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Non-Traditional Students / Re: To go or not to go?
« on: July 16, 2011, 11:31:40 PM »
As with all questions in life the right answer is likely, it depends.

One can perform all forms of cost benefit analysis, but in the end, for most this will boil down to a personal question of are you willing to spend the money, give up the time, and put in the work.

If no, there is no reason to explain yourself as it is a big bill to pay. If yes, good luck to you, if nothing else, it will likely be one hell of a ride.

Happy Hunting,

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Law School Applications / Re: Have I already shot myself in the foot?
« on: July 16, 2011, 11:11:57 PM »
You have a rough start, and it is not going to do you any favors. Yet, it is important to remember that you cannot change what has already happened.

The good news is that it is still possible to end up with a GPA over 3.6 (according to back of the envelope calculations). This will not be easy, but it is possible. Do what you can to make the opportunities ahead of you count. If you can pull this off, you can put yourself between the 25-75% marks on many top schools (outside HYS).

Happy Hunting,

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Law School Applications / Re: Full Tuition and Stipend?
« on: July 06, 2011, 11:21:35 PM »
thor5517,

While I do not know about full scholly and stipend, I do not doubt that some schools would be willing to make some type of offer.

It looks like you would be a lock for a full tuition scholly at the Appalachian School of Law:
http://www.asl.edu/Documents/Financial%20Aid/2011-12%20Merit%20Scholarship%20Criteria%20%282%29.pdf

It should be noted that ASL seem to be firmly plated in the 4th tier.

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fortook,

My apologies for reading something into your comments that simply were not there.

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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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