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Financial Aid / Re: Financial Aid Availability
« on: April 04, 2011, 09:52:56 AM »
I don't know where you live, but often state schools offer a very reasonable price tag and provide good opportunities where your roots are established. 

Regardless of your credit, you will be able to get federal loans of $20,500 per year.  During year 2 and 3 of law school, you may qualify for some other federal programs because you will not earn much money while you are in law school.  Federal loans are awesome! If you borrow the full amount, you can always lock in a payment below $400 a month and, depending on what type of work you do, even lower.  Schools also offer student loans that wouldn't necessarily focus on your credit score.

But, the best financial aid you can qualify for would be a scholarship based on LSAT score.  Take a prep course and study your ass off, and you might get to go to law school for free! 

In my signature there is a link to a free guide that has a checklist for getting into law school, it may help. 

Good luck! 

One of the most important considerations in which law school to attend is where you want to live/work after law school. 

Of the 3 listed, I would say that Cal Western is the best.  That degree, however, puts you working in CA for the forseeable future.  OK city, would probably give you job in OK or Dallas market.  I have no clue outside of AZ how Pheonix would do--the problem is the association with the online college, and the fact that its newly approved.

Texas Tech would do ok for a job anywhere in TX, Dallas market is probably the highest concentration.   

The thing to remember about USN rankings is that they are a ranking of each school's reputation.

Reputation should factor into a person's choice of school, but it usually shouldn't be outcome determinative. 

IMO each potential law student should consider many different factors, reputation being on of them, and make their own T25 list.   

Studying for the LSAT / Re: LSAT Prep courses: study before, or no?
« on: April 04, 2011, 09:23:28 AM »
IMO, a prep course is almost always the way to go.  Even if it gives you a slight 1 to 2 point bump, it could mean a huge difference in the caliber of schools that accept you and the $$ offered.  Getting into that better school could mean a big difference on your first paycheck.  And, as it was pointed out,  the scholarship money you could get will more than pay for the course. 

Current Law Students / Re: Is Law School the new "College?"
« on: April 01, 2011, 11:38:58 AM »
 :)  That's what we get for paying attention!!! 

I'm sure someone can use the advice.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Curse you logic games!
« on: April 01, 2011, 11:00:42 AM »
FWIW, I wish I had done the powerscore bible prior to taking the LSAT.  If I had to re-take, I'd do the Powerscore bible, first.


Get the Powerscore Bible.

You need to be in the 170's.  Safe number is probably 175. 

You won't be an auto-admit, but you will have a very strong chance, given a smart application. 

Current Law Students / Re: Is Law School the new "College?"
« on: April 01, 2011, 10:31:43 AM »
I think that your general consensus from those of us who have completed law school is that it's a terribly expensive (in time, toll on family/relationships, and money).  It seems like a bad way to kill time.  Here is an article about whether you should be a lawyer

It sounds like you don't really know what you want from life yet.  Here's a suggesttion, and I offer it humbly.  Try to decide what results you want from a profession:  hours, pay, vacation, stress-level, contribution, interaction with people, atmosphere, etc...  Decide what you think is important, understanding that there are definite tradeoffs.  Be realistic.  If you want to work less than 40 hours a week and make $1M a year your options will be severely limited (btw if you figure out how to do that, send us a post.  Im sure a bunch of us would be interested ;) ).  Once you know the results you want from your carreer, start a list of the different professions that satisfy the criteria. 

Then, at least, you can spend your time advancing toward something that will be sure to make you happy with your life. 


Law School Admissions / Re: hi everyone! :) request your advice!
« on: April 01, 2011, 10:13:14 AM »
I would avoid telling that story as your personal statment.  Your resume and addendums will cover this topic.  You don't want to be a 1 trick pony.

Im not sure how transferring is going to look, but you are going to have to disclose the info on your applications anyway.  This will undoubtedly fall under the Character and Fitness questions.   DONT tell them that  your rights were violated (or about the roommate), it sounds bitter and screams of someone who isn't accepting responsibility. 

The way to handle it is to spin it something like this:

Back in the day, I stupidly thought that the way to express my disagreement for our nations drug laws was to ignore them.  This led to serious consequences in my personal life, and made me reevaluate my position.  With a little experience and perspective, I realized that the better way to express disagreement with the law is to try to change it.  Since then I have obeyed the law, and focused my efforts on trying to influence our policy through legitimate means.  I still strongly disagree with the rules that I was accused of breaking, but acknowledge that I was wrong, and fully deserved the punishment I received.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Where should I go?
« on: March 31, 2011, 10:53:36 AM »
Consider reading this article: Should I Become a Lawyer

I am sure you could be admitted to a law school that meets your needs, if you want to be a lawyer. 

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