This section allows you to view all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas you currently have access to.
Messages - legend
Pages:  2 3 4 5 6 ... 19
« on: January 08, 2013, 12:31:23 PM »
Groundhog is correct I have never heard of any law school looking at your high school transcripts. Your best bet is to get a high GPA at whatever accredited University you attend. Most law schools will simlpy care only about your undergrad GPA and if you get a 4.0 from X State opposed to a 3.4 from Semi More Respectable Private University X the 4.0 from X State will have more success getting admitted to law school.
The name of your Undergrad will make a difference if it is Harvard, Yale, maybe even UCLA, USC something of that caliber, but for the most part people have no idea what 90% of universities are doing or whatever proposed quality difference there is.
Also as GroundHog suggests it is probably to early to really be thinking about law school. Go to a university you enjoy, choose a major you enjoy, etc. You are only in high school and a lot of things can change I personally never in a million years that I would ever go to law school when I was in high school and now I am a lawyer. I know plenty of people in high school convinced they would go to law school and ended up succeeding in very different fields.
Finally when you go to College a lot will change it is good to have a goal like law school, but keep your options at least for the first year or two as your goals may change.
« on: October 08, 2012, 05:12:23 PM »
For the French transcript I would call the schools you are applying to and check that might just confuse them or include it.
In regards to the arrest absolutely disclose that it is not a big deal and I have known people that got into law school with DUI's, some pretty hardcore misdemanors, and a lot worse things than shoplifting at 16. The only way it can really hurt you is if you don't disclose it, but if you disclose it and come forward you should be fine.
« on: October 02, 2012, 05:16:39 PM »
Roald's advice is a solid a 2.88 and 152 can get you into a few law schools and once your in an ABA school the LSAT will be a distant memory. However, as Roald suggests the LSAT is nothing compared to a law school exam and certainly not the bar and those are all standardized tests if you really hate doing that then you may not enjoy law school or at least not the first year.
I personally loved law school and although I had slighly better numbers than you they were not amazing and realistically very few people have 3.5 and 165 LSATS. Plenty of people claim to have amazing scores on anonymous internet forums such as this, but you can really say anything on here without repercussion. I could claim to the Valedictorian from Harvard, bench 400 lbs, have dominated Lebron James in basketball, and whatever else I feel like say without repercussion and many people on boards like this talk out of their a** so take everything you read on boards such as this one or others regarding law school, the legal profession, etc with a major grain of salt.
Hopefully you improve slightly to ensure your admission and possibly get some scholarship money. I really don't think there is any penalty for taking the LSAT multiple times anymore, but check with the schools if that is correct you have nothing to worry about on this test administration it is an everything to gain nothing to lose scenario good luck.
« on: October 01, 2012, 03:05:30 AM »
With above a 3.0 and 160+ I think your a shoe in if you get a 175 Tennessee will likely give you a full scholarship. Your major does not matter to much if you have the option I would take a few easy classes i.e. frisbee golf, etc if it is around to boost your GPA little this can help with admissions and scholarship opportunities.
A good site to see what numbers you need to be competitive is lawschoolnumbers.com or you can just like to the LSAC calculator. If you really like Tennessee I recommend going to law school there do not get to caught up in the rankings and good luck to you.
« on: October 01, 2012, 02:14:06 AM »
Yes law students care and I myself stupidly cared when I was in school. After I graduated and became a lawyer I realized how ridiculous it all is that people myself included make life altering decisions based on a magazine. When your in the law school bubble you really think all that stuff matters, but in the real world you have clients who want a result if you get for them they are happy whether you went to Cooley or Harvard. If you don't get for them they are pissed even if you went to Harvard. The reality is most lawyers and certainly most clients know very little about other schools besides the elite and the ones in the area they attended. That is just my two cents, but I am only an anonymous internet poster who could be completely full of s**t as can anyone posting on this board or others.
« on: September 30, 2012, 01:54:48 PM »
The rankings mean very little I received a full scholarship to Tulsa years ago and it was tier 4 now it would be tier 2 and I am sure in 3 years it will be tier 4 then down to tier 2. The rankings change drastically year to year and are based on literally nothing. Remember U.S. ranks more than just law schools so if you go to a law school based on ranking you should move to Alberquee, New Mexico because U.S. News says it is the best http://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/real-estate/articles/2009/06/08/best-places-to-live-2009
. Then by 2032 you should be living in one of the Dakotas or Nebraska because they have "optisim" will apparently have easy access to dental visits, and perceived learning opportunities, those are all completely impossible to measure, but U.S. News has decided based on that you should live in South Dakota 2032. The way law schools are ranked makes about as much sense it is people filling out scrantrons 1-5 about places they have never heard of.
There are top schools Harvard, Yale, Stanford, etc that everybody knows is good, but the difference between 99 and 132 changes year to year and nobody cares.
« on: September 18, 2012, 08:24:23 PM »
Roald's advice is spot on law school is a life-altering choice and making a life-altering decision on what a for profit, unregulated, magazine (i.e.) U.S. News thinks particularly about a specialty ranking is not a good idea. Having gone through law school myself I still don't really know what "International Law" really is. Is it treaties? international tax? corporate transactions? It is such a broad category that it cannot even really be defined. The reality is very few people end up doing what they thought out of law school unless it is something specific i.e. Public Defender, D.A., or something like that.
As Roald there are many things to consider in making your law school choice the most important being location since South Dakota may have the "best" International law program according to some magazine, but I don't think many treaties, international transactions etc are happening there. If you want to do international work then your best bet would be to go to school in New York or D.C. Just as if you wanted to do entertainment law go to school in L.A. or New York. Maritime law go to a school on the coast not Nebraska so on and so forth. Many intelligent people leave their common sense at the door when choosing what law school to attend so use yours and don't make life altering choice based on what a magazine says unless you think moving to North Dakota in 2032 is a good idea because you will have easy access to dental visits, which is according to U.S. News North Dakota is the place to be in 2032 and I am not making this up here is the link. http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/the-best-life/2012/08/07/here-are-the-best-places-to-livein-2032
. You should also move to Albuquerque New Mexico in the meantime because that is the best place to live now according to U.S. News. http://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/real-estate/articles/2009/06/08/best-places-to-live-2009
I doubt you will strive to move to New Mexico in the next few months or set yourself on retiring in North Dakota because U.S. News says to. Use the same common sense when choosing your law school and remember whatever you decide is going to be three years of YOUR life, 100,000 of YOUR money, and YOUR legal career, some magazine editor in Pennsylvania does not know what is better for you than yourself. The reality is very few employers know the difference between the 49th and 128th best school and they certainly don't know or care whether a school is 7th or unranked in international law.
Also remember me and anyone else positing on this board or others is nothing more than an anonymous internet poster who could be shooting up heroin while typing so take it all with a grain of salt and talk to people face to face so you can gauge the credibility. Although the internet is the easiest place to access information it is usually the most unreliable and Michael Scott explains why in this video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFBDn5PiL00
a little humor for you. Well good luck whatever you decide.
« on: August 30, 2012, 09:48:15 AM »
Before I say anything realize that I or anyone else on this board or others is nothing more than an anonymous Internet poster that knows nothing about you, your situation, or what is best for you do take anything you read on this board or others with a grain of salt.
I have gone through law school and it is demanding particularly first year. I went to law school with two people that had similar commutes but they took public transportation and could study on the train. They also did not have children and one of them failed out. Driving would be more difficult and raising kids that young with such a long commute will put a strain on your marriage and relationship. Whether you and your family you could handle that is a question only you can answer.
Also realize law school is competitive having to deal with this commute and children will put you at a disadvantage because many students will be in single in their 20's and will simply have more time to study and participate in school. Odds are you will not do well academically and going through all that commute and time away from your children would be discouraging.
People have dealt with more serious handicaps and thrived in law school, but law school and a brutal commute will put a major strain on your family.
One suggestion that my friend who commuted did for 2l and 3l was schedule all of his classes 2 days out of the week. He couldn't do that first year, but that certainly helped the commute aspect. However, he finished near the bottom of the class but did graduate pass the bar and is doing ok. So it can be done however finishing near the bottom made it for him to get employment starting out, but he did it.
Law school is a life altering choice and it sounds like you understand that, which is great. Neither I or anyone else can know what is best for you and you can't know how it will all turn out. If being a lawyer is a lifelong dream and you will hate yourself for not trying then go for it and you can be an example to your kids of pursuing your dream. If law school is something that sounds cool or seems like something to do it will likely not be worth the strain on your marriage and kids. There will be a heavy strain emotionally and financially if you go. Also realize it takes 2-4 years for most lawyers to start earning any kind of substantial income. So it is more than 3 year commitment.
Hopefully some of that is helpful I am sure this is full of typos I'm using an I-phone while waiting for a flight. I sincerely wish you the best of luck whatever you decide.
« on: August 27, 2012, 09:34:17 PM »
Honestly this will have little to no effect on your application status. I have known people that have been arrested for DUI's, convicted of misdemeanors, and a wide number of other things. If getting drunk in a college dorm freshman year is your dark secret your doing pretty well for yourself. Realistically the only way this could possibly effect you is if you don't disclose it.
However, I am only an anonymous internet poster as is anyone else on this board or others so I could be 100% wrong, but I have been found morally fit to practice law by more than one state bar so I do have a shred of credibility and I did worse things than drink as a freshman.
Worry about your GPA, LSAT score, personal statement, etc and disclose this incident and you will be fine. Good luck to you.
« on: August 23, 2012, 06:01:54 PM »
Again my anonymous internet poster opinion, but I think for most Doctors and Lawyers the first 5 years after school are awful. It is made worse by the fact that the T.V. makes it appear that all Doctors and Lawyers are rich often this is true after years of experience is gained. A lawyer or a doctor holds a great deal of responsiblity and nobody wants to be the doctors first surgery or have their multi-million highly personal lawsuit be their lawyer's first trial. However, it does happen for everyone eventually.
I can say the first three years post law school were awful for me and most of my fellow classmates. Waiting for the bar I was volunteering getting a small stipend from my school. Then I got some document review work, contract work, then eventually I got a full-time with a somewhat shady solo practioner, but I did get some trial, deposition, etc experience there. Having those experiences got me interviews and eventually I found a firm that I have been at for 2 years now, but it was a long uncertain path.
I don't think more education is the solution you have to tough it out. One website that really helped me find some decent jobs was the https://www.law2.byu.edu/career_services/jobbank/states/California/
it connects you to basically every law schools career service website. username: jobfind password: ijbank almost every career services office gives the password out and I still browse it from time to time. Good luck to you.
Pages:  2 3 4 5 6 ... 19