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Minority Topics / Re: How to find a Law Mentor
« on: June 26, 2006, 01:39:39 PM »
I'm a non-trad minority student who has been out of ug for 2yrs.  I have an excellent person in mind who i would love to be my mentor.  She is a law clerk for a judge, teaches in the paralegal program @ my alma mater (that's how we met) & is on the board of one of the minority law associations.  I'm pretty sure there's even more that she does that i don't know about.  She's extremely smart & active.  Anyway, we crossed paths about 2mos ago for the 1st time in 4yrs.  I told her that i wasn't in ls yet, but that i'm taking the Sept LSAT.  She gave me her card & told me to SERIOUSLY keep in touch w/her as she can help me in the process of getting into school. 
My questions are:  how do I ask her & when(before & after the lsat?)

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Non-Traditional Students / Re: Age
« on: June 23, 2006, 12:36:33 PM »
For everyone who's either afraid to have kids while in LS or afraid to have them after 40...there really isn't "a best time" to have kids.  Sure, there is a "better time" but don't give up on the possibility of having kids & going to LS OR having kids after 40.  You'd be surprised how you can rise to the challenge of being a parent & maintaining who you are as a person.  Not to say it's easy (i had to drop out of college @ 23 after becoming pregnant w/my son & subsequently finish college @ 33) but it's definitely doable.  We all have some much strength inside, we just don't know how much we have until we're pushed beyond what we consider our comfort zones.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Sept. 06 LSAT Studying Support Group
« on: June 23, 2006, 10:14:59 AM »
Finally!  A Sept LSAT thread..thanks!  I'm taking it for the 1st time in Sept & I have to self study also (money's tight).  I plan on using the LRB & LGB.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Self Prep v. taking a course
« on: June 20, 2006, 01:35:56 PM »
I'm also going to self prep.  1st by taking the free Kaplan test to see where i am.  then the free class the next day, just to get a feel for what the class is like.  after i take the test & class, i plan on preparing w/the ps books & the actual test that you can buy on LSAC.  if w/in a few weeks i don't get a feel for the test & i don't find myself progressing, i will suck it up & spend the money for a prep course.

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Non-Traditional Students / Re: Law Office Study
« on: June 19, 2006, 12:28:40 PM »
I haven't looked @ bar passage rates for people who pick this option.  I will though.  It's an option I didn't even know about until I became friends w/this atty.  I asked him if employers look down on this when they are hiring & he said not at all.
I don't know if this will be the road that I'm going to take.  I wanted to put this out there to see if anyone else has heard of this b/c it seems to be a secret to most people & i don't know if it's b/c LS's in states like NY would prefer that people spend yrs in LS @ 25-40k a yr with the same result as someone who spends 25-40k for 1 yr & then opts for law office study.

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Non-Traditional Students / Law Office Study
« on: June 19, 2006, 10:35:59 AM »
I'm in NY & NY is one of the 7 or 8 states in the country that allows people to take the Bar after 1yr of LS & 3yrs working closely w/an atty.  This is a great option since it cuts the costs of LS, helps w/experience & keeps a steady income flow after the 1st year is completed.
I s/w an atty who took this route & he said that it can be better b/c 90% of what's on the bar is from the 1st yr & there's more time to study b/c instead of focusing on finals & then studying for the bar right afterwards.
Anyone have any thoughts?

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Non-Traditional Students / Re: Age
« on: June 16, 2006, 01:18:18 PM »
I'm 37 and will be starting in the fall.  I'll also be 40 when I graduate.  My oldest just graduated from HS  ;D and my youngest wlil be in 8th grade next year.  I did undergrad when they were young and it is a lot easier to ask a teenager to respect your need for peace while you study than a toddler!  Also, I won't have the daycare worries that I had at that time.  It is very stressful to move to a new place and find someone reliable to trust with your child if you don't have a spouse that stays at home.  This is the perfect time for me.
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I think this is a perfect time for me to start for the same reasons.
I'm raising my kid alone, so I will treat f/t law school as a f/t job & I'll be home in the evening.  I know that he'll let me study b/c he supports me decision to go LS.  Also, I figure that when I'm a rookie atty, i'll have to work many hours & by that time he'll be in college or on his way.

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Non-Traditional Students / Re: Age
« on: June 15, 2006, 10:45:49 AM »
I'm new to the board.  I'm 35 w/a 12yr old.  I'm taking the LSAT in Sept & plan on attending LS in 2007 full time.  I'll be 40 when I'm done & my son have one more year in school before He goes to college.  I thought this would be a good time for me to go to LS since he's a little older. Anyone else have older kids (middle school & high school age)? 

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