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As I stated before, my selection will be limited in scope by which area will make sense for my family to live in. On the high-side I am looking at about 6 applications. Even if they came in at $200 a pop, I am considering the possibility of spending 4 years (PT) and possibly over 100k in cost, the application fees are a rounding error in this calculation.

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I know George Washington University and American University take a good number of slitters into their JD programs. I'm not sure about Georgetown and George Mason. It doesn't hurt to apply to all the Law schools you want to consider attending. UCONN is a pretty good law school.

Have you taken the LSAT exam?

I have not taken the LSAT. My current thought is that I want to stay focused on completing my masters degree, which should be done in December. I have promised my family that I will take two years before I start another degree. Although I suspect I can get away with using a portion of this time to prep for the LSAT.

Back in January, while I was taking time off from work to attend a January Term course at school, I opted to spend a few hours taking timed practice exam (PT60) and scored 154. While the score was lower than I was hoping for, it was without any prep. I am fairly confident that improvement from this first score should be possible.

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Haus,

What law school(s) are you looking into applying to?

For me selecting potential schools will be based on career/family issues. At the moment I am living and working in Northern Virginia, as such I would likely blanket the part-time programs in the DC area: Georgetown (major reach), George Washington (very expensive), George Mason (more affordable with in-state tuition), American (very expensive), Catholic (very expensive), and UDC (very low ranked, but even out of city tuition is less than in-state at Mason).

The internal argument that I have is the role a JD would play in my expected career path, and what it would be worth in price. I suspect that if I managed to somehow get Georgetown to let me in the door (unlikely, I know) I think that I would be willing to pay the hefty sticker price. Sticker at GW, American, or Catholic I am not so sure about (and to make matters worse, it appears these programs are not very generous with PT students). The more affordable schools Mason & UDC do not look to be overly punishing from a financial stand point, although I am bothered by the five nights a week that 1Ls need to attend as PT students at Mason.

Actually if one of the local programs offered something like the weekend PT program that Hamline has, I would be interested, but it currently does not exist and I am not holding my breath for it to happen in the near future. I have actually considered applying to Hamline and flying up each weekend. Of course, this is insane, but I have bee traveling up to Cambridge off and on for weekly courses for my Masters degree program at the Harvard Extension School.

For work and family reasons I my consider moving to Connecticut, should this happen my options would likely change to UConn and Quinnipiac.

Sorry for the long winded answer to a simple question.

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I heard that it actually not only lowers your test scores, but damages your brain to the point that you will then try to make money spamming internet discussion boards.

lol

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Law School Applications / Re: Which universities do I list
« on: May 30, 2011, 09:00:34 PM »
Hard to say, but after law school, if you wish to become a member of the bar, you will need to go through the character & fitness review. This will likely involve a through review of your background, at this point they will likely be aware of what schools you have enrolled in. It may well be a very uncomfortable moment if there is a discrepancy with what was stated with what one put onto their law school applications.

Also keep in mind that there are several data points which are cross checked by schools, so it within the realm of possibility that a lack of information may be detected. Even if it is a small chance, it is not worth the downside risk.

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Law School Applications / Re: Which universities do I list
« on: May 30, 2011, 02:41:29 PM »
Yes, you need to list it.

The LSAC instructions (IIRC) state that they want every school that you have enrolled at. They want to ensure that you have met your financial obligations to every school you have dealt with.

I do not think anyone will care that you withdrew (regardless of reason), although if you did not withdrawal and the courses went from incomplete to failed, then it may make a dent in your GPA. If you did withdrawal, then I do not think you have much to worry about.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Discouraging Diagnostic Score
« on: May 30, 2011, 02:38:25 PM »
Eco,

First welcome to the forum.

Second, pick a thread and post to it, please do not cut and paste your story to multiple threads.

OK, a 140 is not great, but it is not without hope. Now that you have take a diagnostic, you need to see what you score break down by section is, determine if one area is weaker then others. or are the scores even across the sections. Find study material for the sections that you struggled with most (feel free to ask, I am sure people will be willing to recommend their favorites). With the aid of study material, go back and look at the questions that you got wrong, find out what the right answer was learn why it is the eight answer and why the answer that you selected is not the correct answer.

Happy Hunting,

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Transferring / Re: Transferring after your 2nd YR of LS
« on: May 29, 2011, 08:33:40 PM »
From the Michigan Law school page for transfer students.

"In general, transfer applicants must present one full year of academic credit and may expect a maximum of one year of transfer credit to be accepted toward the Michigan degree. At least two years of credit must be earned in residence at the University of Michigan."

http://www.law.umich.edu/prospectivestudents/admissions/Pages/TransferStudents.aspx

It seems that you would need to spend two years as a student there if you hope to earn a degree.

While Chicago states things differently, it seems that any transfer that they accept will only be granted one years worth of credit.

http://www.law.uchicago.edu/prospectives/transfer

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Transferring / Re: Transferring after your 2nd YR of LS
« on: May 29, 2011, 03:53:57 PM »
Can it be done? I do not know.

I can tell you what you already know, it is not common. I suspect that if either of the schools would even consider you as a late transfer, be prepared for a minimum number of residency credits that may be greater than the number of courses that you would otherwise need to graduate.

Given the limited number of school you are considering, I would suggested contacting the administration offices directly.

Happy Hunting,

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Non-Traditional Students / Re: Appalachian law school
« on: May 28, 2011, 04:41:12 PM »
TLS has a short profile:

http://www.top-law-schools.com/appalachian-school-of-law.html

It appears that not many people reported their incomes coming out of the 2009 class...

http://www.lawschooltransparency.com/clearinghouse/?school=appalachian&show=flow

Also, I believe that it is in Virginia, not West Virginia.

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