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Law School Admissions / Re: T2--->T4 Status checkers
« on: December 07, 2006, 12:09:51 PM »
U of Baltimore

Law School Admissions / Re: For all non T14-auto admits
« on: December 07, 2006, 11:14:33 AM »
I just have to keep repeating my mantra "these people are not a representative sample" and reminding myself that my 162 really IS a respectable score. Reading these posts, I have to remember that having my fingers/toes/legs crossed waiting for a response from some respectable T2 schools does not relegate me to the status of future ambulance chaser,  and that I can indeed have a promising future even if my top choice is an "I'd rather jab rusty needles in my eyes than go there" choice for most of the posters on this board.  Hopefully Penn State will make my Christmas merry  ;D

Law School Admissions / Re: How to Explain a Underage Drinking Arrest? :)
« on: December 07, 2006, 06:46:13 AM »
I had to write an addendum for an alcohol citation that was dismissed strictly due to the rediculousness of the officer writing the citation in the first place (drinking a beer in Times Square on New Years).  I did exactly as the above posters wrote: if they asked "have you ever been convicted?" I just checked no.  If they asked "have you ever been charged/accused" I checked yes, then wrote an addendum simply stating the date of the citation, the charged offense and the fact that all charges were dismissed.  My approach is to avoid frivolous details/explanations/excuses and just give them the honest information. They are likely only asking these questions to ensure that you could pass the bar, and I don't see the bar turning anyone down for an underage drinking citation. 

Of course, I haven't seen any acceptance letters yet, so take my advice with several grains of salt ;-)

Studying for the LSAT / Re: LSAT Rules Prohibiting Discussion
« on: December 04, 2006, 11:49:38 AM »
I'm thinking that the most likley scenario, if LSAC were to decide to do something about this, would be that they would follow a course similar to that of the RIAA in regard file sharing:  Single out a few people, subpoena their info through their ISP and sue the ever-loving crap out of them to send a message to everyone else and hope to curtail these discussion for fear of being "singled out."  It's not really that much work to nab a few people and it would certainly do a lot to curtail post-mortems if LSAC were to decide that they were indeed a problem.

As for the question of whether they care, I can certainly see one major reason why it would peak their interest.  Every test administration brings more than a few people posting on here something to the effect of "after reading the PM, I have decided to cancel my score."  Enough of this behavior would certainly sway test results and effectively give unfair advantage to those people.   

I think it's unlikely that LSAC would really go to all this trouble, but I know I definitely stayed as far away from September PMs as I could, on the off-chance that I might be one of the first to find myself on the bad end of some new policy.  I would feel pretty stupid if my law school aspirations were ruined because I couldn't wait a few weeks to get my score.

Law School Admissions / Re: Frustration with Admissions Staff
« on: November 21, 2006, 01:26:53 PM »
It seems to me that a rude or inconsiderate admissions staff should serve as a red flag as far as what to expect once you actually attend the school. If their admissions people (basically, the marketing department) don't care enough to give you the time of day, you can bet that their faculty and other administrative staff are not going to be motivated to give much more consideration to you once you are already attending and in the system. 

When I went to the DC forum, I had several reps (from schools that were in no place to act snooty) treat me as if they would be doing me a favor by taking my application fee.  Those brochures went straight in the trash when I got home and I am half tempted to write some letters explaining why I did not apply once I have my acceptances in hand from other schools. 

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: 2.8/163 - any hope?
« on: October 23, 2006, 11:04:51 AM »
The answer is yes.  If you look at the LSAC calculator, there are a number of T2/T3 schools that you would have a great shot at getting into with those numbers.  Despite the prevailing attitudes on this board, a 163 is still a very good LSAT score (better than 89% of takers) and means a lot to law schools.  With a good PS and some work experience, you have a good shot at a good school.

My supervisor is aware (good friend of mine) but since she has literally NO authority to grant me part time status, I will very soon have to sit down with her boss and lay out my plans.  My plan is to lay it out as "I am going to law school.  I would very much like to continue here part time while going to law school part time" rather than "may I go to law school and work part time?"  They're very understanding and I think he will approve it but the beauracracy here is astounding, so it will likely go through months of HR buck-passing before I know for sure.  I almost feel bad bringing it up now since they just promoted me yesterday  ;D

So far it has not.  If this is a leading indicator that scores are on their way tomorrow, it would seem that they probably are not.  Anybody have an wisdom on this?

Law School Admissions / Re: I'm starting to have second thoughts.
« on: October 06, 2006, 12:05:47 PM »
I think the whole "most lawyers are unhappy" is a class LSAT-style causal reasoning fallacy.  It seems to me (from reading this board and other interactions) that a large portion of people that go into law school in the first place are classic overachievers.  While being an overachiever can make you very successful, it usually comes with a psychological cornucopia that includes low self esteem, workaholism, type-A style stress, and a constant need to "be the best."  For many, I think the unhappiness was inevitable due to internal psychological factors- becoming a lawyer and trying to make the big bucks was an effect, not the cause, of this factors.

I, for one, am not in this for the money.  I know full well that I'm going to go into a pretty decent debt load and come out the other side probably making less than I do now.  For that, I could care less. If I'm making less money, driving a little less car and can find work in law that I enjoy, I'll take it!

Law School Admissions / Re: I'm starting to have second thoughts.
« on: October 06, 2006, 11:00:14 AM »
I feel the same way as the earlier poster that said basically "If I don't do this, I will regret it for the rest of my life."  I have a very comfortable job as a Software Engineer, in a very comfortable town, good income, nice car, plenty of money in the bank.  My work-life balance is excellent.  So why am I considering a career in law?  I'm considering a career in law because every M-F morning, I wake up, drive to work, get to my cube and spend the next 8 hours watching the clock tick down so I can leave this boring job that I have no passion for.  I can't imagine what it would feel like after I've been doing this for 35 years...

The reason I relate my experience is to raise this question: All things financial aside, are you doing what you want to be doing in life? Are you happy going to work and doing the job that you're doing now, or do you see yourself more happy doing something else?  Put all financial matters aside and think of this honestly.  Will your kids' lives really be upset by the fact that you lacked for money for three years?  More so, would being a a job you dislike cause other reactions in your homelife that might be even worse?  Remember, you have a LOT of years left to work.  If you're not happy doing what you do, there's no better time to fix it....

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