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« on: August 12, 2014, 11:06:14 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.
« on: August 11, 2014, 11:22:39 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?
« on: August 09, 2014, 09:24:03 PM »
I agree that July is the "gold standard" for bar results, the pool of first time test takers is much larger.
Nonetheless, these are first time results. Although the numbers are small, if a school has 18 out of 20 first timers pass that's pretty good. Too good to be accidental, IMO.
That why I didn't mention schools like Irvine, which had a 100% pass rate, but only three test takers. I don't think anything can be gleaned from such a small cohort.
« on: August 09, 2014, 07:41:38 PM »
Calbar has posted the stats for the last bar exam (Feb 2014). I couldn't link it here for some reason, maybe someone else can.
Here are a few highlights:
CA ABA first time pass rate: 68.6%
Out of state ABA: 44.3%
CA accredited 42.3%
CA unaccredited: 34.6%
Honorable mention goes to Pepperdine (92%) and La Verne (88%). A few other schools had 100% pass rates but only had a few students taking the bar. Both of these schools had decent numbers of test takers.
Among the CA accredited schools, Monterey had a 75% pass rate, and Ventura (67%) and Santa Barbara (69%) also did well. Others had much lower rates or only a few test takers.
Among unaccredited schools Concord (36%) beat the others by a mile, as most had 0% pass rates.
« on: August 09, 2014, 01:05:39 PM »
I agree with Citylaw, I don't think it's a big deal unless you fail to disclose it. Your applications to law school and the bar will ask about disciplinary actions and it's important to fully disclose everything.
I don't think this will have any impact on law school admissions, but the bar may require a more detailed explanation. They will probably require you to submit all paperwork associated with the action, so make sure you are 100% honest in your explanation. In law school you will learn that the bar is pretty forgiving, but they take even a hint of dishonesty very seriously.
« on: August 06, 2014, 04:21:59 PM »
Based on my background/profile, would it be a good idea to go to law school?
Well, not to sound snarky but it depends on whether or not you want to be a lawyer.
If you really
want to be a lawyer, and are willing to make the necessary intellectual and financial commitment, then yes. If you are just trying to figure out what to do for the next few years and law sounds kind of interesting, then no.
Law school, the bar exam, and the job hunt are huge undertakings. You should only do it if you are sure you want to be a lawyer, an only you can answer that.
I would definitely take the time to find out what it's really like to be a lawyer (very different from TV and movies), and think about your long term goals. Law can be a great career but it's not for everyone.
I'm not sure what a 68% translates to in GPA, but if you want to go to law school start preparing for the LSAT as soon as possible. Your LSAT score is a huge factor in admissions, and a high score can help with obtaining scholarships.
Hope that helped!
« on: August 04, 2014, 11:38:56 PM »
At my school all of those classes (Evidence, Con Law, Wills & Trusts) were required. They added Community Property as a requirement in my last year.
The electives tended to be stuff like Water Law, Animal Rights, Women and the Law, Capital Punishment, etc. Not that those are meaningless, they're not. They do have value. I just question whether their value is greater than learning how to draft a review a contract or draft a prenuptial agreement. Most lawyers are far more likely to encounter those types of things in their practice.
« on: August 04, 2014, 01:37:15 PM »
Without a real LSAT score everything is speculation. Not to sound rude, but there really is no point in assuming you'll get a 170+ unless you're consistently scoring in that range on timed practice exams. Even then, it's not guaranteed.
However, assuming you score well (160+) you'll have many options. Elite schools will probably be out because of your GPA. They want a high GPA and high LSAT. Many good regional and local schools may be a possibility, though. Focus on the LSAT and get the highest score possible, but don't put the cart before the horse.
Do you think my experience/credentials might help me as an 'ambulance chaser' or someone that might defend against 'ambulance chasing' claims?
Maybe a little, but not really. If you understand the medical field better than the average lawyer, then that's a plus. However, tort claims usually turn on whether a duty was owed, and whether that duty was breached. The applicable standards are set by statute, common law, and professional associations. Any lawyer, with or without medical knowledge, can research the relevant standard and argue for or against a breach.
« on: August 04, 2014, 01:26:05 PM »
Check out LSAC's admissions profiles for Touro, it should give you a very good idea as to your chances.
Here's something else to consider: with a 148 LSAT law school may not be for you. If you had a bad day and would have normally scored higher, then I'd say retake. But if you put in your best effort and scored 148, just realize that law school and the bar exam are about a hundred times tougher than the LSAT.
It's good to consider this before dropping $100K on tuition.
« on: August 04, 2014, 12:23:59 PM »
The above advice is solid, I would only add that you need to really consider location. Pepperdine and USD are both fine schools, but neither is so elite that you'll be able to rely on your pedigree to open doors. Connections and the ability to tap into the local market will be of great importance.
Simply put, Pepperdine will have better LA connections, and USD will have better SD connections. However, unless you graduate top of class you'll have to hustle to get a job graduating from either school.
The cost of attendance at USD, however, looks considerably less. This is a HUGE factor. Personally, I'd go for the cheapest degree and then focus on making connections and getting a foot in the door of the local market. Longterm, that lack of debt will be important and will allow flexibility in the job search.
Another option: reapply and try to get a full scholarship to another school.
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