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Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: Am I a non-trad?
« on: July 05, 2012, 11:10:57 AM »
The term non-trad is fairly loosely defined.

Being a (little) older than some of your potential peers would qualify you by many people's standard. Other elements looked for by some users of the term include having pursued career level employment, having family responsibilities, having served in the military, intending to take class on an alternate schedule (e.g. PT night program).

Short answer, yes, but not as non-traditional as many non-trads.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: What was your undergraduate major?
« on: June 24, 2012, 06:31:28 PM »
My undergrad was Computer Networking, since then I have added a Masters in Information Technology.

I would assume that the OP is referring to UDC, given what forum the comment is posted in.

Unfortunately, I do not have much insight to the UDC admission process, so I do not have much in line for an actual answer.

District of Columbia / Re: Is UDC worth it???
« on: February 01, 2012, 10:24:13 PM »
I am not now nor have I been a student at UDC.

But I have lived and worked in the DC area for the last 15 years. Yes, cost of living is quite high compared to many parts of the country, and that is something that anyone considering going to UDC should consider. As for if the school is "worth it", I guess it would depend mostly on the student.

On the down side, there are no shortage of Law Schools in the greater DC area (Georgtown, GW, GMU, American, Howard, CU) arguably each of these other schools have bigger more reconizable names, and as a graduate you need to be aware that you may find yourself fighting to get out of the shadow of these other schools.

On the bright side, this school, even for those who are paying full freight, non-resident tuition, is the most affordable law program in the region. The campus is accessiable bia a reasonably good transit system (the Metro), which increases the flexiablity in gaining access to various city resources (and for those with an interest in the law, you can do far worse than DC for a city to emerse yourself into the study of law).

Good luck with whatever path you should choose.

Law School Admissions / Re: Appalling GPA, what are my chances
« on: September 12, 2011, 10:15:46 AM »
Im not going to Cooley.

I want to go to an NY school...
but I am willing to make an exception if I can't get into any.

Put the best number on the board that you can for your LSAT and apply broadly. It is a bit of a crapshoot. If your number does not come up then consider casting a wider net. I suspect that the end result will not be as bad as you fear.

Law School Admissions / Re: Appalling GPA, what are my chances
« on: September 11, 2011, 06:17:48 PM »
Most schools place more weight on the LSAT than GPA, so if you do well on the LSAT you will likely have some options, but most people report that splitters are less predictable than those who rank in a similar matter on both measures.

Having some time between you and your bad marks, plus a few accomplishments, such as quality work experience may also help move things in your favor. But it is important to remember that you will be attempting to dig yourself out or a hole, so you need to be flexible, as it is hard to predict who will be willing to give you a shot.

Law School Admissions / Re: Appalling GPA, what are my chances
« on: September 09, 2011, 06:40:33 PM »
While nothing is guaranteed I suspect that you would have a reasonable shot at the University of the District of Columbia Law School (Clarke) or the Appalachian School of Law.

Of the two I think Clarke is more interesting primarily due to its location and its low tuition cost even for those who are not residents of the District (its out of District tuition is less than in-state at George Mason).

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Embarrassing GPA, High LSAT
« on: September 06, 2011, 07:13:58 PM »
As you have likely already read, splitters are somewhat less predictable than their more evenly matched peers. But I suspect with the numbers you mention you will likely be able to gain admission at some very respectable schools.

Current Law Students / Re: Not enough lawyers.
« on: August 27, 2011, 11:10:58 AM »
I imagine that many states that require judicial foreclosures (e.g. New York) will soon be changing their laws to allow the court system to be bypassed, which will help speed up the large amount of foreclosures that are pending (If I recall correctly at the current rate for the courts clearing foreclosures there are over a decade of foreclosures in the pipeline). Once the courts are no longer required to be part of the process, the demand for lawyers will drop considerably.

Job Search / Re: Federal Public Defender - worthwhile?
« on: August 24, 2011, 10:39:47 AM »
I agree that the Fed PD would be a great internship for you, if that's the direction that you want to go in. However, if you are wanting to go into the prosecution side of thing, this can potentially work against you. Furthermore, if this is the case, you would be better off finding a internship with the DA, since this would be more applicable to your desired field, and you would get a lot more valuable real world experience.


Given that the OP was dated Sept of 2009, I suspect that this ship has sailed.

As a general statement I doubt that interning on the defense side of the isle would cause any real harm to the career plans for someone anticipating working on prosecution, and may actually provide some useful insight for further down the road.

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