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Law School Admissions / Re: I would need some advice
« on: October 13, 2016, 10:02:52 AM »
1. They will look primarily at your cumulative GPA. People on law school discussion boards obsess over minutia such as grade trends, difficulty of classes, etc, but law schools don't. They want to report high GPAs to USNWR, so they look at your cumulative GPA.

2. You can go ahead and explain it if you like, but again, they won't really care.

3. Extracurriculars are of minimal importance (if anything). They won't matter either way unless you have something really, truly impressive on your resume. If you spent a couple of years in the Peace Corps, worked as a teacher in the inner city, spent a few years as the director of  non-profit, etc, then yes, it will help. The fact that you joined the Biology Club or participated in a bake sale will not really matter. Not trying to belittle your activities or accomplishments, just trying to be honest.

Lastly, until you have an LSAT score none of this matters. Your GPA and LSAT are BY FAR the most important factors. They will effectively determine where you go to law school. These other factors are small potatoes that might accentuate an application, but cannot make up for a GPA/LSAT deficiency. Focus on getting the highest LSAT score possible. 

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Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« on: October 11, 2016, 11:50:06 AM »
Lemme guess, is Trump "Poised to win California"?

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Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« on: September 08, 2016, 05:59:47 PM »
I wonder how many other sites she does this on?

It's sad.

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Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« on: September 07, 2016, 08:46:21 PM »
Can't deny it, Julie. That's pretty funny.

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Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« on: August 24, 2016, 01:38:46 PM »
Thank you, Julie.

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Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« on: August 23, 2016, 11:46:53 AM »
Julie still low information voter.

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Online Law Schools / Re: Anybody thinking about Taft?
« on: August 21, 2016, 11:00:43 AM »
Unless that PhD is from a well respected school, and you have an impressive publishing record plus experience plus connections, you won't end up teaching at State. Maybe as an adjunct for one or two classes, but that's about it.

Academic jobs, even at no name State U's, are insanely competitive right now. The majority of PhDs will not get an academic job.

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3.56/170 are excellent numbers, and you will easily get into many law schools, and with scholarships.

Harvard is probably out, as are Yale and Stanford. Go ahead and apply, but you would probably need a higher GPA and LSAT for all three.

Other T14s like Columbia and Chicago are a maybe, and you best bet would be places like Northwestern.

As always, think about where you want to live and what you want to do, not just school rankings.

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Exactly.

The whole "We offer a certificate in Water Law" or whatever, typically means that the school offers two or three classes and (maybe) the possibility of an internship.

I suppose if you wanted to go into child advocacy and took the extra classes offered in juvenile dependency, or whatever they offer, that's certainly not going to hurt you. At the same time, it's not a big deal. An internship with an agency/firm that handles these cases would be much more helpful.

As far as criminal law, go ahead and take trial advocacy and make sure to get an internship with the DA or public defender. That's what you really need.

OP:
I don't know of any specific schools that offer special programs in crim law of child advocacy, but you can take such classes at any law school. The main thing is to make connections in the community in which you intend to work. Both of those fields are heavily govt dominated (DA, PD, County Counsel, etc). Get into a school that has a good local rep, and get an internship.

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Someone called 911 and the university gave you "disciplinary probation" just because you made some noise?

In any case, as Loki stated both law schools and the bar will require you to report any such disciplinary actions. I doubt that this alone would keep you out of law school. The bar will require a more in depth answer, and will probably want the police report and university report, etc. It is important that you be 100% honest. They will forgive many things, but not lying.

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