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Law School Admissions / Re: Major gpa vs cumulative gpa?
« on: November 06, 2007, 01:28:01 PM »
Which gpa do schools weigh more heavily?  I got my A.S from a Juco and my gpa from there is not so hot, but I will graduate with a lofty gpa from a top 50 school. Which one will hold more weight the cumulative or the degree?   

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / rank the most important extra factors
« on: November 05, 2007, 01:12:26 PM »
Obviously lsat and gpa stand as the most important numbers for an applicant, but I was wondering what other factors everyone thinks are most important. ie legal internship ahead of charity work or saving children from a burning orphanage over urm status. What is considered the best "extra" factor?

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / upward trend in grades?
« on: November 02, 2007, 12:00:33 PM »
Upward trend in grades? do law schools really give a crap if your gpa has risen over the last couple of years?  For example is it considered noteworthy if a student pulled a 3.1 the first 2 years and then a 3.7 the last 2 for a 3.4 average (fuzzy math!). will this make any difference or is a 3.4 gpa the same no matter how you spin it?

Studying for the LSAT / study guides v. real thing
« on: September 06, 2007, 02:04:12 PM »
I often read on this site about study guides like "logic games bible" and various kaplan products.  I was wondering if these are all that helpful considering that the questions asked on there practice tests are made up.  Is it better to just stick with going over official past tests or are the commercial study guides really that close that it doesn't matter?

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: dual degrees
« on: August 22, 2007, 11:59:52 AM »
I agree with the reasoning that has been presented on this topic, but I do have one more question regarding the job market for duel degrees.  Wouldn't more doors be open as far as different jobs.  MPA will entice certain employers just like JD will entice employers in a different field.  So in this respect and considering how tough it is to get a good job wouldn't the duel degree allow for more leverage, given that you have two possible career paths as oposed to one, or in blue collar language, "covering your ass".

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: dual degrees
« on: August 22, 2007, 08:25:00 AM »
I am leaning towards international law, figuring my chances of landing a good job would be helped out by a second degree.  I guess I am also hoping that an employer would look favorably on the effort required to earn a second degree.  I would appreciate any more advice.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / dual degrees
« on: August 22, 2007, 07:55:12 AM »
I was interested if anyone had any thoughts on the worth of dual degrees.  In particular I was wondering if a second degree helps to offset a lower law school standing.  For example Syracuse, a tier 3 offers a dual degree with the Maxwell school of Citezenship, ranked #1.  Would earning both degrees open up job opportunities that a single JD from a tier 3 could not?

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / non law undergrad job
« on: August 17, 2007, 11:10:29 AM »
 I understand that work experience plays a big role in law school admission, but does it still play a big role when the job is driving a forklift and unloading freight.  Also, because of my job my junior and senior years have been pt (9 credits per semester) with summer classes thrown in.  Like many on this site I will be nearing my thirties when I enter law school and I have to work full time to pay the bills. Will all this be considered a plus or a minus?

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / gtown part time
« on: August 11, 2007, 08:16:06 PM »
soph/junior just starting the law school information process and am interested in georgetown.  Specifically I am interested in the part time program (better chance of acceptance I suppose).  I recently read that their pt numbers for lsat range from 160-166.  This seems a bit low for a t14, given that a 166 is a high number but hardly unattainable.  Any thoughts on the validity of this? Also is there a stigma to pt students at the college and more importantly in the job market?

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