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Studying for the LSAT / Re: How much studying should I be doing a day?
« on: April 08, 2011, 01:25:37 PM »
He grew up in Lubbock, Tech was his first choice. 

Studying for the LSAT / Re: How much studying should I be doing a day?
« on: April 08, 2011, 10:24:18 AM »
The LSAT is way different from the bar, which is Pass-Fail.

I have personally worked with/for Mark Lanier.  I guarantee you, if he were taking the LSAT right now he would be shooting for a 180. 

Not everyone needs a 180; not everyone needs to go to HYLS. 

Current Law Students / Re: Felonies & Bar Admittance
« on: April 08, 2011, 09:45:34 AM »
It varies from state to state.  Most states consider the facts and circumstances of the conviction.  Expect to pay for legal representation on the character/fitness portion. 

We would need more information to give you any opinions.

The most important factor in your decision should be where you want to live/practice. 

Scholarship students tend to be at the top of the class (but not always).  Those in the top 25% of a law class, who get some legal experience while they are in school, don't usually have too bad of a time finding work (even at T4).  There are exceptions, obviously, but I would say that the preceding statements are 80% accurate.   

If you have no ties to a city, firms will be more cautious in hiring you.  They don't want to invest that money in a new associate only to have them get homesick.  So the more ties you have to an area, the better. 

I hope these thoughts help.  Let us know what you decide!

Current Law Students / Re: Why Law School Sucks for me
« on: April 07, 2011, 02:05:10 PM »
Couldn't we say the same thing about most bachelor's degrees?

As far as your grade improvement, it comes from the fact that you aren't wasting time going deep into each issue because you barely know anything.  Instead, you are forced to spend the majority of the time discussing the facts and applying them to the problem.  I came to the same realization in law school. 

If we made it shorter, there would be even more competition for the handful of jobs available.  If anything, we should add a year.  ;) 

Law School Admissions / Re: High LSAT, Low GPA - Where can I get in?
« on: April 07, 2011, 09:47:44 AM »
I'm no expert, but I think you should be fine.  LSAC does not include pass/fail hours in the GPA, and even if they did, a 0 hour course will have 0 effect on your GPA. 

Thanks.  I would take UT over STCL all day long too! 

Not offended... just wanted to splain myself...  :)

Law School Admissions / Re: High LSAT, Low GPA - Where can I get in?
« on: April 06, 2011, 12:27:04 PM »
The good news is that most schools weigh the LSAT more than the GPA.  Some go up to about 75%, but I think average is about 60% (all a guess based on experience). 

Because of your low GPA, your application will be reviewed at each place.  I don't think you are an auto admit because of your GPA; at the same time, however, you aren't an auto-reject because of your LSAT. 

Spend a significant amount of time on the application.  There is a free checklist in the book linked in my signature, it might help. 

Good luck, let us know what happens!!

Law School Admissions / Re: LSAC Application Process
« on: April 06, 2011, 12:21:30 PM »
1.  LOR's have to go to LSAC with the correct form completed by your recommender.

2.  LSAC GPA is based on a 4.0 for each hour you attempted.  Sometimes it's the same if you only went to one school and they are on a 4.0 scale.  On the LSAC website, I think they give you numerical values used to compile this. 

3.  Your resume will usually be submitted to the law school through LSAC.  You will also have to input much of the information on the law school application.  Do not put "see resume."

I am a practicing appellate attorney. 

The reasoning is that a decent NY-area school will give you a better opportunity in NYC than going to school in DC.  You stated that you want to be in NYC and have family ties to the region.  The connection to NYC will help when it comes time to get a job. 

In NYC, Cardozo is better than Rutgers.   

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