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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Good school for Oil & Gas law
« on: April 27, 2011, 12:15:26 PM »
UH has Weaver who is the author of the most commonly used textbook.  I took the class from her and enjoyed it.  She also teaches for Barbri.

IMO, there is only so far you can go studying by yourself.  Consider either a prep course or individual tutoring from an experienced LSAT instructor. 

The potential difference in a good score and a mediocre score can literally translate to hundreds of thousands of dollars over your working lifetime.  It is well worth the investment.

1.  Scholarships are offered when you apply to a law school, you don't have to do anything special other than being an applicant that the school really wants.  How do you do this?  Have a high LSAT and great GPA.  Typically, you will get good scholarship offers from schools that are ranked lower than the highest-ranked schools you qualify for. 

2.  Getting a job, regardless of which law school you go to (except the very top schools), will depend as much on how you rank within the class as which school you go to.  For instance, a student at a top-25 law school who is in the bottom-half of the class will often have more trouble finding a job than a student at a tier-4 law school who is in the top 5% of the class. 

You are also thinking correctly that you should pick your law school by where you want to live.  Each city where you want to live/practice will have its own law school ranking that doesn't always match USN.  The challenge is figuring the rank out because it's not published anywhere (based on local opinion). 

It will be an advantage at the right school.  You have great LSAT/GPA combination which means that you will be an auto-admit in the majority of law schools.  In the auto-admit schools, it is technically neither an advantage or disadvantage (though you would be accepted, grad school had  nothing to do with it). 

Focus on the T14--but also consider where you want to live/practice.  In some places, T14 is outranked by a regional school.    Emphasize your ability to speak the foreign language.  A great PS could be themed on the lessons you learned/challenges you faced and overcame in grad school.  Put a positive spin on your switching professions.   

Anyone who gets to your application will consider it an advantage. 

Law School Admissions / Re: HELP! I desperately need some advice!
« on: April 25, 2011, 10:21:28 AM »
You should go to University if you are committed to making "A's" in each course.  Undergraduate, unlike law-school, is a place where working harder translates to higher grades.   

Law schools initially consider only 2 factors: LSAT and GPA.  Think of it like a doorway--if those combined scores are not high enough, the school won't even look at your application.  Once you are inside the door, your application will either be accepted or reviewed.  It will be accepted if your scores are high enough.  If it is reviewed, grades from a University will be viewed much more favorably than those from a CC.

If you have a full ride, you should strongly consider taking it.  You might have to put some distance between you and your friends for right now, but its only temporary.  You will find a way to have fun and be happy!!

Keep in touch and let us know how it works out for you!

I don't see much of a downside unless your father slams you.  Based on your post, however, I wasn't sure if any of your letters came from a professor.  If not, I bet that a mediocre LOR from a professor would strongly outweigh anything your dad could write. 

Studying for the LSAT / Re: First LSAT practice test
« on: April 25, 2011, 09:56:22 AM »
Just do your best on the initial test.  Hopefully, the course will identify any weaknesses you have and--with practice--you will get your score where you need it to be. 

For schools that do not accept diversity statements, make sure that your background is apparent in your personal statement. 

In addition to what has been said, the factors you have identified will reflect strongly on your application at any school who actually reviews it.  So long as your scores don't put you in an auto-reject pile, this will help you.

Now, you wont be listed as an URM, but you will probably have an advantage over other applicants.  If you live in Texas, UT considers those factors and is required to do so by its state legislature.  Other state schools may do this for residents. 

You background includes the type of diversity that is often lacking in law schools and is sought out.  Work hard for your LSAT, and everything else will work out.  I would apply to schools that are +3-5 on what you think your LSAT should be. 

Transferring / Re: Letters of Recommendation
« on: April 20, 2011, 11:04:29 AM »
I would spend some time in professors' offices during office hours developing a rapport so that you can ask for a LOR after your spring grades are released...

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