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Financial Aid / Financial Aid Availability
« on: April 03, 2011, 05:51:09 PM »
Hi all,

I'm just looking for general information on what types of financial aid are typically available to law school students.  I'm looking at starting school in the Fall of 2012.  I'm 26, and I am hoping to have my car note paid off by then, a small nest egg built up - and the only expenses I would have while in law school are rent, utilities, and car insurance.  I've never qualified for aid that was based on "financial need" - which I think is complete crap considering I make around $35,000 a year.  My credit is in the toilet (unfortunately, that's one of the side effects of divorce), and I am wanting to know what types of aid might be available for me.  Private loans are definitely out, as I am not sure I will have built up my credit sufficiently by the time I get to law school. 

Also - is poor credit something that should be explained in the Addendum when you apply to law school?  I know sometimes the State Bar will be made nervous becauase a lack of capability with your own finances demonstrates a lack of capability with someone else's.  Any suggestions you have would be much appreciated.

Thanks!

Morgan

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Non-Traditional Students / Admissions chances...
« on: April 03, 2011, 04:54:13 PM »
Hi all,

I'm 26 and considering applying to law school for Fall 2012.  I have a solid 3.74 GPA from my undergrad (B.S. in Mathematics), and I am planning on taking the LSAT in October of this year and applying to a regional law school in my state.  Their admissions website states that the 25th to 75th percentile of students had a 3.0-3.60 undergrad GPA and an LSAT score of between 152 and 158.  I feel pretty good about my undergrad performance, but will they worry about my writing abilities given that my major did not include much writing?  I do have a minor in History, several Psychology courses, and took almost the full sequence of Secondary Education courses with the original plan of being a teacher after undergrad.  I'm hoping that the coursework outside of my major stands as proof that I am capable of researching and writing papers and such.

Does anyone have any advice for non-traditional students like me?  I have been out of undergrad for 5 years now, and I am just starting on my progress towards law school.  Do you have any study advice for the LSAT?  Are there any books that you recommend reading before completing your resume, personal statement, etc?  I did pick up The Law School Admission Game by Ann Levine, and I found that quite informative.

I'm confident that I will do well on the LSAT - but there are still nagging doubts.  How strongly will my undergrad speak for me when the Admissions Department evaluates my application?

Thanks,

Morgan

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