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Minority Topics / Re: White (non-hispanic) URM?
« on: April 21, 2011, 12:47:54 PM »
Thanks to all.  I appreciate the time and effort you put into answering my question.  Such a sad state of affairs A.A. has become; it would be nice to turn the tables on the process.

I plan to address my diversity issue via the "diversity statement" seperate from the P.S.  Meanwhile, my scores will speak for themselves.

Thanks again.

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Minority Topics / White (non-hispanic) URM?
« on: April 21, 2011, 08:59:21 AM »
If diversity is not solely based upon skin color, ethnicity or gender identity, then what merit would a white, non-hispanic male have in claiming URM status?  According to LSAC, "We use the term diversity broadly to include all aspects of human differences, including but not limited to socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, language, nationality, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, geography, disability, and age."http://www.lsac.org/jd/diversity/minorities-in-legal-education.asp

I consider myself to be a socioeconomically disadvantaged caucasian male who is the first family member in generations to graduate high school, let alone college, despite having perservered through poverty, homelessness, domestic abuse, parental drug abuse, and child neglect. 

I know where to look in the dictionary to find sympathy, and that is not the premise of my post.  What I'm looking for is any words of wisdom from other LSD contributors who may know of someone who had similar experiences and was succesful/unsuccessful in claiming URM status.  Thanks.

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Non-Traditional Students / Re: Military
« on: April 01, 2011, 09:20:27 AM »
Welcome to LSD.  Good luck to you!

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Recommendations / Re: LSAC Letter of Recommendation from four years ago
« on: January 25, 2011, 10:47:46 AM »
Thanks and good luck with your cycle.  Semper Fidelis.

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Recommendations / Re: LSAC Letter of Recommendation from four years ago
« on: January 23, 2011, 05:09:57 PM »
I have two solid LORs submitted to LSAC, but I was concerned that they would be a little old by the time I could realistically apply.  I understand that my academic performance has not/will not change in the interim between undergrad and LS, so I should be fine.

Thanks for your insightful post.

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Recommendations / Re: LSAC Letter of Recommendation from four years ago
« on: January 21, 2011, 01:31:21 PM »
I have the same type of issue.  I have a four year commitment in the military remaining, post-undergrad.  I have become distant from my college professors.  In fact, when I did attend college, I took most of my classes through distance ed.  Most of the professors only know me by my performance on assignments. 

I look forward to reading the responses on this one.  Good question!

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Non-Traditional Students / Re: Is an Online degree useful for law school?
« on: January 04, 2011, 10:36:26 PM »
If you can't get over the online school stigma that is suggested by other LSD posters, take a look at transferring to a brick and mortar school in your area that offers online courses; an extension campus, perhaps.  Your degree or transcript will not indicate that you went to school online, only that you attended the "regular" school, just like everyone else.

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Non-Traditional Students / Re: Military
« on: December 28, 2010, 10:10:13 PM »
I'm focusing all my sights on the the only Tier I state funded university in Illinois.  UI--Champaign.  Through the Illinois Veteran's Grant, I'll have free tuition for up to four years with GI Bill for pocket change and a decent pension to help support the family.  If that doesn't work out, I'm hoping for top 50 LS with a decent scholarship, or bust.

So Chief, I take it that you plan to collect a pension before enrolling? If so that should help make it so that you don't need to take out any loans to cover expenses not covered by GIBill.

Not all of us are officers making big bank.  I am enlisted and making a lot closer to typical PD pay.  With my retirement I should be fairly comfortable.

As I have gotten older 2 or 3 years doesn't seem as long as it used to and it means I won't have any regrets about my GPA.  I will have everything ready, without the risk that a kid right out of college is going to have to take.  Honestly, I think most law students would do well to start preparing that soon.

I'd like to add that not all officers are making big bank.  Contrast these positions with their civilian counterparts and you'll soon realize the disparity.  You know that military service has never been about the money anyway.

I agree that age puts things more into perspective.  I will not enter LS until the 2016 cycle at the age of 41.  When I consider that I will spend at least three of the next five years deployed, returning from deployment, and training to deploy, that time does not seem all that far off.  Besides perspective, you have to keep a long term goal in mind to make it through the difficult times.  LSD provides a great forum for keeping these goals in focus.

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Non-Traditional Students / Re: Military
« on: December 27, 2010, 11:09:40 PM »
Not all of us are officers making big bank.  I am enlisted and making a lot closer to typical PD pay.  With my retirement I should be fairly comfortable.

As I have gotten older 2 or 3 years doesn't seem as long as it used to and it means I won't have any regrets about my GPA.  I will have everything ready, without the risk that a kid right out of college is going to have to take.  Honestly, I think most law students would do well to start preparing that soon.

I'd like to add that not all officers are making big bank.  Contrast these positions with their civilian counterparts and you'll soon realize the disparity.  You know that military service has never been about the money anyway.

I agree that age puts things more into perspective.  I will not enter LS until the 2016 cycle at the age of 41.  When I consider that I will spend at least three of the next five years deployed, returning from deployment, and training to deploy, that time does not seem all that far off.  Besides perspective, you have to keep a long term goal in mind to make it through the difficult times.  LSD provides a great forum for keeping these goals in focus.

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The Navy and the Marine Corps are in the same "boat", so to speak, and do not offer money as a hook.  In the sea services recruiting culture, putting money on the table to recruit "volunteers" is taboo.  In essence, they want people who want to be a Marine/sailor, regardless of the compensation.

They do, however, have the same fiscal resources available to them that any other branch offers. See--(http://www.jag.navy.mil/documents/Careers/Student%20Loan%20Relief%20Programs.pdf

It is well worth speaking to an Officer Selection Officer (OSO), or checking out the following sites:

http://officer.marines.com/path/col_grad_law
http://www.jag.navy.mil/careers_/careers/jagpath.html

I can't speak from personal experience in JAG, but I am an active Officer in the Marine Corps and I can provide a perspective on training and benefits.  Let me know if you are interested.
   

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