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There's a few different issues in your letter.

In no particular order-

1. How will a school view your withdrawal from another law school 20 years ago? Eh, whatever. If you withdrew because of personal drama and finances and youth (which it sounds like), it shouldn't matter at all, and what will be more relevant is what you've been doing for 20 years. What is most relevant is your LSAT score.

2. Will a school care that you turned them down 20 years ago? No, not really.

3. Can you get admitted somewhere? Probably. But you need to see how you do when you re-take your LSAT. You can't use a score from 20 years ago.

4. I don't know your exact age, but you will be going as a non-traditional student. Look at some resources for that. IME, non-traditional students tend to do better at law school than people straight out of UG, simply because they are more motivated and treat it like a job (that's a generality, and there are many bright, motivated people coming straight through as well - but you usually don't have non-trads that are "man, I don't know what to do with my life"). On the other hand, actual academics might be a shock to the system. Whatever you do, remember that you'll be missing out on three years of prime earning power if you go full time, and minimize your costs.

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Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« on: August 02, 2016, 08:16:30 AM »
One Bernie sanders supporter laid out the dark choices ...

Talking about yourself in the third person is the first sign of mental illness.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: UMass going anywhere?
« on: July 29, 2016, 08:46:15 AM »
Meh, this is stuff that only undergrad people in LSAT prep, Deans, and the literal employees at US News&World Report worry about.

That's not quite true. The following statements can both be true-

The difference between Nos. 40 and 70 in the rankings is minuscule.
The difference between Yale and Cooley is vast.

As I've repeatedly stated, USNWR does a very poor job sorting similar schools. Is Stanford "better" or "worse" than Harvard? Is UNC "better" or "worse" than Arizona State? And so on. However, it does a fairly good job of giving people a general idea of the rough sorting of the schools- because it reflects the consensus esteem that the schools are held in, and the LSAT/uGPA scores of the students within the schools - and, yes, this tends to be self supporting, because to the extent that a school is "good" in USNWR, it will continue to attract good students (a virtuous circle) and to the extent it is "bad," it will struggle to attract good students, and those factors will impact the esteem in which the school is held (which is also part of the rankings).

And this matters. Because signalling matters. If you are looking to work near where your law school is located, then most attorneys know the school. But what if you aren't? Or what if you want to apply for clerkships in different areas? Yes, after some time in practice, your actual work (and, hopefully, book of business) will matter a great deal more, but until then ...

Whether it should matter or not is a different question. But the rankings both reflect reality, and reinforce it.


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I have 2 cases on my record (both nonpublic). One for jostling (pushing someone)(misdemeanor) and the other for credit card fraud (felony). I've paid my debt to society with both and both are now off of my record. I also have an embezzlement charge which was dismissed. I am wondering if I am still able to go to law school and take the bar exam? Will this look TOO bad? I DEEPLY regret my actions and have not done anything since. All of these crimes have been committed within the past 3 years. Will they give me mercy? Do I still have a chance?

I'm going to give you a typical attorney answer. Maybe?

Let's start with the very bad. The number of crimes (three- that's more than one, or two, although it is unclear if the embezzlement was part of the credit card fraud or a separate incident). The type of crimes (jostling, alone, would be no big deal, but credit card fraud and embezzlement both go to honesty and character & fitness qualifications - in addition, expect some probing into your finances in many jurisdictions). And the timeline (they were within the last three years; it's hard to show evidence of significant rehabilitation within a short time frame). You are going to have problems, even though they are off your record.

Now, the good. Context will matter. Assuming you accepted responsibility, made any court-ordered restitution, and can adequately explain both why it happened then and why it won't happen again, you should have a shot.

Different states have different rules, and different schools do as well. Find out if there are any specific to the school/state you wish to practice in. The best rule of thumb is to disclose everything. The Bar will want to know about the charges, even if they were dropped or removed from your record.

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Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« on: July 19, 2016, 10:55:22 AM »
Loki thinks Bernie sanders was sheepdoggin'.  Now, that is precious.

Naw. What's precious is you thinking that anyone bothers with you, other than to mock you.

It's not like you're even making anyone angry, because to cause anger, you first have to be taken seriously.

Which means that even as a troll, you're a failure. You're more like a mascot.

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Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« on: July 19, 2016, 10:38:50 AM »
"Our job now is to see that platform implemented by a Democratic Senate, a Democratic House and a Hillary Clinton president and I am going to be in every corner of this country to make sure that happens.

I have known Hillary Clinton for 25 years. We were a bit younger then. I remember her as a great first lady who broke precedent in terms of the role that a first lady was supposed to play as she helped lead the fight for universal health care. I served with her in the United States Senate and know her as a fierce advocate for the rights of children.

Hillary Clinton will make an outstanding president and I am proud to stand with her here today. Thank you all, very much!"

Feel the Bern!

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Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« on: July 19, 2016, 10:12:32 AM »

Dont believe me

Never have truer words been spoken!

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Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« on: July 19, 2016, 08:20:24 AM »

Eg..lololol....not found in any periodical...lollol...in a group of 39 independents whom I know one third will be writing in bernies name....


There was so much goodness here I don't know where to start. But this was my favorite part.

You don't have a single friend, let alone 39. And I don't need a periodical to tell me that.

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Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« on: July 18, 2016, 11:46:47 AM »
Loki, the well goes a bit deeper than even what cyn wrote as far as Dems creating Trump (and they very much so DID)

Politics are like a pendulum the more you push one way, the more its unavoidable to push back the opposite way until everyone leaves it alone long enough to organically get to where it should be (which in politics is NEVER fyi)

Obama asked for too much too soon. And he continues to do so on his way out.

Same pendulum swinging is why BLM supporters keep shooting cops too. Its all just weight and gravity.

That is ... one of the best parodies of #THANKSOBAMA I have ever seen.

That said, Trump (or a Trump-like substance) was a necessary result of the GOP's policies and practices. Simply put, they have engaged in anti-elite, anti-establishment rhetoric, so it should come as no surprise that the elite and the establishment were not able to seize control. They have continuously stoked the fires against politicians, so, again, is it any surprise that a non-politician has seized the levers of power? They tried to harness the fury of nativists and racists, without fully comprehending that these same people might not be as attached to free trade as the GOP is.* They fed off of the anger and resentment of talk radio and Fox News, which allowed short-term electoral success at the expense of long-term electoral stability. And so on.

More importantly, politics is hard. It is the art of the possible, filled with compromise and gradual change. It is not the continual unmet promises of revolution unfilled, with brinkmanship as its lodestone ("We'll repeal Obamacare, and shutdown the government, again, to do so.").  Trump only exploited that which was already there.

The Democrats have 99 problems, but the Trump ain't one.

*This is not, by the way, to say that the GOP is/was nativist and/or racist. But it was perfectly happy to pander to those interests to get their votes.

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Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« on: July 18, 2016, 08:23:07 AM »
But thanks you one party Hillary supporters---thanks for nothing---
We blame you for the rise of trump.......
Assholes!

U mad bro?

I have to admire your chutzpah*, but blaming Democrats for the rise of Trump is particularly rich. I hate to break the news to you,** but Clinton came in a (very) close second to Obama in 2008 after she was the presumptive nominee, and was the presumptive nominee coming in to this cycle, so her victory, while disappointing to some, was pretty much par for the course.

Despite this, you have been intensely focused on a rather boring election that everyone knew was finished a long time ago (hint- proportional delegates), instead of the bizarre and fascinating rise of Trump(tm), and what it means to the GOP. I would be more worried ... but since you are now predicting a Trump victory, that means that the nation can sleep soundly at night.


*Defined as the ability of a person to kill their parents, and the plead for leniency because they are an orphan. Or, in the alternative, the ability of a person to continue to make 100% wrong popcorn predictions, and then keep spouting off like anyone is doing anything but laugh at him.

**No, I don't. I love it, although with the caveat that you couldn't learn something if it was attached to a semi and it ran you over.

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