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Studying for the LSAT / Re: LSAT: Mixing Study Material
« on: April 18, 2011, 03:20:28 PM »
The experience here is with EarlCat.  If you are paying money for someone to get you ready for the LSAT, don't sabotage yourself by learning bad habits.  They will have a study program that will get you where you need/want to be if you put in the effort. 

I agree with FalconJimmy that Penn will probably give a better shot on the east coast, but I don't think it will be huge.  While Penn is ranked higher, they are roughly analogous prestige schools.  The edge for Penn is that you are already in the NE; more east coast firms will be travelling to Penn to look for talent.  Whether that is worth 100K is the decision that you need to make. 

Being gay, you might consider surfing the net for discussions of the gay scene in each city.  That may give you an idea of the culture to expect in each place.  Austin is a hell of a lot more liberal than the rest of Texas.  My gay friends love Austin.  I don't know about the scene in Philly, but I know the climate is as liberal as Austin. The weather is a lot better in Texas. (btw I am a lawyer who is licenced in both PA and TX).

Good luck!  Please let us know what you decide.

General Board / Re: Felonies & Bar Admittance
« on: April 15, 2011, 11:10:00 AM »
Yea, those will probably give you trouble.  Fitness committees are generally tough on any crime that will question your honesty or trustworthiness.  The link in the post above will get you to the LSD post that details state-by-state. 

The things that will be considered will be the circumstances surrounding your crimes, your age at the time, the time that has passed, your candor regarding the events, the seriousness of the crime, the reliability of the information that they can find, evidence of rehabilitation, and the great things that you have contributed to the community since the crime.   

Things that will kill you will be trying to offer excuses, minimize the seriousness, or hide details of the crimes. 

IMO, if the crimes were recent, you should wait at least 3 years to apply to law school. Good luck.

Law School Applications / Re: When to Apply
« on: April 14, 2011, 11:12:53 AM »
Taking a year off doesn't--by itself--make your application stronger or weaker.  But, if you need the time to study harder for the LSAT, or get your life in order, it certainly can make a difference.

Non-Traditional Students / Re: Don't even know where to start!
« on: April 14, 2011, 11:10:11 AM »
It sounds like you are on the right track. 

Don't focus too much on what type of law you want to practice.  Your obsession right now should be the LSAT.  Strongly consider signing up for a live prep course.  I don't know how that will work with  your job, but it will make a huge difference. 

You can also check out the website I contribute to for pre law information that might be interesting/usefull.  As far as what school to go to, start with the region and work your way down US News.  That will give you a starting point for schools to consider. 

Law School Applications / Re: LOR
« on: April 13, 2011, 12:38:42 PM »
Generic LOR's generally won't help you; but if you are considered a "presumptive yes," at your prospective law school they typically will not hurt you either--which means you get in.

You still have plenty of time to develop a relationship worthy of a better LOR.  Here is an article on law school letters of recommendation that might help.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: LRQ
« on: April 13, 2011, 12:29:12 PM »
The question does not forclose the possiblity that Hanna's brothers attended the event and gifted her the recording.  But, to say that one of the brothers "must" have been at the event, ignores the fact that someone else could have gifted her the recording--which is still a possibility given what we know. 

IMO, it's very interesting and well written (so far)... I like the "out of my element" theme, but I think you will need to supplement it.  Here is an article on writing law school personal statements, hope it helps.

Good luck.  Its nice to see you working on this early, it gives you a lot of time.   

All the responses are spot on. 

The only thing I would add is that IP law is as boring and detail oriented as normal engineering.  If you are unhappy doing that, you probably won't enjoy IP law.   To be an IP or patent lawyer you have to have a degree in a hard science.  You do, most lawyers don't--which would make it easier to find a job.  To get the 6 figure jobs with your background, you need to be in the top 30% range of a law class at a decent school.  You will be surrounded by a lot of other smart people.  Top 30% is not a given. 

The engineering field has really drained me out (very miserable in it), and I do not feel I am a very good engineer, but I feel I would be natural and excellent in the law field.

Law School Applications / Re: Minor VS Internship opportunity, etc.
« on: April 13, 2011, 12:00:06 PM »
I am a contributor at Law School Coach, you can click on my signature or this link and explore the free pre-law information.

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