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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Considering Law School
« on: September 11, 2014, 11:02:33 AM »
My much more realistic, but still reach, schools are what you recommended: Vandy, Texas, UCLA, and Georgetown, with my target schools ranging from George Washington, Minnesota, Notre Dame, USC, and Boston University to Boston College and Fordham.

Keep in mind that (with the exception of Georgetown) these are basically highly respected regional schools. Your employment opportunities are still going to be somewhat limited to the immediate region. 

Does that mean that a UCLA grad can't get hired in NYC? No, of course not. It just means that they're going to compete against many local grads, and won't really be able to rely on the reputation of the school to open doors. In California it's a different story. A degree from UCLA will open doors. For example, ask Minnesota how many Los Angeles firms interviewed on campus last year. Probably very few, if any.

Unless you attend a truly national school with a strong enough reputation to open doors automatically, I would really consider going to law school in a city/region in which you would be comfortable staying.   

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Considering Law School
« on: September 09, 2014, 11:15:33 AM »
Congratulations on a great LSAT score!

As a splitter it's hard to predict where you will get into. All you can do is apply and see what happens.

The truly elite schools (Harvard, Yale, Stanford, etc) are probably out based on your GPA. For those schools a 171 is pretty average, but your GPA is low. For some of the still very respected but not exactly elite schools (UCLA, Texas, Vanderbilt, etc) a 171 may be enough to get in even with a lower GPA.

Here's one other option to consider: using your LSAT to obtain a full scholarship somewhere. I don't know where you are located or where you intend to practice, but this might be a really good option. For example, I live and work in southern California. If I had a choice between a $150,000 debt from UCLA or a free degree from Loyola, I would seriously consider the free degree. You have to consider your long term goals and whether or not a T14 degree is necessary to accomplish those goals.

Good Luck! 

Current Law Students / Re: Accidentally Slurred in Class
« on: August 22, 2014, 07:16:43 PM »
I'm amazed the dean actually wants to speak with you. This is not a big deal, no one is going to get kicked out of school or reported to the bar for using a naughty word once. I had a professor drop an f-bomb in class and everyone just laughed.

I imagine you'll be told not to do it again, professionalism, etc.

Online Law Schools / Re: taft law school
« on: August 21, 2014, 01:27:43 PM »
Good writing skills, including grammar, are a big plus too!

I agree, and it's especially true when it comes to taking the bar exam. Those graders are blasting through hundreds of essays. If you can't state the answer in a clear, concise manner you're in trouble. 

Online Law Schools / Re: taft law school
« on: August 20, 2014, 09:01:11 PM »
I think the seven points you listed are right on point. Distance learning and non-ABA law schools can be the right fit for the right student. It all depends on your goals, where you want to live and practice, and whether you are a highly motivated self starter. If so, I think it can work.

In fact many personal friends of mine completed their law degrees by working directly underneath a Judge or already practicing attorney.

CA is one of the few states that allows study in a judge's chambers or with an attorney, but very few people go this route. The number of individuals sitting for the bar exam via this method is usually in the single digits, and of those only a few pass.

Most people need the experience and structure of a law school (either brick and mortar or DL) to adequately prepare for the bar.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: LSAC fourth take appeal
« on: August 19, 2014, 11:55:03 AM »
I don't know if LSAC will grant an appeal, but I do think you need to consider whether there is any point in taking it again. If you've taken the test three times and have been disappointed with your score all three times, you may need to 1) accept that you're scoring within your abilities or 2) take some serious time off to prepare.

I would only consider this last option if I had some real, concrete reason to believe that I would score higher. For example, if I didn't have time to prepare, didn't take a prep class, etc. But if you properly prepared and put in the time, it's unlikely that your score is going to magically increase simply by taking the test again.

I think most people end up scoring lower on the LSAT than they hope. At some point, you just have to take what you've got and apply.

Just my two cents. Good luck with your studies. 

I'm familiar with those schools, they're among the oldest and best established distance learning programs.
If you plan to remain in NY/NJ you could look at CUNY, NYLS, Touro, St. John's, maybe Seton Hall and Rutgers. As a splitter, you might want to apply to lots of schools and just see what happens. Like I said before, it's harder to predict.

Good Luck!

You're a splitter, and that makes it more difficult to predict where you will or won't get into. That said, there are definitely law schools that will accept someone with your numbers based on your LSAT score.

You should narrow it down to a geographic region, specifically the state/city you plan to practice in. If you can score a scholarship, great, although it will be difficult with a 2.12 GPA (except at a few places like Cooley as Newly Minted mentioned).

I've only completed 6 classes that I received a letter grade for, this is the only reason I have a low GPA (which maybe I can explain in my PS). The rest of my classes are ALL pass/fail.

Just curious, was your undergrad at a traditional four year university? It's just that I've never heard of a program where almost all of the classes are pass/fail. That's very unusual.

You can definitely explain it in your PS, but it probably won't make much difference. Your GPA is what it is, and it's very low for the purposes of law school admission. Your best bet is to apply to schools for which your LSAT score is above average.

One last thing (and don't take this the wrong way): make sure that whatever obstacles resulted in a low undergrad GPA are resolved before you begin law school. Law makes undergrad look like a joke. It's very, very demanding and you won't get a passing grade just by showing up.

Your LSAT score indicates that you have the brains to succeed, but law school requires a huge investment of time and self-discipline. Something to think about before you write a check for $100K.

Current Law Students / Re: JSM at Stanford as American JD grad?
« on: August 12, 2014, 09:06:14 AM »
I've never even heard of a JSM.

There are a slew of LL.M and non-LL.M legal grad degrees now (M.A. in Law, M.S., some funky doctorates). Other than an LL.M in Taxation or Natural Resources I'm not sure that any of them are worth the tuition.

Law School Admissions / Re: Baylor Law Prospective Student!
« on: August 11, 2014, 09:22:39 AM »
Take a look at LSAC's Official Guide to U.S. Law Schools. They have grids which show how many applied within a certain GPA/LSAT rang and how many were accepted. It looks like with numbers similar to yours almost all were accepted.

Also consider using your numbers for a full scholarship somewhere else if necessary. Or maybe the Army covers it? 

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