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« on: December 07, 2010, 02:29:09 PM »
My college didn't give out A+s for my first two years and my lsac gpa still went up. I've been told that part of the calculation is normalizing the gpa curve across the school to account for varying levels of difficulty and grade point inflation - I kinda doubt that they work directly off letter grades, but who knows? My guess (and its only a guess) is they compare gpa to lsat and sat scores across schools and adjust gpa up and down so that the ratio stays about constant. I imagine it gets even more complicated if you study at multiple institutions - particularly when one or more don't use letter grades and have a very different grading scale.
« on: December 06, 2010, 10:25:28 PM »
The whole point of the LSAC gpa is to more or less normalize gpa's across schools and majors and stuff. I don't think it works really well, but its probably usually in the right direction. As far as I'm aware they have never released their methodology. The school will get your LSAC data and your actual transcript, I've no idea which they prefer to look at. My guess is they'd look straight to the real transcript if its a school they know well and the LSAC data if its a rather generic or unheard-of school. Luckily my GPA went up after LSAC worked their voodoo.
« on: December 06, 2010, 10:19:17 PM »
It really depends on where you want to go. As far as I'm aware Yale, Harvard and Stanford don't offer scholarships to anyone (other than need-based and those tend to be small and stringent). Its really hard to guess what schools will make of you given the low gpa, but impressive masters and unknown lsat. The LSAT is always the most critical factor and you'd need and actual score before you could do any meaningful guessing. I'm told URM status helps quite a lot with scholarships as well. As a non-urm with pretty good numbers I had a nearly-full ride to UVA. Although I didn't apply to them and wasn't interested in attending, I got many letters suggesting I apply for various scholarships from NYU, Columbia and Duke IIRC (doesn't mean I'd have gotten them of course). I'd echo Hamilton, the ROI for law school likely won't be great for you given your potential in other fields, opportunity cost and the current legal market. You could probably go consult for one of many organizations and make nearly as much as a biglaw associate working half the hours (check out miter, cna, ida, rand, etc for cushy ffrdc jobs - the doe and national labs may also be worth looking into as well as nuc contractors, particularly those that are good in the cleanup game).
« on: December 06, 2010, 10:09:55 PM »
I passed, but thought barbri was quite disappointing. Poorly organized and written materials, they totally missed what would be on the actual bar (they said don't worry about y, study for x and didn't mention z at all - the bar was mostly y and z) and poor quality lectures that were more gimmicky than substantive. Thankfully, the standards for passing are pretty low and most other takers were equally badly prepared.
« on: December 06, 2010, 10:07:09 PM »
My 2nd year was also my least-favorite. I didn't have my incredibly awesome section mates, section leader or as stellar a professor lineup. By 3L things were rocking again - got the classes I wanted, found my niche again and life was good. For me the Olin Fellowship and law and econ stuff really suited me well along with rigorous courses like fed courts
I'd have done the fellowship and started my own writing earlier had I known how awesome it is. Don't know if you'd have the same experience, but perhaps doing some of your own scholarship is the way to bring back the fun
Many of my friends also seemed to really enjoy getting involved in journal/law review work (I didn't particularly care for that type of work). I think the key is to get involved beyond going to classes - scholarship, journals, student bar association or some sort of activity of that nature is good.
« on: December 06, 2010, 10:01:44 PM »
The instructor is key, though I think most companies won't say who the instructor will be, and even if the did it'd be pretty useless as there's no way I know of to tell beforehand whether the instructor will be a skilled teacher or whether the instructor's teaching style will mesh well with your learning style. Maybe see if you can sit-in on a class or two to see how you like them.
FYI I was a kaplan instructor for a bit and got 100% perfect evals from my students my first time teaching so time teaching may not be a great proxy for quality of teaching. The kaplan program is pretty regimented and there won't be a huge variation in substance from one instructor to another, though of course the instructors' ability to convey the substance and explain things during Q&A could vary quite a bit.
« on: December 06, 2010, 11:05:33 AM »
I did kaplan and thought it was just fine. I don't know anyone who did more than one prep course so its hard to get a useful comparison. I tend to suspect that some of the 'elite' courses might be better if you are starting out in the high 160s/low 170s and want to hit mid-high 170s. Kaplan is particularly strong for students scoring in the 140s and 150s who wanna be in the 160s imho, though it certainly works for 160s students who want 170s as well.
« on: December 02, 2010, 03:48:57 PM »
No idea really, but I doubt it'll be a huge problem. Also realize you'll have to disclose it on your bar app, I doubt it'd prevent you from being approved, but it might be something to look into as well. It'd suck to go though law school and not be able to practice.
« on: December 02, 2010, 03:46:40 PM »
I'd guess that Cornell and UCLA will be a long shot, the rest should be pretty likely to give you an offer.
« on: November 29, 2010, 11:51:51 AM »
Usually not re the essay. My writing is pretty good and I seriously doubt the essays are reviewed by adcoms. I'd suggest a full prep course to prepare for the test.
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