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Law School Admissions / Re: 2010-2011 Application Cycle
« on: December 14, 2010, 12:41:02 PM »

Why so coy?  Pack your bags for DC, bro.


Law School Admissions / Re: Completely Intimidated to Apply
« on: December 12, 2010, 08:44:41 PM »

That'd be a great story to incorporate in your Personal Statement.  Most folks just point and click for their books, or visit the
local Barnes & Noble.

"Yes, my books arrived by air cargo after being carried for 200 miles via mule train...."

Job Search / Re: Getting a Job with the Federal goverment
« on: December 10, 2010, 01:27:41 PM »

We sailors are well known for being above reproach!
When we aren't helping widows and orphans, we are building rural schools overseas---the lighthouses of knowledge....



Job Search / Re: Getting a Job with the Federal goverment
« on: December 09, 2010, 04:38:57 PM »

One thing that is different is that you will be "lawyering" under the auspices of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, 10 U.S.C. Ch. 47.  It is, as they say, a horse of an entirely different color.

That said, I can only speak as a former "collateral duty" legal officer in the Navy.  That function is delegated to certain officers at smaller commands that do not have a JAG Corps officer assigned.  Even though not a JAG officer myself, I did interact with them often.

In the Navy JAG Corps (which also provides attorneys to the Marine Corps and Coast Guard), most junior officers are assigned to what is called Naval Legal Service Offices (NLSOs).  What do you suppose happens when you gather a gaggle of attorneys all under one roof?  Politics, as usual.  Please be advised that there are power plays made and political gaming scenarios aplenty in the military.  The upside to serving is that at least (for the most part) you are not politicking for professional survival, as you would be as an associate in a BIGLAW firm.   

Why are you worried about being "hoodwinked" in your accession to the military?  Are you not a law student?  Read the contract.  There is quite a bit of disinformation out there regarding fraudulent enlistments.  While faux pas have occurred, there are actually quite rare.  You simply have to do your due diligence before approaching a recruiting officer.  Read everything that the military provides in terms of literature. 

I recommend you pay a courtesy visit to the military base nearest you.  Chances are, they will have a JAG Corps officer assigned somewhere.  Ask them about their typical "day in the life."  See if you think it would be a fit for you.  A good place to start would be to inquire at the Public Affairs Office at the Base Headquarters.

A word of caution.  Be advised that even though lawyers are "administrative" in nature, they are considered to be combatants, and are worldwide assignable.  Yes, you could find yourself wearing cammies and carrying a sidearm in Afghanistan.

I hope this has helped.  While I know little about the Army and even less about the Air Force, I suspect that service with those elements is somewhat similar.  At the very least, you are still dealing with military courts/tribunals and the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

CWO4, USN (ret.) 

Law School Admissions / Re: 2010-2011 Application Cycle
« on: December 06, 2010, 05:17:13 PM »

That was damn INSPIRING.   I mean it.  I came from an economic situation exactly like yours.  My solution was to join the navy.  While I ended up having a successful naval career, who knows what could've happened had I had more support and guidance as a teen.  My parents really made little effort on my behalf.

What is the upshot?  Like you, I have pulled myself up by my bootstraps.  I am acutely aware that intelligence cannot be bought-but it can (and should) be nurtured.

You would make an excellent motivational speaker for underprivileged/disadvantaged children.  The sooner that they learn that:
(a)  No one GIVES it to you
(b) The fire comes from within you
(c) you really CAN do it!
We will all be blessed with more young people that make something of themselves, and hopefully give back to others.

Just my two cents.

Good luck with the rest of your cycle.  Like Bigs, I am really rooting for you. Although I am not crying for you with that GULC acceptance.  ;-)

Studying for the LSAT / Re: June 2011 Thread
« on: December 06, 2010, 04:29:04 AM »
Yup, same here.

I'm getting ready to order my study materials for the June 2011 LSAT for Fall 2012 admission.  I am just like the previous poster who has set a relatively high goal for themselves.  For me, while 165+ would gain admission to all the schools on my list, a 170+ would put me firmly into scholarship range.  I'm a 46 y/o non-trad, so minimizing cost is almost as important as the prestige of any prospective school.

I'm as nervous as everyone else.  More seems to ride on this than almost anything.  At least a "PASS" grade on the Bar Exam gets you the ticket to the show.  On the LSAT, almost everything is riding on you distinguishing yourself from the crowd.   



Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: FSU/UF/UM Help!
« on: December 04, 2010, 05:46:57 PM »

I am a Floridian (Tampa native living in Pinellas County), and my choices echo what the other posters have stated:

UM is great, but I don;t think the cost is justified vs. UF or FSU.  For what it's worth, I have heard that FSU and UF degrees are
respected state-wide, but UM is really the "big dog" only in the Miami area.

My choices:

#1: FSU (low cost public/in the state capitol for public sector networking)-Tallahassee
#2 UF (low cost public/good school/not much IN G'ville but UF)-Gainesville
#3 UM (HIGH cost private/ONLY with a substantial scholarship offer)-Miami
#4 Stetson (HIGH cost private/Tier 3/local to me/ONLY with a substantial scholarship offer)-Gulfport(near St. Petersburg)
#6 FIU (low cost public/Tier 4/safety choice)-Miami
#7 Florida A&M (BAD rep/low cost/only if NO ONE else will accept me, unlikely)-Orlando

Job Search / Re: US Attorney's Office SDNY
« on: December 04, 2010, 05:32:18 PM »
As a 0L, I claim absolutely no credibility.  As an experienced manager, however, I can venture a guess.  If you were interested
in becoming a litigator, I could see how a litigation-type firm could see something positive in the internship with the AUSA.

Here are the statistics for University of Wyoming for last year's cycle (2009-2010):

This should help.  Good luck!

First of all, you will have to re-take the LSAT.  Only LSATs taken in the last five years count.  The primary admissions factors have always been and remain your
UGPA and LSAT score.  Beware that your LSAC GPA may very well be lower than your degree GPA.  LSAC counts each any every course you have ever taken, as I understand it.

If you want to check how your presumed numbers stack up in terms of potential school admissions, try the LSAT/UGPA calculator:

You are what is called an extreme splitter, if you indeed can achieve another 170-plus LSAT.  You should be able to gain admission to a school in the NE region.

I hope this helps.  Good luck.

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