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« on: August 15, 2011, 04:58:57 AM »
When I was in high school between 2004-2008 this was one of the busiest law sites on the web! Now its dead. R.I.P LSD.
It is up to YOU to WAKE THE BOARD UP! Something Positive would be encouraging to most of us!www.all4jds.com
seems to have some decent content.
« on: August 15, 2011, 04:47:38 AM »
^As a late joiner myself, I pretty much wondered why there were barely any new posts, is there any other hotspot people on here post on or is that it? www.all4jds.com
seem to be active, but I think this is still and important board, I was in High School in 1975.
« on: August 15, 2011, 04:43:44 AM »
2010 Graduate Poli Sci
URM - mom from sierra leone, west africa/ dad jamaican with portugese descent (never met father)
will be first college grad in family.
3.0-3.1 GPA at graduation if I maintain current pace of straight A's. (Upward Trend-two straight years of all A's. 0.73 GPA after freshman year)
167 LSAT - Shooting for 171-172 on retake
Compelling Personal Statement and LOR's. Former gang member/been stabbed in torsow/ scars to prove it. Not proud of it, just stating the facts. Left gang and decided to attend college at 22 yrs. old after best friend was sentenced to 18 years in prison (fed time-no parole). REALLY turned my life around
Started a youth mentorship program here in Atlanta....My Brother's Keeper which links underprivileged black males with black male college students.
I'm shooting for T-14. HYS and other top of the heap schools etc.
What are my chances?
The school IS NOT the problem, the State Bar that you will be applying to will have you do a MORAL CHARACTER fitness application. If you have Felonies some states will let you practice if you can show rehabilitation, with letters of support. MY BEST ADVICE is to do you Moral Character Application in Advance of Spending Any Money. You can then find out IF you will have a problem in THAT STATE.
Hope this helps, mentioning getting stabbed in the torso WILL NOT help you get accepted in school or in any state. Less Information is better on the applications as long as you answer TRUTHFULLY the question asked. You may raise questions about your own fitness if your answers are as expansive.
If a certain state bar committee says NO!, then you can APPEAL (usually) or keep trying to you find a state that accepts you and that you can see yourself living in. Personally I like Wisconsin's policy of admitting any lawyer trained in that state without a Bar Exam, but they still have Moral Character requirements
« on: August 15, 2011, 04:33:38 AM »
Without discussing the merits of online law school, I have already decided that's what I will do. I am planning on sitting for the Wisconsin bar. I will get a significant raise at my current job if I have a law degree. So having a substandard degree is not a problem for me. The question is: Which online degree is the quickest and cheapest that Wisconsin will accept? Alternatively, is there another state I should be looking at? Thank you
You can go to an online law school and Practice in California, Vermont, and of course as forementioned Wisconsin. I read today that a person who wants to practice in Wisconsin, can pass any bar in any state, and then practicein Vermont. Vermont won't let you attend an online school, but if you get a valid JD from any school and pass any states bar exam, you can practice in Vermont. That will give you 3 states that will accept online education for lawyers.
« on: August 15, 2011, 04:23:53 AM »
What should I major in and should I get a minor? The last thing I'd want it to complete a major that is useless to me when applying to law schools.
Whatever You Want To! worry about a major when you go to college, you may be able to take some related studies such as Government, Logic, Reasoning, Business, when you get to college: Liberal Studies, Political Science, Public Administration, Business Administration, etc.
Best Wishes and Best Regards!
MY2CENTS (former public school teacher and college professor) Now a 1L
« on: August 14, 2011, 12:04:58 AM »
Didnt notice a military thread out there, so I thought I would start one. Any military out there??
I am a 1L and I am a 54 years old.
Retired Military Police Specialist
Unites States Army Europe
Ft. Bliss, TX
« on: August 14, 2011, 12:01:16 AM »
Welcome to LSD. I have found that there aren't many "duty experts" in that arena on this forum. Try the Army FLEP Facebook page. There seems to be a good discussion going on there.
Never heard of FLEP, but I will investigate. Don't be jealous of LS that are'nt in Military. They still owe their ass to U.S. for Federal Student Loans.
I am retired enlisted military and I still owe my ass to the U.S. for student loans, and my retirement check.
Retired Military Police Specialist
« on: August 13, 2011, 11:54:36 PM »
Let me write War & Peace about myself first... (Future to past) I am taking the LSATs June 6, 2011. Not sure how I will do, I am hoping for 160s. I am presently working on a MBA, 25% through program and have a 4.0. Graduated with BA in History, Magna Cum Laude 3.82. I did all this while working full time. I have had a few legal entanglements, including probation with adjudication withheld upon completion of probation (resisting arrest without violence). Yet I have never been convicted of a felony. Juvie record is dicey, with no convictions, but also should be sealed and is over 25 years old. I never made it to high school (that is right, never made it), got my GED at 18. My parents never finished high school (dad got GED, not sure about mom). So I am the first person in my family to finish college. My son is the first person to finish high school (but now he is smoking his life away ). I am basically white (13 races, complete mutt) and was hood raised in Gary IN and Detroit MI.
The question... Does my background (legal entanglements) put at risk any potential to actually practice law? I would think with my family background, I am the sort of candidate/student that schools and ABA want (it makes for good PR). So anyone practicing law or going through similar process is welcome to offer advice...
In California the bar I am preparing for you can put in your Application For Moral Character in advance, so you can hear any bad news before you invest a lot in being a JD who cannot become a member of the bar. Maybe your state will allow early evaluation of your character. I wish you the best in your journey. I have found in life that you can usually get a waiver or most anything.
Wish You Well!
« on: August 13, 2011, 11:48:23 PM »
So, I got accepted into a top 100 law school at the tender age of 52. I am excited in that I always wanted to be a lawyer, took my first lsat back when dinosaurs walked the earth, but other priorities prevailed. Will start fall 2011; but have a question...... how will my "classmates" view me? really don't want 4 years (going part time due to job) of being alienated.... just curious.
I am starting AGAIN at 54. I first started law school in 1992 after undergrad, I was 35/36 but I was making a lot of money and was raising a family, I worked as a Entreprenuer, Network Engineer, Public School Teacher, College Professor, and Real Estate Broker. I am not sure how you will be viewed. Fortunate for me I am also attending a Distance Education program, so I will probably not be viewed at all. However; How your are viewed depends on how you look, how you dress, and how well you interact with others. Your age could be an asset, instead of a liablity. Alienation IS NOT the worst thing in the world.