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Law School Applications / Re: Anyone preparing to apply this fall..thinking about applying next year inste« on: August 03, 2004, 01:19:04 PM »
These last couple of days, I've seriously been thinking the same thing. The idea of going to law school never entered my mind until this past April. I didn't know anything about the entire admissions process, except that I had to take the LSAT. I feel like I've been playing catch up and have been all stressed out. Although I'm currently enrolled in a TM class, like you, I feel like I definitely need more time to study.
My GPA is a 3.49, but I have a 4.0 in the last 60 units that I've taken which is also when I returned to school. I still have 36 units left to graduate and feel I can raise my GPA even more (before returning to school it was somewhere in the 2.8-3.0 range).
However, I have 2 problems with postponing:
1. I'm already 37 and feel like time is running out.
2. My mom is on disability and her insurance or SDI (or both not quite sure) will end in 5 yrs so I definitely have to be earning some big bucks to pay off student loans and to support her. That's another reason I want more time to study - to possibly do well on the LSAT and get some scholarship offers even if it's from T3 schools.
The thought of having mega-debt is scaring the *&^% out of me. Then I start thinking if I don't get into a T1 or receive a scholarship, I'll just forget ls, but I know that I definitely want to be an attorney.
I guess my question is: Would you (if you were in my position) go to a T3 or even T2 for that matter knowing you'll owe between $80-110,000?
Thanks in advance for your input.
« on: August 01, 2004, 07:50:46 PM »
Law schools are perfectly capable of giving every application this kind of scrutiny and trying to rectify disadvantage fairly and on an individualized basis. They choose not to and instead give preferences to every minority that applies.
How the heck would you know? Are you privy to information that the rest of us aren't, such as a relative or friend who's an adcom?
Bman, you seem to think you have all the answers analyzing and judging these posts which aren't research papers where we have to provide evidence. Mostly, they are the experiences and perceptions of the poster, so please stop being a TA.
« on: July 27, 2004, 03:54:58 PM »
I'm surprised your instructors didn't inform you that the first lesson will be the least amount of hw you will have. As the course continues, the hw increases. Have you noticed the thickness of lessons 7-13?. I've actually fallen behind in completing all of the lessons. I'm really glad that my class will be off for the 2nd half of Aug so I can get caught up.
btw, I'm also purchasing the LG Bible, since everyone seems to swear by it. I can pretty much get all the games, but getting them within 8:45 each is the hard part. I'm averaging 10 to 12 mins.
« on: July 25, 2004, 03:34:40 AM »
I asked my TM instructor what the biggest increase was from all of the students she's ever taught. She said one guy had a 128 on his first diagnostic and scored a 163 on his actual LSAT - that's 35 pts. Of course that's not the average, but large increases are not unheard of. Apply all the techniques you learn as you do your homework. It will be slow going, but your speed will improve with experience. Good luck.
...and that will be the last post where I give encouragement or assistance for the lsat until after oct. 2nd.
Where should I go next fall? / Re: I am I too old to go into law (and incurr all those student loans)?« on: July 21, 2004, 02:09:12 PM »
I don't think anyone's ever too old to do anything; however, you do have a substantial amount of debt. Is your ugpa high and have you taken a timed practice lsat to get an idea where you're at? Anyhow, if your numbers are good or you have outstanding extracurriculars you have a good chance of obtaining scholarships. Also, some state schools' in-state tuition are below $10,000 a yr. Of course that depends on what state you live in.