its value is not solely determined by what you learn as a student, a large part of the value is how your education is perceived by others. I am not saying this is fair, I am just saying that this is how it is.

Online education will eventually come to the field of law in a big way, but it is not here yet. Until such time as the ABA accredits an online program, allowing its graduates to sit for the Bar it is going to remain ugly for online law programs. The increasing acceptance of online education in other fields will help apply pressure to the ABA, but they will hold for some time to come. Already we have major schools that offer degrees to be earned fully or mostly online, including Columbia, Stanford, & Harvard. I myself have earned a Masters degree from the Harvard (specifically a Masters of Liberal Arts in Information Technology from the Extension School at Harvard University). I completed 75% of my course work online.

As someone who is looking at possibly going back to school to earn a JD, I would love to see a reasonable online option to be available. Unfortunately that option does not seem to exist, and is unlikely to exist in the timeframe that I am interested in.

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Hard to imagine anyone with such spotty credentials passing law school..

Past performance is not a guarantee of future results.

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Law School Applications / Re: engineer who wants to be a lawyer
« on: July 31, 2012, 12:32:26 AM »
Interesting article at Wall Street Journal's 'Law Blog' on the competition of Law Schools for law students.

http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2012/07/30/law-schools-bargain-with-students-to-fill-seats/

On the bright side for you, there are a LOT more people with 3.7 GPAs then there are with 176 LSATs. So, I have no doubt that someone in the top 20 would give you a chance.

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Law School Applications / Re: engineer who wants to be a lawyer
« on: July 29, 2012, 11:21:56 PM »
Short answer is that it is hard to say. The general consensus is that las schools are very numbers focused, and you are what would be considered a splitter. Your LSAT score is obviously great and that will help a lot, your GPA is good for someone who actually took difficult courses, but the competition you will be facing for entry have mostly focused on basket weaving and/or other worthless stuff, and many will have very nice GPAs despite having little to no useful knowledge or skills.

Recent stories have discussed a reduction of applicants to law schools, and assuming that this trend continues, it will likely help you and anyone else considering heading to law school.

Your papers, leadership roles and graduate degree will generally be considered soft factors, that could help, but it does not seem to bend the curve very far. In normal times, splitters are hard to predict, but these do not appear to be normal times. I would suggest applying broadly to those places that you are interested in, I strong suspect that you will be able to find multiple acceptances in the top 20. If I were to hazard a guess, I would say that Northwestern, Georgetown, & George Washington would all show up as acceptances. As you drift down the scale some, I would fully expect that scholarship offers will be made, and some may well be considerable, but once again being a splitter will make your cycle hard to predict.

If you have not already done so I would suggest taking a look at:

Law School Predictor
http://www.lawschoolpredictor.com

Law School Numbers
http://www.lawschoolnumbers.com

Happy Hunting!

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Is Harvard the best college?
« on: July 26, 2012, 04:49:12 PM »
Well, my father's college may have no relevance to this thread, but, in terms of admission to Harvard, it does.  See, this is from Harvard's website:

"Are a student's chances of admission enhanced if a relative has attended Harvard? 
The application process is the same for all candidates. Among a group of similarly distinguished applicants, the daughters and sons of College alumni/ae may receive an additional look. "

That does not change the fact that neither of the two schools at Harvard that offer bachelors degrees will grant admissions to someone who already holds such a degree. There are numerous graduate programs, that range from being exedingly difficult to gain entry into, to those that are fairly accessible.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Is Harvard the best college?
« on: July 26, 2012, 01:25:55 PM »
By the way, what does "Ice tea is wet" mean? 
It is a statement that has no relevance to the thread, in the same way your father's college has no relevance.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Is Harvard the best college?
« on: July 25, 2012, 11:20:01 AM »
But my dad graduated from Harvard in the 60s!
???
Ice tea is wet.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Is Harvard the best college?
« on: July 24, 2012, 10:22:16 PM »
I seem to recall from another thread that you had mentioned that you had a Bachelors degree, but were considering trying to get a second Bachelors.

As I understand it, neither of the two schools at Harvard that offer Bachelors degrees offers admissions to someone who already holds a Bachelors degree. Although they obviously have a wide variety of graduate programs to choose from.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Will LR eventually just click?
« on: July 24, 2012, 02:18:24 PM »
I am currently reading Powerscore's Logical Reasoning Bible, and so far I am impressed. If you are struggling with LR I would recommend this a a resource.

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