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Law School Applications / Re: 2.3 GPA, strong work history, 160 LSAT
« on: December 05, 2012, 03:43:22 PM »
I hate to say this, but law school is a numbers game mostly.  If I were the head of admissions I'd take your experiences into account as a way to balance your poor GPA, but sadly I'm not in charge.  Schools are obsessed with maintaining their U.S. News rankings.  It's a corrupt and broken system, but as the author of a book I'm reading on the topic points, it is as it is. That being said I don't know enough about the schools you are applying to to answer your question.  Check out lawschoolnumbers and search for your stats if you haven't already.  I will say that you should be very sure that law school is something you want to do and aren't just going because you think it might be a good career. It will be expensive and there are no gurantees, but if you truly care about the law then by all means go.  Dedication is needed, but be sure you are truly dedicated before you spend the time and money. 

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All right I'll check it out, but based on what you all have said I think I'll. I will have been over a decade with no mental illness and I don't currently have any mental problems and I'm sure I can back that up with proof from a medical doctor if the Bar requires it.  If anyone has anymore advice I'd be very grateful to hear it. 

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This is a bit hard for me to post, but I am kind of worried so I thought I would go ahead and ask for answers.  When I was 16 or 17, honestly I can't remember, I went through a stage of severe depression and tried to commit suicide. The head psychiatrist at the hospital released me the next day saying that due to the fact that due to the circumstances such as the fact that I quickly realized my mistake and called for help I was okay to go home as long as someone stayed with me.  For awhile I was on medication for it, but I no longer need it.  I still see the doctor once a year, but even he admits I don't need to see him.  The only reason I do is for my parent's peace of mind.  By the time I graduate from law school it will have been a decade without any problems.  I'm just a bit worried the Bar or admissions will hold it against me. 

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Do you think i will get into SMU Law
« on: December 01, 2012, 10:22:06 PM »
I don't know much about SMU's stats so I can't give a great answer.  I can give you some sites that might help you, though.  Check out Lawschoolpredictor and  Lawschoolnumbers.  They aren't foolproof, but they should give you an idea of where you stand. 

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Well I do have some good news.  I didn't see your LSAC GPA in there so if I didn't miss it I might be able to offer some hope.  As long as your Ws are simply Ws and not Ws failing, then they won't hurt your GPA.  Also, you should write an addendum to explain your issues with your low GPA. I'd be rather surprised if schools didn't at least get you some kind of a break.  My biggest advice though is work hard on the LSAT.  It is a learnable test and if you can score high enough you can get into a lot of schools.  This is a a longshot, but if you managed to pull around a 170 or above then even some of the lower T14 schools wouldn't be closed to you.  It will not be easy, but most things in life aren't, unless you come from a rich family of course.

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Law School Applications / Re: 2.69gpa/175lsat chances?
« on: November 27, 2012, 11:22:08 PM »
The sites listed above are all great for lawschool predictions. You are also likely to be entitled to a lot of scholarship money from a number of non T-14 schools wish may be in your best interested depending on what you want to do.

I.E. if you wanted to live in Milwaukee Marquette would probably give you a full scholarship and you pass the bar automatically in Wisconsin so debt free law degree and licensed lawyer would be great if your ok with Wisconsin.

When choosing a law school you really got to look at what YOU want. Don't worry to much about the rankings and so forth if you have no desire to practice big law then get a huge scholarship from somewhere else. If biglaw etc is what you want then try for Georgetown or something.
Also it's worth mentioning that if you do want to practice biglaw some regional schools can be a good choice too.  For instance Fordham and Cardozo aren't bad choices for NY biglaw, I don't think.  Hell, even UTK sends a few students to NYC each year.  But New York isn't the only example. Most markets have at least one big law firm, For instance Knoxville, a medium size city in TN, has Woolf,McClane, Bright, Allen & Carpenter which have clients from all over the southeast.     I think they have around 30 lawyers working for them.  Granted it isn't Cravath, but even most big law firms aren't Cravath and let's face it the majority of us won't be working at Cravath.

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Law School Applications / Re: 2.69gpa/175lsat chances?
« on: November 21, 2012, 01:39:01 AM »
The sites listed above are all great for lawschool predictions. You are also likely to be entitled to a lot of scholarship money from a number of non T-14 schools wish may be in your best interested depending on what you want to do.

I.E. if you wanted to live in Milwaukee Marquette would probably give you a full scholarship and you pass the bar automatically in Wisconsin so debt free law degree and licensed lawyer would be great if your ok with Wisconsin.

When choosing a law school you really got to look at what YOU want. Don't worry to much about the rankings and so forth if you have no desire to practice big law then get a huge scholarship from somewhere else. If biglaw etc is what you want then try for Georgetown or something.
On the subject of rankings the Dean of UTK's law school spoke to my class today about going to law school and he pretty much cursed the U.S. News ranking system.  He said he really wishes students would stop paying attention to them because no lawyers or professors do.  He said they were okay as a very very rough outline, but not good for specifics.  He said using them to choose between a school ranked 41st or one ranked 34th is kind of silly.

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Law School Applications / Re: 2.69gpa/175lsat chances?
« on: November 20, 2012, 08:47:04 PM »
Due to transferring and personal issues, my gpa has suffered(2.69). The report shows ranges in gpa up to 3.9 depending on semester. I have worked for the past 4 years as a NYC real estate broker putting time between these grades, and scored a 175 last year on the LSAT. Chances/target schools?
You're a spliter so it's really hard to tell, but honestly I think you probably have a decent shot at a lot of schools, because your LSAT is really high.  Check out Lawschoolpredictor, Lawschoolnumbers, and LSAC's calculator and see what comes up for people with your numbers. I could be wrong here so take this with a grain of shot, but you might have a chance at a T14 school, but like I said I'm not sure.  I just know some schools really high LSAT scores.  I've heard Georgetown is big on taking people with high LSAT scores. 

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Law School Applications / Re: How does LSAC deal with withdrawals?
« on: November 20, 2012, 08:43:49 PM »
I withdrew from a couple classes when I was an undergrad.  Your understanding of how a "W" affects your grade is accurate.   :)
Oh thank God.  I was worried there for awhile.  I swear the way LSAC calculates your GPA can get really annoying. 

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Law School Applications / How does LSAC deal with withdrawals?
« on: November 20, 2012, 07:00:16 PM »
Hey, everyone. I have a question about withdrawals and LSAC. I have two withdrawals, but neither of them are marked as failing or anything like that.  They are simply Ws. It's essentially as if you did not take the class.  I've heard as long as your school doesn't mark you as  failing withdrawal or anything like that LSAC just treats it as a neutral score. It won't hurt or help your GPA.  At least that's what it seems like from what I've read on LSAC's website.  I was just curious if anyone who had any direct experience with anything like that could shed some light on the situation. 

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