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Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: Non-trad ASL PASO?
« on: April 09, 2007, 07:10:17 PM »
It is a conditional admit.  Depending on how well you do in the class.  That's what so hard about these "provisional acceptances", no clue.  At least 3-weeks of this one is online and I have access to the law book now.  But what is expected during the 1-week on campus portion?

Shoot...I had written off the entire 2007 cycle.  But this is a school I wanted to attend.

Thanks,

 

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Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Non-trad ASL PASO?
« on: April 09, 2007, 06:47:37 PM »
I intentionally placed this on 2 threads for more exposure.  I wanted to gather some non-trad feedback as well.

With an awful GPA & LSAT, I decided to withdraw almost all of my 2007 applications.  Then, I get a provisional acceptance to Appalachian School of Law.  I am a non-traditional, married with kids, decent job, mortgage, etc. etc.  So this is a very serious decision.

Does anyone know anything about ASL’s PASO program or ASL?  Number invited vs. number accepted?  Is it a game or is it the real deal?  It is 3-weeks online and 1-week in house.  All of the research I did placed ASL near the top of my list of regional schools that I would attend or could attend.  Their ADR is very respectable.  Etc.

Here is the link that explains it in more detail:

http://www.asl.edu/article.php?story_id=171&cmd=verbose

Thanks in advance,

JM

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Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Appalachian Law - PASO
« on: April 09, 2007, 06:43:49 PM »
With an awful GPA & LSAT, I decided to withdraw almost all of my 2007 applications.  Then, I get a provisional acceptance to Appalachian School of Law.  I am a non-traditional, married with kids, decent job, mortgage, etc. etc.  So this is a very serious decision.

Does anyone know anything about ASL’s PASO program or ASL?  Number invited vs. number accepted?  Is it a game or is it the real deal?  It is 3-weeks online and 1-week in house.  All of the research I did placed ASL near the top of my list of regional schools that I would attend or could attend.  Their ADR is very respectable.  Etc.

Here is the link that explains it in more detail:

http://www.asl.edu/article.php?story_id=171&cmd=verbose

Thanks in advance,

JM

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: no studyin this week..anyone???
« on: February 07, 2007, 06:00:22 PM »
Your not alone!  I just posted the same subject and then I saw your post.  Sorry.

Anyway, I am sick and tired of it.  Work, family, life and some how the LSAT for 4 -5 months.

Hang-in there!

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Studying for the LSAT / Who didn’t study the week of the LSAT?
« on: February 07, 2007, 05:54:49 PM »
How many people have NOT studied the week prior to taking the/a LSAT?  Past or Present?  How did you perform?  Regrets?  No difference?

Maybe I am feeling guilty, but I haven’t studied a lick this week.  I have logged countless hours since Oct / Nov 2006 and I am flat burned-out.  I took a PS weekend cram course two weeks ago.  But two weeks isn’t enough time to cram in the homework.  I am a first time taker as well.  Maybe I’ll learn a lesson and retake in Sep 07?

Am I the only to ever do this? 

EDIT>>>

I just read the other post on the same topic...sorry!

I tried deleting it, but oh well.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Why hasnt the LR bible helped me?
« on: December 13, 2006, 05:35:35 AM »
I have a pre-emptive question, per se.

I just finished reading the LGB and I will finish the LRB this weekend.  I kind of feel the same way about the LRB.  But…

I haven’t started doing practices sections since studying the bibles. 

(SweetPri) I read a very good post by “ProfessorPlum” that suggested we do manageable sections everyday.  1 section each day and review.  2 sections a day and review.  Take a PT and review. At a pace you can live with of course.  I think YYYY and BOSS hit the nail on the head.  FOCUS and REVIEW.

I am going to try that until the end of Dec and see where I stand.

(Everyone) Here is my question.  If at that point I still feel weak, do I look at a weekend PowerScore course?

Will a 16-hour cram course help with just 2-weeks before the Feb07 test?  I wish they offered it 3-4 weeks prior to the exam.  Do they offer more problems and EXPLANATIONS in their course books?  6 problems at the end of each chapter is NOT enough.

I am willing to spend $500 (tuition, room, food) to earn an additional 5 points.  My goal is a 160.  I have not taken a PT since 10/28 (144) when I started studying the bibles.

Or do I hunker down on PTs and reviewing the bibles.

Thanks in advance,

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: What to Expect Different on the Feb LSAT?
« on: December 07, 2006, 09:31:32 AM »
I am taking the LSAT in Feb07 as well.  First timer…

Here is something to think about while it is still fresh in Dec06 test takers minds.

What were the game types for 12/06? 

I just finished the LG Bible and the last couple chapters focused on rare game types.  Some of which have not been used in years.

Is there a “reasonable” chance we’ll see anything different than Linear, Grouping and/or Combos? 

The Mapping, Pattern, and Circular Linearity games seem to give me the most trouble, but so does everything on the LSAT.

Do they use any special “experimental” games or sections?  The Feb test seems like a good opportunity to pull some tricks since there no disclosure.

As you can tell my mind is playing tricks on me…

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Thank you both very much!  That sounds like a game plan...

I didn't know I could have someone mail a character LOR to the school.  Or should I say that the school would accept the LOR.

Let me add a twist to this story?

I had a couple of brushes with the law when I was younger (2 drinking under age, traffic tickets and accident, etc) and they were 15 - 20 years ago.  But recently I had a stupid charge that I  was found not guilty.  A neighbor claimed I threatened him over a property dispute.  Should I have the attorney and my pastor write character refs to each school showing that I am not a trouble maker? And save the academic / profeesional LORs for LSAC?

I was going to post this question at a later date, but now seems appropriate since we're on the subject anyway.

Thanks in advance...


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Parsley,

Thanks for your honesty.  Yes it was silly for me to have done, but I was just ramping up on this whole law school application process and I hadn’t researched the LOR issue too much.  After researching further I discovered my judgment error.

I did think of another prof who could write one for me and I am emailing him as we speak.  Let me ask you this…

I think I should toss the judge’s LOR altogether, because I have no way of knowing what the directed alma mater letter could have stated.

I did think of a former asst. principal of mine (co-worker), who is now a principal at another HS.  I am pretty sure he could draft a good LOR for me.  That would give me the following:  Two graduate professors and a former supervisor. 

About the remaining attorney?  He is also a graduate of one of my top schools and I believe he could (emphasis on could) write a decent LOR (follow the guidelines).

My gut feeling is to toss him as well??

How does that line-up sound?

Thanks for your advice…



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Here is the situation.  About 6 weeks ago I contacted my three recommenders and gave them some LOR guidelines, resume, Extra-currs, etc.  I chose a Superior Court Judge, an attorney and one of my graduate school professors.  I graduated UG about 15 years ago and I have no clue how to get up with any of those professors, so I am limited to this one.  The judge and lawyer are both good friends of mine.  The attorney and professor are both dragging their feet, but I believe they will happen in time.

My question concerns the judge.  He contacted me this week to let me know he mailed the LOR.  He told me that he kept it short and covered the basics.  By basics he meant that he talked about our friendship and that I was a good family man.  He did NOT cover any academics or professional attributes of mine and even alluded to how we met 9 years ago at the YMCA and attended the same church.  He DID mention that I owned a successful business, prior military, honest, good character, hard working, etc.  Of course I was very thankful and I truly appreciate him writing it for me, but I wish he would have followed some of the LS LOR guidelines I gave him.  I believe that it would be a great LOR for any other purpose, but I am concerned since it is for LS.

What do I do?  Do I cancel / remove his LOR?  Will the adcomms frown?  Or will they see it as a positive? 

For some reason I seem to be limited on the people I can find (trust) to write these LORs.  I have an English teacher at the HS where I teach, who will compose a great LOR for me.  Should I replace the judge with the teacher?

The judge is a graduate of two of my top schools, the general LOR was his UG and the targeted was his LS.

Thanks in advance…

     

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