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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Discouraging Diagnostic Score
« on: May 30, 2011, 12:38:25 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, 06:33:40 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, 01:53:57 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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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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Keep in mind that the clock stops for you LSAC GPA as soon as you earn a bachelors degree.

So if you have taken another course at a junior college and received a grade before graduation then you are on the books with a grade, otherwise I suspect that you are going to be considered without a grade. Even if this is the case, I would not worry much, first off, most schools seem to weigh the LSAT more heavily than the GPA anyway, secondly, foreign students are considered as having no GPA according to the LSAC, and many such students enter into US law schools all over the spectrum, so being without a GPA will not confuse an admission committee, they will simply move on to other indicators in your application. 

Happy Hunting,

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Law School Admissions / Re: why can't i search?? never got an email
« on: May 14, 2011, 11:08:29 PM »
On the bright side, the pages for this forum are indexed by Google. Hence if you are looking for something from this forum, go to google and in the search box, enter your search term followed by the instruction to search this site, for example, say that you want to look for items referring to George Mason, you would enter:

"George Mason" site:http://www.lawschooldiscussion.org

Another example, look for comments about UDC:

UDC site:http://www.lawschooldiscussion.org

Happy Hunting,


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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: why do you want to be a lawyer?
« on: May 11, 2011, 09:56:57 PM »
I will agree with Falcon that the restaurant business appears to be brutal.

For all the people who complain about how bad the law profession is tough to find a great job if you do not come from one of the big name schools, when it comes to straight odds, new lawyers from most ABA schools stand a better chance at financial success then most first time restaurant owners.

In the end the odds are the odds, and what you want to do is what you want to do. Only the OP will be able to determine what is the right answer for them.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: why do you want to be a lawyer?
« on: May 11, 2011, 01:36:10 PM »
I concur, law school may not be for you, at least not at this time.

If owning a restaurant is the dream, there are more direct means of accomplishing this than going to law school.

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tito_99,

For what it is worth, I am an someone who is merely considering law school, my undergrad degree is from Strayer University, not prestigious in any way shape or form. It was the 11th college/university that I attended in pursuit of my BS over the course of 16 years. I chose Strayer because they were situated near where I lived and worked and had a program flexible enough to help me take the big mess of transcripts that I had and apply them to a degree in two years of part-time study. Earning the degree helped me in my primary career (IT/InfoSec) as my employer felt that I was now worth 15% more then before I had the degree. Despite this I felt disappointed in the way that I had wrapped things up and the degree that I received.

I decided that I wanted an additional degree, from a more (positively) recognizable educational institution, but at the same time I was unwilling to walk away from my career. So I started looking for respected schools that had programs geared towards working adults that were either in the DC region or that had means of offering courses to those not physically nearby for a lion's share of the degree program. My short list came down to Johns Hopkins, George Washington, Columbia, and Harvard. The first two being near DC, the other two had on-line offerings. After looking them over, contacting faculty & students, and considering various pros and cons that stood out to me, I chose Harvard (specifically Harvard's Extension School for a Masters (ALM) degree in Information Technology).

This degree requires twelve course, one of them must be in person at the campus in Cambridge, MA. The path that I have chosen has lead to three classes in person, I am currently in the last few weeks of this third and final in residence course. Two of these course I have flown up for class mid-day, attended the class at night, and then flown back home the following morning, the other course was a J-term course, which I rented a room for three weeks, took vacation time from work and stayed near campus.

While working on this degree I have become more aware of how much impact legal matters have in the InfoSec world, which has lead me to consider pursing a JD. Over the last two years or so, I have reached out to speak with members of the admissions teams at some of the DC area law schools with PT programs, as well as students who are attending these schools. Some of my areas of concern are the relatively poor performance when I started school back in early 90s and a degree from a non-prestigious school. Most of the advice that I received was of a similar nature. The poor performance early on would hurt some as it lead to a lower overall GPA (~3.1), but the overall improving trend, and a strong finish (last 13 courses came in at over 3.9) would at least be noted. As for the school that I graduated from, no one seem particular bothered by it, albeit no one was particularly excited about it either, I suspect that the same would said of the school that you are attending.

I would like to take a moment to plug Harvard Extension School (HES) as a possible option for those finding it difficult to find a college that meets their needs to complete a Bachelors degree. To earn a Bachelors (ALB) at HES, one needs to complete 4 classes in person. Under graduate courses currently cost ~$950 each. Generally speaking admissions into a degree program is based on successful completion of three courses (see their website for details).

I wish you the nest of luck on completing your degree and your pursuit of law school.

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Gruntlife03,

I noted that you had Iowa on your list. If memory serves the Dean of their Law School is a former Marine. Your LSAT is within range for them, although they generally pull students with higher GPAs. I suspect that it is defiantly worth a shot.

Semper Fi,

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