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Non-Traditional Students / Re: Law school with a physics degree
« on: July 06, 2012, 12:30:14 PM »
  Am I completely out of my mind?

In my opinion, no.

 Will I qualify for any of the top tier schools with my lower gpa? 

In my opinion, no.

Do schools take into consideration the difficulty of my 2 undergrad degrees?

In my opinion, no.  Or at least not as much as they should.

I have been taking practice LSATs and have been consistently scoring 170+.  What kind of schools can I get into?

I'd look at something in the lower end of the first tier.  Maybe as high as 25th or so.  Best of luck.  Hate to say it, but seems like you have a gigantic brain, but law school is populated generally by unemployable refugees of a liberal arts degree program.  they're not about to admit that the stuff they study is ridiculously easy relative to the stuff that, for instance, you took.

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It is the education I want... not the career. 

(snip)

Seriously??  Who in their right mind would torture themselves just to add another degree to resume?  seems odd.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: National Scholar
« on: July 03, 2012, 06:18:30 AM »
but their probabilities don't take softs into account

Are you a URM?  That might matter.  Beyond that, forget softs.  If you don't have the numbers, you're not getting in. 

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Law School Applications / Re: do majors with "honors" matter?
« on: July 03, 2012, 06:15:49 AM »
Is anything worth a decline in GPA?

This is based on general knowledge of how things work when you're sifting through a large number of applicants and also some hearsay from folks who have spoken to admissions folks.

Law schools, especially the good ones, get thousands of applicants.  Their first pass will ALWAYS be based on numbers, alone.  Good numbers can make you an auto-admit at some schools.  They can also make you an auto-reject at any school.  The only question is where those thresholds are.  Also, at the very best schools, they probably don't auto-admit based solely on numbers, but you can bet they auto-reject.

Whether you attended an honors program or whatnot is something that won't really be discovered until/unless you made that first cut.  Also, probably not a factor unless it comes down to you and a couple other nearly-identical students who are all on the bubble.  If you can avoid being on the bubble by having a gpa that's .05 higher, I'd say avoid being on the bubble.

Also, there is no required program of study for pre-law.  You can major in electrical engineering or communications.  I doubt anybody in their right mind thinks that a 4.0 in one is analogous to a 4.0 in the other.  You can get your grades all at the honors college or you can get half your credit hours from the local junior college where anything less than an A means you didn't turn in all your work. 

In the end, that first cut is made on GPA and LSAT, alone.  Anybody who tells you otherwise is delusional.  For the majority of applicants, the ONLY cut is made is GPA and LSAT alone. 

It's a game.  Play it strategically.

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Law School Applications / Re: do majors with "honors" matter?
« on: July 02, 2012, 09:45:25 PM »
I don't think anything is worth a decline in GPA.  Take that for what it's worth: anonymous advice from the internet. 

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Keep in mind that the bar association of your state won't give out names of members of the C&F committe to everybody who calls and asks, "hey, I have a felony, can I be a lawyer?"  You're going to have to do some legwork here and be resourceful.

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L.L.M. Board / Re: Getting ABA after the bar.
« on: June 29, 2012, 11:07:33 AM »
Also, it has been my experience that most people I talk to who aren't in the legal profession are like:

People: "Where did you go to school?"
Me: "XYZ school of law in CA."
People: "Wow, very nice."

Of course, they don't recognize or care about the name.

I think you'll be surprised to find out that most people in the law, outside of California, would probably have pretty much the same reaction.  If you don't intend to work as a lawyer, it's all just a nice credential.  Plus, you passed the bar.  I would be sure to list that on your resume as well.  For instance, "JD from XYZ college.  Admitted to the California Bar on June 99, 3042."

Then, people can ask why you aren't practicing law and you can tell them, "That was never my intention.  I always wanted to do ABC instead."

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Obamacare upheld
« on: June 29, 2012, 10:55:06 AM »
I thought the ruling was spot-on.

It has always been a tax.  For political reasons, the Obama administration didn't want to call it one.

However, legally, a tax that you impose on people when they don't do something is a tax.  No other way to look at it.

It was, however, struck down on Necessary and Proper and Commerce Clause.  However, those arguments didn't really matter.

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Hello everyone!

I'm new to the board. I'm posting concerning my application and my situation. My overall gpa is a 3.71 and LSAT is 169. I'm wondering if I should even apply of have a chance to get into law school nonetheless sit the bar. You see, I have charges from 6 years ago when I was dumb and 16 for felonies! That's right 2 felonies, 1 was nolle p. and dismissed because that was deemed a case that me and my friend did not participate in. ( We got caught, the store then tried to pin a string of other shoplifting incidents on us, with no evidence). For the other charge my lawyer advised me to take a plea deal, which I did. I ended up pleading "no contest" to 1 count of fel. concealment ( concealing items in a store valued at $220.00) , in return I did community service and shoplifting reduction & rehabilitation class under "the first offender status". After completion of my pre-trial diversion, my case was dismissed and there was no finding. I understand NOW that because I plead "no contolo" that's a technicality of admission of guilt and pretty much a conviction for purposes of law school. Keep in mind these are juvenile charges, that did NOT go to circuit court. Do I have a chance of even passing the ethics portion? I'd like to practice in Maryland, North Carolina, and Virginia if possible. Any thoughts?

I have no actual expert opinion on this, but will just share a generally uniformed opinion.

$220 was a felony?  Really?  Good lord.

Seems to me that if you've been clean ever since, that the small amount of money involved and the fact that you were a minor at the time would be things that a reasonable person would take into consideration when reviewing applications for the bar.

I'm not saying that everybody should shoplift when they're young.  I'd be disappointed in my son if he did.  However, honestly, if we ruined the lives of everybody who ever shoplifted as a kid, we wouldn't have enough "clean" people in this country to do the jobs everybody needs to have done.

I hope others can chime in on this, but seems to me that this shouldn't be an impediment to your admission to the bar.  The standard answer on this is to try and contact the individuals who look at C&F issues in your state's bar and ask them.

Best of luck.  Your credentials are truly impressive.  A 3.71 and a 169 are accomplishments you should be proud of.  You seem poised for success in any field you chose. 

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Should I master the LSAT?
« on: June 28, 2012, 10:09:21 AM »

Furthermore, I'd like to purge the planet Earth.  What do you think about that?

Just don't purge it of doggy-style Japanese girls, and your plan is okay with me!  Best of luck.  Get the best score you can.  Get into the best school you can.  Let us know how it turns out.

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